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September 1, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The annual industry gathering in the West was a hit this year, with 200 delegates attending PacWest. The three-day event is a draw for both operations and management personnel, as well as industry sup…

The annual industry gathering in the West was a hit this year, with 200 delegates attending PacWest. The three-day event is a draw for both operations and management personnel, as well as industry suppliers and researchers. Attendance was up 30% from last year.

The conference was once again held at the Delta Sun Peaks resort, near Kamloops, B.C., from June 9-12.

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Providing a “big picture” point of view, Glenn Hargrove of Natural Resources Canada spoke about the federal government’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program, and Paul Lansbergen of the Forest Products Association of Canada discussed the group’s Biopathways Project.

Also speaking at the Thursday morning Forum Session were Levi Sampson, director and president, Harmac Pulp Operations on “The New Partnership at Harmac”; John Allan, president and CEO, Council of Forest Industries about Canada/US forestry issues; and Hannu Melarti, regional president-North America, Kemira on “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet — The New Age of Partnering”.

The previous day, Wednesday, members of the Energy Reduction in Mechanical Pulp Research Program met in the morning and invited delegates to attend the afternoon round-table discussions.

PacWest was pleased to welcome PAPTAC Councillors to Sun Peaks who met on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, and who then joined the mill managers and senior executives meeting on Wednesday for lunch. On Wednesday, a small number of delegates toured the Savona Waste Heat Recovery Plant, hosted by Chinook Engineering.

Trade Fair participation was at capacity and enhanced by students from both UBC and BCIT presenting their projects.

Twenty-four technical papers rounded out the content of the conference. The award-winning papers were:

• H.R. MacMillan Trophy for best paper: Vince Martell, Slave Lake Pulp, and Rick Marshall, METC: Effectively Bombing Filaments in Activated Sludge Plants.

• Runner up for this award: Antti Luukkonen, UBC Pulp & Paper Centre: Low Consistency Refining of Mechanical Pulp: A Methodology to Relate Operating Conditions to Paper Properties. Co-authors: James Olson and Mark Martinez, UBC Pulp & Paper Centre.

• Best Supplier Paper: Kevin Taylor, Taylor Industrial Research: Detailed Investigation of Lime Kiln Mud Ring Formation.

• Best Novice Paper: Cristian Gheorghe, Honeywell: Multivariable CD Control of Fine Paper Machine Using Multiple MPC Controllers. Co-author: Amor Lahouaoula, Honeywell.

• George Sedgwick (AITF) Memorial Award for best paper in Control and Measurement: Alison Rowat, Metso Automation and Jessica Paul, NewPage Corporation: Minimizing Final Brightness Variability while Reducing ClO2 Usage.

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