Pecha Kucha/Paper Journey

April 28 - May 1, 2024 | Cleveland, OH USA

Sign up for updates

NEW! Pecha Kucha/Paper Journey

Monday, April 24 • 11:00am - 12:00pm


Do you want your team to have a greater understanding of the EIGHT vital steps in the papermaking journey? 
If yes, make sure they attend TAPPICon’s first-ever Pecha Kucha.

This exciting, fast-paced session will review each step and explain how and why it is a key element to the overall papermaking process.


What is Pecha Kucha?

It is a “Talk Less, Show More” storytelling format inspired by the Japanese in which a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each.

Eight Paper Journey Steps and Presenters include:

1 – Forestry and Pulping - From Seedling to Digester - Alex Singleton – International Paper
2 – Paper Grades/Paperboard/Tissue - Lokendra Pal – NC State University
3 – Forming and Stock Prep - John Edwards - Domtar
4 – Pressing and Drying - Sean Callahan - R-V Industries
7 – Technology and Industry 4.0 - Lawrence Yane - Cristini
5 – Calendering, Coating and Finishing - Martti Tuomisto – Epiq Machinery
6 – Chemicals and Additives – Marty Hubbe – NC State University
8 – Recycling and Circular Economy - Mike Farrell - Graphic Packaging


Pecha Kucha - Paper Journey


Forestry and Pulping - From Seedling to Digester - Alex Singleton

Presentation will cover forest sustainability and management, forest harvesting and transportation, and in-mill wood fiber processing.


Pressing and Drying - Sean Callahan

With the help of a series of high-tolerance roll presses and heated dryer cans, this process removes water from paper fibers to create high-quality paper products. Precise control and monitoring are crucial to ensure the uniform removal of water and prevent any defects from spoiling the finished product. Are you ready to explore the fascinating complexity of papermaking and the essential role pressing and drying play in producing top-notch paper?


Technology & Industry 4.0 - Lawrence Yane

An introduction into how Industry 4.0 tools can be used in papermaking to predict failures, identify their root causes, and use closed loop controls to increase productivity and maximize efficiency.


Paper Grades/ Paperboard/Tissue - Lokendra Pal

Paper is a versatile material traditionally used for communication, packaging, hygiene, and many other applications. This presentation will discuss the basics of grade design, major grade classifications, their key properties, and production trends. 


Calendering, Coating and Finishing - Martti Tuomisto

After the base sheet is dried, surface treatment follows, involving on-machine or off-machine calendering – plus, on certain grades on-machine or off-machine coating. Huge parent reels are wound up on the paper machine reel and sent to winders for slitting and winding into multiple shipping rolls. Conveying systems transfer the shipping rolls to wrapping or strapping before being transported to end users, such as converters and printers.


Forming and Stock Prep - John Edwards

Follow the journey of a cellulose fiber as it navigates the transition from a slurry of thick and thin to a formed sheet of networked polymers held together by the power of hydrogen bonding


Chemicals and Additives - Marty Hubbe

"Chemicals and Additives" focuses on the papermaking process.  Chemicals and additives are used to make paper better.  Topics will include mineral fillers, starch (for strength), sizing agents (to resist fluids), and biocides, to name a few.


Mike Farrell

Recycling & Circular Economy - Mike Farrell

Paper recycling in the United States and Europe is well established with high recovery rates. New technology is making more grades of paper acceptable for recycling. Paper recycling is part of the circular economy.  Along with renewable forestry practices our industry creates a sustainable packaging alternative to plastic.