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trendspotting | DATA & DECISION MAKING

On the Ragged Edge
of a Revolution
Big Data Tools that Advance Quality
and Improve Economics in Papermaking
PETER W. HART

The author and his team, comparing longer term data to a current process output. From center, counterclockwise around keyboard: Peter Hart, Adele Panek,
John DeJarnette, and Nichole Kilgore.

There is a significant opportunity for
improving quality and economic performance
in paper manufacturing through application
of Big Data analysis. Obstacles are being overcome, but improvements in complementary
analytical tools are still needed and are in
development. Through these tools, mills can
reap significant benefits.
The term Big Data was first documented in a
1997 paper by NASA to describe data-sets that
were large enough to tax the capacity of mainframe machine memory, local disk space, and
remote disk space. More recently, Big Data has
become an all-encompassing term for stored
real-time data too large and complex to process with manual data management tools or
traditional processing methods.
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In the paper industry, Big Data usually
means a set of real-time operating, performance, and quality parameters spanning several months or more. Buried in
the data are important correlations that,
if understood, can provide operating and
troubleshooting guidance that can lead to
performance improvement.
Figure 1 shows a series of specific steps
required for Big Data projects. If performed
well, Big Data projects will result in substantial cost savings and quality improvements
for the mill.
FACTORS SLOWING ADOPTION
When real-time data historian systems, like
PI and PARCview, were first implemented, the

data were typically used in small snapshots
to answer specific process and cost issues or
answer a customer's complaint1. Even though
mills have had large data-sets available to
them, they have not embraced using Big Data
routinely. Why not?
Buried Data: Data historians usually produce an amorphous mountain of ever-changing data. One significant impediment to the
adoption of Big Data as a routine process/product improvement tool has been the difficulty
of extracting the relevant data and discerning
patterns in the data. The paper industry has
lacked sufficiently powerful computing tools,
protocols and statistical analysis techniques
to assist operators and production engineers
with Big Data retrieval and analysis.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - March/April 2018

Setpoint
Over the Wire
The Importance of Safety Training
Data & Decision Making
RISI European CEO of the Year: DS Smith’s Miles Roberts
Buckman’s Junai Maharaj on ‘The Art of the Possible’
Fapajal Tissue: Old, New & Customer-Centric
Progroup Turns 25
PIMA, Paper360° Co-Host Executive Panel
Creating a Lignin Culture
Benefits of Drive-Through Design
Sustainability as Business Leverage
CIPTE Show Highlights Innovation and Sustainability
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Leadership in Maintenance: Where Do We Start?
As a New Reliability Engineer, Are you Confused About Your Role?
R&M Tips
Paper and Board Have Key Roles in the Future of Packaging
Global Paper and Paperboard Demand Growing Despite Declines in Graphic Paper
PPI Awards Showcase Industry Excellence
TAPPI News
ASPI News
Index of Advertisers
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - intro
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - ebelly1
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - cover1
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Setpoint
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Over the Wire
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 11
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - The Importance of Safety Training
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 13
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Data & Decision Making
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - RISI European CEO of the Year: DS Smith’s Miles Roberts
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 33
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 34
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 35
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Buckman’s Junai Maharaj on ‘The Art of the Possible’
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 37
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 38
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 39
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Fapajal Tissue: Old, New & Customer-Centric
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 41
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 42
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 43
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Progroup Turns 25
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 45
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 46
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 47
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - PIMA, Paper360° Co-Host Executive Panel
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 49
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Creating a Lignin Culture
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 51
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 52
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 53
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Benefits of Drive-Through Design
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 55
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Sustainability as Business Leverage
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 57
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - CIPTE Show Highlights Innovation and Sustainability
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 59
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - TAPPI Journal Summaries
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 61
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 62
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 63
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 64
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Leadership in Maintenance: Where Do We Start?
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - As a New Reliability Engineer, Are you Confused About Your Role?
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - R&M Tips
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Paper and Board Have Key Roles in the Future of Packaging
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 69
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Global Paper and Paperboard Demand Growing Despite Declines in Graphic Paper
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 71
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - PPI Awards Showcase Industry Excellence
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 73
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 74
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 75
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 76
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 77
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 78
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - TAPPI News
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 80
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - ASPI News
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Index of Advertisers
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - cover3
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - cover4
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