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Week of 20 March 2017: When we were younger, when things were simpler
Week of 20 March 2017: When we were younger, when things were simpler

Today we spend lots of time talking about predictive, preventive maintenance and have all sorts of seminars and software to manage this. There is no excuse for not having a strong predictive, preventive maintenance program. But can it all come down to something as simple as proper care of bearings?

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Week of 13 March 2017: Maintenance Storerooms
Week of 13 March 2017: Maintenance Storerooms

If you have read my thoughts on maintenance storerooms over the years, you will accuse me of having been all over the place, and you will be correct. At one time, I adopted the attitude that everyone should do what they were best at doing, and in the case of paper mills, this was making paper, so they should outsource storerooms. I still think this is good for small consumables and specialized repairs (such as roll repairs and recovering). However, for other items, such as pump assemblies, screens, motors and so forth, keep your own--but take care of them. This philosophy certainly applies for existing papermills (but read to the end)...

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Week of 6 March 2017: Maintenance
Week of 6 March 2017: Maintenance "Costs"

We have been conditioned to think maintenance is a cost and unscheduled maintenance is acceptable. There is no basis for this logic; it is just a rumor passed around from board room to board room. It is time for your senior management to take a long hard look at the numbers, not the traditions...

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Week of 27 Feb 2017: Future jobs in transportation
Week of 27 Feb 2017: Future jobs in transportation

We have spent the entire month talking about driverless trucks, drones, robots and so forth. So what is in the future for humans in this scenario?

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Week of 20 Feb 2017: Deadheading Drones
Week of 20 Feb 2017: Deadheading Drones

We have heard a lot about drones delivering packages, but not so much about the return flights--there will be a lot of deadheading going on. Can this wasted transportation resource be put to good use?

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Week of 13 Feb 2017: Rethinking local transportation needs
Week of 13 Feb 2017: Rethinking local transportation needs

While last week I was talking about long distance transportation of pulp by pipelines, let's look at what should be done locally, given the current state of technology...

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Week of 6 Feb 2017: What has changed? What is new?
Week of 6 Feb 2017: What has changed? What is new?

This is transportation month at Paperitalo Publications. This week, we discuss trucks and pipelines...

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Week of 30 Jan 2017: Keeping Capital Project Costs Low
Week of 30 Jan 2017: Keeping Capital Project Costs Low

There are a number of actions by mill owners that drive up the costs of capital projects. We'll wrap up this month by touching on these...

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Week of 23 Jan 2017: What you don't know about your capital project
Week of 23 Jan 2017: What you don't know about your capital project

Construction projects are complicated, even the little ones. I can guarantee you that you can watch a five-million-dollar project all day long for its entire duration and you won't know half of what happened, not half the interactions that occurred over its duration. There is one contemporary and one post completion test you can do...

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Anthony Pratt urges California to lift its agricultural output
Anthony Pratt urges California to lift its agricultural output

Anthony Pratt has challenged America's most populous state to double the value of its food exports to more than $40 billion annually as his company prepares to build its first hi-tech box plant in California.

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Capital Arguments for January 2017
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Week of 16 Jan 2017: Why mills lose at capital projects
Week of 16 Jan 2017: Why mills lose at capital projects

In addition to the fantasyland I referenced last week, there are other issues in capital projects that are landmines...

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BillerudKorsnäs getting new board machine in Gruvön, Sweden
BillerudKorsnäs getting new board machine in Gruvön, Sweden

BillerudKorsnäs has awarded Voith with a fully equipped XcelLine board machine. The machine with a design speed of 1.200 m/min producing liquid packaging board, carton board, food service board and white kraft liner will be one of the largest board machines of its kind.

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Oji to add another Aussie plant for food packaging
Oji to add another Aussie plant for food packaging

Oji Holdings will construct a new Australian plant for food-grade cardboard boxes made from pulp, rather than recycled paper, for supply to local meat processors and farmers.

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First Quality Tissue to expand its operations in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
First Quality Tissue to expand its operations in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

First Quality Tissue, LLC a manufacturer of ultra-premium towel and tissue products, will expand its operations in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, a move that will create 184 new jobs.

