There are many components to the pulp and paper
consulting services of Omni Continental Ltd. We realize the importance of
efficiency in papermaking and our training services reflect this awareness.
Omni consultants are the topof their respective fields and are also very
Omni Continental Covers Seven Main Service Areas:
Troubleshooting the Paper Machine
Many mills run with operating problems which can,
should, and, in many cases, must be corrected. Omni Continental consultants
have the skill and experience to both accurately diagnose problems and provide
the action steps necessary to resolve them.
Troubleshooting is a large part of our company
activity. We are often hired by mills to provide innovative solutions to both
short-term and long-term problems. Part of our formula for success rests on the
fact that our consultants not only possess the necessary theoretical knowledge,
but also have had the practical experience of working at the mill production
level. This combination has, since 1974, served as a basis for Omni
troubleshooting achievements worldwide.
Our close cooperation with mill staff when working towards solutions to
mill problems is another reason for our troubleshooting success. This tenet
ensures that problems are correctly identified and that their resolutions are
Training in the Pulp & Paper Industry
Omni Continental offers training services at all
levels of the Pulp and Paper Industry. We run our courses both on-site at
client mills and publicly.
We also offer specialty courses and seminars by
grade including fine and coated paper, newsprint, multiply, linerboard, and
Our courses feature lecturers with mill production
backgrounds, and focus on real mill troubleshooting and operating expenses.
The classes are small (30 people) and focus on the individual
Recommendations for Rebuilds, New Systems or Equipment Purchases
We are frequently asked
by our clients to recommend or to give advice on machine rebuilds, or the
installation of new systems or equipment.
For example, a mill may plan to
purchase or rebuild a new headbox but be unsure as to what type of performance
guarantees should be provided.
Another example is a
grade conversation for an existing machine. The mill may want an outside expert
to review equipment modifications and design specifications to ensure an
With over 25 years of industry experience, we
supply unbiased, sound technical and practical advice regarding concerns such
Design & Layout of New Pulp & Paper Machines
Omni Continental is active in the area of system
design and installation with paper mills around the world.
We assist mills in formulating calls for proposals and evaluating
builders' proposals for capital projects; and assess the recommendations of
builders' proposals and suggest changes and alterations to eliminate any
process deficiency and help ensure an optimum start-up curve; and oversee the
work of major engineering companies like Brown & Root, AGRA Simons, or
Rust, examining the underlying the underlying assumptions on which their
designs are based. This work usually is done on behalf of the mill involved but
is occasionally done on behalf of the engineering company involved in such
Improvement of Machine Operation
ThroughTechnical Audits and Lost Time Analysis
Paper machine efficiency is the most important
operating parameter, yet in many mills the average efficiency is far below the
industry standard. Omni Continental, through Lost Time Analysis and Technical
Audits, has helped raise the efficiency of many client mills, resulting in
direct and in many cases, dramatic financial benefits to the clients.
First identify the sources of lost time,
the steps to eliminate them.
Years of experience are required to set up and use
a Lost Time Analysis (LTA) system effectively. Omni consultants bring this
level of experience to each assignment they handle. It is this same level of
experience that allows Omni consultants to optimize a mill's existing LTA
system and help raise and sustain machine efficiencies in a relatively short
period of time.
The concept and methodology of Omni's Technical
Audits were originally developed by Dr. Jasper Mardon. Essentially, the
Technical Audit is a mill self-improvement program. An in-house mill team,
working under the guidance of an experienced consultant and using the
methodology and paper machine analysis program (PMAP) developed by Dr. Jasper
Mardon, is set up with the specific task of improving mill efficiency.
Conventional operating audits by outside
consultants have only a limited impact on improving machine efficiency,
especially over the long term. In a Technical Audit, the role of the outside
consultant is reduced to a minimum. With its high staff involvement, a
technical audit better locates the true sources of inefficiency and ensures
that efficiency improvements are long-lasting.
Clients have used our services in Lost Time Analysis and Technical
Audits in both Pulp and Paper Mills. These include Westvaco, Weyerhaeuser,
American Israeli Paper Mills, Australia Newsprint Mills, and Canadian Pacific
Critical Reviews of International Conferences
Omni Continental associates attend many of the
major pulp and paper conferences around the world. Attending these conferences
insures that we keep up to date in all areas of the papermaking industry.
A technical critique of each conference is produced
by the associates attending. An important part of these critiques is their
evaluations of new developments and their present and future applicability to
We offer reviews of International Conferences as a service to industry.
We regularly attend conferences concerning bleaching, process control, pulping
and wet-end chemistry, as well as, the general conferences sponsored by the
major international technical association.
Omni Technical Information Services
Omni Continental also offers its clients a
technical resource base second to none in the pulp and paper making world. This
includes grade specific literature surveys, providing key reference material
for rebuilds, market evaluations and projections, and troubleshooting.
Omni's Technical Information Services have been
- Evaluating Market and Machine conditions for a
grade change on existing machines
- Considering the viability of new machines
- Establishing key requirements of manufacturing
- Providing access to a compendium of Literature
covering key aspects of machine rebuilds such as whitewater systems, headbox,
instrumentation, curl control, dryer wrinkles, etc.
- Implementing new technology to improve machine
- Supply an operations manual - Technical and Management