Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course

Miron Construction
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 to Wednesday, May 24, 2023

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)

TAPPI Members receive a discounted rate for this course.
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Your 2023 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.


Matt Bryer - Tissue Press
Course Co-Chair

Matt Bryer is the Product Manager – Tissue Press – Americas, responsible for technical and applications of the Tissue Press Fabrics in North and South America.  In 2003 he started off in the Research and Development department at Albany International and worked there for 1 year, then moved into the technical department where he has been designing press fabrics for the past 19 years. He became the Product Manager in 2012, and currently has customer accounts for the entire East Coast, the southern Midwest, and West Coast of the US.  Matt has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and he is located out of Albany International’s St. Stephen, South Carolina plant.

Additional Faculty Members Include:

Jean Desharnais

Based in Montreal, Quebec, Jean is Enerquin's President andJean_D.JPG Chief Executive Officer. Before this role, Jean was the Director of Sales and Applications. After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sherbrooke University, Jean cumulated over 39 years of experience in air systems for the Pulp & Paper Industry. His background in paper air systems focuses on drying efficiency and optimization, which are key factors for maximum production and profitability.

Matt Gregersen

Matt Gregersen has worked for 30 years in a variety of rolls in the paper industry.  Matt is currently working for Albany International as the Product Manager for tissue forming in the Americas, where he is responsible for tissue forming fabric applications and managing the product portfolio and product development.

Prior to working for Albany, Matt worked for Valmet and Beloit Corporation in engineering and R&D, where he was responsible for leading pilot paper machine trials with an emphasis on the wet end including forming and headboxes.

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. Hejohn n.jpg 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.

Mike Soucy
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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.


Todd Vanden Heuvel

Todd earned his AS Degree in Electro Mechanics in 1999 andstarted with Valmet shortly after working in the Field Services Team on Reels. He focused on controls, automation, and process reeling. In 2013, Todd became an iRoll Product Specialist working with Valmet to develop Intelligent Roll technology in North America. He later took the role of Product Line Manager for Reels in North America, becoming the Senior Product Line Manager in 2018. Since then, Todd has added Calendars, and Coating/Sizers to his list of responsibilities.


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.

Don Carpenter - Enerquin

Don has spent 30 years in the pulp and paper industry. Much of his time has been focused on paper machinery equipment in Application Engineering and Product Management roles for a global Paper Machinery Supplier. Don graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently is a Senior Sales and Technical Support Engineer for Enerquin, involved with hood, air systems and energy recovery systems for paper, board and tissue.


Yvan Fraser - Enerquin

Yvan is the Director of Product at Enerquin. He`s a mechanical engineer and member of the OIQ, having several years of experience designing equipment for various industries. He has spent 35 years working in the paper industry, where he has developed extensive knowledge of tissue drying. Yvan's main area of expertise is in carrying out large-scale projects for both national and international clients.

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May 23-24, 2023
Face-to-Face Training Session
Miron Construction Office/Meeting Center
1471 McMahon Dr, Neenah, WI, USA

DAY 1: Tuesday, May 23rd  


7:45 – 8:15 a.m.   Welcome and Course Overview – Jeff Peters/Matt Bryer

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 – 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 - Matt Bryer, Tissue Press

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.  Clothing – Cleaning and Conditioning Best Practices – John Neun, Kadant

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.  Press Roll Operation and Optimization (SPR, BDR, etc.)David Williams, 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 – David Welsford, Solenis

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


DAY 2: Wednesday, May 24th  

7:45 – 8:00 a.m.   Day 1 Overview – Jeff Peters/Matt Bryer

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



9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Yankee Dryers – Safety, Steam, Condensate Systems – Mike Soucy, Kadant

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. BREAK

10:15 – 11:15 p.m.  Yankee Hood Design, Operation and Optimization – Jean Desharnais, Enerquin

11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Thru-Air Drying – Bruno Tremblay, Valmet

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Tissue CalenderingMark Sorenson, retired Kusters-USA

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Improving Dry End Performance – Todd VandenHeuvel, Valmet

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. BREAK

3:00 – 400 p.m. Diagnostics & the Tissue Machine – Jeff Peters, BTG

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

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

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


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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 (April 25, 2023). Please note: There will be a 50% refund for all written cancellations made after (April 25, 2023) but no later than 5 business days prior to the start of the course (May 16, 2023). Understandably, after (May 16, 2023)no refunds can be issued. Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.

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