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American specialty paper manufacturer Little Rapids Corporation has signed a contract with Voith Brazil to purchase a new tissue paper machine. This new machine will replace the existing PM3, located in Shawano, Wisconsin (USA).

voith logo 2016Besides significant improvement of paper quality, the new machine will produce 119 metric tons per day at a speed of 1,830 m/min. Except for the existing Yankee dryer, which will be reused, all other machine components will be new and based on Voith's machine model VTM3.

In addition to the new tissue machine and auxiliaries, Voith's scope of supply includes: stock preparation, approach flow system, steam box, dust and mist removal systems, DCS systems and field services.

The project is scheduled to start in the third quarter of this year and the start-up is expected for the end of 2017.

About Little Rapids Corporation
Little Rapids Corporation was founded by Charles Egan in 1947 and re-mains a family-owned business. The company’s core product lines serve the medical and beauty market segments, flexographic printing for a variety of packaging markets, and tissue, MG paper, and wet crepe paper for the specialty paper market. With headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Green Bay, the company, which employs 435, also has a paper manufacturing facility in Shawano, Wisconsin. In addition, the company donates to the region via the Little Rapids Corporation - Egan Family Foundation, a private foundation established by the Egan family in 1986 with the mission to fund charities in communities where Little Rapids Corporation has facilities.

About Voith Paper
Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and is one of the leading partners and pioneers in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About the company
Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials, transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 20,000 people, generates €4.3 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the biggest family owned companies in Europe.*
* Excluding the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services.

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Sun Paper, one of the leading paper makers in China, recently successfully started up its new testliner paper machines with an annual capacity of 800,000 metric tons at its location in Zoucheng. The main paper machine, the right-hand machine PM31 and the left-hand machine PM32 are both provided by Voith. The PM31 has successfully started up, marking a milestone in China’s papermaking sector, as it is the first time that two different packaging paper machines have ever been installed in a common production hall.

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With support from Voith, the project enables Sun Paper to achieve high production efficiency, significant cost savings and efficient fiber utilization along the manufacturing process.

With a production width of 6,660 mm and an operating speed of 1,200 m/min, the PM31 produces testliner in the basis weight range of 110 to 250 g/m2. It adopts the cutting edge technology of the three layer MasterJet headbox, the Tandem NipcoFlex shoe press and the SpeedSizer as well as the hard nip calender. The installation of the PM31 started in October 2015 and it became operational on July 10, 2016, an impressive achievement in the domestic papermaking industry.

With a relentless effort and close cooperation of the special taskforces from Voith and Sun Paper, the PM31 achieved paper on reel earlier than Sun Paper had anticipated. In addition, it took only 12 hours from stock on wire to paper on reel. And it only took one day to produce saleable paper. Moreover, the PM31 is running quite smoothly and stable after startup.

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The PM32 is expected to start up in August 2016. The PM32 adopts the advanced technology of “one headbox, two layers” with tandem NipcoFlex, surface sizing and hard nip calendar. It produces corrugating medium and testliner in the basis weight range of 90 to 140 g/m2.

With Fourdrinier and DuoFormer D II, the PM32 can guarantee product quality at a high operating speed. In addition, the PM32 is the first paper machine to adopt the most advanced double layer headbox MasterJet Pro F/B2, which offers high efficiency, good formation, even basis weight, high paper strength and stable quality for production of top-quality testliner of low basis weight.

Sun Paper, headquartered in Shandong Province, is a major paper manufacturer in China and one of the TOP 500 enterprises in the country, with total assets worth 28.8 billion yuan and an annual pulp and paper manufacturing capacity of 4.5 million metric tons.

About Voith Paper
Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and is one of the leading partners and pioneers in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About the company
Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials, transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 20,000 people, generates €4.3 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the biggest family owned companies in Europe.*
* Excluding the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services.

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PeakElement, the elastomer component developed by Voith and available for all Voith press felt designs, improves the efficiency of machines for all paper grades. The new material reduces startup time and energy consumption.

  • Shorter startup time
  • Energy savings
  • Improved machine efficiency

The elastomer component is integrated into the felt structure and ensures that the felt achieves the optimum saturation in the nip as quickly as possible. This is necessary to obtain the ideal hydraulic pressure in the press nip and enable appropriate dewatering. As press felts with PeakElement technology compress up to 15 % more than standard felts, the functional saturation is achieved within a much shorter period. As a result, the startup time for the paper machine is noticeably reduced and the actual production speed is reached sooner.

