Automation upgrade to boost availability and production

27 August 2013

Metso has received an order from the Sofidel Group to upgrade the automation of Tissue Machine 1 and water treatment at its Délipapier plant in Frouard, France.

The delivery will include an upgrade to the its DNA control system, an upgrade to the IQ quality control system, including a non-nuclear IQ Fiber Weight Measurement, and related comprehensive product training, all supplied by Metso.

"This significant upgrade will enhance productivity, allowing us to bring better quality to our customers, especially for the flagship brands of Sopalin and Le Trèfle in France along with Lotus and Moltonel in Benelux, '' said François Lecomte, Délipapier Paper Mill director. The improved process control will also strengthen the copmany’s commitment to protect the environment. Sofidel is the only Italian company and the first worldwide in the tissue sector (paper for hygienic and domestic use) to sign up to WWF's Climate Savers programme.

Délipapier started its operations in 1999 with a full automaton solution from Metso, which has remained in operation to the present day. More than 12 years after startup, the mill wanted to upgrade its existing control system to allow it to benefit from the latest available process and system improvements. Metso's new generation automation and information platform Metso DNA and Metso IQ with non-nuclear IQ Fiber measurement were selected as a result of an in-depth life cycle planning study of the automation system conducted in the mill and once availability and production targets were set.

With this upgrade, the mill aims to implement new hardware and software to increase the stability of the tissue making process, to improve production efficiency, to boost automation availability and to get process visibility and better operability thanks to easy production and process data communication, reporting and alarm handling.

The upgrade will be implemented using virtualisation technology, which aims to deliver more flexible data centers to reduce costs thanks to server consolidation. It is hoped that this solution will significantly reduce the number of computers normally required for an upgrade and therefore decrease both the purchase cost of computers and cabinets, and the operating expenses of such devices, together with the space needed to install them.

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