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Roll Armor Coating Eliminates Major Maintenance Headache for a Paper Mill

Posted by Robert Rourke on Nov 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The adage, “Work smarter, not harder” applies to all of us. If a simple improvement can save you time, money and resources, it’s well worth the initial investment.

A large paper manufacturer in the Northeast experienced hazing issues on their coated hot calender rolls. Every time they ran a critical grade of paper with a demanding finish, the hazing decreased the quality of the product.

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Topics: Paper Industry, Roll Grinding, Best Practices, Maintenance

Not All Roll Grinding Services Perform Equally: A Case Study for The Nonwovens Industry

Posted by Robert Rourke on Sep 19, 2017 11:01:37 AM

Every square inch of a 33,000-pound roll needs to perform perfectly. After a time, all rolls need maintenance. At this moment, a user has a choice of roll grinding services. Choose wisely!

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Topics: Roll Grinding, Best Practices, Nonwovens Industry

When Wet Streaks Return, Reevaluate Your Rolls!

Posted by Robert Rourke on Aug 24, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Wet Streaks Have Caused the Paper Industry Problems for a Long Time

A 1921 Edition of The Paper Mill and Wood Pulp News reported, “Previous to the installation of suction couch and press rolls, paper carried unequal amounts of water to the dryers. Spots and wet streaks prevailed.”

Everyone in the Paper Industry Has Struggled with Wet Streaks.

Some believe that wet streaks are just part of a machine’s profile. Others have tried everything, including adding unnecessary technology. These expensive adjustments include:

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Topics: Paper Industry, Roll Grinding, Best Practices

Protect Your Trunnion Assembly Investment

Posted by Robert Rourke on Jul 25, 2017 10:01:35 AM

Certain components are built to withstand the rigors of large scale manufacturing. For those who work in or around lime kilns, cement plants, paper mills or other heavy-duty industrial processes, some parts of your line may seem nearly invincible.

Operations Managers and Maintenance Supervisors often take these components for granted – simply because they almost never require repair.

Take Trunnions For Example.

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Topics: Maintenance

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: Roll Grinding, Food Processing Industry, Maintenance

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!
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Topics: Process Improvements, Rubber Industry

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.

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Topics: Best Practices, Process Improvements, Film Industry

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: Roll Grinding, Best Practices, Specialty Metals Industry

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):

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Topics: Paper Industry, Roll Grinding, Best Practices, Maintenance

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: Paper Industry, Best Practices, Maintenance

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