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The MIAC 2021 Conferences

During the three days of MIAC 2021 will take place 4 Conferences dedicated to the paper and tissue sector. Participation in the Conferences is free of charge and simultaneous translation is available from Italian to English and vice versa.


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(it is possible to register for the Conferences starting from 1 September 2021)

13 October 2021  |  time 13.40 – 16.50

 

MIAC Tissue Conference – first session

Tissue paper mill – an “essential” industry

In this new Era, opened by Covid19, hygiene products are even more on top of the needs of the consumer. An opportunity for the Tissue sector if it will be able to remain competitive, providing the consumers with new, more performing and at the same time greener products. All the main phases of the production line, both of the paper mill and of the converting, will be discussed and new technologies will be presented during the MIAC Tissue Conference in order to provide answers to this new challenge.

Participation is free of charge / Simultaneous translation service is available

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13.40

Registration

14.00

Opening of the Conference
Massimo Ramunni – ASSOCARTA

14.10

New challenges, risks and opportunities for the Tissue sector in the post Covid19 society
Guido Pasquini – LUCART

 

In recent months, as a result of the global pandemic, there has been a rapid transformation in the way people and institutions behave. The tissue sector has recognised its importance as an essential tool for the protection of people’s hygiene and health, but despite this, the sector has had to face great difficulties, both in terms of supply, logistics, technology and economics, reacting quickly to the changes that have taken place and which, in part, could be destined to remain. The ability to respond quickly to the new needs of the consumer and the Society represent important new values that the sector has shown to have but which it must also further develop.

14.30

Micro-Fibrillated Cellulose (MFC) in Tissue – Creation and Application
Stefano Simionato – VALMET

 

This presentation will address the creation of MFC using purely mechanical means and the testing of the fiber throughout the creation process. Part 2 of the presentation will explore the addition of MFC to a generic bath tissue formulation substituting out softwood fiber. Two different processing levels of the MFC will be evaluated. Three different addition levels of MFC will be evaluated and compared to a normal furnish of softwood and eucalyptus fiber. Standard physical testing of the paper will be done and compared.

14.50

Innovative Tissue Production: Vertical Crescent Former Tissue Machine
Stefano Marenco – ANDRITZ

 

In most of the global regional markets, more than 95% of the tissue production in volume comes from conventional CWP (Conventional Wet Pressing) technology and more and more the production plants are based on CrescentFormers. With the new PrimeLineVRT tissue machine ANDRITZ focuses on further reducing the energy consumption of this well-known technology. Since the beginning with the first trials at the ANDRITZ tissue pilot plant (PrimeLineTIAC – Tissue Innovation and Application Center) in Graz (Austria) ANDRITZ could see the good potential of the new Vertical CrescentFormer (VRT) technology for energy savings. Many different possibilities and configurations were tested to remove additional water from the paper web coming out from the forming section in order to increase the dryness after the press. Thanks to detailed investigations, we could find the best concept for the best results, finally reaching our goal. Additional trials were carried out focusing on the paper quality and we were surprised by the increase in caliper and tensile strength that the paper showed. The concept of the PrimeLineVRT tissue machine is very simple and uses the same forming fabric to squeeze the paper on a suction turning roll without additional room required for the machine.

15.10

Toscotec’s OPTIMA rewinder line ensures quality and top winding efficiency
Massimiliano Corsini – TOSCOTEC

 

The presentation will illustrate the innovative combination of Centre Wind Assist (CWA) control of the parent reels, web tensioning system and rewinding nip control system of the OPTIMA rewinder line. Toscotec’s new technology preserves the bulk, the elongation and softness of the parent reels, in order to maintain the original tissue quality unaffected. The high operation accuracy of the OPTIMA rewinder delivers uniform reel density and an overall increase in winding performance, thereby increasing the overall efficiency of the tissue production line from the tissue machine down to the rewinder.

15.30

Crepe blade wear modelling for best Tissue quality and Yankee protection: a statistical approach based on process data analysis
Florent Bougerolle – BTG

 

Maximize the paper quality and the tissue machine productivity while ensuring the comprehensive protection of the Yankee by measuring and benchmarking the wear mechanics of the crepe blade. In this paper, we briefly review the main wearing mechanisms around the creping area (blade/paper/Yankee) and their effects and we then see how this can be measured. The main body of the paper showcases the conclusions that can be drawn from an analysis of one specific blade wear and process factors with a database of almost 1000 high performance creping blades compiled by BTG. This document shows how to benchmark the effect on blade wear of furnish, Yankee coating types and dosages, cleaning blade impact, Yankee surface type, blade material type (and more). This article should debunk a few common myths along the way and will conclude with some recommendations for the Tissue-makers to help them set-up the optimum safe running time for high performance crepe blades.

