Metso to provide automation for Pratt’s US packaging paper line

4 June 2014 (Last Updated June 4th, 2014 18:30)

Corrugated packaging company Pratt Industries has selected an automation package from Metso for its new packaging paper production line currently under construction in Valparaiso, Indiana, US.

Corrugated packaging company Pratt Industries has selected an automation package from Metso for its new packaging paper production line currently under construction in Valparaiso, Indiana, US.

Pratt's PM 16 line will be located at a 100% recycled paper mill. Metso will supply the Metso DNA automation system and a Metso IQ quality control system equipped with a Metso IQ Dilution Profiler for a dilution headbox as well as a Metso IQ Moisturiser system for moisture profiling.

Pratt Industries chairman Anthony Pratt said that at full capacity the mill will divert up to 3,500 cubic yards of waste a day.

"This mill will be a showcase of 21st century recycling technology, resulting in the best-performing recycled paper on the market," Pratt added.

According to Metso, automation plays a key role in improving the sustainable performance in papermaking. It will add new features that improve the papermaking process and guarantee optimal end-product quality.

The company will also include the Metso IQ Induction Profiler, a tool to increase profile controllability with features for cross-machine caliper / gloss control. The addition also includes the IQ Surface Measurement, a new online paper quality sensor to measure paper surface topography from the moving part on the paper machine.

The line is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2015.