Photo the VPK Packaging Group paper machine

One of VPK’s three paper machines in Dendermonde. Photo: VPK Packaging Group

SPM Instrument Netherlands has received an order from VPK Packaging Group in Belgium for various online Intellinova systems to monitor guide rolls in the dryer section of paper machine PM6, as well as pressure screens and various transmissions for PM6 and PM7, consisting of motor-gearbox and cardan shafts.

At VPK Packaging Group in Dendermonde, Belgium, condition monitoring has been part of the maintenance strategy for many years. Based on regular intervals, large portions of the rotating equipment was monitored by service providers using portable measurement equipment. In order to achieve higher production results and avoid unplanned downtime, however, VPK realized that continuous online condition monitoring was necessary. After careful investigation of various brands and thorough testing of online systems on their own equipment, the Intellinova system from SPM, incorporating the HD ENV vibration monitoring technique, was chosen.

The Technical Director of the paper division, Mr. Bernard De Tandt, decided on SPM Instrument as a supplier based on the results of the HD ENV technology, which they found to provide the longest pre-warning times as well as crystal clear and easy-to-use measurement results.

SPM Instrument will deliver in total nine Intellinova systems that will handle measurement data from already installed accelerometers and newly installed DuoTech transducers.

Headquartered in Aalst, Belgium, VPK Packaging Group NV operates forty-eight plants in sixteen countries. The product range covers tailor-made solutions for corrugated board and solid board packaging, cores, and edge protectors, all of which are exclusively made of 100% recycled fibers and fully recyclable. The paper mill in Dendermonde manufactures both recycled paper and paper-based packaging solutions.