Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course - Virtual

Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course - Virtual

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 to Friday, October 28, 2022

Virtual Course

Course Objective

Expert instructors will explain the most important industry-accepted best practices that will help you:

  • Improve overall tissue machine efficiency
  • Increase production
  • Enhance product softness and bulk
What You Can Learn
  • The causes of machine runnability and sheet quality problems due to furnish, wet-end chemistry, stock approach and headbox set-up
  • The principles for effective cleaning and conditioning of forming and press fabrics
  • The causes of machine runnability and sheet quality problems occurring specifically in the press and dryer sections
  • Yankee dryer operation, including risks and challenges posed by steam systems, hood and especially creping
  • Problems and opportunities in the calender and reel of the tissue machine
Who Should Attend
  • Engineers
  • Machine Supervisors
  • Operators
  • Suppliers or other technical people who are new to tissue grades
Note: This is an intermediate-level course

Those with five or more years of tissue-making experience will benefit most.

Comments from Previous Participants

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.
  • This course helped me with a broad content on manufacturing.
  • Excellent practical information. Basic concepts were presented very clearly.
CEU Credits

Sixteen (16) Professional Development Hours or 1.6 CEUs are awarded for completion of the TAPPI Tissue 201 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 CEU credits to participants who attend at least 80 percent of the educational sessions and complete a final program evaluation.


Professional 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)

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Your 2022 Panel of Tissue Experts for this Course:


Jeff Peters – BTG Americas
Course Co-Chair
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.


Jim Bell - Albany International
Course Co-Chair

Jim has spent the last 30 years working in various roles within Albany International.  His current role is in press fabric product management with a focus on improving safety, drying and press fabric life through design.  Jim received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a ME in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Additional Faculty Members Include:

Jean Desharnais

Kimberly Downing
Kimberly has been working for Valmet for nine years since graduating from the University of Maine with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics, as part of the pulp and paper scholarship program. Her area of focus with Valmet is thru air drying technology for tissue machines, and Yankee hot air systems. In 2017, Kimberly spent six months in Valmet's Karlstad, Sweden office working with the R&D department on a pilot tissue machine, supporting customer and vendor trials. She also assists the reference management department in supporting TAD and NTT customers with remote and on-site process support.

Matt Gregersen
As product manager for tissue with Albany International, Matt 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.

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Rob graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Chemical Engineering. In 2001, he started his career in the tissue industry with Kimberly-Clark, where he worked on various process and product development initiatives as well as a couple major machine rebuilds. Since 2008, Rob has been with Nalco Water, serving the company's growing number of tissue customers. He currently resides in the greater Atlanta area and is the manager of the NA Tissue Team.

John Neun
John is an engineering consultant who spent a substantial part of his career with Albany International and Kadant. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State. He has surveyed and analyzed hundreds of paper and tissue machines to find means of improving their efficiency. In addition to overall engineering analysis, John has demonstrated particular expertise in vacuum systems, water systems, fabric cleaning systems, forming systems, and presses. He has worked in the paper industry since 1979, first as a Research Engineer with Albany Felt Company, studying and developing wet felt performance and felt dewatering devices. He spent several years as a Service Engineer for Albany Felt, performing vibration analyses on most of the high-speed machines in the United States and many more throughout the world. John also had a long tenure at Kadant - AES, where he was Cleaning and Conditioning Product Manager and Design and Development Manager. Before AES, John spent five years working for Mechanical Technology Incorporated, an engineering consulting firm, where he gained a wide range of vibration analysis experience in rotating machinery, structures, and acoustics, instructed in a course on FFT spectrum analysis, and led a number of multi-million dollar projects.

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Mike Soucy has over 35 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry specializing in steam and condensate systems. He is currently president at Kadant Johnson Systems based out of Knoxville, TN.   He has held prior positions as president of Kadant Canada, president of Dry-Con Inc. and steam and condensate system product manager at Valmet Enerdry. Mike is a mechanical engineer graduate from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada and a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.

Mark Sorenson
Mark started in the paper industry as an engineering co-op student for Beloit Corporation. After graduation with a BME from Georgia Tech, he joined Beloit Corporation full time, eventually becoming the Product Line Manager for Calenders and Reels. When Beloit formed the joint venture with Kϋsters in 1996, he became the Operations Liason, and then joined Kϋsters full time in 2000 as Manager of Midwest Sales and Engineering. His latest assignment was as the Senior Sales Engineer for Andritz Paper Machinery in North America based out of Beloit, Wisconsin. In 2019, Mark retired and stays active with the TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division and is a frequent contributor to TAPPI training programs. Mark’s involvement with the Tissue Short Course stretches back to 1988.  He became a TAPPI Fellow in 2018.

Karl-Johan Tolfsson

Mikko Viljamaa

Dave Welsford
David has held various technical and operations roles in tissue over the past 28 years. As a Strategic Project Manager for Solenis Tissue Applications, David balances research and product development interests with the implementation and problem-solving required to ensure tissue chemistries will function at their best.  David is a Chemistry graduate from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, resides with his family in Greensboro, NC - most likely wrenching on his vintage Volvos.

