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Week of 29 June 2015: You ain't seen nothing yet!

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I was taught long ago that one should build quality into a product, not inspect it in after it has been made. Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? This is why I have always been troubled by the location of gauging systems on paper machines. Look at where they are: at the end of the machine, after the product is made. In the future, we may still have the old stationary gauges in their traditional locations, but I see something totally different right around the corner, perhaps as soon as in five years. What will it be?

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Week of 22 June 2015: I don't believe it

Week of 15 June 2015: The Topic of Cancer

Week of 8 June 2015: Contradiction?

Week of 1 June 2015: Integrity First

Leading Stories

Glatfelter faces $5 million lawsuit over emissions

Glatfelter faces $5 million lawsuit over emissions

A law firm has filed a $5 million class action lawsuit against Glatfelter Inc. over claims from plaintiffs that emissions from the Chillicothe paper mill have damaged property and created a nuisance.

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Catalyst Paper's Crofton mill resolves operating issues and resumes production

Catalyst Paper's Crofton mill resolves operating issues and resumes production

Catalyst Paper Corporation announced that due to operating issues that have been fully resolved, the Crofton, British Columbia, mill has incurred production losses of approximately 8,600 tonnes of pulp and 8,600 tonnes of paper in the month of June.

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RockTenn shareholders and MWV stockholders OK combination

RockTenn shareholders and MWV stockholders OK combination

WestRock Company aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets.

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Worker dies after falling from crane at International Paper

UPM closes 130,000 metric tons of newsprint capacity in France

Crews battle hog fuel blaze at Clearwater mill

UPM to invest Euro 50 million in pulp mill

A random walk with Gene

Random is as Random Does

Random is as Random Does

Expectations are a major factor in the success or failure of what we do. The list of our expectation is usually almost endless, stretching from performance in kindergarten to marriage and company CEO or a soldier in combat. I've found that the most frustrating can be the most mundane...

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Getting an Unexpected Gift on a Rainy Day

'Saving' trees

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Moving Forward with the Renewable Bioproducts Institute

Moving Forward with the Renewable Bioproducts Institute

The types and scope of materials needed by printing, packaging and other paper-related industries pose vital questions to manufacturers and scientists alike. How can technology help these industries improve their processes, compete in the global marketplace and improve their sustainability? The place that likely will have the answers is the Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI) at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Perspectives

Management Ability: A Learned or Inherent Skill?

 Management Ability: A Learned or Inherent Skill?

During our careers many of us had the desire to advance into the management ranks, leading us to search for tools which could strengthen our ability to accomplish things through or by others. But having completed, not only graduate study courses in industrial management and participating in other individual programs intended to develop successful managers, I question the effectiveness of many of the techniques.

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Demonstrating that trees are the answer

Demonstrating that trees are the answer

It is clear to those who understand the facts that the environmental performance of today's forest products industry is good, except for a small number of pulp mills and forestry operations. However, the industry's image in the minds of many environmental activists and much of the general public remains negative--and improving the industry's image so that the brightest youngsters want to work in it, and so that developers of new mills do not have to face massive and unreasonable public opposition, remains a challenge.

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PaperlinX Unlinks

PaperlinX Unlinks

In many ways PaperlinX is a metaphor for the industry as a whole but it also provides a salutary lesson for companies that embark on a transformation strategy that requires very deep pockets and a compelling business model.

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Jim's and Steve's Book & Film Club

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Steve Roush and Jim Thompson share their literary and arts experiences...

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Jim's upcoming travels

Where is Jim this week?

As I travel, I am always looking for someone to go to dinner with, share a barbeque sandwich lunch and so forth.

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Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio Directory

Amateur Radio Directory

If you are an amateur radio operator (ham radio), please let us know your name, call sign and license class.  We will publish them here.

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