TAPPI Webinar Series

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


Designing the Forest Biorefinery
Description - This is a critical time for the biorefinery development and company transformation in the forestry sector – companies are at different points in setting their strategies, and a wide range of promising biorefinery product-process options are being considered. What is the best strategy, and how can technologies be systematically evaluated for competitive advantage? There is no silver bullet biorefinery solution. An introduction to some key concepts for biorefinery strategy identification and implementation will be presented in this webinar, along with the TAPPI Biorefinery Design Course outline.

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.


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.

Nanocellulose based materials for barrier and antibacterial packages
Description -The presentation provides an overview of the potential of nanocellulose (functionalized or not) in packaging materials like fibre-based materials or nanocomposites. The main focus is on industrialization of nanocellulose and their uses in biobased materials for imparting active properties such as barrier or antibacterials.

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.

Responsive Cellulose Nanocrystal Composites
Description - Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are high-aspect ratio, mechanically stiff fibers which can serve as both a bio-renewable reinforcing agent in nanocomposites, as well as a handle for adding stimuli responsiveness. CNCs can be extracted from a wide range of natural cellulosic materials, with characteristics such as crystal structure, crystallinity and aspect ratio fluctuate widely between sources. Here, we will discuss small molecule functionalized cellulose prepared for sustained delivery in a variety of environments. Moieties attached to the surface of cellulose nanocrystals show that both irreversible and reversible changes can be induced by application of an external stimuli.

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.


What Nonwovens Manufactures Need to know about Formaldehyde
Description - This webinar will review the history of the formaldehyde issue, changes in the legislation, public perception, the impact on the Nonwovens manufacturer, and what options are available.

The Chemistry of Cross Linking Resins for Paper and Nonwoven Applications
Description - This presentation focuses on the chemistry of thermoset resin crosslinkers used in nonwoven and paper applications. In particular, amino resins, including urea-formaldehyde and melamine-formaldehyde resins, as well as phenol-formaldehyde resins will be discussed. The key attributes of crosslinking the latex resin will be reviewed. The general advantages and disadvantages of the thermoset systems with respect to binding and coating applications are compared.

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.

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.

Protective Textiles
Description - Protective Textiles is an important category within technical textiles. This sector is a growth industry even in developed economies and is R&D intensive. The webinar will provide a basic understanding of the use of fibrous materials as protective materials. Recent developments in this field such as nonwoven based defense PPE and decontamination wipes will be discussed.In addition to protection, the need for user comfort emphasizes the use of lightweight nonwovens in developing protective textiles. This field is exhaustive and hence this webinar will provided a 101 understanding of the field.

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.


Basics of Refining
Description - The Papermakers Committee presented a complimentary webinar on the Basics of Refining on July 16th hosted by Tom Berger, Regional Product Manager at Andritz. This webinar is the second in a series focused on Screening and Refining. Low Consistency Refiners are critical in producing fiber properties required for both paper machine operation and final sheet quality. This webinar will focus on the basics of Refining; Why refine?, the key components and operation of Refiners. It will also address:

  • Important Process variables/ guidelines
  • Controls and System Considerations
  • Maintenance and Mechanical Issues
  • Plate Design/ Application

Pulp and Paper Automation Services for the 21st Century

Analysis of Quality Control and Automation Systems in the Paper Industry indicates that up to 75% of those automation investments are not providing benefit. Rather, they are creating process problems instead of solving them due to the lack of a comprehensive service program. No longer is service limited to mechanical devices. As automation improves and paper mills become more integrated, the need to expand the definition of service to include the automation systems and process applications is required.

Basics of Screening

Description - Screens are used in every area of a mill for contaminant removal

This webinar covers Barrier screening vs. probability screening, key components of a pressure screen including Housing, Baskets (Holes vs. Slots), Rotors and Basic Mode of Operation / Controls. Also discussed were applications of Pressure Screens in the Paper Industry in Kraft (Pulp Mill) Screens including Hot Stock, Recycle Screens (Coarse and Fine, Mechanical Pulp Screens and Paper Machine Screens: (Approach Flow, Thick Stock, and Broke).

