Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course

Co-located with TAPPICon in Atlanta, GA
Saturday, October 02, 2021 to Sunday, October 03, 2021

A large team of expert instructors will explain industry-accepted best practices that will help you improve tissue machine efficiency, increase production and enhance product softness and bulk.

October 2-3, 2021

Co-located with TAPPICon in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Register here for the TAPPI Tissue 201 training event.

Tissue 201 Course Objective
Expert instructors will explain the most important industry-accepted best practices that will help you:

  • Improve overall tissue machine efficiency
  • Increase production
  • Enhance product softness and bulk

What You Can Learn

  • The causes of machine runnability and sheet quality problems due to furnish, wet-end chemistry, stock approach and headbox set-up.
  • The principles for effective cleaning and conditioning of forming and press fabrics
  • The causes of machine runnability and sheet quality problems occurring specifically in the press and dryer sections
  • Yankee dryer operation, including risks and challenges posed by steam systems, hood and especially creping
  • Problems and opportunities in the calender and reel of the tissue machine

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Machine Supervisors
  • Operators
  • Suppliers or other technical people who are new to tissue grades

Note: This is an intermediate-level course.

Those with five or more years of tissue-making experience will benefit most. The TAPPI Tissue 101 Course is considered a prerequisite.

Comments from Previous Participants

What will you be able to go back and do as a result of this course?

  • I'll have a better understanding of the overall process and how each part affects tissue production and quality.
  • I'll be able to optimize the pilot tissue machine to target better speed, runnability, and look for better value for our members and clients.
  • I'll ask more questions, bring back improvements and increase my "solo" troubleshooting.
  • Now, I can review basic conditions of our operations and validate they are in practice.

What specifically did you like about this course?

  • The experience and quality of speakers.
  • This course helped me with a broad content on manufacturing.
  • Excellent practical information. Basic concepts were presented very clearly.

CEU Credits
Sixteen (16) Professional Development Hours or 1.6 CEUs are awarded for completion of the TAPPI Tissue 201 Course.

The Education Project Center of TAPPI has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102.

TAPPI will award CEU credits to participants who attend at least 80 percent of the educational sessions and complete a final program evaluation.

Meet the exceptional members of the course faculty.


Jeff Peters - BTG Tissue Applications Manager, Americas
Jeff is co-chair of this TAPPI Tissue 201 training event and co-chair of the TAPPI Tissue Division.

He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.  He started his career with Hercules and spent 23 years in a variety of positions; field sales, started the Hercules Tissue Applications group, managed the Americas tissue business and was Global Tissue Marketing and Business Development Manager. 

Jeff published several tissue related papers and holds a patent related to developing strength in tissue.  He left the paper industry for a few years to test his entrepreneurial spirit and decided to come back to the Tissue industry in 2009 with BTG to start up their tissue applications group.


Jim Bell - Albany International
Jim is co-chair of the TAPPI Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course working in collaboration with Jeff Peters on the training curriculum.

He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a ME in Engineering Management. Jim has worked for Albany International’s Press Fabric Applications team for over 20 years with a focus on improving safety, drying and press fabric life through design.


Matt Gregersen - Albany International
As product manager for tissue with Albany International, Matt is responsible for tissue forming fabric applications, managing the tissue forming product portfolio and product development for the Americas.  Prior to Albany, Matt worked for machine builders Beloit and Valmet. He was a mechanical engineer in the forming engineering group with Beloit and a project leader for pilot paper machine trials with an emphasis on the wet end and tissue with both Beloit and Valmet. Matt graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Jerry Kramer - Valmet
Jerry graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a BSME degree and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has worked extensively with calenders, reels, threading, web stabilization, rereelers and supercalenders in various positions with Beloit Corporation, Andritz and Valmet for the past 32 years.

Jerry has been awarded five US patents and has authored, presented and published papers on reeling, web stabilization and waterjet technology for TAPPI, PAPTAC, SPCI, The Finnish Paper Engineers' Society and other technical organizations in the paper industry. He has also served on TAPPI committees and as a book reviewer for TAPPI on reeling and winding.


John Neun - Kadant
John Neun is an engineering consultant whose career has involved analyzing and optimizing paper and tissue machines all over the world. He is past chairman of TAPPI's Paper and Board Division, Water Removal Committee, and Papermakers Committee (now PTOC). John has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a registered Professional Engineer in New York State. John has been a part of the paper industry since 1979, when he began work at Albany Felt Company.


