Meeting Paper & Pulp Brightness Standards with BriteX

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Your Customers — and the Industry — Expect Quality

pulp brightnessIf you’re in the paper and pulp manufacturing industry, you know that there are rigorous standards to which both your customers and the industry itself hold you. While customers expect a quality paper product, industry standards — such as ISO 2470-1, D65/ISO 2470-2, and TAPPI/GE — place more specific requirements on paper and pulp manufacturers. Regardless of the standard you aim to satisfy, what matters is achieving proper pulp brightness during the production process. 

A key component of this industrial process is a brightness sensor. There are a variety of solutions available in the market that can be integrated into your production cycle, but when evaluating them, it’s important to select one that checks multiple boxes. When exploring your options, consider whether a specific brightness sensor will:

  • Help you correlate pulp brightness with the level required by your standard
  • Enable greater automation to reduce work effort and increase data capture
  • Perform at high speeds without sacrificing sensing reliability or accuracy
  • Help reduce quality variations through multi-point sensing
  • Function reliably in harsh or corrosive industrial environments
  • Detect the brightness of different products to enable flexibility
  • Be cost-effective to enable the greatest and fastest return

Finding an industrial brightness sensor that enables these benefits for your organization not only helps you deliver a quality product (whether that’s paper, a variety of board types, coatings, or even textiles) but also makes the production process more efficient and effective. As part of your quality control function, a pulp brightness sensor will be able to identify inconsistencies — enabling teams and other automated systems to remove bad samples in-line as well as review prior processes to see if another production phase is responsible for the problem.

Meet the Pulp Brightness Solution: BriteX from EMX Industries, Inc.

EMX Industries, Inc. developed the BriteX series of sensors for the accurate, reliable sensing of paper, pulp, and board products as well as sugar color verification — another highly regulated industry beholden to global standards for quality and consistency. 

Across the entire line of sensors, each features 99 levels of relative brightness scale. This means that, based on your respective brightness standard, the sensor can be correlated to the required level — giving production workers an immediate visual on the digital display range as to whether the sample meets the requirement or falls within an acceptable threshold. Sensitivity and gain are adjustable, and the variable projected-light intensity enables flexible operation over a wide range of distances and materials. But let’s get a bit more specific and explore two models.

BriteX-100

The BriteX-100 was optimized for small target areas, features a spot size of 8mm, and has an operating range of up to 150mm (about six inches). This makes the BriteX ideal for applications such as carpet, plastic products, paper and cardboard, registration marks, labels, and even reflective surfaces.

Download the BriteX-100 spec sheet.

BriteX-1000P

Designed for dry-end paper and pulp brightness detection, the BriteX-1000P is our longer-range alternative to the 100 model. It features a spot size of 50mm, allowing for more material to be evaluated in a single pass. And thanks to its 900mm operating range, it can be integrated virtually anywhere in your production line while keeping the sensor safe from dust and chemicals.

Download the BriteX-1000P spec sheet.

Across all BriteX sensors from EMX Industries, Inc., you’ll be able to gain tighter control over production processes, minimize quality variations, reduce operational costs, and see a faster turn thanks to the cost-effective position of the BriteX line of sensors versus other competing models. 

Shine a light on brightness sensing: Learn more about brightness sensing across multiple industries here.

See the Pulp Brightness Difference Firsthand with a Complimentary Sample Evaluation

The BriteX series of brightness sensors are flexible, adjustable, and already in use at countless sugar, paper, and other production facilities worldwide. But it’s essential to understand whether this model will work for your respective application and environment. Take advantage of our complimentary sample evaluation. Simply ship a sample to our headquarters, and an expert engineer will use a BriteX sensor to determine if this is the right avenue for you. You’ll receive a written report detailing the sensor’s performance along with any supporting images, data, and charts.

Request your complimentary sample evaluation for BriteX now.