Vendors collaborate for improved pulp mill control

Honeywell and BTG Instruments combine specialized sensors and APC functions to improve fiberline control.

02/23/2010


Honeywell Process Solutions has announced it is collaborating with BTG Instruments, a supplier of high-quality instruments for the pulp and paper industry, to help optimize fiberline control in pulp mills. Honeywell will integrate its Profit Controller suite of advanced process control (APC) applications with BTG's line of sensors and analyzers.

The company says that pulp mills will be able to improve fiberline operations by incorporating environmental and quality aspects into their control systems. This additional information helps ensure the right amounts of chemicals, energy, and fiber are used throughout batch and continuous cooking, thermo mechanical pulping, and bleaching processes.

Profit Controller is Honeywell's multivariable control and optimization software for complex and highly interactive industrial processes, such as pulping operations. The technology provides all necessary tools to design, implement, and maintain multiple applications to improve process control to the maximum economic benefit.

"We have already seen significant interest from both existing and new customers as a result of this collaboration because mills have struggled for many years to incorporate the right information into their control systems," says Rick Van Fleet, global pulping APC solutions manager for Honeywell Process Solutions. "Combining Profit Controller's optimization qualities with the visibility provided by BTG's products will make efficient pulp mill fiberline control a reality."

BTG provides a wide range of instruments for pulp and paper processes such as consistency control, chemical, mechanical and recycled pulping, stock preparation, and wet-end process control. Honeywell says that by working through Profit Controller, BTG sensors and analyzers can integrate with Honeywell's Experion Process Knowledge System and other distributed control systems to help mills save fiber, energy and chemical costs while improving production efficiency and paper quality.

"Our customers often ask us to provide advanced control strategies that complement our products," says Tom Biazzo, product manager, BTG Instruments. "Mills will now be able to take full advantage of the online measurements we provide combined with Honeywell's pulping APC solutions. It really is a collaborative effort that will pay off for our customers immediately."

 

-Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com
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