Sappi has opened a new Paper lab at its Alfeld mill to help expand its speciality papers division. The mill has benefitted from a €61 million rebuild of the PM 2 paper machine last year.
The new Paper Lab, which itself represents a six-figure investment, replaces the previously used test line in the climate lab. Its state-of-the-art technology and the broader weight measuring range (from 18 to 400 g/m2) is world-class in the quality testing of speciality papers and carton boards. In operation around the clock, it is set to test over 30,000 jumbo rolls or drums per year. This corresponds to about 281,000 individual measurements per year. After every successful check on a jumbo roll or drum, the corresponding production batch is assigned a certificate signifying the highest quality in speciality paper and carton board.
Kristof Mertens, Manager for Quality Control at Sappi, says: “There is no other mill in the world that has implemented this level of quality control in the manufacturing of speciality paper and boards.”