We primarily focus on the “D” in R&D, developing fundamental research into real life solutions. To accomplish this we work closely with a network of pulp and paper research centers. We sponsor fundamental studies in fluid mechanics, screening, refining and associated fiber preparation methods to find new development opportunities for performance wear components that have an impact on the bottom line and improve sustainability - especially in terms of energy reduction.
Full scale testing to assess improvements is most often conducted by partnering with a customer and testing within their production environment. For more complex changes or a new piece of unit capital, our pilot plant in Japan is usually the first stop where we put to work the smallest model we will sell. After successful pilot testing, we move to partnering with a customer for further testing and scale-up. Mill results and experience reduce customer risks and allow us to develop our process simulation tools, such as SimAudit™, for a new product or component replacement.