Tissue 202: Converting Operations Course


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 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.

Jim Bryski
Converting Adhesives Specialist, Henkel

A summary of Jim's professional experience is coming shortly.





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.

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.


May 24-25, plus an optional half day offered for additional pilot work.

Proposed Course Schedule

TAPPI Tissue 202 - Converting Operations Course


  • Two tracks “A/B” are planned on May 24-25 for sections of the Course Schedule to give attendees more hands-on interaction with equipment.  This course offers workshop sessions in the pilot plant.
  • An additional half day on May 26 is offerered by the instructors for anyone who would like to stay for an extra work session on the pilot equipment.
  • 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 and safety goggles as we will be inside a plant.

DAY 1 - MAY 24, 2022

8:00 - 8:30 am
Course Introduction and Expectations
Bruce Janda, InnovaSpec

8:30 - 10:30 am
Tissue Softness, and Properties Basics. Structured (TAD) Tissue Base Sheet Processes and Properties
Bruce Janda

10:30 - 10:45 am

10:45 - 11:15 am
Surface Winding History
Scott Hansen, Fabio Perini

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Tension Control and Web Handling
Fabio Perini

12:15 - 1:00 pm

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Winding Principles
Fabio Perini

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

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Group A - Dust System Design & System Optimization
Stephen Kasik, Osprey
Group B - Lab 1B - Converting Web Pilot Line LDC

3:00 - 3:15 pm

3:15 - 4:15 pm

Group A - Lab 1A - Converting Web Pilot Line LDC
Group B - Dust System Design & System Optimization
Stephen Kasik, Osprey

4:15 - 4:45 pm
Machine Safety

4:45 - 5:00 pm
Wrap Up and Review


DAY 2 - MAY 25, 2022

8:00 - 8:15 am
Agenda Review
Bruce Janda

8:15 - 9:30 am
Ply Bonding Methods
Scott Hansen

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

9:30 - 10:45 am

Group A - Embossing
Koerber Tissue NA
Group B - Pilot Line TAD
Koerber Tissue NA

10:45 - 11:00 am

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Group A - Pilot Line TAD
Koerber Tissue NA
Group B - Embossing
Koerber Tissue NA

12:15 - 1:00 pm

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Joe Daugherty, TKM

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Group A - Safety Walk - My Line Pilot
Group B - Adhesives
Jim Bryski, Henkel

3:00 - 3:15 pm

3:15 - 4:15 pm

Group A - Adhesives
Jim Bryski, Henkel
Group B - Safety Walk - My Line Pilot

4:15 - 4:45 pm
Wrap Up and Review
Bruce Janda and Scott Hansen

4:45 - 5:00 pm
Course Evaluation


OPTIONAL 1/2 DAY - MAY 26, 2022

Fabio Perini North America and the instructors are offering additional time on the pilot plant for any course attendees who would like to stay for a half day beginning at 8:00 am.

Please select this option at registration if you choose to participate in the May 26 half-day workshop.

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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 Monday, April 25, 2022. Please note that a 50 percent refund may be issued for all written cancellations made after Monday, April 25, 2022, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Understandably, after Tuesday, May 17, 2022, no refunds can be issued. Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.

100% - Cancellation received by Monday, April 25, 2022.
50% - Cancellations received after Monday, April 25, 2022 and no later than Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
NO REFUND- Cancellations received Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

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 at this site that will help you communicate the value of attending the Tissue 202: Converting Operations Course when approaching your manager for approval.


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
Korber Tissue, Inc.
3060 South Ridge Road
Green Bay, WI, 54304, USA

Course Dates
May 24-25, 2022


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.

Check for current air travel advisories, security requirements and/or health policies.



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 attendees of this training event 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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