Author Archives: Leslee Masters

Leading our Industry

2018 TAPPI/PIMA Awards  BY JAN BOTTIGLIERI Each year, Paper360° is honored to showcase members of our industry who lead by example—in their service to others, their exemplary management, or their remarkable contributions to helping our industry innovate and grow. Here, you’ll meet the winners of the TAPPI/PIMA national-level awards—the association’s highest honors—as well as those receiving awards from several TAPPI ...

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Composites are Key to Nano Commercialization

RBI leads the way in new, innovative ways to use nanocellulose to improve composites and replace synthetic materials. KELLY B. SMITH Around the world, researchers are finding more and more evidence that the frailty of our planet and the changes within its atmospheric patterns are in critical need of attention. Rapid population growth and an increasing need for landfills due ...

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Ford Goes Further with Renewable Nanomaterials

Nanocellulose materials offer tremendous potential in a range of automotive applications—and the opportunities will keep growing, says Ford Research Scientist Alper Kiziltas. JAN BOTTIGLIERI Can nanocellulose really offer automotive manufacturers better performance, at a lower cost, with a greener footprint? Maybe Billy Ocean said it best: “Get out of my dreams… and into my car.” At the nanoscale, a material’s ...

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Human Performance and Risk Reduction

MARK MONTONARA Accidents happen. No matter how many safety procedures you have in place or safety mechanisms a facility has installed, human error can cause an incident. But leaders can foster a culture of safety that will reduce the potential for human error and stop critical performance incidents from occurring. What it takes is careful planning to identify potential risks ...

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ASPI Award Winners Announced

As a group that identifies itself as “The Forum for Connecting Industry Leaders,” ASPI strives to recognize great leadership within the industries it serves. ASPI offers two awards each year: ASPI Customer Executive of the Year, and the ASPI Excellence in Leadership Award. These awards not only provide recognition for the recipient, they also promote ASPI’s mission of supporting industry ...

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Under New Management: IFPTA

SAMANTHA GEIER For several years, TAPPI has been providing association management services to selected member-led organizations of various sizes throughout the forest products industries. In addition to providing professional staff and administrative support, TAPPI supplies a wide range of assistance to these associations, including strategic leadership, financial management, event planning, member relations, marketing and communications, program development, and information technology ...

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PPI Awards Showcase Industry Excellence

The PPI Awards held in Brussels recently was a very special event coinciding with CEPI’s 25th Anniversary. MARK RUSHTON The 9th Annual PPI Awards were held as part of a special celebration recently, marking the Confederation of European Paper Industries’ (CEPI) 25th anniversary. Once again, companies and mills from the pulp and paper industry around the world excelled themselves with ...

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Paper and Board Have Key Roles in the Future of Packaging

Paper and paperboard will continue to play a vital role in the evolving global packaging market, according to the latest exclusive research from Smithers Pira. Overall growth in dollar value terms for packaging was depressed for the years spanning the middle of the decade, although this is largely attributable to relative strength of the dollar against other currencies across that ...

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Ultrasound Assisted Lubrication

When a bearing is in a lack of lubrication state, there is an increase in both friction and noise. When using the ultrasonic instrument, the inspector listens to the bearing and watches the decibel level on the instrument. As grease is applied, there is less friction and less noise. Once a proper lubrication level is reached, the dB level will ...

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