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How to use paper mill downtime profitably

How to use paper mill downtime profitably

At one period in my career, I was working at a paper mill where I had a lot of projects that depended on the mill running. I needed live data to analyze so that I could tweak the process. When the mill took a few weeks of market downtime, most of my projects were on hold. What was I to do?

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The rise and fall of recycled content in newsprint

The rise and fall of recycled content in newsprint

In March 2017 the newsprint mill in Thorold, Ontario was indefinitely idled. Ontario Paper Company started up this mill in 1913 and was a pioneer in the field of recycled...

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Trials and errors in the paper industry

Trials and errors in the paper industry

I have participated in some paper machine trials that failed badly but taught some valuable lessons. In the early 1990s, when everyone wanted recycled content, we added s...

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A Brief History of Lint

A Brief History of Lint

I remember the first time I saw a colour picture in a newspaper in the 1960s. I also remember the last time I saw newsprint being made on a fourdrinier machine, in the 19...

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An Unexpected Cold Shower

An Unexpected Cold Shower

You have probably all had this experience at some time. I got up one morning for my morning shower, and the water turned cold on me! The primary cause was obvious – I was...

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Does Your Mill Have a Data Strategy?

Does Your Mill Have a Data Strategy?

Many years ago at a paper mill I was working with, superintendents read the values of their key performance indicators (KPIs) off circle charts and transferred them manua...

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The Mystery of the Rejected Paper Rolls

The Mystery of the Rejected Paper Rolls

I love reading mysteries, and trying to figure out "whodunnit" before the author reveals the answer. So imagine the satisfaction I get from solving real-life mysteries!

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