Paper Machine Operations Course

Neenah, WI
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

This introductory course is designed to help you build confidence and knowledge of overall paper machine operations. Gain an understanding of the mechanical components and operations of the paper machine that affect the structure and quality of paper, learn to identify design and operation features, and discover methods to improve paper machine efficiency and product quality.

May 15-17, 2018

paper machine photoSharpen your knowledge in the overall operation of the complex paper machine.

The TAPPI Paper Machine Operations Course offers unbiased, peer-reviewed content delivered by top-level faculty with exceptional credentials.  Instructors emphasize that you'll find the cost of this training delivers far more value in paper machine efficiency and performance.

Paper machines throughout the industry are undergoing conversions to new products.  Operators and engineers may find they have new duties.  You may just want to gain a greater perspective of the processes to discover what the paper machine is capable of doing and what new products can be achieved. 

This introductory to intermediate-level content will help you build confidence and knowledge, gain skills needed to troubleshoot operational problems, improve operations and influence product outcomes.

You will learn:

  • How the mechanical components and operations of the paper machine affect the structure of paper and quality
  • The design and operating features of the paper machine that affect performance
  • Ways to improve paper machine efficiency and product quality based on a new understanding of the overall operation

You'll get to take back with you copies of the slide presentations, diagrams and other visuals from this course so that you can reference all of the comprehensive content back at your facility.

This course is ideal for:

  • Paper Machine Operators
  • Technicians
  • Process Engineers
  • Product Development Engineers
  • Service Technicians
  • Engineers from Clothing, Chemical and Suppliers
  • Suppliers and Consultants
  • Young Professionals
  • Sales Representatives

This introductory to intermediate-level content is applicable to individuals with minimal experience around a paper machine, as well as operators who have considerable hands-on operational experience.

iacet1Earn 2.0 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), 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr,  #350, Reston, VA 20191.  TAPPI will award 2.0 CEUs to participants who attend at least 80% of the educational sessions and complete a final program evaluation.

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A Past Participant Said:

“I now have a better understanding of the process, which will be helpful in project development. I loved the detail in all areas we covered in the course.”

Meet the instructors who have been described as "excellent" in course evaluations.

Jim Atkins
Course Chair, Atkins, Inc.

Jim Atkins graduated from University of North Carolina in 1968 with a Bachelor's degree in chemistry. He worked for International Paper Company first in product research and then in a paper machine diagnostic group. In 1984 he joined James River as Manager of Flat Paper Manufacturing. Subsequently, he was mill manager at the James River Riegel Products Milford, NJ mill and then Manager of Engineering for the Custom Products Division. In 1989 he joined A&F Corporation, a paper machinery manufacturer, as President. In 1991 he became a consultant to the paper industry specialized in paper machine operation and training. Atkins, Inc. is a provider of TAPPI Company Classroom training in the area of the paper mill. Atkins has also written, directed, and produced several TAPPI CBT training courses including Making Pulp and Paper and Practical Papermaking. He is Chairman of the TAPPI Paper Machine Operations Course, and the TAPPI Improving Paper Machine Performance Course.

Ellen Gibbs
Albany International

Ellen Gibbs has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and Masters in Education from Boston University. She has been the Technical Director for Americas Press Fabrics for five years. Prior to that, she spent most of her career with Albany in Press Fabric Applications for Publication, Tissue, Board and Pulp Grades. She also spent time in Manufacturing, R&D and was the Manager of the Product Engineering Group in Albany.

Kevin Kroon
Albany International

Kevin Kroon has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1997. During his first 11 years in the paper industry, he held various positions at the Kimberly Mill in Kimberly, WI from Process Engineer, Shift Supervision, Coating/Calender Superintendent, and Paper Machine Superintendent. He has experience with commissioning of a multi-million dollar rebuild with a dilution headbox, shoe press, and pre-coating. Most recently, he has been with Albany International for the past 4.5 years in Applications covering all product grades primarily in Publication grades. His current position is Product Manager in Fine Paper Publication Grades.

John Lucius
Albany International

John has been involved with the Pulp and Paper industry for more than 30 years.  He is currently the Director of Dryer Fabric Applications for Albany's Americas Corridor, which includes a land mass stretching from Canada to the Southern Tip of South America.  Prior to that, he was responsible for Dryer Fabric Applications for the Southern United States.  He has been responsible for Forming, Press, & Dryer Fabric sales and service for many years, and provided Vibration and Pulsation Analysis Support as part of a larger Audit Team Capacity for two different Paper Machine Clothing Suppliers since 1994.  Time spent in the Field of Predictive Preventative Maintenance has provided an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with every form of equipment involved in the paper making process.   His many years of travel have afforded the opportunity to view hundreds of differently configured machines, producing a vast array of paper grades.



A Past Participant Said:

“I have the capability to troubleshoot issue better and I particularly liked learning the science behind cellulose.”

Earn 2.0 in three efficiently planned days of instruction.

