TAPPI Webinar Series

Recorded Webinars
Available to stream free for TAPPI Members
(Sorted by Industry Type)



Bioenergy

BEAM-- A Model to Assess Biomass Energy Availability, Transport Options and Delivery Costs
Description - The Energy Information Administration projects that biomass usage in the power sector alone will increase by a factor of five over the next 25 years. As the biomass market grows, the need to rigorous Supply availability, sustainability, and economic assessment will become important. Enegis, LLC developed the Biomass Energy Analytical Model (BEAM) to assess biomass energy availability, transport options, and delivery cost. BEAM models resources from field/forest, through processing, to demand, providing a geographic quantification, storage and densification options and transportation analysis. The model has a 30 meter resolution for the lower 48 states, currently carries about 50 species and commodities and performs analysis with costs, net energy and net carbon carried forward at all modeling steps. BEAM can conduct assessments on a site-specific, regional, or national-scale. BEAM focuses on residuals, consistent with the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) proposed definition for biomass and has been run in a number of cases, including mark to market. BEAM was originally developed for the Federal Energy Management Program.


Nanotechnology

Cellulose Nanomaterials – A Transformative Opportunity for the Forest Products Industry
Description - What are cellulose nanomaterials? What potential do they offer our industry? Listen to this webinar given by Sean Ireland, Manager of New Technologies and Market Ventures for Verso Paper Corp as he provides an overview of what cellulose nanomaterials are, how they are produced, and highlights their unique properties. Sean will also review the many applications for these materials, including composites, batteries, super-capacitors, high-efficiency filters, reinforce polymers, bioplastics, coatings, sensors, flexible display, membranes and many other high-end products. This webinar was sponsored by TAPPI’s International Nanotechnology Division.

Processing of nanocellulose based polyer nanocomposites
Description - A webinar on the Processing of nanocellulose based polymer nanocomposites. The presentation covered the different strategies reported in the literature to process polymer nanocomposites reinforced when nanocellulose are presented. At the conclusion of the webinar, attendees were able to identify the different strategies allowing processing of cellulose nanocomposites, and appraise the challenges for the processing of nanocomposites.


Roadmap for the Safe and Sustainable Commercialization of Nanocellulose
Description - This webinar described the development of an environmental health and safety roadmap for nanocellulose to ensure commercialization opportunities are informed by state of the art testing and analysis demonstrating the safety of consumer and related products containing nanocellulose.Responsible and sustainable new technology development requires proactive consideration of potential impacts across the life cycle of materials. The need for data a priori to application development creates challenges for a regulatory structure designed to test individual substances in pure form.For novel nanoscale materials, limitations in the availability and reliability of data create challenges for measuring and assessing their potential risks to health and the environment in real world applications, particularly because of the dynamic nature of these materials in the environment. The webinar describes a methodology for assessing potential health and environmental risks of novel materials, NANO LCRA, an iterative, tiered approach to risk assessment of nanomaterials, incorporating life cycle systems thinking into the risk analysis paradigm to inform data gaps, with increasing data requirements as products approach commercialization. The state of the science for understanding nanocellulose behavior across the product life cycle will be summarized and the roadmap toward sustainable commercialization presented.


Nonwovens

Binders – Latex: Acrylic Chemistry
Description - This Webinar was hosted by the TAPPI Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists Division and Binders & Additives Committee on October 24, 2012. The presenters are Maureen Nunn and Melinda Einsla with Dow Chemical.

Binders – Latex: Butadiene-Based Latex Binders
Description - This Webinar was hosted by the TAPPI Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists Division and Binders & Additives Committee on July 26, 2012. The presenter is Andy Spears with Styron, LLC.


Binders – Latex: Introduction to Emulsion Polymerization
Description - This Webinar was hosted by the TAPPI Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists Division and Binders & Additives Committee on March 22, 2012. The presenter is Mark Yanutola with the Omnova Performance Chemicals Division.


Introduction to Nonwovens Processes Part I
Description - Nonwoven materials are produced by a wide variety of processes ranging from hydraulic formation, air assisted processing, direct polymer to web systems, and combinations of these. These materials find application in diverse fields that include filtration, automotive, hygiene products, battery separators, medical, and home furnishings. In this webinar, some of the most common processes will be highlighted. Processes covered will include wet-laid, melt blown, and electrospinning. In the wet-laid process, a mixture of fibers is suspended in a fluid, the fibers are deposited onto a screen or porous surface to remove the fluid and the web is then consolidated mechanically, chemically, or thermally. Wet-laid materials have outstanding uniformity when compared with other nonwovens. Meltblown materials are produced by melting and extruding molten polymer resin directly into a web. Fine fibers with a narrow fiber distribution can be produced using the meltblown process. Composites of wet-laid and meltblown materials can be used to obtain improved performance and strength characteristics in the final application. To make finer fibers, typically in the nanometer range, an electrospinning process is used. During the electrospinning process, electrical charge is applied to polymer solution to form nanometer size fibers on a collector. The structures thus produced have a high surface area to volume ratio, high length to diameter ratio, high porosity, and interconnected pores. Topics covered in the webinar include an overview of the process, standard equipment, and descriptions of media produced by each process.

