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Smurfit Kappa to Install Metso Automation and Pulp Cooking Optimization at Cellulose du Pin

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Smurfit Kappa, Ireland, has ordered from Metso, Finland, a DNA control system and a pulp cooking process optimization solution for its Cellulose du Pin mill in Biganos, France. The first part of the project is scheduled to be completed in September 2013 with the installation of a Metso Kappa Q analyzer, and the second part in March 2014. The amount of the order was not disclosed.

Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin, an integrated plant producing brown kraft liner, white top kraft liner, and white top testliner, made the decision to replace the aging control system and Kappa analyzer in its cooking line. The mill was also facing the challenges of increasing the stability of its pulping process and its Kappa index, to better meet the mill's paper production objectives.

The Metso continuous cooking optimization service aims at producing the maximum amount of optimum quality pulp, stabilizing cooking conditions, eliminating disturbances, and providing operators with tools to execute production rate and pulp grade changes automatically. The service consists of two parts: the implementation of advanced process controls coupled with Metso process experts optimizing the cooking process.

Implementation of the Kappa Q analyzer helps provide better control inputs to process control and coupled with the Metso continuous cooking optimization service allows for improved process performance. "Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin had to change the aging technology of the digester's DCS and Kappa analyzer, and the Metso DNA system was chosen for its integrated solution, including the optimization of the cooking process," said Philippe Plantey, technical project manager.

Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin is part of the Smurfit Kappa group, which is an integrated producer in 32 countries with a combined capacity of 5.2 million metric tpy of corrugated packaging and 5.3 million metric tpy of containerboard.


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