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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Jim Abbott Will Be Missed...

James C. Abbott, Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away Sept. 29, 2016.

Jim seemed a bit unassuming. He looked a little like Mr. Magoo. However, if you talked to him at all you realized he was more like Donald Trump. He never had an opinion or thought that he did not express.  The type of action Jim reveled in was either teaching a "youngster" at Proctor & Gamble a thing or two about tissue at their facility in Cincinnati, OH or discussing and debating the merits of different test methods and evaluations for tissue products and their applications. He loved a good debate. At times he seemed bored if there wasn't some kind of controversy to be debated.

Jim had strong credentials:
  B.S. College of Wooster
  M.S. Chemistry, Ohio State University

  Ph.D. Chemistry, Ohio State University

He was employed by the Procter and Gamble Company for almost 30 years until he retired in 1994. However, he stayed very active in TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry). and ISO (International Standards Organization).  His research and testing interests were in tissue products.  This isn't the type of dinner-time conversation that brings flocks of followers and invitations to speak at university functions. However, this seemingly grumpy individual possessed a treasure trove of knowledge when it came to the history of testing methods and standards related to the Paper Industry. 

Once you were on his radar, he could easily explain the history of different tests, their inception, changes that occurred, and why these changes were made. He would also give you the unfiltered version of how these things evolved, whether motivated by geographic politics (Europe vs. North America) or sound technical considerations.

ISO TC6 Meeting - Paris 2011
Jim was a tireless volunteer in this respect. He was involved in ISO, TAPPI, ASTM and other standards organizations. He selflessly volunteered to review many standards when no one else would do so. He was a great asset in this regard including being Chairman of the U.S. TAG (Technical Advisory Group) to ISO TC 6 (pulp, paper and paperboard). He also initiated the first Working Group within ISO for Tissue Properties, which still exists today.

Some of his TAPPI Awards:
1991 Process and Product Quality Division Leadership and Service Award
1994 Fellow
2009 Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award

Those of us who worked with him over the years will miss so many of his eccentricities, funny comments, appreciation of a nice adult beverage, technical prowess and sheer knowledge in the area of testing related to the Paper Industry.

Farewell, Jim will be missed!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Color Touch™ X Takes Off in Taiwan

The Technidyne Color Touch™ X, the latest in the family of spectrophotometers specifically for the Pulp & Paper Industry, was released in mid-2015. Among early adopters of the newest technology for optical measurements in the Industry are seven customers in Taiwan.

Asia has been a strong market for products like the Color Touch™ PC and Color Touch™ 2. The early movement of Taiwanese customers to the new technology is a sign of confidence in the products that Technidyne provides and the interest level in those customers to stay with the newest technology on the market.

Features that continue to make the Color Touch™ the head of the pack (and our competitors still have not caught on to):

  • Fully automated primary calibration - no more nightmares entering spectral data
  • Internal swing-in standard for improved repeatability and elimination of drift over time
  • High durability sphere coating - no yellowing like the barium spheres like our competitors
All of this is backed up by the most knowledgeable team with specific expertise related to the paper industry, it's applications, requirements and customers.

Check our our website on how to step up like so many customers around the world. Also, see to see how you can order standards and parts for your lab.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

65 North American Companies Remove Go Green - Go Paperless Claims

Two Sides Campaign Continues to Gain Traction as Major Brand Name Companies Change Marketing Campaigns Used to Promote Electronic Services

CHICAGO (September 22, 2016) - Today, Two Sides North America, Inc. confirmed that over 65 leading North American companies have removed inaccurate anti-paper claims as a result of the group’s efforts.   

The list includes several Fortune 100 companies in the financial, telecom and utilities sectors who have engaged in a dialogue with Two Sides and modified their marketing messages to consider the social and environmental benefits of print and paper, as well as the life cycle of sustainable forests and paper products.

“The ‘go green and save trees’ claims are misleading and false for many reasons, and they are a form of greenwashing that needs to be corrected,” said Phil Riebel, President of Two Sides North America, Inc.  “The claims don’t consider the renewability of paper, or the numerous social, environmental, and economic benefits of well-managed North American forests, which in the U.S. have grown by 58% in wood volume over the past 60 years.” 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Properties of Corrugated Container Boards

Recently I attending the ISO TC6/SC2 Working Group 34 on Flat Crush Resistance. I learned quite a lot. Here are a few items.

