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Billerud Optimizes Its Bleaching Process Using Online Optimization
Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Optimization . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Norwegian School Economics & Business Administration.
Billerud AB.
2009 (English)In: INTERFACES, ISSN 0092-2102 , Vol. 39, no 2, 119-131 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Billerud, a Swedish company with four integrated pulp and paper mills, serves specific packaging-market segments. In 2000, the process-engineering department at Billeruds mill in Skarblacka sought to improve the mills bleaching process. It contacted Linkoping University, which collaborated with Eurocon Automation AB to develop a decision-support system, OptCab. Eurocon Automation AB now offers OptCab as a general tool in the market. Its core is an online optimization system that dynamically updates a process description and optimizes the bleaching control process. The system, which has been fully operational since 2004, has provided numerous benefits to Billerud. Chemical use has decreased by approximately 10 percent, saving approximately two million euros since its installation; the environmental impact has also been reduced; and the brightness quality of paper that the mill produces is more uniform and stable. Moreover, OptCab requires less operator time, freeing the operators for development and analysis work.

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2009. Vol. 39, no 2, 119-131 p.
Keyword [en]
decision-support system, nonlinear, applications, planning, chemical, lumber/wood
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Mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17894DOI: 10.1287/inte.1080.0404OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17894DiVA: diva2:212983
Available from: 2009-04-26 Created: 2009-04-24 Last updated: 2009-04-26

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