15.50

OraLock™: the dawn of a new era in Yankee doctoring rises in Sofidel Italy
Maurizio Tomei – ORADOC / Francesco Corrotti – SOFIDEL

 

Oradoc – a leading manufacturer of Doctoring Systems, with thousands of units installed worldwide over 35 years – has involved its R&D department in a challenging long-term project to develop a new added-value solution: OraLock™, the new blade holder that deserves a unique place in the creping process. The common concept design of creping blade holder has always narrowed down the choices to just two main possibilities: rigid or flexible, both with their strengths and weaknesses. Oradoc is worldwide known for flexible solutions, but now it has filed a patent for an innovative rigid doctoring system: a rigid blade holder that can boast the profiling advantages of a flexible one. Oradoc has found in Sofidel – a multinational company worldwide known for paying great attention to technological innovation, sustainability and research – the right partner for the prototype installation of OraLock™,  that has been profitably operating for one year now, in one of Sofidel’s production facilities in the European tissue valley of Lucca.

16.10

Nonflow: Water Consumption Optimisation
Erik Törnqvist – EAGLEBURGMANN

 

The mechanical seal is an essential part of rotating equipment: pumps, screens, pulpers and refiners. Double-acting seals need lubrication by clean seal water, so the water consumption can be a significant expense and an environmental cost. The typical equipment to regulate seal water consumption is a flowmeter. Thermosiphon systems and temperature controlled valves are also used to regulate seal water flow, but these are costly and error prone due to their complex function. Constant flow valves are simple to set a preselected flow but their utilization in paper mills has remained very low. Nonflow technology conserves water by completely stopping the seal water flow, which counterintuitively has been proven to result in better reliability. Nonflow technology minimizes water consumption by drastically reducing the flow of liquid to the seal, with a simple and reliable system. The constructive design of the Nonflow mechanical seal optimizes the circulation of fluid within it, containing temperatures and drastically reducing the external requirement for clean cooling water. The relative flushing system contributes to the control of consumption. Nonflow has been developed for over 20 years to increase seal performance and reduce the environmental costs. Already a few forerunners are using this innovative technology in Italy and in the Lucca region. Annual seal water consumption for double acting seals in paper machine is approximately 60,000 – 150,000 m3. Nonflow can reduce that to zero.

16.30

Faster Worf Flow and more Efficient Process thanks to the Advanced Quality Management in Tissue Production
Marco Vascotto – ISRA VISION

 

Reliable and comprehensive quality assurance and transparency in tissue making and processing achievable through: early and precise detection and classification of process disturbances with fast root causes analysis and online dirt count and analysis; web break reduction by at least 50% by using web inspection (WIS) and quality monitoring (WBM) to reduce machine downtime; with color classification any color defect becomes clearly visible and assignable; additional functions (e.g. slitting optimization, quality report of customer roll, sheeting line’s Reject Control System, Intelligent Cleaning System to Traversing Cleaner Aggregates); avoid web breaks at converting machine by reducing the converting line speed at critical defects that might cause web breaks (Layer Merger for Tissue Converting Lines, Tissue Converting Control System (CCS) with quality decision based roll feeding into a certain Layer). PaperQMS correlates all available tissue quality with any mill process data (e.g. QCS, DCS) to highlight potential improvements and help decision makers tap into previously unused potential. Reporting and analyzing tools take action down to the plant floor. Advanced tools for quality visualization, evaluation and production analysis transform inspection and process data into cost-saving decisions.

16.50

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14 October 2021 | time 09.40 – 11.30

 

MIAC Tissue Conference – second session

Tissue converting – an “essential” industry

In this new Era, opened by Covid19, hygiene products are even more on top of the needs of the consumer. An opportunity for the Tissue sector if it will be able to remain competitive, providing the consumers with new, more performing and at the same time greener products. All the main phases of the production line, both of the paper mill and of the converting, will be discussed and new technologies will be presented during the MIAC Tissue Conference in order to provide answers to this new challenge.

Participation is free of charge / Simultaneous translation service is available

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09.40

Registration

10.00

Opening of the Conference
Massimo Ramunni – ASSOCARTA

10.10

Converting Future is Today
Federico Barsanti – SCHÄFERROLLS

 

SchäferRolls will present three solutions for the demanding converting process that significantly contribute to the end product’s quality: First: SchäferRolls will introduce an innovative embossing roll cover into the market, which increases the performance in the most demanding conditions. The new cover is a mix of special proprietary materials which are able to reduce the heat generation for hysteresis by 10 to 15 °C compared to the best materials that are in operation already today. This new solution improves physical and mechanical material properties by far and in combination with an innovative new bonding technology it will perform reliably in the long run. SchäferRolls will present the achieved operation results together with one of the most important tissue producers in Tuscany. Second: Q.dura, results and customer benefits of this development for converting systems prone to glue deposit build-ups on the marrying roll, will be presented. Third: Insitu, a totally new, innovative development for Cliché roll positions.

