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Monday, December 31, 2012

Recent Standards Committee Activities

TAPPI issues a Standards & TIPS Action Report (STAR) on a regular basis to keep industry personnel up to speed with activities in various committees and organizations.

TAPPI STAR - December 2012

Some highlights include:
  • Announcement of TAPPI Standards in Ballot
  • TAPPI Standards coming up for review
  • Announcements:
    • Technical Experts Needed for New TAPPI Standard - Recycling of Aqueous Coatings
    • Seeking experts for two ISO TC 6 Groups
      • Measurement and Characterization of Nanocellulose
      • Automated Testing
    • Process and Product Quality Division is Seeking Officers
    • TAPPI Standards Approved as American National Standards
ISO Technical Committee 6 (pulp, paper and paperboard) met in October 2012 at FPInnovations in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Most of the working groups met including WG 3 (Optical Properties), WG 27 (Tissue) and two ad-hoc committees discussing in-line testing and off-line, automated testing.

Technidyne is actively involved in organizations such as TAPPI, ISO and PAPTAC to ensure there are meaningful and usable standards for us in the Paper Industry.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Training Ideas

Technidyne began offering training opportunities to customers from the beginning. The optical properties seminars were started by founder, Jerry Popson, in 1974.  These training sessions included topics, including: calibration, brightness and opacity.  They were offered at no charge to the attendee. They were performed in hotels convenient to customer concentrations in the United States. Over the years training sessions have been offered in North America in locations such as Appleton (WI), Macon (GA), Seattle (WA), Philadelphia (PA), Dayton (OH), Portland (OR), Nanaimo (BC), Toronto (ON), Montreal (QC) and Thunder Bay (ON).  Sessions have been performed on-site at customer locations around the world, and now may be customized to cover properties ranging from optical to physical, surface, fiber and process control.  Training sessions have ranged from 1 to 120 people and have lasted from 2 to 7 hours.  We estimate that we have reached around 5,000 Paper Industry professionals over the years.

Which one makes the most sense for your organization?
  • On-site at customer location
  • At Technidyne Corporation, New Albany, IN, USA
  • Live streaming over the internet
  • Podcast (available for listening/viewing anytime)
  • Textbook
  • Training application for your digital device
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Technidyne's Christmas Lunch

December 6, 2012, Technidyne had its annual Christmas lunch.  All employees were treated to a buffet lunch.  After lunch CEO, Todd Popson, recognized four employees who celebrated anniversaries at Technidyne.
Each of the four employees was celebrating a significant anniversary of working at full-time at Technidyne.
  • 10 years - Laurie
  • 15 years - Cindy
  • 25 years - David & Mike
We are very proud of the fact that our average tenure is 17 years for all employees.  Several employees (Laurie and Cindy included) who at one time or another left for various reasons have returned to a great US-based, family owned company.

It takes time and effort to find the right people, but when we do they stay for a long time and contribute to our DNA: Technidyne's passion for customer satisfaction drives us to be the best in the world at developing economical and creative solutions.