Best Practices on the Corrugator Course

Peachtree Corners, Georgia
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to Friday, March 27, 2020

This introductory-to-intermediate course teaches students how to achieve higher productivity for better product quality and waste reduction. Curriculum describes how each component works, how to run each component with optimum settings for peak performance, and how to identify critical properties of raw materials to ensure quality board.

March 24-27, 2020

TAPPI is again offering its well attended Best Practices on the Corrugator Course, this time at TAPPI's newly renovated Training Center at its headquarters in metro Atlanta.

If you work with a corrugator, this is your opportunity to learn how to:

  • Increase productivity and improve quality 
  • Reduce excess waste 
  • Adopt the “Centerline Process” to achieve a product that is consistent on every shift 
  • Maintain quality while reaching maximum corrugator speeds 
  • Get the maximum output from the paper consumed 
  • Troubleshoot the most common operational problems 
  • Recognize critical properties of paperboard, starch adhesive and how to control warp 

What should you bring?

  • Your questions and issues related to corrugator operations 
  • Samples of your defects 

What will you take home?

  • New ideas and operational methods to improve production 
  • The technical knowledge you need about your specific machinery 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe elements of the corrugating process.
  • Troubleshoot the most common operational problems.
  • Recognize critical properties of paperboard, starch adhesive and how to control warp.
  • Describe the centerline conditions for running the corrugator.
  • Explain how to control down time and keep it to a minimum.
  • Describe how to be in compliance with quality and reach maximum speed of the corrugator.
  • Explain the importance of training/cross training and motivating the crew to become high a high performance team.

Consider This

This Best Practices on the Corrugator Course is being held just before the TAPPI Introduction to Corrugated Course at the same location.  Attend one or both training events to maximize your learning.

Tim Church, Course Chair
Tim is a Senior Technical Services Representative for HarperLove. Tim egan his career in 1980 at the Georgia-Pacific box plant in Owosso, Michigan.  He has experience on flexos, diecutters, curtain coaters, tapers, stitchers and other miscellaneous finishing equipment.   Tim worked his way up through every position on the corrugator and learned to schedule by hand.  His natural leadership and interpersonal skills led to his joining the management team, and he has held supervisory roles in corrugating, converting, scheduling, and shipping.  Tim served as Corrugator/Cascader Superintendent, led the Food Safety program, and championed the Mobile Equipment & Pedestrian Safety program as well as many other safety initiatives.  He has been with HarperLove since 2014 and embodies HarperLove's ethic of “To Serve is To Solve.”  Tim has authored a segment in the Troubleshooting Board Defects series in Corrugated Today magazine, is active with TAPPI, and is currently the course chair for the Introduction to Corrugated, Corrugator Best Practices, and Advanced Bonding courses.

Daniel Dyson
Dan Dyson is the Vice President of Production for Avista Solutions International, Inc., a software company serving the Corrugated Packaging Industry and is also serving on the Board of Directors for Avista. He has an extensive background in business, business development, and is particularly strong in Production Planning and Management. He has authored white papers on the subject of scheduling, production and planning, and roll stock analysis. He worked for MacMillan Bathhurst in the Guelph, Ontario, Canada facility for 21 years. He has been instrumental in developing the Solutions Trim Scheduling system now used in over 70 facilities in 7 countries over the entire Western Hemisphere. This is in addition to contributing to the design of the Planning Board for production planning in a full box plant or converting operation. Dan brings his 38 years of practical hands-on experience in Production Planning and Management in the Corrugated Packaging Industry to the forefront when he leads in training sessions or delivers technical presentations on the subject.

Robin A. Sommers
Robin is a senior project and process manager for Kadant Johnson Systems Division focused on process steam systems for the corrugator industry. He joined Kadant Johnson in the summer of 2014 after working at Donahue & Associates, supplier of Donahue Steam Systems, for 15 years. He previously was in R&D and product design engineering. Robin earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

Steve Woodard
Steve is the Vice-President of Sales and Corporate Services for ARC International. He is a 34-year veteran of the anilox roller and related industries. A 1976 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, he is in his 31st year of service with ARC International and is responsible for the development and management of national account programs with corrugated, wide web, and narrow web corporations. Throughout his career, Woodard has been active with TAPPI and FTA with committee involvement and technical presentations. In 2012 he received his certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt from UNC-Charlotte. 

