GERMANY – Finnish company Valmet has been chosen to deliver a mill-wide optimization solution for Mercer International’s Rosenthal kraft pulp mill in Germany.

The mill-wide production planning application and change management services will help to automate decision-making and optimize the production across the fiber line, recovery line and pulp dryer.

An integral part of the solution is a two-year performance agreement for remote support via the Valmet Performance Center, ensuring sustainable results in the long term.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter of 2023 and the optimization will be delivered during autumn 2023. The value of the order has not been disclosed.

The solution enables centralized, real-time decision-making. Operating decisions are based on the total mill production and inventory balance and forecast, and process area decisions are coordinated to maximize profit and stabilize the process.

Christian Sörgel, Managing Director, Mercer Rosenthal said: “With Valmet Mill-Wide Optimization, our goal is to produce pulp and energy more efficiently by further equalizing and optimizing the plant operation.”

Markus Foigtmannsberger, Service Manager, Automation Systems business line, Valmet added: “We have a positive, long-term relationship with Mercer and I’m sure the Mill-Wide Optimization will support both their operators’ work and production targets.

“Additionally, their current automation system, analyzers and measurements provide a solid foundation for this kind of optimization.”

Valmet Mill-Wide Optimization observes the entire mill production and inventory balance in real-time and considers both the current and future states of the mill. As a result, suboptimization of individual processes that do not align with mill goals can be avoided.

The optimization also provides the ability to balance environmental sustainability with production, quality, and cost.

In addition, Valmet Mill-Wide Optimization Audit helps to reveal the true production potential and the corresponding return on investment.

Based on historical data, the audit helps to evaluate production increase potential, identify limitations, and highlight use cases of Mill-Wide Optimization.

Recently, the Finnish company received a new order from Shanxi Qiangwei Paper Co., Ltd. to supply machine vision systems for its paper machine PM 6.

The scope of supply includes a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System, a Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System and winder control with target-stop functionality.

Valmet IQ Web Inspection System (WIS) delivery includes ultra-high resolution 8K dual-line Time Delay Integration (TDI) cameras with advanced image processing and synchronized high-power stroboscopic LED lighting. Real-time and history defect maps with defect details and trends are available on operator stations.

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