How to Keep Advanced Process Controls (APCs) operational longer than 24-months

The startling fact is that over 50% of all Advanced Process Controls get turned off within 24-months! It’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. If you are a supplier, engineer or project manager, who wants to discuss that their multi-million-dollar APC project was turned off? Intent of this webinar is to bring attention to this challenge and offer solutions to ensure your APCs stay operational for many years.

Upon satisfactory completion of this seminar, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand that over 50% of all APCs across all industries get turned off within 24-months
  2. Be able to articulate why this occurs and methods to not only prevent them from being turned off but increasing their value over time

Michael von Grumbkow


Global Solutions Team for Paper Manufacturing
BTG Americas, Inc.

Michael von Grumbkow is working for BTG Americas and is part of its Global Solutions Team for Paper Manufacturing. Michael graduated from the University of Braunschweig in Germany with Diplomas in mechanical and process engineering. He has been in the paper industry for over 28 years, initial with Voith Paper in numerous positions, covering R&D, application engineering, project management, and sales. In his current position with BTG, he is developing and supporting multi-component solutions to improve the efficiency and product quality in paper mills.

Michael is based out of Wisconsin since 1998 and lives in Neenah with his wife, 4 children, and 2 dogs.

David Zerr

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Dave is a Paper Industry Professional who recently retired from Georgia Pacific's Consumer Products Division, a leading supplier of Bath Tissue, Toweling and Napkins to the Retail and Away from Home Marketplace in North America. With considerable experience in Research and Development, Quality Control and Project Management, Dave has worked extensively with Customers, Marketing, Sales and Facilities on the introduction and implementation of new product launches as well as equipment selection, design and execution within manufacturing.

With a keen eye towards innovation in manufacturing, Dave has kept abreast of new technologies that add significantly to the bottom line. This ranges from the Woodyards, Pulp Mill, Bleaching, Paper Machines, Converting to Warehousing. Further, Dave has been called upon to help troubleshoot lingering Quality Control issues that focus on understanding root causes and implementing long term solutions in the process to permanently correct issues.

Dave just completed the TAPPI Tissue Co-Chair for 2018 - 2019 that represented North American Manufacturers to help promote safety awareness and improvements in Tissue Manufacturing. Further, Dave earned the 2020 PIMA Technologist of the Year Award and was named to TAPPI’s Top 50 Power List for 2020.

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