U.S. manufacturing, on the whole, is in the midst of a dilemma. Qualified labor is migrating away from industry-based jobs for a number of reasons, the top three of which are Baby Boomer retirements, misperceptions about manufacturing jobs, and a widening skills gap caused by emerging technologies.1 As a result, an estimated 2.4 million positions throughout manufacturing sectors are projected to remain unfilled between 2018 and 2028.1
Away-from-home (AFH) products have become one of the most widely used commodities in the world. It’s estimated that nearly one-third of the tissue market — about 21 million tons of tissue paper every year1 — is currently designated specifically to AFH. Global demand — led by North America and Europe, and fastest-growing in Asia-Pacific countries2 — is rapidly pushing the numbers higher, especially in facial tissue and toilet tissue. The increase in these AFH products, in particular, is partially attributed to changes in consumer behaviors since an uptick in disposable income is providing more opportunities for travel, hotel stays, and dining out.3
Converting paper to tissue or toweling is an adhesive-intensive process. It requires a total of four adhesives: one used during core winding, a second during pickup/transfer, a third for ply bonding lamination and a fourth seals the tail. With greater emphasis being placed on sustainability throughout the paper industry as a whole, this reliance on adhesives has come under recent scrutiny.
A tissue converting operation doesn’t have to be completely destroyed to be debilitated by fire. Learn more about how new technology and tools can help keep your facility, as well as your workers, and equipment, safe from the threat of fire in this brief video.
Packaging lines must run at peak productivity. Substandard performance can lead to high overhead costs, botched sales, and low profits — a less than ideal scenario for any tissue converter.
With dangerous and disruptive log saw blade changeovers to consider, how do tissue converters keep their workers safe and their lines moving? The solution lies in the Blade Change Technical Improvement Program (TIP) — advanced automation technology that decreases human-machine interaction and significantly increases worker safety. Learn more in this video:
The 26th annual China International Disposable Paper Expo (CIDPEX) is Asia’s largest gathering of tissue production experts in the world. Running April 17-19 at the Wuhan International Convention & Exhibition Center (Wuhan, Hubei, China), CIDPEX 2019 will bring together more than 700 companies and 30,000 visitors to share industry insights and trends, along with showcasing equipment innovations designed to make converting disposable tissue paper products more efficient and progressive in Asian markets.
Manual tasks within the unwinding process put many tissue converters at a disadvantage. Operators are responsible for the preparation and transition of parent reels between paper machines and the converting line, which is physically demanding and often time-consuming. Further, these functions increase the likelihood of damage to the tissue and greatly jeopardize operator safety — all substantial risks for tissue converters.
With the advent of Industry 4.0 and smart technologies, solutions to these challenges are now available and Fabio Perini’s new Moonlight unwinder virtually eliminates off-line human intervention during unwinding through forward-thinking automation:
Like any industry predicated on production, tissue manufacturing and converting presents a certain amount of peril to workers. The amount of equipment and humans on a production floor alone can make for hazardous situations, not to mention the often heavy, sharp, and quickly moving parts within that equipment that workers must be cognizant of at all times to prevent injury if safe practices and machine safety procedures are not being followed or used.