The Kadant Blog

Welcome to the Kadant Toolbox, the official blog of Kadant. We know running an efficient operation with a reliable process is what your operational performance relies on, so we put our team to work for you to provide instruction, best practices, and technical know-how. 

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Causes of Yankee Chatter (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1, two major sources of chatter causing vibration were highlighted: chemistry and doctors. In this post, we examine the impact excessive moisture can have on Yankee chatter.

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Are You A Nonwovens Manufacturer?

While many trade associations continue to revise their formal definition of nonwoven materials and fabrics, one thing is for sure: the definitions exclude papermaking. But why? Sure there is market pressure surrounding papermaking that seems to have no effect on the nonwovens industry. But if nonwovens producers distance themselves too far, they risk missing out on the process improving efficiencies developed for and perfected in the pulp and paper industry.

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Chapter 1: Common Definitions in the Tissue Industry

Jargon is used within just about any industry and is often confusing to newcomers. The tissue market is not excluded. The following is a list of common terms and definitions used within the tissue industry by operators, management and vendors.

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Fluid Filtration 101: Understanding the Basics

If you have water or fluid in your process system, it’s likely you have solids build-up. These solids can cause difficulty in the production process. Basic knowledge about particle size measurement, total suspended solids, fluid types, and filtration screen basics is helpful when determining the correct filtration system to implement or when troubleshooting a problematic system.

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Tissue Makers Jazz Up New Orleans

Last week tissue makers and converters from around the globe visited Tissue World in New Orleans, Louisiana. The exhibition and conference, themed Beyond Sustainability – Leading a Culture of Innovation & Responsible Production, offered a variety of opportunities for learning. Speakers covered ways to improve Yankee efficiency and runnability, and technological innovation and energy efficiency in tissue production.  

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Causes of Yankee Chatter (Part 1 of 2)

Chatter on a Yankee is a result of multiple process and mechanical issues in the manufacturing of tissue that cause the doctor blade to skip or flex, and eventually bounce on the dryer surface digging into the metal and leaving chatter marks. Chatter issues have plagued tissue makers for decades, causing substantial losses in production and profitability. When chatter becomes an operational problem and there is need to grind the Yankee to eliminate the defect, expect up to a week of downtime. Surface refinishing is an activity that is costly in labor, lost production, and the grinding service. 

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Chapter 2: Common Definitions in the Tissue Industry

As mentioned in Chapter 1, jargon is used within just about any industry and is often confusing to newcomers. The tissue market is not excluded. The following is a continuation of the list of common terms and definitions published earlier this month used within the tissue industry by operators, management and vendors.

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Most Popular Blog Posts in 2015

2015 was a year of innovation for Kadant, so in case you missed it, these are the top five Kadant Toolbox blog posts from the past year based on popularity.

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Yes, It’s Possible To Effectively Clean a Yankee Dryer

What is the single most expensive and critical piece of equipment in a tissue mill? The Yankee dryer, of course. And when chatter marks and other damage to the Yankee dryer surface are found, they require expensive grinds which can reduce the operating life of this important asset.

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