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Kadant Johnson Starts Up Steam System for Norampac's Drummondville Packaging Plant

ThermoMax steam system

May 12, 2016 - Kadant Johnson Inc., a subsidiary of Kadant Inc., announced that it successfully started up its ThermoMax® steam system at Norampac's corrugated packaging plant in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. The new corrugator line was part of a $26 million modernization project that doubled the production capacity of the plant.

According to Kadant Johnson, the corrugator has a face-width of 110” and is designed to operate at sustained speeds of 450 mpm. It is the first of its kind in Canada.

“We are pleased to have been selected by Norampac to supply our ThermoMax steam system for the new corrugator line,” said Greg Wedel, president of Kadant Johnson. “Our expertise in heat transfer products, process control, and systems engineering position us well for projects such as this, where product, process, and controls integration are required for maximum uptime, production, and quality.”

Kadant Johnson's scope of supply included its ThermoMax steam system for the single facers, triple pre-heater stack, and hotplate sections; a PLC control system with operator stations; boiler room controls; variable moisture steam shower supply systems; engineering services; and system commissioning.

The ThermoMax steam system features supervisory control logic to ensure consistent production and reliable operations. Operators have high visibility into the system through a graphical interface. They are supported by remote diagnostics, process monitoring, and process recording. Both single facers included Kadant Johnson's patented Turbulator® bars, CorrPro® rotary joints, and cantilever syphon equipment on critical steam-heated rolls.

Norampac is a division of Cascades Canada Inc. The Drummondville plant produces and converts corrugated packaging from linerboard and medium.

Kadant Inc. is a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry and process industries worldwide. The company's stock-preparation; fluid-handling; and doctoring, cleaning, and filtration products are designed to increase efficiency and improve quality in pulp and paper production. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Kadant Inc.