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    Tired of rising starch prices?

    If you are dealing with increased costs and decreased availability of starch, Buckman offers alternatives that can boost starch performance in your packaging processes so you can reduce starch use or eliminate it altogether.


    For years, high performing packaging mills have looked to Maximyze enzymatic technology to improve drainage, strength and machine speeds on lines using mostly recycled fiber. With market demands pushing strength requirements to new heights, mills using virgin fiber from integrated sites are also looking for ways to improve quality and productivity while maintaining or improving yield. The ability to modify virgin fiber at integrated sites is now possible with Buckman’s next generation Maximyze. Our next generation Maximyze products are still the best performing products in the market for recycled fiber, which continues to decline in quality. It is now also the best way to get the most from your virgin fiber. Adding Maximyze to your fiber will now create new opportunities for all packaging paper producers regardless of your fiber mix. It redefines what “maximum” really means, formulating several specialized enzymes with stabilizers and potentiators to boost enzymatic activity and effectiveness to the next level. So you get better quality fiber, improved drainage, and a stronger sheet while saving energy and money and gaining a new edge in the marketplace.

    Here’s an example of how Maximyze helped one packaging mill:

    Challenge: A mill making 900 tons/day of packaging medium on one machine was spending about $20/ton on starch plus a starch additive for this application.

    Solution: Buckman implemented Maximyze, removing all starch and silica.

    Results: By switching to Maximyze, the mill saved $4.725 million per year in chemical costs. They also saved water that was used to make down the starch and the energy used to heat it. By not using the HydraSizer, they also saved in housekeeping and maintenance, as well as on the Hypo and biocide used in starch make-down.

    For more information, take a look at the Maximyze webpage and brochure.

    Bubond® 408

    Bubond 408 dry strength chemistry works more efficiently than traditional GPAM resins. Due to its higher cationic charge, it is more effective in recycled systems with high conductivity and high dissolved solids. Use of Bubond 408 can decrease energy costs, increase machine speed, as well as improve drainage and dry strength. The higher solids content of Bubond 408 reduces shipping, handling, and storage costs. Shelf life is comparable to a lower solids product. Bubond 408 is allowed for use in the manufacture of paper or paperboard for food contact under Food Contact Notification (FCN) 871 of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Like 21 CFR § 176.170 and 176.180, the FCN allows all persons who purchase this product from Buckman to legally use this product in the production of paper and paperboard that may come into contact with food.

    Here’s an example of the results one packaging mill saw when they tried Bubond 408:

    Challenge: A mill wanted to increase STFI of light weight testliner on a multiply machine while optimizing the starch dosage.

    Solution: Buckman added Bubond 408 to balance wet end chemistry.

    Results: STFI was increased on average by 8%.  Wet end starch dosage was reduced by 30-37%, and size press starch was reduced by 15-23%.   The reduced size press starch and increased wet web strength allowed for speed increases between 3-8%.  Over weighing of paper was eliminated while maintaining  STFI targets.

    For more information, contact your Buckman representative or complete the contact form on this page.

    Precision® FX 804

    Precision FX 804 is a polymer-based, liquid ply bond agent that can help you reduce the amount of spray starch needed for the job by up to 50%, so you spend a lot less. Mills that use a Precision FX 804/starch blend can save as much as 40% of the cost of a 100% starch application. That’s an excellent return on investment. Precision FX 804 is easy to feed with no makedown required. Dosing is performed in the same container where the starch is prepared and mixes perfectly. It is FDA and BfR approved for use in food contact paperboard.

    Here’s an example of results one packaging mill saw with Precision FX 804:

    Challenge: A mill making multi-ply SC cup base paper wanted to increase bonding strength among layers, decrease the use of starch to save cost, and reduce the cleaning frequency of starch spray nozzles and lines. A competitive program to the one applied by Buckman was already in place, and the competitor had already decreased starch consumption by 25% with their product.

    Solution: On three board machines, Buckman replaced the incumbent product with Precision FX 804.

    Results: The mill saw improvements in Scot Bond of 16% on one machine and 10% on the other two machines. An additional 6-10% decrease in starch consumption was seen (beyond the 25% the mill had already saved), which amounted to an annual savings of $444,000. The mill also benefited from reduced cleaning frequency of the starch spray nozzles and lines, and they had a lower COD and BOD load at the effluent treatment plant.

    For more information, contact your Buckman representative or complete the contact form on this page.


    For your packaging mill, efficiency, cost savings, safety, and performance require a high level of care, both in your processes and in the technologies you use. From more effective strength and drainage aids to products that improve microfloc formation and retention, Buckman provides the precision you need to succeed.

    Here’s an example of what Precision did for a gypsum mill:

    Challenge: A mill making gypsum facing and backing wanted to increase production, reduce steam demand and improve formation

    Solution: Buckman replaced the mill’s strength additive with Precision® technology that enabled the mill to achieve its goals

    Results: With Precision, the mill saw increased liner footage, decreased basis weight, reduced steam demand and improved sheet appearance. Return on Investment was $3,272,500 per year.

    For more information, go to the Precision webpage or view the brochure.


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