Mark Sorenson - Retired, Kusters-USA
Mark Sorenson started in the paper industry in 1974 as an engineering co-op student for Beloit Corporation. Upon graduating with a BME from Georgia Tech, he joined Beloit Corporation full time, eventually becoming the Product Line Manager for Calenders and Reels. When Beloit formed the joint venture with Kϋsters in 1996, he became the Operations Liason, and then joined Kϋsters full time in 2000 as Manager of Midwest Sales and Engineering. His latest assignment was as the Senior Sales Engineer for Andritz Paper Machinery in North America based out of Beloit, Wisconsin. In 2019, Mark retired and continues to reside in the Beloit area. Mark’s involvement with the Tissue Short Course stretches back to 1988, he became a TAPPI Fellow in 2018, and he is still active with the TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division.

Bruno Tremblay - Valmet
With a background in chemical engineering and close to 15 years experience in the chemical sale and applications for the tissue industry, Bruno Tremblay joined Valmet in 2016 in the Reference Management department. He supported the Valmet hybrid platforms such as NTT and QRT. Bruno was a TAPPI 201 instructor for the tissue forming module in 2018 and 2019.

Since 2020, he has been leading the Advantage™ ThruAir® concept, the Valmet TAD technology. Bruno is based in Sherbrooke, QC Canada reporting to the Karlstad, Sweden office.


David Welsford - Solenis
David Welsford is a chemistry graduate from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. He has enjoyed a 31-year career in pulp and paper, the last 27 of which have been solely devoted to tissue manufacturing and specialty chemical applications for tissue, with specific focus on creping and release technologies. He currently serves in a technical liaison role between R&D and Field Applications for Solenis LLC, of Wilmington, Delaware. David and his family reside in Greensboro, North Carolina.


David Williams - Valmet
David is the technical unit lead for Valmet’s roll service division. This includes technology, product management, and commercial responsibilities for all roll services. He has 15 years of service in Valmet serving in both the capital and the service business.

Prior to Valmet, David served eight additional years in the industry split between Nalco and international Paper. Most of his career has been focused on papermaking, roll services, pressing, and headboxes. He attended both Mercer University and Auburn University obtaining degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering.


Lawrence Yane, Enerquin
Based at corporate headquarters in Montreal, Lawrence Yane is Sales Manager for Enerquin Air Inc.  Lawrence has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (1994) and Master of Science (1997) from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and has spent his entire professional career in Technical Sales and Product Development. He works closely with clients on paper and tissue air systems issues, focusing on drying efficiency and optimization which are key factors for maximum production and profitability. He has also been a very active contributor to TAPPI’s Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee.


Additional Faculty is tentatively scheduled to include:

Robert Melchiors, Nalco


Earn 1.6 CEUs for completion of this training.

Download a printable PDF of the Course Schedule here.


Module I: Stock Preparation and Wet-End Operations

Welcome and Course Overview

Wet End Chemistry Impacts and Optimization

Forming Fabric Options and Benefits

Tissue Former/Headbox Operations and Optimization

Case Study: Module I

Module II: Pressing and Doctoring Operation

Press Fabric Options and Benefits

Clothing – Cleaning and Conditioning Best Practices

Press Roll Operation and Optimization (SPR, BDR, etc.)

Creping Best Practices

Yankee Coating Systems

Case Study: Module II

Q&A for Modules I and II



Overview of Day One

Module III: Drying and Dry-End Operation

Yankee Dryers - Safety, Steam, Condensate Systems

Yankee Hood Design, Operation and Optimization

Thru-Air Drying

Tissue Calendering

Improving Dry End Performance

Diagnostics & the Tissue Machine

Case Study: Module III

Evaluation and Final Adjournment

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Sixteen Professional Development Hours or 1.6 Continuing
The Education Project Center of TAPPI has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102 . TAPPI will award CEU credits to participants who attend at least 80 percent of the educational sessions and complete a final program evaluation.


Register here for the Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability Course.

This live training event takes place at the same location as TAPPICon 2021 in metro Atlanta, Georgia.


Course Registration Rates


Early Bird Through September 3, 2021

Registration After September 3, 2021

   Member   Nonmember   Member   Nonmember 
Tissue 201 Course

Saturday-Sunday, October 2-3,2021

$965 $1,755 $1,065 $1,865
Tissue 201 - Join or Renew and Save
$1,140   $1,240  
Tissue 201 - Young Professionals - Join or Renew and Save
 $1,090   $1,185  
Tissue 201 - Group Meeting

Per person (3+ people from the same location)

$880 $1,490 $990 $1,595
Tissue 201 - Group Meeting  - Join or Renew and Save

Per person  (3+ from the same location)

$1,060   $1,170  
Tissue 201 - Young Professionals Group Meeting  - Join or Renew and Save

Per person  (3+ from the same location)

$995   $1,100  




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