Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course

Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course

St. Petersburg, Florida
Monday, January 8, 2018

This training event is among the highest rated of all TAPPI courses! Offers introductory- and intermediate-level content covering technology, including “what” happens, and “why” things happen.  This course provides the foundation for learning advanced topics more quickly. Learn from one of the most well-known and enthusiastic instructors, Dr. Michael Kocurek.

January 8-11, 2018

St. Petersburg, Florida USA

This course is designed to deliver the most comprehensive overview available in the industry of today's pulping and papermaking technology!

This curriculum is unique because it offers:

  1. Information on how one part of the mill affects another, and
  2. How the raw materials, pulping, and papermaking processes affect paper and board properties.

You will learn more in these four days than at any other comparable training.  Here's why...

17IPP - Instructor PhotoDr. Mike Kocurek shares more than 50 years of his experience having taught this and other pulp and paper courses for TAPPI, college students and thousands of operators at more than 200 corporations and mills.

In addition to the visuals presented in the course textbook, Dr. Kocurek also adds a unique body of approximately 2000 additional and excellent visuals, collected from the industry that show mill operations, equipment and product micrographs. The total experience, plus the instructors enthusiastic teaching style and knowledge of mill processes, has produced the result of the Introduction to Pulp & Paper Technology being TAPPI's longest running short course and consistently one of TAPPI's highest ranked courses. 

Course Content
The TAPPI Introduction to Pulp & Paper Technology Course offers both introductory- and intermediate-level content covering technology, including “what” happens, and “why” things happen.  While the course scope does not cover advanced topics, it provides the foundation for learning advanced topics more quickly.

Introductory-Level Content - About 70%
The curriculum is ideal for anyone new to the pulp & paper industry - and for anyone who needs to refresh their understanding of process or taking on a new role in mill operations.  The content will increase your ability to educate and train new employees more rapidly and prepare them for advanced training.

Intermediate-Level Content - About 30%
This curriculum lays the foundation for more advanced mill-specific topics.  It also fills in gaps of technical knowledge for those more experienced, who already have more knowledge of equipment operations.  Topics include equipment operations in depth, maintenance, process control and optimization, which are mill specific.

Course Topics
A broad overview of the entire pulping and papermaking process is delivered with topics that include:

Industry Overview   Paper Machine Operations
Raw Materials, Fiber Sources   Approach System
Wood & Chip Preparation   Headbox Operations
Kraft and Mechanical Pulping   Wet End Operations
Pulp Processing and Bleaching   Fourdrinier & Twin Wire Forming
Chemical Recovery   Formation and Fiber Orientation
Recycling   Forming Fabrics
Stock Preparation Refining   Pressing Operations
Strength Additives, Sizing, Retention   Paper and Board Drying
Paper Properties and Testing   Tissue Drying and Creping
Coating   Calendering
Converting Overview 
Environmental Overview

 Overall, You Will...

  • Gain a broad perspective by exploring the entire pulping and papermaking processes.
  • Get to meet and learn from Dr. Mike Kocurek, one of the industry's leading instructors.
  • Increase your ability to contribute to improving mill operations.
  • Get personalized answers to specific questions and operating problems.
  • Learn how to interact more knowledgeably with other mill personnel.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate overview knowledge of  mill operations, products, process variables, equipment, and terminology.
  • Describe examples of how one part of the mill affects another.
  • Explain the importance of thinking on a mill wide basis.
  • Discuss how the pulp and paper processes affect product properties and quality.

Smook Book - Handbook for TechnologistsTake Back a Copy of the "Smook Book"
Included with your course fee is a copy of the valuable reference manual called the "Smook Book" or specifically titled, The Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists by Gary Smook.  Thirteen years in the making, this manual is considered the must-have book for professionals in the pulp and paper industry and widely used by P&P companies, colleges and universities because it includes hundres of illustrations, charts and tables.

 


Earn 2.6 CEUs
The Education Project Center of TAPPI has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102.  TAPPI will award 2.6 CEUs to participants who attend at least 80% of the educational sessions and complete a final program evaluation.

TAPPI Members automatically receive discounts!
Not a member?  We hope you'll join us!

Learn with Your Peers

This course is ideal for those new to the industry, for suppliers, mill professionals and operators who want an overview of the industry and processes, and non-technical personnel in areas such as administration, finance and management.

Learn from one of the world's most recognized educators in the pulp and paper industry.

Mike KocurekDr. Michael J. Kocurek
Professor Emeritus of Paper Science & Engineering
North Carolina State University

Dr. Kocurek is one of the world's most recognized educators in the pulp and paper industry. His focus is on Pulp & Paper Technology, Linerboard Manufacture, Tissue Manufacture, Paper Properties, and Workforce and Professional Development.

He has taught more than 5,000 industry operators and professionals at more than 200 mills and 50 paper industry corporations, government and other organizations, including TAPPI, the Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the American and Forest Association (AF&PA); in addition to his teaching of undergraduate and graduate students since 1970. He also has developed seven distance e-learning P&P technical courses under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant at Coastal Alabama.

