Paper Machine Operations

Neenah, WI
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

This introductory course is designed to help you build confidence and knowledge of overall paper machine operations. Gain an understanding of the mechanical components and operations of the paper machine that affect the structure and quality of paper, learn to identify design and operation features, and discover methods to improve paper machine efficiency and product quality.

May 15-17, 2018

Paper MachineThe Paper Machine is an impressive sight. Even from the distance it requires to see the entire machine, it is large and imposing. It is massive, technical and maybe overwhelming at times.

TAPPI's popular, highly regarded Paper Machine Operations Course is designed to put it all into better focus.

This course helps you build confidence and knowledge of overall paper machine operations.  You will learn how the many processes work, their connections, and how your role can influence outcome.

In three efficiently planned days, the course instructors - whom your peers describe as "excellent" in course evaluations - will provide for you a fundamental understanding of fiber properties and the way the mechanical components function on the paper machine.

You will gain the tools needed to quickly troubleshoot operational problems, improve paper machine operations and heighten product quality.

You will learn how to:

  • Describe how the mechanical components and operations of the paper machine affect the structure of paper and thus the quality.
  • Identify design and operating features of the paper machine that affect performance.
  • Identify ways to improve paper machine efficiency and product quality based on a new understanding of the overall operation.

You'll get to take back with you copies of the slide presentations, diagrams and other visuals from this course so that you can reference all of the comprehensive content back at your facility.

This course will be particularly helpful to:

  • Paper machine operators
  • Technicians
  • Process engineers
  • Product development engineers from paper manufacturers
  • Service technicians & engineers from clothing, chemical and other suppliers.

It is applicable to individuals with minimal experience around a paper machine, as well as operators who have considerable hands-on operational experience.

Looking for a Tissue course?

TAPPI offers courses specifically for the Tissue industry. Please visit the TAPPI Course Calendar for a complete list of courses, including Tissue 101 and Tissue 201.


Earn 2.0 CEUs

The Education Project Center of TAPPI has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr,  #350, Reston, VA 20191.  TAPPI will award 2.0 CEUs to participants who attend at least 80% of the educational sessions and complete a final program evaluation.

Meet the instructors who have been described as "excellent" in course evaluations!

Jim Atkins
Course Chair, Atkins, Inc.

Jim Atkins graduated from University of North Carolina in 1968 with a Bachelor's degree in chemistry. He worked for International Paper Company first in product research and then in a paper machine diagnostic group. In 1984 he joined James River as Manager of Flat Paper Manufacturing. Subsequently, he was mill manager at the James River Riegel Products Milford, NJ mill and then Manager of Engineering for the Custom Products Division. In 1989 he joined A&F Corporation, a paper machinery manufacturer, as President. In 1991 he became a consultant to the paper industry specialized in paper machine operation and training. Atkins, Inc. is a provider of TAPPI Company Classroom training in the area of the paper mill. Atkins has also written, directed, and produced several TAPPI CBT training courses including Making Pulp and Paper and Practical Papermaking. He is Chairman of the TAPPI Paper Machine Operations Course, and the TAPPI Improving Paper Machine Performance Course.

Ellen Gibbs
Albany International

Ellen Gibbs has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and Masters in Education from Boston University. She has been the Technical Director for Americas Press Fabrics for five years. Prior to that, she spent most of her career with Albany in Press Fabric Applications for Publication, Tissue, Board and Pulp Grades. She also spent time in Manufacturing, R&D and was the Manager of the Product Engineering Group in Albany.

Kevin Kroon
Albany International

Kevin Kroon has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1997. During his first 11 years in the paper industry, he held various positions at the Kimberly Mill in Kimberly, WI from Process Engineer, Shift Supervision, Coating/Calender Superintendent, and Paper Machine Superintendent. He has experience with commissioning of a multi-million dollar rebuild with a dilution headbox, shoe press, and pre-coating. Most recently, he has been with Albany International for the past 4.5 years in Applications covering all product grades primarily in Publication grades. His current position is Product Manager in Fine Paper Publication Grades.

John Lucius
Albany International

John has been involved with the Pulp and Paper industry for more than 30 years.  He is currently the Director of Dryer Fabric Applications for Albany's Americas Corridor, which includes a land mass stretching from Canada to the Southern Tip of South America.  Prior to that, he was responsible for Dryer Fabric Applications for the Southern United States.  He has been responsible for Forming, Press, & Dryer Fabric sales and service for many years, and provided Vibration and Pulsation Analysis Support as part of a larger Audit Team Capacity for two different Paper Machine Clothing Suppliers since 1994.  Time spent in the Field of Predictive Preventative Maintenance has provided an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with every form of equipment involved in the paper making process.   His many years of travel have afforded the opportunity to view hundreds of differently configured machines, producing a vast array of paper grades.



Earn 2.0 in three efficiently planned days of instruction!

