Metso’s automation technology gains orders from tissue producers

Published Mar 28, 2011 12.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso awarded repeat QCS orders from Sofidel

Sofidel, the second largest tissue producer in Europe recently ordered paper machine quality control systems from Metso, for mills in the United Kingdom and Romania. Both deliveries will include Metso QCS with a non-nuclear IQFiber measuring both weight and moisture. Start-ups are scheduled for May 2011.

The two orders follow the successful start-up in 2010 of a Metso QCS to Sofidel’s Papyros mill in Katerini near Thessaloniki, Greece. This replaced an existing system to take advantage of Metso’s unique tissue quality measurement capabilities. The system was supplied with non-nuclear IQFiber sensor and a Metso scanner. Since the QCS start-up, the mill has reported good results and a useful increase in machine speed.

Non-nuclear tissue sensor gains market share

Metso’s non-nuclear fiber weight and moisture sensor for tissue producers is gaining significant market share. Thirty-two Metso IQ Fiber Weight Measurements have been sold since introduction in 2009.

Installed on tissue machines using virgin pulp or 100% recycled furnish, IQ Fiber has eliminated the need for a traditional basis weight sensor with a nuclear source. Mills are now saving both time and money previously needed for nuclear safety training, licenses and the specialized service and safety requirements.

Also the Metso IQ Steam Profiler wins orders

To utilize the high measuring performance of IQ Fiber, the moisture control loop can be completed with the energy-efficient Metso IQ Steam Profiler in tissue applications. The unique profiling accuracy combined with the advanced steam injection technology of this steambox has resulted in seventeen orders for tissue applications over the last two years. With more effective steam profilers, tissue makers can increase the dryness level before the yankee dryer and thereby achieve significant energy savings.

Metso integrates condition and lubrication monitoring for tissue machines

Metso is continuously developing technologies for tissue producers. One of the newest technologies available is vibration based condition and lubrication monitoring for rotating machinery. With on-line monitoring, tissue makers can now secure their production, avoid unplanned shut downs and reduce lost production due to machine faults.

Metso is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries. We have about 28,500 employees in more than 50 countries.

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