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Before an Emergency Roll Repair: Your Most Important Choice

Posted by Robert Rourke on Jul 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Despite your best efforts, no operations manager or maintenance supervisor can prevent every roll-related emergency that could happen. The challenge is to be ready before (not when) one happens.

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Topics: emergency roll repairs

Save $1M in Yearly Tire Production

Posted by Robert Rourke on Jun 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you could save a million dollars by changing one facet of your tire production process, would you?

For product quality and safety, tires require rubber at a specific thickness. If rolls aren’t ground to the exact tolerances needed to achieve that sweet spot, or minimum thickness:

  • You’re using more material than necessary.
  • You’re losing money!

Why throw money away?

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Topics: cost savings, tire production

4 Profitable Reasons to Improve Your Specialty Coatings Process

Posted by Robert Rourke on Jun 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Manufacturers of specialty-coated products have unique challenges, costs, or risks because of the additional processes and materials involved.

That’s why correct roll geometry is critical to creating consistent, accurate coatings. Whether you’re running a gap nip or a contact nip, roll geometry affects material usage, coating thickness consistency, and process speed — just to name a few key metrics.

Ultimately, reducing roll variability is essential to optimal product quality and business profitability.

Is your company missing out on $10,000 a day?

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Topics: specialty coatings, cost savings

How to Harness Surge in Demand for Electric Cars

Posted by Robert Rourke on May 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Electric car sales increased by 37% in 2016, according to Forbes magazine.

In January 2017 alone, electric car sales rose by 59%.

As consumer demand for electric cars increases, so does the demand for the lithium ion batteries that power them. There’s also an increase in the number of cells within the battery (to increase the range per charge). 

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Topics: electric cars, lithium ion batteries

One of the Best Ways to Maximize Recycled Paper Production

Posted by Robert Rourke on May 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Embracing the benefits of recycling can be 

great for business. However, recycled paper manufacturers share one problem that can negatively affect your production (and profit):

When adding recycled content to the pulper, no one knows the exact quality of the supplied furnish from bale to bale. Recycled paper content can contain just about anything, like adhesive residue, food particles or end-of-life fibers.

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Topics: paper industry, paper manufacturing, recycled paper

Is Your Tissue Machine Profile a Sign of Pressure Roll Trouble?

Posted by Robert Rourke on Apr 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

1 way to know, plus how to reduce related risks of costly downtime or wear

Picture this: Your production is below target and your finished product has defects that suggest a profile issue with the pressure roll. What are your options?

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Topics: tissue manufacturing, pressure roll, pressure roll trouble

3 of the Costliest Risks from Roll Defects in the Medical Coating Field

Posted by Robert Rourke on Mar 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The Future of Medical Coatings

Fueled by an awareness of increasing healthcare needs, it’s no surprise that the market for specialty medical coatings is growing. For example, Stratistics MRC reports that transdermal drug delivery systems alone are expected to reach $36.58 billion by 2022.

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3 Warning Signs of Press Section Roll Problems

Posted by Robert Rourke on Mar 1, 2017 10:59:53 AM

Reduce costly inefficiencies and extend the life of your rolls 

Machine downtime is not the only threat to your mill’s bottom line. During the life of a press section roll, inefficiencies that seem minor can accumulate expenses beyond the cost of a grind or repair.

Here are 3 warning signs that you may have a press roll problem:

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Topics: press section roll

Increase Yield by Minimizing Machine Downtime

Posted by Robert Rourke on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Your business makes money when your equipment is running smoothly. What may not be as obvious is how much is at stake if there’s unplanned machine downtime. In one case, an automobile manufacturer calculated a $22,000 per minute cost due to equipment failure.

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Why Papermakers Win When They Truly Follow W. Edwards Deming

Posted by Robert Rourke on Jan 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Edwards Deming, American management consultant, had a lot to say about quality in manufacturing processes.

His insights revolutionized quality standards all over the world. In his 14 Points for Management, he noted that management’s job was to ensure people and machines consistently improve.

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Topics: paper manufacturing, deming, 14 points for management, manufacturing quality