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Metsä Board Orders Valmet IQ for New Extrusion Coating Line at Husum

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Metsä Board, Finland, has ordered Valmet IQ quality control systems (QCS) for a new extrusion coating line to start up in the first half of 2017 at its Husum, Sweden mill. This order follows the recent startup of Valmet IQ QCS on Husum's new BM 1 board machine and off-line coater. 
 
The value of the order was not disclosed. However, according to Valmet, typically the order value of similar automation system deliveries is below EUR 1 million.
 
"The new quality control system, supplied by Valmet, will support our work at different production stages. In their daily work, the machine operators can monitor products using one single system and combine different views to guarantee efficient and consistent production," said Kai Vikman, VP of technology at Metsä Board. 
 
"The delivery of the third quality control system to Husum is a significant opportunity to show again that Valmet can deliver a complete quality measurement and control system for both coated or uncoated qualities," added Mikael Jonzon, sales manager for Valmet's on-line quality management solution.  
 
The delivery includes two scanners, the first measuring basis weight, moisture, and caliper before coating with the second to measure and control the extrusion coating-thickness on both sides of the board. Additionally, machine and cross direction controls are included in the delivery. 
 
Extrusion coating thickness will be measured by a variant of the successful Valmet IR Coat Weight sensor, with the patented technology offering a direct correlation to extrusion coat weight. The same sensor also makes a direct measurement of moisture. 
 
Metsä Board is a leading European producer of folding boxboards and white linerboards made from fresh forest fibers. Its lightweight paperboards are developed as the perfect fit for consumer goods, retail-ready, and food service packaging. The pure fresh forest fibers Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to their origin in northern forests.
 
The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, converters, and merchants. In 2015, the company's sales totaled EUR 2.0 billion, and it has approximately 2,600 employees. Metsä Board is part of Finland-based Metsä Group.

 

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