Customer case:

Exceptional board quality achieved on a high-speed board machine featuring automated retention control

Nov 16, 2023

Kipaş PM1 is equipped with Valmet Retention Measurement (Valmet RM3), which today takes retention measurement one step further with its advanced features. Kipaş PM1 has been using two Valmet RM3 devices since its startup in 2014. Ali Özkan, Production Manager, notes that when they initially invested, RM3 devices were one of the most critical tools for their paper production: "Traceability is crucial in paper manufacturing. The more accurately and healthily you perform this task, the faster and more consistent your production becomes, enhancing quality. In today's economic environment, customers demand higher quality and more affordable products. Therefore, the automation and analysis systems selected at PM1 since its installation increase our competitiveness.”

Operator with Valmet Retention Measurement
Today, everything that speeds up the process is essential for production. The analyzer is reliable and maintains stability in the wet end of our fast-running board machine. RM3, unlike other consistency measuring devices, offers highly precise measurements. We have consistency transmitters measuring between 6-12% in pulp preparation. However, the RM3 measures between 0-1%. Other devices may not achieve this level of precision.
Muhammed Konak, Electrical Automation Maintenance Manager
RM3 allows us to use accurate dosage of chemicals. This makes our white water cleaner, reduces the number of paper breaks, and reduces our chemical consumption. With the data provided by this system, we can also control factors such as paper grammage and moisture fluctuations which improve the machine directional (MD) profiles of the board.
Ali Özkan, Production Manager


Location Kipaş Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
  • PM 1 in Kahramanmaraş has an annual production capacity of 450,000 tons

  • The mill was severely damaged after the February 2023 earthquake


Two units of Valmet Retention Measurement (Valmet RM3) in PM1 started-up in 2014

  • The mill is using Valmet RM3 to measure and control their headbox and white water consistency
  • The mill maintains competitiveness through continuous real-time monitoring of retention

  • Stable wet end in high-speed board production

  • Savings in chemical consumption with accurate dosage of chemicals

  • Less paper breaks

  • Cleaner white water

  • Improved machine directional (MD) profiles of the board by controlling paper grammage and moisture fluctuations

Keywords Paper, Europe, Automation