Paper products play a significant role in our daily lives owing to a wide range of products and catering to different needs and aspects. Paper industry is capital intensive with high infrastructure as well as operational costs. In addition, the working environment is critical owing to the extensive use of chemicals and challenging conditions. Recently, the paper industry is facing challenging times due to stiff competition, increasing regulations and fluctuating prices.
MAJOR CHALLENGES FACED BY PULP & PAPER INDUSTRY
Continuous technology improvement is ongoing in the pulp & paper industry to obtain the best possible performance. The improved plant performance translates to the higher quality improvement and lower cost, and simultaneously environmental friendly plant operation. In the pulp & paper plant, there are many critical applications to measure the severe process condition, such as corrosive chemicals, aggressive pulp slurry with extremely high temperature and pressure condition. And stable and accurate measurement and control in these severe process condition and harsh environments is the key to optimize the process control and the performance of plant operation.
HOW ARRELIC WILL HELP PULP & PAPER INDUSTRY
- Arrelic offers state of the art Plant Information Management System with advanced historian capabilities that allow data collection, data storage, data archiving and instant data retrieval upon user request. Paper mills comprise several processes which lead to a large number of parameters and KPIs to be calculated and controlled. It enables clients to centralize data from various data sources and provides a central platform to access historical data. User can perform advanced trending and charting analysis on critical parameters such as Reel Speed, Stock Flow, Moisture Profile Variation etc. Reports can be generated on KPIs such as Production in tons/day, average Trim Size/Width, Average Basis Weight etc. Thus data can be used to perform in-depth analysis on both processes and operations to get better insights and improve productivity and efficiency.
- Arrelic state of the art solution provides a comprehensive way to monitor and improve the overall efficiency of production processes through its OEE module. It tracks key metrics contributing to OEE i.e. availability, performance and quality and provides users contextual analysis at equipment, assembly, facility and plant level. OEE dashboard enables users to analyse planned vs Actual OEE, Visibility of key reasons causing downtime, Knowledge of reasons attributing to performance loss and causes contributing to poor quality. It provides management with key information at plant level such as Breakdowns per day, Shrinkage %, Quality Loss, Speed Loss etc. This results in better utilization of the assets and production lines which improves productivity and profitability.
- Condition-based maintenance to improve the effectiveness of maintenance programs and reduce the life cycle costs of assets. It plays a key role in the capital extensive Paper and Pulp Industry where the goal is to maximize the performance of different assets such as pumps, compressors, etc. It caters to Condition-based maintenance utilizing the real-time data associated with the asset such as Running hours, temperature, pressure, vibration, speed, flow-rate, voltage, current, stress, etc. and analyzing these to determine the state of assets. These parameters are regularly monitored on real-time basis and the values of the mentioned parameters are compared against their set points to see deviations. Trends can be plotted to analyze the behaviour and thus predict the maintenance.
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