Voith Paper

PMF Industries Develops Meticulous Solutions for the Paper-Making Industry

There is a real science to making paper. It requires meticulous processing to get the finished product just right. Voith Paper, a division of the Voith Group, is a full-line supplier to the paper industry. Voith Paper combines knowledge and experience for highly efficient paper mills, offering top performance in every sector and for every paper grade. It provides the largest range of technologies, services, components, and products on the market, and offers paper manufacturers solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations takes papermaking to the next level and facilitates resource-conserving production.

Flowforming Solutions

Voith reached out to PMF Industries to have them produce a series of specialty conical tubes with increased material properties. These tubes are mainly used in legacy stock preparation screens for paper machinery and the increased material properties provide longer service life to the product than standard 304/316L stainless steel. The stainless steel tubes consist of a straight wall cylinder and a conical outlet tube that are flowformed as a single unit to provide a uniform thickness, near net shape and material properties that are 35% higher than standard 304/316L stainless steel.  After final machining at PMF, the tube is eventually welded to a cast inlet cap at Voith to complete the assembly. PMF completed this part with the following in-house services to manufacture this custom solution for Voith:

  • Engineering for process development
  • Welding to reduce tooling cost and provide best utilization of raw material
  • Press forming for initial shaping of the raw material
  • Flowforming to complete near net shape, wall thickness and material properties
  • Machining for final trimming

Challenge Accepted

Ken Healy, PMF’s Executive Vice-President/Director of Engineering notes, “Our team thrives on challenges from our customers. Constructing this unique part for Voith certainly put our problem-solving skills to the test, but we pride ourselves on creating solutions for customers and this part did that for Voith. We’ve had a long relationship with them and are thrilled that we’re measuring the length of our relationship with them in decades.”

Ongoing Success

Andre Shartener
“From answering my questions to reaching out to me proactively with new ideas, I appreciate PMF’s responsiveness. Furthermore, they are kind and care about my business.”

Voith’s relationship with PMF continues to grow as they work together to find ways of increasing efficiencies and reducing costs.