iRoll - intelligent roll solutions for board and paper making

Intelligent rolls for board and paper

Valmet iRoll system components tool set for the control of paper and nips. 

Valmet iRoll is the fastest and most sensitive on-line profile measurement tool 

iRoll may be utilized on a covered roll in board and paper machines to expand the roll’s primary function to include use as a transducer for sensing cross-machine nip linear load or sheet properties such as tension and parent roll hardness profile.   

iRoll can be connected to automation and data collection systems. It also has advanced tools for data analysis, drawing color maps and more. With up to 200 data points in the cross-machine direction, iRoll provides high resolution profile feedback. Data from iRoll is truly online as it is updated up to 10 profiles per second.

Valmet iRoll technology improves production efficiency and product quality by assuring optimal runnability of board and paper machines. Papermaker can obtain significant cost savings by improved nip profiles, parent roll hardness profiles and tension profiles as well as printer and converter satisfaction. 


From timely to condition based-monitoring 

Monitoring based on iRoll nip profiles, vibrations and optimization data are some examples where roll condition information is analyzed. This provides security for our customers that technical solutions and recommended upgrades are based on their actual needs and goals.  


  • Measures and controls paper and board properties, not only nip properties
  • Removes skewness and other errors in nip load profiles
  • Improves sheet tension profiles and runnability of end product
  • Determines correct crowning for roll covers and exact timing for roll changes
  • Monitors condition and tuning of nip loading equipment
  • Online control of web tension and roll hardness profiles, replacing unreliable thickness profile scanners
  • Provides full-speed online profile measurement with high CD-resolution

Implementations of iRoll - see the possibities from application tool
The iRoll intelligent roll system can be installed as a permanent nip load profile measurement tool, as a permanent tension profile measurement tool, roll hardness profile measurement tool or as iRoll portable service. For permanent iRoll applications, it must be used in conjunction with a roll cover.

Find optimal iRoll positions for every board and paper process

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iRoll Press enables online nip profile measurement in press nips to assure optimal dewatering in the nip. 

iRoll Sizer shows size press nip load and applicator rod profile online and enables coat weight profile improvement. 

iRoll Tension profile measurement reveals the sheet runnability characteristics online and it can also be used on felts and wires. 

iRoll Reel provides parent roll hardness profile and online control.

iRoll Winder monitors the end product quality and reveals winding issues such as discontinuities in the nip loading.


Results achieved


Profile variation reduced by 40%


80% less winding broke


50% reduction in sheet breaks

Intelligent Roll remote support service 

Valmet's remote support and analysis services connect papermakers to Valmet experts online, if they are using iRoll, roll condition monitoring or other Intelligent Roll Solutions. View case examples here >>

iRoll portable technology can be used for:

  • Improving tension profile and solving runnability issues
  • Improving paper quality and profile related troubleshooting
  • Measuring nip profiles for determining proper crowns
  • Tuning up winding/reeling recipes
  • Condition tests
  • Improving parent and customer roll hardness profiles
  • Press nips, sizers, reels, winders, coaters, fabric tension profiles

Keeping your production rocking and rolling!


Articles and references

Valmet Roll Academy

Valmet Roll Academy

Valmet's Maintenance Schools and Roll Academies gather people from the pulp and paper industry to learn from Valmet and one another. They help secure the best possible knowledge and skills needed to maintain and operate the equipment throughout their lifecycles.

Now available: Intelligent roll remote support service

Now available: Intelligent roll remote support service

In these exceptional times, remote services provide papermakers with quick and safe access to Valmet’s expertise. Intelligent roll remote support and data analysis services provide a tool for supporting onsite actions and maintenance, as well as optimizing the papermaking process.

Wet pressing performance much improved!

Wet pressing performance much improved!

N R Agarwal has been able to reduce web breaks, increase speed and boost post-press dry content on its PM5 with Valmet’s Intelligent Roll Solutions for press efficiency.

Making the right choices to boost wet pressing efficiency

Making the right choices to boost wet pressing efficiency

Wet pressing has an impact all the way from paper machine drying capacity and web runnability to end product properties. The secret of process efficiency often lies in making the right choices for the press section consumables.

Intelligent Roll Solutions – data beyond the rolls

Intelligent Roll Solutions – data beyond the rolls

Intelligent Roll Solutions will turn your roll into an intelligent service platform, providing a new way to analyze data and network globally. This data beyond the rolls can help you achieve your production targets for enhanced efficiency and cost savings.

SsangYong C&B optimizes tissue press nip efficiency

SsangYong C&B optimizes tissue press nip efficiency

To optimize press nip efficiency for TM 4, SsangYong turned to Valmet. The main targets were to improve energy efficiency by lowering steam consumption through higher post-press dryness, and to get more uniform moisture profiles by improving dryness profiles.

80% less winding broke with iRoll at Sappi Alfeld

80% less winding broke with iRoll at Sappi Alfeld

With Valmet’s iRoll technology and optimal control strategy for each grade, Sappi Alfeld has reduced winder broke by 80% on its PM 2.

Buying knowhow boosts competetiveness of Cartiere del Garda

Buying knowhow boosts competetiveness of Cartiere del Garda

Valmet's press nip analysis service increased production and saved money, but also helped to gain fundamental knowhow.

Tune up your profiles and runnability with iRoll Sizer

Tune up your profiles and runnability with iRoll Sizer

PM 2 at the Stora Enso Anjala mill offers a good example of how the iRoll Sizer, Valmet’s intelligent roll for the sizer, can help to solve runnability challenges and optimize coat weight profiles.

Irving boosts jumbo set throughput with iRoll

Irving boosts jumbo set throughput with iRoll

More even tension profiles cut winder wrinkling and reduce breaks and cull. Jumbo roll set count raised from two to four. Irving Paper has managed to improve its customer roll throughput and the hardness uniformity with the help of Valmet reel drum with integrated iRoll nip load and reel hardness profile measurement and control.




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