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St Croix Tissue benefits from partnerships with both the University of Maine Pulp & Paper Foundation and KCF Technologies

St. Croix Tissue (SCT) has long partnered with the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation (UMPPF) as a corporate member in its mission to financially support and prepare talented engineering students for careers in the pulp and paper industry.  St Croix Tissue also relies heavily on UMPPF students for new engineering graduate hires.  Alex Daigle, a recent UMaine mechanical engineering graduate and employee at SCT, recently helped to connect the partnership between KCF Technologies and the UMPPF with the facility. 

KCF Technologies exists to elevate people and solve problems. They envision a world where their customers have zero injuries, zero waste, and zero asset failures. Their industry-leading machine health optimization software, SMARTdiagnostics, helps permanently solve asset problems by getting to the root of machine health problems. Easy-to-read analytics let customers visualize the health of their critical assets and take immediate, effective action.

As a supplement to their education, the UMPPF sponsors several industry specific seminars to educate and expose students to new technologies that can help to propel the industry into the future.  In his senior year, Alex attended one such seminar where Matt Cowan of KCF Technologies spoke about the machine health platforms his company has developed to enhance vibration analysis and remote monitoring.  Alex’s first year at St Croix Tissue, he was able to take the lead on a pilot project of KCF’s sensors and after its success, has helped to implement their permanent use in the mill’s reliability program.   

The video link below highlights how our partnerships with both organizations have become a valuable collaboration.  Here at St Croix Tissue, this collaboration is allowing us to further our commitment to continuous improvement with cutting edge technologies.

St Croix Tissue is a state of the art tissue paper manufacturing company in Baileyville, Maine.  The facility produces a full range of products for the growing national and international tissue markets, including paper napkins, paper towels, bathroom tissue and facial tissue with two new machine lines that were completed in 2016.  St Croix Tissue has a manufacturing capacity of 110,000 tons of tissue per year.