Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course

Charlotte, NC
Saturday, April 30, 2022 to Sunday, May 01, 2022

Co-located with TAPPICon 2022

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. The TAPPI Tissue 101 Course is considered a prerequisite.

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!




Mark Sorenson started in the paper industry back in 1974 as an engineering co-op student for Beloit Corporation. Upon graduating 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 continues to reside in the Beloit area. Mark’s involvement with the Tissue Short Course stretches back to 1988, he became a TAPPI Fellow in 2018, and he is still active with the TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division.

Dan Ludden is a native of the state of Maine, and graduated with a Forest Engineering degree from the University of Maine-Orono. He has over 25 years of papermaking experience, starting his career at Lincoln Pulp & Paper working in the pulp mill and recovery boiler as a project engineer. Dan held various positions, and left Lincoln as Pulp/Utilities Maintenance Superintendent. He then moved to Georgia Pacific-Old Town to learn tissue making. He started in converting and moved into manufacturing working up to the TM1 Superintendent. Dan moved back to take the TM Superintendent position at Lincoln Paper & Tissue. He continued to grow his career and held various positions including Tissue Mill Maintenance Manager and Tissue Mill Operations Manager. Dan joined BTG as a Tissue Specialist for the Americas in late 2014. From November 2015 – October 2018, Dan led the BTG Tissue Services group supporting the creping blade business with a portfolio of services aimed at improving machine productivity, and overall Yankee “health”. Dan recently transitioned to the Tissue Global Solutions Team where he is focused on developing/delivering new service and technology platforms to enhance tissue manufacturing performance.

John Neun 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.


David Williams 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.

Bruno Tremblay - With a background in chemical engineering and close to 15 years experience in the chemical sale & applications for the tissue industry, Bruno Tremblay has joined Valmet in 2016 in the Reference Management department. He has supported essentially the Valmet hybrid platforms such as NTT and QRT. Bruno was a TAPPI 201 instructor for the tissue forming module in 2018 and 2019.

Since 2020, he has been leading the Advantage™ ThruAir® concept, the Valmet TAD technology. Bruno is based in Sherbrooke, QC Canada reporting to the Karlstad, Sweden office.




DAY 1: 

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. 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 – 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 - Jim Bell, Albany International

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:

7:45 – 8:00 a.m. Day 1 Overview – Jeff Peters/Jim Bell

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 – Lawrence Yane, 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 Calendering - Mark Sorenson, retired Kusters-USA

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Improving Dry End Performance - Jerry Kramer, 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

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