The aim of a paper mill (papermaking) is to produce paper rolls. In the area of packaging, for example, these rolls are then sold to corrugators or solid board converters.
Paper is a material made of vegetable fibers (cellulose); these fibers, reduced to thin particles and suspended in water, make up a pulp that is spread on a sieve and dried to thin sheet. Some paper mills still produce pulp from wooden logs or shavings; but today, in France, most of the paper mills transform waste paper bales (recycle paper).
The paper mills produce rolls in widths that may range from 1750 mm to 3300 mm. There are different sorts of papers, including the following:
- Kraftliner: a paper used for liners, mainly made of new fibres. It’s the most resistant and the most expensive.
- Testliner: a paper used for liners, mainly made of recycled fibres.
- Chemi-mechanical: the most resistant fluting paper.
- Wellenstoff: a fluting paper, mainly made of recycled fibres.
Storage and logistics.
A good stock management by batch and location is an essential management component for the business of a paper mill. The logistics, allowing for better delivery rounds, is also a key factor.
Volume Software’s answer to the paper mills’ needs: VoluPack ERP.
VoluPack information system is specifically targeted at paper mills.