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DEKKER Helps "Renew, Rethink, and Redefine the Future" at PaperCon 2017

February 24, 2017 09:00 AM
PaperCon 2017


Michigan City, IN (February 24, 2017) – Dekker Vacuum Technologies, a world leader in vacuum solutions, continues its established, forward thinking partnership with the pulp and paper industry. DEKKER will be an exhibitor at PaperCon 2017, the largest pulp and paper technical event in the world, to be held April 23-26, 2017, in Minneapolis. This year’s theme is “Renew. Rethink. Redefine the Future.”

DEKKER will be represented at booth 1009 by members of its pulp and paper team; Business Development Managers, Applications Engineers, and Research and Development, comprised of Scot Desiderio, Business Development Manager - Chemical/Petrochemical/Oil and Gas/Pulp and Paper/Mining; Steve Garner, Business Development Manager; Mike Amick, Applications Engineer; and Sajid Khan, Research & Development Engineer.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, PaperCon focuses on the latest trends, technologies, issues and solutions relating to papermaking, process control, fluid fundamentals, and recycled paperboard technologies, with an emphasis on paper packaging and board.

CEOs, mill managers, paper machine superintendents, scientists, process engineers, suppliers, and other professionals serving key roles in the industry from more than 30 countries attend this comprehensive conference that includes a peer-reviewed technical program, networking opportunities, and exhibits.

The event is sponsored by TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry), a not-for-profit association focusing on emerging technologies and innovation for the paper and packaging industry. TAPPI is an ANSI-Certified Standards development organization that ensures products meet industry-recognized best practices.


A World Supplier to a World Industry

“Paper is so pervasive that it’s almost impossible to consider life without it,” Desiderio said.

In 2014, the United States used 71.4 million metric tons of paper. According to the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), the U.S. forest products manufacturing industry (pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products) accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women.

Vacuum pumps and systems are used extensively throughout the paper making process from the Dregs to the Deculator, through the forming and press sections of a traditional Fourdrinier or GAP former. Other paper industry applications include converting, holding/chucking, and paper coating.

Desiderio noted, “In a paper mill, the liquid ring vacuum pump system is the second most expensive piece of capital equipment. It consumes 15 to 20 percent of the total power requirement of the paper machine. So, not only does it pay to have DEKKER quality in the pumps and systems, it pays to have DEKKER’s experienced support behind them.”

Maximum Advantages with Maxima

DEKKER is a major manufacturer of liquid ring vacuum pumps and compressors, which are the workhorses of the pulp and paper industry. They can handle large amounts of condensibles, a crucial consideration in paper manufacturing.

The extremely tough Maxima-C™ CL and C4 series and Maxima-K™ 1K, 2K and 3K series liquid ring vacuum pumps have proven superiority with a range of advantages for industry applications.  

Maxima-C CL and C4 conical pump designs feature:

  • 20-bladed high efficiency impeller designs
  • Capacities up to 22,000 CFM in cone 1, 2 and 3 designs
  • Minimum water usage
  • Removable bearing brackets
  • Standard side or bottom discharge to trench
  • A wide variety of construction materials including cast iron, stainless clad, 316ss, and ceramic coating

Maxima-K 1K, 2K and 3K flat port pump designs feature:

  • Variable discharge ports for greater efficiency across the entire vacuum range
  • Capacities up to 39,000 CFM
  • Internal recirculation feature for minimum water usage
  • Self-priming
  • Large inspection ports
  • Top mounted separator design or side discharge to trench
  • Available in cast iron, 316ss, and epoxy coating

Rethinking with VFD

“PaperCon is urging the industry to renew, rethink and redefine,” Desiderio said. “One recommendation for our end users is to rethink their application with DEKKER’s variable frequency drive (VFD) feature.”

VFDs adjust the speed of the motor to better match the actual load. They are affordable and easy to install on existing systems and are one of the most cost-effective ways to maximize efficiency and maximize power savings, which is achieved throughout the process:

  • Control of power consumption (up to a 50% turndown in power)
  • Control of inrush (soft starting reduces wear on system components and eliminates inrush during startup)
  • Control of material damage and waste (reduced slippage results in less material damage and waste)
  • Control of cost and return on investment (guaranteed quick payback on system investment)

For more information on PaperCon 2017, please visit

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