Tissue 202: Converting Operations Course

Green Bay, Wisconsin USA
Tuesday, June 01, 2021

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.

Coming in 2021

Please note that this page will updated when dates for the 2021 course are confirmed.  Please contact [email protected] for more information.

In the meantime, please check out TAPPI's eLearning courses available for download so you don't miss a beat. 

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

→  This 3-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 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 nearly 40 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 15 US patents and 3 pending 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, Course Co-Chair
Technical Service Manager, Fabio Perini North America

Scott has over 30 years of experience in the tissue and non-woven converting field.  He spent over 12 years with a multinational converter working on converting projects worldwide.  Scott has over 15 years with Fabio Perini North America as a service technician, trainer, supervisor and department manager.

Richard Baren
Senior Service Engineer, Perini Packaging/Casmatic, Green Bay, WI

Richard has more than 16 years with Perini and has worked extensively in North America and also internationally. He has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Dean Kuntz
Pilot Line and Embossing Technology Manager, Fabio Perini, America

Dean has over a 30-year career with Perini America in Customer Service. His past responsibilities have included development of the Spares and Service Departments, including 28 years of direct involvement with embossing rolls for tissue and towel products.  

In 2015 Perini America expanded its customer support by offering a Pilot Line, capable of simulating high speed production. This opportunity in conjunction with pattern design and production capabilities of Engraving Solutions provided an opportunity to combined Dean's past experience and assist customers with product development and testing.

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.

Jeff Heim
Service Specialist, Fabio Perini North America

Jeff currently leads the company’s Expert Online Service and serves as a technician and electrical supervisor. He has 14 years of experience at FPNA troubleshooting technical challenges and prior to joining the company worked as an electrical contractor installing paper machines and paper converting equipment.

Rick Klaus
Technical Sales, Osprey Corporation

Rick was born in Green Bay, WI and has worked more than 35 years in the tissue and nonwoven disposables market as a sales and management professional. He started his education in the tissue market as a production employee at the former Fort Howard Paper Company in 1972, prior to his service in the US Navy. After leaving the service he began his career working 17 years with Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) in Green Bay, Wisconsin where he pursued his BS in business, graduating from Lakeland College in 1986.

While at PCMC, Rick traveled extensively selling PCMC's complete range of equipment for tissue and disposables production. In 1995, Rick moved into a sales management role in the adhesive equipment sector working nearly 20 years with Nordson Corporation.  Retiring from Nordson in March of 2015, Rick was pulled back into the tissue industry by Osprey Corporation, a leading supplier in the process air handling industry.

Rick is a business leader with years of capital equipment sales experience managing strategic accounts, and successfully executing international opportunities from concept to multi-million-dollar sales and/or operations. Along the way, he also built and led highly effective sales teams that drove double-digit revenue, market, and profit growth for private and multinational organizations, utilizing strategic planning and business planning skills. Rick's deep understanding of capital equipment and production challenges will benefit both Osprey Corporation and the industry it serves.

Massimo Capisani
V.P. Sales & Operation, PULSAR America Inc.

Massimo Capisani earned a degree in Commercial Technique and Engineering in 1993.  After graduation, Massimo worked as a specialized technical engineer at Inver S.p.A., an Italian company leader in the production of industrial paints, prior to joining Pulsar Italy in 2002, in the position of Technical Service and Software Engineer where he was promoted within two years to Technical Service Manager.

In 2005, he entered the role of Executive Assistant Director of Technical Service until 2008 when he became Executive Director of the General Operations of the Technical Service Department for the UK and North American market.  In August 2013, he moved to Wisconsin USA, as Vice President of Pulsar America Inc., caring about the start of the new subsidiary of Pulsar in the US.

Randy Slezewski
Senior Application Specialist, HB Fuller

Randy has worked with HB Fuller for nearly 30 years and has served in roles, such as Territory Manager, Strategic Account Manager, Facility Technical Manager, and Area Technical Manager where he called on the T&T converting business for the majority of this tenure.

Previously, Randy was employed with Quaker/Hercules as a Strategic Accounts Manager of the Tissue Division

Randy is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a BS Chemistry (ACS certified).

Earn 1.65 CEUs for attending this course!

