The Kadant Blog

Welcome to the Kadant Toolbox, the official blog of Kadant. We know running an efficient operation with a reliable process is what your operational performance relies on, so we put our team to work for you to provide instruction, best practices, and technical know-how. 

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Continuous Blade Systems = Quick Roi

What do food, chemicals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and tobacco have in common with the paper towels sitting on your kitchen counter? The answer lies in how they are manufactured.

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Tissue Creping: An Interview with Jack Allen

I sat down with Kadant’s Jack Allen, tissue applications manager, to better understand the tissue creping process and unique industry challenges. Jack’s work at Kadant focuses primarily on providing training to sales and service associates about the chemistry used in tissue manufacturing and supporting field trials of the new CeraEdge™ creping blade.

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Fabric and Roll Cleaning Pilot Plant Provides Useful Trial Insights

The papermaker is faced with many challenges when trying to keep fabrics and roll covers clean. Contaminants are deposited and consequently forced into the void volume of fabrics, reducing permeability, creating holes in the sheet, and other runnability issues. In addition, deposits on roll surfaces cause picking or sheet marking.

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Does your vacuum breaker experience sporadic periods of chattering and spit out condensate?

A newly installed steam injection water heater with a ½” vacuum breaker was experiencing sporadic periods where the vacuum breaker chattered rapidly and “spit out” condensate. Once the water heater reached its set point, the chattering stopped and did not reappear for hours. Chatter will eventually destroy the cage that holds the spring and ball-check in place on the vacuum breaker.

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Celebrating 100 Years of TAPPI at PaperCon 2015

PaperCon, organized by TAPPI, is the largest annual pulp and paper technical program in the world. This year PaperCon is coming to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme “100 Years: A Century of Achievement” sets the stage for the program topics and speakers. The 100 year TAPPI celebration will be prevalent throughout PaperCon, including the Centennial Celebration Gala and special keynote speaker AfterBurner, featuring a “top gun” fighter pilot.

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Eight Steps to Avoid Trim Squirt Nozzle Buildup and Improve Sheet Edges

Minimizing wet end breaks due to poorly designed trim squirt systems will increase machine efficiency and productivity. This includes avoiding buildup on the trim squirt nozzles above the sheet. The following steps can help minimize buildups and improve sheet edge finishing.

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Doctor Blade Removal Made Easy and Safe

Removing doctor blades can be a challenging task. The function of a doctor blade is to scrape glues, wood pitch, stickies, and fibers from rolls. These materials work into the blade holder to complicate blade removal.

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Nanotechnology Blade Breakthrough Follows Call for Step Change in Performance

Five years ago our CEO, Jon Painter, brought the Kadant R&D teams together with a mission in mind: he encouraged step change technologies vs. incremental gains. For my team in the UK, this meant a revolutionary step forward for doctoring. Blades tougher than steel. Blades capable of withstanding brutal contaminated conditions; providing high value and excellent performance to our customers.

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Kadant Announces New Ceramic Tip Blade for Tissue Market

Kadant Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of its CeraEdge™ creping blade line for use in tissue production. The new creping blade utilizes a thermal spray technology to offer a unique ceramic-tipped blade that provides tissue producers with excellent creping performance in terms of operating life and tissue softness.

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Vacuum Breaker Best Practice: Keeping Contamination Out

Vacuum breakers are frequently installed with the air inlet port facing up. This orientation can lead to contaminants entering the steam system and potentially accumulating on the ball, seat, and cage area of the vacuum breaker.

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