The operational advantage of being cool

I asked Mike, Sales manager at Feltest, to write something about his latest sales success. He was more than happy to tell me about his new connections with Japan. So this is what happened.

 

In close cooperation with our trusted manufacturer of the Hydrogel ™ BodyCooling vest and Feltest sales representative Mr. Toshimichi Hashimoto from the company IGT Testing Systems K.K. in Chiba-ken, we have sold 1.000 Feltest BodyCooling vests to the Japanese Paper mills of OJI Paper, a business line of OJI Holdings Cooperation.

 

The journey started with Mr. Hashimoto showing some product samples of the vests to the decision makers at various OJI Paper mills.
Seeing is believing. No, testing is believing! After testing the Feltest BodyCooling vests, the OJI Paper mills were more than convinced that the benefits of the BodyCooling vests would contribute to a safer working environment for the paper machine operators in their factories.

 

They were over the moon and experienced immediately the benefits:
1. Less dehydration; better concentration
2. Simple to activate and reusable many times
3. Brings cooling for a full working day; remains in standby for days!

 
Of course there are much more reasons to use the body cooling vest. Let me point them out for you.
Working in or around hot paper machines is dangerous for both the production and maintenance crews; safety is a HOT topic. Prevent heat stress situations and wear an iced vest!

 

Heat stress, disturbed balance
Extreme heat conditions disturb the balance in the human body: heat causes dizziness, dehydration, lower endurance levels and concentration loss; all serious health and safety risks. The Feltest BodyCooling vest contains a patented hydrogel that uses body heat to evaporate water; this effectively cools down the body.

 

 

Heat Stress & Safety
Avoid unnecessary heat stress during unplanned downtime, feeding the paper tail, working at hot positions. The Feltest BodyCooling vest provides effective cooling for a full working day. After activation, the vest remains in standby (when stored in a refrigerator) for about a week. Instant cooling when you need it!
Please contact Sales Manager Mike Peeters for more information about the Feltest BodyCooling vests and how to buy!

I wish you a warm summer with lot’s of cooling with our body cooling vests!
Marcel Lensvelt


Would you like to learn more about the company’s involved in this successful sales project?

About our agent: IGT Testing Systems K.K.
IGT Testing Systems Co., Ltd. started as a graphic technology research and development institution in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1939 (TNO). Currently, I am working as a testing equipment maker (private enterprise). We have greatly increased the number of papermaking and pulp machines and testing machines handled!


About our customer: Oji Holdings Corporation
The major lines of business are Industrial Materials (Boxboard, Packaging Materials and Containerboard, Folding Cartons, Paper Bags and Corrugated Containers), Household and Consumer Products (Tissue, Toilet Tissue, Paper Diapers, Wet Wipes), Functional Materials (Imaging media, Specialty paper, Adhesive products, Functional film), Forest Resources and Environment Marketing (Lumber, Pulp, Energy), Printing and Communications Media (Newsprint, Printing and writing paper, Communications paper).
The overseas activities of Oji Group began in the 1970s with the establishment of a pulp production operation in Brazil, since then, they have continually expanded overseas operations.

The Oji Group has grown into a global company group with diversified businesses and overseas sales ratio of over 25%, with the management philosophy of “Creation of Innovative Values”, “Contribution to Future and the World”, and “Harmony with Nature and Society”. In the midst of the recent drastically and rapidly changing business environment, Oji reaffirms its commitment towards being a manufacturing company that meets the ever-changing needs of the times and supports our future. Oji Group will continue advancing forward, aiming towards the development of a sustainable society.

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How to determine if your press felt needs replacing

In the Netherlands we have a saying, ‘meten is weten’, which literally translates to ‘measuring is knowing’. I guess we Dutchies like to analyze before we act. And basically, it says it all when it comes to the maintenance of your paper machine and its components.

