The Pulp & Paper industry is complex, supporting a wide array of machines and mechanical processes running virtually around the clock. Being able to plan operations down to the hour is essential to profitable operation of the plant.
The primary assets to monitor in any facility are generally pumps and rotating equipment. This includes saws, paper machine rolls, roll drives, fans, pumps, circulating filters. Nearly every piece of equipment in this category is critical and requires careful monitoring or production could be interrupted and profits lost.
Many companies operate with multiple shifts and with around the clock production. Because of component, installation and implementation costs, many machines have no redundancy. A single component failure can stop production, leading to downtime, which in a current, large-scale paper mill can exceed $250 million per day.
Ensuring that systems remain online and operating at peak condition is paramount to profitability.