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WMU Pilot Coater fully operational


May 6, 2003
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The newly installed pilot coater on the campus of Western Michigan University is fully operational and now serving…

The newly installed pilot coater on the campus of Western Michigan University is fully operational and now serving industry customers.
Since the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony in October 2002, WMU has finalized all testing phases and recruited an experience staff of technicians.
“The new Western coater,” says Jan Walter, general manager of the University’s paper and printing pilot plants, “provides world-class capabilities to optimize coated paper quality and develop new grades of coated and surface-treated papers. Western has been a leader in papermaking, printing and coating for over half a century. In terms of what we can now offer customers, this takes us to a whole new level.”
The one-meter wide, 4000 fpm (1220 m/min) coater allows rod or blade metering of a short dwell or roll applied coating. The coater configurations include metering size press, pond size press, and both short dwell and roll applicator CIS. In the coater line, following a bank of IR and air flotation dryers, is a tandem four-nip hot soft-nip calender. And the complete coating kitchen is equipped to handle dry and wet materials arriving in bags, drums or totes.

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