Brazilian Paper Manufacturer Selects MOTOTRBO Network
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Comments

Klabin has chosen a digital MOTOTRBO radio system from Motorola Solutions for its resource monitoring and communications network at the Puma and Monte Alegre plants, located in the vast forests of the state of Paraná, Brazil.

With 17 plants in Brazil and one in Argentina, Klabin owns 239,000 hectares of pine and eucalyptus forests and 216,000 hectares of preserved native forests. Aware of its complex operation, the company makes regular investments in technology to improve its production line, energy efficiency and sustainability.

To connect the forested regions with Klabin’s command centers, a MOTOTRBO Linked Capacity Plus system was implemented with repeaters at six signal repeater stations in the company’s production plants. Machinery used in the company’s forestry operation — heavy equipment and trucks — are equipped with MOTOTRBO mobile radios, and staff on the ground use handheld radios.

In total, more than 700 radios are in the field. Software allows for dispatching and recording of communications across the company’s entire network.

“The digital communications system developed by Motorola Solutions and deployed by Lithus is reliable and cost effective, offering us vast possibilities for data transmission,” said Lucas Vinicius dos Santos, responsible for the project at Klabin.

The system monitors a fleet of 300 trucks and 30 cranes used in forestry operations. About 300,000 GPS georeferenced points are generated and stored in the database every day and 380,000 push-to-talk (PTT) calls are made every month. The company analyzes the data and optimizes truck routes, as well as the distribution of cranes. As a result, the company is able to reduce fuel and maintenance costs and maximize the efficiency of assets.

From a safety perspective, workers can now count on a system that is always available and provides precise GPS coordinates, allowing the company to respond quickly to any emergency, including in locations not covered by cellphone service. Klabin plans to roll out a radio communications service plan and deploy new applications.

“The technology developed by Motorola Solutions offers a wide range of options for Klabin,” said Santos. “Through data transmission, we can use telemetry in the machines, integrate devices such as smartphones and boost efficiency. Digital radios have transformed the field; we will develop applications for tablets that we will then place inside a machine in the middle of the forest, providing us with information in real time.”

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