Quantifying Paper Machine Transition Performance, 2008 PAPERCON Conference
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Global competition in the paper industry has forced all manufacturers to focus on product quality improvements while minimizing operating costs. One area that has moved to the forefront in the past decade is the ability to make grade changes while minimizing the transition time without sacrificing product stability. While there are many proven methods available to automate the paper machine transition process, there are no well documented methods of quantifying grade change performance. Without methods to measure grade change performance it is very difficult to validate process automation products related to grade change. This paper will introduce several key performance measurements that can be used to quantify grade change performance regardless of the existing process automation system. With well established grade change performance indicators, this will allow intelligent decisions to be made regarding grade change transition optimization. And finally, once quantifiable performance is achieved the financial benefits of automating the grade change process can also be easily estimated.