Author Archives: Leslee Masters

Partnership Yields Results at Wuhan Golden Phoenix Paper

Entrepreneurial owner Chen Jun brings together the best of Western papermaking technology with Chinese-made paper machines at Wuhan Golden Phoenix Paper, where most of the innovative systems come from Kadant. At Wuhan GPP, five paper machines—including the most recent, PM 8, which started up in early 2018—churn out fluting day and night, looked after by 800 workers who live beside the mill or close by. With 1,200,000 tons of fluting, Wuhan GPP is the leading producer in China for this grade.

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Are North American Kraft Pulp Mills at Risk?

The recovery boiler is the heart of the kraft pulp process, but it can also be the Achilles heel of the kraft pulp mill when it fails—resulting in unplanned downtime or catastrophic failure. Yet, in 2017 alone, three mills reported failure of their recovery boilers in North America.

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Do You Need to Improve Your Mill’s Preventive Maintenance/Essential Care and Condition Monitoring Process?

PM/ECCM programs are poor and mill leaders are not fixing them, according to Tor Idhammar, of IDCON, Inc. Mills have often inherited a poor PM/ECCM program due to past cost reductions or just complacency, but even if the current mill staff didn’t create the situation, the situation still needs to be fixed. Idhammar explains how to identify whether your mill needs to improve its PM/ECCM and, if it does, where to begin that process.

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TJ SUMMARIES

The papers summarized here are from the TAPPI Journal August issue. TAPPI Journal is an online publication of relevant and timely peer-reviewed research delivered via email and free to all TAPPI members. To receive TAPPI Journal, join TAPPI at www.tappi.org. RECYCLING Effect of pulper consistency on stickies size distribution Mahendra Doshi, Salman Aziz, Robert de Jong, and Carl Houtman Pulper ...

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CATASTAK™ SCR SYSTEM ACHIEVES SOURCE TEST RESULTS OF 2 PPM NOX

Nationwide Environmental Solutions, a leading manufacturer and supplier of the proven, ultra-low NOx CataStak™ SCR System, has released significant, independent 3rd party test results from a recent selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) installation.

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Simplifying Moisture Measurement

JOHN BOGART When manufacturing pulp, paper, and corrugated materials, measuring and controlling moisture content can impact product quality, production throughput, and processing efficiency. It can also affect the purchase price of wood chips, pulp, and converted paper products, not to mention shipping costs. Until recently, conducting frequent moisture content tests throughout the process or in the field has been difficult. ...

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Steve Voorhees Focuses on WestRock Culture, Buying KapStone, Growing Offshore, Doubling Profit

GREG RUDDER WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees is a consolidator. His company in the last three years has completed the most M&As of any in the industry. He’s done this with a focus on integrating workers from different companies into a single company that is to be superior and more efficient than the individual ones. Since WestRock was developed in 2015 ...

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A Change in Leadership for FPInnovations

Intense collaboration with no limits is one of Stéphane Renou’s aims as he takes over as head of the Canadian-based R&D institute. GRAEME RODDEN Although he spent close to two decades working with industrial giant GE, the pulp and paper industry was not unfamiliar to Stéphane Renou when he took over as president and CEO of FPInnovations in late 2017. ...

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