Growth Through Fiber Engineering (2015 – Present)
In 2015, Robert (Bob) White was appointed CEO of Pulmac to develop and lead a growth strategy for the Company. A professional engineer and senior corporate executive experienced in business development, operations, and regulatory affairs at the national and international levels, Bob had recently retired from a 42-year telecommunications career where he oversaw the transformation of the industry from dial telephones to today’s smart-phones, a major transformation that involved new industry players and several new and disruptive technologies. Bob believes that TAPPI provides an unparalleled platform for the development of the paper industry as well as its people. His own participation includes past chair of the PIMA IT Committee, current chair of the new PIMA Future of the Industry Committee and current Vice-Chair of the PIMA Division Council. (PIMA is a division of TAPPI dealing with leadership and strategic issues).
Pulmac’s fiber engineering strategy involves an expansion of our data analytics capabilities through our DataSolve™ product and association with Seeq®, a premium data analytics company. Also, our Automation product using on-line data from Conmark’ s Satron® sensors and PulpEye’s® extensive and unique fiber properties measurement capabilities improves the stability of stock prep and other mill processes. These products turn a mill’s production problems into opportunities.
Our patented FiberRouter™ and Glu-Pulp® processes, currently in development mode but expected to come to market in 2023, use fiber characteristics to significantly improve the productivity of the papermaking process. More information will be provided as commercialization of these products happens.
Finally, Pulmac’s goal is to fill important gaps left by process equipment suppliers in the transformation of pulp and paper mills to Industry 4.0. This involves tying customer orders with production performance. To begin our foray into this, we have partnered with flexis, a company which markets a system that optimizes the connection between customer orders and production systems.
The Company has recruited highly talented personnel to execute on the above market offerings (see Management section of this website) and will continue to offer its unique legacy measurement equipment and associated services which have and continue to serve the industry.
Pulmac’s vision is to become an industry thought leader in Industry 4.0 to achieve the sustainability imperative that society demands of industries today. Pulmac’s strategy provides the missing links for making this happen.