10.30

From concept to design to final assembly: HERACLE embosser/laminator
Michele Renai – MAFLEX

 

Maflex introduces a new and original design. From concept to design to final assembly, comes HERACLE embosser/laminator. Built to ensure a quick and safe upper engraved roller change, it offers unprecedented versatility. Thanks to the presence of two hydraulic and telescopic arms integrated in the machine, it is possible to alternate, in a completely automatic way, the different engraved rollers for embossing the upper ply. While the machine is working with an embossing pattern, the operator can simply select from the control panel one of the other two rollers in storage, and the machine performs the roll change operation in less than three minutes, without the need to break the paper web. The strategic position of the rolls waiting above the machine, combined with the automatic selection and change of HERACLE, allows infinite embossing changes. In addition, it is possible to clean the rollers in total safety, without stopping production, simply by bringing the roller to be treated away from the production line. Because of Maflex’s modular design, the HERACLE has its own electrical and control panels, making it easy to install on existing converting lines.

10.50

Cost Savings for the Tissue Industry thanks to Robopac. Reduction of consumables and product damages, maintaining stability and load containment
Matteo Corelli – ROBOPAC

 

How pallet stability, protection and load containment be ensured, while minimizing material consumption and possible product damages? The answer to the question is provided by Robopac through continuous research and innovation, to better respond to the most demanding market sectors, such as Tissue. Applications requirements  in Tissue industry led Robopac to the development of HELIX MAX, the latest automatic rotary arm stretch wrapper. This new stretchwrapper combines the high productivity, typical of rotating ring wrappers, with the ease of use and simple maintenance, typical of rotating arm machines. The very competitive purchase price of Helix MAX and the low TCO, along with low maintenance costs and maximum application flexibility, make this new rotating arm wrapper a perfect solution for all automated production lines. HELIX MAX, thanks to its special patented pre-stretch carriage,  makes possible the impossible:  a wrapping cycle extremely resistant to tearing , superior to any traditional systems, helping to reduce downtimes due to film breaks. HELIX MAX can be equipped with CUBE TECHNOLOGY™ (optional), another Robopac patented technology that allow the application of exactly the right amount of film, exactly in the right position with exactly the correct containment force.  With few clicks on the HMI. This technology, particularly suitable for delicate and unstable loads (typical of the tissue industry), allows a reduction of plastic application by 30% to 50% and a reduction of possible products damaging  by 40%, improving at the same the containment and stabilization of the load.

11.10

The SPECIAL Challenges of Effectively Stretch Wrapping Tissue Products
Ben de Koning – LANTECH

 

Reductions in primary packaging and a lack of Effective Stretch Wrapping Standards have negatively impacted load stability causing dramatic increase in shipping damage. Besides the hundreds of millions of Euros worth of shipping damage, these issues negatively affect the market appeal of the package and the overall brand value at the consumer POS. Via our strategic partnership amongst the leading Global manufacturers, we encountered the following: SPECIAL Challenges (Corner crushing; Difficulty stacking due to reduction of the “footprint “of the top load caused by rounding of corners; Torsion during wrapping, especially with DuDo pallets. STANDARD Challenges: Lack of load stability; Film breaks, especially on the corners of the pallet with inboard loads; Excessive film consumption; Loads sliding off the pallet; Film tails; One size fits all wrap pattern. Through our Lean Wrap Technology® and Lean Wrap Processes  – with a key focus on Effective Stretch Wrapping Standards – we have successfully assisted many strategic partners in optimizing their packaging changes and / or load stability issues. Resulting in a reduction of their transport damage and increased brand value at the POS.

11.30

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14 October 2021 | time 13.40 – 17.00

 

MIAC Energy – Assocarta Conference

Preparing for the Green New Deal

The European Green New Deal further raises the benchmark aiming to reach the carbon neutrality by 2050. The biggest challenge ever faced by the Energy Intensive Industry. How the Pulp and Paper Industry can contribute to this goal? Which infrastructures, technologies and energy efficiency solutions will be available to support our industry in the path toward decarbonisation? One single solution will not solve the issue as the solution has to be found in a balanced mix of many small steps. In the MIAC Energy Conference we will start looking at that.

