Hot Topics Breakfast

April 22 - 26, 2023 | Atlanta, GA USA

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Hot Topics Breakfast Roundtables

Tuesday, April 25th • 6:30 am - 7:45 am

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Hot Topics Breakfast Schedule

6:30 – 6:45 am
Breakfast Buffet / Find a Table / Personal Introductions
6:45 am
TAPPI Antitrust Policy Reminder
Table Discussions to Begin
7:40 am
Five Minute Warning
7:45 am
Announcement to Wrap-up
8:00 am
TAPPICon Technical Sessions Begin


Table Topics


Session Chair: Philip Wells, Wells Enterprises Inc. 
Hot Topic
Sponsoring Group
Table Moderators


Motivate, Germinate, Cultivate, and Harvest:  Women and Career Growth 

Sponsor: Women in Industry Division

Jan Bottiglieri, TAPPI


 “External Fibrillation of Fibres”

In LC refining, fibrils that are dislodged from the fibre surface remain attached to the fibre, which has a significant effect on the strength of the final product and unlike fines, they aren't washed out in the forming section.  At this table we will discuss new instruments that can measure external fibrillation and the potential of using this measurement to control refiner operation, plate selection and design.  

Sponsor: Papermaking Fundamentals Committee

David McDonald – JDMcD Consulting Inc


"Managing Todays Workforce; Hiring, Retention, W/L Balance, Training"

Couch Pit University is committed to perpetuating the Art of Papermaking.  This will be an open discussion about all things papermaking including management in these unique times.

Sponsor: Couch Pit University 

Greg Pittman, Pactiv Evergreen


"What is the Future of Work"

Sponsor: Young Professionals Division

Brennan Augst – Voith


"Adapting to Supply Chain Issues and Labor Shortages for Executing Projects and Maintaining Existing Installations"

Sponsor: Process Control Division

Amanda, Sans - Global Process Automation


“MicroFibrillated Cellulose”

Industrial scale use of MicroFibrillated Cellulose (MFC) is established in the paper and packaging industry. In this Hot Topics Breakfast we will discuss the different types of MFC that are available, product forms and application methods and investigate some of the applications of MFC barrier layers on various grades.

Sponsor:  Papermaking Additives

David Skuse - FiberLean Technologies Limited



Sponsor: Coating and Graphic Arts Division



“Molded Fiber (3D Papermaking)”

Discussion of molded fiber challenges ahead - advantages and disadvantages of wet molded and dry molded fiber - similarities and differences compared to traditional papermaking

Sponsor: Molded Pulp Division

Lon Pschigoda - Western Michigan University 


“Steel Paper Dryers ”

Sponsor: Paper Technology and Operations Committee

Mark Harrison - Southern Erectors Inc.

“Hands-On Safety Training Best Practices”

Sponsor: PIMA

Kurt Mehlberg, Domtar

HTB. 11

“TAPPI TIPs and Standards Test Methods ”

Sponsor: TAPPI

Brittaney Lovett – TAPPI