Kadant Johnson Introduces the ThermoZone™ Condensate Handling Station; Enables Corrugated Packaging Plants to Run Flatter Lightweight Board
Three Rivers, Mich., January 18, 2023 – Kadant Johnson LLC, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), launched the ThermoZone condensate handling station for managing condensate in corrugator double backers. The innovative design enables corrugators to run hot plates at the low-steam pressure needed for flat, lightweight board. Operators can monitor performance, access trends, and read alarms locally or remotely before system issues become board defects. The station also monitors valve life for planned maintenance while eliminating steam traps and their maintenance commitment.
“Corrugated packaging producers want the ability to operate at near-zero steam pressure to produce the best quality lightweight board for graphics. This set a goal for us to improve their operations with reliable self-actuated equipment driven by adaptive controls,” said Matt Beach, director of research and development at Kadant Johnson. Matt Mitchell of the Kadant Johnson engineering team went on to add, “The result was a self-controlled system that manages condensate in a critical hot plate zone or can be scaled to manage the entire hot plate section all while giving the operator visibility into system performance.”
The ThermoZone station is a part of a family of products and services that optimize corrugator steam and condensate systems on the wet end of corrugated packaging operations.
About Kadant Johnson
Kadant Johnson LLC, based in Three Rivers, Michigan, is a leading provider of rotary joints, precision unions, and fluid handling systems and equipment used to optimize the transfer of power, fluid, and data in rotary sealing applications found in process industries. The Company’s systems division specializes in the engineering, design, and supply of steam systems, controls, and related equipment used to manage steam and condensate flow. It also provides project management and remote monitoring to optimize steam energy utilization.
Kadant is a global supplier of technologies and engineered systems that drive Sustainable Industrial Processing. The Company’s products and services play an integral role in enhancing efficiency, optimizing energy utilization, and maximizing productivity in process industries. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with approximately 3,000 employees in 20 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.kadant.com.
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