|March 25, 2015|
|Troubleshooting hydraulic issues|
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TAPPI's southeast Ambassador's program identifies knowledge that pulp mills need
By Colleen Walker
Earlier this year, TAPPI members and staff visited several pulp mills in the southeastern U.S., as part of the TAPPI Ambassador program. The objective was to meet with mill operational and administrative personnel to get detailed information on specific regional technical and training needs to help develop content for the PEERS 2015 Conference, to make it more appealing to mills. In addition, what was learned will also help improve competitiveness and drive future innovation in the industry.
“Of the many issues discussed,” noted Chris Verrill, Engineering Fellow with International Paper and 2015 TAPPI Engineering Division Chair and past Chair of the 2014 PEERS Conference, “the primary needs expressed by mills were in pulp yield, lime kilns and training young professionals.” Some of the topics mentioned most often were: lime kiln runnability, throughput, and energy efficiency; recausticizing efficiency and optimization; bleach cost optimization; best outage execution templates and outage execution roundtable; and recovery boiler fouling basics and sootblowing best practice.
Feedback fell into two main areas—technical needs and training needs, and are listed below:
MILL RELIABILITY AND ENGINEERING
STEAM & POWER
ENVIRONMENTAL / SUSTAINABILITY
The team that completed the mill visits compiled the feedback and is now using that information to help build the technical program for the 2015 PEERS Conference to be held October 25-28, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. PEERS 2015 will offer a program, led by working professionals, that will address real on-the-job challenges.
There is still time to submit an abstract for a presentation, but hurry as the deadline is Thursday, March 26, 2015. Visit www.tappipeers.org for more information on the conference, or view the Call for Papers (http://tappipeers.org/callforpapers.asp) to see more topics of interest.
TAPPI extends its sincere appreciation to the mills that agreed to take time from their busy schedules to provide substantive input on their challenging operational and workforce issues they are facing, and TAPPI members for devoting their time and energy to develop the PEERS program.
Colleen Walker is Project Manager and Technical Lead for TAPPI and can be contacted at: [email protected] To find out more about PEERS at: www.tappipeers.org.
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