Recycled Paperboard (RPTA)

April 25 - 28, 2021 | Cobb Galleria Centre | Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Recycled Paperboard (RPTA)

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


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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

Visit our website often for program updates as the program is subject to change.


Monday, April 26
1:30PM – 3:00PM
RPTA1: Recycled Fiber of the Future

Recycled paper mills depend on recovered fiber. The composition, quantity and quality of recovered fiber has been undergoing significant change in recent years. Attendees will hear how the recovered fiber market is changing; how the industry is resolving problems with changing feedstock; and learn how one company is increasing their effort to recycle the paper they themselves manufacture.

Session Chair: Jeff Lyman, Ox Industries 

      RPTA1.1 How the US Paperboard Industry Will Solve the Country's Recycling Crisis Bill Moore, Moore & Associates
      RPTA1.2 Recycled Fiber Markets:  Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics Matt Elhardt, Fisher International
      RPTA1.3 Recycling What We Make Chris Davidson, WestRock
3:30PM – 5:00PM
RPTA2: Stock Prep Strategies to Optimize Strength for Recycle Paper Board Grades

As the quality and sources of recovered fiber change, it becomes increasingly important to develop strength in the stock preparation system. Attendees will learn new technologies and strategies for the stock preparation systems to develop targeted final product properties. 

Session Chair: Jeff Lyman, Ox Industries 

      RPTA2.1 Sheet Property Improvement Using a Fraction of Micro Fibrillated Cellulose (MFC) Fibers Steven Johnson, Kadant Black Clawson, LLC
      RPTA2.2 A Single Approach for a Multifaceted Result when Processing Recycled Fibre Niklas Tunell, Cellwood Machinery AB
      RPTA2.3 Upgrading of Poor Quality Recycled Fibre for Packaging Grades Ajit Ghosh, AKG Process Consulting
Tuesday, April 27
8:00AM – 10:00AM
RPTA3: Water Reuse in Recycle Boxboard and Containerboard Mills - Challenges and Solutions

Water reuse has significant sustainability and energy advantages; however, there are unintended consequences. Attendees will gain understanding of the impacts of water reused on odor, corrosion, additive performance, and strength properties. More importantly, they will learn strategies to manage these impacts.

Session Chair: Dana Pelletier, Greif 

      RPTA3.1 Water System Closure: Malodors in Finished Paper and Paper & Board Products  Linda R Robertson, International Microbial Associates
      RPTA3.2 Consequences of Water Reduction in Recycled Paperboard Manufacturing and Recommended Treatment Approaches Davit Sharoyan, Solenis
      RPTA3.3 Understanding and Avoiding Corrosion Caused by Water Reduction and Reuse W. B. A. (Sandy) Sharp, SharpConsultant
      RPTA3.4 Improving Strength by Proper Process Water Management Ignacio De San Pio, RISE Innventia AB
1:30PM – 3:00PM
RPTA4: Building the Future Papermaker

The changing composition of the paper manufacturing workforce requires an understanding of generation differences, a focus on problem solving and strong internal training systems. Attendees will learn some of the key elements to ensure we sustain a well-trained and effective workforce. 

Session Chair: Dana Pelletier, Greif 

      RPTA4.1 Generations in the Workplace Naomi Garvin, WestRock
      RPTA4.2 Achieving Progressive Quality Culture through Analytical Problem Solving Kim William Robinson, Process Solutions Group
      RPTA4.3 Building a Training Program from Within Mark Murphy, WestRock & Joel Scheider, Task Trainers