Dec 19, 2023
We are delighted to share the news of Valmet's successful implementation of the inaugural Smelt Spout Robot in North America, specifically at the Pixelle mill in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania. Through collaborative efforts and technical proficiency, this innovative robotic solution empowers Pixelle to efficiently clean multiple ports without the need for modifications to their existing boiler system.
Cleaning smelt spouts poses significant challenges due to the necessity for extensive personal protective equipment (PPE), making the process inherently hazardous. Beyond the safety concerns, the time-intensive nature of smelt spout rodding diverts valuable resources from crucial recovery boiler operations. Moreover, challenges arise from overhead piping obstructions and inadequate support beams, further complicating the cleaning process. Addressing these challenges requires innovative solutions that prioritize safety, efficiency, and the seamless integration of maintenance tasks into overall boiler operations.
|Spring Grove Pennsylvania, USA
|Smelt spout, robot, recovery boiler, health and safety, safety, innovation
|Cleaning cycle increase
|Titratable Alkali deviation improvement
|Green-to-black liquor standard deviation
|Smelt standard deviation improvement