Components of high performance
The perfect combination of hightech fabrics and equipment is essential to increase productivity, efficiency and runability.
Forming: an engineered solution
An optimal fabric design in the forming section can achieve a substantial reduction in energy consumption and a longer fabric lifetime. The recently introduced MultiForm IR is a medium-fine forming fabric that combines the benefits of a fine paper side on top of a strong and robust wear side – like no other fabric design before. Part of the established Voith I-Series, it is used worldwide in a wide range of applications, from fine paper to demanding packaging papers. The highfiber support ensures good mechanical retention properties and a clean run, while the robust wear side guarantees stable profiles and an excellent wear resistance. “Our close cooperation with a Scandinavian customer led to an optimal design choice that helped to reduce the drive load by almost 10%, as well as a significantly improved paper quality,” says Tom Meijer, Global Product Manager Forming Section. “The engineered weave structure of MultiForm IR achieves an optimal lubrication between the stationary dewatering elements and the fabric wear side, resulting in both the energy saving and a record running time.”
Press: for peak performance
Improved dewatering is achieved in the press section with Voith’s PeakElement integrated with press fabrics, a revolutionary new elastomeric component that enhances saturation and water flow through the fabric. In the past, new press fabrics required a period of lower dewatering. With PeakElement, however, start-up time can be significantly reduced. In the case of one paper mill, start-up was achieved within a mere six hours, instead of the normal one and a half days. “By providing a faster start-up, as well as constantly higher dewatering throughout its entire life, PeakElement differs from every other kind of press fabric on the market,” says Anders Nord, Application Manager Press Fabrics. Moreover, in mills using PeakElement, steam consumption has consistently been reduced by 12%.