Liner, Medium, Single Face, Double Face, Double Wall (see image below)

Source: Scott, Tosset, "Properties of Paper: An Introduction", TAPPI Press, 1989, 143.

Flute - wavy section added to liner to provide greater strength (see different types below)

Properties of Corrugated Containers

1 - Correct bursting strength and basis weight of facings to meet Rule 41 in the Uniform Freight Classification

2 - Stacking Strength
  • Compression strength
  • Edgewise compression strength
  • Thickness of combined board
  • Flat crush resistance
3 - Shipping and Handling Resistance
  • Dropping, tumbling, impact resistance
  • Scuff resistance
  • Surface friction
  • Puncture resistance
4 - Printability

5 - Cleanliness

6 - Tearing Strength

7 - Water Resistance and Wet Strength

Thursday, September 15, 2016

TEST/Plus Calipers Ship to Korea

Technidyne shipped the first two TEST/Plus Caliper units to Korea this week. The new caliper instrument is available in paper/paperboard and tissue versions. The TEST/Plus Caliper is one of a new generation of laboratory test equipment from Technidyne which 
provides features such as:
  • Fast measurement
  • Meets TAPPI and ISO Standards
  • Adaptive interface
  • Averaging and statistics
  • Data trending
  • Multiple sample evaluation
  • Printer
  • Bluetooth administrative interface
  • Touch-screen user interface
  • Compact design
All TEST/Plus devices have basic measurement capabilities for a budget-friendly price. Additional features can be added by purchasing applications for your particular needs, including: statistics, print, export and database. The Technidyne PROFILE/Plus Thickness (Caliper) has been available for over 15 years. Step into something modern, something inexpensive, something easy to use and something new. 

Also, see information on:
         TEST/Plus Gloss
         TEST/Plus Opacity

What other TEST/Plus devices would you like to see?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What is nanocellulose?

There was a lot of discussion last week at the ISO TC6 meeting in Stockholm about cellulosic nanomaterials. See this video for some information from FPInnovations (Canada).
From Wikipedia:
Nanocellulose is a term referring to nano-structured cellulose. This may be either cellulose nanofibers (CNF) also called microfibrillated cellulose (MFC),nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), or bacterial nanocellulose, which refers to nano-structured cellulose produced by bacteria. CNF is a material composed of nanosized cellulosefibrils with a high aspect ratio (length to width ratio).

Nanocellulose/CNF or NCC can be prepared from any cellulose source material, but woodpulpis normally used. The nanocellulose fibrils may be isolated from the wood-based fibers using mechanical methods which expose the pulp to high shear forces, ripping the larger wood-fibres apart into nanofibers. 

Crystalline cellulose has interesting mechanical properties for use in material applications. Its tensile strength is about 500MPa, similar to that of aluminium. Its stiffness is about 140–220 GPa, comparable with that of Kevlar and better than that of glass fiber, both of which are used commercially to reinforce plastics. Films made from nanocellulose have high strength (over 200 MPa), high stiffness (around 20 GPa) and high strain (12%). Its strength/weight ratio is 8 times that of stainless steel.

There are proposed uses for cellulosic nanomaterials in cosmetics, medicine, paint, plastic and other applications.

Friday, September 2, 2016

ISO TC6 - Stockholm, Sweden (Day 4)

ISO TC6 (paper, board and pulp) is meeting in Stockholm, Sweden this week to review, update and issue International Standards for use throughout the world.

The US has three representatives at the ISO TC6 meetings. The US attendees this week:

   Colleen Walker (TAPPI)
   Dave Loebker (Proctor & Gamble)
   Todd Popson (Technidyne Corporation) - Head of US Delegation

Thursday's agenda included all items under TC 6 which is a committee on "Paper, board and pulps
". In this meeting the attendees sit with their country delegation. This meeting involved a review of the activities in the appropriate working groups and approval of official resolutions to on actions to be taken within TC6.

It was announced that the next meeting of ISO TC6 will be in Korea in the Spring of 2018.

The week of meetings wrapped up with a visit to Skansen, an open-air museum in Stockholm with a zoo, aquarium, food, houses and acts that portray the Swedish history and culture.

If anyone is interested in participating in TC6 or any relevant Working Groups or Standards, please contact Todd.