Pulp and Paper

Industries in the Paper Manufacturing subsector make pulp, paper, or converted paper products. The manufacturing of these products is grouped together because they constitute a series of vertically connected processes. More than one is often carried out in a single establishment. There are essentially three activities. The manufacturing of pulp involves separating the cellulose fibers from other impurities in wood or used paper. The manufacturing of paper involves matting these fibers into a sheet. Converted paper products are made from paper and other materials by various cutting and shaping techniques and include coating and laminating activities.

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Researchers Consider the Circular Economy in Pulp and Paper Industries

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Author: Reginald Davey

Topics: Sustainability

Vertical: Pulp and Paper

Organizations: University of Aveiro, University of Coimbra

The paper and pulp industries can benefit greatly from a cyclical model of manufacture. These industries are responsible for the consumption of most of the lignocellulosic biomass produced in the world. In 2020, the European paper and pulp industries alone consumed an estimated 146.5 million cubic meters of wood. The transition to a green economy approach is a chief concern in these industries.

Read more at AZO Materials

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ABB’s Paper Mill Technology Helps Renewcell Turn Old Clothes Into New Fabrics

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Author: Jim Vinoski

Topics: Circular Economy, Sustainability, Recycling

Vertical: Pulp and Paper, Textiles

Organizations: ABB, Renewcell

In recent years, the pulp and paper industry has gone from having a reputation of being dirty and environmentally unfriendly to being a leader in sustainability and pollution control. Now the technologies that enabled that transition are being used to help the textile industry too. And the players involved are restarting a shuttered paper mill in Sweden to make it happen, once more providing good-paying jobs for the area.

Renewcell is the Sweden-based scaleup at the center of it all. The company developed a sustainable process that recycles waste textiles into a product called Circulose, whose name is the tip-off that it’s aimed at making fashion circular.

Read more at Forbes

Robotic Inspection for Aboveground Storage Tanks

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Topics: robotics, nondestructive test

Vertical: Petroleum and Coal, Pulp and Paper

Organizations: Gecko Robotics

Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST) are vital assets for many industries including, power, paper and pulp, oil and gas, chemical, and even beverage production. Routine inspection of external and internal tank components is beneficial for understanding its condition and is required by federal and local laws and regulations. Robot-enabled ultrasonic testing (UT) offers a unique solution to AST inspections because they save plant operators valuable resources while providing more asset coverage and actionable data.

Read more at Gecko Robotics Blog

Reducing Energy Costs by 8% by Optimizing Autogenous Mills

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Topics: digital transformation, energy consumption

Vertical: Mining, Pulp and Paper

Organizations: METRON

The grinding process alone accounts for 80% of the energy consumption. It consists of pulverizing limestone blocks to obtain the calcium carbonate used as a mineral filler in paper pulp.

Mills are the plant’s main equipment:

  • 5 x 355 kW autogenous mills operating without prior crushing;
  • 20 electric mills of various powers between 250 and 355 kW.

The case presented concerns only the autogenous mills, which are the most energy-consuming.

Read more at METRON Blog

From Logs to Logging On: Paper Machines Built With Digital Manufacturing

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Author: Harald Henkel

Topics: digital twin, digital manufacturing

Vertical: Pulp and Paper

Organizations: Vajda Papir, ANDRITZ, Autodesk, Otorio

ANDRITZ, an Austrian company that manufactures machinery for pulp and paper mills, is using digital manufacturing and artificial-intelligence (AI) processes to save millions of dollars. Skilled workers and engineers on ANDRITZ production lines are now able to take advantage of data-driven support as standard. 3D modeling and digital twins also give ANDRITZ a competitive advantage by guiding operators safely through maintenance and repairs and ensuring transparent access to data.

Read more at Redshift by Autodesk