Valmet – a global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy industries – will supply a complete automation solution to Melitta Europa for its paper production plant in Minden, Germany.
The order includes Valmet’s distributed control system (Valmet DNA DCS/MCS), a Valmet IQ Quality Control System, and a Valmet IQ Web Inspection System. The solution will replace the aging automation system currently in use in the plant. The fully integrated solution with Valmet’s latest automation technology will enable Melitta to efficiently optimize production and ensure optimal quality.
The order was included in Valmet’s orders received in the third quarter of 2022. The installation will take place in the summer of 2023.
“We selected Valmet’s solution because having a complete package for the DCS, QCS, and web inspection was a key factor when considering our upgrade project. Valmet’s automation solution is well known throughout the pulp and paper industry, and Valmet has a lot of experience in paper processes,” says Eduard Pertsch, technical manager, Melitta Minden.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for us to work with Melitta. The group was looking for an integrated solution, and our latest technology, quality control solutions in particular, made the difference,” says Martin Grundmann, area sales manager, Automation Systems, Valmet, Germany.
The delivery includes a Valmet DNA control system with around 3.500 I/O, new drive controls, a Valmet IQ Quality Control System, and a Valmet IQ Web Inspection solution with a target stop application.
The Valmet IQ Quality Control System (QCS) will be supplied including scanners, related measurements, and state-of-the-art multivariable MD (machine direction) and CD (cross direction) controls to provide accurate and stable sheet quality in demanding machine conditions, improving paper quality and efficiency while reducing costs. Valmet IQ Web Inspection System improves web quality thanks to accurate and reliable defect detection and proactive quality management.
Melitta Europa GmbH is the operating division of the Melitta Group, a German family-owned company that was created in 1908 based on the invention of Melitta Bentz, who developed the world’s first coffee filter. Today, Melitta is a group of companies with operations all over the world, with numerous brands and products covering a wide variety of needs.