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GBIG NEWS | 55 Stories and Links on the Internet 05/24/2023


Get links to the latest news, events, stories, and interviews from our 5P news sponsors. Our goal is to remind the decision-makers in Wisconsin of the importance of our industry both historically, and more importantly, into the future.

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Tappi Will Sponsor a PS&ChE Coating

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TAPPI will sponsor a PS&ChE Coating & Laminating in Packaging Applications course on June 8-9 at UW-Stevens Point. This course is designed for those working in paper converting, coating, printing and flexible packaging. The content will be particularly beneficial to engineers, technicians, chemists, scientists, sales representatives, and customer service representatives.

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May 24th, 2023 Newsletter

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ECO3 launched as new name for former Agfa Offset Solutions

Press Release
Mortsel, Belgium – April 6, 2023

ECO3 is one of the leading global suppliers of prepress solutions to the offset printing industry. The company is present across all steps of the prepress value chain, offering a portfolio of offset plates, graphic film, equipment & services, as well as software and chemicals. Under the new ownership of AURELIUS, the business will have the same organizational structure and customer-facing sales and service teams.

Frederik Dehing, Global Head of Sales, clarifies: “While our brand, logo and colors change, nothing will change for our customers. They can continue to rely on their trusted account manager and service engineer, on the innovative product portfolio they buy from ECO3 and on the highest value in product and service. Hence our tagline: You Print. We Care.”

With direct sales and service organizations in more than 30 countries, with manufacturing capacity in Europe, the Americas and Asia, and with the strong support of AURELIUS, ECO3 is committed to drive existing and new business initiatives forward in a sustainable manner.

Global Head of Technology & Marketing, Joan Vermeersch concludes: “ECO3 perfectly summarizes what we stand for: we are committed to continuous innovation in product and service and focus on three times ECO: Ecology, Economy, and Extra Convenience — or ECO3. The dynamic logo expresses the agility of the company going forward, with the new corporate colors – CMYK – being a tribute to our industry”.

The new brand name will gradually come into effect.

Ashwaubenon is Home to over 35 Local Regional and Multi-International Companies in the 5P and Converting Industries!

Is Lambeau Field in Green Bay? If you live in Green Bay 3 sides of Lambeau Field border Ashwaubenon and 1 side is Green Bay. While Green Bay got the Packers, Ashwaubenon became the Super Bowl Champions in the 5P and Converting Industries. Ashwaubenon is home to over 35 Local, Regional and Multi-International Corporations. GBIG will be highlighting the companies over the next four issues of the GBIG NEWS.

Ashwaubenon is a village in Brown County and suburb of Green Bay with a population of 16,913.

CUWP Seminar or Zoom Meeting May 25th: Identification and Qualifications of Unknown Plastics

Dr. Natalie Rudolph
Division Manager Polymer at NETZSCH

Dr. Natalie Rudolph. Division Manager Polymer at NETZSCH

Abstract. Increasing recycling rates presents a major challenge in identifying and quantifying unknown compositions in recycled materials. Common methods are expensive and/or limited, especially for materials with nearly identical chemical structures such as polyolefins. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) offers an opportunity by identifying materials based on their melting properties while allowing for the quantification of components relative to a reference. This presentation will explain the method and important supplementary tools using several mixing examples that enable identification and quantification. At the same time, we will discuss the current weaknesses, along with the possible applications.

Biosketch. Dr. Natalie Rudolph has over 15 years experience in plastic processing and analysis in university and non-university research, as well as start-up environments. Her focus is on structure-property relationships for material and process optimization in classical plastic processing, composite manufacturing, and additive manufacturing while considering material circularity. She is a co-author of the textbook “Understanding Plastic Recycling: Economic, Ecological, and Technical Aspects of Plastic Waste Handling” (Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, 2019). Today, she is the Division Manager Polymer at NETZSCH Analyzing & Testing.

*Dr. Rudolph will be attending the CUWP Annual Meeting on Tuesday May 16th*

Dura-Fibre, LLC. Acquires Grief Chicago Converting

(Menasha, Wis.) – May 4, 2023 – Dura-Fibre, LLC, strengthens its presence in custom laminated products and packaging with today’s acquisition of Greif® Chicago Converting. The acquisition further solidifies Dura-Fibre’s position as one of the largest independent industrial paperboard laminating businesses in the United States. Dura-Fibre will now add several industry-leading solutions to its portfolio, including:

  • Strap Protectors – The rigid solid fiber solution provides superior protection to cargo secured by straps or chains for dimensional lumber, plywood and other industries.
  • FiberWrap® – The protective packaging solution has 250% – 300% greater beam strength than traditional corrugated packaging and forms a true 90-degree angle for tighter fit and edge protection.
  • Coverboard products – The full line of diploma covers, register books, presentation folders and specialty applications.