David Williams
David is the technical unit lead for Valmet’s roll service division. This includes technology, product management, and commercial responsibilities for all roll services. He has 15 years of service in Valmet serving in both the capital and the service business.

Prior to Valmet, David has 8 additional years in the industry split between Nalco and international Paper. Most of his career has been focused on papermaking, roll services, pressing, and headboxes. He attended both Mercer University and Auburn University obtaining degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering.

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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, September 23. Please note that a 50 percent refund may be issued for all written cancellations made after Friday, September 23, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course, Tuesday, October 18. Understandably, after Tuesday, October 18, no refunds can be issued. Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.

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50% - Cancellations received after Friday, September 2 and no later than Tuesday, October 18

NO REFUND- Cancellations received after Tuesday, October 18


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Four-Day Program: 8 am to Noon

This course will be a four-day program, with each day only being a half-day of instruction so that you can attend this training and still attend to urgent priorities at work. 

This half-day program format will include expert presentations and interactive discussion among participants. 

Learning Objective
Participants will learn reliability and maintenance best practices and how to troubleshoot problems quickly.

October 25 – 28, 2022

Virtual Training Session

DAY 1: Tuesday, October 25th

Times posted are Eastern Standard Time.


8:00 – 8:15 a.m. EST Welcome and Course Overview – Jeff Peters/Jim Bell

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Wet End Chemistry Impacts and Optimization – Robert Melchiors, 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 – Karl-Johan Tolfsson, Valmet

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


DAY 2: Wednesday, October 26th


8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Day 1 Review – Jeff Peters/Jim Bell

8:15 – 9:00 a.m.  Press Fabric Options and Benefits – Jim Bell, Albany International

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  Clothing – Cleaning and Conditioning Best Practices – John Neun, Kadant

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.  BREAK

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Press Roll Operation and Optimization (SPR, BDR, etc.)David Williams, Valmet

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.  CASE STUDY:  MODULE IIA


DAY 3: Thursday, October 27th


8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Day 2 Review – Jeff Peters/Jim Bell

8:15 – 9:00 a.m.  Creping Best Practices – Jeff Peters, BTG Americas

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Yankee Coating Systems – David Welsford, Solenis

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. BREAK

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.  MODULE IIB CASE STUDY



10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Yankee Dryers – Safety, Steam, Condensate Systems – Mike Soucy, Kadant

11:45 – 12:45 p.m.  Yankee Hood Design, Operation and Optimization – Jean Desharnais, Enerquin


DAY 4: Friday, October 28th


8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Day 3 Review – Jeff Peters/Jim Bell

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Thru-Air Drying – Kimberly Downing, Valmet

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Tissue CalenderingMark Sorenson, retired Kusters-USA

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. BREAK

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Improving Dry End Performance – Mikko Viljamaa, Valmet

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Diagnostics & the Tissue Machine – Jeff Peters, BTG

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  CASE STUDY: MODULE III

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Evaluation and Final Adjournment

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Enter discount code TISORV22 at checkout and receive a 15% discount on your purchase(s).

Below are the resources selected for this virtual event, however the discount applies to all TAPPI Press publications. 
Offer expires 12/31/22.

Links provided to purchase directly from the TAPPI.org Bookstore.  Purchases will be shipped when purchased.


NEW!  Guidelines for Safe Assessment & Operation of Yankee Dryers     
A project of the Yankee Dryer Safety & Reliability Committee, this new edition provides updated guidelines relative to steel Yankee dryers, as well as new learnings and recommendations for cast iron Yankee dryers. Its contents are categorized into Engineering and Design, Maintenance and Repair, Operating Guidelines, and Personnel Safety. If you are a Yankee Responsible Person (YRP), a municipal official that makes onsite inspections, or an insurance carrier that covers Yankee dryers, this is your must have resource.

Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Steam Heated Paper Machine Dryers 
This is a guide to the safe operation and maintenance of steam heated paper machine dryers.. The report includes details on dryer construction, operation, and safety guidelines. It also features a glossary, a reference list, and conversion factors for SI units.  This report was prepared by the Steam Heated Dryer Subcommittee of the TAPPI Engineering Division’s Maintenance and Mechanical Engineering Committee.

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Towel and Tissue Making CD (#15 in the Making Pulp and Paper Series) 
This CD includes towel and tissue papermaking terms, concepts, and processes.  After completing the CD, participants should be able to: explain how the manufacturing of towel and tissue grades of paper is different from other grades of paper, describe the different types of tissue formers, and explain the TAD process and its advantages and disadvantages.

Paper and Paperboard Converting, 2nd Edition
This revised, 12th volume in the Papermaking Science and Technology series focuses on the principal features of web converting, discusses the typical unit operations involved, and describes the converted products themselves.

This series is an excellent textbook resource for universities and colleges as well as an ideal publication to train new employees at your company.  It is also a great reference guide for your experienced workforce.  (Discount does not apply).

Discount code TISORV22 applies to all TAPPI Press Publications.  Offer expires 12/31/22.

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