The pulp and paper industry is facing multiple challenges, with demands to boost quality, increase efficiency, improve sustainability and modernize, in general.
This is especially true for the packaging segment, which has seen an explosion in demand over the past 18 months with the pandemic-driven upturn in ecommerce and home deliveries. This has put pressure on in-house testing departments to assess the strength of packaging paper grades rapidly and accurately. Put simply, weak corrugated board does not make good boxes, and can result in goods being damaged in transit.
Quality is now more critical than ever, but tedious, overly protracted testing routines not only add time and cost; their less accurate clipboard-based approach to data gathering is not necessarily in tune with modern Industry 4.0-driven operations.
To improve quality, we need to accurately measure the quality of paper, but we need to do so by measuring the ‘right’ properties – those that give us more relevant information. To be truly effective, we need to measure in a simpler, faster, and more automated way to save time, cost and energy. The solution to these challenges is twofold – adopting new testing methods and embracing more automation and digitalization.