MicroSol℠ Advanced Retention and Drainage Solutions

MicroSol℠ advanced retention and drainage solutions help producers of graphic and specialty papers optimize retention, drainage and formation — without compromising performance on any one variable. Today, after joining forces with BASF’s Paper and Water Chemicals business, Solenis experts can manage and apply your MicroSol program without limitations because Telioform™ intellectual property is now owned by Solenis and part of our capabilities. As a result, you can rely on MicroSol to dramatically widens the papermaking operating window and deliver the following benefits for your operation:

  • Increased colloidal retention
    • Best ash retention technology on the market
    • Improved retention of soluble organics
    • Reduced filler costs, reduced wet end chemical costs, reduced defects through cleaner wet end, higher sheet ash
  • Improved drainage, both gravimetric and vacuum assisted 
    • Increased speed, reduced energy usage, improved sheet formation
  • Improved dewatering
    • Increased pressing and drying efficiency
  • Ability to optimize starch use
    • Possible to minimize interference with OBA and other dyes

How It Works

Every MicroSol program starts with a machine audit to allow Solenis experts to build a program specific to your machine’s needs. PerForm™ SP, a patented structured polymer, is the backbone of every program along with an inorganic microparticle. In the simplest of explanations, PerForm SP delivers the ash retention and the inorganic microparticle delivers the drainage. The true differentiation with a MicroSol program is the synergy between the two chemistries, which allows for maximum drainage and retention without compromising formation.

PerForm SP is a highly anionic, three-dimensional structured polymer that interacts readily with cationic sites on fibers, fines and fillers in the forming paper. The SP structured polymer provides a high level of ash retention distributed evenly to increase strength retention and formation. Early generations of PerForm SP set the bar for both first pass fines and first-pass ash retention.

Solenis recently introduced a fourth generation PerForm SP technology that has raised the bar even higher and SP continues to be the best ash retainer on the market.

Solenis’ portfolio of inorganic microparticles, which includes silica and bentonite products, allow Solenis experts to build a MicroSol program specific to your machine requirements. These microparticles have unique microstructures such as particle size, surface area, structure, surface modification, and solids content that ensure optimal performance in today’s paper machine processes and add to the retention initiated by the SP molecules while promoting excellent drainage.

Application Technology

For optimum results, mills that adopt a MicroSol program should also consider installing PerForm VMax injection nozzles, which were developed to maximize injection velocity into the stock stream and ensure proper distribution of the chemistry. There are two VMax nozzles available — the VMax 1000 (higher volume) is designed for PerForm SP and other polymeric products, and the VMax S (low volume, freshwater only) is designed for PerForm MP silica products.

More Information

If you have a question about MicroSol advanced retention and drainage solutions or would like free technical advice, talk to a Solenis expert today.