Data-Driven Decision Making with Process Analytics - Making sense of big data in the pulp and paper industry

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This webinar aims to establish best practices for data-driven decision-making in the pulp and paper industry. Industry expert Dr. Peter Hart will guide us through managing data assets, classification, and organization and teach us how to derive value from big data for problem-solving, process improvement, chemical usage, and efficiency, to name a few. We will discuss analysis methods and examine case examples from the industry textbook Peter Hart is editing.

This webinar is specific to the pulp and paper industry and will benefit anyone interested in impacting process efficiency and data analytics.

We will explore how Trimble's Wedge data-mining software improves industrial plant efficiency by digesting process data from multiple sources for analysis and diagnosis to uncover and suggest root causes and consequences of process events before they escalate into big problems.

This webinar provides considerations for how organizations can address the challenges that come from data management, particularly when it comes to:

  1. Managing big data through structure and standardization for all levels of captured data from enterprise, manufacturing, and operations to automation.
  2. Making decisions based on actual data and facts rather than theories.
  3. Unifying communication between teams working with different tools and languages
  4. Enforcing consistent practices to increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

Who Should Watch: 

  • Process Engineer
  • Continuous improvement
  • Sustainability
  • Technical manager
  • Mill manager
  • Green belt, black belt
  • Student

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand how to derive value from data analytics for process improvement
  2. Apply the best practices for analytics efficiency

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Speakers: Peter Hart and Leigh Kinne

Peter Hart_Hart 1 - Jan 2022.jpgPeter currently works as Director: Research and Innovation for WestRock. He has been employed with WestRock for 29 years in various research, production and engineering positions of increasing responsibility. Peter worked in production at both the Wickliffe, KY, and Evadale, TX, mills and spent five years living in Brazil halftime as part of a major mill expansion project which included a new paper machine and a serial #1 patented pulping line which he helped develop.

Peter was born and raised in northern New Hampshire and graduated from Colebrook Academy. From there he attended the University of Maine for a double major Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and pulp and paper technology which he obtained with highest honors and distinction. Peter also obtained a Master’s of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Maine. After receiving the Master’s, Peter worked for the University of Maine and assisted with the relocation of the pilot paper machine to Jenness Hall and on various soft money projects.  He moved to Atlanta, GA, to get a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His dissertation was on the formation and release of AOX during kraft pulp bleaching.

Upon completion of his Ph.D., Peter joined Westvaco (later MeadWestvaco, MWV, and WestRock) as a research chemical engineer and worked on various optimization, cost reduction, and cluster rule compliance projects. He also worked on batch digester over-pressurization issues and fundamental understanding projects along with several material and energy balance models of various mills. From there he moved into production with different positions including pulp mill superintendent, process engineering manager, and technical assistant to the mill manager. Peter rejoined R&D in 2002 working on multiple mill improvement efforts.  In this role, he collaborated with multiple vendors, universities, outside research consortia, and government agencies. He became an individual contributor for several years until he was chosen to help lead the corporate R&D structure for the company.

Peter has published more than 100 peer reviewed technical articles and edited and co-wrote three textbooks for TAPPI. He has been a TAPPI member since 1981 and served in leadership roles at both the University of Maine and Georgia Tech. He has been in the leadership ranks of both Southeastern and Gulf Coast Local Sections and served as chair of the Alkaline Pulping and Bleaching Committee and the Pulp Manufacturing Division. Peter has served two terms as editor in chief for TAPPI Journal (TJ) and one term as assistant editor. He has served on the TJ editorial board for about 20 years. Peter has also served on the TAPPI board of directors.

Leigh Kinne pic.jpgLeigh Kinne has been the Regional Sales Manager for Trimble Forestry for a year, specializing in industrial data analytics. She has an MBA in management and leadership, and a dual Bachelor's in Humanities and Mass Communications. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the technology sector, providing business solutions from SaaS, ERP, Networking and Telecommunications.

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