As one of the largest industrial sectors in the world, the pulp and paper industry has an enormous influence on global forests. This sector, which includes products such as office and catalog paper, glossy paper, tissue and paper-based packaging, uses over 40 percent of all industrial wood traded globally.
Responsible pulp and paper operations can bring many benefits to forests, local economies and people, particularly in rural areas. Many pulp and paper companies are demonstrating leadership in responsible forestry and plantation management as well as in clean manufacturing processes and recycled content.
When an equipment in the manufacturing line fails, production is down. It may take days or even weeks for repair and replacement to be completed. Workflows are interrupted, there is a loss in output capacity and revenue.
The International Society of Automation estimates that almost every plant loses at least 5% of production due to downtime. Many may lose as much as 20%. The cost to the global processing industry alone is estimated at USD $20 billion.
Systems breakdown due to a number or combination of factors, rarely just one. This results in devestating loss of equipment the Paper and Pulp Industry.
Lacking or irregular maintenance procedures also increase the likelihood of equipment failure or human error. Combine this with inconsistent processing situations, the result can be costly with unplanned downtime.
Unplanned downtime negatively affect production capacity and increase operating expenses. The damaged equipment must be inspected properly and repaired fast before beginning operation again.
Preventive maintenance increases the reliability of equipment which is critical to achieve long-term profitable operations and tackle rising materials costs. This entails having detailed site-specific maintenance schedules, procedures, and training.
Maintenance procedures should include five phases:
The pulp and paper industry uses a large amount of energy in its various drying processes. Drying is an essential step in the transformation process and as such, heat exchangers for air heating must be reliable, but also highly efficient in order to minimize the factory’s energy bills.
Steam heat exchangers (also known as steam coils) are often used to heat air, which in turn will be used to dry wood pulp in pulp and paper mills or even wood in kiln dryers. The most common heat transfer fluids used to heat the air are water or a water-glycol mixture or steam Sometimes, the use of steam in the coils brings some problems, which lead to the premature failure of the coils.
One of the main reasons for the breakdown of a steam coil is the freezing of the condensate when air intake temperatures are below the freezing point.
Three main areas for improvement to minimise future in-service tube failures are:
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