Patent Number: 6,168,687

Title: System and method for sheet measurement and control in papermaking machine

Abstract: Significant improvements in papermaking control can be achieved by employing an array of sensors that are positioned underneath the wire of the machine to measure the conductivity of the aqueous wet stock. The conductivity of the wet stock is directly proportional to the total water weight within the wet stock; consequently, the sensor provides information which can be used to monitor and control the quality of the paper sheet produced. Because CD water weight profile is obtained practically instantaneously, the MD and CD variations are essentially decoupled. Quality improvements to the sheet fabricated will be achieved by providing fast control of the actuators on the machine and by tuning components on the machine to eliminate the sources of variations. Further, the dry stock weight of a sheet of wet stock that is resting on a water permeable moving wire of the papermaking machine can be made employing a water weight sensor element that is positioned adjacent to the wire and that generates signals indicative of the water weight of the sheet of wet stock on the wire. Moreover, the moisture level cross-direction (CD) profile of a sheet of material that is produced can also be measured.

Inventors: Hu; Hung-Tzaw (Saratoga, CA), Chase; Lee (Los Gatos, CA), Goss; John (San Jose, CA), Preston; John (Los Altos, CA)

Assignee: Honeywell-Measurex Corporation

International Classification: D21F 7/00 (20060101); D21G 9/00 (20060101); D21F 011/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018