Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course

Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability

Neenah, WI
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

This intermediate-to-advanced course will help students to improve tissue quality and consistency, understand contributors to waste and downtime, learn reliability and maintenance best practices and diagnose and troubleshoot problems quickly.

May 1-2, 2018

Course Objective
This course delivers a thorough overview of the tissue making process.

With a more complete understanding of the process, you will be better able to safely achieve and maintain high production levels in mill operations by reducing downtime and off-quality paper.

A large panel of expert instructors will explain the most important industry-accepted best practices that will help you:

  • Improve overall tissue machine efficiency;
  • Increase production; and 
  • Enhance product softness and bulk.

After completing this course, you should be able to understand: 

  • Causes of tissue runnability and quality issues associated with the wet-end chemistry, stock approach, and headbox set-up
  • Procedures and principles for improving the cleaning and conditioning of felts and wires
  • Causes of tissue runnability problems associated with the pressing and drying
  • Problems with the Yankee dryer steam, coating, and hood systems to increase machine productivity
  • Runnability problems and opportunities for improvement on the dry end of the paper machine

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers, particularly Process Engineers
  • Machine Supervisors
  • Technical Resources
  • Lead Operators, particularly Shift Supervisors
  • Technical Personnel
  • Suppliers or other technical people who are new to tissue grades

Note:  This is an introductory to intermediate-level course.  Those with two or more years of tissue-making experience will benefit most.  The TAPPI Tissue 101 Course is considered a foundation for this course, but not a pre-requisite.

Comments from Previous Attendees

What will you be able to go back and do as a result of this course?

  • I'll have a better understanding of the overall process and how each part affects tissue production and quality.
  • I'll be able to optimize the pilot tissue machine to target better speed, runnability, and look for better value for our members and clients.
  • I'll ask more questions, bring back improvements and increase my "solo" troubleshooting.
  • Now, I can review basic conditions of our operations and validate they are in practice.

What specifically did you like about this course?

  • The experience and quality of speakers.
  • Broad content on manufacturing.
  • Excellent practical information.  Basic concepts were presented very clearly.

CEU Credits

Sixteen (16) Professional Development Hours or 1.6 CEUs are awarded for completion of the TAPPI Tissue 201 Course.

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 CEU credits to participants who attend at least 80 percent of the educational sessions and complete a final program evaluation.


Benefit from meeting these experts.

Jeff Peters - BTG Americas
Jeff Peters - Tissue 201Course Co-Chair
Jeff graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He started his career with Hercules Incorporated.  Over his 23 year career, he spent time in field sales, global tissue applications, tissue business management, and global tissue marketing.  Jeff left the paper industry for a few years to test his entrepreneurial spirit.  Eight years ago, he joined BTG Americas as the organization's tissue applications manager.

17TIS201 Instructor Jim BellJim Bell - Albany International
Course Co-Chair
Jim is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BS in Chemical Engineering and an ME in engineering management.  Jim has worked for Albany International's press fabric applications team for more than 20 years with a focus on improving safety, drying and press fabric life through design.

Dave Castro - Nalco
Dave CastroDavid J. Castro received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005.  As part of his graduate work, he used auger electron spectroscopy and molecular beam techniques to study gas-liquid interactions of alcohols with a 50/50 NaOH/KOH liquid mixture.

David started with the paper research group in Nalco Company in 2005 examining sheet properties that affect the linting tendency in the offset press. As part of this work, he developed new capabilities for sheet surface characterization including IGT printability and confocal light scanning microscopy.  Currently a staff scientist, he continues to work in projects related to fine paper, sizing or the paper ability to resist water penetration, and absorbency aids and Yankee coating formulations in tissue and towel applications.

Kim Downing - Valmet 
TIS201 Instructor - Kim DowningSince 2013, Kim has been a process engineer focused primarily on THRU-AIR® drying technology and yankee hot air systems. Kim is involved in several projects, from the sales phase all the way to through commissioning, as well as optimization service visits. She recently spent five months working in the technology center in Karlstad, where she worked closely with customers planning and executing trials on the pilot machine. Kim holds a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Maine.

Matt Gregersen - Albany International
TIS201 Instructor - Matt GregersenMatt is celebrating his 25th year in the paper industry.  As product manager for tissue with Albany International, he is responsible for tissue forming fabric applications, managing the tissue forming product portfolio and product development for the Americas.

