Tissue 101: Properties and Processes Course

Green Bay, WI
Monday, May 15, 2023 to Wednesday, May 17, 2023

TAPPI's Tissue 101: Properties and Processes Course is structured to provide participants with a solid understanding of tissue properties and how they are impacted by manufacturing processes, helping them to effectively achieve production goals and objectives.

Whether you’re new to the Tissue industry or a seasoned professional, including engineers, sales staff or management, TAPPI’s Tissue 101: Properties and Processes Course is the perfect introduction or refresher course.

The curriculum is structured to provide participants with a solid understanding of tissue properties and how they are impacted by manufacturing processes, helping them to effectively achieve production goals and objectives.

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to tissue business and products
  • Web-fiber networks and physical properties test methods
  • Fibers and furnishes, stock preparation and control
  • Wet-end chemistry and control
  • Forming, water removal and drying processes
  • Pressing fabrics, creping
  • Dry-end processes and chemical additives
  • Sheet and roll handling, and converting

Basic raw materials and physical property relationships are discussed to develop an appreciation of the trade-offs when designing a tissue product for a specific application. Each major step of the tissue-making process is reviewed to describe key engineering relationships and their effect on final tissue product properties.

What You Will Learn:

  • Basics of tissue sheet structure and properties, and how the manufacturing process affects performance and design.
  • The effect of fiber raw materials on tissue structure and properties, and how to select and apply them to achieve product goals.
  • The functions of chemicals in tissue manufacture and how to apply them to increase machine/product performance.
  • How each tissue machine process creates/affects tissue structure and properties.
  • The most important variables controlling product quality/variability.

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You can earn 15 professional development hours or 1.5 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)

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TAPPI offers a Professional Certificate for Tissue 101: Properties and Processes.  Completion of the Professional Certificate demonstrates your competency in understanding tissue manufacturing processes and methods to improve tissue performance and manufacturing efficiency.


Bruce Janda, co-founder and principal of InnovaSpec, LLC, has over 39 years of experience in the paper and nonwoven
industry, specializing in tissue and towel processes and products. Bruce held positions in the tissue industry at Georgia-Pacific, Kimberly-Clark and others with roles in product development, engineering, and manufacturing. He worked on the supplier side at AstenJohnson as the product manager for TAD and forming fabrics in addition to leading serving as the North American product business leader and global innovation leader for forming.

Bruce has extensive applications experience on world class, high speed tissue and TAD machines in North America and Europe both as a producer
and supplier. He had the opportunity to participate in three new tissue machine projects as process design leader, construction supervisor, and checkout/start up leader. Bruce has a BS in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University, MBA from University of Wisconsin –Oshkosh, Executive Scholar Certificate from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University, and Lean Sigma Black Belt certification from AstenJohnson. He has 17 US patents issued and two pending, all related to tissue and papermaking. One of his key product development projects was leadership of the eMotion® electronic towel dispenser and TAD towel from concept through manufacturing and commercialization. This now represents a $1 billion/year sales brand for Georgia-Pacific.


Jeff graduated from 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. Four years ago, he joined BTG Americas as the organization's Tissue Applications Manager.


Lucyna Pawlowska is a tissue process application specialist with Kemira North America. She interfaces closely with
Kemira’s sales and research and development, as well as the mill production staff, to facilitate product development and
market introduction. Prior to her current position, she worked in paper chemicals R&D for 18 years, developing new
products such as retention aids, temporary wet strength resin, dry strength resins, internal and surface sizing agents,
emulsifiers for sizing agents, softener and tissue creping aids.

Lucyna has a B.S. degree in chemistry from the Charter Oak State College, Newington, CT and a Master’s of commodities
engineering from the University of Economy, Krakow, Poland. She relocated from Poland to the US in 1988 and gained her US citizenship in 1993. In 1991 she started her career in the paper chemicals industry with American Cyanamid. Due to a series of spin offs and acquisitions in the paper chemicals industry, she has worked for Cytec Industries, Bayer, Bayer Chemicals and Lanxess. She joined Kemira Chemicals Inc. in April 2006 following the acquisition of Lanxess.


Application and Process Specialist -Tissue, Voith Paper Fabrics & Roll Systems, Inc. Calvin has 31 years of experience in the industry. He started in paper mill production supervision. For the last 22 years he has held design and application roles for paper machine clothing. The last 20 years have been as a Tissue press fabric specialist and product manager.

In this role Calvin coordinates the optimization of tissue press fabrics at customer mill sites, the felt manufacturing site and works with R&D to bring new tissue papermaking technologies to market.

He received his degree in Paper Science from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Calvin has 2 US and European
patents in seamed and endless tissue press fabrics.




Monday May 15, 2023

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Spacer Bruce Janda
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Tissue Business/Product Requirements Bruce Janda
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm Web-Fiber Networks/Physical Properties Bruce Janda
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Break  
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Tissue Fibers Bruce Janda
4:30 pm-5:00 pm Questions and Review Bruce Janda

Tuesday May 16, 2023

8:00 am - 9:00 am Tissue Forming Fabrics Calvin Hayden
9:00 am - 10:30 am Tissue Press Fabrics Calvin Hayden
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break  
10:45 am - 11:15 am Stock Prep and Refining Fibers Bruce Janda
  Headbox and Forming Systems Bruce Janda
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch  
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Consistency Measurment Jeff Peters
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm West End Chemistry Lucyna Pawlows
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Break  
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm    Drying Systems Bruce Janda
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Questions and Review Instructors

Wednesday May 17, 2023

8:00 am - 8:45 am Creping Chemistry  Lucyna Pawlowska
8:45 am - 9:45 am Creping and Blade Geometry Effects Jeff Peters
9:45 pm - 10:00 am Break  
10:00 am - 10:45 am Structured Tissue and TAD Bruce Janda
10:45 am - 11:30 am Winding and Converting Bruce Janda
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Wrap up and Course evaluations Instructors

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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 Friday, April 14, 2023.

Please note that a 50 percent refund may be issued for all written cancellations made after Friday, April 14, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course, Monday, May 8, 2023. Understandably, after Monday, May 8, 2023, no refunds can be issued. Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.

Refund Summary
100% - Cancellation received by Friday, April 14, 2023.
50% - Cancellations received after Friday, April 14, 2023 and no later than Monday, May 8, 2023.
NO REFUND - Cancellations received Monday, May 8, 2023.

Hotels in the Area:


Country Inn
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2945 Allied Street, Green Bay, WI 54304

Hilton Garden Inn
1015 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304

2040 Airport Dr, Green Bay, WI 54313

465 Pilgrim Way  | Green Bay, WI 54304


Springhill Suites
1011 Tony Canadeo Run, Green Bay, WI 54304



Green Bay, WI 


Appleton, WI

It is a 40 minute drive from Appleton to Green Bay.

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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.

2023 Tissue Course Bookstore

TAPPI Press is known as an industry leader for publishing reliable and practical publications and training products created and peer reviewed by industry experts for professionals and students alike. 

TAPPI offers a 15% discount on select TAPPI Press publications for Tissue Course attendees. By purchasing with registration, you pick-up onsite and save on shipping!

Below are the resources selected for this event.

NEW! Guidelines for Safe Assessment & Operation of Yankee Dryers
Order Code:  0101R357
Special Member Price: $78.00
Special Non-member Price: $101.00

Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Steam Heated Paper Machine Dryers
Order Code:  0101R250
Special Member Price: $34.00
Special Non-member Price: $49.00

Towel and Tissue Making CD (#15 in the Making Pulp and Paper Series)
Order Code:  MPP-15
Special Member Price: $50.00
Special Non-member Price: $76.00

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