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Xavier Rodriguez-Martín, president of Fapajal:
"Having come from the telecom business, our
top management knows that staying on top is
about listening, adapting, and implementing."

No tissue leaves Fapajal before a series of
tests are made to confirm properties sought by
individual customers. Strength is critical, but so
are absorption and cleanliness.

Sergio Faria, production manager, holds
a lightweight Finebar MiniSegment for the
refiner: "A single operator can change a plate
very quickly."

The mill management team recognized that
optimizing refining was critical to increasing capacity and lowering production costs.
They chose Finebar refining plates from AFT.
Production Manager Sergio Faria says, "Even
though we have our own cogeneration, lower
energy costs matter. We were certain that AFT's
refining know-how and Finebar plates could
help us increase fiber yield and cut energy use.
We didn't expect the amount of gains we'd
achieve in fiber quality, increased production,
and energy savings."
AFT has supported Fapajal with workshops
on refining and delivered tailored patterns
for their refiners. "Continuous improvement
is maintained by well-trained and ambitious
operating personnel, thanks to support and
leadership from top management," says Claus
Grunow, technical leader with AFT. "Their old
refiners have new life because of Finebar plates;
however, the fine tuning of performance comes
from how their team maximizes the way the
mill functions."
Faria likes the latest technology from AFT,
lightweight Finebar MiniSegments for refining.

Notes Faria, "A single operator can change a
plate very quickly. Because they are long-lasting
and easy to install, we have a productivity and
safety gain."
Says Rodriguez-Martín, "AFT is an ideal fit
for our customer-centric philosophy. They have
global experience and know-how, yet they focus
on very specific needs."

the new analytical tools in our decision-making
process and client service models."
As a next step, the company is beginning to
study some basic Artificial Intelligence (AI)
tools to explore all this new flow of data for
machine learning, starting with back office processes. "We anticipate that, with the existing AI
tools in the market, some of them available on
an open-basis format, we may have significant
improvements in three specific areas: efficiency
gains, more proximity to the clients and a better service model, and increased agility in our
decision-making processes."
Of course, the integration of new digital technologies also has a strong emotional element.
For Fapajal, it has been a cultural transformation. "Machines and digital platforms are tactical, but people continue to be the real strategic
element for us," says Rodriguez-Martín. "After
260 years of corporate life, the art of papermaking continues to be the secret ingredient in our
business model. This is why we are emphasizing
not only the technical training of our people,
but the impact of all these new tools in their
daily habits and processes."

Fapajal's parent rolls are increasingly for
customers outside of Portugal. They have
ramped up to 60 percent of sales in Europe and
Africa, with North America on the radar.

MAKING TECH PERSONAL
The company is finally beginning to realize
the results from what Rodriguez-Martín calls
"the Fapajal Tech Factory."
"Last year we started with the foundations
of this new digital model, including the deployment of a new wireline and wireless connectivity
infrastructure; the migration of our platforms
and systems to the cloud; and the improvement
of our core processes to facilitate the digital
transformation," he explains. "This year we are
completing the modular implementation of the
Processware platform, which links PLCs at every
paper and converting machine to our ERP; the
intense training of all our workforce in these new
digital tools; and the embedding of the results of

Fapajal's Toscotec machine, which was installed in 2012, and TM 2 (left) produce most of the mill's output.

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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
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - ebelly2
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - cover1
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - cover2
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 3
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 4
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 5
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Setpoint
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 7
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 8
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - Over the Wire
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 10
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
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 15
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 16
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 17
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 18
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 19
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 20
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 21
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 24
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 25
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Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 27
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 28
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 29
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 30
Paper360 - March/April 2018 - 31
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
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