In the control room of the new factory of Äänekoski a videowall of 6.5 meters wide has been installed to monitor production operations. This infrastructure has been used three Matrox Mura IPX and two C680 cards, which feed on 12 screens swivel, where multiple video sources are simultaneously.

Matrox in Metsä Fibre

Metsa Fiberdivision of the Metsä group, is the world's second producer of pulp and with the sights set on to remain a leader in its market, it has recently opened a factory for Bioproducts in Äänekoski (Finland). With an annual production capacity of 1.3 million tons of pulp, along with other bio-products like oil and turpentine, it marks a new era for the forest industry.

The factory uses automation and digital monitoring vanguard for their production lines of cutting wood, washing, etc. To complement this, Metsä Fiber was looking for a solution of videowall that would allow them to monitor their production operations. Taking the recommendation of one of its main suppliers, Andritz OyMetsä Fiber contacted the local system integrator, Elkome Systems, for the installation of this support of visualization that opted for the hyper of Matrox Graphics to carry out the project.

Metsä Fiber knew that investing in a large video wall was the best decision, since it would allow the control room operators function effectively and improve team collaboration efforts allow to visualize large amounts of data crucial at the same time.

In each turn, two operators continuously control the operations of high-speed line where the wood is cut into smaller pieces. To control this process account the factory with 36 Bosch IP video cameras that are constantly focused on cutting records. These are fed into a server of video from the same manufacturer.

Matrox in Metsä Fibre

Operators have the ability to change to any of the inputs of the 36 Chambers, that to show in the videowall. This solution is key to the operations of the factory, since it allows the control of the process through the monitoring continues. Without this supervision, production line could not functional.

The videowall factory installed is 6.5 meters long, it is designed in a 12 × 1 configuration and offers multi-channel capture capabilities.

Housed in a single 4U video wall controller Advantech There are three card Matrox Mura IPX that can capture up to four inputs 4K and encode / decode multiple streams 4K.

Mura IPX cards capture the outputs of the video server's Bosch and automation systems, through four and six innings respectively, all in Full HD resolution (1.920 × 1. 080p60). There are two graphics card Matrox C680 feeding 12 screens swivel to 1080 p 60, where multiple video sources are simultaneously in the same system.

The initial configuration and other management tasks are performed with the Matrox MuraControl software. For day to day operations, using an easy to use program, that has been customized by Elkome for Metsä Fiber, and that contains customized settings.

Matrox in Metsä Fibre

A part of the videowall is also dedicated to show 24/7 surveillance of production control systems alarms.

Alarms are normally activated when the received values of the control system are within the threshold of expected values (for example, the temperature is too high or too low). If tripped, operators can see a complete picture of the problem and take appropriate measures promptly, even stop the process if necessary. Surveillance operators can also share the screen with other decision makers.

This large videowall plays a key role in Äänekoski Metsä Fibre plant operations. It allows a centralized monitoring 24/7 from the cutting operations, which provides a more secure and more productive environment by allowing operators to make timely and informed decisions. Among initiatives that have provided for this manufactures Finnish is the establish a second redundant server.

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By • 5 Mar, 2019
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