Filling your Wet End Chemistry Toolbox: Part 1 Fundamentals

Description - This webinar is the first in a series presented by the Papermaking Additives committee focused on Wet End Chemistry. This series will expand on certain topics covered in their annual Wet End Chemistry course. The series will be hosted by Dr. Przemyslaw Pruszynski one of the foremost experts in wet end chemistry and Global Technical Specialist in paper chemistry with Nalco, an Ecolab company. This installment focuses on Fundamentals and covers basic terminology related to wet-end chemistry of a paper machine, including:

  • Colloidal systems and their stability
  • The impact of pH on charge of the system and additives; typical pH levels of papermaking operations, pH control strategies and requirements
  • Charge – source of charge, relevance of charge, zeta potential vs. cationic demand, charge control strategies
  • Conductivity and its impact on papermaking operations
  • Hardness, sources, typical values, consequences of exceeding hardness limits
  • Chemical system stability

Filling your Wet End Chemistry Toolbox: Part 2 Retention Programs

Description This webinar is the second in a series presented by the Papermaking Additives committee  focused on Wet End Chemistry. This series will expand on certain topics covered in their annual Wet End Chemistry course. The  series is hosted by Dr. Przemyslaw Pruszynski one of the foremost experts in wet end chemistry and Global Technical Specialist in paper chemistry with Nalco, an Ecolab company.

This installment focused on Retention which is one of the key wet-end chemistry applications on a paper machine. It allows for incorporation into sheet structure all components of furnish despite large differences in their size. Retention programs work through the flocculation of furnish elements and deliver additional benefits of increased drainage in the early phase of sheet formation. The relative importance of retention and drainage benefits changes based on grades of paper/board and the product’s basis weight.  

Retention programs allow you to maintain desired yield of operations and effective utilization of other additives. They  are sensitive to a number of wet end chemistry factors discussed in our first webinar pH, conductivity, and cationic demand. Knowledge of this material will be useful in understanding sources of variation, control strategies and process stabilization efforts. Proper selection and application of retention programs is very important in managing their potential negative impact on formation. 

Paper Machine Centrifugal Cleaner Systems: A Brief Tutorial

Description - This webinar discusses the basics of centrifugal cleaner systems that are installed in paper machine stock preparation systems. We'll cover the physics of cleaners and how they work, then discuss cleaner system design principles. Finally, we'll illustrate how to balance a cleaner system using simple mass balance techniques and a spreadsheet balance tool. The reference document will be TIP 0508-10, An Introduction to Centrifugal Cleaners.

Learn to Improve Sheet Quality and Troubleshoot Sheet-making Processes

Description - Sheet properties measured both on-line and off-line are often expressed in arrays of values called "profiles" in cross-machine direction (CD) and "trends" in machine direction (MD).  With the computing power, memory capacity, and display technology available in today's quality control and mill-wide systems, a new set of indices and two-dimensional analysis methods can be useful for better quantifying sheet quality and provide more insights for troubleshooting sheet-making processes. 

This webinar was sponsored by TAPPI's Process Control Division. To learn more, click here.

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.

Microbially Influenced Corrosion
Description - Microbially-influenced Corrosion (MIC) is probably the most difficult form of corrosion to identify in a pulp and paper mill. It does not produce any unique type of corrosion and no tests exist that uniquely identify the cause of corrosion as MIC. Instead the identification of MIC must rely on multiple consistent pieces of evidence that all point to MIC as the cause of corrosion. This webinar will discuss factors that indicate MIC may be occurring and the tools (including emerging tools for DNA analysis) that are available to examine each of these factors. A case of MIC in mill water and white water will be presented to illustrate how MIC can be identified.

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.

Improving Sustainability with QCS Life Cycle Management
Description - Since inception, Quality Control Systems (QCS) have played an integral role in the quality and efficiency of the paper industry.  However, there are instances when needed capital dollars for upgrades are just not available.  Agility is therefore required to sustain the life of the QCS while maintaining or improving profitability.  QCS engineers have found solution to improve the QCS life cycle and prolong the need for capital.  These include system virtualization, recycled or repaired parts, alternative parts solutions, better preparedness for corrective maintenance evolutions, and improved preventative maintenance programs.  Learn more about how these options can help you prolong the life of your QCS.

