U.S printing and specialties paper mill gains an ROI of $250,000/yr using DuPulse and Nexus technologies
A mill producing Kraft specialty printing and pressure sensitive grades was experiencing poor press stability during on-the-fly felt washing. The competitive program provided insufficient cleaning and resulted in poor press felt dewatering performance.
As a result of deposit accumulation on the center press roll cover, poor sheet release was experienced. This ultimately led to roll-wrapping on the center roll which resulted in more than $250,000 in production losses and damage to the press & doctor assembly.
The mill was interested in a new felt cleaning program that would improve felt cleaning efficacy, improve press stability while cleaning and provide improved safety around the press section.
All of this was to be achieved at no cost increase from the previous program budget.
The DuBois Solution
After conducting a press section survey, water balance studies, press felt residual sample analytics and felt permeability studies, DuBois implemented new strategies for press felt cleaning and roll treatment.
DuBois implemented their patented DuPulse method of felt cleaning. DuPulse is a unique felt cleaning application method, which utilizes the high pressure, oscillating needle showers to deliver cleaning chemistries on a “pulsed” basis.
The cleaning program was coupled with a DuTrak program monitoring system.
The DuTrak system provides on-line, real-time monitoring of press & Uhle box filtrate characteristics / chemistry, so that the impact of cleaning events can be measured & optimized.
Center roll treatment was provided by patented Nexus technology applied to the roll surface via the doctor lubrication fan showers. The Nexus treatment chemistry provides for both cleaning of the roll and formation of a hydrodynamic film on the roll surface to prevent deposit formation and improve sheet release performance uniformity.
Results and Benefits
The overall program yielded the following impressive results:
Press section safety was improved by reducing chemical concentration in the shower by 88%.
Industry News / 07.14.19
Matt Roeser, DuBois Sales Representative – Wisconsin, was awarded the Supplier of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of CCAI. This was primary due to Matt’s efforts and leadership within the association. CCAI works to raise the standards of finishing operations through educational meetings and seminars, training manuals, certification programs, and outreach programs with colleges and universities.
Training / 02.12.19
This conference will bring stampers and die shops up to date on new lubricants for stamping and tool and die machining, and help them evaluate new formulations and select the right lubricant for the job. Rick Bulter, DuBois R&D Manager, will be part of the training team at this event sponsored by the MetalForming magazine with support by the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.
Recent Events / 06.18.18
The acquisition of U.S. Industrial Lubricants adds high temperature and food grade lubricants to DuBois product offering. Our high temperature synthetic oven chain lubricants are widely used in the fiberglass insulation, textile finishing, food processing, plywood, corrugated paper, automotive and many other manufacturing industries.
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