BEP Engineering Services Expands Forest Industry Offerings with Most Advanced Dry Kilns Available

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Leading mill engineering firm partners with BRUNNER HILDEBRAND® to offer conventional and progressive kilns and control systems

“At BEP Engineering Services, we’re committed to providing complete industrial solutions for our clients, not just engineering services,” said Bernie Pahlke, president of BEP Engineering Services

BEP Engineering Services Ltd. today announced the expansion of its product and service offerings to include the industry’s most innovative dry kilns and control systems. The company has partnered with the pioneer and established leader in timber drying kilns, BRUNNER HILDEBRAND®, in order to provide added value to its forest industry clients.

As a prime consultant specializing in mill engineering, BEP Engineering Services has well over three decades’ experience working in the forest industry and understands the needs of its various clients throughout North America. That is why BEP Engineering Services was chosen as a master distributor and partner for the conventional and progressive BRUNNER HILDEBRAND kilns.

“At BEP Engineering Services, we’re committed to providing complete industrial solutions for our clients, not just engineering services,” said Bernie Pahlke, president of BEP Engineering Services. “That means giving them easy access to the most innovative equipment available, like BRUNNER HILDEBRAND kilns, and we’re proud to be able to fulfill a need and create further efficiencies and cost savings for them, too.”

BRUNNER HILDEBRAND manufactures kilns that meet International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) requirements, as well as any need, including heat treatment kilns, continuous kilns and kilns with ultra-fast temperature drying for special softwood species, and even specialized kilns for other materials. All BRUNNER HILDEBRAND kilns are made from aluminum or stainless steel, supplying the highest levels of insulation. This, combined with the company’s leading innovations in climate, heat, and venting systems, including its patented BRUNNER HILDEBRAND Tandem Duo System for drying, enables environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient drying times.

Additionally, this past May, BRUNNER HILDEBRAND announced its new energy-saving system, HILDEBRAND HTT®. This package kiln innovation manages air flow to maintain wood quality, while promoting moisture evaporation. To do so, a computer control system positions height-adjustable aluminum baffles to the lumber load based on constantly updated drying data, allowing all stacks to be exposed to periods of high air flow as well as very low or no air flow. Not only does this result in uniform final moisture distribution and improved grade with minimal wets, it reduces electrical energy consumption and the drying cost per board foot (BF) for its users.

Customers will also enjoy the level of customization provided by BRUNNER HILDEBRAND, which allows flexibility with all heating mediums, e.g., low or high pressure steam, hot water, hot air and condensation (dehumidification). Furthermore, its design permits heating systems to be combined to develop hybrid dryers, such as a gas-fired hot air burner with dehumidification, enabling an organization to utilize the most effective way to heat treat, using hot air, and then dry high-grade material with dehumidification.

Individuals interested in learning more about this partnership or the BRUNNER HILDEBRAND brand of kilns for enhanced operational efficiency and cost savings should contact BEP Engineering Services at 604.575.3322.

About BEP Engineering Services Ltd.
Based in Surrey, BC, BEP Engineering Services is a general contractor of mill engineering and industrial architects. With almost 35 years’ experience in providing design, detailing, and certification services, BEP Engineering has worked with countless clients in sawmill, re-man, plywood, planer mill, veneer, and shake-producing industries. Whether creating new operations or upgrading or modifying existing plants, the BEP Engineering team develops optimized designs and delivers operational efficiency, all while meeting or exceeding expectations. Learn more at

BRUNNER HILDEBRAND is the original and market leader of timber drying kiln manufacturing. Over the past four decades, many thousands of Hildebrand kilns have been installed across the world. Hildebrand’s quality and longevity is legendary everywhere with many of its early kilns still in operation today. BRUNNER HILDEBRAND pioneered technologies into common, everyday use, such as its high-capacity kilns with intermediate ceilings, kilns using an all-aluminum construction method, reversible airflow, computer-based kiln controls, electronic fan speed controls, and more. In May 2009, the BRUNNER HILDEBRAND group merged with the well-known company, SECEA, thereby producing synergies to share with customers. To learn more, visit
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Daniel Esterreicher
BEP Engineering Services Ltd.
Tel: 604.575.3322
Email: daniel.e(at)

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