Maritime Paper Products installs EFI Escada Packaging Control System

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Maritime Paper Products (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), a leader among independent corrugated manufacturers and printers in Canada with over 90 years’ experience, has made a significant investment to drive productivity, reduce waste and decrease its carbon footprint with the purchase of an Escada Corrugator Control system from EFI (Electronics For Imaging). The new Escada system installed at its Dartmouth, Nova Scotia board manufacturing facility, will give the family-owned company a competitive advantage with the ability to produce higher-quality graphics on superior combined board manufactured via the system’s technology.

As a result of the investment, Maritime Paper is also poised to reduce its manual operations with increased automation. Though installed at its Dartmouth facility, it will also drive efficiencies at the company’s printing and converting facilities in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Moncton, New Brunswick. With the growth in demand for packaging, driven by increased home deliveries across all sectors of the economy, achieving high-quality graphics is a competitive advantage that Maritime Paper is looking to exploit with its clients across the food and beverage industries.

Escada Profile is a recipe-based process control management system with closed-loop warp control designed to produce the highest quality boards at optimum speeds consistently. The other product purchased, Escada Syncro 7, is designed to manage the corrugator “wet end” control functions to automatically allow the dry end to achieve maximum output. Escada Syncro 7 manages automatic and synchronized splicing, bridge volume control and web breakages to ensure minimal machine downtime and waste. Its intelligent speed control will also give Maritime Paper more tools to boost overall production throughput over time.

Sheldon Gouthro.

“Our number one goal is to reduce waste, not just in paper but in overall operational efficiency,” said President and CEO Sheldon Gouthro. “We estimate our waste reduction with Escada will be more than 10%. With better process control, we can increase speed and push up time on our corrugator and run a more sustainable operation with benefits that trickle down to every area of the company. We produce over 150 board combinations. Each has a unique recipe requiring specific run speeds, so this technology will give us the best efficiency and quality of our combined board, while making rapid automatic adjustments without comprising the quality of our board,” Gouthro added. “The system develops and saves benchmarks for optimum production so it can be used every time the order is manufactured.”

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