Voith builds world’s largest, fastest kraft-liner machine
HEIDENHEIM / UST-ILIMSK - Technology company Voith GmbH & Co., in partnership with Ilim Group, which is Russia’s largest pulp and paper producer, is building the world’s largest and fastest kraft-liner machine.
The centerpiece of paper machine No. 1 in Ust-Ilimsk is an XcelLine of the latest generation. With a wire width of 10,300 millimeters, the Ilim Group plans to produce up to 2,150 tons of kraft liner per day with basis weights between 80 and 175 grams per square meter. This will make the new machine the most powerful of its kind in the world. The production speed of 1,200 meters per minute also represents a top performance.
The new addition will significantly expand the Ilim Group’s annual production volume of more than three million tons and add new capacity. As part of an extensive investment program, the company plans to produce up to 600,000 tons of kraft liner per year at its new plant in Ust-Ilimsk, Eastern Siberia, starting in 2021.
The investment decision was based on impressive results realized by the Ilim Group in the Asian market. Xenia Sosnina, general director of Ilim Group said: “We know this market well and see its opportunities. The contract we have signed is one of the largest contracts in the history of the Russian pulp and paper industry.”
Sosnina said that the project will be one of the most advanced high-tech projects in the global pulp and paper industry, and will provide the Asian market with the volumes of high quality products it demands.
“Voith is partnering with Ilim Group in this historical and outstanding project. It will become a milestone for the Russian pulp and paper industry, and we are proud to contribute with our deep experience and latest innovations,” says Christoph Müller-Mederer, president projects EMEA at Voith Paper.
As part of the process line package (PLP), Voith assumes full responsibility for the project. The experts for the entire papermaking process ensure that the plant in Siberia starts up safely, on schedule and with precisely coordinated components. The PLP reduces the number of required interfaces and contact persons and simplifies the entire project handling, which ultimately also reduces costs.
Voith, a full-line supplier, is able to provide all system components including screens for each section, as well as comprehensive Papermaking 4.0 digitizing technologies. In addition, the globally positioned group is responsible for the electrical equipment and the entire drive system of the plant. A comprehensive training program on the new machine is also part of the project scope.
OnCare.Health and OnCare.Asset as well as OnEfficiency.Strength are among Voith’s Papermaking 4.0 digitalization technologies that ensure consistently high product quality and reliably efficient manufacturing. In Ust-Ilimsk, OnCare.Health monitors the current status of the system at all times, registers even the smallest malfunctions and their causes, alerts the papermaker and independently works out optimization measures. In combination with the intelligent maintenance management system OnCare.Asset, this enables a significant increase in machine availability.
In addition to the record-breaking XcelLine machine, two BlueLine stock preparation systems are also included – one for hardwood pulp, the other for softwood pulp. They ensure exact compliance with the composition of the pulp.
The preassembled equipment will be erected directly at the construction site in Ust-Ilimsk. As well as the XcelLine and the BlueLine, components supplied by Voith will include a FlowJec dosing system for additives, the former section with two Fourdrinier machines equipped with MasterJet Pro F, a ModuleJet II and DuoShake, EcoCal hard calendar, the drying section with CombiDuoRun dryers and a Sirius reel with EcoChange and VariFlex Performance winder. The delivery of the 79-ton Nipco-P roll represents a particular challenge for the project.
Voith GmbH & Co., www.Voith.com