Tissue 101: Properties and Processes Course

Orlando, Florida
Monday, September 30, 2019 to Tuesday, October 01, 2019

This two-day introductory course is co-located with TissueCon.  It's designed for anyone new to tissue and those wanting to strengthen their foundational knowledge. The curriculum is designed by tissue industry experts to expand your understanding of tissue properties and manufacturing processes so that you can help improve tissue performance and manufacturing efficiency.

September 30 - October 1, 2019

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. 

The Added Bonus
TissueCon  Oct 1 - 4, 2019  Orlando, FLThis foundational course is the building block for much of the featured technologies and innovative tissue concepts that will be showcased at TissueCon 2019which directly follows the course.

You can register only for the course here or also register for TissueCon in addition to the two-day training.

  • TAPPI's Tissue 101 Course is designed for anyone new to tissue and anyone who wants to refresh their fundamental tissue knowledge.
  • You can accelerate your on-the-job learning and gain better insight into ways to improve tissue performance and manufacturing efficiency.
  • Expand your professional network as well, through meeting the instructors and course attendees.

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/effects tissue structure and properties.
  • The most important variables controlling product quality/variability.

IACET Logo - Standard for LearningProfessional Development Credits
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)


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 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.

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 these tissue training events coming up:

Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course
2020 Dates TBD

  • Contact [email protected] to be placed on a notification list when registration is set.

Learn how to improve tissue quality and consistency, reduce downtime, learn best practices and diagnose and troubleshoot problems quickly.  This training course assembles a huge panel of experts in a number of key operational areas to bring you the latest and best information available in the tissue industry.

TAPPI Tissue 202: Roll Products Converting Operations Course
2020 Dates TBD

  • Contact [email protected] to be placed on a notification list when registration is set.

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.

Who Will Be Attending?

TAPPI's Tissue 101 Course is designed for anyone new to the tissue industry and seasoned professionals who wants to refresh their fundamental knowledge of tissue manufacturing.


Exceptional industry leadership is coming together to help you build a firm foundation in knowledge.

Bruce W. Janda, Course Chair
Bruce is a Senior Consultant at Fisher International, a TAPPI Fellow, and the Education Committee Chair of TAPPI's Tissue Division. He is also a tissue paper product and process expert, serving as the leader of TAPPI's Tissue 101, 202, and 203 courses.

Bruce holds more than 40 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 check out/start up leader.  Bruce has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, MBA from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Executive Scholar Certificate from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University, and Lean Sigma Black Belt Certification from AstenJohnson.  He holds 19 US patents issued and one pending, all related to Tissue and papermaking.  One of his key product development projects was the 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.

Lucyna M. Pawlowska, Senior Application Expert, Kemira North America
Lucyna works closely with Kemira's sales and R&D to facilitate product development and the chemical products introduction into the papermaking process. She specializes in the wet-end chemistry of papermaking process and in tissue specialty products application. Prior to her current position, she worked in paper chemicals R&D for 18 years, developing new chemical products for paper production. She has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the Charter Oak State College, Newington, CT, and a Master Degree of Commodities Engineering from the University of Economy, Krakow, Poland.  She relocated from Poland to U.S.A. in 1988. In 1991, she started her career in the paper chemicals industry with American Cyanamid, and in 2006 she joined Kemira Chemicals. Lucyna has been a faculty member of the TAPPI Tissue 101 course since 2012.

Jeff Peters, BTG Tissue Applications Manager, Americas
Jeff has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.  He started his career with Hercules and spent 23 years in a variety of positions; field sales, started the Hercules Tissue Applications group, managed the Americas tissue business and was Global Tissue Marketing and Business Development Manager.  Jeff published several tissue related papers and holds a patent related to developing strength in tissue.  He left the paper industry for a few years to test his entrepreneurial spirit and decided to come back to the Tissue industry in 2009 with BTG to start up their tissue applications group.
Jeff is co-chair of the TAPPI Tissue 201 training session and co-chair of the TAPPI Tissue Division.
Jeff loves to waterski, fish and hunt.  He is happily married, 35 years, has two boys (married) and 7 grandchildren (4 girls and 3 boys).  Jeff resides on a lake in Vicksburg (Kalamazoo), Michigan.