Introduction to Nonwovens Processes Part II
Description - This webinar is the second in a series which previews tutorials being offered at the 2014 NETInc Conference in Nashville, TN, April 27-30th. The webinar and tutorial is an introduction to nonwovens technologies, suitable for technical individuals new to the industry and those in business, sales and management who need a better understanding of the technologies of nonwovens manufacturing. The following technologies will be addressed: Carding/crosslapping, Air Laying- short fiber and long fiber, Needlepunching, Adhesive bonding, Hydroentanglement, and Calendar bonding. An overview of these different processes and the products which are manufactured by these technologies will be discussed. We will also clarify certain nonwovens language- definitions, concepts, and history of Fiber (staple, bicomponent) Fabric, Nonwoven and Bonding.


Process Foam: What, Why and How to Attack
Description - Brought to you by the Binders & Additives Committee of TAPPI's NET division this webinar will provide an examination of the causes, symptoms, and challenges with foam generation in nonwovens processing. An overview of the technologies associated with foam control will be offered, with a focus on chemical foam control additives. The mechanisms and methodology of chemical foam control will be reviewed, transitioning into descriptions and selection of modeling techniques to aid in the selection of optimum additives for the formulator’s specific needs.

Biocides in White Water Systems: Maximizing System Performance While Minimizing Costs
Description -The presence and proliferation of microbes such as algae, bacteria and fungi in the wet end of a nonwovens fabric machine can slow production, create undesirable odors, consume value process additives, and lead to increased corrosion rates. Growth of such microbes is generally controlled through the addition of chemicals in the wet end. This presentation discusses the common chemical microbiological control technologies that are employed against microbes and compares the effectiveness of each type of chemistry. The methods used to monitor the performance of chemical microbiological control programs will also be discussed.

Papermakers

Assessing Dryer Performance Using TAPPI TIPs

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Description - This webinar was hosted by the TAPPI Papermakers & Water Removal Committees on September 28, 2010. The seminar was available live to all members of the Papermakers and Water Removal Committees.


A Comparison of the FSC and SFI Forest Certification Standards

Description - The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards offer two approaches to forest management certification.  Both programs recently updated their standards for forest certification auditing in the United States.  This webinar will review the FSC and SFI standards and some of their key differences.  The information from this discussion will be helpful to land managers that are audited to these standards as well as to manufacturers and customers interested in understanding the requirements behind these eco-labels.


Advanced Online Process Analyzers for Pulp Mill Control
Description - With increasing competition worldwide, pulp and paper manufacturers, particularly those in North America, require greater emphasis on cost reduction and increased efficiency and product quality. Optimization must also focus on minimizing chemical and energy consumption, particularly for those mills that could utilize the excess steam to drive turbine for electrical generation, allowing for diversification of revenue stream. To this end, process measurements and control play an important and critical role. This webinar will briefly review the technology and give further details on economic impacts achieved through the installation of rugged process online FT-NIR analyzers when coupled with advanced process control strategies.

Combat Process Disturbances and Interactions
Description - PID loop interactions and process disturbances are a leading source of process variability and instability in all processes. This webinar shows you how to employ new tools to easily obtain the effects of interaction and disturbances on your process (the models) and how to use these to break or eliminate loop interactions and the effects of disturbances. Appropriate for managers, process engineers and process control engineers who are concerned about pesky interactions and disturbances. This webinar is presented by TAPPI’s Process Control Division and was selected as the best Process Control Paper at PaperCon 2011.


Energy and Process Optimization through Microwave Consistency Measurement
Description -This webinar will present a case study on how advancements in instrumentation have opened new avenues for effective use of vacuum table elements to control sheet consistency for a variety of papermaking applications. This includes dandy rolls for improved formation, multiple formers for optimum formation, coverage, and ply bond, as well as numerous chemical dosage applications. Changes on the table are measured in real time and these measurements can then be used in a variety of methodologies. Monitoring machine clothing on today’s machines has presented a variety of new safety and environmental concerns. New instrumentation technology allows real time outputs for fabric moisture content and permeability without requiring operators and technicians to make separate on-machine measurements in dangerous locations. New technology is available as fixed point and/or traversing measurement heads that allow direct connections to the machine’s own DCS/MCS systems for data analysis. Fast Fourier transformation (FFT) capabilities are discussed which provide near instantaneous read-out of pulsation or vibration issues. All water content/consistency measurements are made utilizing harmless microwave radiation, eliminating the usage of costly and less accurate gamma gauge technology.

