A Foray into Feedforward Control Webinar


Feedforward control schemes are common in industry and process control literature.  This presentation focuses on one engineer’s journey learning about and applying feedforward concepts through trial, error, and project work in a Sappi North America pulp mill.  Two examples are discussed, showing the feedforward control applications of increasing complexity. It is discussed how the transmitters required are often already installed for reasons other than process control.

Who Should Watch?

Typical Job Titles 

  • Process Control Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Process Engineer 
  • Engineering Manager

Type of Company

  • Pulp and Paper
  • Water Treatment
  • Power Plant


Speaker: Matthew Howard

Matthew Howard graduated from the University of Mainewebinar presenter no name.jpg with a Chemical Engineering degree in 2012. He has spent his career at the Sappi North America Somerset mill. He spent two years in the technical department in the paper mill, followed by three years as a front-line production supervisor in both the paper and pulp mills. He has been the Pulp Mill Area Process Systems manager for the past four years, managing three Honeywell distributed controls systems, supporting capital improvements, and working with cross departmental teams to implement continuous improvements projects. He tries to focus on regulatory control schemes and tuning to improve process performance and operator effectiveness.

Matthew has been married to his beautiful wife, Abbie, for nine years and lives five miles from the mill. He used to ride his bicycle to work, but now he prefers to sleep in when his five small children allow it.