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Real Help with Reel Spool Maintenance

Posted by Robert Rourke on Feb 22, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Reel spools are the most highly stressed rolls in your paper mill. Large loads on heavy spools take their toll. After time, bent journals can easily break. Those breaks put not only your equipment, but also your employees at risk.

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

Roll Armor® Ceramic Coatings Protect Your Rolls, Your Product and Your Bottom Line

Posted by Robert Rourke on Jan 30, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The paper industry is changing. McKinsey & Company reports, “Packaging is growing all over the world, along with tissue papers, and pulp for hygiene products. Although a relatively small market as yet, pulp for textile applications is growing. And a broad search for new applications and uses for wood and its components is taking place in numerous labs and development centers.”

To meet the demand of the changing market, mills need to produce more high quality product. They must find ways to produce faster while maintaining high quality and reducing downtime to keep up with demand for packaging grades, coated board, tissue, newsprint, office paper, and more.

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

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: Best Practices, Roll Grinding, Paper Industry, Maintenance

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, Best Practices, Roll Grinding

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, Maintenance, Best Practices

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, Maintenance, Best Practices

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: Paper Industry, Process Improvements

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 Industry, Process Improvements, Best Practices

Increase Yield by Minimizing Machine Downtime

Posted by Robert Rourke on Jul 8, 2015 11:30:00 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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Topics: Maintenance, Roll Grinding, Best Practices, Paper Industry

Stop Reacting: Efficient Production Needs Proactive Grinding

Posted by Robert Rourke on Jun 24, 2015 10:27:00 AM

It doesn’t matter what type of manufacturing you’re in. Optimal production efficiency is a goal you should always strive for.

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Topics: Roll Grinding, Paper Industry, Maintenance, Process Improvements

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