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RAPID GAINS AT "RAPIDS" WET END

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The management team at NewPage Wisconsin Rapids (Rapids), WI, paper mill continuously searches for ways to improve the sustainability of the mill, ranging from expanding upon local forest certification, reducing water and energy consumption to returning ever-cleaner water to the river. What they are particularity good at is what some refer to as manufacturing-based sustainability, which focuses on maximizing the efficiency of mill processes. According to Tom Haferman, Wisconsin Rapids purchasing manager, it's important for their short and long-term sustainability efforts to be cost effective for production. The Rapids PM 16 team exceeded project objectives for overall cost reduction, maintaining quality of all grades. Equally important, these gains have a direct correlation to sustainability. Wet end starch dosage was decreased in 2010 while internal bond values increased. Properly retaining the starch, and forming a good sheet, delivered improved internal bond, as does lower press moisture. Sheet formation also improved across all grades analyzed, while brightness and opacity showed inconsequential change.

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