The addition of BTG’s dataPARC and MACS to the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio completes the full-line offering from the global technology company Voith for digitalisation in the pulp and paper industry.
August 3, 2022
For maximum savings in pulp and paper production with the help of automation and digitalisation, Voith and its wholly owned subsidiary BTG are merging their product portfolios. The two established data platforms, Voith’s OnCumulus and BTG’s dataPARC, will be merged into an integrated, hybrid system solution. OnCumulus will henceforth be offered under the name dataPARC cloud, while BTG’s MACS advanced process control solutions will join the OnEfficiency product family, thereby strengthening the Efficiency Solutions of the Voith’s Papermaking 4.0 portfolio.
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“Many years of know-how, bundled experience and an excellent partnership between Voith and BTG are the basis for the optimised digitalisation and automation portfolio Papermaking 4.0,” says Mr. Peter Eisen, Vice President Digital Product Management at Voith Paper. “As the leading full-line supplier, our goal is to enable paper manufacturers worldwide to achieve significant productivity and cost advantages.”
“The solutions offered by the OnEfficiency portfolio optimise the process in pulp and paper mills to significantly reduce variability and operating costs and increase productivity,” says Mr. Dan Smith, Business Director Process Solutions at BTG. “This enables savings of between EUR 2 and EUR 10 per ton of paper produced. At the same time, the solutions ensure more sustainable production with lower resource consumption.”
The combination of Voith’s cloud solution OnCumulus and BTG’s on-premise installation dataPARC combines the respective strengths of the platforms. In the cloud, for example, the almost unlimited computing power offers advantages for training AI models and simplifies cross-location solutions as well as location-independent access to data. The strengths of on-premise installations lie in processing high-frequency data or closed control loops.
Mr. Thomas Greil, Vice President IIoT Technology & Advanced Applications at Voith, summarises, “Our goal is to create a completely hybrid solution by 2025 that seamlessly combines on-premise and cloud, with a unified user interface, bridging the IT/OT gap. Hybrid and multi-cloud solutions permit all stakeholders to leverage data in a secure way that is efficient and most relevant to them. The user will no longer notice any difference between an application running locally or running in the cloud, and the benefits of both solutions can be optimally exploited.”
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With the integration of MACS into OnEfficiency, Voith is expanding its portfolio for cross-process controls and AI-supported process optimisation, especially in the area of pulp production. The addition of dataPARC and MACS to the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio completes the full-line offering from the global technology company Voith for digitalisation in the pulp and paper industry. DataPARC cloud serves as the central platform and backbone of all applications in the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio.