World records are not set every day. With the completion of PM 2 in Beihai, China, in just 18 months from contract effectiveness to start-up, Voith and Sun Paper have achieved the fastest order execution for a high speed line of this type.
Made to order
The XcelLine paper machine was tailor-made with a focus on the efficiency and robustness of individual components
- DuoFormer: excellent formation and strength, even at very high speeds
- SpeedSizer: uniform application of the film during gluing and coating, for an optimal paper surface
- CombiDuoRun dryer section with EvoDry steel dryer cylinder: maximum runnability and energy efficiency
- Two VariFlex high-performance winders: maximum quality
- QCS and MCS quality control system and OnCare.Health condition monitoring solution: complete control and continuous monitoring to minimize machine downtime
In Beihai, southeastern China, stands the new high-speed board machine, which has already set a new world record before production starts. Only 18 months elapsed between the contract effectiveness and the successful start-up of the large machine. This sounds incredible, as Sun Paper's Beihai PM 2 shines in the latest industrial design and is also groundbreaking in all other features.
- Location: Beihai City, Guangxi Province, China
- Planned annual capacity: Over 1,000,000 tons
- Operating speed: 1,300 m/min
- Production: High-quality folding boxboard with a basis weight of 170-350 gsm
- Voith has already supplied 12 paper machines to Sun Paper including the Beihai PM 2
- Sun Paper is ranked among the world's 30 largest paper manufacturers
When Sun Paper shaked hands with Voith for a complete new line, the corona pandemic had just broken out and lasted for the entire project duration on. No easy undertaking to meet the ambitious project execution schedule. In addition, there were considerable logistical problems during the project phase due to unpredicted pandemic restrictions around the globe.
How were the more than 200 000 parts of the half-kilometer long paper machine to be transported to the Beihai site? Thanks to excellent supply chain management and project management, the components found their way to Beihai by roads and seas within the deadline. Nearly 3,000 people worked on site at the same time to ensure a smooth start-up. High flexibility, close coordination and additional shifts made it possible that only seven and a half months passed from installation to start-up.
The two companies have been working together for years and have already successfully commissioned twelve XcelLine paper machines. The ‘Sun Paper speed’ is already well known: In January 2021, Voith and Sun Paper were able to set the fastest start-up record of Laos PM 2 packaging machine for 1 hour and 46 minutes.
‘Sun Paper speed’
In January 2021, Voith and Sun Paper were able to set the fastest start-up record of Laos PM 2 packaging machine for 1 hour and 46 minutes.
In recent years, the two companies have executed twelve paper machine projects to support Sun Paper's global expansion. The Beihai PM 2 will help broaden Sun Paper's product portfolio and strengthen the manufacturer's position in the diversified paper business in Southeast China.
"Beihai PM 2 produces high-end cartonboard with excellent surface quality and formation,” adds Ying Guangdong, Vice General Manager and Chief Engineer of Sun Paper. “It gained good reputation among the customers as soon as it was launched to the market."
Like clockwork, all parts of the paper machine are perfectly harmonized with each other and contribute to the outstanding performance. The tailor-made design includes leading components from Voith's full-line portfolio such as a DuoFormer for excellent formation and strength as well as two VariFlex high-performance winders for highest quality. The new industrial design ensures optimized maintenance and work safety.
In addition, Sun Paper also benefits from Voith leading expertise in digitalization and automation for additional efficiency gains and cost reductions. The Voith sophisticated QCS quality control system as well as MCS enable complete control over the entire production line. OnCare.Health condition monitoring solution is also integrated to the system. Thanks to over 30,000 interfaces, minimal problems can be identified at an early stage. Planned and unplanned machine downtimes can thus be prevented by continuous monitoring.
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