Board Converting News, December 7, 2020

Maritime Paper Products Invests In EFI Escada Corrugated Controls Dartmouth, Nova Scotia based Maritime Paper Products, a long-time leader among independent corrugated man- ufacturers and printers in Canada with 90 years’ experi- ence, made a significant investment to drive productivity, reduce waste and improve its carbon footprint with the purchase of an EFI Escada Corrugator Control system from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. The new Escada system being installed at its Nova Scotia facility gives Maritime Pa- per a competitive advantage with the ability to produce higher-quality graphics on superior combined board man- ufactured with Escada control systems technology. “We convert a full range of corrugated products throughout our three manufacturing plants and the corru- gator is the driver of our performance,” said Mark Doyle, Maritime Paper’s manager of capital projects and equip- ment. “We continuously review all opportunities to im- prove quality and up time and the EFI Escada system was on our radar for a long time. It has the best reporting sys- tem and the best closed-loop system.” As a result of the investment, Maritime Paper is poised to reduce its manual operations with increased automa- tion. The system will be installed at Maritime Paper’s Dart- mouth, Nova Scotia, operation, but it will also drive efficien- cies at the company’s printing and converting facilities in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Moncton, New Brunswick. “Our number-one goal is to reduce waste, not just in paper but in overall operational efficiency,” said Sheldon Gouthro, the company’s President and CEO. “We estimate our waste reduction with Escada will be more than 10 per- cent. With better process control we can increase speed and push up time on our corrugator and run a more sus- tainable operation with benefits that trickle down to every area of the company.” With the growth in demand for packaging driven by increased home deliveries across all sectors of the econ- omy, achieving high-quality graphics is a competitive ad- vantage that Maritime Paper is looking to exploit with its clients in the food and beverage industries. “We print six colors and varnish on corrugated sheets. In order to achieve superior graphics, it all starts with the corrugator,” said Doyle. “The Escada system will not only calculate the best production factors, it will also calculate the best formula to produce substrates with fewer varia- tions, less warp, and smoother finishes. That will allow us to produce the high level of graphics and superior printing our customers expect. It will definitely be an advantage for us.” Gouthro and Doyle report a strong working relationship with EFI as a partner in helping the company further im- prove its operations. “This is a big investment for us,” said Gouthro. “EFI has shown an impressive level of profession- alism and commitment to innovation. They have been very supportive of our processes and helpful on every level.”



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December 7, 2020

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