Production Technical Seminar

The Production-Technical (P-T) Seminar is RPTA's annual premier educational program for members. The 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.

RPTA's Production Technical Seminar is held annually at TAPPICon - TAPPI's annual paper convention - and is open to both RPTA members and non-members who attend TAPPICon.

2024 Production-Technical Seminar
Held on April 29 and 30, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Use the links below to access the Power Point presentations.

Session 1: Safer Operations
Narrow Roll Safety Guidelines - Banning, Greif
Microsoft-Based Safety Training - Soucy & Saberian, Kruger

Session 2: Process Monitoring
Getting Started with Process Monitoring Process Center-lining - Journeaux, Envoy Development
Online Furnish Quality Measurement - VanPembrook, Valmet
Troubleshooting Stock Preparation Systems - Fetterly, Kadant

Session 3: Multiply (Cylinder) Machine Operations (a mini-course)
Multi-Ply Cylinder Machine Operations - Bennett, Peck & Young, Multipli Machinery Inc (with speaker notes)

Session 4: New Recyclable Packaging Developments
Advances in Coated Recycled Board Compostability - Bradley, Ten Springs & Welsch, Trinseo
Trends in Circularity - Pasad, Kemira
Molded Fiber Packaging _ Market Outlook and Product Trends - Gonzalaz, AFRY Management Consulting

2023 Production-Technical Seminar
Held April 24 and 25 at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, co-located with TAPPICon 2023.

Use the links below to access the Session Recordings and Power Point presentations.

Session 1 - Safer Operations Recording
Job Risk Reduction – PRO Card Program- Jennifer Jackson
Safer Operations with Automated Threading - David Liem and Daryll Benn
Plus a panel discussion on Keeping Employees Safe in Times of High Employee Turnover

Session 2 - Fiber Recovery Optimization Recording
Aphron Technology for Fiber Recovery - Knollenberg
Fiber Recovery Optimization Using Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) - Wolkow
Fiber Savings Through System and Screening Optimization - Fetterly

Session 3 - Process Data Best Practices Recording
Paper machine wet-end vision technology - Papertech-IBS - Hilden and Wratschko
Process Data Best Practices - Donald Stanley
Time-Series Data Best Practices - Gavigan

Session 4 - Wet End Operations Recording
Fundamentals of Wet End Chemistry - Larry Anker
Managing and Optimizing the Vacuum-Dewatering System for Papermakers - Doug Sweet
Multivariant Solutions for Wet End Process Control Issues – Elliott Bell


2022 Production-Technical Seminar
May 2nd & 3rd at the Charlotte Convention Center, co-located with TAPPICon 2022. Use the links below to access the 13 Power Point presentations.

Session 1: Contaminant Removal
Identification and Characterization of Organic Contaminants - Jason Wang
Performance and Effectiveness of Contemporary Cleaning Systems - Steven Johnson
Mechanical, Operational and Chemical Strategies for Managing Stickies - Garnet Bremner

Session 2: Refining
Refining Strategy Development for Recycled Based Paper Mills - Arvind Singhai
How to Fibrillate Recycled Fibers to Achieve up to 25% Additional Strength - David Zerr
The Future of Refining - Pat Dixon

Session 3: Paper Machine Drying
Optimizing Paper Machine Dryer Sections - Robin Thon
Voith Cleanline Extract 4D - EJ Labranche
Drying Best Practices_Optimization - Christian Coffman

Extra presentation:
25 Cost Reduction Projects to Improve Your Mills Profitability - David Zerr

Session 4: Safety: Threading & Guarding
To the Point without a Pinch Safety Guarding Presentation - Chris Allen
Threading Safety and Efficiency - Rob Parkinson
Advances in Tail Threading Safety in 2022 - Jim Werner


Links to past Seminar Programs are below:


Industry Benchmarking Survey
Based on member feedback, we will conduct the Profile Study every two years, instead of annually, because product properties are not expected to change significantly in one year. The next Profile Study will be initiated this December for first-quarter ’25 sampling. All past Survey reports can be accessed at this member-only page.

2024 Winter Webinar
On January 25th, we held a webinar on Waste Reduction through Separation and Upcycling, presented by Drew Kinsel, Upcycling Product Manager at Kadant Black Clawson. Webinar slides and recording are available to RPTA members only at this web page, along with materials from other past webinars.

2024 Production-Technical Seminar
We held this year’s P-T Seminar on April 29 and 30, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Session topics were:

  1. Safer Operations
  2. Process Monitoring
  3. Multiply Machine Operations
  4. New Recyclable Packaging Developments

Presentations are available at this member-only page.


Summer Webinar
Inline Freeness Measurement
Wednesday, July 24th at 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Eastern
Presented by Jason Shipman and Tyler Spivey, BTG. Moderated by Al Linn, Westrock.
Registration Link

Educational Event Topics Planned
Based on member polling, the RPTA Operating Board will be organizing educational events for the next year on these topic categories:

  1. Safer operations
  2. Solid waste reduction
  3. Ways to improve paper properties
  4. Wet end chemistry
  5. Grades and quality of recovered fiber

Please, let RPTA Staff know if you know of a qualified speaker on one or more of these topics..