Prior to Albany, Matt worked for machine builders Beloit and Valmet. He was a mechanical engineer in the forming engineering group with Beloit and a project leader for pilot paper machine trials with an emphasis on the wet end and tissue with both Beloit and Valmet. Matt graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

John Holton - BTG
TIS201 Instructor - John HoltonJohn is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in chemical engineering.  He has been in the tissue industry for 35 years and a member of TAPPI for more than 30 years.



Arvid Johansson - Valmet
Arvid JohanssonArvid Johansson has served as a concept manager for dry crepe tissue with Valmet since 2015.  He has held several different technical roles with the company. In 2010 Arvid moved to China and work with Tissue engineer in Valmet´s Xián office. In 2012 Arvid joined the R&D department at Valmet and has been deeply involved in the development of AdvantageTM ReTurneTM and AdvantageTM NTT.TM   Arvid holds a University degree in Mechanical Engineering from Karlstad University.

Jerry Kramer - Valmet
Jerry graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a BSME degree and is a licensed professional engineer. He has worked extensively with calenders, reels, threading, web stabilization, rereelers and supercalenders in various positions with Beloit Corporation, Andritz and Valmet for the past 32 years.

Jerry has been awarded five U.S. patents and has authored, presented and published papers on reeling, web stabilization and waterjet technology for TAPPI, PAPTAC, SPCI, the Finnish Paper Engineers' Society and other technical organizations in the paper industry. He has also served on TAPPI committees and as a book reviewer for TAPPI on reeling and winding.

17TIS201 - Instructor NeunJohn Neun - Engineering Consultant
John Neun is an engineering consultant who spent a substantial part of his career with Albany International. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a licensed professional engineer in New York State. John has been a part of the paper industry since 1979, when he began work at Albany Felt Company. 

John has surveyed and analyzed many paper and tissue machines, determining means of improving their efficiency. In addition to overall system analysis, he has demonstrated particular expertise in vacuum systems, fabric cleaning systems, forming systems, and presses. John holds six U.S. patents and has published many technical papers (for TAPPI, ASME, SME, and the U.S. National Bureau of Standards). He is a TAPPI Fellow and is past chairman of the Papermaker's Committee and Water Removal Committee as well as the Paper and Board Division. He has received the Leadership and Service Awards from both the TAPPI Engineering Division and Paper and Board Division. 

Mark A. Sorenson - Andritz Pulp & Paper
17TIS201 - Instructor SorensonMark began his career as an engineering co-op student with Beloit Corporation in 1974.  He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor's of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. His professional work began at Beloit Corporation primarily in the calender and reel areas where he became the product line manager for calenders in 1988.  In 1996, Beloit formed a joint venture company with Eduard Küsters of Krefeld, Germany and Mark became director of operations for Küsters Beloit, LLC continuing the engineering of the ex-Beloit product lines for the joint venture and working as liaison to the German operations.  He then took on the role of director of sales and engineering for Kϋsters, NA in 2000.  In 2006, he joined Andritz when Küsters was acquired by the Andrtiz Group. He currently works as a Regional Sales Manager for paper and board machines for Andritz, Inc..

Mark is the chairman emeritus of the Coating and Graphic Arts Division at TAPPI, a former chair of the Calendering Committee and Common Interest Group; member of the TPC of the Coating and Graphic Arts Division, and former TPC chair for the TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division.  He is also a frequent contributor as an instructor for TAPPI training courses, a presenter of papers and roundtables, and was the technical program chair for two Finishing and Converting Division conferences, as well as serving roles with other industry training and committees

Mike Stolz - Instructor

Mike Stoltz - Valmet
Mike is a 1983 graduate of Western Michigan University with a BS in Paper Engineering. He has spent a majority of his career working in Technical Services with Beloit Corporation, Metso Paper and Valmet roll covering operations in North America. He has been involved with TAPPI since college with involvements with the Ts'ai Lun Student Chapter.  Stoltz is a longtime member of the Papermakers Committee and  presenter with the Pressing and Drying seminars.

David Welsford - Solenis
David WelsfordDavid Welsford has held various technical and operations roles within the Canadian and U.S. paper industries, focusing solely on the tissue sector for the past 23 years.  As an Applications Project Manager for Solenis LLC, David balances research and product development interests with the problem-solving and implementation required to ensure tissue chemistries are functioning at their best.

David holds a B.Sc. in Organic Chemistry from the University of British Columbia (1989). 

Earn 1.6 CEUs for this course.