Steve Nerney
Steve is a Mechanical Engineer with a Masters in Business Administration and 33 years of industry experience. He is currently Installation and Training Leader for BW Papersystems. Prior roles include plant engineer, plant superintendent, and production manager for Inland Container and Gaylord Container Plants. Mr. Nerney will be presenting strategies, tips, and tactics for splicing best practices.

John Sofinowski
John is Senior Product Manager for BW Papersystems. He is a Mechanical Engineer with 43 years of experience in the Corrugated Industry. He started as a project engineer with Ward Machinery and later joined United Container Machinery as Vice President of Engineering, and later as Vice President and Product Manager for Corrugated Rolls. He then joined BW Paper Systems in 2002 where he is currently the senior product manager.

Bob Bashford
Bob has been with Albany International for 32 years. He started out in the manufacturing of dryer fabrics and corrugator belts. Bob's work in supervisory roles led to his work as designer and applications engineer for corrugator belts. His current role is global product manager for corrugator belts. His work history has given him the knowledge to grow and bring new technology to the ever changing corrugator industry.

Sam Chapman
Sam is currently a Senior Technical Services Representative for HarperLove. Sam began his career in 1984, at the Georgia-Pacific Packaging Plant in West Monroe, LA. While there, he gained experience and knowledge of the corrugator, while holding positions at both, the wet end and the dry end. Sam joined the management team as Corrugator Supervisor, then moved to Maintenance Coordinator, and also served as Reliability Manager for 8 years. Sam joined the HarperLove Team in 2015, bringing with him over 30 years of experience and dedication. Sam currently performs Waste and Dwell Audits, in addition to his regularly scheduled duties. His efforts in gathering and tracking data have allowed him to successfully assist his clients in reducing overall plant waste. Sam is also very customer driven, and enjoys meeting and serving the needs and expectations of his customers.

Consider This

This Best Practices on the Corrugator Course is being held just before the TAPPI Introduction to Corrugated Course at the same location.  Attend one or both training events to maximize your learning.

Training Dates:
Tuesday, March 24 to Friday, March 27, 2020

DAY ONE-Half Day
Tuesday, March 24
 
   
1:00 - 1:30 pm

Welcome - Housekeeping Comments
Current Trends and Innovations

1:30 - 2:30 pm Introductions
Take-Away Expectations
Taking Home the Gap

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Find a realistic target for improvement to take back to your plant.

2:30 - 2:40 pm Break

2:40 - 3:30 pm Corrugator Start-Up Best Practices
Setting the Pace for the Week

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Learn how you can improve your corrugator start-up process.

3:30 - 3:40 pm Break

3:40 - 4:55 pm Getting the Most from Your Lineups
Scheduling for Excellence Uptime and On Time

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Be able to spot ways you might improve your schedules to maximize production.

DAY TWO
Wednesday, March 25
 
   
8:00 - 8:10 am Agenda Review

8:10 - 9:30 am

Boiler Start-Up
Steam Systems Overview

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Understand different steam systems, applications and doublebacker zones.

 

9:30 - 9:40 am Break

9:40 - 10:45 am

Corrugator Belt Types, Care and Inspection

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Learn the difference in today's belt types and how to get the most life out of them.

10:45 - 10:55 am Break

10:55 am - 12:00 pm Rollstock and Inventory Best Practices

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Learn how you can improve your rollstock utilization.

12:00 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Conduction and Infusion
A Look at Conditioning Paper for Bonding

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Understand the difference between heat conduction and steam infusion.

2:30 - 2:40 pm Break

2:40 - 3:30 pm A Deeper Look at Flute Profiles
Corrugating Roll Best Practices

 

 Learning Outcome:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of flute strategies, and how flute integrity affects board quality.

3:30 - 3:40 pm  Break

3:40 - 4:55 pm Applicator Rolls, Surfaces and Care

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Understand the importance of glue roll care and inspection.

