Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course

Neenah, WI
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 to Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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.

April 30 - May 1, 2019

Course Objective

This course delivers a comprehensive overview of the tissue making process.

With a more complete understanding of the process, you will be better able to safely achieve and maintain high production levels in mill operations by reducing downtime and off-quality paper.

A large panel of 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.

After completing this course, you should be able to understand: 

  • Causes of tissue runnability and quality issues associated with the wet-end chemistry, stock approach, and headbox set-up
  • Procedures and principles for improving the cleaning and conditioning of felts and wires
  • Causes of tissue runnability problems associated with the pressing and drying
  • Problems with the Yankee dryer steam, coating, and hood systems to increase machine productivity
  • Runnability problems and opportunities for improvement on the dry end of the paper machine

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers, particularly Process Engineers
  • Machine Supervisors
  • Technical Resources
  • Lead Operators, particularly Shift Supervisors
  • Technical Personnel
  • Suppliers or other technical people who are new to tissue grades

Note:  This is an introductory to intermediate-level course.  Those with two or more years of tissue-making experience will benefit most.  The TAPPI Tissue 101 Course is considered a foundation for this course, but not a pre-requisite.

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.


IACET Logo - Standard for LearningProfessional Development Credits
You can earn 16 professional development hours or 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completion of this course. TAPPI's Professional Development department has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)


TAPPI Members receive discounted rates for this course.

If you're not a member yet, join us!


Professional CertificateEarn the Professional Certificate
TAPPI offers a Professional Certificate for Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability.  Completion of this Professional Certificate will demonstrate competency in critical tissue manufacturing knowledge, skills and abilities including: improving overall tissue machine efficiency; increasing production; and enhancing product softness and bulk.

Unroll Your Potential with TAPPI Training
TAPPI works with many exceptional, subject-matter experts in the dynamic and growing tissue industry to deliver educational opportunities of interest specifically with you in mind.  Check out this tissue training event coming up next:

19TIS202 Promo SquareTAPPI Tissue 202: Roll Products Converting Operations Course
June 2020 | Green Bay, Wisconsin

Explore the converting processes of rolled products and how the quality and variability of tissue parent jumbo reels and soft rolls impact the runnability of these complex lines.  Participants also get to run several hands-on lab exercises on the Fabio Perini Converting Web Pilot Line.  For this reason, seating is limited to ensure small work groups.

Benefit from meeting these experts.

Jeff Peters - Tissue 201Jeff Peters - BTG Americas
Course Co-Chair

Jeff graduated from the 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.  Eight years ago, he joined BTG Americas as the organization's tissue applications manager.

17TIS201 Instructor Jim Bell

Jim 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 an ME in engineering management.  Jim has worked for Albany International's press fabric applications team for more than 20 years with a focus on improving safety, drying and press fabric life through design.

Dave CastroDave Castro - Nalco
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 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 and towel applications.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.

Matt Gregersen - Albany International

TIS201 Instructor - Matt Gregersen

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.

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 U.S. 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.

Dan Ludden - BTG Americas, Tissue Global Solutions Group

Dan Ludden is a native of the state of Maine, and graduated with a Forest Engineering degree from the University of Maine-Orono.  He has more than 25 years of papermaking experience, starting his career at Lincoln Pulp & Paper working in the pulp mill and recovery boiler as a project engineer. 

Dan held various positions, and left Lincoln as Pulp/Utilities Maintenance Superintendent.  He then moved to Georgia-Pacific Old Town to learn tissue making.  He started in converting and moved into manufacturing working up to the TM1 Superintendent. Dan moved back to take the TM Superintendent position at Lincoln Paper & Tissue.  He continued to grow his career and held various positions including Tissue Mill Maintenance Manager and Tissue Mill Operations Manager.  Dan joined BTG as a Tissue Specialist for the Americas in late 2014.  From November 2015 – October 2018, Dan led the BTG Tissue Services group supporting the creping blade business with a portfolio of services aimed at improving machine productivity, and overall Yankee “health”. Dan recently transitioned to the Tissue Global Solutions Team where he is focused on developing/delivering new service and technology platforms to enhance tissue manufacturing performance.

17TIS201 - Instructor Sorenson

Mark 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 Andritz Group. He currently works as Sales Manager for Paper and Board machines.

Mark is the Chairman Emeritus of the Coating and Graphic Arts Division at TAPPI, a former chair of the Calendering Committee and Calendering Common Interest Group.  He is also a frequent contributor as an instructor for TAPPI training courses, a presenter of papers and roundtables, and was the Technical Program Chair for two Finishing and Converting Division conferences, as well as serving roles with other industry training and committees.

Mike Stolz - Instructor

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

Bruno Tremblay - Valmet
Graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke in 2003, Bruno Tremblay has started his career in the chemical business supporting primary tissue and towel manufacturers in their day to day tasks, product development, process optimization and new machine projects. He has joined Valmet in 2016 where he occupies a role within team of experts, in reference management department. Bruno Tremblay has worked on several variations of conventional wet-crepe and dry-crepe machines, but over the years, has developed an expertise on structured sheet technologies.

