Video Investigating technologies in agriculture: producer video

TLF ID M019438

This is a video about how facial tissues, kitchen towels and toilet paper are made at Kimberley-Clark's South Australian mill. Mill Manager Scott Wicker describes how the mill takes base wood pulp and turns it into finished products. He outlines the differences between long and short wood pulp fibres and where they are grown and explains every stage of the tissue paper production process. This includes how the pulp is diluted with water, pumped around the mill, made into one-ply tissue, dried at high speed, blended for different product capabilities, wound into rolls, rewound into two- or three-ply rolls, converted into different products, packaged, stacked in pallets, and finally despatched to distribution centres. The video lasts 4:26 min and in the latter part he points to the cutting edge technology used at the mill and the high levels of skill and training required in the workforce.




Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for the Knowledge and understanding strand of the Design and technologies curriculum in the secondary years. It provides a highly valuable case study for those content descriptions that call for analysis (in years 7/8) and investigation and judgement (in years 9/10) of how motion, force and energy are used to manipulate and control electromechanical systems; fibre is produced in sustainable managed environments; and how the characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment are combined to create designed solutions.
  • The resource may also be of use for the years 5/6 content description also in Design and technologies about investigating how and why fibre is produced in managed environments. This may include studies of the process of converting fibre products into products suitable for retail sale and the use of technologies including digital technologies in the production of fibre.
  • The video's coverage of how the mill uses cutting-edge technology and the resultant need for highly-trained staff is also of considerable value for the economics and business curriculum, in particular the year 10 content description that refers to the ways businesses organise themselves to improve productivity, including the ways they manage their workforce.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • Design and technologies
  • Business and economics
  • Design

Other details

Contributors
  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
  • Organization: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
  • URL: http://www.primaryindustrieseducation.com.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
  • Organization: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.primaryindustrieseducation.com.au/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Video
Rights
  • © Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia 2015, except where indicated otherwise. Except where indicated otherwise, this material may be used in accordance with the Standard YouTube License at http://www.youtube.com/t/terms.