The specialists at the Cascades Research and Development Centre are imbued with a sense of innovation and scientific rigour recognized worldwide. These distinctive characteristics have enabled them to consolidate their know-how in close to 20 fields of expertise, which go well beyond the pulp and paper industry. This multidisciplinary approach, combined with the state-of-the-art equipment our experts have at their disposal, makes the Research and Development Centre a leader in this area. The centre is pleased to see its customer base continually growing.

 

PRODUCTS - our areas of expertise

Benefit from the knowledge of our experts to develop and maintain high quality products:

Characterisation of deposits and contaminants

Measurement/Quantification

Hydrophobic contaminants (e.g. stickies) | Heavy contaminants (sand, glass) | Wax and hotmelts | Dirt | Styrofoam | Image analysis | Coarse and fine screening in lab | Infrared analysis

Food packaging safety and compliance

Migration of contaminants from packaging to food | Characterization of inks | Levels of mineral oil in packaging | Impact of packaging on organoleptic properties | Detection and identification of odours | Regulatory compliance

Life cycle analysis (LCA)

Rapid method designed by our professionals | Guidelines for environmental actions | Eco-design | Comparative LCAs | Process LCAs

Materials performance and physical properties

Performance of cellulose based materials, plastics and composite materials.

Packaging and aging available:
Tropical (38°C, 90% R.H.) | TAPPI standards (23°C, 50% R.H.) | Refrigeration (4°C) and freezing (-18°C)

 

Microbiology

Optimization of biocide programs | Respirometry | Product development | Biodegradability | Compostability | Microbiological safety of products

Microscopy/Optical, SEM and 3-D

Optical microscopy

Determination of fibres and treatments (BM, BD, gases) | Fibrillation index | Starch distribution

Electron microscopy

Complaints analysis and resolution | Rival product analysis | Component identification | Contaminant identification from macro to nano levels | Quality of heat sealing (container leaks)

3D microscopy

High-resolution 3D observation of microscopic objects | Topographic surface measurement

Surface treatment

Development of functional barriers | Evaluation of effectiveness | Evaluation of materials

PROCESSES - our areas of expertise

We offer you a wide range of specialized services in the field of processes:

Characterisation of deposits and contaminants

Measurement/Quantification

Hydrophobic contaminants (e.g. stickies) | Heavy contaminants (sand, glass) | Wax and hotmelts | Dirt | Styrofoam | Image analysis | Coarse and fine screening in lab | Infrared analysis

Life cycle analysis (LCA)

Rapid method designed by our professionals | Guidelines for environmental actions | Eco-design | Comparative LCAs | Process LCAs

Microbiology

Optimization of biocide programs | Respirometry | Product development | Biodegradability | Compostability | Microbiological safety of products

Process engineering

Mass balance | Process design | Process diagrams | Flow measurement | Process optimization | Process simulation (dynamic)

Process statistical analysis

Measurement system analysis | Optimization of operating conditions | Development of quality control tools | Data mining

Water management

Water management analysis | Optimization of the main users of process water | Reduction of fresh water consumption | Contaminant evaluation

OTHERS

Our additional services: