Paper and board production is water-intensive. Expensive chemicals, such as chlorine, are used in the bleaching of paper. Pollution of water supplies can attract significant penalties. The heat needed for drying paper pulp requires a lot of energy.
Constant monitoring materials and processes in real time ensures legislative compliance and control of waste and excess consumption. Process transparency enables optimisation of employee activity and of jobs and machinery.
Each step in paper production is critical: pulping, refining, dilution, fibre formation, pressurization, drying and finishing. Sales, acceptance of delivery and profitability, depend on the correct mix of ingredients, precise processing and maintenance of the correct levels of tension in the fabric.
Automated monitoring of equipment performance will reduce the risk of deviation from recipes or production specifications, and minimise waste through equipment failure.
Energy and pollution
Recapture and recycling of heat used in the drying process helps to keep energy costs down. Filtration can help to extend the life of working fluids. Filters also assist in control of waste and polluting effluent.
Real time visibility of production processes, downtime alerts and collaborative messaging within the factory ensure operational transparency and efficiency, and optimised energy consumption. Deviation from specification can be controlled by automated alerts.
Asset management and market demand
Asset protection and process optimization requires a comprehensive approach. Reliability of all processes, machinery and fluids reduce total cost of operation, ensuring papermaking operations are more productive. Changing market needs and fluctuating demand require agility and rapid responsiveness.
Technology that can automate data collection, optimise workflow and seamlessly connect planning and production activities enables optimisation of equipment and energy consumption.