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ANDRITZ Brasil Ltda., part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order to supply dynamic simulation solutions for Klabin’s Puma II pulp mill project in Ortigueira, Paraná, Brazil.

ANDRITZ Automation will be responsible for development of the dynamic simulation models, DCS checkout (DCS logic test and validation) and operator training simulator (OTS). ANDRITZ’s proprietary simulation tool IDEAS™ will be used to model the recovery boiler #2 and power boiler #2 supplied by ANDRITZ and the evaporator #2 supplied by another vendor. The simulated models will be used to test and verify process design concepts, identify and correct errors in the control logic and provide realistic, hands-on training modules for the operators, helping Klabin to achieve a faster and smoother start-up. In addition, the simulator will allow training of operators on the core processes in a risk-free environment prior to operating the actual plant.

  Klabin’s recovery boiler and power boiler © ANDRITZ Klabin’s recovery boiler and power boiler © ANDRITZ

“The well proven ANDRITZ IDEAS simulation tool has been used during commissioning, start-up and training in almost all pulp & paper greenfield projects in Brazil since 2002. We are very proud that Klabin decided again to choose IDEAS as the main simulation tool for the Puma II project. IDEAS’ incomparable technology, its unique training platform as well as the outstanding results from the Puma°I project, where ANDRITZ supplied simulation tools for key process areas in addition to major equipment and technologies, were decisive in award of the order to ANDRITZ,” says Leonardo Alves, Application and Sales Manager in Brazil for the Automation division. “Today, IDEAS software is also used to create digital twins of client mills. These digital twins run online. This kind of application can be used to measure the conditions and/or physical characteristics of a process and provide virtual measurements where real-world measurements are impossible, thus real-time plant optimization has become a reality,” he concludes.

For Klabin’s Puma II project, ANDRITZ will supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies and key process equipment, including the wood processing plant, recovery boiler, power boiler and white liquor plant.

International technology Group ANDRITZ has officially launched its new PrimeLineVRT – Vertical CrescentFormer – tissue machine for the production of dry crepe tissue.

The PrimeLineVRT features a vertical CrescentFormer in the forming section that enhances dewatering of the fiber web. This enables higher dryness right after the press section and an increase in paper caliper. Depending on the grade and basis weight of the paper produced, between two and four additional percentage points of dryness can be achieved after the press section compared to standard CrescentFormer configurations.

The new VRT technology was developed and intensively tested at the ANDRITZ PrimeLineTIAC tissue pilot plant in Graz, Austria. © ANDRITZ The new VRT technology was developed and intensively tested at the ANDRITZ PrimeLineTIAC tissue pilot plant in Graz, Austria. © ANDRITZ

“The advantage of this new technology is that we do not need additional fabrics and fabric loops or any extra space in the basement for installation of the equipment.This results in lower building costs as well as easier operation and maintenance compared to similar technologies on the market,” says Stefano Marenco, Director of PrimeLineTIAC and R&D Tissue at ANDRITZ.

The PrimeLineVRT was developed and extensively tested at the ANDRITZ Tissue Innovation and Application Center in Graz, Austria. With this new technology that is tailormade for significant improvement of dry crepe production, ANDRITZ once again confirms its strong position as one of the global market leaders for the supply of innovative key components used in conventional to ultra-premium grades within the tissue industry.

For more information about the PrimeLineVRT, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit us at the Tissue World Miami trade show from March 11 to 13, 2020, to discuss your next tissue project with our experts at booth no. B15.

New sensors offer widest variety of measurement options available, incorporating unique principles for unparalleled levels of accuracy and control, with reduced maintenance.

ABB has just launched its KPM KC9 Optical Consistency Transmitter family, a new range of sensors that provide accurate measurement of total and/or ash consistency for better wet end measurement and control in pulp and paper processes. The sensors are suitable for pulp, paper, board and tissue manufacturers using virgin or recycled raw materials, particularly those using ash fillers, where only optical sensors are effective to measure ash consistency.

Available as either inline or bypass sensors, the entire KPM KC9 Optical Consistency Transmitter family offers the widest range of sensor options currently available and is best suited to measure the lowest consistency ranges. Providing reliable and accurate results, the sensors permit maintenance while processes are running, unlike other consistency sensors which require a shutdown and emptying of the process pipe.

ABB KPM KC9 Inline Optical Consistency Transmitter sensorABB KPM KC9 Inline Optical Consistency Transmitter sensor

The sensors work in tandem with ABB’s KPM KRA/KRT Retention Measurement System, used to monitor and control paper and board machine retention. Available in two options, the KRA unit measures white water total consistency as well as ash consistency. The KRT unit measures total consistency only.

