Recycled Paperboard (RPTA)

April 22 - 26, 2023 | Atlanta, GA USA

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Recycled Paperboard (RPTA)

Recycled Paperboard Technical Association's Production-Technical (RPTA P-T) Seminar


The Track/Seminar focuses on issues that affect the ability of the recycled paperboard manufacturers to meet the growing demands of the marketplace, including fiber supply and reliability, energy efficiency, production efficiency, maintenance and reliability, and emerging issues.

Information members learn through the P-T Seminars will help companies make the highest quality recycled paperboard while reducing costs and environmental impacts. This year the Seminar will focus on topics relevant to manufacturers of recycled board grades such as multi-ply paperboard, linerboard, tube and core, and gypsum liner.


Recycled Paperboard Technical Program

The program is currently under development and subject to change.
Visit our website often for program updates.



Monday, May 2, 2022
1:30pm - 3:00pm
RPTA1: Contaminant Removal
This session will help you better understand contaminants in recycled paper mills and methods to remove or control them.

Session Chair: Dana Pelletier, Greif

      RPTA1.1 Identification and Characterization of Organic Sticky Contaminants in Multiple Recycled Paper Grades Jason Wang, Western Michigan University
      RPTA1.2 Efficient and Effective Operation of Stock Preparation Cleaner Systems Steve Johnson, Kadant Black Clawson
      RPTA1.3 Mechanical, Operational, and Chemical Strategies for Managing Stickies in Recycle Pulps  Garnet Bremner, Nalco, An Ecolab Company
 3:30pm - 5:00pm
RPTA2: Refining

Learn the best practices and innovations in refining.


Session Chair: Dana Pelletier, Greif

      RPTA2.1 Refining Strategy Development for the Recycled Based Paper Mills Arvind Singhal, Andritz
      RPTA2.2 How to Fibrillate Recycled Fibers to Achieve up to 30% Additional Strength David Zerr, Pulmac Systems International
      RPTA2.3 The Future of Refining Pat Dixon, Pulmac Systems International
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
6:45am - 7:45am
RPTA Breakfast Roundtable
8:00am - 10:00am
RPTA3: Paper Machine Drying

Hear about optimizing and monitoring dryer section efficiency.


Session Chair: Jeff Lyman, Ox Industries

      RPTA3.1 Optimizing Paper Machine Dryer Sections Robin Thon, Albany International
      RPTA3.2 CleanLine Extract 4D - Greif Fitchburg Case Study EJ LaBranche, Voith
      RPTA3.3 Drying Best Practices/Optimization Christian Coffman, Fulton Systems
      RPTA3.4 25 Cost Reduction Projects to Improve Your Mill’s Profitability David Zerr, Pulmac Systems International
1:30pm - 3:00pm
RPTA4:  Safety:  Machine Threading/Guarding

Learn about safety improvement through threading and guarding practices and systems.    


Session Chair: Jeff Lyman, Ox Industries

      RPTA4.1 To the Point Without a Pinch: The Right Way to Guard Chris Allen, Belt Conveyor Guarding
      RPTA4.2 Older Machine Threading Retrofits Rob Parkinson, Andritz, Inc.
      RPTA4.3 Advances in Tail Threading Safety in 2022 Jim Werner, Valmet