2018 Course Schedule:

DAY ONE - Tuesday, May 15

Session 1

8:00 am - Introduction to Paper Machine Operations

8:30 am - Wood Fiber & Paper Structure

10:30 am - Stock Prep Overview

12:00 pm - Lunch

Session 2

1:00 pm - Stock Approach System Design

2:30 pm - Design and Operation of Headboxes

4:30 pm - Session Ends

DAY TWO - Wednesday, May 16

Session 3

8:00 am - The Fourdrinier and Sheet Forming

9:45 am - Forming Fabric Design and Forming Section Operation

12:00 pm - Lunch

Session 4

1:00 pm - Fundamentals of Pressing

2:30 pm - Pressing Fabric Design for Modern Paper Machines

4:30 pm - Session Ends

DAY THREE - Thursday, May 17

Session 5

8:00 am - Principals of Drying and Dryer Section Design

9:45 am - Dryer Fabric Design and Dryer Section Operation

12:00 pm - Lunch

Session 6

1:00 pm - Introduction to Paper Machine Problem Solving

4:30 pm - Course Ends


A Past Participant Said:

“The course helped me work on improving capabilities. I learned a lot about the paper machine. The instructors are very knowledgeable and case studies were great.”

Register before April 16 to earn your discounts.

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  2. Be the early-bird. Discounts are available for those who register before Monday, April 16!
  3. Bring the team.  Group rates are offered for three or more people from the same location.

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Apr 16
Apr 16
 Individual Meeting Registration     
 TAPPI Member$1,160   $1,380
 Join or Renew and Save $1,340   $1,555
 Young Professionals under 30
 Join or Renew and Save 
$1,280   $1,500
 Non-Member of TAPPI $1,480   $1,695 
 Group Meeting Registration, Per Person
 (Groups are 3+ people from the same location.)    
 TAPPI Member$1,055   $1,270
 Join or Renew and Save $1,240   $1,450 
 Young Professionals under 30
 Join or Renew and Save 
$1,180   $1,380 
 Non-Member of TAPPI $1,375   $1,480

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 April 16, 2018.  

Please note:  A 50 percent refund can be issued for all written cancellations made after April 16, 2018, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course, which is May 8, 2018.  

Understandably, after May 8, 2018, no refunds can be issued. Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.
Refund Policy
100% - Cancellation received by April 16, 2018.
50% -  Cancellations received after April 16, 2018 and no later than May 8, 2018.
NO REFUND- Cancellations received after May 8, 2018.  

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

Justification ToolkitAttendance 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 below 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 Paper Machine Operations Course can provide when approaching your manager for approval.

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.

Before the Event:  Communicate the value of Your attendance.

After the Event:  Summarize your experience and learning outcomes.

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.




TAPPI Paper Machine Operations
May 15-17, 2018

Miron Construction FacilityCourse Venue:
Miron Construction
1471 McMahon Drive
Neenah, Wisconsin, USA  54956

Suggested Hotel Options:

DoubleTree by Hilton Neenah
123 East Wisconsin Avenue
Neenah, Wisconsin 54956
This contemporary hotel is close to downtown restaurants, shops, entertainment and outdoor activities, such as the Neenah Riverwalk. It offers free WiFi access, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, ,  It is a 10-minute drive to the training facility at Miron Construction.

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel
1000 Cameron Way
Neenah, WI  54956
This hotel is connected to a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and has a separate bar area. It is a 10-minute drive to Miron.

Extended Stay America - Appleton
4141 Boardwalk Court
Appleton, WI 54915
This hotel is near the Fox River Mall with many different restaurants in the area. It is a 10-minute drive to Miron.


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.

Order publications with your course registration and pick them up at the event!

The TAPPI Press Bookstore
Your participation in this course gives you the opportunity to order TAPPI Press Books at a discount with your registration - even lower than the TAPPI Member Price.  You'll be able to pick up your purchases at the event and save on shipping.

 New! Advances in Papermaking Wet End Chemistry Application Technologies
Product Code:  0101R349
Special Course Price:  $125

Troubleshooting the Papermaking Process
Product Code:  0101R298
Special Course Price: $80

 Wet End Chemistry (CD)
Product Code:  MPP-11
Special Course Price: $75



Paper Machine Wet End (CD)
Product Code: MPP-12
Special Course Price: $75

 Paper Machine Dry End (CD)
Product Code: MPP-13
Special Course Price: $75

The Headbox (CD)
Product Code: PP05CD
Special Course Price: $99



The Pressing Operation (CD)
Product Code: PP08CD
Special Course Price: $99

Drying Operations I  (CD)
Product Code: PP09CD
Special Course Price: $99

 Drying Operations II (CD)
Product Code: PP010CD
Special Course Price: $99

Handbook for Pulp & Paper Technologists, Fourth - UPDATED EDITION (The Smook Book)
Product Code: 0202SMOOK
Special Course Price: $75

Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series, The: Volume 1: Pulp Manufacturing
Product Code: 0101R317
Special Course Price: $45

Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series, The: Volume 2: Paper Manufacturing
Product Code: 0101R320
Special Course Price: $45

 Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education, The - SET
Product Code: 0101R317SET
Special Course Price: $80

Paper Machine Wet Press Manual
Product Code: 0102B042
Special Course Price: $50

 Principles of Wet End Chemistry
Product Code: 0101R241
Special Course Price:  $45

 Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Application
Product Code: 0101R319
Special Course Price:  $100

 Training Standard for Paper Machine Tender; Standard Guideline T 1501 sg-11
Special Course Price: $35

 Paper Machines Quality Control Systems, Vol. 1-Measurement
Product Code:  0101R328
Special Course Price:  $100


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