LGMI has been talking about plastic pipe for nearly six years. Last year, we suggested plastic headboxes. Already, plastics are used in doctor blades, table foil blades and fabrics. Some of these applications have been more successful than others. For more, click this link!See More
After listening to the Safety Show '15, I have come to the conclusion we install way too many platforms and ladders in the modern mill. Think about it. At one time, we needed platforms and ladders to see what was going on in the process. Today, with sensors and cameras, those precarious high elevation trips are only needed for maintenance. And…See More
On 17 March 15, Pulp & Paper Radio International will debut a program six months in the making, "The Safety Show '15." You will find from this program how poor the industry's safety record really is. Can the Light Green Machine Institute's principles help improve this record? Absolutely--for any piece of equipment that does not exist cannot be a source of injury (think of all the discussion we have had on installed spares). Further, any piece of equipment that can be made lighter in weight…See More
Last week, I said we were going to finish up the current series on installed spares. As the politicians say today, "I misspoke." In our straightforward language, that means I lied--I am no politician.I got to thinking about some of the practices I have seen over the years which keep bringing me back to this topic.For, click here.See More
Let's finish up our mini-series on spares by talking about the quality excuse. Remember, our overall objective is to reduce the installed weight of pulp and paper making facilities, which, in turn, reduces capital and operating costs. Read more...See More
Researchers at the University of Rochester have discovered a laser etching pattern that can be applied to metal surfaces which prevents water from wetting the surface. Read this week's LGMI Weekly.See More
Later this year, we will be holding the 6th Annual Light Green Machine Institute Conference. It will be at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, starting the evening of 20 Oct 2015. Please put it on your calendar. However, what we need from you right now is your thoughts about this conference, either as a presenter or attendee. We'll tell you how to provide that input just a bit further down this column. Second, and this is a far out idea, the kind you have come to expect from the…See More
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