|Norm Lasslett is a Director and
Principal Consultant for Procex Pty Ltd.
Silvia Malaisirirath is a Director and Graphic
Designer for Procex Pty Ltd.
Other contract personnel are utilised
With over 30 years working for
Australian Paper Manufacturers,
Amcor Ltd, Amcor Research & Technology Centre,
McKinley Paper Company, Australian Paper and Procex, Norm
Lasslett has acquired significant skills and experience
in various areas of the pulp and paper industry. Positions held in that
time have included: Senior Systems Engineer, Chief
Control Systems Engineer, Manager Control Technology,
Principal Research Engineer - Process Control, and Manager Manufacturing
The following list indicates the
breadth of process control and IT applications that he
has been involved in:
- Systems engineering -
troubleshooting and implementing advanced
controls in the pulp and paper processes at
Maryvale and Fairfield Mills.
- Management and programming of
in-house Quality Control Systems
controlling moisture, grammage, speed and
refiners on M1, M2, F6 and F5 paper machines from
1973 through to 1985. APM were pioneers in the
application of computer control to paper
- Modeling and optimization of
processes, eg. linear programming models for the
power plants at Botany, Fairfield and Maryvale Mills.
- Selection, design, installation
and maintenance of Quality Control Systems at
Botany, Fairfield, Maryvale, Petrie, Spearwood,
Apcel and Cellulose Mills.
- Maryvale Batch Mill - Management
and programming of the original Varian process
control computer system controlling the batch
digesters. Involved in the replacement of the
original system with a FOX300 system.
- MKMP Pine Mill - This project
involved the management, design, programming and
commissioning of the FOX300 supervisory control
of the Kamyr continuous digester. This was one of the most
successful control systems projects ever
implemented in APM. It ran well for 20
years with little modification until replaced in 2004.
- Recovery Boiler - The preparation
of software for computer control (FOX300) of the
sootblowing of Maryvale No. 6 recovery boiler.
- Colour Removal Plant - This
project involved responsibility for all
instrument/computer (Foxboro Multistation)
matters connected with the relocation of controls
and building of new plant at Maryvale.
- Maryvale 3 Rebuild - Involved in
preliminary design and engineering of control
- Responsible for the development
and maintenance of Control Systems Standards for
the Amcor Group for 10 years.
- Member of the Central Burner
Management Committee for several years.
- Developed a novel optical
inspection system for the multi-wall sack
bottomer at St. Regis Bates, Keon Park. This
system monitored dimensions and bag closure and
allowed increased output as manual inspection was
- Managed the process control
aspects of the installation of Measurex scanners
and DCSs at Fairfield 6 and Fairfield 2.
- Lectured at the APPI Master of
Engineering course at Monash University in
- Managed an energy conservation
project using a PLC for Amcor Research &
Technology Centre HVAC which won a SECV award.
- Nominated as the representative
for Australia on the organising committee for the
Control Systems 94 conference in Stockholm
- Managed a development group of 10
analysts and programmers. The applications
included Finishing Management System (FMS),
Production Recording System (PRS), Inventory
Management Accounting System (IMAS) and Forests.
FMS was installed at Fairfield, Broadford,
Functional Coatings and Maryvale during this
- Seconded to McKinley Paper Company
in New Mexico for 12 months. The task was to
determine the business needs for this new
subsidiary of Amcor Paper Group and to select and
implement the appropriate systems. The
- Sales, order entry, accounts
- Roll tracking system
- Block schedule, trim optimisation,
- Expert system for problem
- Maintenance Management System
- Preventive Maintenance Vibration
- Integrated Quality System
- GL, AP, AR, Purchasing
- Office Automation
- Developed an expert system
knowledge base for diagnosing problems on paper
- Development of a pulp mill
scheduling system to calculate desired production
rates to satisfy demand and maintain storages at
optimal levels within constraints in the white
liquor, digester and black liquor systems.
- Involved in a "Proof of
Concept" evaluation of SAP.
- Development of strategic and
tactical plans for manufacturing systems in
Silvias specialty is Graphic
Design. Her experience includes:
- Design of logos for several
companies, including McKinley Paper Company
(Amcor Group), Womens Workout Centre, Luda
Production, Syber Software, Tric Bike Paintworks,
Clean Technology Solutions, Society of Hospital
Pharmacists Australia, Procex, etc.
- Design of graphics for PRO-PLAN.