Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course

Bridgewood Hotel - Neenah, WI
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 to Friday, May 17, 2024

Expert instructors will explain the most important industry-accepted best practices that will help you: Improve overall tissue machine efficiency, Increase production and Enhance product softness and bulk

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.
If you're not a member yet, join us!

Jeff Peters
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
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 20 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 is located out of Albany International’s St. Stephen, South Carolina plant.

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.


Robert Melchiors
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.


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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
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.

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.


May 15 - 17, 2024

Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel, Neenah, WI



DAY 1: Wednesday, May 15th   


1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Welcome and Course Overview – Jeff Peters/Matt Bryer

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Wet End Chemistry Impacts and Optimization – Robert Melchiors, Nalco

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Forming Fabric Options and Benefits – Matt Gregersen, Albany

3:00 – 3:15 p.m   BREAK

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Tissue Former/Headbox Operations and Optimization – Bruno Tremblay, Valmet

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. CASE STUDY: MODULE I


DAY 2: Thursday, May 16th


7:45 – 8:00 a.m.   DAY 1 Review – Jeff Peters/Matt Bryer

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.  Press Fabric Options and Benefits - Matt Bryer, Albany International

8:45 – 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  (possibly Bill Bork)

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.  Creping Best Practices – Jeff Peters, BTG Americas

11:45 – 12:30 p.m.  LUNCH

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Yankee Coating Systems – David Welsford, Solenis

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.  CASE STUDY: MODULE II





2:15 – 3:15p.m. Yankee Dryers – Safety, Steam, Condensate Systems – Mike Soucy, Kadant

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. BREAK

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Yankee Hood Design, Operation and Optimization – Yvan Fraser and Don Carpenter, Enerquin

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Thru-Air Drying – Bruno Tremblay, Valmet


DAY 3: Friday, May 17th


7:45 – 8:45 a.m.   DAY 2 Review – Jeff Peters/Matt Bryer

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Tissue CalenderingMark Sorenson, retired Kusters-USA

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. BREAK

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Improving Dry End Performance – Todd VandenHeuvel, Valmet

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Diagnostics & the Tissue Machine – Jeff Peters, BTG

11:15 – 12:00 p.m.  CASE STUDY: MODULE III

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Evaluation and Final Adjournment

Early-Bird Cut Off: April 17, 2024

  On or Before April 17th After April 17th
Meeting Registration    
Member $1,318.03 $1,434.67
Join or Renew and Save $1,522.15 $1,638.79
Young Professional under 30 Join or Renew and Save $1,463.83 $1,574.64
Nonmember $2,239.49 $2,367.79
Group Meeting Registration, per person (3+ people from the same location)    
Member $1,218.89 $1,347.19
Join or Renew and Save $1,428.84 $1,557.14
Young Professional under 30 Join or Renew and Save $1,358.86 $1,481.33
Nonmember $1,930.39 $2,058.70


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  (April 17, 2024). 

Please note:  There will be a 50% refund for all written cancellations made after (April 17, 2024) but no later than 5 business days prior to the start of the course (May 10, 2024). 

 Understandably, after (May 10, 2024) no refunds can be issued. 

Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty

Bridgewood Hotel

1000 Cameron Way
Neenah, WI 54956

2024 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.


Guidelines for Safe Assessment & Operation of Yankee Dryers     

Discounted Member Price:  $78.00

Discounted List Price:  $101.00


Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Steam Heated Paper Machine Dryers

Discounted Member Price:  $34.00

Discounted List Price:  $49.00


Towel and Tissue Making CD (#15 in the Making Pulp and Paper Series)

Discounted Member Price:  $50.00

Discounted List Price:  $76.00


Critical Thinking in Converting 

Discounted Member Price:  $74.00

Discounted List Price:  $111.00


Mechanics of Rollers

Discounted Member Price:  $94.00

Discounted List Price:  $103.00


Winding:  Machines, Mechanics and Measurements

Discounted Member Price: $161.00

Discounted List Price:  $210.00


Winders: The Complete Guide for Paper Mills and Converters 

Discounted Member Price: $59.00

Discounted List Price:  $88.00


**Visit our bookstore.   www.tappi.org/bookstore**


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