ANDRITZ launches the world's most modern research center for tissue
International technology Group ANDRITZ has officially launched the world’s most modern research center for tissue, the PrimeLineTIAC Tissue Innovation and Application Center, in Graz, Austria.
The opening ceremony, attended by around 150 customers and other stakeholders from the tissue industry, was a great success. Together with the ANDRITZ experts and technical partner companies, the participants discussed the functions, designs, and features of the new PrimeLineTIAC and took a guided tour through the pilot plant. Several guest speakers also gave interesting inside views on developments in the tissue industry.
The Tissue Innovation and Application Center comprises a complete, state-of-the-art tissue production line, including laboratory facilities for tests and trials to develop new products and processes in the tissue sector. It is available to tissue producers and suppliers, research and development companies, and universities. Thus, customers and developers can conduct tests and trials under many different conditions, for example to optimize fibers for a specific product, improve product qualities, increase dryness, and reduce energy consumption. The impact of variables such as stock preparation, chemicals, vacuum, machine clothing, pressing, and drying with hot air and steam can all be measured and evaluated accurately.
For ANDRITZ, data security and confidentiality have a high priority. To run the trials in a highly professional and confidential environment, ANDRITZ experts from R&D, the stock preparation, machine design and engineering, automation, and pumps departments are available for collaboration and discussions. Customers can also bring along their own team of specialists.
The PrimeLineTIAC has its own complete stock preparation line together with the approach flow system. Many different kinds of pulp can be processed in one production line, which is split into a separate short fiber and a long fiber line. In addition, all units are available in small industrial scale, creating an excellent environment for best possible fiber treatment and tests according to the individual needs of customers and products.
The tissue production line offers utmost flexibility for the production of conventional, textured, and structured (TAD) tissue. It currently features various configurations that are also available on the market as single-machine concepts. This means customers can run extensive trials with what could potentially be their future machine configuration. With a design speed of 2,500 m/min and a sheet width of 600 mm, the machine can be operated with either a suction press roll or a shoe press, a regular CrescentFormer or a vertical CrescentFormer, and with a 16 ft. steel Yankee or two 14 ft. TAD drums.
The Metris PrimeControl E automation hardware and software developed by ANDRITZ provides utmost flexibility in monitoring and controlling the various machine configurations as well as the stock preparation system, including alarm management, online documentation, and eco-monitoring for example.
Custom-tailored pump solutions convey stock suspensions with the required consistencies in all production stages. The pumps are equipped with sensors to obtain detailed measurements and provide precise pump control and regulating.
ANDRITZ collaborated with many key partners on this project, including Albany International Corp., Danfoss Drives, Fibria, IBS Paper Performance Group, Nash, Södra Solenis, as well as Flowtec, Lantier, EDELVENT, and the Kumera Corporation. The PrimeLineTIAC is sponsored by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG as part of its R&D infrastructure promotion program.
For more information, please visit andritz.com/tiac.