Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course

St. Petersburg, Florida
Monday, January 13, 2020 to Friday, January 17, 2020

This training event is among the highest rated of all TAPPI courses! Offers introductory- and intermediate-level content covering technology, including “what” happens, and “why” things happen. This course provides the foundation for learning advanced topics more quickly. Learn from one of the most well-known and enthusiastic instructors, Dr. Michael Kocurek.

January 7-10, 2019

St. Petersburg, Florida USA
A beautiful coastal destination!

This course delivers the most comprehensive overview available in the industry of today's pulping and papermaking technology!

You will gain insight into the technology of raw materials, pulp mill operations, bleaching, chemical recovery, stock preparation, paper and tissue wet end chemicals, paper machines, tissue machines, creping, coating; to the HD chest in Pulping; and to Reel on the Paper Machine.    Review the detailed Course Schedule.

New this year! 

Look for expanded information on:

  • Increasing Kraft Pulp Yield
  • CTMP Pulping
  • Kraft Pulping Variables
  • Pulp Processing
  • New In-Line Measurements
  • Chemical Recovery
  • Wet End Chemicals & Charge Control on the PM
  • Paper, Board , and Tissue Properties
  • Tissue/Toweling Creping Variables

Learn more in these four days than at any other comparable training.

Meet Your Instructor
Dr. Mike Kocurek shares nearly 50 years of his experience having taught this and other pulp and paper courses for TAPPI, college students and thousands of operators at more than 200 corporations and mills.  Read about Dr. Kocurek.

Evaluations result is consistently high ratings for Dr. Kocurek and for this course with 97 percent reporting that the content is good to excellent.

Keep a Vast Collection of Visuals
In addition to the visuals presented in the course textbook, Dr. Kocurek also adds a unique body of approximately 2100 additional and excellent visuals, collected from the industry that show mill operations, equipment and product micrographs.  You get to keep this valuable notebook, plus the "Smook Book" containing 500 visuals (see below)!

The total experience, plus the instructors enthusiastic teaching style and knowledge of mill processes, has produced the result of the Introduction to Pulp & Paper Technology being TAPPI's longest running short course and consistently one of TAPPI's highest ranked courses. 

Pre-Course Survey
Unlike many presentations you've attended, this course offers a pre-course survey where you get the opportunity to request topics of interest to you.  Content and discussion time is added to accommodate this unique option to personalize the training. In short, you'll get answers to your specific pulp and papermaking questions!

Course Content
The TAPPI Introduction to Pulp & Paper Technology Course offers both introductory- and intermediate-level content covering technology, including “what” happens, and “why” things happen.  While the course scope does not cover advanced topics, it provides the foundation for learning advanced topics more quickly.

Introductory-Level Content - About 70%
The curriculum is ideal for anyone new to the pulp & paper industry - and for anyone who needs to refresh their understanding of process or taking on a new role in mill operations.  The content will increase your ability to educate and train new employees more rapidly and prepare them for advanced training.

Intermediate-Level Content - About 30%
This curriculum lays the foundation for more advanced mill-specific topics.  It also fills in gaps of technical knowledge for those more experienced, who already have more knowledge of equipment operations.  Topics include equipment operations in depth, maintenance, process control and optimization, which are mill specific.

Course Topics
A broad overview of the entire pulping and papermaking process is delivered with topics that include:

Industry Overview
  Paper Machine Operations
Raw Materials, Fiber Sources
  Approach System
Wood & Chip Preparation
  Headbox Operations
Kraft and Mechanical Pulping
  Wet End Operations
Pulp Processing and Bleaching
  Fourdrinier & Twin Wire Forming
Chemical Recovery
  Formation and Fiber Orientation
  Forming Fabrics
Stock Preparation Refining
  Pressing Operations
Strength Additives, Sizing, Retention
  Paper and Board Drying
Paper Properties and Testing
  Tissue Drying and Creping
Converting Overview
Environmental Overview

 Overall, You Will...

  • Gain a broad perspective by exploring the entire pulping and papermaking processes.
  • Get to meet and learn from Dr. Mike Kocurek, one of the industry's leading instructors.
  • Increase your ability to contribute to improving mill operations.
  • Get personalized answers to specific questions and operating problems.
  • Learn how to interact more knowledgeably with other mill personnel.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate overview knowledge of  mill operations, products, process variables, equipment, and terminology.
  • Describe examples of how one part of the mill affects another.
  • Explain the importance of thinking on a mill wide basis.
  • Discuss how the pulp and paper processes affect product properties and quality.

