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Valmet to Replace First-Ever Damatic Classic Automation System at Pankaboard Mill

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Valmet, Finland, will replace the first-ever Damatic Classic automation system delivered with a Valmet DNA automation system at Pankaboard's board mill in Lieksa, Eastern Finland. The system has been operating since 1979. Additionally, Valmet will also upgrade the mill's existing Valmet Damatic XD automation system to Valmet DNA. The new system will increase process availability and improve its performance.  

The project will be executed in several stages and completed by mid-2019.

"At Pankaboard, we regard this project as an all-important business development project, and one that an advanced automation system supports well. The new system will enable us to develop our customer need-based and flexible operating model more cost efficiently," said Lauri Junnila, managing director, Pankaboard Oyj.

"New information management tools will provide the mill with a whole new dimension to process operations, giving operators access to the trend and event history straight from the operator interface. Together with functional descriptions linked to the controls, this will enable faster troubleshooting," noted Juha Mykkänen, sales manager, Automation, Valmet.

The new Valmet DNA automation system will replace the current control systems in the stock preparation, on board machines BM 2 and BM 3, and in the integrated biofuel plant. Pankaboard currently has three generations of Valmet-supplied automation systems—Damatic Classic, Damatic XD, and Valmet DNA.
In addition to the automation replacement, Valmet will upgrade the biofuel plant control room. Startup, commissioning, training, and spare parts are included in the delivery scope.

Pankaboard produces high-quality specialty cartonboards for food, luxury beverage, pharmaceutical, food service, graphics, and display, as well as laminate industries. The mill is specialized in high-thickness folding boxboards and uncoated cartonboards produced with two distinctly different board machines, BM 2 and BM 3. Through its own sales offices and sales agent network, Pankaboard has more than 500 customers in 65 countries. The company employs 160 people.


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