QISoft has completed the installation of its Quality Information Software, QISv6 at Smurfit-Kappa’s Townsend Hook Mill in Kent, UK. The project was driven by the need to replace an outdated system and an increasing need for connectivity, real time information and reporting of performance data to support the efficient running of the mill.
Smurfit-Kappa’s project team led by Swapan Bhattacharjee, product development engineer, reporting to Geoff Brooks, operations director, drew up a full set of requirements and was responsible for commissioning the software.
QISv6 is a high performance, distributed information management system which provides a ‘single window’ view of operational data from a variety of data sources. It was selected for its functionality, customer support and the backing provided by QISoft, who have extensive knowledge of the paper industry. The SQL-based database application is deployed at Townsend Hook via Citrix Terminal Server and has been installed in the production, technical and laboratory areas of the mill.
Recently the number of licensed users of the QISv6 system was increased by five. This allows more supervisors to access the program for greater visibility of the quality and performance data for more efficient production.
Full training was given to operators and the existing quality control database converted into QIS. To provide a clear ‘information picture’ across the mill, interfaces were setup using the QIS ProcessLink to connect with the L&W Autoline 400 paper testing system and Oracle-based business systems.
Tim Perris, QISoft business manager, commented, “Following the success of QIS at other Smurfit-Kappa mills in the UK and South America, we welcome the addition of Townsend Hook. Using the array of analytical and reporting tools within QISv6, Townsend Hook can enhance process understanding to deliver excellent product and service to their customers.”
Tim Perris, QISoft Limited
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About Smurfit Kappa Group
Smurfit Kappa Group is a world leader in paper-based packaging with operations in Europe and Latin America. Smurfit Kappa Group operates in 22 countries in Europe and is the European leader in containerboard, solid board, corrugated and solid board packaging and has a key position in several other packaging and paper market segments, including graphic board, sack paper and paper sacks.
Smurfit Kappa Group also has a growing presence in Eastern Europe. Smurfit Kappa Group operates in nine countries in Latin America and is the only pan-regional operator.
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