Valmet extends quality management offering with two new scanners

Valmet IQ Scanner XL and Valmet IQ Scanner S

The Valmet IQ Quality Control System is a customizable quality management solution that enables increased process performance while meeting quality goals. Photo Valmet

Valmet – a global developer, and supplier of process technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy industries – has launched two new scanner models, Valmet IQ Scanner XL and Valmet IQ Scanner S. Both are designed for optimal production efficiency and superior performance in the paper, board, non-woven, and paper converting industries.

Intelligent scanning

The Valmet IQ Quality Control System is a customizable quality management solution that enables increased process performance while meeting quality goals. It consists of scanners, a wide range of measurements, advanced controls, and applications. From a standalone scanner to an integrated solution, the latest additions include all the features of the Valmet IQ Scanner portfolio. Robust engineering, high-quality materials, and an intelligent, flexible sensor platform are combined to deliver accurate and real-time scanning.

The new Valmet IQ Scanner XL is the largest scanner in the family, designed for extra-wide paper and board machines. The Valmet IQ Scanner S for non-woven and paper-converting applications features flexibility and reduced dimensions to fit the tight spaces of machines.

Scanners are the foundation of quality control systems. The new scanners help us meet the production efficiency and performance demands of customers. Fast edge-to-edge scanning provides data for precise quality control, while robust construction and built-in diagnostic ensure reliability,” says Marko Toskala, director, Quality Management Systems, Valmet.

Maximized reliability and performance

The Valmet IQ Scanner is compatible with the new Valmet DNA user interface. The intuitive web-based user interface provides the tools and insights operators need to leverage real-time information from Valmet IQ devices, helping them make the right decision instantly and optimize quality faster. 

Enhanced diagnostics and proactive performance management secure the availability of quality control systems. By providing early warnings of potential upsets and detailed insights for corrective actions, customers are assured of maximum uptime and optimum performance.

The Valmet IQ Scanner family is backed by a wide portfolio of onsite and remote services provided by Valmet Performance Center. All Valmet IQ products are developed and manufactured in Finland. 

Valmet has been at the forefront of developing digital solutions for its customers since the 1960s. In 1979, Valmet became the second company in the world to launch a distributed control system (DCS) for process automation, and the company’s first Quality Control System (QCS) was introduced in the 1990s. 

The Valmet IQ quality management solution consists of leading technology in all the devices and applications required to control and optimize both process performance and end-product quality. Today, the advanced Valmet IQ quality management system ensures optimal quality for over 2,200 pulp, paper, board, tissue, non-woven, and paper-converting mills around the world.

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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