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Maritime Paper Products installs EFI Escada Packaging Control System


December 2, 2020
By PrintAction Staff

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Maritime Paper Products, a 90-year-old company in the corrugated manufacturing and printing space, has invested in an EFI Escada Corrugator Control System to drive productivity, reduce waste and improve its carbon footprint.

“We convert a full range of corrugated products throughout our three manufacturing plants and the corrugator is the driver of our performance,” said Mark Doyle, Maritime Paper’s manager of capital projects and equipment. “We continuously review all opportunities to improve quality and up time and the EFI Escada system was on our radar for a long time. It has the best reporting system and the best closed-loop system.”

The investment includes Escada Profile, a recipe-based process control management system with closed loop warp control to produce the highest-quality boards consistently, at optimum speeds. The company also purchased Escada Syncro 7 to manage the corrugator “wet end” control functions automatically to allow the dry end to achieve maximum output. Escada Syncro 7 manages automatic and synchronized splicing, bridge volume control and web breakages to ensure minimal machine downtime and waste.

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These investments will allow Maritime Paper to reduce its manual operations with increased automation. Although the system will be installed at the company’s Dartmouth, Nova Scotia operation, but will also drive efficiencies at the company’s printing and converting facilities in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Moncton, New Brunswick.

“Our number-one goal is to reduce waste, not just in paper but in overall operational efficiency. We estimate our waste reduction with Escada will be more than 10 per cent. With better process control we can increase speed and push up time on our corrugator and run a more sustainable operation with benefits that trickle down to every area of the company,” said Sheldon Gouthro, the company’s president and CEO.