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The Greek converter continues its expansion in the tissue paper industry and signs a contract with A.Celli Paper for the supply of a new turnkey production line.

A.Celli Paper will supply a complete turnkey solution for the production of tissue paper, from stock preparation up to the handling of the finished reels, to the European brand Intertrade Hellas S.A., the leading converter of base paper and sanitary tissue products in the Greek Market.

The turnkey line starts with specifically designed solutions for the preparation of stock from virgin fiber, which will take into account the specific customer needs in terms of layout, quality and throughput.

The Tissue machine included in the supply, the A.Celli iDEAL® Master 2000L, represents the most advanced and efficient solution through which A.Celli Paper underlines its role as a cutting-edge partner in the industry. This tissue machine features a web width of 5600 mm, a design speed of 2100 m/min and a working speed of 2000 m/min, all this to reach a production capacity of 244 tpd (20 gsm) or 221 tpd (16 gsm). The first-rate performance provided by the A.Celli line will ensure the desired increase in the production level and the improvement of the quality of the finished product.

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Another key factor that led Intertade Hellas S.A. to choose A.Celli Paper was our capability to provide the Greek converter with a double format 16” Forged Yankee Dryer with a total width of 6085 mm.
Thanks to this technology, it is possible to substantially reduce the thermal energy requirement while maintaining the high drying capacity and ease of maintenance typical of this solution.

A.Celli will also provide Intertrade Hellas with:

  • A latest generation three-ply E-WIND® T200 slitter rewinder with a width of 5600 mm and a speed of 1800 m/min
  • A top-notch R-WAY® reel handling system, consisting of conveyor belt, wrapper, up-ender and labeling system.
  • Our renowned DCS control system and the innovative, Industry 4.0-ready automation platform capable of integrating the various systems implemented in the production plant.

Finally, the supply will include a wide range of services provided by the engineers of A.Celli Paper’s technical office: a group of experts with proven years of experience in the industry.

The machines have been pre-assembled at our headquarters located in Lucca, Italy, while the start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022. A.Celli Paper is proud to offer our customer a leap forward in quality, aiming for important and ambitious production milestones.

"We are very excited working together with A. Celli for this turn key project. The new Tissue Machine, thanks to its efficiency and reliability, will be able to supply the Greek market with the highest quality of tissue. At last Greece will produce its own paper and, after many years, the country will become self-sufficient. It is indeed a historic moment, and we are very proud of it" says Ioannis Delidimos, CEO of Intertrade Hellas S.A.

“This investment boasts an important technological and strategic value. It’s a top-notch project carried out with a perfect partner: Intertrade Hellas. This is a state of the art, double width Tissue production line designed from the very beginning with sustainability, carbon footprint reduction and lower energy consumption in mind. A.Celli is fully committed to supply high value solutions to its customers" says Alessandro Celli, member of the A.Celli Paper Board of Directors.

ntertrade Hellas S.A. - Company Profile

Intertrade Hellas S.A., founded in 1992, started its activity with the production of paper products. Its current focus is the design and manufacturing of products synonymous with top quality and of high added value for both the consumer and the professional, all at a very competitive price. Over the past decade the company, which owns three factories in Acharnes and Metamorfosi and one factory in Inofyta, Viotia, has expanded its activities, strengthened its specialization in paper processing, invested in R&D and created new series of innovative products.

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Thursday, 26 August 2021 10:57

Nonwovens Lamination

What is Lamination?

Lamination is the process of manufacturing a material in multiple layers, so that the combined physical and mechanical characteristics of each layer make for a stronger, more resilient composite material.

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The earliest examples of lamination made use of natural adhesives such as beeswax, gums, tar and substances derived from animal bones. As technology progressed, we discovered the use of sealing wax as the first hot-melt adhesive. In the 1930s a wet lamination process (with the use of solvents) was used to bond shirt collars (a woven fabric) with cellulose acetate. This process was deemed inconvenient, and by 1948 progress was made in dry lamination using polyvinyl acetate plasticized with dibutyl phthalate.

