A Study of Advanced Finishing Control Implementation on a Supercalender, PaperCon2017

Operation of a supercalender requires the operator to control a number of sometimes conflicting qualities and objectives, using a number of manipulated variables.  The complexity of the control on this process is such that, even when the supercalender is equipped with scanning gloss and caliper measurement, a human operator has difficulty in achieving all quality and productivity objectives. Typical supercalender objectives include achieving machine-direction (MD) gloss and caliper targets, minimizing cross-direction (CD) gloss and caliper spreads, minimizing gloss twosidedness, maximizing throughput, and minimizing manufacturing cost.

This paper discusses the incremental results that multivariable control and optimization can provide in control of a supercalender. The implementation of additional energy sources, coupled with process knowledge, innovation, and the availability of appropriate tools in the machine-direction and cross-direction controls, facilitate realization of optimal results.

The objective of the effort described in this paper was to deploy model-predictive multivariable machine-direction control, in conjunction with model-predictive multivariable cross-direction control, on a supercalender equipped with induction profiling actuators.  Control objectives included minimizing machine-direction and cross-direction variability in gloss and caliper, minimizing gloss twosidedness, maximizing caliper, while increasing throughput and reducing product cost through coating formulation changes, and maximizing use of lower cost energy sources. 

TAPPI conference proceedings and presentations, technical papers, and publication articles provide technical and management data and solutions on topics covering the Pulp, Paper, Tissue, Corrugated Packaging, Flexible Packaging, Nanotechnology and Converting Industries.

Simply select the quantity, add to your cart and your conference paper, presentation or article will be available for immediate download.

Author: Mickey Held and Keith Lantz
A Study of Advanced Finishing Control Implementation on a Su
A Study of Advanced Finishing Control Implementation on a Supercalender, PaperCon 2017

New Releases


Kraft Recovery Boilers, Third Edition  

Sponsored by the Recovery Boiler Program R&D Subcommittee of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and published by TAPPI Press.



Handbook For Pulp and Paper Technologists (The SMOOK Book), Fourth Edition

The best-selling text to introduce the entire technology of pulp and paper manufacture.



Guidelines for Safe Assessment and Operation of Yankee Dryers  

A project of the Yankee Dryer Safety & Reliability Committee.



Check our newest additions.

TAPPI Press offers some of the most in-depth resources and references for the forest products and related industries. 

See More


Available for Purchase – Conference Proceedings

TAPPI maintains a record of key conference papers, presentations, and other conference publications, available for purchase in a variety of formats.

See More