Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course

Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability

Neenah, WI
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

This intermediate-to-advanced course will help students to improve tissue quality and consistency, understand contributors to waste and downtime, learn reliability and maintenance best practices and diagnose and troubleshoot problems quickly.

April 30 - May 1, 2019

Course Objective
This course delivers a comprehensive overview of the tissue making process.

With a more complete understanding of the process, you will be better able to safely achieve and maintain high production levels in mill operations by reducing downtime and off-quality paper.

A large panel of expert instructors will explain the most important industry-accepted best practices that will help you:

  • Improve overall tissue machine efficiency;
  • Increase production; and 
  • Enhance product softness and bulk.

After completing this course, you should be able to understand: 

  • Causes of tissue runnability and quality issues associated with the wet-end chemistry, stock approach, and headbox set-up
  • Procedures and principles for improving the cleaning and conditioning of felts and wires
  • Causes of tissue runnability problems associated with the pressing and drying
  • Problems with the Yankee dryer steam, coating, and hood systems to increase machine productivity
  • Runnability problems and opportunities for improvement on the dry end of the paper machine

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers, particularly Process Engineers
  • Machine Supervisors
  • Technical Resources
  • Lead Operators, particularly Shift Supervisors
  • Technical Personnel
  • Suppliers or other technical people who are new to tissue grades

Note:  This is an introductory to intermediate-level course.  Those with two or more years of tissue-making experience will benefit most.  The TAPPI Tissue 101 Course is considered a foundation for this course, but not a pre-requisite.

Comments from Previous Attendees

  • I came to learn more about the tissue machines and associated processes to combine with stock approach. Now, I understand and can troubleshoot issues encountered by the operators working with me.
  • I needed to refresh my knowledge of the concepts.  I've been able to help troubleshoot process issues now.
  • The course helped me get a better understanding of areas I don't normally focus on to improve my ability to problem solve looking at the big picture.  As a result, I improved my machine audits and know what to keep a better eye out for. It was helpful that the instructors covered end to reel in order.
  • I now understand a broader slice of operations and implications on performance across product life cycle.  I really liked the focus on practical application and troubleshooting. The course offered helpful take-away references and contacts.

What specifically did you like about this course?

  • I liked the great variety of instructors and expertise.  They did a nice job and the case studies were good.
  • The instructors were very knowledgeable and entertaining.
  • I liked the networking.  The networking hour was a good addition to the schedule.
  • Excellent practical information.  Basic concepts were presented very clearly.

IACET Logo - Standard for LearningProfessional Development Credits
You can earn 16 professional development hours or 1.6 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!

Professional CertificateEarn the Professional Certificate
TAPPI offers a Professional Certificate for Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability.  Completion of this Professional Certificate will demonstrate competency in critical tissue manufacturing knowledge, skills and abilities including: improving overall tissue machine efficiency; increasing production; and enhancing product softness and bulk.

Unroll Your Potential with TAPPI Training
TAPPI works with many exceptional, subject-matter experts in the dynamic and growing tissue industry to deliver educational opportunities of interest specifically with you in mind.  Check out this tissue training event coming up next:

Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee Spring Meeting
May 2-3, 2019 | Neenah, Wisconsin
You may want to consider attending the Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee's Spring Meeting held after the Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course at the same location.

19TIS202 Promo SquareTAPPI Tissue 202: Roll Products Converting Operations Course
May 14-16, 2019 | Green Bay, Wisconsin

Explore the converting processes of rolled products and how the quality and variability of tissue parent jumbo reels and soft rolls impact the runnability of these complex lines.  Participants also get to run several hands-on lab exercises on the Fabio Perini Converting Web Pilot Line.  For this reason, seating is limited to ensure small work groups.



A Previous Attendee Said...

"Because of this course, I have a better understanding of the overall process and how each part affects tissue production and quality."

Benefit from meeting these experts.

Jeff Peters - Tissue 201 2019Jeff Peters - BTG Americas
Course Co-Chair
Jeff has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.  He started his career with Hercules and spent 23 years in a variety of positions, including field sales, starting the Hercules Tissue Applications group, managing the Americas tissue business and serving as the Global Tissue Marketing and Business Development manager.  Jeff has published several tissue-related papers and holds a patent related to developing strength in tissue.  He left the paper industry for a few years to test his entrepreneurial spirit and decided to come back to the Tissue industry in 2009 with BTG to start up their tissue applications group.  Jeff is currently co-chair of the TAPPI Tissue Division and an Instructor for the Tissue 101 course.

Jim Bell Tissue 201 2019Jim Bell - Albany International
Course Co-Chair
Jim is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BS in Chemical Engineering and an ME in engineering management.  Jim has worked for Albany International's press fabric applications team for more than 25 years with a focus on improving safety, drying and press fabric life through design.

