Systematic Equipment Performance Analysis of Canadian Kraft Mill Through New and Adapted Key Performance Indicators - Doctoral Consortium Contributions

Radia Ammara, Louis Fradette, Jean Paris


Lower paper prices and demand, external competition and high energy and chemical costs have caused economic problems for the Canadian pulp and paper industry. As a result to his precarious situation, significant efforts are being undertaken to transform the pulp and paper industry into an efficient a profit oriented industry. A pioneer solution to address this issue is the retrofitting of biorefineries into existing mills. This alternative helps P&P mills diversify their product portfolio and generate new revenues. However, this implementation requires additional supply of energy. Thus, a key step to be undertaken before implementation of a biorefinery option is the optimization of a mill with respect to energy and material. Several process integration techniques such as pinch analysis or mathematical optimization showed interesting results when applied in methodological way to a P&P mill. However, these integration or optimization techniques implicitly assume that the unit operations and equipments in place operate efficiently and as intended to, which is often not the case in a real Kraft mill. There is no incentive in seeking to optimize a process, when it does not fairly represent the real system. The results of the optimisation are in this case biased. Equipment performance analysis is a necessary prerequisite step to be undertaken prior to any optimization or enhancement measure. The assessment of equipment performance applied in a strategic and methodological way using adapted key indicators can help identify areas with poor efficiency, diagnose the causes of inefficiencies and propose improvement projects with low investment cost and that can significantly reduce the operating cost of the mill.


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Paper Citation

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Ammara R., Fradette L. and Paris J. (2015). Systematic Equipment Performance Analysis of Canadian Kraft Mill Through New and Adapted Key Performance Indicators - Doctoral Consortium Contributions . In Doctoral Consortium - DCSMARTGREENS, (SMARTGREENS 2015) ISBN , pages 3-8. DOI: 10.5220/0005522600030008

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author={Radia Ammara and Louis Fradette and Jean Paris},
title={Systematic Equipment Performance Analysis of Canadian Kraft Mill Through New and Adapted Key Performance Indicators - Doctoral Consortium Contributions},
booktitle={Doctoral Consortium - DCSMARTGREENS, (SMARTGREENS 2015)},

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JO - Doctoral Consortium - DCSMARTGREENS, (SMARTGREENS 2015)
TI - Systematic Equipment Performance Analysis of Canadian Kraft Mill Through New and Adapted Key Performance Indicators - Doctoral Consortium Contributions
SN -
AU - Ammara R.
AU - Fradette L.
AU - Paris J.
PY - 2015
SP - 3
EP - 8
DO - 10.5220/0005522600030008