Navigating the Future: From Maps and Atlases to Autonomous Intelligence

Remember the days before GPS when daring souls tried to navigate the labyrinth of streets armed only with maps and atlases? Much like those intrepid travelers, process plant engineers and operators have faced their own navigational challenges in deciphering process disturbances and variabilities without the guiding light of intelligent sensors.

On April 30, Tim Shope of Endress+Hauser will shine a light on how intelligent sensors have revolutionized the paper industry. His presentation, "The Future of Intelligent Sensors," is part of the Transforming the Industry with IIoT, AI, and Digital Strategies session within the Process Control Track at TAPPICon 2024, April 28 – May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Shope will share how autonomous intelligence can help plant engineers and operators navigate through process complexities effortlessly, without the need to manually evaluate data or configure analytics. Attendees will hear how intelligent sensors can provide real-time visibility, transparency, and efficiency, thus saving mills time and money.

Process Control
The Process Control track consists of nine sessions, each offering a deep dive into critical aspects of the industry:

  • Paper Machine Quality Control Systems (QCS) Handbook Tutorials
  • Data Driven Applications (Joint Session with PIMA)
  • Transforming the Industry with IIoT, AI, and Digital Strategies (Joint Session with PIMA)
  • QCS Control
  • Machine Vision
  • QCS Applications
  • Millwide Optimization
  • Field Instrumentation
  • HMI/Visualization


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TAPPICon 2024 is not just a conference; it's a gateway to tomorrow's innovations in the paper, packaging, and tissue industries. This year's event promises an unparalleled opportunity to dive deep into the latest advancements, connect with industry leaders, and chart a course towards a more efficient, sustainable, and competitive future.

The comprehensive, peer-reviewed program offers eight tracks focused on key areas of the mill including: Papermaking Additives; Papermaking Fundamentals; Papermaking Technology & Operations; Coating, Printing and Surface Enhancement; Management (PIMA); Process Control; Recycled Paperboard (RPTA); and Tissue. The program also addresses topics affecting Women in Industry (WIN) and Young Professionals (YP).

One of the most valuable aspects of TAPPICon is the chance to network and collaborate with peers, experts, and suppliers. The conference provides a dynamic platform for sharing ideas, discussing challenges, and forging new partnerships that can drive innovation and growth in your organization.

Register today and secure your spot at the premier event. Don’t forget to also register for the various networking events scheduled throughout the four-day event including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reception, Mentor Match, Fun Run, TAPP-Out Awards Luncheon, Hot Topics Breakfast, and more. Mills also receive special pricing when they send their team.

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