Order from Palm Paper for New Facility in England:
The Siemens Industry Solutions Division is providing the electrical equipment for a new newsprint paper machine belonging to Papierfabrik Palm. The paper machine, PM7, will be installed at the new Palm Paper mill in King´s Lynn, Great Britain, and is designed for an annual production of 400,000 metric tons of newsprint. The order is worth more than ten million euros and commissioning of the paper machine is scheduled for the fall of 2009.
With headquarters in Aalen, Papierfabrik Palm produces newsprint and untreated corrugated cardboard paper on six paper machines at three different locations. At the moment, the company is building a new factory in King´s Lynn, around 150 kilometers to the north of London. This new facility is to supply the British media industry with newsprint, most of which has been imported up to now. The heart of the new factory is the new paper machine PM7, which has a net working width of just under eleven meters and a planned production speed of 2,200 meters per minute. It will be able to produce around 400,000 metric tons of newsprint a year. Production will be based completely on waste paper. The paper machine is being supplied by Voith Paper, Heidenheim.
Siemens is supplying all the electrical equipment for the paper machine on the basis of Sipaper, a solution platform developed for the pulp and paper industry. The scope of supply includes sectional drives for the paper machine and two slitter winders with an installed power of 35 megawatts as well as high and low-voltage motors and distribution transformers for the entire paper factory.
The “Power Infeed TM” power supply concept will be used for the first time for a newsprint paper machine. This method allows large amounts of power to be fed in at reduced investment costs, lower power consumption and, at the same time, higher availability. “Power Infeed” also reduces the tendency to oscillate and enables a space-saving design for the paper machine drive.
Important reasons for winning the order were the interface-free, all-round Sipaper solution and the “Power Infeed” concept for implementing large drives in paper machines.