Europe's largest pulp, board and paper manufacturer will use Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) process automation, safety system and manufacturing optimisation technologies to modernise one of its key mills and help it meet rising demand for renewable packaging board.
Stora Enso Oyj is implementing Honeywell's technologies as part of a modernisation and optimisation effort at their paper mill in Varkaus, Finland. Headquartered in Helsinki, Stora Enso is the largest pulp, board and paper producer in Europe, and one of the largest in the world.
"Stora Enso's business objective is to produce and deliver the highest quality paper and board products in the world, and Honeywell's portfolio of technologies will help them reach this goal safely, reliably and efficiently," Ali Raza, vice president, HPS, said. "We have worked with Stora Enso for about 40 years and I am pleased that Honeywell can help them modernize this facility."
The Stora Enso project coincides with conversion of the facility to produce kraftliner, a virgin-fibre-based containerboard. Globally, the company produces a number of products, including about 5.6 million tons of chemical pulp, 10.9 million tons of paper and board, and 14 billion square feet of corrugated packaging.
Upgrades to the Varkaus mill will include migrating the plant from its previous control system to Honeywell's Experion PKS (Process Knowledge System), which unifies people, processes, assets and business needs by having one unified architecture for process control, safety systems and automation software.
All upgraded will be controllers with Experion Process, Machinery and Drives (PMD) controllers, which use a single, consistent set of engineering tools for lower capital costs and more cost-effective execution of production line and plant-wide control.
Also included are Uniformance Process History Database (PHD), Safety Manager and OptiVision Manufacturing Execution System (MES). PHD helps users make better and faster decisions with superior data management, higher data security and reliability, and lower total cost of ownership. Safety Manager integrates process safety data, applications, system diagnostics and critical control strategies, and executes defined safety applications in a fully redundant architecture, while OptiVision Manufacturing Execution System (MES is designed to help pulp and paper companies and flat sheet manufacturers address critical issues determining profitability.