Tissue 202: Converting Operations Course

Green Bay, WI
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 to Friday, May 19, 2023

This training explores 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.

Do you want to learn how to improve converting plant productivity?

→  This two-day training helps you find all the points where you can influence operational efficiency.

→  You'll gain a better understanding of what new technologies and resources are available in converting operations.

This is a unique course covering the entirety of converting operations.
You will find very few - if any - other training opportunities like this!  Others may only focus on windings and nonwovens.  

TAPPI's Tissue 202: Converting Operations Course instructors will focus on roll products and have designed this course to address two primary objectives:

  1. To define and explain the basic rolled products converting processes; and
  2. To describe how quality and variability impact runnability of complex tissue parent rolls (jumbo reel/soft roll) and the adjustments required to run TAD or other advanced structured tissue technologies. 


Let the training instructors know what you need to learn!  
A pre-course survey will be distributed to attendees so that they can share their questions or problems for real world solutions during the course.

What's Planned on the Agenda:

  • Basic understanding of raw material (tissue reel) properties
  • Basic understanding of each major roll converting sub process
  • How sheet variability impacts each converting sub process
  • Impact of each converting sub process on the final product
  • Awareness of the safety hazards present in typical converting lines
  • Efficiency of operations
    • How to improve productivity
    • Evaluating good performance (percentage of waste) in converting
    • How to achieve excellent performance
    • Why and how each component contributes to efficiency

Included with your course registration are light breakfast snacks and breaks each day, and lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Please note:  Course Seating is Limited
In order to provide the greatest benefit from discussions and demonstrations, attendance is limited to 20 people for this course. This seating cap ensures the class can be advantageously divided into smaller groups for the hands-on sessions taking place on the working web pilot line.

Stay Ahead of the Curve!
Instructor and Course Chair, Bruce Janda, wrote an article about tissue converting and the unique opportunities and challenges facing the industry.  

Click here to read "Don't Overlook Tissue Converting." (PDF File)  This article was originally published in TAPPI's Ahead of the Curve newsletter.

Decades of combined experience are assembled to deepen your knowledge and skills.

Bruce W. Janda, Course Chair
Co-founder and Principal of InnovaSpec, LLC

Bruce Janda is serving as chair for this course.  He brings almost 50 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 checkout/start up leader.

Bruce holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, MBA from University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Executive Scholar Certificate from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University, and Lean Sigma Black Belt Certification from AstenJohnson.  He holds 20 US patents, all related to tissue and papermaking.  One of his key product development projects was 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.


Scott Hansen Korber Tissue course co- chair
Technical Service Manager

Scott has over 30 years of experience in the tissue and non-woven converting field.  Scott spent 12 years with a multinational converter working on converting projects worldwide.  Scott has 22 years with Korber as a service technician, trainer, and is currently the technical service manager.


Perry Koehne Korber Tissue
Mechanical service specialist/Embossing

Perry has over 27 years of experience in tissue converting. Perry work for 10 years for an embosser/Roll engraving manufacture before joining the Korber team. Perry now has been with korber tissue for the past 17 years. Perry began his career at Korber tissue as a mechanical service technician specializing in the embosser/printer equipment and now is currently working as a Project mechanical service specialist.

Mike Beno Korber Tissue
Pilot Line operations/ testing Korber tissue 

Mike has over 8-years with Korber tissue Mike started his career out at Korber tissue in machine Assembly/Production.  Mike now works as a mechanical/process specialist and is part of are process excellence team and is responsible for pilot line operations. In 2015 Korber expanded its customer support by offering a Pilot Line, capable of simulating production. This opportunity in conjunction with pattern design and production capabilities of Engraving Solutions provided an opportunity to assist customers with product development and testing of new or existing products.

Matt Wolosek Korber Tissue
Technical Trainer

Matt has over 22 years with Korber tissue. Matt started his career as a mechanical service technician and now is a technical trainer performing training and developing training for our customers such as machine operations, machine critical mechanical setups, preventive maintenance and process setups/product centerlines.

Randy Slezewski
Senior Application Specialist, HB Fuller

Randy is the senior application specialist primarily working with tissue and towel converting from HB Fuller. Randy has held various roles in his 32-year career with HB Fuller, including territory manager, strategic account manager, facility technical manager, and area technical manager. Before coming to HB Fuller, Randy was a strategic accounts manager with Quaker/Hercules tissue division.
Randy is a University of Wisconsin Madison graduate with a BS in chemistry open (ACS certified). He lives in Green Bay, WI, and is married with two adult children. Randy's hobbies include motorcycling and motorcycle racing.

Stephen Kasik
Technical Sales, Osprey Corporation,  Atlanta, GA

Stephen Kasik graduated from Southern Polytechnic University in 2009 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and then began his engineering career with FLIR before moving on to Zep Inc.