David Castro - Tissue 201 2019Dave Castro - Nalco
David received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005.  As part of his graduate work, he used Auger Electron Spectroscopy and molecular beam techniques to study gas-liquid interactions of alcohols with a 50/50 NaOH/KOH liquid mixture.  David started with the Paper Research group in Nalco Company in 2005 examining sheet properties that affect the linting tendency in the offset press. As part of this work, he developed new capabilities for sheet surface characterization including IGT printability and Confocal Light Scanning Microscopy.  Currently as a Staff Scientist, he continues to work in projects related to fine paper, sizing, size press applications, absorbency aids and Yankee coating formulations in Tissue & Towel applications.

Kim Downing - Valmet 
TIS201 Instructor - Kim DowningSince 2013, Kim has been a process engineer focused primarily on THRU-AIR® drying technology and yankee hot air systems. Kim is involved in several projects, from the sales phase all the way to through commissioning, as well as optimization service visits. She recently spent five months working in the technology center in Karlstad, where she worked closely with customers planning and executing trials on the pilot machine. Kim holds a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Maine.

Matt Gregersen - Tissue 201 2019Matt Gregersen - Albany International
Matt has worked in a variety of rolls for 27 years in the paper industry and is currently working for Albany International as Product Manager for tissue forming, where he is responsible for tissue forming fabric applications and managing the product portfolio and product development.  Prior to working for Albany, Matt worked for Valmet and Beloit Corporation in engineering and running pilot paper machine trials with an emphasis on the wet end including forming and headboxes.  Matt graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Jerry Kramer - Valmet
Jerry graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a BSME degree and is a licensed professional engineer. He has worked extensively with calenders, reels, threading, web stabilization, rereelers and supercalenders in various positions with Beloit Corporation, Andritz and Valmet for the past 32 years.  Jerry has been awarded five U.S. patents and has authored, presented and published papers on reeling, web stabilization and waterjet technology for TAPPI, PAPTAC, SPCI, the Finnish Paper Engineers' Society and other technical organizations in the paper industry. He has also served on TAPPI committees and as a book reviewer for TAPPI on reeling and winding.

Dan Ludden - Tissue 201 2019Daniel Ludden - BTG Americas
Dan is a native of Maine and graduated with a Forest Engineering degree from the University of Maine-Orono.  He has more than 25 years of papermaking experience, starting his career at Lincoln Pulp & Paper where he worked in the pulp mill and recovery boiler as a project engineer.  Dan held various positions and left Lincoln as Pulp/Utilities Maintenance Superintendent.  He then moved to Georgia Pacific-Old Town to learn tissue making.  He started in converting and moved into manufacturing working up to the TM1 Superintendent. Dan moved back to take the TM Superintendent position at Lincoln Paper & Tissue.  He continued to grow his career and held various positions, including Tissue Mill Maintenance Manager and Tissue Mill Operations Manager.  Dan joined BTG as a Tissue Specialist for the Americas in late 2014.  From November 2015 - October 2018, Dan led the BTG Tissue Services group supporting the creping blade business with a portfolio of services aimed at improving machine productivity, and overall Yankee “health.”  Dan recently transitioned to the Tissue Global Solutions Team where he is focused on developing and delivering new service and technology platforms to enhance tissue manufacturing performance.

John Neun - Tissue 201 2019John A. Neun - Engineering Consultant
John is an engineering consultant whose career has involved analyzing and optimizing paper and tissue machines all over the world. He is past chairman of TAPPI's Paper and Board Division, Water Removal Committee, and Papermakers Committee. John has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a registered Professional Engineer in New York State. John has been a part of the paper industry since 1979, when he began work at Albany Felt Company.  John holds six U.S. patents and has published many technical papers (for TAPPI, ASME, SME, and the U.S. National Bureau of Standards). John is a TAPPI Fellow and is past Chairman of the Papermaker's Committee and Water Removal Committee as well as the Paper and Board Division. He has received the Leadership and Service Awards from both the TAPPI Engineering Division and Paper and Board Division, and the TAPPI Engineering Division Technical Award. 

Mark Sorensen - Tissue 201 2019Mark A. Sorenson - Andritz Paper & Tissue Division
Mark began his career as an engineering co-op student with Beloit Corporation in 1974. He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.  He then started work at Beloit Corporation primarily in the calender and reel areas.  He worked as a product line engineer in calenders and senior product line engineer in calenders.  His primary duties included start-up of new equipment, troubleshooting equipment and process-related problems, process review of R&D results, and design engineering of specialized areas. Mark also served as a product line manager for calenders, and senior product line manager for calender products.  He was responsible for product line and associated designs, engineering, and product enhancement along with personnel activities.  In 1996, Beloit formed a joint venture company with Eduard Küsters of Krefeld, Germany.  Mark became director of operations for Küsters Beloit, LLC continuing the engineering of the ex-Beloit product lines for the joint venture and working as liaison to the German operations. He joined Küsters Paper Machinery Corporation in the Spring of 2000, as director of sales and engineering for the Midwest office of Küsters.  In the fall of 2006, Mark joined Andritz when Küsters was acquired by the Andrtiz Group.  Mark is currently working as head of sales for the Andritz Kϋsters group out of Spartanburg, SC.