This webinar was sponsored by TAPPI's Process Control Division. To learn more, click here.

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.

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)

PIMA Management

Cloud Based Computing - What Can it do for your Mill?

Description - The cloud offers many advantages to manufacturing companies, and the paper industry is a relatively late adopter. Cloud-based systems can streamline key areas of your business, such as supply chain optimization, real time maintenance and integration with other areas of the company. Is it right for your mill?

This complimentary webinar, sponsored by MAJIQ and presented by Christophe Deslandes, VP and Chief Technology Officer at Kapstone will review the many considerations and potential models available for implementing Cloud Computing including:

  • The Risk/Return Decision Model
  • The Control Responsibility Model and
  • The Business Continuity Model

We will also review factors in security, data handling, performance, technology, contractual, legal and compliance that must be considered when setting up a Cloud Computing program. As a final takeaway, don’t miss the 6 Critical Questions You Must Answer when selecting a Cloud Computing model.

Boost Mill Wide Productivity with a Common Language Approach

Description - This webinar is about how pulp and paper mills need to evolve from their current “craft” based to a “data” based operation. This data based operation will lead to view the overall mill process as a unified system. A common language will need to be developed to harmonize all aspects of the mill production system. This will result in vastly improved productivity in the overall mill. The speaker shares a different prospective on:

  • Nature of current mill operations
  • The challenges to changing current conditions and expectations
  • Data usage in mill operation

Presented by the PIMA IT Committee. Speaker: Joff Cowan, Pulmac (running time 35 minutes).

Engaging Operators and Managers in Training and Development

Description -How do you get your key players behind your learning initiatives? This webinar explains the important drivers for increasing Operator and Management engagement in training. Learn the typical time to obsolescence for today’s operators, hear success stories and explore the roles and responsibilities of managers in the success of training programs.

Organized by the PIMA Division's Workforce Development Committee and presented by Bob Lord of Training and Development LLC (Running time 50 minutes).

Keeping Mill Systems Free of Malware and Cybercrime

Description - This webinar, designed for mill managers and IT managers, describes the increasing risk of disruption, and damage, caused by malware and cybercrime. Solutions are not necessarily expensive but require collaboration between various departments, and a sense of urgency . It presents a no-nonsense approach to raising awareness of this issue at every level of your organization and a plain English description of a possible approach to better mill systems security.

This webinar was organized by PIMA's IT Committee and presented by Danny Tomlinson (running time 32 mins).

Better Mill Decisions through Detailed Grade Cost Analysis

Description - Today’s papermakers are competing in an exceptionally challenging marketplace that requires better visibility into the true costs generated at the machine, grade and run levels. Organizations require actionable intelligence to make better decisions on a daily basis. One of the major challenges to achieving this objective is the inability to effectively utilize data from disparate systems to create meaningful and actionable information. This webinar will demonstrate how papermakers can leverage their existing systems investment and create an end-to-end cost analysis solution with the ability to analyze and predict costs, laying the foundation for lower costs and improved profitability.

The Benefits of People Development: ROI, ROE or Both?

Description - This webinar describes ways to assess the impact of workforce development and how alignment with organizational success can be achieved.

Management often finds return on investment (ROI) for workforce development difficult to quantify. Factors such as overtime reduction and uptime improvement can be measured financially, but the impact of the workforce training is hard to separate. A determination of the degree of human impact on each measurement is necessary. Another method to determine impact to the organization is return on expectations (ROE), which is explained using real mill examples.

Presented by Bruce Warrick, KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation in Longview, WA USA. (Running time 44 mins)

The Power of Real-Time Costing

Description - In most operating environments, operators and shift supervisors are focused on their individual operating parameters: keeping the line running and monitoring deviations in selected indicators. In most cases, they have no understanding of the dollar value of the various operating decisions they make and the knock-on impact their decisions may have through the value chain; whether in terms of total added cost or variance in usages. This webinar shows how an innovative software solution can translate traditional operational indicators into real dollar savings that are easily understood by shop floor personnel; resulting in more effective action, maximizing business value and enhancing ownership and engagement.

