Representatives from Automatic Handling had the opportunity to learn about a breadth of papermaking related topics, meet with mill operations personnel and decision makers, and journey through the maze of tradeshow booths.
The event ran like a clock and featured guest speakers and attendees who made the trip to Montreal more than worth the investment.
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The future of pulp bale handling is safer than ever, because of automatic broke pulp bale dewiring automation.
Because pulp is the main raw material for papermaking, pulp handling happens every day. These bales of broke fiber are tied together with steel wires. The wires are great for holding the bales together but dangerous for people and bad for pulpers.
When seeking to improve safety and efficiency, automatic bale dewiring is the way to go. One recent example of an automatic bale dewiring system that we installed combined the flexibility of a pulper charge conveyor with the safety and efficiency of automatic bale dewiring.
The broke bales were dewired inline with the pulper charge conveyor, with considerations for metal detection and operator safety.
Flexibility and efficiency are the two key drivers of design when automating a virgin or broke pulp handling system. Whether handling the wet end of the paper machine or the dry end trim and broke, experience dictates that manufacturing operations needs to have flexibility. Automation and safety systems need to be designed to safely and efficiently manage broke material that is introduced from any point in the manufacturing or finishing process, along with the introduction of virgin bales. Handling systems are required to be able to flexible in volume, able to handle the small amounts of broke during threading or large tonnages required during sustained periods of operation.
Erie, Michigan, USA, October 2018 - Baisch Engineering, a full-service integration engineering firm based in Kaukauna, Wisconsin recently toured Automatic Handling International in Erie, Michigan. Kurt Kloehn, P.E., President, Jeremy Kater, Project Manager, and David R. Weyers, Corporate Director of Baisch Engineering, recently visited the manufacturing and engineering campus and answered in-depth technical questions regarding their experience in the paper & pulp industry.
As consultants and project management leads, the two principals from Baisch were able to share their perspectives on industry trends for integration, broader technical commissioning plan considerations, and construction checkout and startup philosophies.
Automatic Handling was proud to showcase it's latest technologies. During the tour, Baisch Engineering was able to see roll handling equipment, bales de-wiring systems, and patented mechanical fiber reclamation systems at various stages of design, fabrication, and installation.
Over the past decade, Baisch Engineering and Automatic Handling have had the opportunity to work in parallel on numerous projects, and both teams enjoy working side-by-side to develop the most effective solutions to our mutual clients' challenges.
"We enjoyed the opportunity to get to know our friends at AHI a bit better," said Mr. Kloehn. "We appreciate our relationship, and we look forward to continued collaboration."
"Baisch Engineering is a great company to work with," said Andrew Pienta, Regional Sales Director at Automatic Handling International, Inc. "We enjoy collaborating with their team. Their wealth of experience and focus on the customer is key to project success."
Automatic Handling International, Inc recognizes the strong success rate that Baisch Engineering has with executing projects for North American paper mills and the collaborative visit allowed both companies to understand each other's strengths better.
About Baisch Engineering Inc.
Baisch Engineering offers full-service integration engineering for process related industries worldwide. Their method, mechanical, civil, structural, architectural, electrical, and process control departments work collaboratively to deliver cost-effective, creative, and client-focused solutions. In business since 1958, Baisch Engineering serves the pulp and paper, food processing, bioenergy and biofuels, and general industrial industries. Learn more at www.baisch.com
About Automatic Handling, Intl.
Automatic Handling® is a worldwide manufacturer of custom and patented handling, packaging, and fiber recovery systems. Using these technologies, Automatic Handling strives to improve their customers' production efficiencies, limiting waste and boosting production times as well as protecting valuable machinery and increasing overall productivity through automation. Additional information about the company and its systems is available at www.automatichandling.com
Erie, Michigan, USA, October 2018 - We recently hosted an all-girls robotics team, named ‘FLAG’ (Fight Like A Girl), from Bedford Junior High School in Temperance, Michigan for a tour of our facility.
Automatic Handling's Director of Operations, Scott Croy, led the team on a tour of the manufacturing and engineering campus and described the associated technologies with which we work. Dustin Kervin, Mechanical Engineer, showed the group some SolidWorks models and explained the process of how engineers utilize the software to model all of the equipment Automatic Handling produces.
Lisa Williams, Manufacturing Programmer, demonstrated how our CNC machines operate, from the program design and code through the physical machining process. Also, Ravi V. showed and explained how our electrical panels, actuators, mechanical engineering, and programming controls an entire system. The FLAG team was able to watch a whole factory run of a core cleaning and broke management system while they were on tour.
Thank you to the Bedford Express Robotics for your continued commitment to educating young engineers. To learn more and show your support for Bedford Robotics, please visit http://www.bedfordrobotics.org/
Oct 2-5, Automatic Handling International, Inc will be at the Tissue 2018 Conference, in Appleton, Wisconsin. The event will offer technical conferences, seminars, and the opportunities to connect. We look forward to seeing you there. If you would like to set an appointment, please contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more, visit http://tissue2017.com/
Erie, Michigan, USA, Aug 2018 - MoveRoll Oy, a Finnish provider of innovative roll handling equipment, recently gave a one-day onsite technical seminar at Automatic Handling International in Erie, Michigan. Mikko Rantanen, Founder of MoveRoll Oy and Juha Lahtinen, North American Sales Manager of MoveRoll Oy spoke with Automatic Handling engineers, toured the 150,000 sq foot manufacturing and engineering campus and answered in-depth technical questions regarding their line of roll handling products.
