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Sappi to Upgrade Gratkorn QC Systems with Honeywell Technologies

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Sappi Austria Produktions GmbH Co., Gratkorn, Austria, will use Honeywell Process Solutions’ Experion PMD, Safety Manager, Experion MX, and the latest version of Process Historian Database (PHD) based on the Experion platform, to improve quality while reducing production costs at its Gratkorn, Austria, facility. Sappi expects to significantly improve quality control in machine direction and cross direction variations with these new technologies. This approach will allow production targets to be set with greater accuracy, helping to reduce production cost with increased quality and efficiency at the production facility, the company says.

When speaking about Sappi’s expectations, K. Weiss, technologist/project manager, said that "the main target for Sappi is to measure paper quality quicker and more accurately to improve process runnability and quality stability, thus saving operational costs."

Experion PMD, Safety Manager, PHD, and Experion MX are integrated quality control and process knowledge systems that provide superior visibility into the papermaking process, while simplifying operational efforts and improving the return on investment of raw materials. It contains the fastest scanner available today, helping operators to measure quality consistency with a high degree of accuracy and reduce losses when implementing changes to the grade of paper being produced at the facility.

Marko Jämsén, leader of Honeywell Process Solutions' pulp, paper, and printing business in Europe said that "advanced quality control and measurements are crucial to creating profit within the papermaking industry. Using the latest technology to improve margins and process efficiency can help companies outperform their competitors - a critical factor in today's tough economic climate." 

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