2020 WIST Courses

Advanced Paper Making: Formation

May 7-8, 2020

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


October 8-9, 2020

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Register by September 9, 2019 to save.

This two-day introductory class features morning classroom sessions followed by afternoon sessions of guided exercises using the UW-Stevens Point Fourdrinier pilot paper machine and testing the resulting paper.

This combination has proven to be a highly effective and enjoyable way to gain fundamental knowledge of the commercial papermaking process.

The course runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with lunch and break refreshments included.

Participation is limited to 16 for this course.

Hands-On Sessions

Participants use the university's Fourdrinier pilot paper machine, guided by WIST staff and Paper Science and Engineering faculty.

The Instructor

Dr. Gerry Ring is professor emeritus of paper science and engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In 1980, Ring began his professional career as a Research Scientist for Kimberly-Clark Corporation after obtaining his Ph.D. at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton Wisconsin. In 1986, Ring joined the faculty of UW-Stevens Point and chaired its paper science (now paper science and engineering) program from 2003 until 2013. 

Dr. Ring has written 15 publications, including editing the Colloid Chemistry of Papermaking Materials textbook. He holds four patents and was recognized in the 1994, 2000 and 2004 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is also listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in America.  Ring received an Award for Excellence from the Wisconsin University Continuing Education Association, Region IV in 1999. Ring is a TAPPI Fellow, and a recipient of TAPPI Journal’s Best Research Paper for 2011. Ring’s research is in the area of paper physics emphasizing hydrogen bonding and sheet formation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the relationship between sheet structure and paper qualities
  • Understand why paper making fibers floc
  • Understand manufacturing techniques that minimize fiber floccing
  • Understand the relationship between sheet structure, formation and paper properties
  • Understand both visual and instrumental measurement of formation
  • Understand the difficulties associated with the correlation of visual formation assessment and the instrument measurement

What Previous Participants Said

"This course does a good job explaining paper formation and how it affects numerous other paper qualities, as well as how it can be manipulated and improved… to be successful."
 Andy Pope, Verso

"This course will help me understand formation a lot better than I thought I knew. Thank you for the education." 
Dusty Hodsdon, Neenah Paper Inc.