Kemira donates crepe simulator unit toNorth Carolina State University

MAXCESS, OKLAHOMACity, OK, a producerof products and services for web handling applications, says its Fife DST-1object-recognition sensor usesstate-of-the-art technology toguide the most challenging materials that other sensors cannot recognize.

Kemira, a global chemicals company servingcustomers in water intensive industries, recently donated a pilot-scale tissue crepe simulator (CS) unit to the Dept. of Forest Biomaterialsat North Carolina State University in Raleigh,NC. Kemira also provided the university withan operational licence on intellectual propertyand related know-how including US patentsand publications.

“The donation of the pilot machine allowsNC State the opportunity to further expand itscommitment in advanced tissue research anddevelopment in the fields of fiber types, fibertreatments, crepe chemistry, and process impacton sheet quality attributes,” says Clayton Campbell, responsible for Global Tissue Business Development at Kemira. “We look forward tocollaborating closely with NC State in drivingnew innovation in the fields of fiber performance, enhanced sheet properties such asstrength and softness, and advanced crepingtechnology.”

The CS unit, one-of-a kind in the world, operates at up to 10 metres per second(600m/min) and has the ability to adjust multiple operating parameters such as Yankee dryermetallurgy and temperatures, crepe blade andholder angle, and pressures.

“The addition of the CS unit to our TissuePack Innovation Lab … will further our mission to build an industry-oriented research consortium on tissue to make a long-lastingimpact,” says Dr. Lokendra Pal, associate professor, Dept. of Forest Biomaterials and co-director of the Tissue Pack Innovation Lab at NCState. “It will also help us to expand undergraduate awareness of the important of tissue manufacture. We’re grateful for Kemira and itsinvestment as a partner in supporting the growing tissue and personal care industry.”

Kemira Oy, www.kemira.com

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