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Week of 9 Jan 2017: Lawyers and Capital Projects
Week of 9 Jan 2017: Lawyers and Capital Projects

Having been in the industry for over forty years and having written my fair share of expert witness reports, I can tell you that major capital projects (over, say, USD 5 million) are more likely to end up in court than not. This does not have to be. OK, Jim, you say this does not have to be, then why does it happen? There are two or three conditions that cause construction court cases. They come up repeatedly...

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Week of 2 Jan 2017: Capital Projects are about to change
Week of 2 Jan 2017: Capital Projects are about to change

If you have been doing capital projects for only a few years, I think some surprises are just around the corner. Here is my assessment of where we are headed, assuming some natural or human-caused cataclysmic event does not occur...

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Capital Arguments for December 2016
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Capital Arguments for November 2016
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China's CAMC Engineering plans to invest in a new Finnish pulp mill
China's CAMC Engineering plans to invest in a new Finnish pulp mill

Boreal Bioref Oy, a new Finnish company, said on Thursday it had signed a letter of intent with China's CAMC Engineering over an investment in a new 780-million euro ($836 million) pulp mill project.

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Hood Container installing new equipment at St. Francisville paper mill
Hood Container installing new equipment at St. Francisville paper mill

Hood Container of Louisiana is installing new equipment at its St. Francisville paper manufacturing facility in a $61 million project that will add 10 jobs with an average salary of $51,450, plus benefits.

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Ashdown Mill Celebrates Startup of Fluff Pulp Machine
Ashdown Mill Celebrates Startup of Fluff Pulp Machine

Domtar's Ashdown Mill will mark a new day in the mill and company's history on Nov. 3, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the startup of a newly converted fluff pulp machine.

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Capital Arguments for October 2016
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Södra inaugurates new pulp mill in Sweden
Södra inaugurates new pulp mill in Sweden

Södra's new pulp mill in Värö was officially inaugurated on Friday 30 September.

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Tranlin hires engineer for paper mill
Tranlin hires engineer for paper mill

Chinese-owned Tranlin Inc. is taking a major step to proceed with its planned, $2 billion pulp mill.

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Capital Arguments for September 2016
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Toscotec dryer section rebuild successfully starts up at Sonoco Alcore mill in Italy
Toscotec dryer section rebuild successfully starts up at Sonoco Alcore mill in Italy

A Toscotec dryer section rebuild has been successfully started up at the Sonoco Alcore paper mill in Ciriè-Torino, Italy.

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Week of 25 January 2016: When Capital Projects Fail
Week of 25 January 2016: When Capital Projects Fail

Failure takes many forms--the budget was too low, the schedule was wrong, training was poor, markets were not as predicted and on and on and on. However, I have never seen a project fail badly if it had a good design basis...

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Week of 18 January 2016: Assets--the intended results of Capital Projects
Week of 18 January 2016: Assets--the intended results of Capital Projects

I once worked for a company that was proud of its capital projects and how the completion of such projects added to the assets of the company. The next company I worked for was proud of its return on investment (ROI) and had a philosophy of investing as little as possible in capital projects, for such investments drove down the ROI. This seems like a conundrum, but there are always other details that need to be explained to understand such matters...

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Week of 11 January 2016: Capital Projects are serious business--not fiction
Week of 11 January 2016: Capital Projects are serious business--not fiction

Capital projects consist of three elements--money, time, and space. Getting two out of three right is not too hard. Getting all three correct is like bowling a perfect game.

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Week of 4 January 2016: Welcome to January--especially those of you with new capital projects
Week of 4 January 2016: Welcome to January--especially those of you with new capital projects

A new year, and it is capital projects month on the Paperitalo Editorial Calendar. In my nearly forty-six years in this industry, I have seen capital projects from all sides. I have seen so many projects, from the truly frightful to shining examples, that I could write a book. In fact, I did. ... I want to start this month's columns with a slightly different slant. I want to begin by talking about the relationship between suppliers and owners.

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