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MEASUREMENT: Getting a Sense of Paper Thickness


December 1, 2001
By Pulp & Paper Canada

CHARLOTTE, NC — Oryx Systems, Inc. has released an online gauge to measure paper, packaging, plastic and thin film, among other things. The Model 5820 thickness gauge can measure any non-conductive m…

CHARLOTTE, NC — Oryx Systems, Inc. has released an online gauge to measure paper, packaging, plastic and thin film, among other things. The Model 5820 thickness gauge can measure any non-conductive material up to 10-mm (or 0.4 inch) in thickness. For online in-process applications, the unit is placed in a NEMA-4 enclosure and in a specially designed C-frame for optimum accuracy in thickness measurement at temperatures from 0C to 150C. The company claims accuracy of at least 1.0-micron, repeatability of 0.1-micron and resolution of 1.0-nanometre. Other noted benefits include a high-speed digital signal output of up to 60 readings per second, a large, easy-to-read display and multiple electronic outputs for easy on- or off-line monitoring.

HYDRAULIC FLUIDS: No Nonsense Lubricants

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TORONTO, ON — Petro-Canada has developed a new generation of hydraulic fluids with is Total Wear Protection formulation designed to provide anti-wear protection and longer fluid life than conventional hydraulic oils.

The company has launched two new product lines based on the formulation: Hydrex and Environ. The products withstand the demanding conditions in logging, sawmills, pulp and paper and engineered wood product operations. Environ is also formulated for use where there are additional environmental, health and safety concerns.

Both Hydrex and Environ meet or exceed all current major requirements for oxidation stability, shear stability and wear protection. Both products are available to the global marketplace and are backed by Petro-Canada’s “No Nonsense Lubricants Warranty.” Technical and after sales service support are available.

REPLACEMENT PARTS: Bearing Up

TORONTO, ON — Motion Canada, a division of Birmingham-based Motion Industries, Inc., distributors of bearings, as well as mechanical, electrical and fluid power transmission replacement parts and hose products has opened a new branch in Thunder Bay, ON.

LITERATURE

Recycling Today Media Group, Cleveland, OH, has published its 2002 edition of Paper Recycling Markets Directory, considered a leading reference book on recovered fibre in North America. Visit www.RecyclingToday.com.

Wisdom House Publications Ltd. of UK has published International Development Management: A Broad Sector View in Global Economy. In it, P.K. Kauppi, fleshes out opportunities in international development, mainly using case studies and a how-to approach. Visit www.wisdomhouse.co.uk.

Emerson Process Management announces the release of its new 96-page 2002 Educational Services Course Catalog with more than 230 training courses to facilitate the engineering, operation, maintenance, and optimization of industrial process automation systems and devices. The courses are designed to help engineers and technicians with process performance and productivity. Classes are available through Emerson’s extensive network of factory schools, regional training centers, on-site locations, and packaged programs.

CONTRACTS, SALES AND ACQUISITIONS

With an aim to increasing pulp drying capacity, Metso Paper has reported achieving a speed of 300 m/min and production rates of between 300 and 500 air-dried tonnes/metre (adt/m) with its new DryWay technology. Such a system is in place at Stora Enso’s mill in Kaukop, Finland.

Andritz-Ahlstrom will supply the major chemical recovery system for Zellstoff GmBH’s Greenfield kraft pulp mill in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. The contract is valued at Euro 95-million ($133-million). Once completed, the mill is expected to produce 1700 adt/d of bleached softwood market pulp.

ABB has received an order for US$17-million ($27.2-million) to install a process control and instrumentation in the world’s largest paper machine — it is designed to run at 1800 metres a minute, and is being built by Metso Paper for Papierfabrik Palm GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. It is expected to start up in October 2002.

TECHNOLOGY DAYS: Gearing Up for the Future

CHARLOTTE, NC — Metso recently held a technical seminar to showcase their latest products and technology, from fibre systems to papermaking and finishing machinery to service products to automation systems; as well as reviews by a number of paper mills that have applied this technology to solve papermaking problems. This year’s Metso Technology Days were centred around NASCAR racing and, after the technical presentations by Metso experts and guest speakers, participants were treated to an evening at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

SOFTWARE: Weather and Fire Information

FREDERICTON, NB, and SUMMERVILLE, SC — An alliance was announced by Remsoft Inc, provider of forest and wildfire management software, and Forest Technology Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Westvaco Corporation that provides information technology services for forestry and natural resources management.

Under the agreement, Forest Technology Group becomes an exclusive marketing agent of Remsoft’s forest management software packages, Woodstock and Stanley, as well as WeatherPro3, Remsoft’s weather data collection and analysis software, and Behave by Remsoft, the company’s fire behavior prediction software. Forest Technology Group will offer Remsoft software to its clients, which include forest products companies, government agencies, forestry investment organizations, private woodlot owners, forestry consulting firms and others engaged in managing natural resources.


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