Valmet IQ Pulp Weight Measurement

The accurate scan averages and high-resolution CD profiles measured by Valmet IQ Pulp Weight Measurement (IQ Pulp Weight) provide a solid foundation for Valmet’s machine-direction and cross-direction basis weight (grammage) controls for heavy board or pulp machines.

Digital signal processing, internal 7-point calibration verification and sensitive high-speed air density temperature compensation ensure superior sensor accuracy even in hot, humid and unclean papermaking environments.


Beta radiation provided by an enriched Sr90 nuclear source is absorbed by the mass in a paper or board sheet. As mass increases, transmitted radiation that is captured by the ion chamber type detector is reduced. IQ Pulp Weight uses this basic principle and refines it, by using special sensor design techniques and measurement diagnostics, to provide the stable, high-resolution measurements needed for precise MD and CD controls.

The digital measurement resolution of IQ Pulp Weight is automatically optimized for specific grades by using 7 internal calibration verification standards, custom selected for the required range of measurements. The resolution of the sensor is always maximal despite the non-linear nature of the physics of nuclear absorption. The internal standards also compensate for any dirt buildup and source decay on the sensor’s windows during scheduled standardization sequences.

In addition to the head internal temperature stabilization common to all Metso IQ sensors, the temperature of the source and the detector head air gaps are actively regulated. The temperature of all the internal and external air gaps is measured using high-speed sensors. The effect of air density changes is incorporated into the temperature compensation algorithm.


  • More accurate and stable onsheet measurements for more precise control of MD and CD properties under even the harshest environments.
  • Precise streak control using 5 mm resolution profiles, available after the very first sheet scan.
  • Faster on-spec quality and reduced startup waste.
  • Produces a reading with a superior signal to noise and therefore a better measurement resolution.