Papel San Francisco’s new tissue line reached 2,200 m/min in seven days

Jan 18, 2021

Nothing could stop the fifth Valmet tissue machine installation in Mexicali, Mexico from starting up recently. Even though the ongoing pandemic prevented Valmet to be on site during the installation phase, the new Valmet Advantage DCT tissue line produced its first tissue roll according to specification and schedule. And only seven days later the machine was up and running at a speed of 2,200 m/min.

This is the fifth Valmet machine installation at the mill in Mexicali and the Advantage DCT machine was selected due to its energy efficiency even at high speed production. Paper specifications were fulfilled from day one.

“Our philosophy is to go for low energy consumption and lowest possible emissions to air and water. The Advantage DCT technology is the most efficient and best choice for the grades we will produce. With this new tissue line, we expect to produce the best tissue quality combined with the lowest energy consumption” says Dario Palma y Meza Espinoza, Operational Director, Papel San Francisco.

“Papel San Francisco (FPS) is a very experienced customer and a pleasure to work with. From Valmet we supported the installation remotely from Karlstad, Gorizia and Thunder Bay. All aspects were well planned, and the mill team were highly skilled and committed to achieving optimal performance” says Anders Lorentzon, Project Manager at Valmet.

Running as fast as possible has been part of PSF’s strategy ever since the start of their first tissue machine. Their machines are continuously running at high speed and the previous installation of TM 7 in 2017,  reached 2,000 m/min in 48 hours.

Papel San Francisco

Papel San Francisco started up their first tissue machine in 1980. In the past 40 years the company has grown steadily and are today operating seven tissue machines with a yearly capacity of 204,000 tons of tissue products.

Technical information

The new tissue machine has a width of 2.8 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min and will add 30,000 tons tissue paper per year to Papel San Francisco’s current production of toilet tissue, kitchen towels and napkins.

Valmet's scope of delivery  comprised an Advantage DCT 100TS tissue machine. The machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox with dilution and cast alloy Yankee cylinder. The machine also features the well proven Advantage tissue technology including ReTurne turbine, ViscoNip press, AirCap hood and WetDust dust system. Start-up and commissioning were also included in the delivery.