Voith's polyurethane technology helps global manufacturer's tissue machine increase its speed in excess of 100 meters/minute

HEIDENHEIM, Germany , June 16, 2008 (press release) – A leading UK division of a global tissue manufacturer has converted a standard rubber covered suction pressure roll with 19.8% open area to Voith's SolarSoft polyurethane cover with additional blind drilling, which has 31.76% open area. This change has immediately allowed a machine speed increase in excess of 100 m/min using standard machine settings.

This change is a major move forward. The standard rubber cover was replaced by a polyurethane. The tissue machine restarted without any problems. Without changing anything else on the paper machine the speed increased in excess of 100 m/min, which leads to a production increase up to 5 tons per day.

SolarSoft is the latest generation in polyurethane covers of the Voith Paper Rolls Solar series. It is specially developed for suction pressure and pressure rolls of tissue machines. The first results clearly show that the machine speed, output and felt life can be increased, as well as significant tissue quality improvements. Additionally, the high tear resistance and elasticity of SolarSoft provides a high operating safety and machine availability.

Voith Paper is a division of Voith and is one of the leading partners to the paper industry. Voith Paper optimizes the paper production process through constant innovations. More than a third of worldwide paper production is produced on Voith Paper machines.

Voith sets standards in paper, energy, mobility and service markets. Founded on January 1, 1867, Voith has a current workforce of 37,000, sales of EUR 4 billion and over 270 locations worldwide. It is one of the largest family-owned enterprises in Europe.

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