Tissue 101: Properties and Processes Course

Bridgewood Hotel - Neenah, WI
Monday, May 13, 2024 to Wednesday, May 15, 2024

TAPPI's Tissue 101: Properties and Processes Course is structured to provide participants with a solid understanding of tissue properties and how they are impacted by manufacturing processes, helping them to effectively achieve production goals and objectives.

Whether you’re new to the Tissue industry or a seasoned professional, including engineers, sales staff or management, TAPPI’s Tissue 101: Properties and Processes Course is the perfect introduction or refresher course.

The curriculum is structured to provide participants with a solid understanding of tissue properties and how they are impacted by manufacturing processes, helping them to effectively achieve production goals and objectives.

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to tissue business and products
  • Web-fiber networks and physical properties test methods
  • Fibers and furnishes, stock preparation and control
  • Wet-end chemistry and control
  • Forming, water removal and drying processes
  • Pressing fabrics, creping
  • Dry-end processes and chemical additives
  • Sheet and roll handling, and converting

Basic raw materials and physical property relationships are discussed to develop an appreciation of the trade-offs when designing a tissue product for a specific application. Each major step of the tissue-making process is reviewed to describe key engineering relationships and their effect on final tissue product properties.

What You Will Learn:

  • Basics of tissue sheet structure and properties, and how the manufacturing process affects performance and design.
  • The effect of fiber raw materials on tissue structure and properties, and how to select and apply them to achieve product goals.
  • The functions of chemicals in tissue manufacture and how to apply them to increase machine/product performance.
  • How each tissue machine process creates/affects tissue structure and properties.
  • The most important variables controlling product quality/variability.

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You can earn 15 professional development hours or 1.5 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)

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If you're not a member yet, join us!

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TAPPI offers a Professional Certificate for Tissue 101: Properties and Processes.  Completion of the Professional Certificate demonstrates your competency in understanding tissue manufacturing processes and methods to improve tissue performance and manufacturing efficiency.


Sponsored by: 




Bruce Janda, co-founder and principal of InnovaSpec, LLC, has over 39 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 has 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 has 17 US patents issued and two pending, 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. 




Jeff graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He started his career with Hercules Incorporated.  Over his 23 year career he spent time in field sales, Global Tissue Applications, Tissue Business Management and Global Tissue Marketing.  Jeff left the paper industry for a few years to test his entrepreneurial spirit.  Four years ago, he joined BTG Americas as the organization's Tissue Applications Manager. 




Lucyna Pawlowska is a tissue process application specialist with Kemira North America.  She interfaces closely with Kemira’s sales and research and development, as well as the mill production staff, to facilitate product development and market introduction. Prior to her current position, she worked in paper chemicals R&D for 18 years, developing new products such as retention aids, temporary wet strength resin, dry strength resins, internal and surface sizing agents, emulsifiers for sizing agents, softener and tissue creping aids. 

Lucyna has a B.S. degree in chemistry from the Charter Oak State College, Newington, CT and a Master’s of commodities engineering from the University of Economy, Krakow, Poland.  She relocated from Poland to the US in 1988 and gained her US citizenship in 1993.  In 1991 she started her career in the paper chemicals industry with American Cyanamid. Due to a series of spin offs and acquisitions in the paper chemicals industry, she has worked for Cytec Industries, Bayer, Bayer Chemicals and Lanxess. She joined Kemira Chemicals Inc. in April 2006 following the acquisition of Lanxess. 




Application and Process Specialist -Tissue, Voith Paper Fabrics & Roll Systems, Inc. Calvin has 31 years of experience in the industry.  He started in paper mill production supervision.   For the last 22 years he has held design and application roles for paper machine clothing.  The last 20 years have been as a Tissue press fabric specialist and product manager. In this role Calvin coordinates the optimization of tissue press fabrics at customer mill sites, the felt manufacturing site and works with R&D to bring new tissue papermaking technologies to market.  
He received his degree in Paper Science from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  Calvin has 2 US and European patents in seamed and endless tissue press fabrics. 