Calvin Hayden, Tissue Application Manager, Voith Paper Fabrics & Roll Systems, Inc.
Calvin has more than 30 years of experience in the industry.  He started in paper mill production supervision.  For the last 23 years, he has held design and application roles for paper machine clothing, and specifically as a tissue press fabric specialist and product manager for 21 years.  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 holds two US and European patents in seamed and endless tissue press fabrics.

Stefano Marenco, Projects Coordinator, Toscotec Italy
With Tocsotec since 2010, Stefano supervises the large investment and new technologies projects. He utilizes his 15 years of experience having served as Project Manager, Process Engineer and Technical Expert within developing new technologies and new products for the tissue papermaking industry. 

After graduating at Polytechnic of Turin (Italy) in Mechanical Engineering, Stefano joined Beloit Corporation in Italy as a Process Engineer where he gained experience in designing large tissue plants and tissue paper machinery.

Stefano then took an MBA and spent some years as consultant focusing on Business Process Reengineering in design and manufacturing divisions of big size organizations.

A Past Participant Said...

“My goal for attending this course was to get an overview of the tissue making process.  I specifically liked the very comprehensive concepts taught by subject matter experts in the industry.”

~ F.U., Marketing Manager, Supplier Company

Earn 1.5 CEUs for attending this course!

Proposed Course Schedule

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

Monday, September 30
8:00am - 8:30am       Section 1

  • Welcome
  • Introductions
  • Objectives

8:30 am - 9:15 am      Section 2

  • Tissue Business
  • Product Requirements
  • Softness Panel

9:15 am - 10:30 am    Section 3

  • Web
  • Fiber Networks
  • Physical Properties 

10:30 am - 10:45 am  

  • Break

10:45 am - 11:30 am  Section 4

  • Tissue Fiber Properties

11:30 am - 12:30 pm  Section 5

  • Consistency Measure
  • Control

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm   


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm     Section 6

  • Chemical Additives

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm     

  • Break

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm     Section 7

  • Stock Prep and Refining

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm     Section 8

  • Tissue Forming Systems

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm    

  • Questions

Tuesday, October 1

8:00 am - 9:00 am     Section 9

  • Tissue Forming Fabrics

9:00 am - 10:15 am     Section 10

  • Pressing and Press Fabrics

10:15 am - 10:30 am  

  • Break

10:30 am - 10:45 am  Section 11

  • Drying Systems

10:45 am - 12:30 pm  


12:30 pm - 1:15 pm     Section 12

  • Creping Chemistry Overview

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm     Section 13

  • Creping and Blade Geometry Effects

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm     

  • Break

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm     Section 14

  • Structured Tissue

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm     Section 15

  • Winding and Converting

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Wrap Up and Evaluations

TAPPI will award 1.5 CEUs for completion of this course.

The Education Project Center of TAPPI has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102.

TAPPI will award 1.5 CEU credits to participants who attend at least 80 percent of the educational sessions and complete a final program evaluation.

A Past Participant Said...

“I attended Tissue 101 to learn more about headboxes and formation.  I can speak more comfortably now with my customers about their needs. I like interacting with fellow papermakers from around the world.”

~ E.P., Technical Sales, Tissue Company

Register for the Tissue 101: Properties and Processes Course at the TissueCon event site.

Pricing options are listed here

Three Ways to Save:

  1. Be the early-bird. Discounts are available for those who register by the early deadline of Sept. 16.
  2. Join TAPPI.  TAPPI members enjoy discounted rates for this course. If you're not already a member, join us!
  3. Bring the team.  Group rates are offered for three or more people from the same location.
  4. 50% Discount for TissueCon 2019. Register to attend Tissue 101 and receive half-off your registration fee to attend TissueCon 2019. Please contact TAPPI Division Manager Robert Dawson [[email protected]] for more information. 

Attendance Justification Toolkit

We understand it can be challenging to ask for approval to attend TAPPI training events, so we've created materials to assist you with the approval process and in making a strong case for the investment.

