Pesmel, a globally operating supplier of highly automated internal logistics, storing and packing systems, has received an order for the delivery of a comprehensive roll handling solution to Stora Enso’s Imatra Mills.
The Imatra complex consists of two mills and has an annual production capacity of more than one million tonnes of carton board and specialty packaging paper.
With the latest investment, Stora Enso aims to increase the mills’ polyethylene (PE) extrusion coating production to meet the growing demand for food and liquid packaging board used in packages such as milk cartons.
A major part of Stora Enso’s €70-million total investment, Pesmel’s delivery is equal to approximately 80 man-years. The deal consists of an automated roll warehouse (ARW), a large conveyor and wrapping system, plus a comprehensive control system to keep real-time storage inventory for the converting and shipping operations.
The heart of the new system layout is Pesmel’s TransRoll ARW concept, which will be connected with seven in-out production roll stream connections at different floor levels between the mill’s production and converting lines.
The ARW has an approximately 30,000-tonne buffering capacity for intermediate rolls to be used at mill converting and finished rolls to be shipped out to end customers. The in-out handling and sorting of the rolls produced is fully automated and comes with an impressive 900 tonnes-per-hour capacity with two stacker cranes.
If the need arises, both the storing volume and the number of connections of the solution can be increased in the future.
The contract between Stora Enso and Pesmel was signed in July 2016. The delivery will be done in several parts and the full-scope commissioning is expected to be completed by early Q4 in 2017.
Mr Kaj Fahllund, Vice President, Paper & Converting, Pesmel.
Paper Industry Facing New Challenges
According to Mr Kaj Fahllund (Vice President, Paper & Converting, Pesmel), the paper industry is currently restructuring itself and taking major strides forward.
“We want to continue to be part of this development, and bring in fresh new ideas and alternatives that help manufacturers simplify their internal logistics processes through automation.”
A good example of this is Pesmel’s recent delivery to Metsä Group, another leading forest industry giant from Finland. The automated pulp distribution centre delivered by Pesmel was the first of its kind in the entire world.
“High-bay rack storages have been used in logistical distribution centres for decades, but such application had never before been adapted for a pulp mill,” clarifies Fahllund.
Now, similar technology is heading towards the Imatra Mills as well. We can imagine that these two projects will serve as great references for Pesmel and help the company win industry recognition and further orders.
Fahllund agrees, saying, “The fact that these global industry leaders decided to go for our solutions proves that we can offer something new and competitive for the industry.”
Pesmel’s slogan, “Material Flow-How”, is a clever blend between the words material flow and know-how. It also perfectly illustrates the value Pesmel is best at producing for its customers: making industrial plants more efficient and safe by improving their internal logistics.
Improvements are important because, as Fahllund points out, the industry players are dealt pretty much the same cards regardless of their geographical location: raw materials and energy cost more or less the same all across the world, while the quality of the final products does not vary particularly much.
“In such a situation, the only way for a business to become more competitive is by doing some things smarter than the other”, Fahllund points out.
And that is where Material Flow-How comes into the picture?
Text by Industrial PRIME, images courtesy of Pesmel
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