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 PaperCon - TAPPI's annual paper convention - and is open to both RPTA members and non-members who attend PaperCon.

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:

Copies of the PowerPoint presentations are available to members. Please contact the RPTA office for copies.


RPTA Announces Recipients of
2022 Scholarships

Click here for details.

2022 Industry Profile Study
Registration is now open for the 2023 Annual Physical Properties Benchmarking Study.

The 2023 study will include the following grades:

  • Coated Recycled Paperboard: 16, 20, 24, 28 & 32 point
  • Bending Chip: 16, 20, 24 & 28 point
  • High-Strength Tube and Core: 20, 25 & 30 point
  • Linerboard: 26# & 42# and 31# & 35# High Performance (with at least 90% recycled content).
  • Medium: 23 #, 33# & 40# (with at least 50% recycled content.)

If you have not received the required registration and sample submission forms, along with sample requirements, then click here to download the three documents. Samples must be received by RPTA between March 1, 2023 and April 7, 2023

Members can access reports from prior years at this member-only page.

2022 P-T Seminar
Presentations from the May Production-Technical Seminar, are available at this member-only page.

Summer 2022 Webinar
On July 13th we held a webinar on Making Product Suitable for Food Contact. The webinar recording and presentation slides are available at this member-only page.

2022 RPTA Fall Roundtable
On October 19th, we held an in-person seminar on Paper Machine Clothing Design, covering the impact of forming, press and dryer fabrics on paper machine operations. The webinar presentation slides are available at this member-only page.


Winter Webinar (Jan or Feb)
Felt Cleaning and Conditioning
Details to follow.

2023 P-T Seminar (April)
The 2023 Production-Technical Seminar will be held in Atlanta on April 24 and 25, co-located with TAPPICon. RPTA members selected these seminar topics:

  1. Safer Operations
  2. Fiber Recovery Optimization
  3. Process Data Best Practices
  4. Wet End Operations

The Seminar will be moderated by Jeff Lyman, VP Mill Operations, Ox Industries and Mark Murphy, General Manager, Westrock,

Registration and hotel arrangements are managed through TAPPI and details will be communicated as they become available.