Omnia Advanced Materials has started up PM1 at its Beaver Falls facility (NY, USA) following a successful rebuild by Toscotec. After an idle period, the paper machine was modified to resume operations with the installation of a completely new dryer section. PM1 produces highly customized specialty paper including gaskets, absorbency, and filtration media for numerous industrial and consumer applications.
The rebuild: target achieved
Toscotec supplied the entire dryer section including 20 TT SteelDryers featuring a diameter of 1,250 mm (49.2 inches), a useful drying width of 2,175 mm (86.6 inches), and an operating pressure of 10barg (145 psig). It also applied a non-stick coating on many of the steel dryers to ensure effective cleaning during the papermaking process.
Toscotec developed a customized solution designed to deliver a significant increase in PM1’s paper width compared to the pre-existing width. The rebuild achieved its target of increasing the machine’s production capacity.
Gino Fronzoni, CEO and Owner of Omnia Advanced Materials, says, “Following the successful project at our Alife mill in Italy in 2021, we decided to partner again with Toscotec for a strategical investment at our Beaver Falls plant in the US. Our trust in Toscotec has been rewarded by a competent and flexible team. Thanks to this upgraded technology and the increase in production capacity, we can now focus on strengthening our twenty year presence in North America’s highly technological specialty papers market.”
Enrico Fazio, Sales Director of Toscotec’s Paper & Board division, says, “It is always a pleasure to receive a repeated order. Toscotec has developed a customised rebuilding solution designed to bring an idle machine back to life. This project has a strategic impact on the specialty papers market, and it contributes to Omnia Advanced Materials continuous growth. We are happy to support them in this strategic expansion.”
About Omnia Advanced Materials
Founded in the 1950s by the Fronzoni family in Italy, Omnia Advanced Materials remains to this day a private company owned by Gino Fronzoni with operations in both Alife, Italy and Beaver Falls, NY, USA. It produces a wide range of tailor-made products including absorbent media (such as air fresheners, fragrant scent strips, humidity indicators), industrial filter applications in the F&B, pharmaceutical, chemical, and automotive industries, and gasket material (for which it is a market leader manufacturing over 50 different types of sealing materials for commercial and industrial automotive, hydraulic applications, gas compressors, and other industrial applications).