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13.40

Registration

14.00

Opening of the Conference
Alessandro Bertoglio – ASSOCARTA

14.10

Preparing for the Green New Deal: the Example of a Couple of Paper Companies
Riccardo Balducci – SOFIDEL and Massimo Santolini – DS SMITH PAPER ITALIA

 

The deadlines set at national and European level for fighting climate change are getting closer, and the European Union is updating its targets, raising the bar. The new target is the carbon neutrality by 2050. The evolution experienced in the past years in the field of energy efficiency, renewables and Industry 4.0 will have to be further accelerated in order to meet the targets. Paper mills already have to plan their decarbonisation path and their targets to 2030 and 2050 in order to reduce the impact of the increasing burdens. Two examples of business approaches to this global challenge will be presented at the meeting.

14.40

Hydrogen, energy, economics: myths and real opportunities in energy transition
Cosma Panzacchi – SNAM RETE GAS

 

Hydrogen can give e crucial contribution to reach the European decarbonization targets. An analysis of the most interesting sectors, mobility and “hard to abate” industrial uses in particular, the potential penetration in the energetic mix and the barriers to overcome to allow the full exploitation of hydrogen.

15.00

The development of a hydrogen market for Italy: national specificities to be enhanced in European competition
Hannelore Rocchio – ENI

15.20

Toscotec for Sofidel America: analysis of a case study
Marco Dalle Piagge – TOSCOTEC

 

The analysis of Sofidel America’s case study will illustrate the application of efficient energy saving solutions. The recovery of thermal energy in the air and vacuum systems, steel Yankee dryer TT SYD and steam & condensate removal system and water system ensure quantifiably significant energy savings. The analysis will also show the achievement of electrical energy savings, as well as the reduction of fiber and fresh water consumption. The project includes the turnkey supply of two AHEAD-2.0L tissue lines of 5,500 mm trim width, 2,000 m/min operating speed and an overall production capacity of 120,000 t/y.

15.40

Combustion System Upgrade for Tissue Mills
Guido Lenzi – ANDRITZ NOVIMPINATI

 

Hood air system buners are, together with the steam boiler, the main thermal energy consumer of a tissue mill. Yankee hoods installed in the past are often equipped with burners designed to guarantee drying capacity and high reliability, but with no specific target about efficiency, safety, emissions. ANDRITZ Novimpianti has developed a long-term experience at upgrading existing combustion systems with tailor-made solutions, in order to improve thermal efficiency. The main target of the combustion system upgrade for tissue mills are: increasing the burner combustion efficiency on the full operation range; improving existing burners and combustion chambers design; lower CO and NOx emissions; air-to-gas ratio handled by automatic control; improvement in safety of the whole process, in compliance with latest rules; technology applicable to both in-line and corner burners; specifically designed to be part of hood & air system integrated control system. In its speech, ANDRITZ Novimpianti will describe the technology developed and optimized through several successful references in combustion system upgrade.

16.00

Effective and Efficient Solutions for Energy Recovery in the Vacuum System
Federico Spinelli – LARIO ENERGY

 

The growing attention to environmental issues and energy saving has led more and more paper mills to choose to intervene on the vacuum system, replacing traditional liquid ring pumps with new generation systems based on turbo-blowers, which guarantee a significant reduction in consumption of electricity and do not require water to operate. There are several alternatives on the market, but in any case, the flow rate of air discharged by this type of machine is considerable and has a very high energy content. Starting from this assumption, Lario Energy has studied different systems which are able to recover the available energy effectively and efficiently. The high temperature at which this heat is available, makes it particularly suitable to heat the air that is blown in the hood through the sheet stabilization and pocket ventilation system. Heat transmission can take place directly, in a special air-air exchanger, or indirectly, by means of a carrier fluid. Through the analysis of real cases it is possible to understand which are the factors that actually influence the design choices, to verify the correspondence between the theoretical values ​​and those measured in the field, to quantify the thermal energy recovered and also to estimate the return time of the investment.

16.20

Doing More with Less… and No Waste
Paolo Masiero – SOLAR TURBINES

 

Decarbonization, Digitalization and Decentralization: how gas turbines cogeneration can support the Energy Revolution. Solar Turbines is very well known to the Tissue industry as a robust and experienced solution provider for gas-turbine cogeneration plants and tissue direct drying integrations. In the midst of the restart after COVID19 and in an economy with an increasingly green connotation, also the management of energy has to be able to evolve in terms of planning, operations and flexibility. We are requested to make our turbines to highly perform with less fuel, to produce only when it’s needed, increasing the uptime in an efficient and sustainable way. Starting by supporting the design of new operative conditions of the Yankee Hood driven by the integrated cogeneration in coordination with the main market players, Solar Turbines, with its “Tissue-Cogen” experts, is now suitable to develop analysis and tools able to simulate and evaluate economic and environmental performance and therefore to achieve, monitor and maintain the main sustainability and efficiency goals, first of all decarbonisation. Solar Turbines presentation will give an insight how the design and planning phase merged with the new combustion systems, the increased capabilities to non-conventional and high hydrogen fuels and connectivity will create value through lifecycle support for its customers.