“These new sensors employ unique measuring principles to ensure each application is covered cost effectively without compromising measurement accuracy,” said Per Sandstrom, Head of Lab and Process Testing Measurements, Pulp and Paper, Process Industries, ABB. “The sensors provide better control of deinking processes and machine wet end, enabling the highest proportion of on spec product with limited maintenance and lower installation costs.”

Besides its Optical Consistency Transmitter, ABB’s retention measurement system includes all necessary modules to ensure accurate and trouble-free measurement of headbox or white water stock, where consistency is so low that only optical technologies can be used. The system and sensors are part of ABB’s complete solution set for the wet end, including quality control, automation, advanced process control, instrumentation and much more.

ABB KPM KC9 Bypass Optical Consistency Transmitter sensorABB KPM KC9 Bypass Optical Consistency Transmitter sensor

The KPM KC9 Optical Consistency Transmitter range

Inline sensors

The KPM KC9 inline consistency sensors are developed to measure single component fiber consistency in liquids from 0-14 percent.

Bypass sensors

The KPM KC9 bypass consistency sensors are developed to measure consistency in liquids from 0–5 percent.

All the new models with updated electrical and software design are evolved from industry-proven KPM OC Optical Consistency Transmitters. These were originally developed in cooperation with Cerlic, which has a 40-year heritage in pulp and paper applications.

For further information on the KPM KC9 Optical Consistency Transmitter family of sensors, please visit: https://new.abb.com/pulp-paper/abb-in-pulp-and-paper/products/process-measurements

Friday, 28 February 2020 07:07

Building success together

Businesses in Brazil benefit from Sulzer engineering solutions

Since 1948 Sulzer has established a network of technically advanced repair and maintenance facilities. Today, service centers specializing in the repair and maintenance of all types of rotating equipment support local industry.

Brazilian service centers can deliver retrofit projects that re-engineer pumps to perform more efficiently Brazilian service centers can deliver retrofit projects that re-engineer pumps to perform more efficiently

The Brazilian service centers are positioned to deliver quality equipment and maintenance services using high-precision instruments and machine tools. The experienced and dedicated teams of engineers provide flexible, round-the-clock support to customers in many industrial sectors.

Sulzer provides tailored engineering solutions to key businesses in the area, such as water, pulp and paper, refineries, hydrocarbon processing, fertilizers, power generation and more general industry. Every day, the teams take on the challenges posed by customers to deliver the best quality repairs that offer improved reliability and productivity.

To see how Sulzer can support the region watch the latest overview video:

Sulzer supports Brazilian customers with high quality pumping solutions as well as its rotating equipment services for all industries. Specialist designers can deliver retrofit projects that re-engineer large pumps to perform more efficiently and offer better productivity.

Marcelo Alves, President South America – Rotating Equipment Services and Managing Director at Sulzer in Brazil says “We have experience in working on gas turbines, industrial compressors, large scale pumping installations as well as motors and generators. From installing new equipment to repairing and maintaining existing assets, we have the skills and expertise to support the Brazilian industry.

“Whatever the project, our engineers have the support of the wider Sulzer organization, which has extensive knowledge and resources that offer cutting-edge solutions. In all of Sulzer’s facilities, customers are welcomed to discuss challenges and inspect on-going work, keeping communication at the heart of every project.”

Sulzer’s global network of 180 production and service sites distributed across more than 50 countries, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela, makes it possible for the company to support Brazil’s global competitiveness in its key sectors with state-of-the-art engineering solutions. Brazilian businesses can benefit from a wide range of services to boost operational efficiency while minimizing their downtime.

Valmet will supply the final stage of its four-stage forming section rebuild to Stora Enso’s Skoghall Mill in Sweden. The target of Valmet’s four-stage development project is to further improve production capabilities of the Stora Enso Skoghall Mill forming section.

valmet logo rgbThe latest order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

“Innovation and continuous long-term development describe well our cooperation with Valmet. Together we came up with a solution that fulfils our targets for this upgrade project,” says Marie Morin, Mill Director from Stora Enso.

“Stora Enso Skoghall Mill is committed to long-term development of its machines. This type of cooperation is based on trust and openness and we look forward to successfully conclude the last phase of this project,” says Kirsi Peltola, Sales Manager from Valmet.

Valmet supplied the first stage in 2017 and has since then upgraded other parts of the forming section step-by-step on an annual basis. The last stage of the rebuild will be started up at the end of year 2020.

