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OptiSizer Hard – sizer with hard cover rolls for better strength

Strength is usually the main target when applying starch on board or paper. The fact is that only the starch located in fiber bonds has a big strengthening effect. Total strength of paper sheet can be improved the most by increasing the bond strength of the paper fiber network. OptiSizer Hard is a completely new size application method, which uses higher nip loads to improve sheet strength properties by taking advantage of better starch penetration and decreasing fiber to fiber distance.

Sheet wetting = good penetration ≠ good strength

More starch doesn’t directly mean more strength. Most of the starch is in a way ineffective when positioned in the pores of the fibers or the void volume in the paper sheet. By applying more starch, you might just end up wetting the sheet without any strength improvement and add up the need of drying - and use more energy.

Good strength and quality properties

With containerboards, it is important to have good burst resistance properties, which gives the boxes their required protective properties. For good burst results, high surface and internal strength is a must. As said earlier, total strength is improved by increasing the bond strength of the fiber network – better starch penetration needed.

With OptiSizer Hard, starch is first sprayed on the rolls which transfer the starch into the nip where it is further transferred into paper web. The roll nip with higher nip pressure increases the density of fibers. 

Principle of hard nip sizing

This way starch enters fiber junction points, not only the void volume. When fiber to fiber distance is relatively small, the porous volume is small and the pressure for liquid diffusion is large. There will be more starch in fiber junction points and better starch penetration. All this leads into better strength properties with OptiSizer Hard.

High pressure increases both surface and internal strength 

Tests are showing good strength (SCT) and burst results with OptiSizer Hard

Lower maintenance cost and good runnability

The application method and hard nip rolls of OptiSizer Hard are quite different from the conventional sizers. This delivers quite a few nice benefits such as lower life cycle costs and better runnability.

Life cycle costs are lower due to the fact there are no consumables such as metering rods, rod beds nor sealing blades. Because of hard cover of nip rolls, the grinding interval is longer compared to film sizing. There is no rod scraping the surface and surface the wear resistance is good. Unlike with conventional film sizing, there is a possibility for doctoring leading to good roll cleanliness and no wrap-ups in breaks.

The deflection compensated rolls with hard coves give high loading capacity and good profile features. Therefore, there are no wrinkling nor tension problems with the sizer resulting good runnability. 

Lower energy and raw material costs

High solids in starch bring savings in drying energy and release drying capacity. Additionally, less starch is needed for the same sheet strength, and the starch amount is easily controllable. Accurate control is achieved by adjusting feeding pressure. Fast response to changes in solid content is possible due to low volume system.

Easily controlled starch with spray application

Better results in corrugating

When making corrugating medium, glue must be well-absorbed into both fluting and liner layers for a strong bond. Even with high size amounts, the sheet structure maintains its permeability because of higher nip load. This also gives a better fluting and liner layer joining in converting. Sheet permeability is better maintained with high size amounts.