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The rebound capacity of the press felt is also crucial for performance over the entire service life. The elastomer component prevents a lasting deformation of the material – even after over two million revolutions. This means that the flow of water is guaranteed and the machine efficiency is continuously maintained.

PeakElement technology has already proven effective in numerous paper machines producing all grades of paper. Along with the shorter startup times and lower energy consumption, paper manufacturers have also opted to switch to PeakElement technology because of the higher production volume it offers.

About Voith Paper
Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and is one of the leading partners and pioneers in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About the company
Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials, transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 20,000 people, generates €4.3 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the biggest family owned companies in Europe.*

* Excluding the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services.

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Stora Enso has commissioned Voith to install a fully automated VariFlex winder on the BM1 board machine at its Kaukopää mill in Imatra, Finland. The winder’s innovative concept increases processing capacity and makes production safer and more reliable.

voith logo 2016The Voith VariFlex has proven to be effective in a large number of facilities. It impresses with fast swap-over times for format and roll changes and consistently good roll quality. Other outstanding features are the excellent start and end sheet gluing using the Gecko OneStep gluing device and the high productivity and machine safety due to the automated perforating units for parent reel and finished rolls.

For Stora Enso, the short installation time was one of the key factors in awarding the contract to Voith: The rebuild is scheduled to take place in January 2017 and should be completed within a maximum of ten days. Voith was able to demonstrate that this is possible through its past rebuild projects.

The BM1 in Imatra Mills produces food service boards for drinking cups and other food service and food packaging applications. The winder is designed with a width of 4,600 mm and a speed of up to 2,500 m/min. In future, the diameter of the finished roll can be increased to up to 2,100 mm.

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. Imatra Mills situates around 250 km east of Helsinki. Imatra Mills consist of two production units, Kaukopää and Tainionkoski. The mills produce about a million metric tons a year of liquid and food service board as well as high-quality packaging papers and graphical board for book covers, cards and luxury packaging.

About Voith Paper
Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and is one of the leading partners and pioneers in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About the company
Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials, transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 20,000 people, generates €4.3 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the biggest family owned companies in Europe.*
* Excluding the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services.

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Voith has developed a ‘Seal Wear Monitoring’ system which will make sealing strip replacement easier to plan in future. Used for the first time at Swiss company Model, it helps minimize unscheduled downtimes due to roll failure or sealing strip wear or defects. The technology is one of Voith’s innovations from its Papermaking 4.0 range and enables paper producers to also take a significant step towards ‘smart factory’ conversion.

Marc Erkelenz explains how the smart monitoring of the sealing strip works: “Our product automatically informs the client by email when a defined wear level has been reached and also predicts the residual service life.” Erkelenz is responsible for developing new products for roll service at Voith and has lead the Seal Wear Monitoring project.

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The system installed in the pick-up roll continuously monitors the sealing strip wear and predicts a replacement date based on the data obtained. Following a second wear indication conducted subsequently for validation purposes, the system automatically adjusts this date if necessary. Fully automatically, and with sufficient notice, the monitoring system then emails this information to all relevant parties such as the paper manufacturer, maintenance provider or customer service at the respective Voith roll service center. The risk of a roll failure is thus minimized, and the roll change can be done during scheduled downtimes or safely postponed. This was the scenario at Model, a family-run company in Switzerland, where the first signal from Voith's Seal Wear Monitoring system was received in May 2016 along with a predicted date for a roll change.

Jochen Honold, Product Manager for mechanical roll service at Voith, sums up the benefits for the customer: “This global innovation guarantees scheduling that is based on facts and therefore reduces the risk of an unexpected roll failure, which in turn avoids unnecessary costs. The customer has enough time to plan the shutdown and ensure that sufficient personnel are available to change the roll. In addition, a time window can already be booked for the roll service in a Voith Paper roll service center. This allows spare parts to be ordered in advance and the roll gets back to the customer much sooner.”

Voith’s intelligent wear monitoring system with fact-based scheduling of any necessary replacement represents a completely new procedure for planning preventive roll changes. Until now, changes have almost always been done on the basis of empirical values which do not, however, take account of the actual condition of the rolls. The main reason for this is that following installation of the wear parts it is not possible to check their condition at all, or only with a great deal of effort. This is why the decision-making procedure has been based on historical data and process or roll irregularities. The result is that in many cases, a roll is replaced even though the sealing strip system could have been used for longer. Thanks to the real-time data transmitted by the Voith Seal Wear Monitoring system, paper producers and maintenance providers can now decide on the timing of a replacement based on factual evidence. In practice, this allows the possible wear potential to be exhausted and therefore provides the option of extending service life with minimal risk of breakdown. Swiss papermaker Model is expecting the best case scenario to be a doubling of service life.

