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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Steam Hammer in Continuous Casting of Steel

Continuous casting of steel is the process where molten steel is solidified into a semi-finished billet, bloom, or slab for subsequent rolling in the finishing mills. Effective water cooling of continuous casting rolls is critical. Any drop in water pressure, even from a leaking hose, can result in reduced water flow causing water to remain in the rolls longer than recommended.

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Reduce Curling with Paper Moisture Control

During the paper manufacturing process, many scientific processes are manipulated to control the physical properties of the paper such as weight, thickness, color, strength, and moisture. While most of these variables remain fixed after the paper is made, the moisture content begins to change almost immediately.

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Yankee and MG Dryer Efficiency Explored at Tissue Clinic

Kadant Solutions Division recently hosted the Tissue and MG Machine Optimization Clinic where participants had the opportunity to learn best-in-class practices from various process experts and identify new ways of viewing Yankee dryer optimization.

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Product Evolution in Effective Water and Fiber Recovery

During the past four decades, Kadant has supplied over 1,000 gravity and vacuum-assisted strainers to the pulp and paper industry. As the pulp and paper industry evolved, the need for a product with the advantages of traditional strainers that incorporated higher reliability, a simple design, and less maintenance was recognized.

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Doctoring Tips from the Experts

I had the opportunity to sit down with Jon Olszak and Mike Six, regional applications managers for doctoring, to discuss doctor blade tips and applications for the pulp and paper industry. Jon and Mike have over 35 years of doctoring and rolling cleaning experience.

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Steam, Paper Drying, and the Bottom Line

Because energy drives the papermaking process, steam is found in many energy streams in a paper mill. Steam is used to cook fibers for improved sheet strength, heat stock for improved drainage, heat process air for ventilation, heat dryers to dry paper, and selectively heat the web for improved gloss and smoothness.

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MP Hygiene Successfully Trials Ceramic Tip Creping Blade

MP Hygiene, now in its fourth generation of ownership, recently seized the leadership position for hand towels in France. This fully integrated tissue maker and converter provides paper and non-woven wipes, disposable safety products, and hand cleaners for automotive, janitorial, medical, and food processing industries.

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Vibration Monitoring in Tissue Manufacturing

One of the most dreaded words uttered in a tissue manufacturing facility is “chatter”. The thought of Yankee chatter makes many vendors, suppliers, and operators queasy. As tissue mill technology has evolved with improved controls, hardware, drives, clothing, and chemistry, Yankee speeds have increased leading to production limitations of the asset.

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Ceramic Tip Creping Blade Exceeds Tissue Manufacturer’s Expectations

According to Jack Allen, Kadant’s tissue applications manager, “tissue creping is an operation near the end of the tissue manufacturing process where bulk, stretch, absorbency, and softness are created in the tissue. Tissue creping is vitally important when these characteristics are key attributes of the final product. Technically, everything can be a factor and affect the tissue creping process.”

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