How to Deal with Misleading Environmental Claims Related to Print and Paper

Description - Many corporations are promoting electronic communications (ex: e-billing) as a more environmentally-friendly method of communication, and in doing such they are spreading erroneous facts and messages about print and paper. This presentation outlines some of the unique environmental and social features of print and paper products which make it a sustainable way of communicating. The (often ignored) environmental and social impacts of electronic communications will also be reviewed, as well as environmental marketing rules and guidelines that companies should respect when making environmental claims (ex: US Federal Trade Commission Green Guides).


Increasing Paper Machine Agility with a Novel Grade Change Concept
Description - A narrow grade mix and long grade runs were once common. Not today. Most machines make a wider set of products with many grade changes. A new grade transition concept makes such machines more competitive by increasing the stability and agility of the line. Unlike traditional programs, the new grade change concept relies on the normal quality controls to move the machine from one grade to the next quickly and smoothly in closed loop. Mill results are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new approach.


Microbes in Fresh and Recycled Water Systems
Description - Water, the most abundant raw material used in the manufacture of paper, is critical for pulping, for dilution of chemicals, for process water makeup and for a myriad of other applications. The sanitization and clarity of both incoming water and recycled water has a profound effect on machine runnability as well as the quality of paper and board products. Sheet defects, holes, breaks, downtime and malodors in finished products are often related to inadequate water treatment.

This Webinar discusses freshwater treatment and the impact water system closure has on paper and board.


Microbes in Papermaking – Do You Have a Problem?
Description - Microorganisms can thrive in papermaking systems when water, cellulose, starch, furnish and other additives combined at favorable pH and warm temperatures. This webinar will help you recognize the problems microbes cause in papermaking systems, discover where microbes grow and recognize the differences between spoilage and deposit control.  The webinar was hosted by the TAPPI Microbiology and Microbial Technology Committee.


Microbial Control: Protecting Mineral Slurries and Papermaking Additives from Spoilage
Description - Protecting additives in storage against the growth of ever-changing microorganisms can sometimes be challenging and is different from the familiar understanding we have of other chemicals commonly used in our processes. The preservation of mineral slurries and other additives for pulp and paper processes can be a challenge given the dynamic nature of the microorganisms, characteristics of individual biocides, and the chemistry of the products to be preserved. One must consider that although biocides can be a critical part of the solution, they are also one of the most highly regulated chemistries in North America and Europe. Therefore it requires a working knowledge of their use, application, and safe handling as it concerns the pulp and paper industry. To avoid spoilage of additives and all its’ negative impacts, there are several aspects that must be considered to maintain control and eliminate much of the guess-work. These include an understanding of various biocide chemistries, problematic groups of organisms, and physical parameters of storage. This webinar will review microbial control in the world of white pigments and additives where we will combine the tools of biocides, microbiology, monitoring, and housekeeping that can make our jobs a little easier.


Modern Hydraulic Headboxes – Managing Expectations and Operations
Description - This Webinar was hosted by the TAPPI Papermakers & Water Removal Committees on October 11, 2011. The seminar was available live to all members of the Papermakers, Water Removal, and young professionals Committee.


Monitoring Tools and Strategies for the Detection and Control of Microbial Growth in Papermaking Systems
Description - Provides an overview of monitoring approaches that can be used to assess the performance of biocontrol programs and optimize treatment strategies for improved control of microbial spoilage and deposit formation.  Appropriate for anyone with an interest in deposit control and spoilage in industrial systems


Nip Dewatering
Description - This Webinar was hosted by the TAPPI Papermakers & Water Removal Committees on June 29, 2010. The seminar was available live to all members of the Papermakers and Water Removal Committees. (Total running time: 30 minutes 45 seconds)


Operator Training Strategies: Developing a more Competitive and Technologically Advanced Workforce
Description - The webinar covers various methods of operator training, including the more advanced educational training used by the paper industry around the world; introduction to the newest and most advanced curriculum of e-learning available, developed by industry experts; and how mills can customize learning.