Mike Stoltz - Tissue 201 2019

Mike Stoltz - Valmet
Mike is a 1983 graduate of Western Michigan University with a BS in Paper Engineering. Has spent a majority of his career working in Technical Services with Beloit Corporation, Metso Paper and Valmet roll covering operations in North America. Mike has been involved with TAPPI since college with involvements with the Ts'ai Lun Student Chapter.  He is a longtime member of the Papermakers Committee and presenter with the Pressing and Drying seminars.

Bruno Tremblay - Tissue 201 2019Bruno Tremblay - Valmet
Bruno graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke in 2003.  He started his career in the chemical business supporting primary tissue and towel manufacturers in their day-to-day tasks, product development, process optimization and new machine projects. He joined Valmet in 2016 where he occupies a role within a team of experts, in the reference management department. Bruno has worked on several variations of conventional wet-crepe and dry-crepe machines, and over the years, developed an expertise on structured sheet technologies.

David Welsford - Tissue 201 2019David Welsford - Solenis
David earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1989 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He began his career in specialty chemical sales to the paper industry with Diachem Industries and Grace Dearborn Inc., joining Scott Paper Canada in 1996. David has also worked in a variety of technical, operations and management roles at the New Westminster facility (now Kruger Products Limited). He joined the Hercules Pulp and Paper Division of Solenis LLC Inc. in 2007 as an Applications Project Manager and has resided in the USA since 2008.




A Previous Attendee Said...

"This course helped me optimize the pilot tissue machine to target better speed, runnability, and look for better value for our members and clients."

Earn 1.6 CEUs for this course.

DAY 1: Tuesday, April 30


7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Course Overview - Jeff Peters/Jim Bell

8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Wet End Chemistry Impacts and Optimization - David Castro, Nalco

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Forming Fabric Options and Benefits - John Neun, Industry Consultant

9:45 - 10:00 a.m BREAK

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Tissue Former/Headbox Operations and Optimization and Tissue Shoe Presses - Arvid Johansson, Valmet

11:00 - 12:00 p.m. CASE STUDY: MODULE I

12:00 - 12:45 p.m. LUNCH



12:45 - 1:30 p.m.  Press Fabric Options and Benefits - Jim Bell, Albany International

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.  Clothing - Cleaning and Conditioning Best Practices - John Neun and Jim Bell

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.  Press Roll Operation and Optimization (SPR, BDR, etc.) - Brian Worcester, Georgia-Pacific

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.  BREAK

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.  Creping Best Practices -Jeff Peters, BTG Americas

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.  Yankee Coating Systems - Dave Welsford, Solenis

5:15 - 5:30 p.m.  Q&A for Modules I & II


DAY 2: Wednesday, May 1

7:45 - 8:00 a.m.  Day 1 Overview -Jeff Peters and Jim Bell

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  CASE STUDY: MODULE II



9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Yankee Dryers - Safety, Steam, Condensate Systems - Jeff Peters and Dan Ludden

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. BREAK

10:15 - 11:15 p.m.  Yankee Hood Design, Operation and OptimizationJeff Peters and Dan Ludden

11:15 - 12:15 p.m.  Thru-Air Drying - Kim Downing, Valmet

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. LUNCH

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.  Tissue CalenderingMark Sorenson, Kusters-USA

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.  Improving Dry End Performance - Jerry Kramer, Valmet

2:45 - 3:00 p.m. BREAK

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Diagnostics & the Tissue Machine - Jeff Peters and Dan Ludden

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.  CASE STUDY: MODULE III

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Evaluation and Final Adjournment

A Previous Attendee Said...

"With this course, I was able to ask more questions, bring back improvements and increase my solo troubleshooting."

Register before Sat, March 30 to save on rates!

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Three ways to save:

  1. Join TAPPI.  TAPPI members enjoy discounted rates for this course.  If you're not already a member, Join Us!
  2. Be the early-bird. Discounts are available for those who register by the early-bird date of Saturday, March 30, 2019.
  3. Bring the team.  Group rates are offered for three or more people from the same location.

