But at regular intervals production had to be stopped to strip down a cylinder operating one of the clamping arms on a saw, because of a build up of water in the cylinder.

Wilson’s engineering manager, Tobbe Dandberg, said the amount of time lost was becoming unacceptable. “With millions invested in sawmilling, drying, machining and treatment equipment, we had to find a solution fast,” he said.
In January this year the company invested in an Eliminizer from European distributor Duncan Rogers Engineering Ltd. It was fitted in front of the clamping arm cylinder on one of the saws – since when no production has been lost.

Mr Sandberg said: “We were so impressed that we installed an Eliminizer on another saw. They have more than paid for themselves in reduced downtime.”

Andrew Rogers, sales director of Duncan Rogers Engineering Ltd, described the Eliminizer as being a unique device requiring no external power and virtually maintenance free.

He added: “It is a cost-effective solution to water in compressed air.”