Advanced Bonding: Examining the Bonding Process

Peachtree Corners - Metro Atlanta - GA
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

This course will help students increase their understanding of the corrugated bonding process including factors and variables that impact bond performance, determining proper bonding settings, glue line analysis, combined board caliber and process centerlining as well as identifying the causes of warp and how to correct warp with coated liners.

Corrugator Education for All Levels of Expertise

August 2-3, 2017

Today's corrugated industry advancements are causing conditions in box plants to change. This course explores methods to improve efficiency while maintaining standards and enhancing box quality.

Increase your knowledge of:

  • How to Read Heat Images
  • Doublebacker Problem-Solving
  • Current Terminology and Functionality
  • How boardgrade diversity affects consistent runnability
  • Factors and Variables that Impact Bonding Quality
  • How to Determine Proper Settings

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and list variables that impact bond quality
  • Explain why glue line width for each flute impacts bond quality
  • Perform a center rip bond test and analyze results
  • List all factors that determine starch placement of flute tip
  • Increased process trouble shooting skills
  • Explain how to maximize double-backer heat settings for proper moisture control and board quality

Earn CEU Credits

Seventeen (17) Professional Development Hours or 1.7 CEUs are awarded for completion of this course.

IACET LogoThe Education Project Center of TAPPI has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 130, Reston, VA 20190. TAPPI will award CEU credits to participants who attend at least 80 percent of the educational sessions and complete a final program evaluation.

Need a Refresher?

Our Introduction to Corrugated Course on will be held on August 1, the day before the Advanced Bonding Course. This comprehensive, one-day course covers all of the basics for the newer members of your corrugated team, as well as updates and refreshers for the more seasoned pros.

Learn with Your Peers

This course is ideal for: Corrugator operators, Box plant supervisors, Production managers, Maintenance personnel, Product quality control personnel

Jon headshotJON PORTER is the course chair and has over 30 years of technical training experience designing, building, and delivering technical training in several different media formats for stand-up, group-lock step, and self-paced programs with an emphasis on adult learning. He served as a senior instructor/process specialist for Fosber America for the last fifteen years. His responsibilities included safety, training for machine installations, documentation and conducting both field and factory schools on corrugator equipment and process.  Process examples include corrugator 101, bonding, warp TS, operator quality tests, and process controls.  Jon is a TAPPI member, serves on the standards committee, and is one of the lead instructors in TAPPI's Linerboard and Box Manufacture and Advanced  Bonding courses. Email:

Joe headshotJOE SICILIANO is the Global Product Manager, of Albany International Corporation., has more than 29 years of progressively responsible experience in both the paper and corrugated box industry.  In his current role he is responsible for global product and services development. Among his significant previous positions, Joe served as Regional Business Director and Director of Marketing Communications Americas, for Albany International Corporation.
Albany International is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company with plants strategically located to serve its global customers. The company's core business is the world's leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts essential to the production of paper and paperboard. Albany's family of growth businesses extends its advanced textiles and materials capabilities into a variety of other industries, most notably aerospace composites, nonwovens, building products, high-performance doors, and high-performance insulation and yarn.
Joe Siciliano holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Siena College in Loudonville, NY and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Regis University in Denver.

Tim Church Best PracticesTIM CHURCH began his corrugated career in 1980 at an Olinkraft box plant (now Georgia Pacific) in Owosso, Michigan. His work experience in that plant spanned 33 years where he worked on flexos, diecutters, tapers, stitchers, a curtain coater, then worked his way up the corrugator and learned to schedule before becoming a member of the management team. He's held supervisory positions over shipping, converting, and the corrugator as well as being plant scheduler and heading up the Food Safety program. He served as the Corrugator/Cascader Superintendent and championed the Mobile Equipment & Pedestrian Safety Initiatives. Tim joined Harper Love in April of 2014 and is a Service Technician for the North Central Region. He enjoys serving his customer's needs and helping them improve their operations in big and small ways.

Robin Sommers Best PracticesROBIN A. SOMMERS is a senior project and process manager for Kadant Johnson Systems Division focused on process steam systems for the corrugator industry. He joined Kadant Johnson in the summer of 2014 after working at Donahue & Associates, supplier of Donahue Steam Systems, for 15 years. He previously was in R&D and product design engineering. Robin earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

Herb Kohler - Adv.BondHERB KOHLER is President of Kohler Coating Inc.  He is the inventor on more than 50 U.S. and foreign patents for glue application, moisture application, coating and web handling machinery that has been installed in over 65 countries. A TAPPI member since 1983, he has chaired or co-chaired 5 TAPPI short courses and made presentations at over 25 TAPPI, AICC, FEFCO and VDW meetings.  He is a 3 time TAPPI Finest Faculty Award Winner.
He has published papers on:
“An Analysis of Heat Transfer and Moisture Management in the Doublebacker: How Cooler Corrugating Can heat Up Savings”
“Modern Rod Coaters”
“Air knives and Other Contour Coaters”

Mike Kohler - Advanced BondingMIKE KOHLER is a Technical Sales Associate for Kohler Coating, Inc. and has worked for them since 2009.  Mike has extensive experience on corrugators and the world's only 13 inch corrugating line used for trials and testing in Canton, Ohio.  He specializes in rod-metering systems associated with Kohler's WaterDecks and Glue Units.  Mike was recently named Co-Director of Events for Tappi's Young Professionals Division.  He graduated with honors from Walsh University and owns Workhorse Training, an athletic training facility.  

