An interview from Mr. Manzur Rahman, DGM, Sales and Marketing, Paper Machine Services, Bellmer India Pvt. Ltd.
“We do complete over hauling, grinding and assembly of our new equipment. We have been providing services for the entire Indian paper industry for the past two decades successfully”
Paper Desk : Please give us a small introduction about Bellmer India Pvt. Ltd.
Manzur Rahman : Bellmer India Pvt. Ltd. is a subsidiary of Bellmer GMbh, Germany headquartered at Kolkata. We have our corporate office in Kolkata city and a state of the art workshop near Kolkata where we do complete over hauling, grinding and assembly of our new equipment. We have been providing services for the entire Indian paper industry for the past two decades successfully.
PD : What according to you makes Bellmer India different and successful in the Indian Paper industry?
MR : The main reasons for our success has been our quality workshop services, ability to solve roll issues with customized spares inventory stock and a pool of experts for various areas of paper machine.
We are one of the few European OEMs in India with our in-house knowledge and expertise for shoe presses and calanders. We do detailed engineering, manufacturing, complete procurement, execution with assembly in India.
PD : Please tell us something about your roll grinding services.
MR : Our grinding services are one of the best in India. Currently all the critical functional rolls like press rolls, suction rolls, film-press rolls and calender rolls are sent to us for grinding and necessary overhauling services. We have German-make Waldrich Siegen grinding machine through which we offer our customer a shoulder to shoulder grinding tolerance of 2 microns surface finish. A good surface finish is very important for getting good smoothness and caliper in the paper.
PD : Please tell us about the Bellmer India service team?
MR : After years of hard-work, learning and constant innovation we have developed a team which has the expertise in paper machine services . We are providing all kind of technical audits, onsite services for press section, calanders, film-press and shoe presses. We also have a team of designers and process experts trained in Germany. Our main objective is to be self-reliant in terms of offering services to customer without relying too much on our German counterparts.
“Our grinding services are one of the best in India. Currently all the critical functional rolls like press rolls, suction rolls, film-press rolls and calender rolls are sent to us for grinding and necessary overhauling services”
PD : What is your future vision for Bellmer India ?
MR : We are adapting and improving with latest changes in technology. We now offer services of 3D scanning of complete machines proposing rebuilds to end customers. Through our innovation and development we have come up with rebuild concepts for modifying old equipment where we modernize them with new generation PLC controls and customized field operator panel, hence saving the customer a lot of investment with options by reducing downtimes in machine.
PD : Please explain some of your rebuild products in market for paper makers?
MR : Below are some of our rebuild options; Mini PLC system – We upgrade old presses and Kuester Calanders controls running on manual to be replaced with new age automation and controls. With this customized upgrade, customers have a tool for more operator-friendly operation. Customer who have very old Kuesters calander system can avail/utilise this upgrade and modernize their calanders.
Mechanical and control Rebuilds for press, calanders and film-sizer – We offer mechanical rebuild with modern frame design technology for equipment like press, calanders and film sizer which optimises the machine efficiency.
Spare Parts supply – We keep standard functional roll’s internal spares in stock ready for delivery or, any urgent roll overhauling service with minimum delivery time.
On site overhauling service – Our team of experts can be deputed on site or at our shop, for any calendar functional roll overhauls when customer is unable to send the rolls to our workshop.
PD : At the end how do you think paper makers in India can benefit from a European vendor like Bellmer in a price sensitive market like India?
MR : Like we said earlier our technology is German but we have localized our expertise and indigenised lot of our technology and manufacturing over the years , based on experience.
So our customers get the dual benefit of German technology with Indian prices. We fit perfectly in the price sensitive nature of Indian paper industry. Now we have moved on from our expertise from Shoe press and calanders to film-sizer.
So we are expanding our horizons in paper machine services. We are and will always remain a customer centric and service oriented business to support the Indian Pulp & Paper Industry growth.
“Our customers get the dual benefit of German technology with Indian prices”
PD : What more Bellmer India can provide to customers?
MR : We can provide the below services to our customers.
- Complete hard and soft nip “TurboCalender”
- Rebuild of multi nip or any existing calenders to a modern single nip calenders
- calenders & deflection compensation rolls, for all applications
- Regrinding, testing & other services and spares for all types of deflection compensation rolls
- New deflection compensation rolls with hydraulic system for calenders and press sectionsTechnical audit & troubleshooting of existing
PD : What about other services carried out by Bellmer India?
MR : Bellmer India will do services of few as mentioned here.
- Services of all functional & non-functional rolls
- Testing of swimming and multi-zone functional rolls of all brands, for its function, pressure built-up, pressure loss or balancing condition
- Facility and expertise for roll journal repairing, bearing seat & threading with spray coating
- Hardness measurement report
- On-site verification of each newly grounded roll by our manual roll profile measuring instrument
- Repairing of pinholes on CCI roll surface (we are the only ones in India with this facility)
- Technical audit of calender system & deflection compensation rolls, of any brand
PD : Bellmer’s calender made in India would assure for smooth paper surface?
MR : Yes. These are local Indian manufactured calenders with key components made in Germany.
Our “TurboCalender” Hard or, Soft Nip calender (1×2 or, 2×2 or, 1×3) comprises a swimming roll TurboRoll CC or EC (with special edge profile control) and water/oil heated TurboRoll VT.
The “TurboCalender” improves paper surfaces by calendering on any paper grade from board & papers to specialty ones. Our calenders are custom-tailored to meet customer specific requirements.
Our single nip calenders are designed for significant smoothening or, double nip concepts for highest smoothness/gloss. The design allows to change the bottom roll without any special tools and without dismounting the top roll, saving machine down-time.
PD : How do you see the future of paper industry?
MR : Indian Paper industry is going strong and steady. We do see cyclical fluctuation in demands and disruption in the market. As far as paper grades are concerned packaging grades like duplex, FBB and LWC demand is increasing rapidly. Kraft and writing & Printing are going steady. Speciality paper Grades demand is also rising in India. Indian paper makers need to invest more on new generation technology and upgrade their machines in order to match up with the changing demands.
PD : What is your suggestion to make paper industry more sustainable?
MR : Investment in new technology, controlling the effluents, smart water treatment solutions are some ways by which they can achieve zero discharge in their mills. Paper makers should focus on implementation of new generation automation and control technology which leads to energy savings and sustainability in running a paper mill.