Lawrence Yane - Enerquin Air Inc.
Based at corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada, Lawrence Yane is sales manager for Enerquin Air Inc.  Lawrence has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (1994) and Master of Science (1997) from McGill University in Montreal.  He has spent his professional career in Technical Sales, Project Management and Product Development. 

He works closely with clients on paper air systems issues, focusing on drying efficiency and optimization which are key factors for maximum production and profitability. 

Earn 1.6 CEUs for this course.

DAY 1: Tuesday, April 30


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 Benefits - Matt Gregersen, Albany

9:45 - 10:00 a.m  BREAK

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Tissue Former/Headbox Operations and Optimization and Tissue Shoe Presses - Bruno Tremblay, Valmet

11:00 - 12:00 p.m. CASE STUDY: MODULE I

12:00 - 12:45 p.m. LUNCH


12:45 - 1:30 p.m.  Press Fabric Options and Benefits - Jim Bell, Albany International

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.  Clothing - Cleaning and Conditioning Best Practices - John Neun, Albany International

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.  Press Roll Operation and Optimization (SPR, BDR, etc.) - Mike Stoltz, Valmet

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.  BREAK

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.  Creping Best Practices -Jeff Peters, BTG Americas

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.  Yankee Coating Systems - Pascal Rivard, Solenis

5:15 - 5:30 p.m.  Q&A for Modules I & II


DAY 2: Wednesday, May 1

7:45 - 8:00 a.m.  Day 1 Overview -Jeff Peters and Jim Bell

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  CASE STUDY: MODULE II


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Yankee Dryers - Safety, Steam, Condensate Systems - Dan Ludden, BTG Americas

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. BREAK

10:15 - 11:15 p.m.  Yankee Hood Design, Operation and Optimization - Lawrence Yane, Enerquin Air Inc.

11:15 - 12:15 p.m.  Thru-Air Drying - Kim Downing, Valmet

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. LUNCH

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.  Tissue Calendering - Mark 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 - 4:00 p.m.  Diagnostics & the Tissue Machine - Dan Ludden, BTG Americas

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.  CASE STUDY: MODULE III

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Evaluation and Final Adjournment

Registration rates for 2020 will be updated soon.

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  1. Join TAPPI.  TAPPI members enjoy discounted rates for this course.  If you're not already a member, Join Us!
  2. Be the early-bird. Discounts are available for those who register by the early-bird date (TBD).
  3. Bring the team.  Group rates are offered for three or more people from the same location.

TAPPI Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course

Training Venue: 

Miron Construction Facility
1471 McMahon Drive
Neenah, WI 54956

Course Dates:
April 28-29, 2020


Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel
1000 Cameron Way
Neenah, WI 54956
Phone:  920-720-8000
Website:  https://www.bestwestern.com

  • The Best Western is a 10-minute drive to Miron Construction.
  • It is connected to a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and has a separate bar area.

Extended Stay America - Appleton
4141 Boardwalk Court
Appleton, WI 54915
Phone:  920-830-9596
Website:  https://www.extendedstayamerica.com

  • This hotel is also a 10-minute drive to Miron Construction.
  • It is near the Fox River Mall and there are many different restaurants in the area.


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Appleton International Airport
Appelton, WI
Note:  The commute from Appleton to Neenah is about a 10-minute drive. 


Avis Car Rental
 offers special discounts off regular rates for participants. To reserve your car, call 1-800-831-8000 and refer to the code AWD: #U226600

Several titles of interest to you are discounted for attendees of this course!

As a benefit of attending this course, TAPPI PRESS is offering a special discount for these publications. 

Winding Machines: Mechanics and Measurements
Special Member Price: $149.00
Special Non-Member Price: $195.00

Towel and Tissue Papermaking CD-ROM
Special Member Price: $50.00
Special Non-member Price: $76.00

Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Yankee Dryers, 2nd Edition
Special Member Price: $20.00
Special Non-member Price: $31.00

Guidelines for the Safe Operations of Steam Heated Paper Machine Dryers
Special Member Price: $31.00
Special Non-member Price: $46.00 

Tissue 360° Forum Proceedings - 2016 PaperCon 
Special Member Price: $63.00
Special Non-member Price: $94.00

Mechanics of Rollers
Special Member Price: $64.00
Special Non-member Price: $95.00

Mechanics of Web Handling
Special Member Price: $73.00
Special Non-member Price: $95.00

Winders: The Complete Guide for Paper Mills and Converters
Special Member Price: $54.00
Special Non-member Price: $82.00

Handbook of Pulp & Paper Technology (SMOOK Book)
Special Member Price: $81.00
Special Non-member Price: $105.00

Paper Machine Clothing, 2nd Edition
Special Member Price: $195.00
Special Non-member: $215.00

TAPPI Tissue 201 Operations and Runnability Professional Certificate
Course Price: 250
Earning a  TAPPI Professional Certificate in Tissue Operations and Runnability ensures you have demonstrated the ability to expertly manage industry demands. Learn more.

To receive special course pricing, please contact Mary Anne Cauthen at [email protected] or call 770-209-7352.

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