Voith’s papermaking 4.0 portfolio

Over 300 global installations of digital solutions confirm the success

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With its digitalization and automation portfolio Papermaking 4.0, Voith Paper is an international pioneer and innovation driver in paper production. The technology company now has more than 300 digital installations worldwide. The numerous references prove how digitalization continuously optimizes the production process in terms of efficiency, sustainability and quality.

“For more than five years, customers worldwide have been relying on our digital solutions. The areas of application are very different – with our individual industrial application, we offer customized solution packages,” says Dr. Jürgen Abraham, president products and services and digital business officer at Voith Paper. “Based on our expertise in digitalization, automation and artificial intelligence, we are continuously developing new possibilities for the paper production of the future.”

With concrete approaches, Voith experts and the OnPerformance.Lab advise, accompany and support customers on their way to a digitalized paper mill. The IIoT platform OnCumulus, which provides fast and reliable access to data from machines and systems, serves as the basis. Using the collected and evaluated data, the applications lead to performance improvements along the entire process chain. The robust digital solutions feature the highest security standards, are implemented in the shortest possible time and show continuous production improvements from day one. In addition to long-term efficiency gains, Papermaking 4.0 solutions enable significantly more sustainable production.

“Digitalization is an important lever to support the improvement of all performance areas of the operation – customer service, efficiency and flexibility,” says Mario Naldini, chief operating officer BU Paper and Security at Fedrigoni. “The onefficiency solution implemented in Fabriano by Voith represents a fundamental milestone in our digital transformation. With a payback period of less than one year, the economic benefits are significant.”

“With the help of Voith’s leading technologies, we can improve the sustainability of our production,” says Dr. Thomas Welt, chief executive officer at Laakirchen Papier AG. “In addition to the diverse references, Voith’s decades of expertise in sustainable papermaking and extensive research and development activities convinced us. Innovations from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, including onefficiency.strength, are already being used successfully at our PM 10. In addition, we are a pilot customer for the new onefficiency.breakprotect and onview.energy solutions.”

Voith’s bundled know-how and specially-focused innovation on the paper industry are unique in the market. For each initial situation, Voith offers paper manufacturers customized complete solutions consisting of digitalization, automation and expert knowledge. In line with the full-liner approach, Voith develops specific sensor technology, for example, and supports implementation throughout the entire process for the best result.

Grupo Gondi also implemented MCS, DCS and QCS automation solutions as well as Voith’s oncare.health and oncare.asset digital condition monitoring and maintenance solutions on PM 7 at the Papel y Empaques mill. “Through intensive team work, coaching and training, all team members in Monterrey were quickly trained and up to speed,” says Francisco Javier Lozano Hernandez, maintenance planning manager at Grupo Gondi. “Oncare.health now monitors the current condition of the plant at all times, registers even the smallest anomalies, sends warning signals to the operators and independently develops optimization options. Combined with the intelligent maintenance management oncare.asset, the solutions will increase and sustain a world class machine availability.”

In order to continue to provide impetus in the digitalization and automation environment, Voith Paper relies on agile, customer-centric development processes. One result of this approach is onview.digitaleye, which won this year’s AI Champions Award. With the help of the digital analysis tool, recovered paper quality can be precisely determined for the first time even before stock preparation.

“New innovative solutions like onview.digitaleye are important components of Papermaking 4.0 and autonomous paper production,” explains Dr Jürgen Abraham. “In the future, digitalization and automation will grow ever closer together. We also recently presented an innovative operating concept as part of our Papermaking Vision. With the help of intelligent algorithms and an intuitive design, this will ensure maximized user-friendliness, production capacity and efficiency in the future.”

With the campaign “PAPER IS ON”, Voith will be highlighting the focus topics of the digital product portfolio Papermaking 4.0 in the near future – full-line supplier, efficiency, sustainability, cloud solutions, automation and innovation.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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