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Customer case:

Sofidel virtualized DCS and QCS in tissue production

Faced with an automation upgrade at its Delipapier plant, Sofidel took the advanced step of virtualizing the control and quality systems on tissue machine 1.

We have immediate access to details about a problem whether it occurred at the weekend or six months ago. We use it all the time to improve the process. Improvements like this have a big impact to our production.”
Stephane Bonnet, Production Manager
Summary
Location Frouard, France
Challenge

Faced with an automation upgrade, a traditional upgrade would have involved a substantial investment to replace computer hardware and automation infrastructure. 

Replacing many servers or PCs in a distributed system not only alleviates questions of reliability and spare part availability but also addresses the ability of using newer software to take the latest advances of automation technology into use.

Solution

Virtualization allows the physical computer hardware to be separated from the software by creating Virtual Machines (VM) in a host server to provide a much more fault tolerant and stable environment for critical applications.

Significantly reduces computer hardware required in the upgrade and lowers the expense of maintaining multiple operating platforms in the mill.

Results

Servers are now located in a clean and controlled environment which will maximize their service life.

Improved process visibility; Valmet DNA Historian, a high-performance data management system that collects real-time process data.

Keywords Tissue; Automation; Rebuilds and upgrades; Improvements; Europe

Distributed control systems (DCS)

Valmet's inventions in Distributed Control Systems (DCS) give you complete control of all your processes and provide user-friendliness and transparency that go far beyond traditional automation systems.

Quality management

In response to tissue makers’ specific needs, Valmet has introduced a number of innovations to bring the latest advances in quality control to the tissue machine.