Introduction to Wet End Chemistry Course

Introduction to Wet End Chemistry Course

Peachtree Corners - Metro Atlanta - GA USA
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This introductory course will provide attendees with a strong foundation in wet end chemistry troubleshooting and optimization best practices. New topics this year include injection systems, process control, biological control and enzymes.  The course is designed to help improve product quality, increase machine productivity and reduce costs.

June 11-13, 2019

The TAPPI Introduction to Wet End Chemistry course features content addressing several  innovations in this important sector of papermaking.

Topics include:

  • Injection Systems and Feeding of Additives
  • Process Control
  • Microbiological Control (or Slime Control)
  • Enzymes in the Wet End

Understand the latest technology and terminology used in optimizing peak papermaking performance in efficiency and quality.

You'll gain a greater perspective on innovative wet end chemistry principals and the use of additives to change or create new paper products.

Through case studies, break-out sessions and networking with others in the course, you'll learn how to:

  • Implement new wet end technology
  • Reach higher efficiency and consistent, quality products
  • Use additives to improve or create new products
  • Leverage the power of enzymes to clean or clear equipment and increase efficiency
  • Reduce downtime and off-spec production
  • Make better judgments on selection and use of chemicals
  • Better troubleshoot problems
  • Respond quickly to changing fiber qualities, regulations and competitive pressures

Who Should Attend
This course is ideal for engineers involved in training, particularly within mills that have brought in newer employees or lost valuable experience through retirement.

  • Chemical and Process Engineers in Paper Mills
  • Environmental and Waste Water Engineers
  • Research and Development Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Technology and Chief Chemists
  • Mill Operators
  • Mill Managers or anyone involved in management and decision making in the paper mill
  • Research and Development Managers
  • Technology Directors
  • Process and Quality Control Technicians
  • Chemical Suppliers
  • Account Representatives for Chemical, Machinery, Equipment Suppliers

Learning Outcomes
Attending this workshop will enable you to:  

  • Identify the properties of papermaking furnish and the process components and discuss how they interact to affect wet-end chemistry phenomena. 
  • Discuss possible solutions to paper machine process and paper quality problems associated with wet end additives and arising from chemical deposits.
  • Identify additives that can be used to change the balance of charge for purposes of process control, trouble-shooting and optimization situations.
  • Identify the most important factors affecting first-pass retention and the rate of drainage of water from the fiber mat during paper formation.
  • Identify classes of wet-end chemical additives that can be used to achieve paper property objectives in various grades.

This course will sell out at 25 participants to encourage the most interactive discussions possible with ample question-and-answer opportunities.

Earn Your CEUs
TAPPI will award 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completion of the curriculum.

IACETThe 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 CEUs to participants who attend and participate in at least 80% of the educational sessions and complete a final program evaluation.


A Previous Attendee Said...

"I wanted to learn how all the different chemicals interact. It’s known that papermaking additives can be complex with confusing cross interactions. Now, I’ll be able to explain to operators in stock prep how their chemicals interact and give direction in problem solving."

Learn more about the experience that will be shared at the Introduction to Wet End Chemistry Course.  

Martin A. Hubbe, Ph.D.,  Course Chair
Dr. Marty Hubbe, born in the papermaking town of Millinocket, Maine, earned a Masters degree at the Institute of Paper Chemistry (Appleton, WI, 1979), and a Ph.D. in chemistry at Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY, 1984).

He started by doing summer shift work at the local paper mill, which in those days made newsprint, directory, and coated magazine papers from spruce groundwood and sulfite pulps.  His interest in wet-end chemistry was kindled during a summer job at Consolidated Paper's research center in Wisconsin in 1978.  Marty was fortunate in those years to attend one of Bill Scott's first presentations of the TAPPI course “Introduction to Wet End Chemistry.” 

Marty Hubbe has been engaged with many papermaking chemistry issues, starting with a one-year independent study sponsored by the Watson Foundation (1976-1977). The goal was to determine factors contributing to the corrosion of metals exposed to paper machine process waters.  The study featured visits to over 30 mills mainly in Finland, Germany, and Sweden.  At the “Institute” (1977-1979) Marty began a long involvement with the fundamentals of fine-particle retention.  That focus was culminated at Clarkson University (1980-1984) with a thesis showing the mechanism by which hydrodynamic forces push fine particles from cellulosic surfaces to which they are attached.

