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TAPPI’s Wet End Chemistry Course Tackles Ways to Improve Quality and Efficiency

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Press release from the issuing company

ATLANTA, Ga. – The 2014 TAPPI Introduction to Wet End Chemistry course is a three-day interactive training course focused on innovative wet end chemistry principals and the use of additives to change or create new paper products. It’s the only training program available that offers an in-depth focus on additives and what they can and can't do on the paper machine. The 2014 TAPPI Introduction to Wet End Chemistry Course is June 10 -12, 2014, in Peachtree Corners (metro Atlanta), GA, USA

"We specifically added a new section dealing with ‘interactions’ which considers examples where two different components of the system seem to ‘fight’ with each other," notes Course Chair, Martin Hubbe, North Carolina State University. "We also rearranged and updated key sections to keep up with the changing scene of the paper industry."

"The most important reason to attend is to gain an awareness of opportunities to improve efficiency of the paper machine and to improve product quality,” says Hubbe. “Participants get exposed to a broad range of ideas, and there are frequent problem-solving exercises, discussions and Q/A sessions. They can expect to come away with specific ideas on how to make their mill more profitable."

The course is ideal for engineers involved in training particularly at mills with newer employees or that have lost valuable experience through retirement. Many chemical engineers don’t have a background in pulp and paper manufacturing and may not understand how to apply what they’ve learned to the papermaking wet end process. Attendees will learn about identifying furnish properties, process components and how they interact to affect wet-end chemistry, solutions to process and quality problems associated with wet end additives and chemical deposits, factors affecting first-pass retention, troubleshooting and how to use additives to improve or create new products.

The course instructors are experts with decades of hands-on industry experience. Course Chair Martin A. Hubbe, Ph.D., is a TAPPI Fellow, and Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at NCSU. He has a B.A. in Chemistry from Colby College, M.S. from the Institute of Paper Chemistry and Ph.D. from Clarkson University. TAPPI Fellow Larry Anker, Ph.D., is Sizing and Wet Strength Applications Group Leader for Ashland Hercules Water Technologies has a B.S. in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics from Washington and Lee University and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Penn State. Przem Pruszynski, Ph.D., Global Technical Specialist for Nalco, received his M.S. in Analytical Chemistry and Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from University of Poznan, Poland,


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