The paper industry is quite old and many of its processes date back 6000 years old, though the equipment has certainly changed.Even back in the days of Gutenberg, boiling starch to make paper was the way to go. Starch is preferred because of the strength it lends to paper. While there are numerous varieties of starch, each with its pros and cons, in every situation what matters the most is the equipment used to boil the starch.
Starch is used not just because of its tradition, but for its potential to reduce overall costs. But for this to work out, the starch has to be cooked completely and properly. Most mills prefer a jet cooker for its speed and control and high shear. Still, just because the process is hundreds of years old doesn’t mean your paper mill couldn’t use a Komax direct steam heater for pulp stock. There are several important reasons why a Komax heater is better.
First, the direct steam style creates a more even cooking process to provide uniform mixing of the steam with the starch stream. This is accomplished with six in-line mixing chambers which have no moving parts. This is the second big advantage of a Komax heater. With no moving parts, there are no adjustments to make – and far less noise and vibration experienced with other types of heaters. These designs go beyond creating a smoother process and more efficient mixing. There is a lot of money to be saved as well, both with energy efficiency and consistent product.
Why not find out how hundreds of paper mills have taken an old tradition and modernized it for maximum savings? Contact Komax about designing a plan to keep your equipment humming at peak productivity.