Tissue World Magazine

French tissue producer Délipapier has said it will upgrade its automation facilities to boost the availability and performance of its tissue production.

The Sofidel Group site has signed up Metso to upgrade the automation of TM1 and water treatment at the Délipapier plant in Frouard, France.

The delivery will include an upgrade to the state-of-the-art Metso DNA control system, an upgrade to the Metso IQ quality control system, including a non-nuclear Metso IQ Fibre Weight Measurement, and related comprehensive product training.

The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2013. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

François Lecomte, Délipapier paper mill director, said: “This significant upgrade will enhance productivity allowing Délipapier to bring better quality to its customers, especially for the flagship brands of Sopalin and Le Trèfle in France along with Lotus and Moltonel in Benelux.’’

Délipapier started its operations in 1999 with a full automaton solution from Metso that has remained in operation to the present day.
More than 12 years after startup, the mill said it wanted to upgrade its still reliable existing control system to benefit from the latest available process and system improvements.

With this upgrade, the mill aims to implement new hardware and software to increase the stability of the tissue making process, improve production efficiency, boost automation availability and to better its process visibility and operability.

Délipapier is part of the Italian group Sofidel, the second largest manufacturer of paper for hygienic and domestic use in Europe.