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RESEARCH HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE
Unlike most of its colleagues in the industry,
Turners Falls has kept its research arm. How can
such a small company afford to do so? In a word:
desire. "It is a challenge," Schelling admits. "We
have a small staff and everybody contributes.
A lot of research is done in response to client
requests. If we believe there is a market, we
will try it. We have the desire. In fact, this is
what we have most of, the desire to do it if we
think we can."
Schelling cites the 46 pt heavy weight board
the mill started to make as an example. At first
it was not thought possible because of the age
and size of the paper machine.
The Paperlogic research division has made
strides in the field of CNF. "When David
Southworth sold the Southworth brand, we
spoke with university researchers to see where
possible paths could lead," Schelling explains.
"One of the things we spoke of was a university
using our machine for trials. One of the trials
was on CNF, and we saw some nice results."
Seeing the potential, mill management-
working with the University of Maine and supplier GL&V-submitted a proposal to the US
government for a grant to build a scaled-up
system of the trial. It was approved. Now, as

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Schelling says, the question was: "How do we
use the material in paper? It gives a lot of good
properties: smoothness, strength, density.
"We work with all who call: concrete, paint,
coatings, adhesives," Schelling continues. "One
of the new grades we are studying is decorate
laminate with CNF in it. There are improvements in scratch resistance and gloss."
The agricultural industry has shown interest
in CNF as a seed cover. It helps hydrate the seed.
"The ideas are endless," Schelling adds.
Another agricultural application was the
manufacture of a paper-based sheet that would
cover fields to control weeds and improve seed
germination. However, the product is not yet
competitive with the conventional black plastic
sheets used. This new product is also biodegradable, and Schelling says that controlling the
biodegradability is the key. Work is ongoing.
In baking, CNF provides good release
properties and the paper does not need to be
coated. However, the product still needs US
FDA approval. In other product development,
vulcanizing trials have gone well. It is fiber
that is vulcanized. The fiber chemistry makes
them meld together like a plastic; it emerges
like a circuit board. There is potential for
electronic applications.

Turners Falls is also into label papers. In
new furnishes, there are trials using hops in
the pulp furnish. This would be a natural for
brewers. The mill is also talking with people
in Massachusetts as it is a medical marijuana
state. Could the plant waste be part of a furnish
in packaging?
Turners Falls expends a lot of effort to
meet a need, whether in addressing an existing one or producing a new product. "We
push ourselves, every day," Schelling states.
"If you look at the (shuttered) mill next door,
you know what your fate is if you don't put in
your best effort."
He adds that the mill likes driving new technology and, in a traditionally conservative
industry, that can be difficult. "We are not
afraid to fail. We can learn from failure and
apply that knowledge."
Schelling says Turners Falls tries to be
"visible about who we are and what we do.
It is exciting and it is challenging. We look at
anything if it makes sense. We do have a lot of
flexibility and latitude to try new things."
Graeme Rodden is senior editor, North and
South America, Paper360°, and can be reached
at: grodden@tappi.org.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - May/June 2017

Setpoint
Over the Wire
Leadership for a Changing Industry
An Ode to Small
The Graying of the Paper Industry
Suppliers Reach Out to Mill Leaders
Making a Difference: 2017 TAPPI/PIMA Awards
RISI’s Asian CEO of the Year
TAPPISAFE Offers Solid Benefits for Mills, Contractors
Reinventing Varkaus
Failure Isn’t Just an Option—It’s Unavoidable
Blower Technology Proves Its Worth
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Global Study: Most People Highly Value Paper and Print
The Changing World of OCC
TAPPI News
ASPI News
Index of Advertisers
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Paper360 - May/June 2017 - ebelly1
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - ebelly2
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - cover1
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Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 3
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 4
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 5
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - Setpoint
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 7
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - Over the Wire
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 9
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 10
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 11
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - An Ode to Small
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 13
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 14
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 15
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - The Graying of the Paper Industry
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 17
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - Suppliers Reach Out to Mill Leaders
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 19
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - Making a Difference: 2017 TAPPI/PIMA Awards
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 21
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Paper360 - May/June 2017 - RISI’s Asian CEO of the Year
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Paper360 - May/June 2017 - TAPPISAFE Offers Solid Benefits for Mills, Contractors
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 33
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - Reinventing Varkaus
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 35
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - Failure Isn’t Just an Option—It’s Unavoidable
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 37
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - Blower Technology Proves Its Worth
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 39
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - TAPPI Journal Summaries
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 41
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - Global Study: Most People Highly Value Paper and Print
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 43
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 44
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 45
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - The Changing World of OCC
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - 47
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - TAPPI News
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - ASPI News
Paper360 - May/June 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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