DAY THREE
Thursday, March 26
 
8:00 - 8:10 am Agenda Review

8:10 - 9:20 am Belt Steam Maintenance
Re-Flocking

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Gain hands-on experience in re-flocking the seam of a corrugator belt.

9:20 - 9:30 am Break

9:30 - 10:45 am Steam Systems Analysis
Troubleshooting

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Learn the components of a steam system health check.

10:45 - 10:55 am Break

10:55 am - 12:00 pm Singlefacer Process Variables
Inspection

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Explain the process variables that affect successful bonding at the singlefacer.

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm Understanding the Starch-Based Adhesive and Bonding

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Experience a hands-on batch, viscosity and gel demonstration.

 

2:00 - 2:10 pm  Break

2:10 - 3:20 pm Running Light Weight and Coated Liners

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Explain how lightweight and coated papers best practices are waste savers.

3:20 - 3:30 pm Break

3:30 - 4:30 pm Rollstands, Splicers and Splice Prep

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Gain a clearer picture of how a focus on the splicers, rollstands and splice prep can reduce downtime and waste.

4:30 - 4:55 pm Warp Hands-On

DAY FOUR - Half Day
Friday, March 27
 
8:00 - 8:45 am Understand Warp

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Understand why warp occurs and way to correct for it.

8:45 - 9:30 am

Best Run Settings and Centerlining

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Explore whether process is critical to efficient productivity.

 9:30 - 9:40 am Break

 9:40 - 10:30 am Lessons from the Soak Tank

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Learn why the soak tank is so valuable.

 10:30 - 10:40 am  Break

10:40 - 11:40 am Focus on Waste

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Learn to target the wastes on which the crew has the greatest impact.

 11:40 - 12:00 pm Wrap-Up and Critiques 

Schedule may be subject to change.

Consider This

This Best Practices on the Corrugator Course is being held just before the TAPPI Introduction to Corrugated Course at the same location.  Attend one or both training events to maximize your learning.

Make your travel and lodging plans soon!

2020 TAPPI Best Practices on the Corrugator Course
March 24-27, 2020

Course Venue:  TAPPI Academy Training Center
TAPPI Headquarters
15 Technology Parkway South
Suite 115
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

The revamped TAPPI Academy Training Center includes comfortable, spacious accommodations for learning, a separate break room and kitchen.

Suggested Hotel:

Hyatt Place Atlanta/Norcross/Peachtree
5600 Peachtree Pkwy
Norcross, GA 30092
Direct: (770) 416-7655

  • The Hyatt offers a discounted $119/night group rate for attendees of this course.  Use Corporate Code 33999 or Rate Code TAPPI.
  • Breakfast, wifi and free parking is included with this special rate.
  • Once on the website, please enter the travel dates and select “Check Rates.”
  • This will take you to the rate page where you'll choose a room type and book your reservation.
  • Guests may also call hotel reservations at 1-888-568-1562.

 

Other Hotels Near the Course Venue:

Home2 Suites by Hilton
5800 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Norcross, GA 30071
Reservations
Property Direct: 770-263-2020 
Please call the hotel directly for the best rate.

Hilton Atlanta Northeast
5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Norcross, GA 30092
Phone: (770) 447-4747
Please call the hotel directly for the best rate.

Atlanta Marriott Norcross
475 Technology Pkwy NW
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Phone(770) 263-8558
Please call the hotel directly for the best rate.


ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - ATL
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Airport Security Advisory
Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States. Check for the star. REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card. For more information, please visit https://www.tsa.gov/real-id


MARTA RAIL SERVICE FROM AIRPORT
Take the Gold Line from the Atlanta Airport to Doraville station, which is the last stop on the gold line (about 45 minutes).

Call the Hilton front desk to arrange a hotel shuttle pick-up from the Doraville Station +1-770-447-4747

A cab will cost approximately $15 and will take about 15-20 minutes to get from the Doraville Station to TAPPI.  Marta cost is $3.00 each way. 