New Course Schedule for 2017

DAY ONE - Tuesday, May 9

Session 1

8:00 am - Introduction to Paper Machine Operations

8:30 am - Wood Fiber & Paper Structure

10:30 am - Stock Prep Overview

12:00 pm - Lunch

Session 2

1:00 pm - Stock Approach System Design

2:30 pm - Design and Operation of Headboxes

4:30 pm - Session Ends

DAY TWO - Wednesday, May 10

Session 3

8:00 am - The Fourdrinier and Sheet Forming

9:45 am - Forming Fabric Design and Forming Section Operation

12:00 pm - Lunch

Session 4

1:00 pm - Fundamentals of Pressing

2:30 pm - Pressing Fabric Design for Modern Paper Machines

4:30 pm - Session Ends

DAY THREE - Thursday, May 11

Session 5

8:00 am - Principals of Drying and Dryer Section Design

9:45 am - Dryer Fabric Design and Dryer Section Operation

12:00 pm - Lunch

Session 6

1:00 pm - Introduction to Paper Machine Problem Solving

4:30 pm - Course Ends


Register before April 9 to save!

2017 Registration Rates

Before Apr 9After Apr 9 Onsite 
 Individual Meeting Registration   
 TAPPI Member$1,125 $1,335$1,335
 Join or Renew and Save $1,299$1,509$1,509
 Young Professionals under 30
 Join or Renew and Save 
 Non-Member of TAPPI $1,435$1,645 $1,645 
 Group Meeting Registration, Per Person
 (Groups are 3+ people from the same location.) 
 TAPPI Member$1,025$1,230$1,230 
 Join or Renew and Save $1,199$1,404 $1,404
 Young Professionals under 30
 Join or Renew and Save 
$1,144$1,349 $1,349
 Non-Member of TAPPI $1,335$1,435$1,435 
 Complimentary Registration    
 VIP Comp (Free System Admin Only) $0 $0 $0 

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 9, 2017.  Please note:  A 50 percent refund can be issued for all written cancellations made after April 9, 2017, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course, which is May 4, 2017.  Understandably, after May 9, 2017, no refunds can be issued. Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.
Refund Policy
100% - Cancellation received by April 9, 2017.
50% -  Cancellations received after April 9, 2017 and no later than May 4, 2017.
NO REFUND- Cancellations received after May 9, 2017.  


TAPPI Paper Machine Operations
May 9-11, 2017

Miron Construction FacilityCourse Venue:
Miron Construction
1471 McMahon Drive
Neenah, Wisconsin, USA  54956

Lodging Options:

Holiday Inn Appleton
150 Nicolet Road
Appleton, WI  54914

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel
1000 Cameron Way
Neenah, WI  54956

Doubletree by Hilton Neenah
123 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Neenah, WI  54956

AvisAvis offers special discounts off regular rates for participants. To reserve your car, call 1-800-831-8000 and refer to the code AWD: #U226600.

Order publications with your course registration and pick them up at the event!

The TAPPI Press Bookstore
Your participation in this course gives you the opportunity to order TAPPI Press Books at a discount with your registration - even lower than the TAPPI Member Price.  You'll be able to pick up your purchases at the event.

Additional TAPPI Press Books below are available at TAPPI's discounted member rate.

Not a TAPPI member yet?  Don't miss the benefits of membership any longer and join today.

Please note:  The publication title links are provided so that you can learn more information about each title, but make sure to order your TAPPI PRESS publications during the registration process in order to receive the event discount.

Troubleshooting the Papermaking Process
Product Code:  0101R298
List Price: $161
Member Price: $106
Price with Your Registration: $100


Paper Machine Wet End
Product Code:  MPP-11
List Price: $119
Member Price: $78
Price with Your Registration: $75



Paper Machine Dry End
Product Code: MPP-12
List Price: $119
Member Price: $78
Price with Your Registration: $75

The Headbox
Product Code: PP05CD
List Price: $173
Member Price: $114
Price with Your Registration: $99



The Pressing Operation
Product Code: PP08CD
List Price: $173
Member Price: $114
Price with Your Registration: $99

Drying Operations
Product Code: PP09CD
List Price: $173
Member Price: $114
Price with Your Registration: $99




You may also be interested in these publications below from TAPPI PRESS.

Handbook for Pulp & Paper Technologists, Fourth - NEW EDITION (The Smook Book)
Product Code: 0202SMOOK
List Price: $97
Member Price: $75

Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series, The: Volume 1: Pulp Manufacturing
Product Code: 0101R317
List Price: $65
Member Price: $50

Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Series, The: Volume 2: Paper Manufacturing
Product Code: 0101R320
List Price: $65
Member Price: $50

Paper Machine Wet PRESS Manual
Product Code: 0102B042
List Price: $124
Member Price: $83

 Principles of Wet End Chemistry

Product Code: 0101R241
List Price:  $70
Member Price:  $50

 Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Application
Product Code: 0101R319
List Price:  $180
Member Price:  $125

 Training Standard for Paper Machine Tender; Standard Guideline T 1501 sg-11

List Price: $49



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