Andritz has officially launched its latest tissue machine, the PrimeLineVRT – Vertical Crescent Former – for the production of dry crepe tissue.

It features a vertical Crescent Former in the forming section that the machinery supplier said enhances dewatering of the fibre web.

This enables higher dryness right after the press section and an increase in paper caliper.

Depending on the grade and basis weight of the paper produced, Andritz said that between two and four additional percentage points of dryness can be achieved after the press section compared to standard CrescentFormer configurations.

Stefano Marenco, director of PrimeLineTIAC and R&D Tissue at Andritz, said: “The advantage of this new technology is that we do not need additional fabrics and fabric loops or any extra space in the basement for installation of the equipment.

“This results in lower building costs as well as easier operation and maintenance compared to similar technologies on the market.”