Proposed Course Schedule

TAPPI Tissue 202 - Converting Operations Course


  • Two tracks “A/B” are planned for some sections of the Course Schedule to give attendees more hands-on interaction with equipment.  This course offers workshop sessions in the pilot plant.
  • TAPPI will provide a course notebook containing the content presented.
  • No special technology is required, however you are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet to view the materials in color.
  • TAPPI provides Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for this course. Course completion requirements are attendance and active participation in 80% of the scheduled sessions and completion of the course evaluation.
  • Course attire is business casual.  Your comfort is important.  Nice jeans are acceptable. Please wear closed shoes as we will be inside a plant.


8:00 - 8:30 am
Course Introduction and Expectations

8:30 - 10:15 am
Tissue Basics

10:15 - 10:45 am
Converting Line Layout

10:45 - 11:00 am

11:00 - 11:30 am
Surface Winding History

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tension Control and Web Handling

12:30 - 1:15 pm

1:15 - 2:15 pm
Winding Principals

Attendees will be split into two groups (A and B) for Lab 1

2:15 - 3:15 pm
Group A - Dust System Design & System Optimization
Group B - Lab 1B - Converting Web Pilot Line

3:15 - 3:30 pm

3:30 - 4:30 pm
Group A - Lab 1A - Converting Web Pilot Line
Group B - Dust System Design & System Optimization

4:30 pm
Wrap Up and Review


8:00 - 8:15 am
Agenda Review

8:15 - 8:30 am
Machine Safety

8:30 - 9:45 am
Ply Bonding Methods

Attendees will be split into two groups (A and B) for Lab 2

9:45 - 11:00 am
Group A - Embossing
Group B - Pilot Line TAD

11:00 - 11:15 am

11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Group A - Pilot Line TAD
Group B - Embossing

12:30 - 1:15 pm

1:15 - 2:00 pm

2:15 - 3:15 pm
Group A - Safety Walk - My Line Pilot
Group B - Adhesives

3:15 - 3:30 pm

3:30 - 4:30 pm
Group A - Adhesives
Group B - Safety Walk - My Line Pilot

4:30 pm
Wrap Up and Review


8:00 - 8:15 am
Agenda Review

8:15 - 10:00 am
Converting Operations Digital Transformation

10:00 - 10:15 am

10:15 - 11:15 am
Smaller Group Reviews

11:15 - 11:45 am
Wrap Up and Review

11:45 am

Contact Shannon Warchalowsky for registration inquiries. [email protected] or 470-330-6587.

2020 Course Registration Rates

Before Early-Bird

TAPPI Member
$1,160      $1,380 

Join or Renew and Save
$1,340   $1,555

Young Professional under 30 Join or Renew and Save
$1,280   $1,500

Non-Member of TAPPI
$1,480   $1,695

Group Meeting Registration
(These rates are per person and apply to 3 or more people from same location.) 

TAPPI Member
$1,055    $1,270

Join or Renew and Save
$1,240   $1,450

Young Professional under 30 Join or Renew and Save
$1,180   $1,380

Non-Members of TAPPI
$1,375   $1,480


Payment Policy
TAPPI requires that all registration fees are paid in full prior to the start of the course. Attendees paying by check will be registered for the course only after the payment has been received.

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 May 3, 2020.  

Please note:  A 50% refund will be issued for all written cancellations made after May 3, 2020, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course, May 28, 2020.

Understandably, after May 28, 2020, no refunds can be issued.  Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.
Refund Policy

100% - Cancellation received by May 3, 2020.
50% -  Cancellations received after May 3, 2020, and no later than May 28, 2020.
NO REFUND - Cancellations received after May 28, 2020.  

Attendance Justification Toolkit
We understand it can be challenging to ask for approval to attend TAPPI training events, so we've created a Justification/Approval Toolkit to assist you in making a strong case for the investment.

We encourage you to review the materials below and let these help you communicate the value of what attending the Tissue 202: Converting Operations Course can provide when approaching your manager for approval.

Before the Event:  Prepare your justification.
It's important for you to communicate, and for your manager or supervisor to understand, that attending a TAPPI  course is a strategic investment in your training and development, and a cost-effective way to help you do your job better.  You'll meet others who face the same day-to-day challenges, meet face to face with technical experts and gain an advantage in the industry from the influx of new ideas, innovations and solutions.

The materials below will help you organize the information that will provide the summary of course instruction, associated costs and value that your organization will gain from this training.

