MILL INFORMATION
CHIP PROCESSING

Key operating components are:

WEIGH SCALE
All chips received pass over the weigh scale for payment determination.
CHIP LAB
Samples collected from the trucks are evaluated for moisture content, bark levels and size distribution. Feedback is given to the suppliers to promote improved chip quality.
DUMPER & STACKING
Trucks are unloaded to the chip pit for conveying to the radial stacker and pad. The plant maintains an inventory of approximately one week storage outside. Mobile equipment is used to reclaim chips to the reclaim feed.
CHIP SCREENING
The reclaimed chips are processed through the scalping screen and magnet to protect downstream equipment. Accepted chips then feed the rotary thickness screen and conventional shaker screen. Fine material exits the conveyor housing and is utilized for power generation at a nearby co-generation plan near Whitecourt. The accepted chips are then moved via conveyor to the pulp mill.
CHIP PROCESSING

Key operating components are:

WEIGH SCALE
All chips received pass over the weigh scale for payment determination.
CHIP LAB
Samples collected from the trucks are evaluated for moisture content, bark levels and size distribution. Feedback is given to the suppliers to promote improved chip quality.
DUMPER & STACKING
Trucks are unloaded to the chip pit for conveying to the radial stacker and pad. The plant maintains an inventory of approximately one week storage outside. Mobile equipment is used to reclaim chips to the reclaim feed.
CHIP SCREENING
The reclaimed chips are processed through the scalping screen and magnet to protect downstream equipment. Accepted chips then feed the rotary thickness screen and conventional shaker screen. Fine material exits the conveyor housing and is utilized for power generation at a nearby co-generation plan near Whitecourt. The accepted chips are then moved via conveyor to the pulp mill.
MECHANICAL PULPING

A crew of 7 individuals carry out the daily operation of the Pulp Mill in a safe and efficient manner. We run 24/7 every day of the year, with the exception of maintenance shutdowns. There are a total of four crews that work on a rotational basis.

Our areas of responsibility include not only the production of quality TMP pulp, but we provide the following for use mill wide:

Clean Water
Clean Steam
Capture and Re-use of Steam and Water
Compressed Air
Top Notch Effluent Control

Using state of the art technology enables us to run lean. The Control Room Operator uses a computer based operating system. He is in constant radio contact with members of the crew, who are his eyes and ears out in the field. Video cameras to oversee vital areas in the mill, such as the boiler drum level, are required by law.

TMP employees follow a thorough on-the-job training program which is complimented by our computerized Learning System. Other requirements of the TMP Operators are:

Certified Steam Engineers
Certified Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Certified Fork Lift Operators
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
First Aid
Initial Fire Response Team
Mill Evacuation
PAPER MACHINE

Named "Wild Rose", after our Provincial flower, Alberta's first (and still only) paper machine, produces more than 10,000 square metres of premium newsprint PER MINUTE.

An upgrade in Summer 2001, enables "Rosie" to run at speeds up to and over 1,500 metres per minute, making her the fastest newsprint machine in Canada, and second in North America (#1 for Single Winder Machines).

A mixture of Pulp from our TMP Mill and broke/trim from the Paper Machine are mixed with water and fed into the forming section of the Paper Machine.

At the start, the mixture is more than 98% water. By the time it has gone through the former, press sections, dryers and calendar stack, and becomes paper, it will be about 8% water.

Most of the removed water is reused in the paper making process. Steam, a by-product of our TMP refining process, is used at the Paper Machine to help dry the paper.

The 8.5 metre sheet is put onto "Jumbo" reels of paper, measuring up to 60 kilometres long and weighing more than 25 Metric Tonnes.(photo courtesy, © Edmonton Journal)

Paper Reels are tested for strength, caliper, opacity, brightness, and other properties both in our lab and via an on-machine scanner.

A high speed digital camera system inspects the 1500 metres/minute sheet for defects, and alerts operators, providing a still picture of the area of concern.

The jumbo reels are then taken to our winder, where they are wound into rolls destined for our customers.

A state-of-the-art computer based control system matches customer orders (grade, size, width, core type, number) to reels. A jumbo reel as above can make more than 30 separate rolls of different diameters, widths and core types for many different customers.

ANC continues to invest in new technology. To help keep up with the faster paper machine, ANC invested in upgraded Winder controls, moving away from push buttons to LCD touch screens.

The winder, running at speeds up to 2,500 metres/minute, is now able to keep up with the increased paper machine production.

FINISHING, WAREHOUSE & SHIPPING

This area is responsible for weighing, wrapping, labelling and storing our finished paper rolls, as well as the shipping of rolls out by rail or truck to our customers. Here is how our fully automated wrapline works.

Rolls leave the Paper Machine Winder complete with barcodes and head downstairs to the finishing line and paper warehouse.

Exiting the automatic "lowerator", the bar code is automatically scanned as the roll "rolls" by. The wrapline computers then know which customer the roll is destined to, and what the diameter width and length of the roll should be.

Roll width and diameter is double checked against the customer order and ANC specifications. Simultaneously, the TAPPI (Serial #) of the roll is stencilled on both ends.

The rolls' width and diameter determines what size and length wrapper to use.

Our characteristic blue band is applied to the top and bottom of the roll to help protect the edges in our warehouse and during shipping (beside it makes the rolls look really good!).

Determined by the roll diameter, the proper size "head" is automatically placed on each end of the roll. Our blue band is then tucked over top.

An outer head and vapour barrier is then applied using heat and glue, sealing the package.

A high quality thermal transfer label is then printed automatically and placed face down, glue up on a conveyor. The conveyor goes out to the centre of where the roll is, the roll is released, and the weight of the roll applies the label!

Rolls are then weighed one more time, and automatically "upended", onto a conveyer.

Rolls are placed in our paper warehouse by clamp trucks with laptops connected to our inventory and shipping system by a Wireless Computer Network. (These "rugged" laptops are the same model used in Police Cars).

Trucks back into our enclosed Warehouse, where they are loaded with newsprint roll. We also ship by rail, with box cars being brought inside the warehouse to load.