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Cutting-edge technology keeps papermaker rolling

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. - The roar of a paper machine is something to hear. The spray of pulp onto the wire, the rush of air from the dryers - it's the sound of industry.

But it's not the only sound.

If you want to hear the sounds of the paper industry moving forward, walk down the line a bit at Stora Enso's No. 16 paper machine compl......

Full article >>> throughout the converting plant, guided by an in-ground system of wires. The wires might be antiquated compared to today's laser- and RF-guided systems, but nevertheless do what the company needs done - move paper efficiently.

The AGVs represent the vanguard of the mill's high-tech revolution, which began in earnest in 1992 when the mill still was owned by Consolidated Papers.


Full article >>> mill that he declined to name, no humans are allowed to enter the warehouses. Robots move the paper to ensure no human error either in handling or storage to the high-end papers produced there.

IT also saves inventory-tracking time. Before the IT Revolution of '92, mill personnel overbooked trucks because they knew inventory records would be that far off. Today, the surprise comes when so......

Full article >>> e jobs," Slovensky said. "The issue is to survive."

Ironically it is the workers who make the most of the automation the company buys. One example is a lowly monochrome monitor in the middle of the mill's staging and loading dock. The monitor gives the forklift operators who designed it a snapshot of all the loads on the dock - three picks remaining for a load headed to Michigan, a driver......

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