FPInnovations, chemical supplier work to understand tissue fundamentals

Canada’s FPInnovations, the University of British Columbia and industry partners say they have developed a tool to better understand tissue softness and the fundamentals of creping.

The industry group is composed of one member company and a strategic research alliance partner (a chemical supplier) from the pulp and paper sector.

The tool will help to optimize tissue-making operations and enhance the performance of tissues, says FPInnovations, for which the collaboration forms part of its five-year tissue strategy.

To date, the team says it has created what is likely the first complete mathematical model of creping. The tool has helped FPInnovations’ papermaking pilot plant staff to understand interrelationships between operational variables.

The tool will also help manufacturers to better manipulate the different elements (chemicals, pulp, blade angles, paper speed, etc.) to produce the exact product grade they want.

More information is available from Jimmy Jong, research leader in the FPInnovations Cellulosic Biomaterials group.

FPInnovations, www.fpinnovations.ca

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