Sun. Sep 24th, 2023
    Robotic Equipment Enhances Safety and Efficiency in Paper Manufacturing

    Pixelle Specialty Solutions, a leading manufacturer of specialty papers in North America, has implemented advanced automation technology to improve safety and productivity at its facility in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania. The company has installed a smelt spout robot manufactured by Valmet, which is the first of its kind in North America.

    The smelt robot plays a crucial role in maintaining recovery boiler spouts and optimizing the liquor recovery cycle. It cleans the spouts regularly, ensuring smooth smelt flow, efficient cleaning, and safer boiler operation, all without requiring manual intervention. This innovative technology supports Pixelle’s commitment to operational excellence and innovation in specialty papers.

    Manual processes for removing smelt deposits pose significant risks to operators due to their proximity to molten smelt, black liquor, hot gases, and ash. By using the smelt spout robot, these risks are eliminated as the robot cleans all spouts safely and efficiently in a carefully programmed sequence. Operators can retain control and visibility remotely and use the robot’s camera for troubleshooting and evaluation.

    Jeff Forry, Director of Pulp and Utilities at Pixelle, emphasizes the importance of the smelt spout cleaning robot in streamlining maintenance tasks and ensuring the safety of operators. With the robot handling the cleaning process, operators can focus on other critical tasks.

    The robot, designed and installed by Valmet, utilizes a six-servo motor, FANUC M-900 series. Valmet is a renowned developer and supplier of technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy industries. This installation marks a significant milestone for both Valmet and the paper industry, demonstrating the potential of automation in improving safety and boiler performance.

    Pixelle Specialty Solutions, headquartered in Spring Grove, PA, prides itself on its innovation, quality, and collaborative research and development efforts. The company operates across multiple states in the United States, delivering high-performance solutions through its extensive portfolio.

    Incorporating robotic equipment into paper manufacturing processes not only enhances safety but also boosts efficiency and productivity. Pixelle’s implementation of the smelt spout robot sets a precedent for the industry and showcases the possibilities of automation in the pulp and paper sector.

    – Pixelle Specialty Solutions [Contact information]
    – Valmet [Contact information]