XcelLine Tissue Papermaking Machines – Driving Tissue
Voith – Your supplier and partner for successful tissue paper manufacturing
Whatever the preferred properties or cultural demands, Voith is the respected and experienced supplier of complete tissue papermaking machines and high-quality components. From stock preparation to finishing, our XcelLine covers the complete production process. Tissue paper manufacturers profit from numerous benefits.
Experts predict steady growth: By 2025, the worldwide production of tissue items will reach over 50 million tons per year – tendency rising. Within the paper segment, the tissue market is regarded as dynamic, innovative and future-oriented. Therefore, manufacturers need a reliable partner. As a leader in technology and innovation, Voith drives the paper market worldwide. As a full-line supplier, Voith not only offers a wide range of service solutions but also provides an excellent overview of the relevant trends. As a pioneer in digitalization, Voith shapes today’s tissue market and lays the foundation for a successful future in close collaboration with its customers.
Taking a tour of a tissue papermaking machine from the comfort of your office or home? Our virtual reality application makes it possible! With the help of the immersive and user-friendly application, tissue manufacturers can experience our complete XcelLine tissue machine and individual components up close in a virtual space. Maximum transparency is the result. By clicking on the button below you can access the web-based version. For the best experience, use cardboard VR glasses for your smartphone (click on the button below to order a pair for free).Discover the Virtual Reality tissue machine now
Customer benefits at a glance
With decades of experience and our highly specialized expert teams, we can ensure smooth, worry-free installation, a steep start-up curve and fast commissioning of our XcelLine tissue paper manufacturing machines. The result: saleable paper right after startup and a steep ramp up to the maximum operating speed.
One such impressive startup was the Shawano TM 3. The new tissue machine replaced the old PM 3, and thanks to Voith, only 30 days were needed from paper to paper.
Another example of a very successful project start is the Lee & Man TM 12 in Guangdong. The hard facts: 28 minutes from “stock on wire” to “paper on reel” and saleable quality from the first jumbo roll of tissue produced.
Due to rising commodity prices, one of the biggest challenges in the tissue manufacturing industry is reducing energy costs without compromising paper quality. Best value and sustainability remain the key factors. Our state-of-the-art machines and components are designed for this exact purpose: Customers benefit from a notable reduction in energy consumption while maintaining the required quality. Our superior components provide high energy-efficiency and achieve highest productivity.
For instance, our Forming section with its low mist design is used to reduce sources of mist in the forming section. Energy savings of up to 48% can be achieved in the mist elimination system, because no active exhaust air is produced by fans. Another example: Our MasterJet Pro T headbox for optimum sheet formation reduces the flow to the headbox by up to 10%, because the cross distribution headers are designed without recirculation. The headbox thus contributes to significant annual energy savings. In the approach flow system, HydroMix enables homogeneous mixing while reducing cleaning intervals by half compared to conventional silos. This also leads to an increase in productivity and savings in footprint. In addition, we have developed a number of products to optimize the tambour changing process. Besides that, our star product is the EcoChange T. Thanks to its unique design, the system increases efficiency by up to 99%. Additional advantages: 80% less waste paper and fewer web breaks.
Leading-edge technology tailored to meet actual customer needs – that is what Voith has stood for over generations. Our XcelLine tissue papermaking machines and components enable a more profitable production by connecting state-of-the-art technologies, products and processes. Customers benefit from enhanced paper quality, energy-efficient solutions, fiber savings and increased safety – and thus gain a significant competitive advantage.
One of many outstanding success stories is our NipcoFlex T shoe press. The facts speak for themselves: Compared to other conventional suction press roll systems, the Voith shoe press concept achieves up to 5% post press consistency. Consequently, the production capacity of the tissue machine can be increased by 20%, and the total thermal specific energy consumption is substantially reduced in the same magnitude. In addition, the need for coating chemicals can be reduced by as much as 30%. In most cases, manufacturers can expect a return on investment in less than three years. With around 50 successful installations worldwide and more than 600 shoe presses for all grades supplied to the market, our customers prove us right.
In addition, manufacturers in the tissue industry trust Voith solutions such as our IntensaPulper, designed for efficient pulping of fibers from virgin pulp, recovered paper or paper machine broke in stock preparation, and the cleaning system CleanLine Excell, for improved drainage and sheet dewatering for forming and press fabrics. With IntensaPulper, energy savings of up to 25% are achieved compared to conventional low consistency pulpers. In this way, customers benefit from considerable cost savings. The CleanLine Excell cleaning system uses less water than high pressure showers, thus significantly minimizing the need for chemical cleaning.
