New facility brings modernization opportunities
Green Bay Packaging (GBP) is a family-owned, vertical-ly integrated manufacturing company headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. Dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry re-sources, GBP has a focus on continuous improvement at all 36 manufacturing facilities across 14 states
Most recently, GBP decided to replace the Green Bay site’s recycled paper machine (PM3)—originally con-structed in 1948—with a brand new testliner machine (PM4) in a move that both preserved its 1500 Wisconsin jobs and added more. The new mill brought opportunity for other improvements, such as automated paper testing.
Moving from manual to automated paper testing
As a long-time user of L&W benchtop equipment for PM3, GBP was impressed with the quality of the instruments and saw that same superior reliability and performance in ABB’s automated testing system. This made L&W Autoline the first choice for PM4 at the new facility.
"We wanted to bring modernization and automation to the new mill,” added Bob Mihalski, Director of Continuous Improvement for GBP. “A couple things really stood out about the Autoline L, such as the speed and volume of the test and the ability to take out testing variation between operators.”
“Having an Autoline, we are able to run hundreds and thousands of data points at the same time,” Blake Schweiner, Quality Manager for GBP, added. “Benchtops couldn’t do that. And we get more detailed profiles of the sheet for the whole width of the paper.”