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Nonwovens lamination, in particular, is the process of bonding two or more layers, at least one of which is a nonwoven fabric, with the objective of obtaining improved strength, stability, sound insulation, appearance, or other properties. Although less expensive to manufacture, nonwoven fabrics tend to be weaker than woven ones, and the lamination process comes into play just when there is the need to strengthen this nonwoven material for a variety of uses.

The bonding is typically done with the use of adhesives (or heat) and pressure, making it possible to manufacture nonwovens products, equipped with a waterproof layer, that are breathable, soft, comfortable and suitable for printing.

Shortly after the beginning of the industrial production of disposable diapers, nonwoven laminated products, such as the textile backsheet, appeared. From the early days of dry lamination various adhesives were produced, including hot-melt powders.

Breathability was an issue with lamination in the early days, but the processes used today are capable of producing breathable, porous materials that maintain their waterproof properties.

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The supply of A.Celli tissue and paper rewinders for the Shandong Sun Holdings Group continues with the sale of another 3 top of the range tissue rewinders for the Beihai plant, in the province of Guangxi, China.

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Shandong Sun Holdings Group, a leading cross-national papermaking group integrating forestry, pulp and papermaking, has signed the purchase contract for three E-WIND® Tissue Rewinders for the Beihai plant located in Guangxi province.

The three machines that A.Celli Paper will provide to the Chinese group will have different configurations and characteristics from each other, namely:

  • Two T200S Shaftless rewinders with a design speed of 1100 mpm, one equipped with a calender and four unwinders and the other with three unwinders;
  • One T200 Tissue rewinder with a design speed of 1800 mpm, equipped with a calender and four unwinders

This agreement, which follows the numerous supplies of paper and tissue rewinders that have occurred over the years, is the latest confirmation of the trust that Shandong Sun Holdings Group places in A.Celli Paper’s solutions, know-how and competence.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2020 06:48

4 examples of goods storage automation

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The fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, is now well underway, and the new frontier is automation, or the use of digital technologies to manage productivity.

The way that industries evolve into "intelligent" factories by upgrading their production methods and logistics is not only a matter of technological change, but also involves cultural adjustment. This process need not be sudden and drastic; indeed, it requires time and planning to attune the various structures and processes to the habits and dynamics of your team.

A smart factory cannot be created overnight, simply by purchasing advanced digital systems. It needs to be a gradual process that sustains tradition while leading a business into the digital age.

Here are some examples of companies that relied on TecnoFerrari & A.Celli synergy to automate their processes, and were able to resolve their problems and increase productivity without losing their character or abandoning their traditions.

1. Goods storage automation in Texhong Textile Group Ltd

Texhong Textile Group Ltd. is a Chinese company, specialising in the production and distribution of high quality yarns and fabrics. It is currently one of the leading suppliers in the global textile industry. This important group has decided to use A.Celli technology for the installation of a fully automated system for both warehouse management and the preparation of rolls for shipping. The system will be installed at the company's plant in Vietnam.

The order for the automated warehouse followed on from a previous order by the same customer for two  rewinders and two automatic packaging/roll handling systems. With this important order, A.Celli has now become responsible for the entire downstream section of the production line: from wrapping-packaging and storage in the warehouse (including all data tracking) to preparation of the rolls for loading. The system is a customised solution that involves the use of AGVs both for handling master rolls and empty shafts in the production area and for the process of managing the rolls: from picking them after packaging to storing them in the warehouse, and subsequently preparing the load for shipment.

A.Celli has once again proved to be an important player in the Asian market, capable of developing solutions that meet the disparate needs of customers, and responding with flexibility and promptness to the many variables involved in production and logistics.

2. Goods storage automation in Cartesar

The subject of recycling has become a prominent issue in recent years, and Cartesar is an expert in this matter.