Take Back a Copy of the "Smook Book"
Included with your course fee is a copy of the valuable reference manual called the "Smook Book" or specifically titled, The Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists by Gary Smook.  Thirteen years in the making, this manual is considered the must-have book for professionals in the pulp and paper industry and widely used by P&P companies, colleges and universities because it includes hundres of illustrations, charts and tables.

Professional Development Credits
You can earn 26 professional development hours or 2.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completion of this course. TAPPI's Professional Development department has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

TAPPI Members receive discounted rates for this course.
If you're not a member yet, join us!

Coming soon!  The Professional Certificate.
TAPPI is finalizing its offering of a Professional Certificate for the Introduction to Pulp and Paper.  This certificate will show you have gained significant introductory-to-intermediate knowledge of pulping and papermaking technology.

A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

Learn from one of the world's most recognized educators in the pulp and paper industry.

Dr. Michael J. Kocurek
Professor Emeritus of Paper Science & Engineering
North Carolina State University

Dr. Kocurek is one of the world's most recognized educators in the pulp and paper industry. His focus is on Pulp & Paper Technology, Linerboard Manufacture, Tissue Manufacture, Paper Properties, and Workforce and Professional Development.

He has taught more than 5,000 industry operators and professionals at more than 200 mills and 50 paper industry corporations, government and other organizations, including TAPPI, the Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the American and Forest Association (AF&PA); in addition to his teaching of undergraduate and graduate students since 1970. He also has developed seven distance e-learning P&P technical courses under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant at Coastal Alabama.

Dr. Kocurek has taught TAPPI's oldest and highly ranked short course on Introduction to Pulp& Paper Technology for 43 years. He is the editor of 11 books, including the recognized Pulp and Paper Manufacture series covering the entire field of pulp & paper. He has authored/co-authored 25 video publications, including the Introduction to Pulp & Paper series- again covering the entire field of pulp & paper.

He received his B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in Paper Science & Engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, and Syracuse University. He has served as Paper Science Department Head at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an academic program he founded; and NC State University. He has also served as Executive Director of the Herty Foundation, an authority agency of the State of Georgia. While at Herty, he oversaw a $27 million modernization of the laboratory, creating the largest pilot scale P&P and advanced fiber development center in the US.

His honors include TAPPI Fellow, TAPPI Distinguished Service Award, TAPP Paper and Board Division Technical Achievement Award; and induction into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame - an honor bestowed to recognize people who have made preeminent contributions to the global paper industry.

A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

Earn 2.6 CEUs for completing this course!

Course Schedule
If you have questions about the Course Schedule, Dr. Kocurek, invites you to contact him directly.

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Overview of the Industry

  • Industry trends, statistics and information sources

Wood and Fiber Raw Materials

  • Wood and fiber source
  • Differences between hardwoods and softwoods, and important fiber properties that affect paper properties

Preparation of Wood and Chips for Pulping

  • Woodyard operations including debarking, chipping, screening, storage, and recovery

Overview of Pulping

  • Primary categories, incl. chemicals and cooking conditions
  • General pulping terminology
  • Common pulp properties and tests

Kraft Pulping

  • Major types of equipment used in pulping
  • Overview of primary operations in the digesters
  • Major pulping variables
  • Overview of some major kraft pulping trends

Mechanical and Semi-Chemical Pulping

  • Primary mechanical pulping processes
  • Mechanical vs. chemical and hybrid pulp properties

Networking Hour with Refreshments

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Pulp Processing

  • Overview of fiber line pulp processing including washing, screening and cleaning
  • Major equipment types and key operating variables


  • Bleaching processes, including oxygen delignification, chlorine dioxide, caustic extraction, peroxide, and other
  • Bleaching equipment, chemicals, and reactions
  • Trends and environmental issues


  • Categories of recycled paper and board
  • Types of contaminants with recycled paper and problem
  • Overview of different operations and equipment involved with contaminant removal

Chemical Recovery

  • Overview of the major recovery operations, including evaporation, combustion, and recausticizing
  • Composition and properties of black liquor and what happens in the evaporators and recovery unit
  • How pulping liquor is regenerated in recausticizing
  • Lime kiln operations at an overview level

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Introductions to Paper Grades and Properties

  • Important paper and board properties and tests, including strength, optical and printing properties

Paper Mill Stock Preparation

  • Refining process, primary effects on fibers, and the effects of refining on paper machine operations and paper properties
  • Primary additives used in paper, including strength adhesives, pigments, sizing, and retention aids