Dr. Kocurek has taught TAPPI's oldest and highly ranked short course on Introduction to Pulp& Paper Technology for 43 years. He is the editor of 11 books, including the recognized Pulp and Paper Manufacture series covering the entire field of pulp & paper. He has authored/co-authored 25 video publications, including the Introduction to Pulp & Paper series- again covering the entire field of pulp & paper.

He received his B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in Paper Science & Engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, and Syracuse University. He has served as Paper Science Department Head at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an academic program he founded; and NC State University. He has also served as Executive Director of the Herty Foundation, an authority agency of the State of Georgia. While at Herty, he oversaw a $27 million modernization of the laboratory, creating the largest pilot scale P&P and advanced fiber development center in the US.

His honors include TAPPI Fellow, TAPPI Distinguished Service Award, TAPP Paper and Board Division Technical Achievement Award ;and induction into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame - an honor bestowed to recognize people who have made preeminent contributions to the global paper industry.

What a 2017 Participant Said

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way.

Earn 2.6 CEUs for completing this course!

Proposed 2018 Course Schedule
If you have questions about the Course Schedule, Dr. Kocurek, invites you to contact him directly.

MONDAY, JANUARY 8    
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

PULPING TECHNOLOGY

Overview of the Industry

  • Industry trends, statistics and information sources

Wood and Fiber Raw Materials

  • Wood and fiber source
  • Differences between hardwoods and softwoods, and important fiber properties that affect paper properties

Preparation of Wood and Chips for Pulping

  • Woodyard operations including debarking, chipping, screening, storage, and recovery

Overview of Pulping

  • Primary categories, incl. chemicals and cooking conditions
  • General pulping terminology
  • Common pulp properties and tests

Kraft Pulping

  • Major types of equipment used in pulping
  • Overview of primary operations in the digesters
  • Major pulping variables
  • Overview of some major kraft pulping trends

Mechanical and Semi-Chemical Pulping

  • Primary mechanical pulping processes
  • Mechanical vs. chemical and hybrid pulp properties

Networking Hour with Refreshments

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9  
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Pulp Processing

  • Overview of fiber line pulp processing including washing, screening and cleaning
  • Major equipment types and key operating variables

Bleaching

  • Bleaching processes, including oxygen delignification, chlorine dioxide, caustic extraction, peroxide, and other
  • Bleaching equipment, chemicals, and reactions
  • Trends and environmental issues

Recycling

  • Categories of recycled paper and board
  • Types of contaminants with recycled paper and problem
  • Overview of different operations and equipment involved with contaminant removal

Chemical Recovery

  • Overview of the major recovery operations, including evaporation, combustion, and recausticizing
  • Composition and properties of black liquor and what happens in the evaporators and recovery unit
  • How pulping liquor is regenerated in recausticizing
  • Lime kiln operations at an overview level

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10  
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

PAPER TECHNOLOGY

Introductions to Paper Grades and Properties

  • Important paper and board properties and tests, including strength, optical and printing properties

Paper Mill Stock Preparation

  • Refining process, primary effects on fibers, and the effects of refining on paper machine operations and paper properties
  • Primary additives used in paper, including strength adhesives, pigments, sizing, and retention aids

Paper Machine Wet End Operations

  • Stock approach system operations prior to the paper machine
  • Main types of headboxes in papermaking and internal ops
  • Sheet forming process, slice operations, jet to wire effects, fiber orientation, formation, microturbulence, dewatering, and sheet structure variations
  • Sheet forming operations and paper properties
  • Forming fabrics, save alls
  • Twin wire gap formers, varieties, mechanisms of dewatering, and sheet structure

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11  
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Pressing

  • Types of press section configurations and press nip
  • What happens to the sheet during pressing
  • Pressing variables and trends

Drying

  • Overview of dryer can internal operations with steam and condensate, major water removal rate differences, major equipment & operating variables that affect rate of drying
  • How drying and sheet shrinkage affect paper and board properties; and the role of felts, draw, and sheet restraint
  • Overview of tissue machine yankee drying and creping

Calendering and Winding

  • Different types of calenders
  • Sheet properties, examination of major calendering variables
  • Winding and roll finishing operation overview

Surface Treatments

  • On machine size press operations, including equipment types and the variables that affect starch pick up in the size press
  • Primary components in a coating, including pigments, adhesives, and additive
  • Differences between roll, air knife, and blade coater
  • Coating drying, equipment and mechanism, supercalendering

Environmental Control

  • Overview of primary and secondary effluent treatment
  • Review of air & water environmental issues associated with the P&P processes

Mill Services

  • Steam Systems
  • Water Systems

What a 2017 Participant Said

"Now, I'll be able to understand the terminology, understand goals and targets for each process."

Note the Dec. 15 early-bird date.

