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Story | 01/25/2022 09:00:00 | 5 min Read time

Renewed handbook and webinars on improving paper handling and logistics

The UPM sponsored cross-industry collaboration Optimized Paper Handling & Logistics (OPHAL) has published the second edition of their best practice guide to transporting and handling papers. As part of the collaboration, we are now also offering free webinars on the topic, available for you whether you are a UPM customer or a publisher, supplier, transporter, or printer.

Preventing and reducing the risk of accidents, economic damage, and environmental loss across the paper value chain is of utmost importance for UPM Communication Papers. That is why we were among the initiators of an international cross-industry collaboration, Optimized Paper Handling & Logistics (OPHAL). We are still proud to sponsor the project as well as to be a member.

The OPHAL group will regularly organise webinars on different paper logistics related topics.

Be​tter handling and logistics are crucial

Paper is handled multiple times on its journey from mill to printing press, with each step carrying a risk of damage or loss. Any reduction in paper damage will improve economic performance and reduce environmental impact.

Safety is one more key concern, since paper handling requires specialised techniques, tools, and storage facilities. Every manipulation of a paper rolls or a pallet carries a risk of accidents and injuries.

You can find the second edition of the OPHAL manual and download it free of charge from the OPHAL website.

Handbook and webinars help optimising

To keep everyone in the whole supply chain up to date on how to minimize the risks of handling and transporting paper, the OPHAL group will regularly organise webinars on different paper logistics related topics.

Participation is free of charge and the first webinar will be held on 27 January 2022, introducing a series of OPHAL webinars and presenting the topics of the OPHAL handbook.

Among the speakers at the webinar is Martin Schorn, Director, Technical Customer Service Europe, UPM Communication Papers, who will talk about paper transportation.

The OPHAL group has also opened a website featuring the OPHAL guide and the webinars here.

Register and join the webinar here.

Updated OPHAL manual available for download

You can find the second edition of the OPHAL manual and download it free of charge from the OPHAL website.

The richly illustrated manual guide gives examples of best practices and provides troubleshooting guidelines for supervisors, operating staff, printing plant managers and supply chain managers of suppliers, and UPM Communication Papers’ customers. The OPHAL guide is available here.

Happy to help the whole industry

“UPM Communication Papers is focused on advancing best practices in the paper industry, and we are proud to be part of the cross-industry collaboration to develop a practical handbook for paper handling in the supply chain,” says Markus Zentgraf, Manager, Logistics Damage Prevention, UPM Communication Papers.

“This handbook is a useful tool for our colleagues, customers and suppliers. It gathers the best expertise from professionals across the paper supply chain. We are proud to present this great manual to the whole industry. To hear more about the OPHAL guide, and the future webinars, join the webinar on 27th January,” Martin Schorn, Director, Technical Customer Service Europe, UPM Communication Papers, encourages anyone who is interested.

Benefits of the OPHAL guide

The handbook is aimed at supervisors, managers, administrative and production staff. It provides them with a unique tool to give a better understanding of the supply chain and how to optimise their part of it.

The handbook gives guidance as follows:

  • Reducing risks of accidents
  • Improving economic and environmental performance
  • Optimising working practices for handling, transporting, and storing paper
  • Troubleshooting guidance for transport damages and defects

The OPHAL handbook includes 11 modules:

1: Paper & Cores — Wrapping & Pallets

2: Inspect, Report, Evaluate & Repair

3: Warehouse and Paper Store

4: Paper Handling Equipment

5: Roll and Pallet Handling

6: Transport — Securing & Lashing

7: Road Transport

8: Rail Transport

9: Containers Transport

10: Marine Transport

11: At the Printer — Paper onto Press

Global technical network at your service

UPM Communication papers Technical Customer Service is ready to assist you with an extensive service and solution array. Learn more about our experienced global Technical Customer Service network https://www.upmpaper.com/products-services/technical-services/

About the ‘Optimized Paper Handling & Logistics’ Project

OPHAL is a cross-industry collaborative project with the aim to establish a common best practice tool and global reference for suppliers, transporters, and printers to improve their efficiency. It is a joint project of WAN-IFRA, European Rotogravure Association, IDEAlliance, Nordic Offset Printers Association and Print Process CHAMPION Group. 

Ophal website 

Contact details

For further information, please contact Markus Zentgraf markus.zentgraf@upm.com or Martin Schorn martin.schorn@upm.com

 

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