Following the acquisition, manufacturing operations will move to Dura-Fibre’s Menasha manufacturing facility. Greif’s Protect-A-Board and Protect-A-FloorTM products are not included in the sale.

About Dura-Fibre, LLC

For more than 85 years, the skill and experience of the Dura-Fibre team have been combined with unique manufacturing capabilities, allowing the company to provide custom solutions for a range of industrial customers. From its 125,000 square-foot facility in Menasha, Wisconsin, Dura-Fibre creates laminated paperboard solutions used in a wide variety of functional performance and packaging applications including industrial crates, slip sheets, industrial totes, folding carton packaging, furniture components and custom paperboard products.

What are the Common Issues with a GE Magne-Blast Circuit Breaker? Find Out Now.

As a GE Magne-Blast circuit breaker ages, it experiences various problems that can be costly and potentially dangerous if not addressed. Several issues, from worn-out contacts to worn-out bearings and Tuf-Loc bushings, can cause these breakers to fail. This guide looks at some of the most common problems with aging GE circuit breakers and what you should do to avoid costly mistakes.

Overview of GE Magne-Blast Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers that need maintenance

The function of the GE Magne-Blast breaker is to deliver power safely to the customer’s loads and to interrupt the flow of electrical current when there’s an overload or fault in the system. When a fault occurs, the switchgear relays send a signal for the breaker to open and interrupt the current. This protects the electrical system from damage and prevents potentially dangerous situations from occurring.

Typical GE Magne-Blast circuit breaker applications include power generation, transmission and distribution systems, and industrial facilities.

Worn-Out Contacts

As the power distribution system ages, the contacts within the breaker get worn out due to normal wear and tear. This can lead to reduced reliability, increased downtime, and potential safety hazards.

When the contacts get worn out, they may fail to make proper electrical contact leading to
increased resistance, arcing, and overheating, which can cause equipment damage or fires.

There’s a need for regular maintenance on aging circuit breakers to prevent these issues. This includes inspecting the contacts for signs of wear, such as pitting or burning, and replacing them if necessary. For example, Quad Plus investigated circuit breakers for a fossil fuel power generator, as shown in this case study, and recommended customized solutions.

Tuf-Loc Bushings

Verify that the breaker has old-style Tuf-Loc bushings (nylon type). The Tuf-Loc bushings should be replaced with new aluminum bronze-style bushings during refurbishment or reconditioning. The OEM strongly urges this recommendation. We had a customer that experienced a failure due to worn Tuf-Loc bushings. They caused the breaker to fail to open (the mechanism jammed), which resulted in a very costly shutdown for the customer.


Lubrication is critical to proper operation. Old, gummed-up lubrication can cause a breaker to operate slowly and causes wear and tear on the parts. Bearings are particularly subject to lubrication issues.

Prevent Aging of GE Magne-Blast Circuit Breakers

An aging GE Magne-Blast circuit breaker can experience various issues compromising its safety & reliability. However, plant maintenance engineers can prevent these problems with proper maintenance and inspection. Quad Plus offers cutting-edge and effective solutions if you need help with aging GE Magne-Blast circuit breakers. Contact Jim Woulf from Quad Plus at (920) 515-4155 or via email at for reliable repair and maintenance services.

We want to thank Congressman Tom Tiffany with Billerud and a update on the Wisconsin Paper Industry moving forward.

Marty Oaks

The Green Bay Innovation Group wants to thank Congressman Tom Tiffany for his efforts reaching out to Billerud regarding the Wisconsin Rapids Paper, Pulp and Converting facilities. We ALL recognize the importance and impact that shutting down that paper mill has had on the Wisconsin Paper, Pulp, Forestry and Supporting Industries. The facility was the premier manufacturer for the Graphic Arts and Converting Industries supporting a large number of Wisconsin and nationwide customers. We appreciate Billerud’s $1 Billion Dollar investment into their Michigan plants. Hopefully, they can move forward with the Wisconsin facilities!

Read Tom tiffany’s letter here

We hear time and time again that the paper industry is dying and that is not the case in Northeastern Wisconsin! As we look at Paper and Pulp Industries, Wisconsin is turning the corner with some sizable investments.

  1. The Green Bay Packaging $500 million plus investment into a State-of-the-art paper mill completed after the 2 ½ year breaking ground with a huge financial impact on Northeastern Wisconsin!
  2. Green Bay Packaging Coated Division is adding onto their coated products division!
  3. Georgia-Pacific Breaks Ground on a $500 Million Expansion in Green Bay building a new paper machine plus moving forward with the new 1 million square foot distribution center in De Pere.
  4. ST Paper, LLC. completed the installation of a new tissue paper machine in Duluth, MN. ST. Paper has a tissue manufacturing facility in Oconto Falls.
  5. Pixelle Specialty Paper Solutions has started up a paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio producing printing papers with a facility in Stevens Point.
  6. BPM, Inc. in Peshtigo is investing in upgrades to their current facilities.
  7. Neenah Paper, with multiple facilities in Wisconsin, has merged with SWM forming a company with $3 Billion Dollars in Sales. The new company name is MATIV.
  8. McKinley Paper based in Combined Locks is producing uncoated offset paper converting a machine that previously produced packaging grade papers. McKinley purchased Midwest Paper Group.
  9. Nine Dragons has finished the conversion of their paper manufacturing from lightweight coated groundwood papers to producing packaging papers.
  10. Ox Industries, Inc. acquired Corex, LLC. in Stevens Point. Ox Industries is the largest independently owned vertically integrated manufacturer of 100% recycled paper board and specialty products.

Nonwovens – Specialty Alternatives

By Susan Stansbury, Industry Consultant (contact/bio on Linkedin)

White dress being spray painted on a woman by 2 people on each side of her

This is the last of three articles about those fantastically creative nonwovens fabrics. I continue with needle punch, carded, and other specialties nonwovens.

First, a reminder… what are nonwovens?

  • Nonwovens substrates are neither papers nor wovens (wovens are textiles such as cotton fabrics). In this segment, developers have been creating alternate textile-like fabrics using synthetic and natural fibers.
  • Nonwovens can include multiple streams of fibers, plus additives in the manufacturing process.

Thinking about something special…where else could you see a nonwoven dress created via spray onto a runway model live at the fashion show? Fabric producer Fabrican LTD says,  “It forms a non-woven material as soon as it comes into contact with a solid surface.” According to WWD (Women’s Wear Daily):

The texture of the fabric can be changed according to the fibers (synthetic and natural, such as cotton, linen, polyester or nylon as well as recycled) and binder used, and how the spray is applied. It added.…guests…were gathered, as Hadid patiently stood for more than eight minutes as the liquid was applied. Once it was dry, an attendant rolled down her sleeves, snipped off the hem and slashed the skirt of the white dress.

Founded in 2003, Fabrican is exploring the uses of its technology in the clothing, healthcare, automotive, packaging and building products fields. The Spray-on fabric can be applied using aerosol technology, industrial sprayers, robots and 3D printing.

On a less “flashy” level, specialty nonwovens find their way into niche and emerging markets. For example, the hardworking nature of needlepunch nonwovens have found a solid role in markets such as automotive and geotextiles.

Known for durability, these nonwovens were part of what was an “aging” category years ago, but with the advent of smaller specialty machines tailored to market and specific products, this material took off on a new trajectory.

Needlepunching, a definition:

A process for making a nonwoven textile in which a continuous mat of randomly laid fibres or filaments is entangled with barbed needles. This causes matting and the production of a “felt” textile.

Needlepunched nonwovens tend to be:

  • Very lofty, high basis weight, thick structures with superior strength.
  • Chosen for cushioning & padding and ability to trap particles within the fabric (for example in scrubbing). It is used as a filler pad in incontinence pads.
  • Flame resistance and antimicrobial additives can be value-added features.
  • Selected as an alternative to a washcloth, for example, as a bathing cloth.
  • Used as an alternative to laundered and woven cloths; can be molded and embossed, designed for various thicknesses and layered with other materials.
  • While the process is often slower and more expensive than other nonwovens, needlepunched nonwovens are selected for premium applications where unique properties are sought.

Carded nonwovens are tough.

These nonwovens are based on an older technology, but they keep finding niches similar to needlepunch, but may be made to thinner specifications. Known for scrubbing ability when made into cleaning pads, they can be apertured, dyed and made to stiff specifications. Fiber content can include rayon for some absorbency. Carded nonwovens can also be used as a layer to be hydroentangled as part of spunlaced nonwovens, as part of wet wipes and other applications.

Air Through Bonding offers options.

According to producer, Texol: The need for green technologies and high performing material equals a commitment to developing solutions as “air-through-bonded” nonwovens. It’s a process where the application of heated air to the surface of the nonwoven fabric achieves better web integrity. The result is a nonwovens material that is soft, with lower basis weights than many other fabrics can achieve.

These nonwovens are just a sampling of the myriad possibilities for fabrics. New developments continue to focus on improved attributes for products, to be more printable and converter-friendly, to become more environmentally friendly, to be truly flushable, and to lead as alternatives to other materials.

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