January 15, 2022
Dimensioning Machinery

Was in a situation recently where I was checking others calculations for production on a potential new project.

Marketing had stated the grades they wished to produce, from a basis weight point of view and as a percentage of annual tonnage. The engineers had dimensioned a machine to produce the annual tonnage.

The calculations are quite simple arithmetic, barely algebra.

It came down to producing a different mix than required by marketing or producing less tons per year.

No one could believe it and I had to do quite a bit of persuasion, but the numbers are the numbers.

Make sure your equipment can do what you promise it can.

What is your opinion? Drop me a line at jim.thompson@ipulpmedia.com. I would like to hear from you.

Young Engineering Manager of the Year, call for nominations

We are looking for an individual who has done an extraordinary project, one that almost defies belief. Its extraordinary features can be schedule, technology, cost or all three. There is an age limit on the manager eligible for this award: they must be under 35 years old when they completed the project.
We have often gotten nominees that go something like this, "I nominate Joe because he has done a great job of running our engineering department for the last fifteen years." Quite frankly, we are not interested in such nominees.
However, if you know someone who has led a very exceptional project in the recent past (the last two or three years) and meets our age requirement, we want to know about it. We want to honor them and hold them up as an example for Engineering Managers in every pulp and paper mill around the world.
Just send your nomination, with as much details as you can provide, to jim.thompson@ipulpmedia.com. We will seriously consider it.
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Please write when we tickle your brain cells! Email jthompson@taii.com