Global forest company Arauco strives for sustainable solutions and excellent energy efficiency in its operations. Arauco’s new production line in Chile is the newest line to implement this objective.
The history of this production plant goes back 50 years, with the installation of Line 1. Line 2 has produced radiata pine pulp approximately since 1990. Line 3 (initially called Project MAPA) is the largest eucalyptus pulp project in the world and Arauco’s most significant investment ever, and it has an annual production capacity of 2.1 million tons.
To achieve its high targets for sustainability, energy efficiency, and impeccable quality, Arauco has been relying on Trimble’s process data analytics system, Wedge, since 2018. Wedge has been used on two plants in Chile, and the new production line will also use Wedge for its process diagnostics.
With Wedge, Arauco can streamline its processes and reduce the time engineers spend on process data analytics. By quickly identifying the root causes of any production problems, Arauco can now minimize waste and ensure the consistent quality and smooth production of its products.
Arauco produces boards and wood that are used in furniture, construction, and packaging, as well as cellulose to manufacture, for example, papers, packaging materials, and diapers. Arauco’s products are available in more than 80 countries.
2024 will be a busy year for events. We hope to see you at least at one of these events:
- IMPS | Munich, Germany | March 19-21
- Pulp and Beyond | Helsinki, Finland | April 10-11
- Paper & Tissue One Show | Abu Dhabi, UAE | April 16-18
- Nordic Nuclear Forum | Helsinki, Finland | May 21-22
- Zellcheming | Wiesbaden, Germany | June 18-20
- MIAC | Lucca, Italy | October 9-11
See you soon!
Klabin, Brazil’s largest producer and exporter of packaging paper and sustainable solutions in paper packaging, expanded its Puma Unit in Ortigueira, Paraná. This expansion, called the Puma II Project, includes two new paper machines, and represents an annual production capacity of 910,000 tons of paper.
The Puma Unit has been using Trimble’s process data analysis tool, Wedge, since 2021. Wedge has helped Klabin with advanced analyses to identify and correct deviations and optimize production processes. Based on user experience, Klabin has extended the use of Wedge to the new Puma II Project production line.
“In times when large volumes of data from production processes are made available online, the ability to interpret this information, combined with the speed and quality of decision making, are fundamental factors in maintaining and increasing plant performance. The ease of obtaining and processing data, in line with the robustness for processing calculations and advanced analyses, make Wedge a differentiated and fundamental resource for carrying out analytical activities,” says Elielson Batista, Process engineer at Klabin.
The Puma II Project was designed to become a global benchmark in sustainability, technology, and innovation, and it is aligned with Industry 4.0 principles. Efficient analysis of all process data is essential to achieving and maintaining the ambitious goals and objectives Klabin has for its operations.
We are thrilled to announce that two new language versions of Wedge have been released this autumn! Joining the linguistic lineup are Italian and Norwegian, making Wedge even more accessible and user-friendly for a wider audience.
Wedge is now available in an impressive total of 11 languages. Whether you prefer expressing yourself in English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or Swedish, Wedge has got you covered.
This expansion reflects our commitment to breaking down language barriers and fostering global connections.
Finland-based SharpCell is one of the newest airlaid manufacturers in the world. They take pride in their consistent quality and reliable delivery of airlaid products for wiping, hygiene and personal care products, table top applications, household cleaning applications, baby care, and feminine hygiene.
To ensure consistent quality and trouble-free production processes, they have chosen Wedge for analyzing their process data. With Wedge, all process data can be utilized fast and easily to ensure zero waste, zero emissions, and minimal use of resources at all times.
“Wedge is a powerful piece of data mining software and a useful tool for understanding our production process on a more detailed level. The visualizing process and quality data help us widen our understanding of the current status of where we are on all organizational levels. Wedge is also a great asset in troubleshooting, and a tool for minimizing process variance. All this is supporting us in our main target, which is to be quality leaders in the airlaid segment.” says Production manager Eero Ollila, SharpCell.
Forest company giant UPM has opened a new factory in Paso de los Toros, Uruguay with the capacity to produce 2.1 million tons of eucalyptus pulp annually. The mill incorporates the latest and best technology available and represents the very best in modern factories. It is energy efficient with minimal environmental impacts and optimized maintenance.
Wedge is Trimble’s process data diagnostics system that will help UPM Paso de los Toros to achieve and then maintain the highest standards of performance by enabling faster and better data-driven decision making. Trimble’s Wedge will result in reduced waste, mitigated risks and increased productivity at the new mill.
Choosing Wedge as its main tool for process diagnosis and monitoring was easy, since UPM’s first mill in Uruguay, Fray Bentos, has been using Wedge since 2019 and the results have been convincing. It is seamlessly integrated with the different systems that provide process data throughout the factory and is actively and widely used by operators, engineers, supervisors and process coordinators. UPM Fray Bentos also uses Wedge at the management level, with dashboards that summarize important steps in the process.
MIAC also offers an excellent opportunity to learn from your peers. We recommend you not to miss Eugenio Ciucani’s (Holmen Iggesund Paperboard) presentation, “Online data analysis for process optimization”. The practical presentation is taking place on Friday October 13 at 11:50 at the MIAC Conference Room.
Did you know that Wedge also works great for the metal and mining industries? We will attend the Digitalisation in mining Europe event in Stockholm, Sweden on 29-30 August. Welcome to discuss how we can help you make better use of your process data.
We would like to welcome you to join us at ZELLCHEMING-Expo in Wiesbaden, Germany June 20-22, 2023.
Zellcheming is the trade fair to learn the latest developments in the European paper, pulp, and fiber industry and the perfect platform for professional exchange between technology users and suppliers.
We invite you to take the great opportunity to meet our industrial data analytics experts Jürgen Missel, Matti Häkkinen, and Teemu Möykkylä to discuss if Wedge could be the system for your process improvement.
Don’t miss Matti Häkkinen’s presentation Combining CD-cross Profile Measurements with Process Data on Tuesday 20 June at 11.30 a.m.
Formica Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of high-pressure laminates (HPL), selects Trimble’s industrial data analytics system Wedge to improve its Formica IKI Oy plant performance in Kolho, Finland.
“We have raised the bar on sustainability. Surrounded by a group of material technology companies, giving us access to tools and technology, we are confident we can accelerate our sustainability improvement trajectory. Major improvements have been made during the last couple of years. As part of the path toward carbon neutrality, we have invested in measuring our process performance, and with Wedge, we are able to take the most out of it in process optimization and development,” says Jani Kattilakoski, Plant Manager of Formica IKI Oy Kolho.
IKI-manufactured high pressure laminate consists of layers of wood-based fibers and usually one decorative paper on the surface. Impregnated with thermosetting resins, the papers are collated and compressed into a single, homogeneous sheet under high pressure and temperature. The resulting laminates provide a high-performance surface with excellent durability and scratch resistance but maintaining flexibility to allow the creation of curves and shaped surfaces.