Marty's first long-term position was at the research center of American Cyanamid Corp. (Stamford, CT, 1984-1986), where the focus was on sizing agents.  The joke is that Dr. Hubbe worked on “that sizing agent that has more or less replaced ASA and AKD in the marketplace”.  “Less” is the important word in the preceding sentence.  In 1986, Marty joined International Paper (Tuxedo, NY), where he had the privilege of participating in one of the early conversions of a large paper machine system from acid to alkaline conditions.  In addition to being involved in product development, he did internal corporate training and worked to make the colors of paper products to match across grade lines and between production facilities.

As Professor and Buckman Distinguished Scientist at North Carolina State University (1998 to present), Dr. Hubbe teaches and conducts research related to the colloidal chemistry of cellulosic materials, with a particular focus on papermaking wet-end chemistry. He has conducted research related to paper strength, electrokinetic tests, flocculation, and dewatering.  Marty has also chaired TAPPI's “Introduction to Wet-End Chemistry” short course and conducted university courses for on-campus students and distance-education.  The peer-reviewed scientific journal BioResources, which he co-founded and edits with Dr. Lucia, currently publishes over twice as many articles as any other journal devoted to the materials science of paper and wood.

Larry Anker, Ph.D.
Dr. Anker is a recently awarded TAPPI Fellow and currently serves the role as Director of North America pulp and paper applications for Solenis.  He earned a B.S. Degree in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics from Washington and Lee University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Penn State University.  His career began at International Paper's Erie Research Center in the corporate papermaking process chemistry group.  Larry held various positions in 14 years at Ashland including polymer chemistry group leader, applications lab manager and field applications group leader prior to company ownership change from Ashland to Solenis.

Darren K. Swales, Ph.D.
Dr. Swales is the Technical Applications Group Manager for Kemira North America. He has a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Analytical Chemistry and a Ph.D. degree in Colloidal Chemistry from University of Technology, Loughborough, UK.  Darren has also worked for Roe Lee Paper Chemicals in the UK, and for Raisio Chemicals and Penford Products Co. in the US.  He is an active member of TAPPI, the vice-chair of the Paper Additives sub-committee, and the Additives track manager for PaperCon 2011.  He also is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

Przem Pruszynski, Ph.D.
Dr. Pruszynski received his MSc and Ph.D. from the University of Poznan, Poland in the area of Physical Organic Chemistry where he taught for 12 years. He then continued his research and teaching career in Canada at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto. His almost 28 year-long career in Pulp and Paper industry spans short period at DOW Chemical R&D and nearly 26 years at Nalco and Nalco Water an Ecolab Company. At Nalco, he occupied several positions in R&D and most recently Global Industrial Technical Consulting as Principal Consultant. Przem retired from Nalco Water in October 2017. 

Przem brings to the table a fundamental understanding of the science behind the application of wet end chemicals and managing wet end chemistry.  Przem always focused on a non-chemical approach to solving production, efficiency, and quality problems through proper management of wet end chemistry, elimination of potentially harmful undesired interactions and continuously striving for improved stability of paper machine efficiency. During the course, we will have plenty of opportunities to discuss the relevance of this approach. Such approach requires treating papermaking process in its fully integrated form. Przem's expertise includes water chemistry, wet-end chemistry, papermaking chemistry, mechanical pulping and bleaching, papermaking, paper properties and printability. Przem is an author and coauthor of close to 100 papers and conference contributions.  

A Previous Attendee Said...

"I wanted to learn about different chemistry, how to apply it and make new products. I’ve become better at troubleshooting, indentifying problems in more scientific ways. I also understand the chemistry better and the reasons behind why things happen in certain ways."

Earn 2.0 CEUs for completion of this course curriculum.

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A Previous Attendee Said...

"I hoped to gain an overview of wet end chemistry and what wet and dry strength conceptually do. I’ll be able to provide more aid now in trials, and in production and troubleshooting at the plants and mills. I liked the friendly, open and encouraging atmosphere that supported the educational environment."


Three ways to save:

  1. Be the early-bird. Discounts are available for those who register before Friday, May 10, 2019.
  2. Join TAPPI.  TAPPI members enjoy discounted rates for this course.  If you're not already a member, join us!
  3. Bring the team.  Group rates are offered for three or more people from the same location.
 Meeting Registration Before  
May 10  
May 10  
or Onsite   
 TAPPI Member$1,160  $1,380
 Young Professional Member$1,115  $1,325
 Join or Renew and Save $1,340  $1,560
 Young Professionals under 30
Join or Save and Renew 
$1,285  $1,500
 Non-Member $1,480  $1,700
 Group Meeting Registration, Per Person
(3+ people from the same location) 
 TAPPI Member$1,060  $1,270
 Young Professional Member$1,010   $1,220
 Join or Renew and Save $1,240  $1,450
 Young Professional under 30
Join or Renew and Save 
$1,180  $1,390
 Non-Member $1,375  

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 May 10, 2019.