The company was founded in 1974, and is based in Salerno on the Amalfi Coast. Right from the start, the focus has been on finding the best and most innovative solutions for producing recycled paper for corrugators, using solely waste paper as raw material.

After 40 years of successful business and uninterrupted growth, it became vital to automate the services of the production chain. This was achieved by using counterbalanced TGVCs with on-board roller conveyors for transporting rolls in a vertical position, whether inside or outside the factory. In this way, the rolls can be moved to the interchange bay of the warehouse, where other TGVC vehicles, fitted with grippers, then store the rolls on high shelves in multi-tier, multi-depth ground storage warehouses.

Thanks to the automation of the handling and storage systems, there have been significant reductions in the time required for such operations, resulting in a real increase in productivity. There are also savings in relation to having to pay workers to do low-skilled jobs, and these people can be re-trained to do higher-skilled tasks.

3. Goods storage automation in Commercarta

Tradition, quality, reliability, precision and technology are the distinguishing features of the Milanese company Commercarta, which has specialised in the packaging and graphic applications sector for over thirty years.

With the launch of the 4.0 protocol, the company found itself confronting yet another technological evolution, but decided to embrace it with open arms. The challenge was to ensure maximum safety for the personnel, while also reducing the possibility of error and improving the quality of the finished product.

The new initiatives have made it possible to execute in total safety all the operations involved in handling the rolls, from storage to production. They include manoeuvring the rolls with the tilter, and moving them along the connecting routes between the production facility and warehouse sheds, using fork-type TGVP vehicles with magnetic guidance systems. The automated handling equipment is fitted with all the most advanced safety devices, to protect both employees and goods. This helps to reduce the number of accidents at work and increases the quality of the products themselves, while also cutting wastage.

4. Goods storage automation in Fater

Where is the margin for improvement when a company is already the market leader in the production of absorbent personal products and bleaches?

In the new world of Industry and Logistics 4.0, it is becoming increasingly vital to automate warehouse logistics, enabling the company to respond quickly to customers' needs while also preserving the efficiency of mass production.

The Italian company Fater is well aware of this need and has proved to be a trailblazer. The business was founded in 1958, but since 1992 has operated as a joint venture between Procter & Gamble and the Angelini Group. Every year, this Pescara-based company invests about 4% of its annual turnover in innovation, constantly raising the bar in terms of results.

A few years ago, Fater decided to focus on innovating its processes, and invested part of its revenue in automating its production lines. By designing a magnetic guidance system and using TGVP vehicles with rotating forks for handling reels and pallets, it was possible to automate the entire process of servicing the production lines. This equipment could handle any sort of material: cellulose reels, scraps or packages on pallets, and could also pick and place it in multi-depth ground storage warehouses.

This type of automation has allowed Fater to achieve greater productivity, using machines that can operate for longer hours and without breaks at night. The company can now ensure even better quality in its products, with systems that guarantee total hygiene and reduce waste due to spillage. The data collected and transmitted during the various phases can be used for analysing just in time production methods, and the company's reputation for being at the forefront of technology is a considerable boost to its image.

Do you want to know more about the solutions adopted by these 4 big companies? Download the eBook "A.Celli R-WAY AGV and other tools to automate the warehouse" and discover all the advantages for your business!

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Big data has been a buzzword for a few years now, as computer capabilities increase and data acquisition grows.

In the manufacturing sector, industries are seeing massive increases in the amount of data coming from their production lines, thanks to Industry 4.0 technology that makes use of machines embedded with sensors and wirelessly connected to the cloud for machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communication.

However, along with these massive amounts of data comes the need to effectively manage them, and this links directly to the concept of data as an asset.

