Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course

Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability

Appleton, 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

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.

What Will You Learn? 

  • The causes of machine runnability and sheet quality problems due to furnish, wet-end chemistry, stock approach and headbox set-up.
  • The principles for effective cleaning and conditioning of forming and press fabrics.
  • The causes of machine runnability and sheet quality problems occurring specifically in the press and dryer sections.
  • Yankee dryer operation, including risks and challenges posed by steam systems, hood and especially creping
  • Problems and opportunities in the calender and reel of the tissue machine.

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Machine Supervisors
  • Operators
  • Suppliers or other technical people who are new to tissue grades

Note:  This is an intermediate-level course.  Those with five or more years of tissue-making experience will benefit most.  The TAPPI Tissue 101 Course is considered a prerequisite.

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.


Meet the exceptional members of the course faculty.

17TIS201 - Instructor PetersJeff Peters - BTG Americas
Course Co-Chair

Jeff graduated from 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.  Four 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 a ME in Engineering Management.  Jim has worked for Albany International's Press Fabric Applications team for over 20 years with a focus on improving safety, drying and press fabric life through design.

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 and determining means of improving their efficiency. In addition to overall system analysis, John has demonstrated particular expertise in vacuum systems, fabric cleaning systems, forming systems, and presses. He performs pulsation analyses and solves vibration problems in all sections of paper machines.

John holds six U.S. patents and has published many technical papers (for TAPPI, ASME, SME, and the U.S. National Bureau of Standards). John 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. 

17TIS203 - Instructor WelsfordDavid W. Welsford - Solenis
David Welsford has held various technical and operations roles within the Canadian and US paper industries and focused solely on tissue during the last 23 years.  As an Applications Project Manager for the Hercules Division of Solenis LLC, David balances his research and product development interests with the implementation and problem-solving required to ensure that tissue chemistries are functioning at their best.

A Canadian living in the United States for the past 10 years, David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of British Columbia (1989).

17TIS203 - Instructor CastroDave Castro - Nalco
David 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 as 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 & Towel applications.

17TIS201 - Instructor SorensonMark A. Sorenson - Andritz Pulp & Paper
Mark began career as an engineering co-op student with Beloit Corporation in 1974.  He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

His professional work began at Beloit Corporation primarily in the calender and reel areas where his primary duties included start-up of new equipment, troubleshooting equipment and process related problems, process review of R&D results, and design engineering of specialized areas.  In 1996, Beloit formed a joint venture company with Eduard Küsters of Krefeld, Germany.  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; then took on the role of Director of Sales and Engineering.  In 2006, he joined Andritz when Küsters was acquired by the Andrtiz Group.  He currently works as Sales Manager for Paper and Board machines.

Mark is the Vice Chairman of the Coating and Graphic Arts Division at TAPPI, a former Chair of the Calendering Committee and Calendering Common Interest Group; and former Chair for 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 is the Technical Program Chair for two Finishing and Converting Conferences, as well as serving roles with other industry training and committees.

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 US 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.

TIS201 Instructor - Matt GregersenMatt Gregersen - Albany International
Matt 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.

TIS201 Instructor - John HoltonJohn Holton - BTG
John 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.




Mike Stolz - Instructor

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

Arvid Johansson - Valmet

Concept Manager, Dry Crepe Tissue

Tissue Mills Business Unit

Jan Skawski - Valmet

Earn 1.6 CEUs for completion of this course!

DAY 1: Tuesday, April 18, 2017


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 - 1:00 p.m. LUNCH



1:00 - 1:45 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 - 5:00 p.m.  Yankee Coating Systems - Dave Welsford, Solenis

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Q&A for Modules I & II


DAY 2: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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 DryingJan Skawski, 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 - 400 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

Register by March 31 to save!

TAPPI Tissue 201 - 2017 Registration Rates
The early registration period is extended
through March 31!

Meeting Registration Before
March 31
March 31
TAPPI Member$925 $1,025 
Join TAPPI or Renew and Save $1,099 $1,199 
Young Professionals under 30 Join or Renew and Save$1,037$1,137 
Non-Member $1,695 $1,800 
Group Meeting Registration, Per Person
(Three people from the same location)
TAPPI Member$845 $950 
Join TAPPI or Renew and Save $1,019 $1,124 
Young Professionals under 30 Join or Renew and Save $957 $1,062 
Non-Member $1,435 $1,540


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 March 17th, 2016.  

Please note:  There will be a 50% refund for all written cancellations made after March 17, 2017, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course April 18, 2017.  Understandably, after April 13, 2017 no refunds can be issued.  Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.
100% - Cancellation received by March 17, 2017.
50% -  Cancellations received after March 17, 2017 and no later than April 13, 2016.  
NO REFUND- Cancellations received after April 12, 2016.  


Book your stay by March 27 to save.

The Tissue 201 Course will be held April 18-19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

TAPPI has arranged a reduced group rate at the nearby Hyatt Hotel in Greenville, SC.

Hyatt Place - Greenville/Haywood
40 West Orchard Park Drive
Greenville, South Carolina, USA, 29615

Hotel ImageTel: +1 864 232 3000

Please note:  When making your reservations online, use the code G-TAPP to secure the TAPPI group rate.  If making reservations by phone, use the call-in code TAPPI Paper & Pulp Training.

The per night rate is $129 (+tax & fees).

The cutoff date for the TAPPI group rate is: Monday, March 27th.  


Order your publications when you register to save on shipping.

TAPPI PRESS is pleased to offer the following publications at a discount when you register for this course.

Winding Machines: Mechanics and Measurements
Conference price: $150

Towel and Tissue Papermaking CD-ROM
Conference price: $75

2014 PaperCon Proceedings
Conference Price:  $69


The TAPPI PRESS publications below are offered at a discount for TAPPI members

Mechanics of Rollers
Member Price:$75
List Price:$112

Winders: The Complete Guide for Paper Mills and Converters
Member Price:$64
List Price:$96

Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Yankee Dryers, 2nd Edition
Member Price: $24
List Price: $36

Guidelines for the Safe Operations of Steam Heated Paper Machine Dryers
Member Price: $37
List Price: $54

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