In 2014, Stephen joined Osprey Corporation in Atlanta, GA where he worked as a project engineer for the company. While in his engineering role with Osprey, Stephen’s responsibilities included equipment design, process air surveys, technical training, and project management of process air systems.  At the beginning of 2020, Stephen was pulled into a technical sales role with Osprey to focus on strategic accounts in the Soft Disposable, Tissue/Corrugated, and Agriculture sectors. Over the past two years, his intimate technical knowledge has driven the successful execution of key projects from concept to implementation.
Stephen is a subject leader in process air systems with a key focus on those involving combustible dusts. His deep understanding of the capital equipment and production challenges involved have proven to be a valuable resource for Osprey’s clients and the industries it serves.

Joe Daugherty
Tissue Product Specialist, TKM

Joe started his industrial career with machine builder Hanchett Manufacture a division of Mid-West Abrasives where he gained extensive knowledge in grinding dynamics and abrasive applications.  It is this knowledge that he brings to the tissue paper industry applying it to the log saw blade sharpening process. 

Joe joined TKM after a 25-year association with Alliance Knife Inc., having served as Vice President and Sales Manager. Since coming to TKM, Joe has travel extensively applying his mechanical and grinding knowledge to help reinvent how log saw blade sharpening is viewed.  He has spent the last several years evaluating and testing CBN grinding wheel formulations and geometry helping to bring new ideas to a very old process. 
Joe holds degrees in Mechanical Drafting and Design from Pitt Technical Institute along with a Bachelors of Business Administration and Associates in Child Psychology from Kent State University.  Joe has serviced the industrial knife industry for 34 years and has extensive experience in cutting materials ranging from diamond steel plate to poultry.






Wednesday May 17, 2023

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm SPACER:
Course Introduction and Expectations
Bruce Janda/Scott Hansen
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Tissue Softness, and Properties Basics. Structured (TAD) Tissue Base Sheet Processes and Properties Bruce Janda
3:30 am - 3:45 am Break  
3:45 am - 4:30 am Surface Winding History Scott Hansen, Körber 
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Tension Control and Web Handling Körber

Thursday May 18, 2022

8:00 am - 9:00 am Winding Principles Körber
Class Splits into two groups for alternating labs and lectures  
9:00 am - 10:00 am Dust System Design & System Optimization Stephen Kasik, Osprey
9:00 am - 10:00 am Lab 1B - Converting Web Pilot Line LDC Körber
10:00 am - 10:15 am Break  
10:15 am - 11:15 am Dust System Design & System Optimization Stephen Kasik, Osprey
  Converting Web Pilot Line LDC Körber
11:15 am - 12:00 am Machine Safety Körber
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch  
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Ply Bonding Methods Scott Hansen
Class Splits into two groups for alternating labs and lectures  
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Embossing Körber
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Pilot Line TAD Körber
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Break  
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm    Embossing Körber
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm    Pilot Line TAD Körber
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Wrap Up and Review Bruce and Scott

Friday May 19, 2022

8:00 am - 9:00 am Blades Joe Daugherty, TKM
Class Splits into two groups for alternating labs and lectures  
9:00 am - 10:00 am Converting Adhesives Jim Bryski, Henkel
9:00 am - 10:00 am Safety Walk - My line pilot Körber
10:00 am -11:00 am Converting Adhesives Jim Bryski, Henkel
10:00 am -11:00 am Safety Walk - My line pilot Körber
11:00 am - 11:30  am Wrap up and Course evaluations Instructors

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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, April 14, 2023.

Please note that a 50 percent refund may be issued for all written cancellations made after Friday, April 14, 2023, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course, Wednesday, May 10, 2023. Understandably, after Wednesday, May 10, 2023, no refunds can be issued. Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.

Refund Summary
100% - Cancellation received by Friday, April 14, 2023.
50% - Cancellations received after Friday, April 14, 2023 and no later than Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
NO REFUND - Cancellations received Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

Hotels in the Area:


Country Inn
(920) 336-6600
2945 Allied Street, Green Bay, WI 54304

Hilton Garden Inn
1015 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304

2040 Airport Dr, Green Bay, WI 54313

465 Pilgrim Way  | Green Bay, WI 54304


Springhill Suites
1011 Tony Canadeo Run, Green Bay, WI 54304



Green Bay, WI 


Appleton, WI

It is a 40 minute drive from Appleton to Green Bay.

Car 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.

Several titles of interest to you have been discounted for attendees of this course!

2023 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.

NEW! Guidelines for Safe Assessment & Operation of Yankee Dryers
Order Code:  0101R357
Special Member Price: $78.00
Special Non-member Price: $101.00

Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Steam Heated Paper Machine Dryers
Order Code:  0101R250
Special Member Price: $34.00
Special Non-member Price: $49.00

Towel and Tissue Making CD (#15 in the Making Pulp and Paper Series)
Order Code:  MPP-15
Special Member Price: $50.00
Special Non-member Price: $76.00

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