Papeterie Le Bourray selected Toscotec to rebuild its PM4 tissue machine at Saint-Mars-la-Brière, near Le Mans, France. The start-up is scheduled for mid-2020. The rebuild scope includes the modification of the existing Approach Flow System with a new fan pump and a fully hydraulic TT Headbox designed to operate in Tisco Former configuration, but capable of being upgraded into Crescent Former configuration in the future. Toscotec will provide full beginning to end support consisting of the detailed engineering, dismantling of the existing components, and installation of new components, commissioning, start-up supervision, and training. The estimated overall shutdown time will be less than a week.
The target of the rebuild is to improve sheet formation quality and CD basis weight profile, as well as increasing the machine speed. The tissue line is dedicated to the production of towel tissue using chemical pulp and waste paper.
Francois Bourdin, CEO of Papeterie Le Bourray, says, “We are glad to work with Toscotec, who is a leader in the manufacture of tissue machines. This headbox is our first major project since we restarted the mill in April 2019, and it will allow us to improve our quality and seek new markets.”
Riccardo Gennai, Toscotec Sales Manager for Europe, says, “We are glad to have been selected as the supplier of this important rebuilding project. Toscotec is well positioned in Western Europe for new projects, but also for major rebuilds, which require a high degree of customization and flexibility, as well as a very tight schedule, where you coordinate all aspects of the project in order to reduce the machine downtime to a minimum. Over the last ten years, we completed more than 20 rebuilds in Western Europe.”