After the Event:  Follow-up.
After you return from the course, complete and submit a report to summarize your experience and key takeaways.  They'll remember the extra effort!

Your preparation will help you earn the greatest benefit from TAPPI training!  In many cases, the work you put in beforehand can also help you determine what information that you want or need to learn from the experts who will assemble to lead this instruction.  The interaction with your manager or supervisor can be a productive process to go over some of the challenges that your organization would like to tackle.

Ways to Save

  1. Join TAPPI! TAPPI members can enjoy discounted rates for this course.  If you're not already a member, Join Us!
  2. Save on rates. Discounted rates are offered for registrations made before May 3, 2020. 
  3. Bring the team.  Group rates are offered for three or more people from the same location.

Training Venue
Fabio Perini North America

3060 South Ridge Road
Green Bay, WI, 54304, USA

Course Dates
Postponed to Fall 2020


Country Inn Hotel

Phone:  920-336-6600
2945 Allied Street
Green Bay, WI 54304

Hilton Garden Inn

Phone:  920-405-0400
1015 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54304

Radisson Hotel

Phone:  920-494-7300
2040 Airport Drive
Green Bay, WI 54313

Aloft Hotel

Phone: 920-884-0800
465 Pilgrim Way
Green Bay, WI 54304

Springhill Suites

Phone:  920-569-8500
1011 Tony Canadeo Run
Green Bay, WI 54304


Austin Straubel International Airport
Green Bay, WI

Appleton International Airport
Appelton, WI
Note:  The commute from Appelton to Green Bay is about a 40-minute drive.

Airport Security Advisory
Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States. Check for the star. REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card. For more information, please visit https://www.tsa.gov/real-id


Avis Car Rental


Phone: 1-800-831-8000
Avis offers special discounts off regular rates for participants. Refer to code AWD: #U226600.

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


These special publications from TAPPI are available to 2020 Tissue event attendees through registration, most at a discount.

Purchase these books when registering and pick them up at the course to save on shipping!

NEW! Guidelines for Safe Assessment & Operation of Yankee Dryers
Order Code:  0101R357
Special Member Price: $72.00
Special Non-member Price: $86.00

Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Steam Heated Paper Machine Dryers
Order Code:  0101R250
Special Member Price: $31.00
Special Non-member Price: $46.00

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

Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists (The Smook Book ) FOURTH Edition
Order Code:  0202SMOOK4
Special Member Price: $81.00
Special Non-member Price: $105.00

Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists (The Smook Book ) FOURTH Edition in SPANISH (NEW)
Order Code:  0202SMOOK4S
Special Member Price: $81.00
Special Non-member Price: $105.00

Winders: The Complete Guide for Paper Mills and Converters 
Order Code:  0101R274
Special Member Price: $54.00
Special Non-member Price: $82.00

Winding Machines, Mechanics and Measurements
Order Code:  0102B068
Special Member Price: $149.00
Special Non-member Price: $195.00

Mechanics of Rollers
Order Code:  010R255
Special Member Price: $64.00
Special Non-member Price: $95.00

Mechanics of Web Handling
Order Code:  010R273
Special Member Price: $73.00
Special Non-member Price: $95.00

2020 Standards and TIPS CD
Order Code:  STUCD-20
Special Member Price: $169.00
Special Non-member Price: $526.00

E-Learning Tissue Courses – Register Online

Tissue 101 eLearning Course: Properties & Processes
Course Only
Order Code:  ELT-T101
Member: $750.00
Non-Member: $975.00

Course with Certificate Test
Order Code:  ELT-T101CERTPP
Member: $900.00
Non-Member: $1,170.00

Certificate Test Only
Order Code:  ELT-CERTPP
Special Introductory Offer: $250.00*

* Certificate Test is only $150 when purchased with course.

Tissue 201 eLearning Course: Operations & Runnability
Course Only
Order Code:  ELT-T201
Member: $750.00
Non-Member: $975.00 

Course with Certificate Test
Order Code:  ELT-T201CERTOR
Member: $900.00
Non-Member: $1,170.00

Certificate Test Only
Order Code:  ELT-CERTOR
Special Introductory Offer: $250.00*
* Certificate Test is only $150 when purchased with course.

Tissue Manufacturing Technology
Course Only
Order Code:  ELN-002
Member: $950.00
Non-Member: $1,235.00

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