In the early 1990s, a partnership was formed between Kvaerner Chemetics and Paprican (Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada, now FPInnovations) to develop a unique pulp liquor analyzer. Kvaerner and Paprican jointly obtained US and International patents for this new technology, with inventors including Michael Kester, Thanh Trung, and Denys LeClerc. Thanh and his team developed novel online analyzer based on FT-NIR spectroscopy that provides key measurements for process optimization and ultimately for cost savings. In 2002, Kvaerner sold their process control business to ABB Analytical, who assumed 50% of the patent.
Early on, ABB contracted TSCI and FPInnovations to assist with the installation and start-up of the new analyzers. In 2007, TSCI, and eventually, with the joining of Thanh Trung as the VP of Technology, FTNIR Analyzers Inc. was created as the exclusive worldwide distributor of the FT-NIR analyzer for pulp and paper industry.
Today, FITNIR Analyzers’ reputation of excellent customer service and superior technology is spreading, as more and more pulp mills implement our process analyzers. Uptake throughout Canada and the United States has also prompted interest and expansion into Asia, Brazil and Scandinavia.
FITNIR now has more than 80 applications installed, measuring pulp liquor and pulp properties key to optimizing mill processes. These projects represent upwards of tens of millions of dollars and significant documented savings for the industry from improvements in efficiency and productivity to reductions in environmental impact.