But even if the sealing strip wears sooner than expected, having real-time data now ensures that such events can be identified and predicted, allowing the operator to rectify them in good time. Seal Wear Monitoring therefore helps in any case to minimize the risk of a failure of the suction roll and consequently, a costly production downtime. Because the replacement is planned, Model can also produce a long-term schedule for its servicing activities and order all necessary spare parts at exactly the right time.

Moreover, the patented system is compatible with Voith’s HydroSeal sealing strips which can reduce the lubrication water consumption of the suction roll by up to 87%. The system can be readily installed in all suction roll types regardless of age and manufacturer.

Model produces packaging solutions from solid and corrugated board at 12 sites in Europe, including the home of the PM 3, the Niedergösgen production facility in the canton of Solothurn. The PM 3, on which the innovative system was installed, produces 215,000 metric tons per annum corrugated baseboard with basis weights of 120 to 170 g/m2 from recovered paper on a working width of 5,200 mm.

The Seal Wear Monitoring system is a product from Voith’s Papermaking 4.0 range, which allows paper machine efficiency to be increased through visualization, stabilization and optimization. The focus is on a modular concept that can be tailored individually to the needs of each customer and is independent of any existing process control system and the age of the machine.

About Voith Paper
Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and is one of the leading partners and pioneers in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About the company
Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials, transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 20,000 people, generates €4.3 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the biggest family owned companies in Europe.*
* Excluding the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services.

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The focus of the three-day exhibition with congress is the pulp and paper production as well as the range of fiber based materials for the paper industry.

voith logo 2016Voith presents innovative products, latest references and developments for paper machine optimization, energy and raw material savings. Dr. Christian Naydowski, Vice President Technology 4.0, will present his speech “Optimized paper manufacturing processes using the Internet of things” during the Business Forum.

Visit Voith at Zellcheming-Expo in Hall 11.0, Booth C10 at the fairgrounds in Frankfurt a. M., 28.-30. June 2016.

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At Sappi Finland Operations Oy in Kirkniemi, Finland, Voith has successfully converted the existing Hedemora disc filter in the stock preparation unit to the latest BaglessPlus filter technology. As the number of discs could be reduced, the disc filter will be well prepared for future increase capacity. The rebuild has also substantially improved the performance of fiber material removal and reduced maintenance costs. Filtrate quality is now more stable due to no more leakage in filter plastic bags.

voith logo 2016With the newly installed BaglessPlus disc filter sectors with knock-off nozzles the number of sectors could be reduced from 18 to 16 discs. With full assembly a capacity increase by 30 percent can be achieved, when future upgrade of the production line is necessary. The conversion to BaglessPlus has allowed stable and good filtrate quality. And this filtrate quality will remain constant over the entire service life of the sectors of more than ten years, as the BaglessPlus sectors are maintenance-free and do not suffer from any kind of leakage. Thanks to the consistent process conditions, the operation is more stable.

Impressed by the concept for the new filter technology with BaglessPlus, Sappi decided to also commission Voith to rebuild an Ahlström disc filter at its mill in Kirkniemi during this year’s scheduled summer shutdown.

Sappi is a leading global producer of premium quality fine paper. In Europe, Sappi Fine Paper Europe has a production capacity of 3.5 million metric tons of fine paper and 1.1 million metric tons of pulp per year. At Sappi Finland Operations Oy in Kirkniemi, 70 km from Helsinki, 760,000 metric tons of coated writing and printing paper is produced annually from locally sourced wood.

About Voith Paper

Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and is one of the leading partners and pioneers in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About the company

Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials, transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 20,000 people, generates €4.3 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the biggest family owned companies in Europe.*
* Excluding the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services.

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Grigeo Klaipėdos Kartonas AB, a company of the Grigeo Grigiškės group, has commissioned Voith to rebuild the board machine in Klaipeda, western Lithuania. The main goals of the modernization are to increase capacity by 30 % and to improve quality.

voith logo 2016Voith will rebuild the wire section and deliver new drives for the dryer section. The rebuild is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016. The board machine will be able to produce 130,000 t/y of Corrugated Medium and Testliner from OCC in a basis weight range of 90 – 200 g/m2.