16.40

Different vacuum system solutions for new Tissue machines and rebuilds
Jussi Lahtinen – RUNTECH SYSTEMS

 

Overall cost competitiveness is playing more and more important role in tissue production. Due to the rising energy prices and cost of the fresh water, maximized energy efficiency and minimized water usage are getting more and more important for all tissue producers. And not only to save costs but also to reduce their carbon footprint. Runtech Systems has developed a very efficient Ecopump technology for the tissue machine vacuum systems. Ecopump technology is based on the variable speed turbo blowers and it can cut the energy costs of the tissue machine vacuum system by approximately 30% to 70% compared to the more traditional technologies. In addition, the Ecopump blowers are totally water free and thus fresh water consumption of the whole tissue machine would be decreased remarkably. At the same time water handling and/or water treatment costs of the complete vacuum system would be zero. Due to the fully adjustable speed of Ecopump turbo the vacuum system is very easy to optimize to meet the varying operational situations of the tissue machines. This creates superior operational efficiency of the vacuum system compared to any other vacuum systems available.

17.00

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15 October 2021 |  time 09.40 – 11.30

MIAC Paperboard Conference

Improving paperboard production for circular economy

Circular Economy is at the top of the agenda of Institutions, Industry and Consumers and paper and board are actually the best real example of it. Whit the brand new MIAC Paperboard seminar we will look at technologies and solutions to improve efficiency and performances in recycled-based paperboad production to further consolidate this leadership against competing materials.

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09.40

Registration

10.00

Opening of the Conference
Massimo Ramunni – ASSOCARTA

10.10

The Role of the Paper Industry for a Circular Economy Driving the Economic Recovery
Tiziano Pieretti – ICP INDUSTRIA CARTARIA PIERETTI

 

The Circular Economy is now recognised as the engine of the new sustainable development and represents a pillar, together with decarbonisation, of the European Green New Deal. In this context, the production of paper and paperboard already represents the excellence of recycling, being able to develop over the years thanks to the resourcefulness and the ability to act together among the actors of the recycling value chain. However, the events of recent years have also shown that in order to have a real guarantee of circularity it is necessary to maintain a competitive environment for the recycling industry on the territory. It is therefore essential that everyone contribute, the citizens with the separate collection, the industry with the introduction of new technologies, and the public administrations in the de-bureaucratization and development of infrastructures.

10.30

Paper and cardboard packaging: the topicality of the recycling cycle
Eliana Farotto – COMIECO

 

The paper and paperboard supply chain has achieved since many years excellent results in recycling. The circular economy pushes towards continuous improvement processes and for this reason it is necessary to work together to optimize the cycle, from packaging design to collection and sorting up to waste management of recovered fibres.

10.50

Recyclable and compostable: the future of paper packaging
Nicola Guazzelli e Giacomo Belluomini – ECOL STUDIO

 

Offering eco-friendly products is an essential added value to meet the new demands of an increasingly large, global and, above all, demanding market that is turning to educated and eco-sustainable choices. The demand for products that have inherent compostability and/or recyclability is coming from an increasing number of consumers, surveys and is reflected in changing buying patterns. Products and brands committed to environmental protection are constantly growing and are enjoying a more and more widespread success on the shelves. For many organisations, the challenge is ensuring the recyclability and compostability of paper, board and tissue products and identifying products that meet consumers’ expectations? The emerging European legislation, the national measures, the UNI and ISO standards and Trade Association Guidance, together with laboratories’ additional standards offer guidance to the organisations and can prevent mistakes while ensuring a product’s compliance. This is the only way for companies leading in this area to have the confidence to establish themselves on the market while honouring the “green” promise to a loyal but selective consumer, today and for tomorrow.

11.10

Breakthrough innovations in technology and digital solutions for improving the paperboard manufacturing process
Hannu Lätti – VALMET

 

Valmet has recently introduced technological innovations that are bringing in new ways to improve paperboard quality and its manufacturing process. Our customers can further improve their performance through digital applications based on Industrial Internet. This paper presents selected examples of recent innovations that have brought significant improvements in paperboard manufacturing by combining technical solutions with digital applications. Success stories from actual customer cases are also presented.

11.30

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