Papermaking Technology and Operations

April 28 - May 1, 2024 | Cleveland, OH

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Papermaking Technology and Operations (PM)



This track will help modern papermakers be successful in today’s world as we bring modern control and data analysis into traditional papermaking processes and equipment.


Papermaking Technology and Operations Technical Program

Monday, April 24, 2023
1:30pm - 3:00pm ET
Session 1: Casting New Vision: Steel Dryers and Energy
  Session Chair: John Edwards, Domtar  
  PM Welcome and Overview of PM Tracks John Edwards, Domtar
  PM1.1  HIGH-Pressure Rotary Joint Increases Drying Capacity of Steel Dryers Mike Soucy, Tim Henry, Kadant Johnson Systems Division
  PM1.2 Superior Drying Efficiency in Steel Dryers Concept Simone Pieruccini, Toscotec
  PM1.3 Creating a Culture of Energy Efficiency Awareness Dick Reese, Tim Hasbargen, CleanTech Partners, Inc.
3:30pm - 5:00pm ET
Session 2: Squeezing the Most Out of the Press
  Session Chair: Michel Paquette, Domtar  
  PM2.1 Latest Developments in Paper Machine Clothing as it Relates to Papermaking Sabit Adanur, Auburn University
  PM2.2 Press Section Grinds: Understanding the Impact of Axial Concentricity Matthew Harris, Precision Roll Grinders
  PM2.3 Energy Savings Associated with Implementation of Advanced Consistency Meters on Paper Machines Lawrence Yane, Cristini North America
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
 8:00am - 10:00am ET
Session 3A: Breakthrough Technologies in Molded Fiber
(Joint Session w/Papermaking Additives)
  Session Chair: Lon Pschigoda, Western Michigan University  
  PM3A.1-PA3A Challenges and Innovations of Barrier Coatings Application on 3D Food-contact Molded Fiber Packaging Emily Parsons, Solenis, LLC
  PM3A.2-PA3A Dry Molded Fiber Packaging and Methods to achieve reduced WVTR functionality in-line within the molding process Sebastian Roos, PulPac
  PM3A.3-PA3A Strategies for Developing Molded Fibers-based Packaging for Sustainable Alternatives to Single-use Plastic Items Roman Sarder, NC State University / College of Natural Resources
  PM3A.4-PA3A Methods to Achieve Increased Dimensional Stability in Humid, Hot and Refrigerated Environments and How the Critical Functionality is Evaluated Sanna Fager, PulPac
8:00am - 10:00am ET
Session 3B: Advances in Water Removal
(Joint Session w/Papermaking Additives & Papermaking Fundamentals)

Session Co-Chair: John Xu, David Burton, AstenJohnson

  PM3B.1-PA3B-PF3 The Effect of Shoe Press Angle on Bulk, Dryness and Paper Properties Paul Krochak, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
  PM3B.2-PA3B-PF3 Vacuum-assisted Water Removal From Highly Refined Furnish Juan Cecchini, Valmet
  PM3B.3-PA3B-PF3 Biocatalysts and Chemical Pretreatments of Lignocellulosics for Enhanced Press Dewatering and Energy Efficiency Nelson Barrios, North Carolina State University
  PM3B.4-PA3B-PF3 Finite Element Analysis Modelling, Data Generation and Energy Management for Paper Drying Process Kamlesh Pandey, North Carolina State University
2:00pm - 3:30pm ET
Session 4: Papermachine Control Applications
(Joint Session with Process Control)
  Session Chair: David Worzalla, International Paper; Mary Kombolias, Agrafa Solutions LLC  
  PM4.1-PC4 Economic Control of Paper and Pulp Processes Shih-Chin Chen, Retired (ABB) 
  PM4.2-PC4 AI Driven Autonomous Process Optimization Matthew Callicott, Solenis, LLC
  PM4.3-PC4 Process Variability Reduction Markku Mustonen, Conmark Systems Inc.
4:00pm - 5:30pm ET
Session 5: Papermakers / PIMA Superintendent Roundtable (Joint Session w/PIMA)
  Session Co-Chairs: John Neun, John A. Neun, LLC; Keith Kemp, AstenJohnson  
  • Gary (Pepper) Howell, Green Bay Packaging
  • Mike West, International Paper
  • Greg Pittman, Pactiv Evergreen
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
8:00am - 9:00am ET
Session 6: Success Stories Taking Action I
  Session Chair: Martti Tuomisto, EPIQ Machinery  
   PM6.1 How to Achieve Success Through Process Control Improvement Program Elliott Bell, Radix Engineering
  PM6.2 Project Smoky Domtar Packaging Business Entry Troy Wilson, Charles Floyd, Domtar
9:15am - 10:15am ET
Session 7: Success Stories Taking Action II
  Session Chair: Martti Tuomisto, EPIQ Machinery  
   PM7.1 Connecting Logistics and Product Warehouse Management at Paper Mills Éloïse Harvey, EPIQ Machinery
  PM7.2 Paper Cup Recycling - Mill Experience Al Linn, WestRock
10:30AM – 11:30AM ET
Session 8: Foam Forming
(Joint Session w/ Papermaking Additives)
  Session Chair: Joe Mahoney, Buckman  
  PM8.1-PA9 Formable Cellulose-based Webs Enabled by Foam Forming Technology Kristian Salminen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
  PM8.2-PA9 Application of High Consistency Foams in Semi-Pilot and Pilot Scale Baranivignesh Prakash, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.