TAPPI Tissue 201 - 2019 Registration Rates

Meeting Registration Before
March 30
March 30
TAPPI Member$955$1,055 
Join TAPPI or Renew and Save $1,130 $1,230 
Young Professionals under 30 Join or Renew and Save$1,080$1,175 
Non-Member $1,745 $1,855 
Group Meeting Registration, Per Person
(Three people from the same location)
TAPPI Member$870 $980
Join TAPPI or Renew and Save $1,050$1,160
Young Professionals under 30 Join or Renew and Save $990$1,095
Non-Member $1,480 $1,590


Tissue 201 Registration with Certificate Test Bundle
Completion of this multiple choice Professional Certificate Test will demonstrate competency in critical tissue manufacturing knowledge, skills and abilities including: improving overall tissue machine efficiency; increasing production; and enhancing product softness and bulk.

Meeting Registration   Before
March 30
March 30
TAPPI Member$1,130$1,230
Join or Renew and Save$1,305 $1,405
Young Professionals under 30 Join or Renew and Save$1,255$1,350
Non-Member $1,920$2,030 
Group Meeting Registration, Per Person
(Three people from the same location) 
TAPPI Member$1,045$1,155
Join or Renew and Save$1,225$1,335
Young Professionals under 30 Join or Renew and Save$1,165$1,270

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 March 30, 2019.  

Please note:  A 50 percent refund will be issued for all written cancellations made after March 30, 2019, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course April 23, 2019.  Understandably, after April 23, 2019, no refunds can be issued.  Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.
100% - Cancellation received by March 30, 2019.
50% -  Cancellations received after March 30, 2019 and no later than April 23, 2019.  
NO REFUND- Cancellations received after April 23, 2019.

Payment Policy
TAPPI requires that all registration fees are paid in full prior to the start of the course. 

Attendance Justification Toolkit
We understand it can be challenging to ask for approval to attend TAPPI training events, so we've created an Attendance Justification Toolkit to assist you with the approval process and in making a strong case for the investment.

We encourage you to review the materials below and let these help you communicate the value of what attending the TAPPI Tissue 201 Operations and Runnability Course can provide when approaching your manager for approval.

Before the Event:  Prepare your Justification.
It's important for you to communicate that attending a TAPPI  course is a strategic investment in your training and development, and a cost-effective way to help you do your job better.  You'll meet others who experience the same day-to-day challenges, meet face to face with technical experts and gain an advantage in the industry from the influx of new ideas, innovations and solutions.

The materials below will help you organize the information that will provide the summary of course instruction, associated costs and value that your organization will gain from this training.

After the Event:  Follow-up.
After you return from the course, complete and submit a report to summarize your experience and key takeaways.  They'll remember the extra effort!

Your preparation will help you earn the greatest benefit from TAPPI training!  In many cases, the work you put in beforehand can also help you determine what information that you want or need to learn from the experts who will assemble to lead this instruction.  The interaction with your manager or supervisor can be a productive process to go over some of the challenges that your organization would like to tackle.


A Previous Attendee Said...

"I can now review basic conditions of our operations and validate they are in practice."

TAPPI Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course

Miron Construction FacilityTraining Venue:
Miron Construction Facility
1471 McMahon Drive
Neenah, WI 54956

Course Dates:
Tuesday, April 30 - Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel
1000 Cameron Way
Neenah, WI 54956
Phone:  920-720-8000
Website:  https://www.bestwestern.com

  • The Best Western is a 10-minute drive to Miron Construction.
  • It is connected to a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and has a separate bar area.

Extended Stay America - Appleton
4141 Boardwalk Court
Appleton, WI 54915
Phone:  920-830-9596
Website:  https://www.extendedstayamerica.com

  • This hotel is also a 10-minute drive to Miron Construction.
  • It is near the Fox River Mall and there are many different restaurants in the area.

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Appleton International Airport
Appelton, WI
Note:  The commute from Appleton to Neenah is about a 10-minute drive. 


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

Several titles of interest to you are discounted for attendees of this course!

You can purchase these products when you register and pick them up when you arrive at the course to save on shipping!

Winding Machines: Mechanics and Measurements
Special Member Price: $149
Special Non-Member Price: $195

Towel and Tissue Papermaking CD-ROM
Special Member Price: $50
Special Non-Member Price: $76

Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Yankee Dryers, 2nd Edition
Special Member Price: $20
Special Non-Member Price: $31

Guidelines for the Safe Operations of Steam Heated Paper Machine Dryers
Special Member Price: $31
Special Non-Member Price: $46

Tissue 360° Forum Proceedings - 2016 PaperCon 
Special Member Price:  $63
Special Non-Member Price: $94

Mechanics of Rollers
Special Member Price:  $64
Special Non-Member Price: $95

Mechanics of Web Handling
Special Member Price:  $73
Special Non-Member Price: $95

Winders: The Complete Guide for Paper Mills and Converters
Special Member Price:  $54
Special Non-Member Price: $82

Handbook of Pulp & Paper Technologists, 4th Edition - "The SMOOK Book"
Special Member Price: $81
Special Non-member Price: $105 

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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.

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