TAXI SERVICE
Cabs from the Atlanta airport to Norcross cost roughly $65 to $75 one way the trip is 45 minutes to an hour.


CAR RENTAL
Rental cars are available at the Atlanta airport. 

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

Consider This

This Best Practices on the Corrugator Course is being held just before the TAPPI Introduction to Corrugated Course at the same location.  Attend one or both training events to maximize your learning.

Several Ways to Save!

 Ways to Save:

  • Join TAPPI.  TAPPI members enjoy discounted rates for this course.  If you're not already a member, Join Us!
  • Bring the team.  Group rates are offered for three or more people from the same location.

 

     
Prices
Individual Meeting Registration         
TAPPI Member Rate Per Person        $1,160
Join or Renew and Save        $1,334
Young Professional Under 30 - Join or Renew and Save        $1,279
Non Member        $1,480
         
Group Meeting Registration Per Person
(Groups are three or more people from the same location.)
       
TAPPI Member Rate Per Person        $1,055
Join or Renew and Save Per Person       $1,234
Young Professional Under 30 - Join or Renew and Save        $1,179
Non Member       $1,375

 

Payment Policy
TAPPI requires that all registration fees are paid in full prior to the start of the course. Attendees paying by check will be registered for the course only after the payment has been received.

Cancellation Policy
If you find that you have to cancel, your full registration fee will be refunded if TAPPI's Registration Department receives written notification (fax acceptable at +1-770-209-7206) by February 24, 2020.

Please note: A 50 percent refund will be issued for all written cancellations made after February 24, 2020, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course, March 17, 2020. Understandably, after March 17, 2020, no refunds can be issued. Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.

Refund Policy
100% - Cancellation received by February 24, 2020.
50% - Cancellations received after February 24, 2020, and no later than March 17, 2020. 
NO REFUND - Cancellations received after March 17, 2020.

Consider This

This Best Practices on the Corrugator Course is being held just before the TAPPI Introduction to Corrugated Course at the same location.  Attend one or both training events to maximize your learning.

Many publications of interest to you are discounted for attendees of this course.


These special publications from TAPPI are available to the attendees of the a 2020 Best Practices on the Corrugator Course, most at a "course-only" discount. 

Purchase any of the publications below with your registration and pick them up onsite at the course to save on shipping.

The Corrugated Containers Manufacturing Process
Item Number: 0101R281
Special Member Price: $64
Special Non-Member Price: $98

Corrugated Defect/Remedy Manual, Sixth Edition
Item Number: 0101R153
Special Member Price: $74
Special Non-Member Price: $111

Corrugated Adhesives Preparation
Item Number:0101R301
Special Member Price: $85
Special Non-Member Price: $128

Maintenance and Calibration Manuals for Rotary Diecutters and Flexo Glue Folder-Gluers
Item Number: 0101R245
Special Member Price: $42
Special Non-Member Price: $62

Flexographic Terms: A Glossary of Terms Used In Flexographic Printing on Corrugated Board
Item Number: 0101R279
Special Member Price: $22
Special Non-Member Price: $36

Corrugator Monitor
Item Number: 0101R285
Special Member Price: $21
Special Non-Member Price: 32

Corrugated Crossroads: A Reference Guide for the Corrugated Industry
Item Number: 0101R254
Special Member Price: $70
Special Non-Member Price: $103

More Than a Box Plant 101 (Electronic Format)
Item Number: 0101R334
Special Member Price: $26 
Special Non-Member Price: $34

More Than a Box Plant 101 (DVD)
Item Number: 0101R338
Special Member Price: $97
Special Non-Member Price: $131

The Anilox Roll-Heart of the Flexo Process, Second Edition
Item Number: 0101R322
Special Member Price: $94
Special Non-Member Price: $115

Consider This

This Best Practices on the Corrugator Course is being held just before the TAPPI Introduction to Corrugated Course at the same location.  Attend one or both training events to maximize your learning.

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This introductory-to-intermediate course teaches students how to achieve higher productivity for better product quality and waste reduction. Curriculum describes how each component works, how to run each component with optimum settings for peak performance, and how to identify critical properties of raw materials to ensure quality board.
Learn More