2015 TAPPI Improving Containerboard Mill Operations
Formerly Known as the Linerboard and Medium Manufacture Course
Rethinking Containerboard Mill OperatonsOn Tuesday, July 28, 2015, course instructors Mike Kocurek, Chuck Klass, and Jon Porter presented a webinar,”Lunch & Learn: Rethinking Containerboard Mill Operations”. This webinar was a preview of what will be covered in the course. View the webinar 

Are You Looking to Improve Your Containerboard Mill's Operations? 
Formerly known as the TAPPI Linerboard Medium and Manufacture Course, this course has been re-designed to help you:
  • Increase your understanding of the new developments, demands, important variables and challenges to producing linerboard & medium.
  • Learn how mills can meet challenges and take advantage of opportunities to improve operations.
What's New for 2015?
Like its predecessor, The new Improving Containerboard Mill Operations Course will carry on the tradition of surveying the participants prior to the course so the course content will be customized to meet the needs of the attendees. 

In addition to using more case studies, a few additional highlights will include:
  • Benchmarking liner and medium machine performance
  • Increased focus on OCC single source grades, recycling processes and how to improve control of stickies
  • Jay Shands, PaperChine, joins the faculty to cover Improving Wet End Operations
Participants Will Learn About:
  • The changing requirements for containerboard, including printability, and runnabiity on the corrugator, and how to improve operations to meet these new challenges.
  • Increasing understanding of corrugating process operations, equipment, terms and variables, starch fundamentals and application. The focus is on how to achieve a good bond in the corrugator, and how liner & medium can hurt or help that process. 
  • Increasing understanding of linerboard & medium properties & tests; and how these relate to the final box performance, how the liner and medium properties are affected by mill operations , and how they predict runnability on the corrugator. 
  • The changing quality and challenges of single source OCC, and the problems associated with fiber quaility and stickies content.
  • Increasing understanding of operating problems and important variables that improve operations and product quality. Case studies will be included.
    • Effects of Pulp Mill Operations on Paper Mill Operations
    • Equipment and Chemical Strategies for dealing with Stickies 
    • Effects of Chemical Additives including, Basics of Wet End Chemistry, Dry & Wet Strength Adhesives, Retention, and Deposit Control 
    • Improving Stock Prep Refining 
    • Improving Headbox Performance 
    • Improving Sheet Forming & Wet End Operations 
    • Improving Pressing and Drying 
    • Surface Treatments 

Who Should Attend?
This course is ideal for process engineers and supervisory operators in linerboard and medium manufacturing facilities and converting plants with a more intermediate background. Chemical and equipment suppliers will also benefit from this course.

Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing the course, participants should be able to have increased knowledge of the factors that improve containerboard
  • Understanding better the customers needs and corrugating operations
  • Knowing about the increasing demands on containerboard (printing advancements, impacts of recycling)
  • Knowing about the important containerboard properties and tests that predict quality and runnability
  • Knowing better the process factors that improve containerboard mill operations
  • Increased ability to convey this knowledge to others at the mill 
For those participants who require an overview background on corrugated and pulp and papermaking technology, there will be an optional half-day Workshop on Monday, August 17, prior to the beginning of the main course on Tuesday. This supplemental session is intended for corrugators, new P&P mill and supplier personnel, and those without exposure to pulp and paper operations.