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Application technology and services from SchäferRolls.

author: SchäferRolls GmbH & Co. KG

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SchäferRolls GmbH

Increasing quality requirements and the constant optimization of machine performance are on the agenda for anyone who wants to stay ahead in the future. Paper and tissue manufacturers and converters are faced with increasing demand for more efficient use of resources and cost effectiveness in production, without affecting product quality. Considering the complex aspects of the equipment in an ever-faster world, manufacturers increasingly resort to external service providers.

SchäferRolls, a worldwide established producer of polymer-based roll covers with its headquarters in Renningen, Germany, is expanding its product range by focusing on application and service support around roll systems. SchäferRolls provides the paper and tissue industry with an all-round range of maintenance, operating and management solutions for rolls systems and covers – from planning to construction, from implementation to start-ups, from maintenance to end-to-end integration within on-going processes. The detailed analysis of an application in order to determine the ideal roll cover design as well as helping with the optimization of process parameters are just as much part of the service catalog as the preventive maintenance.

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Dewatering analysis for an optimized performance

With the support of the SchäferRolls SurfaceOptimizer, a software for the configuration and planning of surface design and dewatering performance of roll covers, the SchäferRolls application engineers developed a new surface design for the suction pressure roll cover of a German tissue manufacturer. With the changeover from a cover design with blind and suction holes to a grooved and suction-drilled design an increase of nearly 10% in the open surface could be achieved. The result: a dry content increase of 1% and big potential for energy savings.

Nip measurements und thermographic analysis solve persistent problem

A customer in the Netherlands complained of vibrations and resulting regular paper breaks at the film press rolls. He therefore sent the rolls for investigation to SchäferRolls, where massive detachments of the cover were determined. The good SchäferRolls references for this roll position convinced the customer to buy two new roll covers including complete service support by SchäferRolls, such as nip measurements, thermographic analysis and on-site consultation. After start-up, the customer still had problems with wrinkling. Supported by a thermographic analysis, the problem could be identified directly in the wire section and thus be eliminated. Due to the good experience with the covers as well as the service both roll pairs for this position have been covered at SchäferRolls.

Ultrasonic measurement: inspection of material and bonding properties

Regularly, costumers take advantage of ultrasonic measurement which allows destruction-free inspection of the roll cover’s material and bonding properties, to contribute to the operational reliability of the paper and tissue machine. Specially trained technicians from SchäferRolls have comprehensive expertise and experience in performing ultrasonic inspections and interpreting the measurement results on a case-specific basis. This allows discovering risk-relevant defects and covering separations at an early stage, before they cause damage in the machine.


Shutdown-Service: making efficient use of downtime for preventive maintenance

Several customers have repeatedly taken advantage of the SchäferRolls shutdown service because the time of a scheduled machine downtime is being used effectively. SchäferRolls experts will be on-site during a system shutdown to investigate all application-relevant requirements and operating conditions for the rolls defined in advance with the customer. Based on a comprehensive report with photo documentation, derived actions can be weighed up with the aid of a traffic light system and implemented according to the urgency.

Nip measurement.

What SchäferRolls application and service technology offers

  • Selection and design of roll covers
  • Dewatering analysis
  • Thermographic analysis
  • Nip measurements
  • Ultrasonic measurements
  • Start-up support on site
  • Troubleshooting service on site
  • Shutdown service
  • Service, repair and maintenance


SchäferRolls GmbH & Co. KG, based in Renningen, Germany, was established in 1946. With by now over 300 employees worldwide, the company manufactures technologically sophisticated and high-performance roll systems and roll covers for all industries, particularly for the paper, foil, textile, printing, furniture, packaging and metal industry, as well as for machinery and plant engineering.
Production facilities with a total production area of more than 30,000 m² are located at Renningen (Germany), Brnik (Slovenia) as well as at Farmington, NH and Covington, VA (USA).


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