THREE RIVERS, MI, May 11, 2016 (Press Release) -Kadant Johnson Inc., a subsidiary of Kadant Inc., announced it successfully started up its ThermoMax® steam system at Norampac’s corrugated packaging plant in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. The new corrugator line was part of a $26 million modernization project that doubled the production capacity of the plant. The corrugator has a face-width of 110” and is designed to operate at sustained speeds of 450 mpm. It is the first of its kind in Canada.
“We are pleased to have been selected by Norampac to supply our ThermoMax steam system for the new corrugator line,” said Greg Wedel, president of Kadant Johnson. “Our expertise in heat transfer products, process control, and systems engineering position us well for projects such as this, where product, process, and controls integration are required for maximum uptime, production, and quality.”
Kadant Johnson’s scope of supply included its ThermoMax steam system for the single facers, triple pre-heater stack, and hotplate sections; a PLC control system with operator stations; boiler room controls; variable moisture steam shower supply systems; engineering services; and system commissioning. The ThermoMax steam system features supervisory control logic to ensure consistent production and reliable operations. Operators have high visibility into the system through a graphical interface. They are supported by remote diagnostics, process monitoring, and process recording. Both single facers included Kadant Johnson’s patented Turbulator® bars, CorrPro® rotary joints, and cantilever syphon equipment on critical steam-heated rolls.
Norampac is a division of Cascades Canada Inc. The Norampac Drummondville facility was founded in 1985 and was acquired by Cascades in 1992. The plant produces and converts corrugated packaging from linerboard and medium supplied by Norampac’s containerboard mills for use in manufacturing, food, and other industries.
Kadant Johnson Inc., based in Three Rivers, Michigan, is a leading provider of rotary sealing devices, precision unions, and steam and condensate systems to process industries. The Company’s systems division specializes in the engineering, design, and supply of steam systems, controls, and related equipment used to manage steam and condensate flow. It also provides project management and remote monitoring and diagnostics to optimize steam energy utilization.
Kadant Inc. is a global supplier of high-value, critical components and engineered systems used in process industries worldwide. The Company’s products, technologies, and services play an integral role in enhancing process efficiency, optimizing energy utilization, and maximizing productivity in resource-intensive industries. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with revenues of $390 million in fiscal 2015 and 1,800 employees in 18 countries worldwide.