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Technological progress to prepare for future expansion

When you need help fast, it can get expensive. But not in this case. Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel, in northern Germany, didn’t just get their urgent refiner problem solved in time, but also made technological progress to prepare them for future expansion - all at a budget price. The old top-layer refiners on cartonboard machine KM3 were near the end of their service life. These days, Varel uses preventative maintenance to avoid serious problems, but their old  refiners had been around for decades before that, and they were just plain worn out.

"The trouble was, the old refiners had increasing vibration problems."
Dirk Drawski, Assistant Operations Manager at Varel

Left to right: Knut Hovenga, Day Shift Manager Stock Preparation KM; Dirk Drawski, Assistant Operations Manager;

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"This wasn’t a case of ANDRITZ selling us a new piece of equipment,” explains Drawski. “No, it was a partnership.” ANDRITZ offered three possible solutions: repairing the existing units (not recommended), replacing them with better used refiners, or buying brandnew ANDRITZ refiners. But as Key Account Manager, Karsten Laatz, explains, “We didn’t force them. We gave Varel the options.” Drawski says “We talked to Karsten Laatz and Peter Paul, who showed us the possibilities we had, either installing new units or buying used ones. We had good discussions.”

Inside of control room at PK Varel

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If you wish to contact our ANDRITZ experts  directly to get more detailed information about the exchange, dismantling and refurbishment of two old refiners please use the information below: 

Contact information ANDRITZ Sales Team

Karsten Laatz
Key Account Manager/ Sales


Peter Paul
Regional Product Manager

Ewald Halbedl
Director Process Automation


Martin Chabera
Global Product Manager LC Refining



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    Technological progress to prepare for future expansion

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