At FPInnovations, we take an integrated approach to forest innovation by focusing on both forest sector growth and forest renewal. FPInnovations is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit forest research institute, and we work with North American forest industry companies to find new ways to keep them competitive by leveraging innovative technologies. I like to think that improving efficiency and productivity all along the forest products supply chain is not just good for our companies, it’s good for our forests.
The NIR Community from ASD Inc., a PANalytical company
Developed in cooperation with FPInnovations, ASD produced the industry’s first at-line analyzer for simultaneous measurement of Kappa number and brightness of wet pulp. The QualitySpec® K-B analyzer allows fiber-line testers and operators to take multiple Kappa number and pulp brightness measurements per hour from multiple process locations. As part of a mill’s process control strategy, this more effective method of measurement minimizes Kappa number variation, chemical costs and potential off-grade. The net results are lower raw material and fuel costs, and higher yield of more uniform pulp.
Wood is an incredibly dynamic renewable resource and as innovative opportunities for new wood-based processes and products emerge, we must strive to strike that balance of advancement and environmental sustainability. Canada-based FPInnovations is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit forest research institute. As Senior Scientist, I lead research teams with a common goal—to uncover ways to advance technologies that can make North American forest industry companies more competitive in the global marketplace. Nurturing technological advances that improve efficiency in industries that rely on wood is one of our responsibilities.
ASD recently attended the TAPPI PEERS Conference in Norfolk, VA to join the discussion on pulp, engineering and environmental issues facing the industry. As an exhibitor and sponsor, ASD has supported the pulp and paper industry for more than six years with solutions targeting issues mills are facing today…energy, environmental impacts and pulp quality.