Paper Machine Vacuum Systems 101 & Papermakers Roundtable
Description: Every paper/containerboard/pulp machine has a vacuum system. These can be simple systems with 4 or 5 vacuum pumps or very complex with 12 – 16 vacuum pumps. Most will consist of liquid ring pumps, but can also be a hybrid of low vacuum fans, centrifugal exhausters and vacuum pumps with installed horsepower between 500 and 1000 hp to over 6000 hp. Generally they are forgiving systems and do not receive much attention. However, inattention can lead to insufficient water removal in the former and press, and higher energy usage for drying.

The intent of this seminar is to review some of the typical issues with the vacuum system including instrumentation and vacuum control, seal water systems and cooling towers, flatboxes and uhle boxes (more aren’t better), separators and extraction pumps, and vacuum pump reliability. It is true, “You can get the sheet to the reel with a screwed up vacuum system”. This webinar will show the upside opportunities to vacuum systems following an audit of the process and improved understanding by mill personnel.

Following Doug's presentation is a roundtable discussion featuring John Neun, Albany International, Gary Nyman, International Paper and Dave Burton, Asten Johnson. They answer questions and listen to the concerns your mill may have to help improve operations.


Renewing the Renewable Industry: Driving Innovation In Forest Products
Description - On this upcoming webinar, you will learn more about Agenda 2020, and its mission to transform the forest products industry through innovation. You will also learn about the technology priorities that can enable the industry’s transformation. Receive an update on important research initiatives, and successes and opportunities in funding them–and learn how to benefit from the Agenda 2020 program.


Sustaining Profit in Tomorrow's Green Economy

Description - The global economy will need to go green. What does that really mean? Will old concepts of sustainability endure? Where will forest products fit and who will profit? Join Avrim Lazar as he looks into our future. He’ll speak to how the global forest products industry is moving to become a major player in the developing bio-economy, through extracting more value out of the tree as bio-fuels, bio-chemicals, and bio-materials. Given these new product innovations, the best uses and value of wood become critical discussion points in the ongoing sustainability conversations. Existing and expanding competing interests for wood, require in-depth assessments across the economic, social, and environmental landscapes.

In early 2010, FPAC, along with several Canadian partners, released the first phase of the Forest Biopathways study. This initial release examined the economic, social and environmental benefits of integrating new bio-technologies within the traditional forest products industry and it considered how this approach will boost employment and strengthen Canada's economy and rural communities. Canada has unique infrastructure and resources, but the learnings gained from this work can be extended globally.

Why Filtered Whitewater Systems Fail
Description - This webinar explains why paper machine whitewater filtration systems are often problematic and in some cases fail. The presentation shows how controlling variability in your whitewater system can help save energy, reduce fresh water consumption and improve product variability. A similar presentation is planned for TAPPI’s PaperCon 2013. Organized by the TAPPI Papermakers Committee, and open to all TAPPI Members. (Total running time 44 minutes)


PLACE

Optimizing Time in the Air Gap in Extrusion Coating for Improved Adhesion
Description - Presented by Kelly Frey, of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, and the recipient of the TAPPI 2012 PLACE Division Leadership and Service Award.

"Optimizing Time in the Air Gap in Extrusion Coating for Improved Adhesion" is the 2012 WINNER of the prestigious Dragan Djordjevic Award for best conference paper in extrusion coating or cast film.

This webinar explores adhesion through oxidation, in the extrusion coating process, and how Time in the Air Gap (TIAG) affects adhesion for extrusion coating primed and unprimed paper and film.


TAPPISAFE

TAPPISAFE Overview
Description - The TAPPISAFE program provides a means for outside contractors and suppliers to complete OSHA required safety awareness-level orientation and site specific safety orientation before ever stepping foot in your mills.

It is the only contractor orientation developed for and by the pulp and paper industry.

Best of all, there is no cost to mills to participate in the program. TAPPISAFE will update or develop your site specific orientation once you enroll.


Tissue

Tissue Manufacturing for Softness and Bulk
Description - This webinar is appropriate for anyone new to tissue or needing an introduction to the manufacturing variables affecting softness in tissue grades: fiber raw materials, stock prep, wet end chemicals, forming, drying method, creping, calendering and converting. Based on TAPPI’s two day “Tissue Properties and Manufacturing” Course and presented by Dr. Mike Kocurek. Open to TAPPI members only (running time 50 minutes).

TAPPI Webinar:  Introduction to Tissue Creping and Creping Chemistry  
Description - This webinar is will provide an overview of the creping process and the chemicals used to enhance it’s effectiveness.    Perfect for those who are new to tissue manufacturing process or just want to better understand of one of the more important and problematic areas of tissue making.