Neenah starts up new ProJet tail cutter and deckle cutter at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, paper mill that produces specialty paper grades on 160-inch-wide machine with frequent deckle changes; systems minimize paper loss, improve efficiency

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August 22, 2022 (press release) –

ProJet, Meerssen, Netherlands have successfully started up 1 Tail & Deckle Cutter at Neenah Paper in Stevens Point, Wi. ProJet fully supported the customer and a joint successful commissioning of the systems was achieved. Neenah is producing Specialty Paper Grades on a 160 in. wide machine with very frequent deckle changes. Neenah selected ProJet as preferred supplier because ProJet’s Tail & Deckle Cutter excels in quality, reliability and user-friendliness.

After careful installation of the Tail Cutter, detailed task planning for all teams involved, numerous checks on all safety aspects, ProJet’s expertise helped to complete the commissioning quickly. The engineers conducted a number of installations, hardware and I/O checks, after which start-up was just “plug and play”, thanks to the user-friendly ProJet system, according to all teams involved.

ProJet’s Tail & Deckle Cutter has the following features:

  • Automated trim removal before the couch and size press
  •  Eliminates changing deckle widths of suction and press rolls
  •  Substantial savings in drying energy possible if trim is removed at the wet-end instead of after the reel 

This leads to the following benefits:

  • Adjusting the paper width to cross directional shrink => Minimum paper loss at pope roller
  • Parameter feedback: “End of production run” or “All parameters ready to go for new production run” => Unproductive time between production runs is minimized.
  • Setting the Tail width => Quickest possible adjustments.
  • Choosing the position of the Tail => Best position of the press rolls or press felts
  • Choice for dual speed => Optimal speed for “Go to full width” and thus minimizing the risk for sheet breaks.
  •             => Highest possible speed at “Cut off” and thus reducing scrap to a minimum.
  • Remote control => Operating personnel does not need to wait at the forming section during tail transfer=> reduction of labor​​​​​​​

ROI calculator:

ProJet understands that each client application is unique. For that reason, ProJet developed an automated ROI-calculator that will be applied to each application and produced paper grade. By contacting or ProJet will perform a no-charge ROI calculation of any Forming Fabric, Press Felt or Dryer Fabric application. After inputting the process parameters provided by customers, they will be provided with a ROI-Analysis of each specific application and investment justification.

ProJet is represented by Card Holdings. Lance Card and Jeff Johnson have been assisting the Canadian paper industry for the last 30 years, striving to help US Paper mills gear up and adopt technology driven productions. Card has been bringing new and latest technology to the US paper mills, which has a direct influence on paper quality and machine run ability.

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