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
There are a lot of options for purchasing spare parts for tissue converting equipment. However, choosing OEM parts over non-OEM/aftermarket parts is critical if you want to save what could be thousands of dollars and also reduce the overall risk to your tissue converting operation.
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
With the global push toward more eco-friendly solutions in the paper industry, it’s fitting that Fabio Perini, MTC and Engraving Solutions will offer visitors at TissueCon (October 1-4), MIAC (October 9-11) and Tissue World Sao Paolo (October 22-24) valuable insights into Made With Green Heart Technology, the latest sustainability technologies designed to help tissue converters reduce waste and inefficiencies.
Tissue machines are a substantial capital investment so it’s understandable that vetting quality, runnability, and productivity is a top pre-purchase priority to ensure maximum return on investment. However, the strict focus also causes a blind spot when it comes to converting.
Tissue converting equipment is a considerable investment. When it comes time for an upgrade or replacement, selling the used machinery is generally a sensible way to monetize remaining value and free up budget space for new capital spend.
As technologies and machinery advance, optimizing production is a critical goal for tissue manufacturers. Measuring success against that goal requires a formulaic approach and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) has emerged as a leading key performance indicator.
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.
The statistics are jarring: Of the 6,300 million metric tons of plastic ever produced, nearly 91% has never been recycled. An estimated 12% of plastic waste has been incinerated, and the remaining 79% is littering landfills.1
It’s an age-old dilemma for tissue converters: use OEM spare parts or non-OEM spare parts? Cost often drives many to decide upon the latter and, just as often, they usually come to regret it.