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Pankaboard selects Valmet to replace Damatic Classic automation system at Finnish mill

Special cartonboards supplier Pankaboard has selected Valmet to replace the Damatic Classic automation system delivered at its board mill in Lieksa, Eastern Finland.

Under the contract, Valment will replace the Damatic Classic automation system, which has been operating since 1979, with a Valmet DNA automation system. It will also upgrade the existing Valmet Damatic XD automation system to Valmet DNA at the mill.

The new system is expected to boost the process availability and improve its performance, Valmet said.

Pankaboard Oyj managing director Lauri Junnila said: "At Pankaboard, we regard this project as an all-important business development project, and one that an advanced automation system supports well.

“The new system will enable us to develop our customer need-based and flexible operating model more cost efficiently.”

Planned to be executed in several stages, the project is schedule to be completed by mid-2019.

Valmet automation sales manager Juha Mykkänen said: "New information management tools will provide the mill with a whole new dimension to process operations, giving operators access to the trend and event history straight from the operator interface.

“Together with functional descriptions linked to the controls, this will enable faster troubleshooting.”

The new Valmet DNA automation system will replace the current control systems in the stock preparation, on board machines BM2 and BM3, as well as the control system in the integrated biofuel plant, the company said.

The mill is equipped with different board machines, BM2 and BM3, to produce high-thickness folding boxboards and uncoated cartonboards produced.

Pankaboard is engaged in manufacturing of specialty cartonboards for food, luxury beverage, pharmaceutical, food service, graphics and display, as well as laminate industries.