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Norampac starts up steam system for corrugator

May 11, 2016  By Cindy Macdonald

Kadant Johnson Inc. has successfully started up its ThermoMax steam system at Norampac’s corrugated packaging plant in Drummondville, Quebec. The steam system serves a new corrugator line that was part of a $26 million modernization project that doubled the production capacity of the plant. The corrugator has a face-width of 110 in. and is designed to operate at sustained speeds of 450 m/min. It is the first of its kind in Canada.

“We are pleased to have been selected by Norampac to supply our ThermoMax steam system for the new corrugator line,” said Greg Wedel, president of Kadant Johnson. “Our expertise in heat transfer products, process control, and systems engineering position us well for projects such as this, where product, process, and controls integration are required for maximum uptime, production, and quality.”

Kadant Johnson’s scope of supply included its ThermoMax steam system for the single facers, triple pre-heater stack, and hotplate sections; a PLC control system with operator stations; boiler room controls; variable moisture steam shower supply systems; engineering services; and system commissioning.


The ThermoMax steam system features supervisory control logic to ensure consistent production and reliable operations. Operators have high visibility into the system through a graphical interface. They are supported by remote diagnostics, process monitoring, and process recording.

Both single facers included Kadant Johnson’s patented Turbulator bars, CorrPro rotary joints, and cantilever syphon equipment on critical steam-heated rolls.

Norampac is a division of Cascades. The Drummondville plant produces and converts corrugated packaging from linerboard and medium supplied by Norampac’s containerboard mills for use in manufacturing, food, and other industries.

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