Presented by SP Raina, Enterprise Performance Solutions. (Running Time: 43 minutes)
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Corona Treatment and Plasma Treatment: The Opportunities
Description - This webinar addresses the roots of surface treatment challenges for polymeric, metallic, and composite materials, and identifies the corona and plasma treatment mechanisms which overcome those challenges. Corona discharges and Atmospheric pressure plasmas are valuable tools for the surface treatment of materials prior to printing, laminating, coating, painting, bonding, and other applications. They are used in a diverse number of manufacturing environments such as packaging, converting, medical, electronics, aerospace, automotive, solar, battery, and many others. The applications in these industries all have one thing in common – adhesion challenges.

Presented by Rory Wolf, Business Unit Manager for ITW’s Pillar Technologies (Running time: 47 minutes)

Ultrasonic Sealing
Description -
Ultrasonic sealing is an emerging technology that offers potential cost savings to flexible packaging converters through increased line speeds, narrower seals and reduced leakers due to seal area contamination. Most polyethylenes, coextruded films or laminates that can be conductive or heat sealed can also be ultrasonically welded. However, the mechanical forces required in ultrasonic sealing can also weaken films as certain polymers flow out of the seal area and/or fracture due to localized stresses. The amount of flow or weakening varies by polymer type and can be controlled by optimizing sealing parameters for specific multilayer film structures and sealants.

Presented by: Dan Ward, Technical Service and Application Development Specialist with the Flexible Products Group at NOVA Chemicals Corporation, Alexei Kazakov, Downstream Market Research Specialist, NOVA Chemicals Corporation, Sophie Morneau, Director, ATG Applications & Tooling Engineering, Branson Ultrasonics Corp. and Hans Neisser, Market Segment Manager, Packaging, Branson Ultrasonics Corp. (Running time: 50 minutes)

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.


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 QCS: Time to Say Good-Bye to Nuclear
Description - A new online quality sensor for measuring tissue weight is revolutionizing the tissue automation concept. Installed on tissue machines using furnish from virgin pulp to 100% recycled fibers, this new sensor eliminates the need for a traditional basis weight sensor with a nuclear source. Mills are now saving both time and money previously needed for nuclear safety training, licenses and the specialized service and safety requirements. Anyone responsible for tissue machine quality control systems should attend this webinar.

Presented by Dr. Seyhan Nuyan of Valmet and organized by TAPPI’s Tissue Division and Process Control Division. (Running time: 38 mins)

Proper Yankee Doctor Set Up and Operation
Description - Yankee dryer doctor systems run continuously on the yankee surface and have a direct effect on the properties of the tissue product. The penalties for neglecting them is steep, including reduced production and damage to the Yankee surface. This webinar provides an overview of proper set up, profiling and operation of yankee doctor systems, discuss factors that can lead to vibration and chatter; and share troubleshooting techniques. Appropriate for anyone with responsibility for yankee operations.

Organized by TAPPI’s Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee and presented by Jerry Vandoros of Kadant (Running time 50 mins).

Tissue Machine Vibration Monitoring Systems
Description - Condition monitoring, particularly using vibration, is a well-established method for improving and maintaining tissue machine reliability. Using specialized instrumentation and software can help maintenance and operations personnel diagnose problems and plan for appropriate corrective actions. This webinar provides an overview of on-line systems for monitoring both rotating equipment and doctoring systems. Organized by TAPPI’s Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee and presented by Ed Bondoc of SKF (running time 55 minutes).

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. 

Metalized Yankee Dryer Coatings - Process Considerations  
Description - Machine thermal sprayed Yankee coatings have evolved over the past decade from an asset preservation expenditure to a machine performance investment. Furthermore, with the rapid acceptance of steel Yankee dryers, thermal coatings are required. So why do some coatings run so well and last so long, whilst others do not? The webinar will answer this question and discuss the steps which mills can take prior to, during, and after the thermal spray application.