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Data Mining 101

Data Mining 101

I heard it said recently that in the last ten minutes, more data have been generated than since the prehistoric era until 2003. Measuring things and storing the acquired data has become much easier and cheaper over the years. Most pulp and paper mills have years of data in their data historian systems that can be mined for value. But where should you start?

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A History Lesson on Paper Tariffs

A History Lesson on Paper Tariffs

In January 2018, the US Department of Commerce slapped a tariff ranging from 0.65% to 9.93% on Canadian producers of uncoated groundwood paper. This followed a tariff app...

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Four Seasons of Papermaking

Four Seasons of Papermaking

Unless you live near the equator, you are aware of seasonal changes and how to react to them. But did you know that papermaking can also be affected by season? In this bl...

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Using Consultants in the “Gig Economy”

Using Consultants in the “Gig Economy”

One of my first summer jobs as a teenager was playing the organ for weddings at various churches. It was my first experience as a freelance employee, or what musicians ca...

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The Business of Handmade Paper

The Business of Handmade Paper

According to the Greeting Card Association, Americans still send 6.5 billion greeting cards every year, about 1.6 billion of which are for the Christmas season. In a surve...

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Ikea and the forest products industry

Ikea and the forest products industry

A few years ago, I visited a major department store to purchase a sofa, but the item I wanted was out of stock and had to be back-ordered. I arranged to have it delivered...

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A Tale of Two Cities and their Newspapers

A Tale of Two Cities and their Newspapers

If you don't live in one of Canada's two largest cities, Toronto and Montreal, you might have missed the latest skirmishes in the battle between paper and electronic form...

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