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Rackliff emphasizes, is to get the speed back
with the hoods.
Blade life is vastly improved, Rackliff
reports. "We're doing six to eleven hours,
depending on the grade. We do better blade
life on the lighter grades. I preached that we do
cleaner blades every three hours and manage
coating with the cleaner blades, and then manage sheet quality with a creping blade. That's
how it's supposed to work, and when your
chemistry is right, that's how it does work.
"But offsetting that, we're no longer running reground blades. I am a believer that on
high speed tissue machines, the factory edge
is the best we are going to get, and we absolutely need that blade to do the things we want
to do with the efficiency and quality we need
to get. So we have moved almost totally away
from reground blades. And then we're learning how to more effectively manipulate our
coating between the lightweights and the
Also important, Rackliff points out, is
continuing to work on dust removal. "Like
everybody else, we're looking for ways to
better control dust. But dust control is only
going to get so good, and I know that from
working on a lot of tissue machines. If anyone
ever finds a solution to this problem, he will
make a lot of money."
Optimization of controls is another focus
area at Gorham Paper and Tissue. On No. 6
machine, the mill is currently doing manual
turn-ups and is now setting up to do automatic
turn-ups. "We also have most of the pieces in
place we need for CD profile off the ABB QCS
system, and we will soon move in that direction. Progress is coming. It seems very slow,
but when I look at where we have come in just
four or five months, it's coming a lot faster
than I would have expected. And again, the
fantastic group of papermakers we have here
is allowing us to grab onto low hanging fruit
in very quick fashion," Rackliff emphasizes.
The PaperTech web detector system is
now working extremely well, according to
Rackliff. "We have worked out all of the
issues," he says. "PaperTech has tweaked
it and upgraded it, and we now have a
system that doesn't miss a pinhole. And
that's extremely important-another piece
behind the rise in satisfaction of our customers." Cummings adds that the PaperTech
WebVision has a "remarkable camera system.
It can go back 30 days and find and show you
details of a break-exactly what it looked like.
It's an excellent troubleshooting tool for us."
Four or five months ago, Rackliff continues, "we had a lot of complaints, mainly little
things. But we encouraged those complaints
because we want customers to be happy.
Now, we're still asking for complaints but
not getting many. Customer satisfaction has
As Rackliff notes, the ABB scanner had
some issues. "It took a while to get everything
dialed in, but we are now running with ABB
QCS controlling weight and moisture, going
through grade changes leaving everything
in control-and being very successful with
that." Finally, he concludes, the reel section
"builds a very nice reel." We've changed a
couple of things here and there, but basically
we haven't had to deal with any major issues.
It has been set up pretty well and builds us a
good reel without any major problems."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2014
Automatic Handling International, Inc.
Tissue Industry News
Spraying Systems Co
Success in New Hampshire: Gorham P&T Optimizes New Tissue Machine Production to Premium Quality
OpTest Equipment. Inc.
Are We Running Out of Recycled Fiber?
Improve the Effectiveness of Your Steam Showers
Mechadyne Machine, Inc
Myron L Company
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