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  1. Join TAPPI.  TAPPI members enjoy discounted rates for this course.  If you're not already a member, Join Us!
  2. Be the early-bird. Discounts are available for those who register before Friday, December 15!
  3. Bring the team.  Group rates are offered for three or more people from the same location.
2018 Registration Rates
 Before
Dec 15, 2017
After
Dec 15, 2017
 Individual Meeting Registration    
 TAPPI Member Rate Per Person $1,435$2,400
 Join or Renew and Save$1,609$2,574 
 Young Professional Under 30 - Join or Renew and Save$1,554$2,519
 Non Member$2,155$3,600
   
 Group Meeting Registration Per Person
 (Groups are three or more people from the same location.)    
 TAPPI Member Rate Per Person$1,025 $2,040
 Join or Renew and Save$1,199 $2,214 
 Young Professional Under 30 - Join or Renew and Save$1,144$2,159 
 Non Member$1,615 $3,060 

Payment Policy
TAPPI requires that all registration fees are paid in full prior to the start of the course. Attendees paying by check will be registered for the course only after the payment has been received. 

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 December 15, 2017.  

Please note:  A 50 percent refund will be issued for all written cancellations made after December 15, 2017, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course, January 1, 2018.  Understandably, after January 1, 2018, no refunds can be issued.  Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.
          
Refund Policy
100% - Cancellation received by December 15, 2017.
50% -  Cancellations received after December 15, 2017, and no later than January 1, 2018.  
NO REFUND- Cancellations received after January 1, 2018.  


Attendance Justification Toolkit
We understand it can be challenging to ask for approval to attend TAPPI training events, so we've created an Attendance Justification Toolkit to assist you with the approval process and in making a strong case for the investment.

We encourage you to review the materials below and let these help you communicate the value of what attending the TAPPI Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course can provide when approaching your manager for approval.

Before the Event:  Prepare your Justification.
It's important for you to communicate, and for your manager or supervisor to understand, that attending a TAPPI  course is a strategic investment in your training and development, and a cost-effective way to help you do your job better.  You'll meet others who face the same day-to-day challenges, meet face to face with technical experts and gain an advantage in the industry from the influx of new ideas, innovations and solutions.

The materials below will help you organize the information that will provide the summary of course instruction, associated costs and value that your organization will gain from this training.

After the Event:  Follow-up.
After you return from the course, complete and submit a report to summarize your experience and key takeaways.  They'll remember the extra effort!

Your preparation will help you earn the greatest benefit from TAPPI training!  In many cases, the work you put in beforehand can also help you determine what information that you want or need to learn from the experts who will assemble to lead this instruction.  The interaction with your manager or supervisor can be a productive process to go over some of the challenges that your organization would like to tackle.

 

What a 2017 Participant Said

"This course covers a little bit of everything, so there's a broad knowledge base."

Book your room by Dec. 15 for the group rate!

2018 TAPPI Introduction to Pulp and Paper Course
January 8-11, 2018

The course will start at 8:00 am on Monday and conclude at 4:00 pm on Thursday.

17IPP - Hotel ImageCourse Venue:
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 First Street South
St Petersburg, FL 33701

1-800-944-5500 - Direct to Hotel
1-800-HILTONS (800-445-8667) - Brand Reservations

Identify yourself as being with the group, 2018 TAPPI Course Platform to receive the special rate of $162, plus tax and fees.  

TAPPI has negotiated special hotel rates, often with special amenities and/or discounts.  You don't want to miss out on these; rooms outside our block may be much more expensive and will not include special offers.  If you utilize a travel agent or company travel department, please let them know about the procedures. 

Special amenities and rates for TAPPI course attendees include parking at the reduced rate of $10.00 per day based on availability, and complimentary internet in guest rooms.

Please note, the hotel cut-off date for the TAPPI special room rate is December 15, 2017.

After this date, you may need to consider alternative hotels in the area, which include:

  • Ponce de Leon Hotel
  • Hollander
  • The Mansion House
  • Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg
  • Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Downtown
  • Hampton Inn St. Petersburg Downtown

Avis offers special discounts off regular rates for participants. To reserve your car, call 1-800-831-8000 and refer to the code AWD: #U226600.

 

What a 2017 Participant Said

"Excellent overview. Each person in the class had experience in one or more areas, but everyone had the opportunity to learn about the other areas."

These publications are reduced with your registration!

TAPPI PRESS Discounts
With your registration for the Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course, you can get a discounted rate on these TAPPI PRESS publications below.

Save on shipping! Pre-order now, and pick it up when you arrive at the course. Take advantage of this exclusive offer and select your books at the same time you are completing your online registration.

Making Pulp and Paper CD-ROM: Overview Paper and Wood
MPP-01
Course Price: US $72
Regularly: US $119

Pulp Mill Overview & Protecting the Environment
MPP-02
Course Price: US $72
Regularly: US $119

Paper Mill Overview
MPP-09
Course Price: US $72
Regularly: US $119

Handbook of Pulp & Paper Terminology: A Guide to Industrial and Technological Usage, Second Edition
0202Term
Course Price: US $52
Regularly: US $79

Dictionary of Paper, Fifth Edition
0102B058
Course Price:  US $65
Regularly: US $112

What a 2017 Participant Said

"The instructor really knows each topic and makes this course interesting!"

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