 
While I consider press felts to be the most complicated piece of machine clothing there is, measuring its permeability doesn’t necessarily have to be. It doesn’t even have to be expensive for that matter. Determining what course of action to take when you’ve discovered something’s wrong? That’s something
 
Our product of the month: the AirSpeed/2 monitors the permeability of the press felts in your paper machine. The AirSpeed/2 will tell you whether the felt is too open, too dense or just right. We won’t bore you with the technicalities. We’ve got a handy brochure about the AirSpeed/2 for that.

 
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NEW! The new carbon telescopic rod and the new measuring head for both slotted and perforated Uhle boxes!
 

 
 
If you already use the Airspeed/2 and would like to experience the advantages of the new measurement head, please contact me.

 

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How measuring felt thickness revolutionized nip dewatering

How it all started!
 
The Caliper Profiler was Feltest’s first product ever. Actually, it was the spark that started the founding of Feltest as a company!

Back in the 1980’s my father, Nick Lensvelt, was a felt application engineer for one of the world’s leading Paper Machine Clothing manufacturers. In those days the performance of press felts was judged only by looking at the sheet. After installation, felt properties were no longer measured or monitored; nobody really knew what was happening once the felt was running.

 

The introduction of nip dewatering

It were also the days that grooved press rolls were introduced: the introduction of nip dewatering! With nip dewatering a new question arose: why do felts have a startup or break-in period? My father has a very analytical background and not only wanted to see WHAT happened with the felt, but he also wanted to understand WHY. The only tools available, the Scanpro© Jetmem and the vacuum level on the Uhle box, where not giving him the information he needed to solve this puzzle.

 

The first in measuring thickness of felts

designed an instrument that could accurately measure the thickness of a running felt. With its pistol-like handgrip it drew quite a bit of attention.

 

 

With the new information the instrument supplied, it became very clear to Nick Lensvelt that the mid-nip caliper is an extremely important felt property. He started designing thinner felts that generated more nip dewatering, higher sheet dryness and shorter break-in periods. The productivity of the paper machines increased considerably!

 

In the early nineties Nick Lensvelt accepted a position with another PMC manufacturer. This new company had no intention to start manufacturing measuring gear as well, so it was agreed that Nick Lensvelt would manufacture it himself and the company would buy it from him. With all his experience from the first model, Nick Lensvelt started sketching an improved version and asked me to do the engineering work. Nick Lensvelt and I still had to think of a name for our new established company. I didn’t lose much sleep over that: the instrument is developed for a “felt test”, but then a bit more stylish, so “FelTest” is what it became!

 

measuring felt

 

The first Feltest Caliper Gauge was sold in 1992

In 1992 we supplied the first instrument to this European PMC supplier and, as they say, the rest is history. Nowadays Feltest has sold hundreds of pieces of the classic Caliper Gauge and today’s Caliper Profiler all over the world. Nick Lensvelt’s bright idea, back in the eighties, for sure contributed to the success of the concept of nip dewatering felts. It enabled Nick Lensvelt and many other felt application engineers over the world to study the effect of felt compaction and to differentiate compaction from contamination (for more details on this, check out the whitepapers or watch my most recent presentation).

 

The Caliper Profiler as foundation of quality measurement today

For me personally, designing the caliper gauge in 1992 was the start of successful cooperation with my dad that lasted over a decade. It was the start Feltest Equipment BV, today offering a wide range of innovative products to satisfied customers in over 70 countries.

The Feltest Caliper Profiler is a unique and high quality product based on decades of innovation, which enables papermakers to make fact based decisions and to get the best possible performance of their press felts!

 

This makes the Caliper Profiler for sure the first Product of the Month. So if you want to reduce the break-in period or increase the felt life, get your quote here.

 

 

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Back in the USA, up to Panama

It’s always great to visit ‘the States’, this time to give a presentation at the Papercon conference (in Charlotte, NC). The conference is the biggest event in North America. My trip started quite stormy and it was not Stormy Daniels.

