Stora Enso's Sunila makes full use of ALMA’s flexibility
Stora Enso’s Sunila pulp mill combines solid expertise gained over the decades with advanced production solutions, such as the electrical and automation engineering system delivered by ALMA Consulting Oy.
Sunila makes full use of ALMA’s flexibility.
"Our previous system was old and was only serviced and maintained infrequently. When Sunila was taken over by Stora Enso, many changes had to be made to the systems. And because it would’ve been difficult and costly to adapt to Enso’s new systems, we were compelled to look for other alternatives", tells Head of Engineering, Mr. Jukka Henriksson of Empower who is based at the Sunila Mill.
The goal was to find a user-friendly solution that enabled a transition to a more comprehensive electronic documentation system. It would ensure that the information was always up to date and the engineering data easily available to maintenance crews as well.
"We spent a long time looking for a new system and finally opted for the ALMA Engineering System. Aside from the potential offered by the system, ALMA is a domestic supplier with solid references", he says.
ALMA adapts all needs
There were many objectives to be handled like update a large number of documents in connection with the modernisation of the lye line automation system, increase user friendliness by making it possible to access the documents directly from the various terminals.
Mr. Henriksson also wanted to find a solution that allowed maintenance crews to access engineering data quickly and to ensure that the information is up to date.
The ALMA system is used by the Empower staff and its subcontractors Kotka Automation and Etteplan.
"When the system was delivered, the ALMA people migrated the information from the old system to the new one. It went smoothly, even though they had no previous knowledge of the old system", explains Henriksson.
"When the SAP project advances, we will take into use an interface designed and implemented by ALMA Consulting that will automate data transfer between ALMA and SAP. We’ve gained enough experience to date to appreciate the flexibility of ALMA’s functions that allow us to customise the system for in-house needs. ALMA was put to its first acid test when the lye line automation system was upgraded and the old hardcopy documentation was converted into electronic format."
Commissioning in late 2011 was preceded by general operator training. Since then, ALMA’s experts have supported the commissioning process both remotely and here in Sunila.
"All in all, the ALMA system has adapted to our needs quite easily. It really facilitates engineering and maintenance as we can access the data directly from our own terminals. Additionally, the system makes it easier to update and maintain the database used in engineering. Now we’re able to reduce the volume of hardcopy documentation", says Henriksson.
Designed by Alvar Aalto, the Sunila Sulphate Pulp Mill went on stream in 1938. Sunila makes bleached softwood pulp for wood-containing printing papers such as coated printing paper, SC paper and newsprint. www.storaenso.com