Kronospan is the world largest manufactuer of wood panel products and laminate flooring.
On their site at Wrexham, UK they had many problems with their dryer.
The wood dryer is essential to the manufacturing process as it reduces the moisture content of the wood chips before its used to make wood panels.
The rotary wood dryer turns on two riding rings and a girth gear. Whilst turning hot gases are blown through which reduces the moisture of the wood. These three areas need to be lubricate to ensure smooth operation and turning.
If they are not lubricated the gears deteriorate quicker which leads to inefficient running and increased energy costs due to increased load on the motors