Information about the customer Stora Enso

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. The company employs some 26,000 people in more than 30 countries. Skoghall Mill in western Sweden is a modern world-class producer of cartonboard for demanding consumer packaging and printing purposes, including liquid packaging and dry foodstuffs board.

Toscotec will be at Tissue World Miami 2020 Booth D-20 to showcase its innovative Tissue Technology including the Energy-Savings solutions customized for Sofidel America.

On March 13 at 1:00 pm, Sofidel’s Vice Chief Technical Officer Davide Mainardi and Toscotec’s Sales Director Marco Dalle Piagge will jointly present “Energy Efficient Solutions for Sofidel America: a Case Study”, which offers a detailed analysis of this new integrated tissue mill from a sustainability perspective.

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The presentation will focus on Toscotec’s scope of supply that included Detailed Process Engineering of the plant and layout (“Inside the Box”) to cut energy consumption and ensure top efficiency in the use of thermal and electrical energy. In particular, Toscotec’s design focused on the energy recovery from the Tissue Machine Drying Section and Auxiliary Systems, Process Optimization, as well as on the reduction of water consumption and Virgin Fiber usage.

Toscotec will also take part in the following events of the Tissue World Miami Conference:

On March 10, at 1:00 pm, John Holton, Technical Support Toscotec North America, will moderate the Yankee Dryer Workshop titled “Troubleshooting and Problem Solving” and will deliver a presentation on the subject of “Overview of Yankee Diagnostics”.

On March 11, at 2:10 pm, Toscotec Technical Director Paolo Raffaelli will take part in the Senior Management Symposium’s Panel Discussion “Business Resilience in the '20s: Technological, Liability, and Human Resource Challenges”.

The Toscotec teams of North America and Toscotec Italy will be at Booth D-20 from Wednesday, March 11, through Friday, March 13.

International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PrimeLineTM W6 tissue machine, including stock preparation, re-evaporation plant, hall-ventilation, automation, and electrification, at Arkhbum Tissue Group LLC in Vorsino (Kaluga region), Russia.

The ANDRITZ tissue machine – with a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a paper width of 5.6 m – produces high-quality facial, toilet, napkin, and kitchen towel grades made of 100% virgin pulp. The combination of a 16 ft. PrimeDry Steel Yankee and the latest PrimePress XT Evo shoe press technology enables a high drying capacity and achieves remarkable cost savings and operational flexibility compared to systems with conventional presses and cast Yankee dryers. The re-evaporation system that feeds energy back to the production process enables additional savings.

Successful start-up of the ANDRITZ PrimeLineTM W6 tissue machine with PrimePress XT Evo shoe press at Arkhbum Tissue Group LLC in Russia. Photo: ANDRITZSuccessful start-up of the ANDRITZ PrimeLineTM W6 tissue machine with PrimePress XT Evo shoe press at Arkhbum Tissue Group LLC in Russia. Photo: ANDRITZ

The scope of supply also included stock preparation with an approach flow system. The centerpiece of the stock preparation line is the ANDRITZ Papillon refiner, which treats fibers gently in the cylindrical refining zone in order to achieve superior fiber properties at low energy consumption. ANDRITZ also provided process pumps, piping, instrumentation, electrification and automation as well as on-site services.

This successful start-up confirms ANDRITZ’s strong position as one of the global market leaders for supply of complete tissue production lines, key components, and services.

Valmet will deliver cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd. (TNPL) for their unit 2, located in Mondipatti in the Trichy District, India. The site has a 200,000 tons per year multilayer board machine, which has been in operation since 2016. The new pulp mill will have a capacity of 165,000 tons per year of bleached hardwood kraft pulp and the start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2021.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2019. The value of the order will not be disclosed. An order with this scope of supply is usually valued in the range of EUR 20-30 million.

Valmet has a long-term relationship with TNPL. Valmet has previously supplied two fiberlines based on hardwood and bagasse respectively to their unit 1, located in Kagithapuram in the Karur District, India.

Managing Director and the mill management team of TNPL together with Valmet’s sales management teamManaging Director and the mill management team of TNPL together with Valmet’s sales management team

“Valmet’s technology is proven to meet TNPL’s strict requirements for low water consumption and raw material efficiency, which have special importance in this region. Since the launch of our latest third generation continuous cooking system in late 2018, we have been well received by the market and this order is yet another acknowledgment of that. Furthermore, this will be Valmet’s first modern reference in India for a continuous digester system, so we are proud and grateful to be a part of the project together with TNPL,” says Eva Engelfeldt, Senior Sales Manager, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.

