AstenJohnson Announces Launch of Paperchine Quantum Solutions

May 25, 2012 (Press Release) - AstenJohnson announced the newly formed Paperchine Quantum Solutions (PQS). This new engineering, analytical services and consultancy company will offer a unique range of diagnostic and technical expertise to help papermakers improve machine efficiency and performance.

Paperchine Quantum Solutions will function as an independent business and will be led by Vice President Jean Pierre Bouchard. Bouchard states, "Today's paper mill is running with fewer resources than in the past, but the need to remain globally competitive is stronger than ever. AstenJohnson is a trusted resource among paper mill personnel when it comes to problem solving, data analysis, training and other high end services. With PQS we are harnessing the knowledge and experiences of our people to give papermakers a dedicated addition to their current workforce."

PQS will focus its efforts in four key areas, including 1) Audits that examine all facets of the paper machine, from stock approach through winding, to evaluate mechanical, hydraulic and structural conditions as well as process capability, 2) Process improvement and optimization using on and off-line data analysis, diagnostic and statistical tools to provide machine operators with the forward-looking process information necessary to increase overall equipment efficiency, 3) Engineering services to support customers in defining and planning capital investments needed to achieve productivity and quality objectives and 4) Education services on papermaking, statistical process control and Lean and Six Sigma protocols that give novice and seasoned papermakers the opportunity to expand their skills and expertise.

PQS will draw on the knowledge capital of both Paperchine and AstenJohnson, allowing papermakers to take advantage of a wealth of papermaking and engineering knowledge and capabilities.

AstenJohnson employs approximately 2,000 associates worldwide and manufactures paper machine clothing, filaments and filtration fabrics in addition to the products and equipment manufactured by Paperchine. The company is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.

SOURCE: AstenJohnson