No! It was my first tornado. What a force of nature, very impressive. After quick adjustment to the climate I headed straight to the conference hall. Next time I really should plan extra time for some site seeing, the area is beautiful. The conference hall looked as you would expect: solid and well equipped. Entering the building, there was a big area for booths and more than 50 adjacent rooms for presentations. This substantial amount of space is needed, because the comprehensive program contained more than two hundred non-commercial presentations and technical meetings. This is what makes the Papercon conference really interesting: openly sharing available knowledge amongst peers.

 

 

A new trend?
During the exhibition hours, when I was at the Feltest booth, I met interesting people from the American paper industry. It seems that the attitude towards free service measurements from Paper Machine Clothing suppliers is slowly shifting towards a more independent position. Papermakers still appreciate all the efforts and knowledge they receive from the experienced service engineers, but at the same time they also realize that “there ain’t such thing as a free lunch”. Several mills from groups like Domtar, PCA and UPM are already doing several standard measurements themselves and call in the supplier’s service engineers for more complex analysis. This is a trend I fully believe in – not completely coincidentally it was the subject of my presentation at Papercon 2015.

Close to the end of the event, I was able to present my paper on judging the felt permeability on running paper machines. In this presentation I made my case that as a papermaker you can avoid production loss and achieve a better operational result by measuring felt permeability on a regular basis. With the Airspeed and the Caliper Profiler we offer specific solutions to support these objectives. If you were not there, you can watch my presentation here. If you have any questions or remarks, please share your thoughts with me!

Share your felt related challenges and watch the presentation for free?
From June 20th to 22nd I will be presenting the same whitepaper I presented in the US on judging the felt permeability during the Latam Paper event in Panama City. It is a new type of event of in total two days, focusing on papermakers from all over Latin America with technical presentations.

Check the presentation I gave earlier and let me know if you recognize my observations in your production environment. It would be great if you would share your specific challenges and any additional comments with me. It would enable me to use new and actual cases in my next presentation. Of course I will reach out to you and give personal advice to return the favor.

 

Attending the Latam Paper event is only possible through invitation – if you are a Latin American papermaker and you would like to attend, just contact me through email: marcel.lensvelt@feltest.com

 

 

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Let’s meet at Conferences & Exhibitions worldwide

Do you agree that there is no substitute for meeting eachother in person? Especially when you can talk about your business: improving the paper making process. That’s why I actively participate in conferences and exhibitions for the paper industry.

 

It feels good to notice that “the industry” appreciates my experience in optimizing the performance of Paper Machine Clothing. Conferences give me the opportunity to share my vision with papermakers worldwide, who have several easy options to improve their runnability.

 

I’m looking forward to see you in the following conferences and exhibitions:

 

April 15-18, Papercon in Charlotte, NC, USA.
Marcel Lensvelt will give a presentation on measuring felt permeability; booth 735

• April 25-26, Pulp Paper World Forum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Marcel Lensvelt will give his vision on the interaction between paper makers and their clothing suppliers.

• June 20-22, Latam Paper in Panama City, Panama.
Marcel Lensvelt will give a presentation on measuring felt permeability; booth 735.

• August 29-31, China Paper Exhibition in Shanghai, China.
Mike Peeters will be present on booth A201 of Kandas International.

• October 23-25, ABTCP in São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Feltest will exhibit at booth 56

A Dutchman in Japan

Feltest has customers in approx. 75 countries, but for a long time Japan was a bit of a blind spot. When I started working with Mr. Toshi Hashimoto of IGT Systems KK as a new representative, this was an excellent reason to visit Japan and explore a bit of its pulp & paper industry.  Japan has the 3rd largest economy in the world and also the P&P industry is considerable with its approx. 150 mills (USA: 400, Brazil: 200, Germany: 165). With this in mind, I was a bit surprised by the scale of Japan Tappi event. I more-or-less expected to see a big, high-tech designed exhibition area. But no such thing. The exhibition was actually quite minimalistic; two large halls full with long lines of uniform table-tops where companies presented their products & services. Especially the Body Cooling Vest which avoids dehydration, attracted a lot of interest. The Japanese take health and safety very serious.

