Mercer International's Zelstoff Celgar mill, located near Castlegar, British Columbia, will be implementing FITNIR's fully automated, online analyzer to optimize its recausticizer controls. "Over the past six months we have been trialing a FITNIR analyzer and have already benefited from significantly reduced operational costs and improved quality," says Process Engineer, Shawn Russell. "The results obtained from the demo were the deciding factor in moving forward to purchase a full scale system." Formerly relying on a manual titration methodology for its recaust area, Celgar will be able to automatically test more frequently from six sample lines once the FITNIR system has been implemented. Implementation will begin in December of this year.
In addition to Celgar, a principal mill in Eastern Ontario has selected FITNIR as a valued partner. Optimization of this mill's recausticizer operations through FITNIR Online is expected to be completed in the spring of 2012.
"These two projects are yet another demonstration of the increasing awareness and confidence that pulp mills have of FITNIR Analyzers," says FITNIR Analyzer's President, Tom Sands. "Even as the market wanes, mills continue to express their interest in our technology as they begin to understand the positive effect that our measurements can have on their bottom line."
FITNIR Analyzers Inc. is the exclusive distributor of FPInnovations' optically-based liquor analyzer. FITNIR's fully automated online and bench top systems provide fast and accurate measurement of a complete suite of liquor properties for process control. Proven digester, recausticizer, bleaching and recovery boiler applications, FITNIR is the next generation of process analyzers for pulp mills.