One-of-a-kind in the field, HIGHTISSUE is financed by the Regione Toscana regional department (sole official R&D announcement 2012, Line B, Hi-Tech field of Advanced Mechanics).
Straight from the heart of the tissue district, an ambitious program that unites competences, technical expertise and research to create increasingly evolved production technologies.
Well aware to what extent research constitutes one of the most effective competitive levers, Fabio Perini, Milltech and Lucense have seized the opportunity to start up a highly technological project that has positive feedback on the environment. Indeed, if today people investing in R&D do so to gain a strategic and economic advantage, they also do it with the awareness that every technological progress can and must translate also into a mitigation of the impact that industrial and production activities have on the planet’s resources.
HIGHTISSUE’S PRIME OBJECTIVE IS TO IMPROVE COMPETITIVENESS IN TISSUE CONVERTING
through the design and implementation of evolved systems with low energy consumption. As in every R&D project, HIGHTISSUE, too, started off from a careful analysis of the state of the art of the field, i.e., from an in-depth and detailed investigation into the construction techniques of tissue converting lines. This allowed identifying the critical phases of the converting process, those passages where production and energy efficiency can be improved by creating new systems. More in detail, the new systems must guarantee important energy savings; an increase in productivity and a decrease in machine downtime; greater quality and safety of the work; a reduction in noise and electromagnetic pollution.
RESEARCH FOCUSED PARTICULARLY ON OPTIMIZING DUST SUCTION SYSTEMS ON CONVERTING LINES,
enhancing energy efficiency (“Boxing Dust”). Thanks to the study of air flows of the different tissue converting processes, it was possible to design suction hoods featuring substantial installed power reductions and to improve other aspects connected to suction.
Another result of HIGHTISSUE concerns the design of a new log saw that allows incrementing performance by over 50% compared to a traditional machine, together with a reduction in the power necessary for its operation.
The “New Print” printer - another result of this joint research - uses a central drum completely made of carbon fiber that drastically reduces inertia and vibrations, increasing stability and reducing the energy required for its operation. And last but not least, the iMVC system, created by Fabio Perini S.p.A., allows activating a connection between the customer’s system and Perini’s Technical Service; creating a mono-directional video of the customer’s system; managing bi-directional audio for the exchange of opinions and instructions; activating a blackboard highlighting the parts of the machine being investigated. All these operations take place in real time and in secure mode.
AMONG THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF THE HIGHTISSUE PRO-JECT IS THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE REGIONAL MECHANICS COMPARTMENT,
thanks to the involvement of three local protagonists in the realm of mechanics involving paper; product and process innovation; the promotion of applied research in collaboration with Research Institutions, Large Enterprises and Small & Medium-sized Enterprises, as well as the creation of aggregations and the development of professional competences in the field of advanced mechanics. By developing systems that embody new conceptions, HIGHTISSUE will guarantee benefits for all the satellite companies working in and around the Tuscan paper industry.
THE PARTNERS OF THE HIGHTISSUE PROJECT.
Fabio Perini, with the brands Fabio Perini, Casmatic and Concept X, is a leading provider of machinery and services for tissue operators. Production lines ranging from very basic to extremely fast and sophisticated models deliver a broad range of end products. Just as important is the wide range of services that enhance efficiency and improve ROI for the customer. The company’s main locations are situated in Western Europe (Italy), North America, Brazil and China.
FABIO PERINI IS PART OF THE KÖRBER GROUP,
comprised of nearly 50 leading international technology companies active in the fields of tobacco, tissue, automation, intralogistics, mailing, machine tools and pharmaceutical packaging systems.
MILLTECH, PARTNER OF TOSCOTEC, IS A LEADING SUPPLIER OF TISSUE DRYING TECHNOLOGIES,
paper stabilization and environment control systems. It is able to supply the modern paper Industry with a wide range of products and services. The company’s products include Yankee Hoods and air systems, combined with cogeneration systems; steam and condensate removal systems; dust and mist control systems for paper machines and converting lines; integrated sheet stabilizers; heat recovery systems, ventilation, heating and conditioning.
LUCENSE IS A NON-PROFIT LIMITED LIABILITY CONSORTIUM COMPANY,
founded in Lucca in 1984, encompassing public authorities, institutions, bank foundations and trade associations as shareholders.
Supporting the growth of the local economy is the main aim of LUCENSE, whose reference market has gradually expanded, assuming a national and in some activities an international dimension.
Since 2010 Lucense is a Research Organization and carries out industrial research, experimental development, technology transfer and dissemination.
Since 2011 Lucense has been the legal entity operating the Innovation Cluster for the papermaking industry