Canfor selects FITNIR Analyzers for process optimization at Intercontinental pulp mill

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Canfor selects FITNIR Analyzers for process optimization at Intercontinental pulp mill

February 17, 2011 - 14:34
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PRINCE GEORGE, BC, Feb. 17, 2011 (Press Release) -Canfor Corporation has selected FITNIR Analyzers Inc. to supply and install advanced infrared measurement technology at their Intercontinental pulp mill. FITNIR's analyzer will enable Canfor to monitor and control key chemical data to optimize the solution composition of its chlorine dioxide (ClO2) generator. The improved generator efficiency and pulp production levels will provide tangible financial and environmental benefits.

The decision to implement FITNIR was made on the heels of the successful completion of the system upgrade at the Northwood mill site in October 2010. From the highly accurate measurements that the analyzer will provide, Canfor's Intercontinental pulp mill can expect significant savings on chemical costs. Furthermore, anticipated system reliability and efficiency improvements will result in considerably less downtime and lost pulp production, as well as a higher quality product.

The first of its kind capable of measuring ClO2 generator compositions, FITNIR's analyzer provides pulp mills with data to enable optimization of their control parameters, including chemical requirements. An optimized system results in increased operational efficiency, reduced chemical usage and costs, improved generator reliability, safer personnel (from less chemical handling and a more stable system), a cleaner environment, and a better end product.

"We are very excited to be working with yet another Canfor mill, " said Tom Sands, CEO of FITNIR Analyzers Inc. based in Vancouver, BC. "Canfor is a true industry leader and we believe our cutting-edge analyzer will add to its strong competitive position in the market. It is rewarding to have a hand in helping Canfor's investors, customers and community alike."

Implementation is underway and expected to be completed in the spring of 2011.