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ISE Students Tour Paper Mill

Sep 03, 2013

Cheryl Beilharz, informational systems engineering (ISE) instructor at the Bristol Campus, coordinated a tour of the Domtar Paper Mill in Kingsport, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 21st.

Domtar processes wood chips and pulp into rolls of paper weighing more than 7,000 pounds.  After the roll leaves the process line, it is taken to another facility in Kingsport or shipped to a facility in South Carolina or middle Tennessee where the roll of paper is reduced down to letter or legal size paper that is eventually sold and used in copier machines throughout the world.  During the tour of the facility, the ISE students viewed the server room that is the center of activity for the complete facility for all of the telephone services, business computers, and process and data collection. The students were then shown the paper making process that included learning how the computer terminals monitor the manufacturing processes, quality controlling, paper roll unloading, and labeling of the large rolls of paper.

The tour guide explained the complete process of manufacturing paper and how the IT department plays a critical role in the daily operation of the facility.  He told the class that he loves his job at Domtar because his group oversees all aspects of IT including terminating network drop cables, running fiber optic cabling, repairing PC’s, installing software, and setting up imaging from their headquarters in Montreal, Canada.

Information systems engineering students who toured the Domtar Facility in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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