The Automatic Handling's heavy duty roll handling solutions for paper, tissue, non-wovens, and converting customers include slat-chain conveyors, belt, and belt over roller conveyors, chain driven live roller conveyors, heavy-duty shuttle conveyors, upenders, lowerators, automatic carts, and overhead crane systems, but did not include a floor level horizontal conveyor such as MoveRoll has developed.
"I was motivated by the positive atmosphere of all the employees and engineers," said Mr. Lahtinen. "All of the facilities were very impressive."
"The MoveRoll products give us another tool in our toolbelt," said Andrew Pienta, Regional Sales Director at Automatic Handling International, Inc. "When we help our customers with system solutions, we want to be able to give them the best solution for their facility."
The collaborative visit allowed both companies to understand each other's strengths better. Automatic Handling International, Inc recognized the unique solution that Moveroll uses to move paper rolls through paper mills and asked to integrate that solution into recent designs for two North American paper mills.
About MoveRoll Oy
Based Finland, MoveRoll supplies innovative paper roll handling equipment. To make MoveRoll products globally available, MoveRoll cooperates with multiple system integrator partners, including Automatic Handling. MoveRoll’s product offerings include conveyors, kickers, receivers and braking pads. All MoveRoll roll handling products reduce the costs of investment and ownership through increased safety, productivity, and reliability as well as through decreased costs for installation, maintenance, and energy. Learn more at www.moveroll.com
About Automatic Handling, Intl.
Automatic Handling® is a worldwide manufacturer of custom and patented handling and packaging systems. Using these technologies, Automatic Handling strives to improve their customers' production efficiencies, limiting waste and boosting production times as well as protecting valuable machinery and increasing overall productivity through automation. Additional information about the company and its systems is available at www.automatichandling.com
Congratulations on your 20th work anniversary, Keith!
We can’t say enough about you and the work you do…but we’ll try our best anyways!
“Keith is always there to lend a hand and is one of the hardest working people I know…I wish had five more just like him.” – Jason Eck
“Keith’s bark is way worse than his bite.” – Many AHI Employees
“Keith is one of the kindest and most thoughtful individuals that I’ve ever met. He will do anything that is asked of him. I feel blessed to have gotten to know Keith and can truly call him a friend.” – Keith Mainzinger
“Keith does not know how to fail or quit. He is among the very hardest and skilled workers I have ever known. He has been and continues to be one of the most valuable and versatile employees to have been part of our company. Keith wasn’t really looking for a job when I approached him with an offer 20 years ago, and over the years I’ve thought about how fortunate I was to have been part of bringing him aboard.” – Steve Reese
It has been an honor and a pleasure having you as part of the AHI Team for twenty years. You’re an indispensable part of the team and a wonderfully talented individual, we’re lucky to have you!
Automatic Handling's turnkey solutions flawlessly tackle all of the unique challenges inherent to bale handling. We provide fully automatic bale management systems with multi-lane infeeds, traversing robotic destackers, manual and automatic dewiring functionality, integrated magnetic wire detection inspection stations, along with custom buffer charge and pulper feed conveyors. We are proud of our mixed recipe management data tracking systems for market pulp bale handling and de-wiring systems.
Erie, Michigan - Aug 2018 - 20 years ago the University of Toledo created a mandatory co-op program to help UT engineering students thrive in their careers. Automatic Handling, an international supplier of heavy-duty custom engineered and manufactured automation systems, has been a champion of UT's innovative co-op program. In the last ten years alone, Automatic Handling International Inc. has had over 52 official co-op placements, with 12 of those being permanent hires after graduation.
Dr. Brian Randolph, Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor at the University of Toledo College of Engineering toured the campus of Automatic Handling in Erie and met with a host of alumni and current students. Each of the current co-ops gave a short presentation related to their experiences at Automatic Handling, their knowledge gained, and how their contributions fit into the business's general project cycle within their operational department.
During the tour of the 150,000 sq ft facility, Dr. Randolph was able to observe the testing of roll handling equipment and learn more about how engineers couple their coursework and co-op experience.
"It’s not often that I get to visit with our co-op students and alumni at their employer," said Dr. Randolph. "Automatic Handling is an impressive company and offers some unique opportunities for our students. And it’s great to see them being mentored by successful UT Engineering alumni on such interesting and complex projects."
"The mandatory co-op program is one of the coolest parts of the University of Toledo's engineering program," said Mary Hillegas, former co-op placement, 2017 UT Alumna, and current Automatic Handling Project Manager. "It is one of only eight engineering programs in the U.S. with such a co-op program."
To learn more about UT's Program visit http://www.utoledo.edu/engineering/co-op-and-careers/
About Automatic Handling, Intl.
Automatic Handling® is a worldwide manufacturer of custom and patented handling and packaging systems. Using these technologies, Automatic Handling strives to improve their customers' production efficiencies, limiting waste and boosting production times as well as protecting valuable machinery and increasing overall productivity through automation. Customer success is the foundation of their business model. Additional information about the company and its systems is available at www.automatichandling.com.