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A data point is only a number which, considered in isolation, may have no value, and the same reasoning can also be extended to an entire data set. The concept of Data as an asset that implies that data acquire value when put in relation to other data and to business operations. In other words, these data, when analyzed together, increase their total value by helping inform business and factory decisions and strategy more effectively than they could do if considered by themselves

Read more: How to set up data driven production processes in tissue & nonwovens industries

How to manage Data as an Asset

Traditionally, a tissue and nonwovens company collected data that would provide a view into the productivity and profitability of a production line. This might be data such as costs, the production volume and the demand for the product.

Now, thanks to the Industry 4.0, the companies are provided with detailed machine data (speed and tension) and environmental data (temperature and humidity).

  • The first step in managing data as an asset is to combine the traditional data with the operational ones to come up with a complete picture of the operations and the productivity.
  • The next step is to ensure that all data is accessible via a machine-and software-independent platform. This platform must provide features such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to analyze the data and recognize patterns, thanks to which the companies can enjoy fully automated adjustments to the production processes and predictive maintenance scheduling.
  • Finally, these data must be accessible to and well-managed by everyone at the company. It should be everyone’s responsibility to ensure these data are used to balance corporate operations for maximum profitability. This allows every worker at the company, from the top down, to optimize the data for their needs, while still recognizing the needs of the company as a whole.

Read more: How to manage data governance in an Industry 4.0 system

Using Data as an Asset for intelligent collaboration

With Industry 4.0 technologies and proper management of data as an asset, tissue and nonwovens companies can ensure intelligent collaboration between the production line and the converting line. Each machine on these two lines, as we previously said, will be outfitted with sensors capable of transmitting operational data in real-time, and all of these data will flow to a single platform where they can be integrated and analyzed by AI.

The advantage of this setup is that the AI will be able to detect anomalies and small changes in the operation of any single machine or one of its part that might disrupt the flow of production and converting.

An example might be when the master roll rewinder is not moving at a speed fast enough to accommodate the rolls coming off the production line. The data will reflect this inconsistency and the speed of either the toilet roll rewinder or the production line will be adjusted automatically by the AI program.

Another example could be when there is a faulty part in the paper log cutter, resulting in the need to take the converting line offline. The data analysis will result in the automatic redirection of the roll coming off the production line to a functioning converting line.

Read more: How to measure tissue and nonwovens mill machinery performance with real time analytics

A.Celli Digital Solutions for Data as strategic Asset

A.Celli Digital Solutions has been designed to fully and automatically manage data as an asset. This cloud-based platform provides:

  • a distributed real time monitoring system called “Machine Monitoring”;
  • a business intelligence platform called “Efficiency 4.0”;
  • a Product Passport methodology called “iREEL”. 

iREEL is particularly important when it comes to intelligent collaboration between the production and converting lines, because it provides a fully integrated framework that enables communication between the data that comes from the different machines on each line and the data coming from industrial and business applications.

Data is no longer something companies can afford to collect and store somewhere they will gather virtual dust, but they must be viewed as an asset that can be used to positively impact production and corporate operations. In the tissue and nonwovens industry, data as an asset is a critical component in ensuring the smooth flow of product from the production line to the converting line and the optimal efficiency of the production process.

For more information about one of the best Industry 4.0 solution that can boost productivity on your tissue and nonwovens production line, download our free eBook "A.Celli Digital Solution: Your Fellow Traveller on Your Journey Through Industry 4.0"!

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In today’s world consumers want to know if the companies they do business with are acting in a sustainable manner. In addition, the environment is teetering dangerously close to the point of no return when it comes to carbon emissions, and manufacturers are increasingly expected to reduce waste and energy usage, while making the highest quality products possible.

This is a tall order, but it is one that every company within the manufacturing sector must meet, including the tissue and nonwovens ones.

One of the issues that has to be addressed to achieve our objective is the loss of productivity on a production line, and one of the top reasons for this is machine idle times.

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What is Idle Time

Idle times occur when a machine is unproductive for reasons that are outside of the control of workers or management. During this idle time, workers are generally waiting while a machine is being serviced or it is offline, and the production can continue only if the idle machine can be bypassed.