Paper Machine Wet End Operations

  • Stock approach system operations prior to the paper machine
  • Main types of headboxes in papermaking and internal ops
  • Sheet forming process, slice operations, jet to wire effects, fiber orientation, formation, microturbulence, dewatering, and sheet structure variations
  • Sheet forming operations and paper properties
  • Forming fabrics, save alls
  • Twin wire gap formers, varieties, mechanisms of dewatering, and sheet structure


8:00 am - 4:00 pm


  • Types of press section configurations and press nip
  • What happens to the sheet during pressing
  • Pressing variables and trends


  • Overview of dryer can internal operations with steam and condensate, major water removal rate differences, major equipment & operating variables that affect rate of drying
  • How drying and sheet shrinkage affect paper and board properties; and the role of felts, draw, and sheet restraint
  • Overview of tissue machine yankee drying and creping

Calendering and Winding

  • Different types of calenders
  • Sheet properties, examination of major calendering variables
  • Winding and roll finishing operation overview

Surface Treatments

  • On machine size press operations, including equipment types and the variables that affect starch pick up in the size press
  • Primary components in a coating, including pigments, adhesives, and additive
  • Differences between roll, air knife, and blade coater
  • Coating drying, equipment and mechanism, supercalendering

Environmental Control

  • Overview of primary and secondary effluent treatment
  • Review of air & water environmental issues associated with the P&P processes

Mill Services

  • Steam Systems
  • Water Systems

A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

Early-bird discount rates are available.

Registration rates for 2020 will be posted soon.

A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

Book your room early for the group rate!

TAPPI Introduction to Pulp and Paper Course
January 13-17, 2020


The course will start at 8:00 am on Monday and conclude at 4:00 pm on Thursday.

Course Venue:
The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel
333 First Street South
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Toll Free: 1-800- 944-5500
1-800-HILTONS (800-445-8667) - Brand Reservations

Identify yourself as being with the group, 2020 TAPPI Course Platform to receive a special rate.

The 2020 TAPPI group rate for this hotel is $166/night plus tax and fees.  

Please note, the hotel cut-off date for the TAPPI special room rate is Friday, December 14, 2018.

TAPPI negotiated the special hotel rates, often with special amenities and/or discounts.  You don't want to miss out on these; rooms outside our block may be much more expensive and will not include special offers.  If you utilize a travel agent or company travel department, please let them know about the procedures. 

Special amenities and rates for TAPPI course attendees include parking at the reduced rate of $10.00 per day based on availability, and complimentary internet in guest rooms.

After December 14, you may need to consider alternative hotels in the area, which include:

  • Ponce de Leon Hotel
  • Hollander
  • The Mansion House
  • Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg
  • Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Downtown
  • Hampton Inn St. Petersburg Downtown

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.

A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

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


These special publications from TAPPI are available to the attendees of the 2020 Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course, most at a "course-only" discount. 

Purchase any of these below with your registration and pick up onsite at the course to save on shipping!

Troubleshooting the Papermaking Process  New!
Product Code:  0101R298
Special Member Price: $101
Special Non-Member Price: $137

Advances in Papermaking Wet End Chemistry Application Technologies
Product Code: 0101R349 - Print
Product Code: 0101R349EL - Electronic
Special Member Price: $ 101
Special Non-Member Price:  $132

Handbook of Pulp & Paper Terminology: A Guide to Industrial and Technological Usage, Second Edition
Product Code: 0202Term
Special Member Price: $59
Special Non-Member Price: $67

Properties of Paper: An Introduction, Second Edition
Product Code: 0102B052
Special Member Price: $35
Special Non-Member Price: $52

Making Pulp and Paper CD-ROMs:

Overview Paper and Wood
Product Code: MPP-01
Special Member Price: $66
Special Non-Member Price: $101

Pulp Mill Overview & Protecting the Environment
Product Code: MPP-02
Special Member Price: $66
Special Non-Member Price: $101

Paper Mill Overview
Special Member Price: $66
Special Non-Member Price: $101


You may also be interested in these exceptional titles from TAPPI PRESS.

The Papermaking Science and Technology Series


Papermaking:  Part 1 - Stock Prep and Wet End, 2nd Edition
Product Code: 0202FIN08-2
Price: $148   

Papermaking: Part 2 - Drying, 2nd Edition
Product Code: 0202FIN09-2
Price: $148

Papermaking: Part 3 - Finishing, 2nd Edition
Product Code: 0202FIN10-2
Price: $118

A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

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