DAY 1: Tuesday, May 1, 2018


7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Course Overview - Jeff Peters/Jim Bell

8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Wet End Chemistry Impacts and Optimization - David Castro, Nalco

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Forming Fabric Options and BenefitsMatt Gregersen, Albany

9:45 - 10:00 a.m BREAK

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Tissue Former/Headbox Operations and Optimization - Arvid Johansson, Valmet

11:00 - 12:00 p.m. CASE STUDY: MODULE I

12:00 - 12:45 p.m. LUNCH



12:45 - 1:30 p.m.  Press Fabric Options and Benefits - Jim Bell, Albany International

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.  Clothing - Cleaning and Conditioning Best PracticesJohn Neun, Albany International

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.  Press Roll Operation and Optimization (SPR, BDR, etc.) - Brian Worcester, Georgia-Pacific

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.  BREAK

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.  Creping Best Practices -Jeff Peters, BTG Americas

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.  Yankee Coating Systems - Dave Welsford, Solenis

5:15 - 5:30 p.m.  Q&A for Modules I & II


DAY 2: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

7:45 - 8:00 a.m.  Day 1 Overview -Jeff Peters/Jim Bell

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  CASE STUDY: MODULE II



9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Yankee Dryers - Safety, Steam, Condensate Systems - John Holton, BTG Americas

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. BREAK

10:15 - 11:15 p.m.  Yankee Hood Design, Operation and OptimizationJohn Holton, BTG Americas

11:15 - 12:15 p.m.  Thru-Air Drying - Kim Downing, Valmet

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. LUNCH

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.  Tissue CalenderingMark Sorenson, Kusters-USA

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.  Improving Dry End Performance - Jerry Kramer, Valmet

2:45 - 3:00 p.m. BREAK

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Diagnostics & the Tissue Machine - John Holton, BTG Americas

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.  CASE STUDY: MODULE III

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Evaluation and Final Adjournment

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TAPPI Tissue 201 - 2018 Registration Rates

Meeting Registration Before
April 2
April 2
TAPPI Member$955$1,055 
Join TAPPI or Renew and Save $1,305 $1,409 
Young Professionals under 30 Join or Renew and Save$1,242$1,345 
Non-Member $1,745 $1,855 
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(Three people from the same location)
TAPPI Member$870 $980
Join TAPPI or Renew and Save $1,225 $1,335
Young Professionals under 30 Join or Renew and Save $1,160$1,270 
Non-Member $1,480 $1,590


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 2, 2018.  

Please note:  There will be a 50% refund for all written cancellations made after April 2, 2018, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course April 24, 2018.  Understandably, after April 24, 2018, no refunds can be issued.  Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.
100% - Cancellation received by April 2, 2018.
50% -  Cancellations received after April 2, 2018 and no later than April 24, 2018.  
NO REFUND- Cancellations received after April 24, 2018.

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 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 Tissue 201 Operations and Runnability 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.

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.


The Tissue 201 Course will be held May 1-2, 2018 at this location:

Miron Construction FacilityTraining Venue:
Miron Construction Facility
1471 McMahon Drive
Neenah, WI 54956

Course Dates:
Tuesday, May 1 - Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel
1000 Cameron Way
Neenah, WI 54956
Phone:  920-720-8000
Website:  https://www.bestwestern.com

  • The Best Western is a 10-minute drive to Miron Construction.
  • It is connected to a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and has a separate bar area.

Extended Stay America - Appleton
4141 Boardwalk Court
Appleton, WI 54915
Phone:  920-830-9596
Website:  https://www.extendedstayamerica.com

  • This hotel is also a 10-minute drive to Miron Construction.
  • It is near the Fox River Mall and there are many different restaurants in the area.

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Appleton International Airport
Appelton, WI
Note:  The commute from Appleton to Neenah is about a 10-minute drive.



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




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TAPPI PRESS is pleased to suggest the following publications that may interest you.  You can purchase these products when you register and save on shipping!

Winding Machines: Mechanics and Measurements
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Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Yankee Dryers, 2nd Edition
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Guidelines for the Safe Operations of Steam Heated Paper Machine Dryers
Member Price: $37
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Tissue 360° Forum Proceedings - 2016 PaperCon 
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Tissue 360° Forum Proceedings - 2014 PaperCon 
Course Price:  $69

Mechanics of Rollers
Member Price:  $75
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Mechanics of Web Handling
Member Price:  $86
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Winders: The Complete Guide for Paper Mills and Converters
Member Price:  $64
List Price:  $96

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