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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Do you like Star Wars?

Monday, Technidyne employees took a field trip in the middle of the day to the local movie theater to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

There is nothing like an unexpected break to get people energized for the end of the year push.

Monday, December 21, 2015

How to avoid a trip to the Emergency Room...

A couple of weeks ago one of our employees was stricken with a medical emergency which forced him into the Emergency Room and a few nights in the Hospital. Sometimes it is the little things that we do on a regular basis that can keep us from having these emergencies.

It reminded me of how regular Preventative Maintenance can prevent major problems. It also reminded me of how the Preventative Maintenance program started at Technidyne.  In the early 1980's, two of Technidyne's service technicians had previous experience in the medical device industry. They realized that paper companies relied as heavily on their equipment as hospitals and emergency rooms. Neither was willing to accept equipment that had not been maintained and calibrated on a regular basis.  The Technidyne Preventative Maintenance program was born in 1985 to give paper companies the same confidence in the test equipment as the medical equipment patients and doctors rely on in hospitals.

Our employee is back on the track to recovery. However, your equipment should never have to endure this fate if a solid Preventative Maintenance program is in place for your critical instrumentation.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tissue Softness

Tissue softness and optical properties such as brightness and color share similar characteristics. Many years ago, most considered the best tool for evaluating optical properties to be the human eye. Modern tools like the spectrophotometer today help us quantify what the human eye perceives. For tissue, the human hand has long been considered the best tool for determining tissue softness. The difficult reality is that any subjective evaluation creates uncertainty and uncertainty leads to variation. Variation is the enemy of consistency and quality.

Simply put, the Emtec Tissue Softness Analyzer (TSA) is a tool that quantifies the otherwise subjective hand feel or “softness” evaluation of tissue.

Many aspects of tissue production have long been considered “art” rather than science. The subjective nature of hand feel is a perfect example. Anyone can rank order tissue samples in order of perceived softness, but can you get a group of people (especially papermakers) to agree? The Emtec Tissue Softness Analyser (TSA) quantifies different components associated with “hand feel” or softness perception into a single numerical value that can be used as an indication of “tissue softness.”

Why is the TSA beneficial?

1.   The TSA is fast and easy to use. Anyone can learn to use the TSA to determine a measurement value indicative of tissue softness. That measure is the tissue softness index.

2.   With quantified measurements, process parameters such as crepe or furnish can be optimized to improve softness.

3.   With a measurement tool, benchmarking becomes easier. The graph (below) illustrates benchmark results for several different retail brands of bath tissue.

4.   With the TSA, customer feedback or feedback from “Hand Feel” panels can be quantified, and from that feedback, product specifications are improved.

With meaningful product specifications, I have historically seen more stable production. Stability and consistency are hallmarks of higher quality. If you want to improve the quality of your tissue products, try the Emtec TSA or consider sending in samples of your current tissue.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Lunch 2015

December 8, 2015, Technidyne had its annual Christmas lunch.  All employees were treated to a buffet lunch.  After lunch Todd Popson, CEO, recognized employees celebrating significant anniversaries as employees at Technidyne.
(L to R) Tim, Diana, Paul, James & Kim
There were seven employees recognized:
  • 10 years - Diana
  • 15 years - Kim
  • 15 years - James
  • 15 years - Tim
  • 25 years - Tom
  • 25 years - Paul P.
  • 30 years - Paul C.
We are very proud of the fact that our average tenure is 17 years for all employees.  We have added three new employees during the course of 2015.

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.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Color Difference: CMC and the Commercial Factor

The CMC Color Difference Formula (below) is very good at defining tolerances that are directly related to how people see color and accept matches. The tolerances that are created are ellipsoid (left). Therefore, all samples which fall inside the ellipsoid are deemed acceptable and all samples which fall outside the ellipsoid are rejected.  

Here is some brief information on how tolerances can be set for production (pass/fail) purposes. CF, commercial factor, is a number that converts the “just acceptable” ΔE*CMC to a value that is 1.0. In other words:

Our customer must know what a “just acceptable” ΔE*CMC is, which will typically vary depending upon their customer. Once that is known the CF can be determined and entered into the ΔE*CMC set up table. From that point on, if