The tissue market is in continuous evolution. The volatility of the cost of pulp and a highly competitive market open new challenges for tissue manufacturers and converters, who need to anticipate the competitors by offering distinctive products, with short time-to-market while maintaining profitability. In order to support tissue manufacturers in this challenge, Fabio Perini has decided to launch Pivot Solutions, the new center of excellence for the tissue industry, combining all the know-how of the Business Area Körber Tissue companies.
“The aim is to support customers in developing new products, both roll and fold, with a turn-key solution that allows drastically reducing time-to market and investment risk”, comments Dario Giannini, Customer Product Innovation Manager. Pivot Solutions combines the expertise of Fabio Perini and MTC in the converting sector, the in-depth knowledge of embossing solutions of Engraving Solutions and Roll-Tec, the latest acquisition of the Körber Group, and the ability of analyzing machine and product quality data of the Pivot laboratories”.
Today Fabio Perini can support companies in the development of new products or in the upgrading of existing ones without requiring to stop the production lines.
“With Pivot Solutions, our customers will be able to test new prototypes or to optimize the characteristics of their current products – adds Giannini – by producing small lots, and recreating, where necessary, the conditions of production. Thanks to the data analysis carried out by the pilot line, the Fabio Perini experts will be in condition to help customers find the best solution to their needs, by identifying the best combination of tissue paper, technology and finished product characteristics”.
Pivot Solutions is “Glocal”, as it is locally present all over Fabio Perini plants worldwide and has a global knowledge of the tissue market thanks to its people’s experience and the interaction between the plants. Today, Pivot Solutions has five pilot lines, among which the new Constellation S6 Pilot Line and three Pivot Labs, located across GreenBay, Lucca, São Paulo, Joinville. The pride of the center of Lucca is the presence of Constellation-S6.
Comments Dario Giannini: “We strongly wanted the best technology on the market to be available to customers because of the quality of the finished product, ease of use and OEE improvement, which is why we equipped Pivot Solutions with Constellation™ technology. After 5 years from its launch on the market, with the goal of 100 lines sold to about 40 different customers based in 5 continents, this technology is a real milestone in the tissue world, offering the perfect winding, that had never been reached by traditional technology. This goal has been achieved while preserving the product softness and winding quality from the beginning to the end of the roll”. This new pilot line is equipped with the most advanced technology such as Warm Up, the new embossing system with engraved steel rolls, launched last November thanks to the cooperation with Roll-Tec, SAM Caliper, the smart control system capable of measuring paper caliper before and after the embosser while the line is running at full speed, Leonardo, a lotion station capable of finely controlling the quantity of lotion applied by means of a special anilox roll in contact with paper web, and Aquabond, the glue-free lamination system that allows use of water instead of glue to achieve ply bonding through lamination.
The Pivot Solution was fundamental for the latest “disruptive” technology presented by the Company. “Our center – concludes Enrico Zino, Global Head of Marketing – was very important for the patent we developed during the lockdown: it is a technological update that can be quickly installed on the company’s converting machines, new or already installed, at customers all over the world, that allows to produce up to 10 thousand face masks per minute, adaptable to the main “non-woven” materials including a particular bamboo-based material compostable with organic waste.
These single ply facemasks are very useful for every day, collective and community use such as airports, public transport, shopping malls, supermarkets, grocery stores and workplaces. However, our machines are also able to make double ply certifiable face masks, where the materials that are coupled with plastic do not make them compostable; but we are also testing specific materials on this point and we are confident to find a solution soon”.