Impact of machine Idle Times

When machinery on the production line is idle, the cost for a factory is between 5% and 20% of its productivity capacity. Not only that but an estimated 80% of industrial facilities are not able to accurately estimate the scope of their machine idle times.

It is common for facilities to underestimate the cost of these machine idle times by as much as 200% to 300%, and when it comes to meeting production targets and profit margins this is unacceptable. The starting point for a tissue and nonwovens plant is to gain an understanding of their machinery and what causes idle times to occur.

Causes of Idle Times

Idle times can be either planned or unplanned. The former are generally for regular machine maintenance, software and hardware upgrades, inspections, and anything else required for the upkeep of the machine, while the latter are are generally due to machine breakage or malfunction, software or hardware errors, or overall poor performance. It goes without saying that unplanned idle times are costly and obviously more disruptive because they can cause significant interruption to productivity. 

According to the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) unplanned idle times are responsible for a loss of between $0.40 and $1.20 for every $20, and it is therefore vitally important for every manufacturing company to avoid these phenomena.

Reducing and Optimizing Machine Idle Times: 4 key tools

The Industry 4.0 technology is the answer to these problems.

Industry 4.0 has brought machine communication and automation to a point at which data can be collected from every machine of the production line in real-time and subsequently analyze these data in isolation or in relation to those coming from every other machine.

Read more: How to measure tissue and nonwovens mill machinery performance with real time analytics

To accomplish this, there are a number of tools that tissue and nonwovens companies need to have in place.

1. Machine Sensors

Each machine on the production line will be equipped with numerous sensors in order to collect data in real-time during operation. These data will reveal, for example, the operating state of the machine, its speed, vibrations and other environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity, that the human senses cannot detect.

2. The Cloud

Thanks to Cloud computing, the various machines will be connected wirelessly to each other, as well as to computers and mobile devices used by workers on the production line and in head office. This will allow for the remote collection and analysis of data from any production line in any plant.

Read more: Cloud Computing and Integration with Machine and Corporate Applications

3. Software/Platform

The data that are sent across the cloud will need to be integrated into a single platform capable of analysing them and to allow both a bird’s eye view of the production line and a closeup view of the operation of any individual machine.

This data integration is incredibly important in light of the fact that the machines on production lines tend to have their own unique software, isolating their data from those of the other machines and from every other data related to business operations. 

4. AI/Machine Learning

Finally, artificial intelligence and machine learning will be capable of analyzing the data coming in, recognize anomalous ones and act accordingly. Machine learning will use algorithms to understand anomalous readings and to schedule predictive maintenance. These tools are key in improving machine performance and reducing unplanned idle times or avoiding it altogether.

Reduce Idle Time and Boost Productivity with Industry 4.0

We have seen that, despite the pressures to which companies are subjected, there is nowadays a technology capable of minimizing or eliminating machine idle times.

Thanks to these tools you will be able to gather all the data sent by disparate machines in any production line, integrate them, analyze them, interpret those analyses, and implement automated measures to ensure machines are always running at peak efficiency.

For more information on how to keep your tissue and nonwovens production line operating at peak efficiency, download our free eBook “5 Industry 4.0 Tools that Boost Productivity in the Tissue Paper and Nonwovens Industry”!

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Efficiency and quality of wrapping with the new A.Celli Pope Reel

The Italian company, part of Burgo Group, a well-known producer of graphic and special papers, based in Lugo di Vicenza, has accepted the reconstruction of the pope reel section of the multi-cylinder PM#5 machine made by A.Celli Paper.

The start-up, which took place successfully and entirely within the agreed times, and the good quality of the product supplied by A.Celli have allowed the customer to obtain excellent results for the past year with all types of special papers produced by the plant.

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Mosaico Group specifically requested A.Celli Paper to optimise the PM#5 Paper Machine by replacing the end-of-line section with a new pope reel, with center wind technology, equipped with automatic NIP, tension and torque controls and that uses HMI software to interface with the machine's DCS.