Key reasons for Grigeo Klaipėdos Kartonas AB in selecting Voith as its supplier were the many successful rebuilds the company has carried out, along with its competence in manufacturing board and packaging paper. Voith was able to demonstrate and implement this impressively in the project phase.

Grigeo Klaipėdos Kartonas AB, established in 1898, is one of the oldest companies in Lithuania. Since beginning of 2010 it belongs to the Lithuanian Grigeo Grigiškės group. This rebuild of the board machine is the first step of a three-phased investment program, to double the production capacity within the next three to five years.

About Voith Paper

Voith Paper is a corporate division of Voith and is one of the leading partners and pioneers in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About the company

Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials, transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 20,000 people, generates €4.3 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the biggest family owned companies in Europe.*
* Excluding the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services.

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Two new roll covers, MatchPress for press rolls and MatchFlow for suction press rolls, are additions to Voith‘s product portfolio. MatchPress and MatchFlow are designed for graphic and packaging paper machines with a wire width of up to 6,000 mm and speeds up to 800 m/min. The new covers are specifically designed to meet the demands of these machines and enable the operator to lift production to a new level and thus gain a competitive advantage.

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  • Tailored to the requirements of small and medium-sized paper machines
  • High dewatering performance through customized surface design
  • Improved material characteristics for reduced wear

MatchPress and MatchFlow offer markedly improved material characteristics. These enable surface designs that increase dewatering capacity in the press section. Furthermore the material characteristics are key for the high wear resistance of the covers. Constant high grinding intervals can thus be achieved for the operator.

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Unique groove dimensions and blind-drilled design in the covers guarantee high dewatering of the paper web. This effect is reinforced thanks to high open area of the new roll covers MatchPress and MatchFlow. This leads to higher production volumes or lower energy consumption. Initial runs in actual operating scenarios demonstrate these characteristics impressively: For example, a Voith customer was able to increase its annual production with MatchPress by 10,000 metric tons, or by nearly 4%.

About Voith Paper

Voith Paper is a corporate division of Voith and is one of the leading partners and pioneers in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About the company

Voith sets standards in the energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive markets. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 20,000 employees and earns €4.3 billion in sales. It has locations in over 60 countries and is one of the large family-owned companies in Europe.*
* Excluding the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services.

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The Koehler Kehl paper mill has awarded Voith the contract for the rebuild of the PM1. The aim of the rebuild is to improve the profile quality of the specialty papers produced and also increase the energy efficiency of the production line. The modifications will also allow production to be stepped up on the PM1 in the future.

voith logo 2016The PM1 has been producing carbonless paper and thermal paper since 1988. The scope of the upgrade includes the installation of a MasterJet Pro F/B headbox and modification conversion of the approach flow system.

The MasterJet Pro F/B will be fitted with ModuleJet dilution water technology to achieve optimum basis weight profiles. It is also equipped with lamella technology for optimum jet quality and an EdgeModule as an effective tool for fast optimization of fiber orientation in the event of grade changes or large differences in grammages.

The proven OnQ Profilmatic CD profile controller, which is already operating on the PM1’s DynaCoat coater, is used to achieve better basis weight profiles and minimal settling times in the case of grade changes.

On the MasterJet Pro F/B, energy is saved for example due to the absence of the return pipe on the cross-flow header of the HC line. This reduces the volume flow to the headbox, so that less pump energy is required.

The rebuild in the approach flow system comprises the supply of an IntegraGuard screen for both main and dilution water line. The IntegraGuard screen is setting benchmarks for minimal pressure pulsations with maximum screening efficiency. This is primarily the result of the proven combination of C-bar screen basket and Multifoil rotor. The conical, eccentric housing ensures that there are no deposits or strings.

Additional energy is saved thanks to the optimized flow concept in IntegraGuard with minimal pressure losses and the switch to a two-stage screening process in the modified approach flow system. Moreover, pulsation measurements in the approach flow system conducted by Voith have shown that in combination with the low-pulsation IntegraGuard screen, there is no need for a pulsation damper in front of the headbox.

The investment in the rebuild of the PM1 therefore helps ensure that the production facility in Kehl for carbonless paper and thermal paper continues to be one of the most modern and economic paper machines of its kind.

About Voith Paper
Voith Paper is a corporate division of Voith and is one of the leading partners and pioneers in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About the company
Voith sets standards in the energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive markets. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 20,000 employees and earns €4.3 billion in sales. It has locations in over 60 countries and is one of the large family-owned companies in Europe.*
* Excluding the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services.

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