 

 

As 99% of the participants and visitors came from Japan, everything was in Japanese. This introduced some new challenges to me, even simple things like finding the restrooms! With the help of Mr. Hashimoto, it was possible to have good conversations with Japanese papermakers and Paper Machine Clothing suppliers. Because at the end of day, paper is made the same way all over the globe, including all the challenges papermakers are facing every day. With my Dutch mindset it took a while to adjust, I truly appreciate Japan for its modest spirit, its minimalistic design and its focus on quality. My first acquaintance with Japan was a good one!

 

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Feltest Strategy 2018 to improve the performance of Paper Machine Clothing

Dear Feltest Customer,

The famous Dutch soccer player Johan Cruijff once cryptically said that “every disadvantage has its advantage.” He was right. When I started Feltest early in 2008, just before the biggest recession in modern times, my timing was certainly a disadvantage. I felt the only way to survive was to create superb value for money. This turned out to be an important advantage and now Feltest can celebrate its first ten-year anniversary!

The Feltest team recently conducted a Customer Satisfaction survey (thanks to all who participated!). I’m happy to say the survey confirmed that you truly appreciate the efforts of the Feltest team. You are pleased with our customer service and take satisfaction in the quality of our products. Ambitious as we are, this only encourages us to do even better in 2018.

In order to serve you better, we will improve our communication on how to get the best of your Feltest product. This year you may expect from Feltest:

• Additional white papers on how to improve the performance of Paper Machine Clothing;
• Videos on how to get the best of Feltest instruments;
• Useful information and product support when you purchase an instrument;
• and much more…

Not every mill utilizes all the benefits of what a small investment can do to improve their runnability and bottom line. By smartly using all of our instruments they can gain a major advantage on those who do not, or at least hardly, measure themselves. Although Feltest has a wide range of products, our focus lies with the measuring instruments that bring mills increased production, like the new TensioPlus.

This brings me to product development. I have learned that this is a slow and hard-to-predict process. In the past I have gotten a little carried away, announcing the introduction dates of new products, but now I will not fall into that trap again. I’m happy to say that our development processes are now more structured than ever; later this year we will be adding a new member to our team, so it wouldn’t surprise me if…. Oops, I almost did it again!

As an independent partner of the Paper Industry, Feltest will continue to help you to optimize Paper Machine Clothing with knowledge and original, easy-to-use products in 2018. Expect a myriad of helpful information and different beneficial proposals. We will do everything we can to support your business to reach its full potential. Let’s stay in touch!

Can’t wait to discuss the operational and financial benefits of our instruments for your machine? Book a timeslot in my calender now

Sincerely,
Marcel

PS – See all of our products in a glance on product overview

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Feltest exhibits in China, 13-15 September 2017.

China Paper ExhibitionAfter some years of absence, Feltest is now back on China’s most important exhibition for the Pulp & Paper Industry: the China International Paper Technology Exhibition (CIPTE). On booth A4608 both Paper Machine Clothing expert Mr. Marcel Lensvelt and Feltest’s Chinese partner Kandas International will be present all three days.

Visit booth A4608 and see how Feltest helps to maximize runnability

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April 23-26, 2017: Papercon in Minneapolis, MN

In the spring Papercon returns to the Midwest again. Come and meet Marcel at booth 544!  (more…)

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Sharing knowledge: the Feltest white papers

Felts and fabrics are complex products that have a huge influence on the machine’s runnability. Understanding your Paper Machine Clothing is therefore vital for any paper maker. On the Feltest website you can download several white papers that (more…)

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Feltest implements SAP

Last year January Feltest relocated to a new, beautiful premises in Eerbeek and now the internal processes are getting a boost: Feltest is implementing the SAP Business One ERP software.

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LINKEDIN GROUP FOR PMC PROS

Join the Paper Machine Clothing Professionals group on LinkedIn. Anyone dealing with Paper Machine Clothing is invited to join this group. PMC Sales & Service Engineers, paper mill Production Managers, anyone with questions or knowledge on wires, fabrics, felts and canvas is welcome to join!

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