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System for optimization of production at paper mills

Country of Origin: Sweden
Reference Number: TOSE20190524001
Publication Date: 1 July 2019

Summary

An SME in north Sweden's paper production district has developed, implemented and refined a system that measures the effectiveness of paper plant's machines in real time. By doing this the mills can easily analyse and optimize the production. An example shows that the system can save up to 10% of production costs, but 3-5 % after implementation is more to expect. The SME is now looking for commercial agreements with technical assistance with mills and their ICT-suppliers in Germany and Austria.

Description

An SME in the field of ICT, located in north Sweden's paper production district, has developed, implemented and refined a system that measures the effectiveness of paper plant's machines in real time. By doing this the mills can easily analyse and optimize the production. An example shows that the system can save up to 10% of production costs, but 3-5 % after implementation is more to expect. The SME is now looking for commercial agreements with technical assistance with mills and their ICT-suppliers in Germany and Austria.

The problem solved with this technology is inefficient paper production and waste of input resources, due to the most common situation is that all machines and steps in the process are synchronized with each other.

This software connects the relevant systems and present a smart graphic view that all users from site manager to operator have access to and can easily understand. The system also supports a number of process activities: for example, 1) Patrol monitoring 2) Journal management 3) Interruption-camera links. The system is web based.

It is often in the losses, where the potential for improvement lies. The system´s strength is that it can visualize the losses, and where the losses occur, in a clear way. The team behind the system have worked in the paper industry on all positions – directly with this important question. The platform is the result of many decades of practical experience, working with process optimization.

To be able to clearly see how the machines, or the whole department section, use its capacity – is an important element for understanding the process, it also triggers the users to act.

The system has a clear, predefined view for each department and machine. Together with the open interface, you are able to see the other departments “upstream” and “downstream”. This gives you a better understanding of the factory process. Although, there is of course room for plant specific accommodations.

Commercial agreement with technical assistance is the cooperation form suggested, to start a common project to integrate the system together with paper mills step-by-step, so the positive effects can be implemented and proven in a controlled way, without jeopardizing production volume or quality.

The ideal outcome in such a project would be better gross profit for both the paper mills and the technology supplier, plus developed technology and input of data to further improve on, TaylorMade for each mill.

Advantages and Innovations

Today the most common case is that machines and process steps are not integrated with each other, and, most important, the production information from these machines are not given as feedback to the production personnel in a graphic and easy understandable format on a screen.

The system has the following innovative key functionalities:
- Information visualized in a clean-cut logical picture
-TAK / OEE-module =Total efficiency / Overall Equipment Effectiveness
-Incident reports
-Journal/notes
-Action requests/
-Message / deliverance function
-Link handling
-Report function
All integrated in one system collecting data from the paper production process and used to the optimize the production process.

The visual interface, i.e. the graphical rendering of the effectiveness and the inbounded parts, makes is easy for all involved staff to understand and proactively work with optimization of the process. The system gives you an instant overview in real time 24/7.

An example shows that the system can save up to 10% of production costs, but 3-5 % after implementation is more to expect.

Stage Of Development

Already on the market

Stage Of Development Comment

Already on the market mainly in Sweden at approx. 30 paper mills and some other niche markets/countries following  subsdiaries to Swedish paper companies.

Requested partner

The SME is now looking for commercial agreements with technical assistans with paper mills directly and (ICT)-suppliers to paper mills, to implement the system and trim it into production to achieve cost savings.

Dissemination Countries

Austria, Germany

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