Monday May 13, 2024


1:00pm - 1:30pm


Bruce Janda


1:30pm - 2:15pm

Tissue Business/Product Requirements

Bruce Janda


2:15pm - 3:30pm

Web-Fiber Networks/Physical Properties

Bruce Janda


3:30pm - 3:45pm



3:45pm - 4:30pm

Tissue Fibers

Bruce Janda


4:30pm - 5:00pm

Questions and Review

Bruce Janda


Tuesday May 14, 2024


8:00am - 9:00am

Tissue Forming Fabrics

Calvin Hayden


9:00am - 10:30am

Tissue Press Fabrics

Calvin Hayden


10:30am - 10:45am



10:45am - 11:15am

Stock Prep and Refining Fibers

Bruce Janda


11:15am - 12:00am

Headbox and Forming Systems

Bruce Janda


12:00pm - 1:00pm



1:00pm - 2:00pm

Consistency Measurement 

Jeff Peters


2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wet End Chemistry

Lucyna Pawlowska


3:30pm - 3:45pm



3:45pm - 4:30pm   

Drying Systems

Bruce Janda


4:30pm - 5:00pm

Questions and Review



Wednesday May 15, 2024


8:00am - 8:45am

Creping Chemistry 

Lucyna Pawlowska


8:45am - 9:45am

Creping and Blade Geometry Effects

Jeff Peters


9:45am - 10:00am



10:00am - 10:45am

Structured Tissue and TAD

Bruce Janda


10:45am - 11:30am

Winding and Converting

Bruce Janda


11:30am - 12:00pm

Wrap up and Course evaluations


Early-Bird Cut Off: April 15, 2024

  On or Before April 15th After April 15
Meeting Registration    
Member $1,318.03 $1,434.67
Join or Renew and Save $1,522.15 $1,638.79
Young Professional under 30 Join or Renew and Save $1,463.83 $1,574.64
Nonmember $2,239.49 $2,367.79
Group Meeting Registration, per person (3+ people from the same location)    
Member $1,218.89 $1,347.19
Join or Renew and Save $1,428.84 $1,557.14
Young Professional under 30 Join or Renew and Save $1,358.86 $1,481.33
Nonmember $1,930.39 $2,058.70


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  (April 15, 2024). 

Please note:  There will be a 50% refund for all written cancellations made after (April 15, 2024) but no later than 5 business days prior to the start of the course (May 8, 2024). 

 Understandably, after (May 8, 2024) no refunds can be issued. 

Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty

Bridgewood Hotel

1000 Cameron Way
Neenah, WI 54956

2024 Tissue Course Bookstore

TAPPI Press is known as an industry leader for publishing reliable and practical publications and training products created and peer reviewed by industry experts for professionals and students alike.

TAPPI offers a 15% discount on select TAPPI Press publications for Tissue Course attendees. By purchasing with registration, you pick-up onsite and save on shipping!


Below are the resources selected for this event.


Guidelines for Safe Assessment & Operation of Yankee Dryers     

Discounted Member Price:  $78.00

Discounted List Price:  $101.00


Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Steam Heated Paper Machine Dryers

Discounted Member Price:  $34.00

Discounted List Price:  $49.00


Towel and Tissue Making CD (#15 in the Making Pulp and Paper Series)

Discounted Member Price:  $50.00

Discounted List Price:  $76.00


Critical Thinking in Converting 

Discounted Member Price:  $74.00

Discounted List Price:  $111.00


Mechanics of Rollers

Discounted Member Price:  $94.00

Discounted List Price:  $103.00


Winding:  Machines, Mechanics and Measurements

Discounted Member Price: $161.00

Discounted List Price:  $210.00


Winders: The Complete Guide for Paper Mills and Converters 

Discounted Member Price: $59.00

Discounted List Price:  $88.00


**Visit our bookstore.   www.tappi.org/bookstore**

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