“The unit 2 is a leading manufacturer of pulp and paper board in India. The new pulp mill with Valmet’s cooking and fiberline technology will further strengthen our ambition to maintain the leading position,” says S J Varadarajan, General Manager (Projects), TNPL. “The Valmet fiberline brings the latest technology to the TNPL Unit 2 with thrust on water conservation and environment protection. This fiberline will go a long way in making the operations of our unit 2 profitable,” says S V R Krishnan, Executive Director (Operations), TNPL.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

The scope of Valmet’s supply includes main equipment and process design for continuous cooking, deknotting, screening, brown stock washing, oxygen delignification, a three stage ECF bleaching and DNCG systems including pressure vessels, instruments and pumps.

Information about Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd.

Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers is situated at Kagithapuram in the Karur District of the Tamil Nadu province in India. The company produces newsprint and printing & writing papers using hardwood and bagasse as the primary raw materials.

James Cropper, one of the world’s most innovative papermakers, has appointed Tricia Hartmann as its first global luxury packaging lead for Speciality Papers.

Tricia joins to build awareness of James Cropper’s expertise in the luxury sector across the international market. With strong technical expertise in printing, paper and packaging, she will be responsible for the development of the luxury packaging offer; driving the take-up of the business’ bespoke services including Tailor Made papers and services, through growing its international partnerships with luxury brands.

Tricia Hartmann Tricia Hartmann James Cropper’s Tailor Made service combines world-leading colour-matching and sustainable fibre innovation expertise with post-production capabilities such as embossing, varnishing and laminating. It not only offers brands such as Burberry and Hallmark high-quality and beautiful unique papers, it also enables them to embed purpose driven credentials and communicate brand DNA and story through their packaging. 

Joining from Arjowiggins Creative Papers, Tricia previously spent ten years driving business development in luxury packaging across Europe and Asia.

Nick Barnes, Director at James Cropper said: “Tricia’s extensive knowledge of the international luxury packaging market and her passion for sustainability make her the perfect fit to drive forward our expansion on the international stage.

“We look forward to drawing on her insight and experience to continue to strengthen our offering to luxury brands across the globe.”

Speaking on her appointment Tricia Hartmann said: “Thanks to its position as a leading innovator in the luxury paper and packaging space for almost two centuries, James Cropper has firmly established itself as the leading solution to many international luxury brands, providing the paper for their shopping bags and their boxes.

“As we continue to see the drive towards a circular economy reaching brands and consumers in the luxury space, the demand for sustainable solutions like James Cropper’s CupCyclingTM and COLOURFORM is ever increasing. And the global market is responding as such.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining a business with such a great legacy of innovation in sustainability, and to be a part of its journey to becoming a leading player in the global luxury market”.

Tricia is based in Paris and will be growing James Cropper’s global team with a focus on partnerships in the premium packaging space across Europe, Asia and the USA. 

New Induction xP Plus is the paper industry’s most targeted, efficient and flexible induction heating actuator system for cross-direction (CD) caliper and gloss profile control

Technology leader ABB today announces the launch of its Induction xP Plus actuator for paper and packaging manufacturers seeking a powerful, efficient, rapid-acting and safe method for controlling caliper on paper machines calenders.

Induction xP Plus rapidly ensures efficient heating up to 100 kW/meter in a highly-targeted area, providing unmatched flexibility for power density and heating zone width. It is the only caliper profiling system available with hybrid control zone configurations of 60 mm, 75 mm or 120 mm, enabling customers to target higher precision heat distribution at the edges, where it is often critical, as well as increasing heat density to get on spec quicker—even after sheet breaks.

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“Induction xP Plus significantly enhances our offering as the only actuator featuring ABB’s unique power module technology, hybrid zones for targeted heat distribution and flexible layout configurations,“ said ABB product manager, Frank Condra. “The specification is developed to maximize paper quality and productivity, but crucially, includes an off-machine power module, enabling Induction xP Plus to meet the most stringent industrial safety requirements.”

An evolution of ABB’s highly-regarded Induction xP actuator, the new Induction xP Plus uses ABB’s uniquely efficient fixed frequency/soft switching technology which, in tandem with a lower voltage design, ensures negligible switching losses and lower stresses on electronic components. Induction xP Plus also features serial communications to the power modules, a three-phase power bus distribution system and advancements in the mower module and workcoil. These features combine to deliver the lowest CD caliper variation and associated improvements in reel build, while also providing the best sheet finishing for gloss, smoothness, and printability.

ABB’s Induction Profiler is an integral part of the ABB Ability™ Quality Management System, which is based on industry-leading ABB Ability™ System 800xA. By utilizing advanced measurement, control strategies and high-performance algorithms, ABB caliper and gloss control minimizes caliper and gloss variations under any operating conditions.

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