Xerium Announces Commercial Availability of SmartRoll

RALEIGH, NC --(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: XRM), a leading global manufacturer of industrial textiles and rolls used primarily in the paper production process, announced full commercial availability of its SmartRoll, the industry's first continuous pressure sensing paper machine press roll. Xerium has been conducting on-site customer testing since introducing the SmartRoll in late 2008.

The SmartRoll significantly increases production efficiency and reduces downtime by providing a constant stream of true operating condition information to paper machine operators or mill managers while the paper machine is in operation. Xerium's SMART Technology employs a proprietary embedded sensor system to extract data from the roll cover during machine operation. By enabling on-the-run adjustments, the SmartRoll helps optimize production, reduce energy consumption and control costs.

"Years in development, our SMART Technology represents a technological leap forward for paper processing," said Stephen R. Light, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. "This is just one example of how we are bringing fresh thinking to work closely with our customers, who are eager for solutions that will help drive efficiency and lower costs."

Mounted across the width of the roll cover, the SmartRoll sensors are monitored by head-mounted electronics that rotate with the roll and transmit data wirelessly to a dedicated computer. A custom operator interface provides dynamic monitoring of the pressure profile, pressure profile standard deviation and roll speed, and also provides a historical data log for benchmarking and comparison purposes. Armed for the first time with accurate real-time knowledge of nip performance, the operator can adjust machine parameters without guess work to make corrections to the sheet's moisture profile as it exits the press section. The benefits can include: increased output, reduced downtime, extended press felt life, extended roll cover life, reduced consumption of materials, reduced energy costs and early warnings of potential roll cover failures.

Contact Xerium's Stowe Woodward for more information on the SmartRoll and SMART Technology.

About Xerium Technologies
Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM) is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of two types of consumable products used primarily in the production of paper: clothing and roll covers. The Company, which operates around the world under a variety of brand names, utilizes a broad portfolio of patented and proprietary technologies to provide customers with tailored solutions and products integral to production, all designed to optimize performance and reduce operational costs. With 32 manufacturing facilities in 13 countries around the world, Xerium has approximately 3,300 employees.

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