Learn with Your Peers

This course is ideal for: Corrugator operators, Box plant supervisors, Production managers, Maintenance personnel, Product quality control personnel

Wednesday August 2, 2017


Opening Comments/Introductions

Training Objectives


Introduction to the Bond

  • Two types of bonds
  • Factors that impact bond quality
  • Review the mechanics of the bond

Starch Application

  • Singer-facer
  • Doublebacker glue unit
  • Rider roll
  • Contact bar (shoes)
  • Rod coater system

10:00-10:15 BREAK


Starch Application: What Determines How Much?

  • Glue gap settings
  • Hydraulic effect
  • Applicator roll lag speeds
  • Applicator cell patterns


"Rod Metered Glue Machine"

12:00-1:00 LUNCH


Temperatures & Centerlining


Board Characteristics

  • Liners
  • Mediums
  • Basis wieght and % of moisture

3:00-3:15 BREAK


Understanding Starch Formula

  • Gel Point
  • What determines your % of solids
  • How to calculate starch consumption


Board Characteristics

  • Liners
  • mediums
  • Basis Weight and % of moisture

Class wrap-up and Adjourn


Thursday August 3, 2017


Review previous day's information


Steam-Systems Overview and Operation

  • Heat transfer and loading
  • Steam showers and options
  • System troubleshooting basics

Double-Backer zone control


10:00-10:15 BREAK


Double-Backer Belt Current Trends, Runnability and Funtions for Today's Product Mix

Diphon tubes and heat transfer

12:00-1:00 LUNCH


The Impact of Active Moisture Control Bonding


Operator Quality Checks and Testing

3:00-3:15 BREAK


Double-Backer Optimizing Temperatures and Web Conditioning


Understanding Warp with Today's Mismatched Linerboard


Course Summary and Session Close


Learn with Your Peers

This course is ideal for: Corrugator operators, Box plant supervisors, Production managers, Maintenance personnel, Product quality control personnel

Register by July 3 for Early Bird Rates

TAPPI members receive discounts on registration. If you're not already a member, join today.

  Before July 3  After July 3
Individual Registration   
 Member$925  $1025 
 Join/Renew and Save $1099  $1199 
 Young Professional under 30 Join/Renew and Save$1044  $1144 
 Nonmember$1695  $1800 
Group Registration, per person (3+ people from same location)    
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 Young Professional under 30 Join/Renew and Save$964  $1069 
 Nonmember $1435  $1540 


Cancellation Policy:

If you find that you have to cancel, your full registration fee will be refunded if TAPPI's Registration Department receives written notification (fax acceptable at  +1.770.209.7206) by July 3, 2017.  

Please note:  There will be a 50 percent refund for all written cancellations made after July 3, 2017, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course August 2, 2017.  Understandably, after August 2, 2017 no refunds can be issued.  Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.
100% - Cancellation received by July 3, 2017.
50% -  Cancellations received after July 3, 2017 and no later than August 2, 2017.  
NO REFUND- Cancellations received after August 2, 2017.

Learn with Your Peers

This course is ideal for: Corrugator operators, Box plant supervisors, Production managers, Maintenance personnel, Product quality control personnel

Order these publications when you register to save on price and shipping

Corrugator Bonding:  A TAPPI Press Anthology of Published Papers, Second Edition
Item #: 0101R265
Special Course Price:   $70

Corrugated Adhesive Preparation, 5th Edition
Item #:  0101R301
Special Course Price:   $75

Critical Thinking in Converting
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Special Course Price: $70

Corrugated Container Manufacturing Process
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Corrugated Defect Remedy Manual
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Wet and Dry Strength Additives
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Synthetic Coating Adhesives
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Starch and Starch Products in Surface Sizing and Paper Coating, 3rd Edition
Item #:   0101R336
Special Course Price:   $129

World of Market Pulp (Soft Cover)
Item #:  08WOMPB
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Learn with Your Peers

This course is ideal for: Corrugator operators, Box plant supervisors, Production managers, Maintenance personnel, Product quality control personnel

We have arranged a special corporate rate for your convenience

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5600 Peachtree Parkway

Norcross, Georgia, USA, 30092          Tel: +1 770 416 7655

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$119 (+ taxes & fees) includes: breakfast buffet, wireless internet, self-parking in a covered parking garage, shuttle Service within a five mile radius of the hotel.

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Learn with Your Peers

This course is ideal for: Corrugator operators, Box plant supervisors, Production managers, Maintenance personnel, Product quality control personnel

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