2018

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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As a New Reliability Engineer, Are You Confused About Your Role?

CHRISTER IDHAMMAR During a recent reliability and maintenance conference, we met several reliability engineers who told us that they found their jobs different from what they expected. Many had graduated as reliability engineers and had learned all about Mean Time To Repair (MTTR), Mean Time To Failure (MTTF), Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF), Weibull charts, Failure Mode Effect Analyses (FMEA), ...

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Leadership in Maintenance: Where Do We Start?

TOR IDHAMMAR One interesting part of being a consultant is that you get to see a lot of similar reliability and maintenance management projects being launched in different countries and industries. At IDCON, we are currently working with seven paper companies, two gold mines, a bakery, a municipal water facility, a corn processing company, several different chemical plants, an engineered ...

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TAPPI Journal Summaries

The papers summarized here are from the November 2017 issue, featuring special recycling content; and the January 2018 issue, featuring special coating content. 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. NOVEMBER STICKIES Improved deinking and stickies removal Cesar ...

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CIPTE Show Highlights Innovation and Sustainability

ROBERT RYAN Innovation, sustainability and megatrends… these were key themes at the China International Paper Technology Exhibition and Conference (CIPTE). The three-day trade show and seminar program was held in Shenzhen, China, in September 2017, and attracted machinery and automation vendors, chemicals and consumables suppliers, papermakers, and industry experts from across China and overseas. Sustainability was the focus of the ...

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