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Nalco and SKF Enter Strategic Partnership to Benefit Tissue Makers

Partnership’s first product will protect Tissue Machine Yankee cylinders from costly repairs.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – March 21, 2012 – A product that helps tissue makers optimize production is the first result of a strategic partnership between Nalco, an Ecolab Company, and SKF, a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics and lubrication systems. The Nalco Early Warning Chatter Detection (EWCD) system will be launched at Tissue World Americas 2012, March 20-23, in Miami Beach, Fla. The EWCD system provides tissue machine operators the ability to detect potentially harmful vibrations that can result in doctor blade chatter.

“The combination of the knowledge of two leading companies in their respective areas of expertise has created a solution to help tissue manufacturers optimize their production,” said Scott Morris, SKF global marketing manager, Pulp and Paper. “Our customers are asking for suppliers to work together to provide more advanced solutions, and we’re delivering.”

Keys to the effectiveness of the system are Nalco’s approach to early chatter detection through analysis of various parameters, an easy-to-use graphic user interface and best-in-class online monitoring technology from SKF. Unlike other condition monitoring software, Nalco’s EWCD system is designed specifically for the creping application and has an intuitive, user-friendly operator interface.

In addition to its critical early warning purpose, the technology has proven to provide additional insight regarding coating stability on the Yankee dryer, thus allowing improved troubleshooting for other creping problems. Ongoing pilot projects already have resulted in successful "saves," proving the value and reliability of the system.

“Nalco is extremely excited to bring EWCD technology to tissue and towel manufacturers as an extension of our world-class offering, coupling chemistry, automation, technical expertise and now, real-time monitoring of the creping process,” said Chris Futral, Nalco global strategic business leader for Tissue and Towel Grades. “With the SKF partnership in our offering bundle, we have expanded the programs we can provide to our customers along with our process and tissue machine expertise to help drive quality improvements and efficiency in the tissue and towel marketplace.”

About Ecolab
With 2011 pro forma sales of $11 billion and more than 40,000 employees, Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. Nalco, an Ecolab company, specializes in industrial water, energy and air applications, helping customers reduce natural resource consumption, enhance air quality, minimize environmental releases and improve productivity. Ecolab delivers comprehensive programs and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets in more than 160 countries.

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About SKF
SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2011 were SEK 66,216 million (~$10 billion) and the number of employees was 46,039.