Before the Event:  Prepare your Justification.
It's important for you to communicate that attending a TAPPI  course is a strategic investment in your training and development, and a cost-effective way to help you do your job better.  You'll meet others who experience the same day-to-day challenges, meet face to face with technical experts and gain an advantage in the industry from the influx of new ideas, innovations and solutions.  The materials below will help you organize the information that will provide the summary of course instruction, associated costs and value that your organization will gain from this training.

After the Event:  Follow-up.
After you return from the course, complete and submit a report to summarize your experience and key takeaways. They'll remember the extra effort.

Your preparation will help you earn the greatest benefit from TAPPI training.  In many cases, the work you put in beforehand can also help you determine what information that you want or need to learn from the experts who will assemble to lead this instruction.  The interaction with your manager or supervisor can be a productive process to go over some of the challenges that your organization would like to tackle.

Add the Professional Certificate

TAPPI offers a Professional Certificate for Tissue 101: Properties and Processes, which can be purchased during registration. A Professional Certificate demonstrates competency in understanding tissue manufacturing processes and methods.

Course Dates:   September 30 - October 1, 2019
Event Location:   Orlando, Florida

This training event takes place at TissueCon 2019 in Orlando, Florida.  

You can register for this course alone here as well as register for the full conference.

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Direct Link for Booking

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.

A Past Participant Said...

“I wanted to gain a base of overall knowledge on the tissue making process.  Now, I better understand my customers’ processes as well.”

~ T.B., Sales Director, Supplier Company

Many titles of interest to you have been discounted for attendees of this course.



Order any of these publications when you make your reservation to lock in the special pricing, which is offered at an even greater savings than the member price.

  • No shipping charge if you pre-order now and pick it up when you arrive at the course.

The Handbook of Pulp & Paper Technology (SMOOK Book)
Item Code: 0202SMOOK4
Course Price:  $90


Winding Machines: Mechanics and Measurements
Authors:  Dr. David Roisum and Dr. J. K. Good
Item Code:  0102B068
Course Price: $150


Towel and Tissue Papermaking CD-ROM
Towel and Tissue Papermaking
 is the last of the 15 CDs in the Making Pulp and Making Paper CD Series. Through this highly interactive, self-paced CD participants learn towel and tissue papermaking terms, concepts, and processes.
Item Code:  MPP-15
Course Price: $75

Mechanics of Rollers, The
The Mechanics of Rollers combines the science of web handling with the application of rollers. This unique book covers design, application, and maintenance for rollers of all sizes, shapes, and webs.
Item Code:  0101R255
Course Price: $70

Mechanics of Web Handling, The
Item Code:  0101R273
Course Price: $80

Winders: The Complete Guide for Paper Mills and Converters
This comprehensive book serves as a complete winder training, applications, and product buying guide. This helpful text shows readers how to analyze, select, implement, and improve a winding operation.
Item Code: 0101R274
Course Price: $60

Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Yankee Dryers, 2nd Edition
This report provides suggested guidelines to aid in the safe operation and management of Yankee dryers. A project of the Maintenance and Mechanical Engineering Committee of TAPPI's Engineering Division, these guidelines are intended to satisfy existing ASME Codes and most jurisdictional requirements.
Item Code:  0101R244
Course Price:  $20

Guidelines for the Safe Operations of Steam Heated Paper Machine Dryers
The Steam Heated Dryer Subcommittee of the TAPPI Engineering Division's Maintenance and Mechanical Engineering Committee prepared this report. The report includes details on dryer construction, operation, and safety guidelines.
Item Code: 0101R250
Course Price: $30

Tissue 360° Forum Proceedings - 2016 PaperCon 
Item Code:  PAPERFD-16
Course Price:  $69

Paper Machine Clothing, Second Edition (NEW)
Item Code: PMC2
Course Price:  $195
Non-Member Price: $215

A Past Participant Said...

“I wanted to learn about small things, details that I otherwise would not have learned at work.  I now have a couple of follow ups with our chemical supplier and potentially some new projects to work on.”

~ T.O., Process Engineer, Tissue Company

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