Please note, a 50 percent refund will be issued for all written cancellations made after May 10, 2019, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the conference, June 5, 2019.  Understandably, after June 5, 2018, no refunds can be issued.  Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.

Refund Summary
100% - Cancellation received by May 10, 2019.
50% -  Cancellations received after May 10, 2019 and no later than June 5, 2019.
NO REFUND- Cancellations received after June 5, 2019.

Payment Policy
TAPPI requires that all registration fees are paid in full prior to the start of the course. 

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

Before the Event:  Prepare your Justification.
It's important for you to communicate 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 experience 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.


A Previous Attendee Said...

"I came to learn about wet end additives to assist my customers and the course was better than I expected. I’ll now be able to make better selections of chemistry based on what my customers are running. I liked the small class size, which provided ample opportunity to ask specific questions. Instructors with different backgrounds offered good insight."

This course takes place June 11-13, 2019.

Training Venue:
TAPPI Headquarters - Training Room
15 Technology Parkway South, Suite 115
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 

Hotel with Negotiated TAPPI Rate:
Hyatt Place Atlanta/Norcross/Peachtree

5600 Peachtree Parkway
Norcross, GA 30092
Direct:  770-416-7655
Toll-Free:  800-233-1234
* Be sure to mention the TAPPI rate.

2019 Promotion Corporate Rate:   $124/night
Rate without Breakfast: $129/night (Standard King or Double Room)
Rate with Breakfast: $134/night (Standard King or Double Room)
- Includes complimentary internet in sleeping rooms and complimentary shuttle.

Additional Hotels Nearby:
Hilton Atlanta Northeast
5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30092
Phone: (770) 447-4747
No TAPPI rate.  Please call the hotel directly for the best rate.
Walk-In Rate:  $137
- Includes complimentary internet in sleeping rooms and complimentary shuttle.
Atlanta Marriott Norcross
475 Technology Pkwy., NW
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Phone: 770-263-8558
No TAPPI rate.  Please call the hotel directly for the best rate.
Walk-In Rate:  $149 
- Includes complimentary internet in sleeping rooms and complimentary shuttle.

Cabs from the Atlanta airport cost roughly $65 to $75 one way the trip is 45 
minutes to an hour.

Rental cars are available at the Atlanta airport. 
Parking at the Hilton is complimentary. 

avis 2AVIS

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. 


A Previous Attendee Said...

"I attended because I wanted to understand what additives do to the paper. I’ll now be able to understand conversations with customers. I liked the case studies. They helped make the concepts real."

Review the publications offered at a reduced rate!

TAPPI PRESSThese publications are offered with a discount to course participants and can be ordered at the same time as you register:

Advances in Papermaking Wet End Chemistry Application Technologies
Product Code:  0101R349
Course Price:  $90

Making Pulp & Paper Series - The Paper Machine Wet End
Product Code:  MPP-12
Course Price:  $75

Making Pulp & Paper Series - Wet End Chemistry 
Product Code:  MPP-11
Special Course Price:  $75

Principals of Wet End Chemistry
Product Code:  0101R241
Course Price:  $39

Chemical Processing Aids in Papermaking: A Practical Guide
Product Code:  0101R192
Course price:  $70

Colloid Chemistry of Papermaking Materials
Product Code:  0101R306
Course Price: $60

Paper Machine Wet Press Manual, Fourth Edition
Product Code:  0102B042
Course Price:  $75

Troubleshooting the Papermaking Process
Product Code:  0101R298
Course Price:  $100

The Bleaching of Pulp
Product Code:  0101R331
Course Price:  $145

You may also be interested in these publications offered from TAPPI PRESS for a discount to TAPPI members:

The Smook Book - Fourth EditionThe Handbook of Pulp and Paper Technologists (The Smook Book) Fourth Edition
Product Code: 0202SMOOK
TAPPI Member Price: $95
List Price: $123

0102R325Cost Saving Strategies in Papermaking Chemistry
Product Code: 0101R325
TAPPI Member Price: $150
List Price: $215

0101R319Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Application
Product Code:  0101R319
TAPPI Member Price: $125
List Price:  $185

Chemistry of Modern Papermaking
Chemistry of Modern PapermakingProduct Code:  11CHEM
TAPPI Member Price: $159
List Price:  $179

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