Density meter improves quality for Cartier Del Garda paper mill

Accuracy of Micro Motion density meter removes need for expensive coating additives, enabling significant annual savings.

07/18/2011


Micro Motion density meter. Courtesy: Emerson Process ManagementCartiere del Garda is using a Micro Motion density meter from Emerson Process Management to accurately measure the concentration of kaolin and other additives in the coating process at its paper mill on the banks of Lake Garda in Italy. The Micro Motion 7845 Density and Concentration Meter provides highly accurate density measurements under entrained gas conditions.

"The highly accurate measurement of the coating mixture concentration  provided by Emerson's Micro Motion density meter means we have been able to  discontinue the use of expensive additives,” said Fulvio Prati, instrument  manager at Cartiere del Garda. “This has enabled significant annual savings and paper quality is improved."

Cartiere del Garda operates a modern paper mill in Italy, specializing in high quality coated papers. For many years, a Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeter was used to monitor the concentration of the paper coating mixture and this provided reliable and accurate results. However, because the recirculation system on the feeding tank generated entrained air, it was necessary to add expensive additives to the coating mixture to prevent quality problems.

Removing the additives would reduce production costs but would cause up to 20% air to be entrained in the coating mixture. The existing Coriolis flowmeter was not designed to provide the same degree of density measurement accuracy under these conditions, so Cartiere del Garda sought an alternative solution. The company needed an on-line, solids concentration measurement of the coating solution, made directly at the film coater machine feed. A minimum accuracy of +/-1 percent of solids was required to guarantee the high quality of the paper being produced and avoid waste caused by out-of-specification batches.

Cartiere del Garda chose a Micro Motion 7845 Density and Concentration Meter for this challenging application. The company specified the advanced electronics, entrained gas version, which is designed to accurately measure density in aerated liquids − providing a final accuracy of better than +/- 0.5 percent with very high stability and repeatability. The 7845 provides a 4-20 mA signal to the control system, related to line density. Density is converted into percentage solids using a formula embedded into the control system.

The Micro Motion 7845 is a straight tube, liquid density meter that uses a vibrating tube to measure density. As the liquid density changes, it affects the vibrating mass of the density meter. The change in vibrating mass then affects the resonant frequency, which is inversely proportional to the density of the process fluid. By monitoring the resonant frequency and applying well-known conversions, the 7845 provides highly accurate in-line density data.

The Micro Motion 7845 Density and Concentration Meter is rugged, reliable, and requires minimum maintenance. The meter is calibrated in an ISO17025-accredited laboratory, traceable to International standards, and requires no field calibration.

Emerson Process Management

www.EmersonProcess.com



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