BALBIR SINGH,Ph.D.,P.E. 2242 E. Deerfield Drive
President MEDIA, PA 19063-1834.
WEBCON International Tel: 610 565 7295
www.webconinc.com Fax: 610 892 7652
Education: BE Mech Engg (India), MS & PhD (U of PA)
Professional License: PE, Pennsylvania
Professional Membership: ASME, TAPPI
Publications: Technical papers, patents, internal company reports.
1994-Present: Consultant in process improvement and machinery upgrade.
a. Sanitary paper companies worldwide: set up and upgrade papermaking and converting processes for embossed/laminated rolled (towel, tissue, wet wipes) and folded (facial, napkins, wipers) products.
b. Medical sponges and bandages: analysis of the current manufacturing system leading to machinery definition, concepts and ratings, and develop high speed production machinery.
1967-1994: Research positions in R&D, Scott Paper Company, Philadelphia.
a. Managed a group which developed proprietary converting and packaging machinery and upgrades for commercial equipment; followed by successful applications worldwide.
b. Selected and designed machinery for the manufacture of non-wovens, laminates, diapers, baby wipes and toddler training pants.
c. Expertise in embossing, folding, laminating, converting, etc.
d. Developed mathematical formulations and computer algorithms to improve the manufacturing steps in the papermaking process.
1963-1967: Engineering positions in machinery design and automation: in India,
West Germany and the United States.
Areas of Interest:
1. PROCESS STUDY & IMPROVEMENT
Analyze the manufacturing process from the dry end of the paper-
machine through converting & suggest process/machinery upgrades to
- increase case rate (speed and uptime):
tune up of the line and removal of bottlenecks, and
inclusion of mechanical improvements: upgrades, automation.
- improve quality (bulk, stretch, handfeel, etc.):
controlling process for bulk and stretch preservation, and
optimizing calendering and embossing processes.
- reduce waste (winding and process waste):
by affecting wind and rewind uniformity, and
reduction of sheet breaks and jams.
- launch new product (base sheet and product specs):
by resetting and retiming the machinery, and
maintaining the productivity standards.
2. CONVERTING MACHINERY SELECTION & UPGRADES
New Converting Lines:
Select/specify new converting machinery to suit base paper and finished product specifications. Arrange trials for machinery validation.
Design layout and level of automation for operator efficiency and low-cost operation. Incorporate buffering and color assorting schemes.
Involve in job request, vendor trials, operator training and instruction manuals.
PCMC winders: Improve meter winding profile (cone pulley or electronic)
for wind uniformity and maximizing roll size.
Perini winders: Set draws and winding speeds for optimizing roll quality.
Roll Design: for calendering and embossing; crown computation, skewing,
drive design, etc.
Wrappers: Mechanical upgrades for Hayssen, Lawton, Cassoli, etc.,
For reliability and increased tolerance to product variation.
Proprietary Machinery: Design or modify commercial machinery for new
package design and package configuration.
3. PAPERMACHINE COMPUTATIONS & APPLICATIONS
Analytical work leading to improvements in CD and MD uniformity,
bulk enhancement & machine reliability. Successfully applied,
as suited, to a number of papermachines.
Conformal Lips: Rounded lips to improve felt contact; uniform wear.
Applications: Pick-up shoe, Uhle box, dewatering slot.
Pressing: Negative Crown to straighten felt/fabric trade line -
for uniform dewatering and drying; increased felt life.
Yankee-to-Pressure Roll crown sharing to reduce wear.
Crown computation for uniformity in wet press.
Creping: Blade mechanics- Cylinder psi to blade pli to tip psi.
Yankee power consumption related to creping friction.
Calender: Soft calendering and nip contact mechanics.
Enhancing handfeel while maintaining uniformity.
Crown & skew computations for C.D. uniformity.
Reeling: Sec. arm control for bulk enhancement & reel structure.
Computer software for computing/graphing sheet caliper.
Reduce reel initiated breaks & improvements in turn-up.
Rewinder: Unweighting and draw control for improved roll
structure, uniformity and bulk preservation.