Powerful automation systems are necessary as early as the first phase of wood processing in order to guarantee an efficient workflow throughout. High-performance controllers are also frequently needed to make complex calculations and process data from many external sensors. It is necessary for the automation system to provide precise closed-loop control functionality in many different areas (e.g. pressure, temperature or moisture). The combination of PC-based hardware architecture and HMI systems, the integration of all control algorithms in software and the presence of remote I/O from B&R are optimal solutions that can meet these challenges.