For us, innovation is inextricably linked with our customers’ needs. This is why we have established our renowned Tissue Innovation Center in Brazil. Here, tissue manufacturers have the opportunity to perform comprehensive tests along the entire tissue manufacturing process on our state-of-the-art machinery. In addition, our customers can discuss individual challenges with our experts on site.
Voith’s integrated solutions are designed for one single purpose: To ensure excellent performance over the entire life cycle of the tissue paper machine. We achieve this by combining consulting expertise with state-of-the-art products and processes as well as cutting-edge technologies and comprehensive service offers.
Our customized product solutions cover the entire process of tissue paper production. SkySoft, for example, enables significant cost savings by reducing downtimes and increasing machine performance through a combination of optimal Yankee metallization and a high-precision creping blade. TerraDry HC+, a specially designed high-performance coating for Yankee cylinders, provides effective protection from excessive corrosion and wear. Qualiflex CrestT and Qualiflex CrownT are two superior press sleeves for tissue shoe press applications. The selected polyurethane materials ensure the highest possible abrasion resistance under challenging temperature conditions. And for maximum workplace security, we have developed ProTect – a semi-automated press felt measurement system. The system makes the entire process safe and accurate – as was proven in practice by the Finnish paper producer UPM.
Furthermore, Voith offers a wide range of customized services. With the well-established On-Site Yankee Services, tissue manufacturers can ensure the optimal condition of their cylinder. The comprehensive service portfolio ranges from diagnostics and mechanical maintenance to grinding and coating.
As a pioneer in digitalization, Voith has been at the forefront of developing digital networked solutions and services for the entire paper industry. Voith Virtual Reality Solutions for example are used for a wide range of tasks. Using VR glasses, participants can take a virtual tour of the paper machine. This allows for unprecedented transparency and valuable insights as early as the planning stages. In addition, it provides a safe training environment and offers a unique way of keeping stakeholders in the loop.
Voith's digitization platform OnCumulus is a centralized, reliable hub for industrial data, providing extensive digital assistance as well as measuring and control systems combined in the product lines OnEfficiency and OnCare. OnEfficiency.Strength, for example, continuously measures and analyzes vast amounts of real-time data to ensure a secure process and consistent paper quality. This data is also processed and used to increase machine availability and to reduce off-spec production. OnCare was developed to minimize planned and unplanned downtimes. By constantly analyzing machine data, OnCare identifies problem areas and automatically generates applicable long-term data.
Excellent results, improved profitability and smooth project execution: As a full-line supplier with the most extensive portfolio on the market, Voith generates crucial added value for its customers. We design systems from a single source for the entire paper machine life cycle and cover all areas of tissue paper manufacturing. Our products and customized services are perfectly matched to complement each other. With our comprehensive range of products, we can streamline processes and offer substantial benefits to meet our customers’ individual demands.
With our BlueLine stock preparation family, we offer a process line designed to handle lower-quality raw materials without compromising quality. Recycled fibers are made available with minimum fiber loss, which speaks to the line’s unparalleled cost efficiency. Available for all paper grades, our XcelLine tissue papermaking machines are in demand all over the world. Our single-source approach enables us to create seamless processes, which in turn ensure fast startups, maximum efficiency and minimum downtime.
With the Process Line Package (PLP), we have perfected a low-risk, cost-effective method for quickly implementing complex projects. By assuming overall responsibility, administrative effort on the customer’s behalf is minimized and the costs of the total project become transparent. Since 2010, we have successfully completed 14 PLP projects worldwide.
In addition, we can take on specific tasks or handle entire areas of our customers' production within the scope of service. We also provide training programs for our customers. Our Voith Paper Webshop enables customers to order spare and wear parts from all over the world – 24/7. We also offer innovative digital products and services. With Papermaking 4.0, we provide connected, smart solutions to make the papermaking process more efficient and stable while increasing the availability of our customers’ plants.
Our products for successful tissue paper manufacturing
All of our technologies, machines and components are perfectly coordinated and integrated to ensure that tissue manufacturers continuously achieve their production targets. Below you will find useful information on some of our key products and the many ways in which they increase quality and efficiency.
The MasterJet Pro T is a well-balanced combination of proven elements as well as new developments. It can be either equipped with a ModuleJet dilution system or with automatic slice actuation for basis weight CD control. Thanks to its design, short jet lengths and excellent jet impingement conditions provide the basis for the best formation results. To reduce energy consumption, the cross distribution headers are designed without recirculation. Additionally, a strong focus was placed on cleanliness to achieve superior runability.
