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7 Oct 15: Air
I just attended my 2nd startup of a new paper mill in less than 27 months.  I think that is some kind of record.

What strikes me about these modern mills is how much more controlled the air around the paper machine is with these modern designs.  The machines are becoming ever more tightly sealed, especially in the dryer sections.

We have talked about the wet end before, and Richard Turnbull has written to us this week about our ideas on sealing this area from the raw atmosphere:

"Sealing the wet end under a hood makes great sense.  By adding some steam you could displace all of the air inside the hood with water vapor, turning the entire table into a steam hood, improving drainage and eliminating entrained air in the tray and silo.  This has been done for years in some brown stock washer designs, specifically to prevent air entrainment, reduce defoamer consumption and improve drainage."

Thanks, Richard.  We couldn't agree more.

The LGMI Annual Conference is coming up in less than two weeks!

So, if you have not signed up for the 6th Annual LGMI Conference, time is getting short. You can do so here.

We have speakers coming from Canada and Sweden, as well as the United States.  We have attendees signed up from as far away as Italy.
We design this conference to minimize your time away from the office.  From most places in the United States, you should be able to leave home on Tuesday morning, October 20th and return home by late Thursday, October 22nd, with only three days out of your mill.

Sign up now while it is on your mind.  You can do so here.

Jim Thompson
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