Valve Maintenance

In many mills, pipes hang from the ceiling. As part of the piping, valves which are used to regulate flow must be operated from below. A recent incident at one of our member's mills, where an employee was hit by a valve falling from 25 feet, shows the importance of maintenance or possible replacement of those valves. He required six stitches, but because he was hearing a bump cap, his injury was not as bad as it could have been.

A description of the incident and the follow-up actions can be found here.


LATEST NEWS

RPTA Announces Recipients of
2022 Scholarships

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2022 Industry Profile Study
The 2022 Industry Profile Study includes grades off 68 paper machines, with a targeted report release in September.
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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2022 RPTA Fall Roundtable
Based on member requests,  the topic is Paper Machine Clothing Design.The in-person event will be held October 19 and 20 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Learn how clothing design can help achieve production, quality and cost objectives. Presentations and discussion will be supplemented with a tour of Voith’s press fabric manufacturing plant.

Use this link to register for this member only event.

The Roundtable will start at 1pm on October 19th with the plant tour the following morning. Additional logistic and travel details will be communicated broadly and well in advance of the Roundtable.

2023 P-T Seminar
The 2023 Production-Technical Seminar will be held in Atlanta on April 24 and 25 and, as usual, will be co-located with TAPPICon 2023.

P-T Session Topics will be:
1. Wet end improvements
2. DAF and fiber recovery optimization
3. Process data collection, storage and use
4. Safety: dryers through calendar stacks

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