Benefits with MasterJet Pro T
- High tissue quality with the best formation
- Multi-layer technology
- Easy access
- Highest energy efficiency achieved by eliminating recirculation
The outstanding formation results are ensured through years of experience in the Voith pilot facilities, where the most suitable combinations of machinery concepts and fabrics have been extensively tested.
The patented, low mist design, with its specially designed splash guards and channels to suck and constrain mist, is a 100% maintenance-free solution. Thanks to unique features and tolls, the CrescentFormer provides a quick and safe wire and felt change for the best user-friendly operation.
Benefits of CrescentFormer
- Excellent formation results
- Clean, simple and user-friendly operation
- Reduced sources of mist
- Energy savings of up to 48%
Compared to a configuration of suction roll pressed against the Yankee or earlier shoe press generations, the NipcoFlex T shoe press achieves a considerably higher dryness. And it does so without compromising paper quality.
In addition, a significant production increase as well as energy savings are made possible by a higher dryness after the press. Furthermore, use of coating chemicals can be reduced. In most cases, a return on investment can be achieved in less than three years.
Benefits with NipcoFlex T
- Up to 5% higher dryness after press
- Up to 20% higher production capacity
- Up to 20% savings in Yankee steam and hood gas consumption
- Up to 30% less coating chemistry needed
- Return on investment of less than three years (depending on local energy costs)
Voith applies the strictest manufacturing standards for the EvoDry Y to meet the high-quality demands of the tissue industry. We provide optimized solutions for condensate removal and combine state-of-the-art calculation methods with the experience of more than 350 delivered Yankees in crowning curves. The latter reliably compensate for surface deformations that naturally occur during operation. This results in excellent surface quality and perfect softness of the final product.
With its patented welded design, the EvoDry Y provides lifelong tightness to prevent steam leaks from the head/shell connection. It enables the repair of even the most severe external damage. This makes the EvoDry Y the ideal solution for decades of safe and efficient tissue making.
Benefits with EvoDry Y
- Maximized drying capacity
- Ideal runability
- Lowest energy consumption
- Highest safety
The optimized nozzle shape and geometry increase thermal efficiency by 5%, and electricity consumption is reduced by as much as 22%. Further adding to its unparalleled energy efficiency are the EcoHood T’s low hood gap of ≤20 mm and the high exhaust humidity of over 500 g/kg. Due to the thermal stability of the hood, the hood gap is retained even in long-term operation.
EcoHood T is available in two versions: The EcoHood T is ideally equipped for supply temperatures up to 510°C, while the EcoHood T Ultra features an even more robust and rugged design that withstands thermal expansion and temperatures up to 650°C. Yet another option comes in the form of the Voith EcoHood T Clean. Its nozzle boxes provide easy access for inspection, cleaning and general maintenance thus making it the best solution for steam heated systems.
Benefits with EcoHood T
- Reduced steam and energy consumption
- Heat transfer efficiency increased by 5%
- Up to 22% less electrical energy required
- Easy access for operation and maintenance
- Highest level of safety
- Nozzle boxes for easy access (optional feature)
The MasterReel T will perform the main functions in automatic mode and is designed for easy operation. It is preinstalled and thoroughly tested on the shop floor. For quick and safe installation, the MasterReel T is delivered in large assembly units. Discover additional advantages in our attached video.
Benefits with MasterReel T
- Perfect reeling results due to constant nip pressure
- Automatic reel spool return
- Increased safety through full process automation
Additional products, components and services
SkySoft – Strong against wear, soft on the paper web
On-Site Yankee Services – Where safety and productivity matter
FilmLube – Integrated Uhle box lubrication
EcoChange T – Minimized core waste and highest turn-up efficiency
CleanLine Excell – Consistent and uniform cleaning
TerraDry HC+ – High performance coating
QualiFlex CrestT & CrownT press sleeves – Ultimate dewatering
ProTect – Safe felt measurement system for the press section
Forming and press fabrics – Higher runabilty and paper quality
Our experienced engineers will support you in selecting the best fabric design to meet your tissue production’s individual requirements.
Personalized Voith Paper Webshop – Simple, automated order handling
BlueLine stock preparation
Environment. Quality. Reliability.
Voith’s innovative stock preparation products combine multiple customer benefits to form a highly efficient solution. Based on proven Voith quality, they enable paper mills to significantly lower energy, fiber, water and maintenance costs while improving runability and enhancing safety.
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Do you have questions about our tissue papermaking machines, components or services? If so, do not hesitate to contact our experts. We are happy to help you!
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