Science or Fiction

The paper industry is undergoing dramatic changes due to strong global competition and market demands. In order to maintain their competitive strength, many mills are turning to automation technologies and innovative data solutions to increase efficiency and productivity. Implementing an optimal Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can ensure a seamless integration of the automation and IT worlds thus helping mills create the best possible context for data-driven decisions. While MES can help drive the future success of autonomous mills, understanding its current potential and future role can be challenging. Mills must determine what is science versus fiction.

Timo Atta, of TietoEVERY, will share his insights on MES at TAPPI’s PaperCon 2020, Apr 26-29 in Atlanta, GA. His presentation, Future of MES – Towards Autonomous Mills, addresses the evolving role of MES and its future role in enabling autonomous mills. Attendees will also hear about current projects that show great promise.

PaperCon is considered the world’s largest technical conference for the paper and packaging industry. Developed by volunteer leaders working in the industry, the comprehensive program offers seven topic-specific program tracks: Papermaking Additives, Papermaking, Papermaking Fundamentals, Coating & Graphic Arts, PIMA Management, Process Control, and Recycled Paperboard. The Conference theme is PaperCon 2020: Vision … into the Future.

View the 2020 program

Featured Track: Process Control

PaperCon’s Process Control track takes a close look at process measurement and control. Sessions focus on:

•    QCS
•    Effective Use of Data
•    Mill Automation Success
•    Machine – Future Vision
•    Future Measurement Technologies
•    Field Devices
•    Controls Handbook Tutorial

Attendees will hear from industry leaders including ABB, Honeywell, Process Solutions Group, Envoy Development, TSP Oncare, Verso, OCIsoft, TietoEVERY, Georgia-Pacific, Pulmac Systems, ISRA VISION, Procemex, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Keit Spectrometers, Solenis, Beville Engineering, Advance Industrial Refrigeration, Valmet, Emerson Automation Solutions, Mid Sweden University and Event Capture Systems. Learn more.

PaperCon 2020 is co-located with the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association’s (RPTA) Production-Technical Seminar and attendees can attend both events for only one registration fee. Attendees should plan on coming to Atlanta early for the Introduction to Printing course which will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. They can also attend TAPPI’s 3rd Annual Women’s Summit on Thursday, April 30. Both of these events have an additional fee and are co-located at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

PaperCon Early Bird Discount Ends Soon

Attendees can also save up to $400 if they register by March 27. Register today before the Early Bird Discounts ends.
PaperCon also offers a special discount to all mills.

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