Timbersoft cc

Kiln Automation, Design, Drying Solutions and Industrial IT



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Johan Viljoen

+27 82 8755171

Henco Viljoen

+27 72 3318857



Welcome to Timbersoft cc - home to an exciting and profitable change to traditional drying of SA Pine and Eucalyptus species



"The Timbersoft kiln upgrade was the most positive upgrade that we could do. Timber quality improved and we had a huge drop in our electricity bill" .......André Lombaard - Riversdal Sawmill

See our advertisement and articles in the February issue of WOOD SA/Timber times and the Woodex issue of TimberIQ magazines

Current Projects:

Upgrading of compartment kilns at New Scotland Sawmill
Designing and building of Solar/Dehumidification Hybrid Kiln





Khulani Timber Industries: - T&T Eucalyptus kiln -  Mr. Doug Tallis, 015-3099202

Ngomi Timbers – Vryheid: Control upgrade of Progressive pine kiln and Dutch Oven design: Mr. Rodney Thorpe, 011-8653075

Spitzkop Sawmill – Sabie: Automation and upgrade of Heatco progressive kilns, Servaas, 013-7642158

Miracle Timbers – Sabie: Timbersoft pine kiln, Ockie Botha, 013-7642617

Holkay Sawmill – Graskop: Automation and upgrade of Heatco progressive kilns. Drying schedules for pine and Eucalyptus, Heinrich & Otto Mohr. Tel. 083-6576277, 083-6576275

CRS Timbers – Schagen: Automation and upgrade of Heatco progressive kilns. Drying schedules for pine and Eucalyptus, Ruan Smith - 082 4183557

Sandveld sawmill – Whiteriver: Automation and upgrade of Heatco progressive kilns, and Automation of new Bosman kilns. Drying schedules for pine and Eucalyptus. 013-7961314

Sun Pallets – Sodwala: Automation and upgrade of Heatco progressive kilns, Willie Coetzee - 013 733 3319

Riversdal Sawmill – Riverdal: Automation of Compartment kilns, Andre Lombaard, 0828526224

Lothair Milling Company – Lothair:  Control upgrade of Progressive pine kiln. Nick  van der Walt. 017-8453084

Verulam Sawmill – Barberton , Control upgrade of Progressive pine kiln & Heatco Kiln. Edward 013-7123185

Warburton Sawmill – Warburton: Automation and upgrade of New Bosman progressive kilns. Braam Steenkamp, 0179451517

Yorkcor – Drying consultation (in the beginning days!) Mr. Deon Breytenbach 013-7649200


Timbersoft Profile

Timbersoft have offices in Whiteriver Mpumalanga and Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape 

Timbersoft specializes in upgrading of kilns and drying controls for drying SA Pine boards, poles, as well as Eucalyptus poles and boards. After the upgrade we assist in setting up optimum drying schedules for each kiln. We can also optimizing drying schedules on existing control systems (provided they are accurate and flexible enough)

We have since our establishment in 2001 done Automation upgrades on more than 50 Kilns at various different sites and the designing and building of 4 complete kilns. We have done work in South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland and Tanzania. We also do Dutch oven designing and Saw mill consulting work. We are currently busy with plans to expand the automation leg of the business to other industries

Who is Timbersoft?

Johan and Henco Viljoen is the key team at Timbersoft

Johan has 44 years Saw milling and drying experience, of which many years were spend developing a unique approach to drying timber at conventional and high temperatures. He developed his passion for drying in his early days of saw milling when he started questioning why kiln reject rates where so high. He has an in depth technical knowledge of the whole sawmilling environment

 Henco holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Wood technology from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University - RSA, an Advanced Diploma in Industrial Automation from the Engineering Institute of Technology - Australia and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. He has 15 years IT background of  which the last 8 years was spend working closely with Johan, soft-coding his drying principles into the Timbersoft control system. He has experience in the programming various PLCs including Siemens S7, Omron, Unitronics and Delta as well as setting up and supporting SCADA systems like, ADROIT, ZVIEW and Citect. Henco has been contracted, since 2008, as the moderator for the Timber seasoning exams in the Wood technology Diploma and Bachelors courses at The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The rest of the support team, which gets subcontracted on an add-hoc basis as needed is made up of a full time Saw Miller/Wood technologist, an Electrical engineer, and a Millwright.

Between the team, they have 56+ years Saw milling, 40 years Electric and Mechanical Engineering, 15 years Information Technology and 8 years Automation experience.

Timbersoft is System Integrators for OMRON PLCs, Adroit Scada Systems, Unitronics PLCs and ZIEW SCADA. Other Off the shelf PLC/Scada options can also be used depending the client’s preferences


Contact Information

+27 82 8755171 (Johan) +27 72 3318857 (Henco)
 +27 86 6851405
Postal address
Electronic mail
General Information: hencov@lantic.net


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Last modified: February 12, 2013