Brazilian tissue producer Inpel starts up Crescent Former SMART ECO from Hergen to replace its MP2; machine to increase Inpel's portfolio, production and paper quality, with capacity of 50 tonnes/day for double ply tissue, or 65 tonnes/day for towel paper

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November 10, 2022 (press release) –

Santo Antônio de Pádua, RJ, Brazil


In order to increase its product portfolio as well as production and paper quality, INPEL replaced its MP2 by a new Crescent Former SMART ECO.

The start-up took place last October and it was a great success, with the machine producing sellable paper from the very first jumbo rolls.

The project is part of an investment plan of the company that reaches up to 25 million reais.


Quality increase and portfolio boost

The SMART ECO - supplied by HERGEN - is equipped with a Crescent Former model SMART HCF-920, which will enable the production of high quality double-ply tissue.

The Crescent Former improves the paper web formation, the CM profile and the softness of the sheet, it enables the machine speed increase, besides saving energy, clothing and fibers.

Production with low energy consumption

The SMART ECO enables – thanks to its Yankee Cylinder's increased drying capacity – the paper production with low energy consumption. Fabricated in carbon steel and featuring a ribbed internal surface, the Smart Yankee Dryer Cylinders allow greater heat exchange thus, greater drying efficiency.

The machine was designed to work with a Canopy Hood, which targets simply extracting the water vapor generated by the paper drying process. The Hood uses two small fans, with very low energy consumption.

This configuration enables to get the maximum performance from the paper machine.

Some basic features

Production: 50 t/d double ply tissue (14 g/m²) / 65 t/d towel paper (22 g/m²)

Sheet width at Pope Reel: up to 2760 mm

iNOVA FLOW Hydraulic Head Box

HCF 920 Crescent Former

Yankee Dryer Ø 3,660 mm, fabricate in carbon steel with ribbed internal surface

Pneumatic Pope Reel with Column type shaft puller


HERGEN is very thankful to INPEL for its trust on us in this project and for the opportunity to participate in this important step of the company’s history.


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