Valmet to supply consistency measurements to DS Smith in Italy

Valmet will supply consistency measurements to DS Smith Paper Italia S.r.l’s site in Lucca, Italy to complement the wide automation package to be delivered with the new container board making line (PM3).

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2023. The measurements will be delivered during the fourth quarter 2024. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

The customer chose Valmet because of the company’s extended experience and relevant references in advanced applications for recycled fibers with microwave and optical measurement technologies, and solid blade technology.

“We have agreed with DS Smith to develop a wide range of collaborations with Valmet’s measurements solutions, and this project is one part of the collaboration. This is also one of the largest projects for Valmet’s measurements in Italy in the last 10 years,” says Luigi Caggiano, Country Manager, Automations Systems business line, Valmet.

Valmet’s delivery includes seven Valmet Microwave Consistency Measurements (Valmet MCA), six Valmet Blade Consistency Measurements (Valmet SP) and six Valmet Optical Consistency Measurements (Valmet OCR and OC2R) from the latest generation to measure total consistency as well as ash content.

Measuring total consistency in the process, the Valmet MCA and Valmet OCR enable better control for more efficient production, improved quality and economic savings with fewer process upsets, and Valmet OC2R allows total and ash consistency measurements for advanced process optimizations. This will help the mill to reach its high-performance targets.

This order is furtherly integrating the Valmet’s automation systems solutions under delivery for the PM3, an 8,600 mm wide (wire) container board machine. The PM3 will produce recycled liner grades with a basis weight range of 70–135 g/m2 at production speed of 1,500 m/min and mechanical design speed of 1,700 m/min. The annual capacity is approximately 450,000 tons.