The design peculiarities, both hardware and software, and the manufacture of the new section permit optimal management at a production speed up to 900 mpm, with a width of 2830 mm, for special papers.

A.Celli’s experts are available for consultancy, for any equipment inspections and for detailed control planning, as well as for updating and improving the efficiency of pre-existing machinery and software, in order to optimize its performance in terms of productivity, safety and automation.

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A.Celli Paper is pleased to confirm its ongoing and valuable collaboration with the Chinese group Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd., enshrined in the agreement for the supply of two latest generation E-WIND® P100 rewinders, for the mill located in Zhangzhoi City, in Fujian province, China.

The E-WIND® P100 Paper Rewinders, highly developed in terms of design, will have a paper width of 6660 mm and will guarantee a maximum production speed of 2500 mpm (operating speed).

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They are combined with sophisticated technological innovations including:

  • Innovative Slittomatic® double motor cutting unit positioning system;
  • Web-in technology, the automatic system that maximises the management of positioning cutting units without the need to break the web, with considerable time and safety savings for operators;
  • Jumbo roll parking station and shuttle (mobile trolley on rail) for their handling.

These two rewinders have been selected by the Chinese group to process medium board paper, with basis weight range from 80 up to 160 gsm.

Liansheng Paper had already purchased two other rewinders, with the same width, in 2016 and Shanying Group, of which the paper mill is part, bought two large-width paper rewinders (8 meters) from A.Celli last year.

An important new confirmation of a consolidated partnership between Shanying Group and A.Celli, which underlines the success of the paper rewinders A.Celli E-WIND®.

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A.Celli Paper is pleased to confirm its ongoing and valuable collaboration with the Chinese group Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry Co., Ltd., enshrined in the agreement for the supply of two latest generation E-WIND® P100 rewinders, for the mill located in Jingzhou District, China.

The E-WIND® P100 Paper Rewinders, highly developed in terms of design, will have a paper width of 7960 mm and will guarantee a maximum production speed of 2500 mpm (design speed).

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They will be able to accommodate large reels on the unwinder, with diameters up to 3800 mm and weighing about 65 t.

In addition, they are combined with sophisticated technological innovations including:

  • Web-in technology, the automatic system that maximises the management of positioning cutting units without the need to break the web;
  • Built-in spool-parking.

The machines, with start-up scheduled for the third quarter of 2019, will allow the Chinese group to process high-quality flat-paper and test-liner paper of the lowest grammage (from 50 to 110 gsm).

This new investment by Shanying Huazhong Paper Industry is further confirmation of how technologically reliable and evolved Paper A.Celli E-WIND® Rewinders can prove to be, and now A.Celli Paper is considered a valuable and expert partner, able to constantly support its customers, building and cultivating important professional relationships.

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A.Celli Paper is pleased to begin a valuable collaboration with the French company for the supply of a complete tissue production plant.

Global Hygiène has chosen to rely on A.Celli Paper technology for the order of a complete turnkey plant to be installed in Charavines, in southeastern France.
The French company has secured the A.Celli technological excellence, from the stock preparation to the roll handling system.

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The new iDEAL®1800S machine will have a 2850 mm format and an operating speed of 1800 mpm. The project also includes an E-WIND® T100 rewinder and a R-WAY® roll-handling system.
The Yankee supplied is the forged one of the latest A.Celli generation and has a diameter of 15’.

Luc Brami, CEO of Global Hygiène, said that the production of Charavines, estimated in 30.000 t/y, will cover the needs of the two Global Hygiène group’s converting plants, in Auxonne and Vern d’Anjou, consolidating the company’s leadership position in the market for hygienic products.

As usual A.Celli has given its total availability in experience and professionalism to the customer, with a full spirit of partnership.

The delivery is expected for the fourth quarter of 2019.

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