University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Courses

Advanced Paper Making: Formation

This course will be offered again in 2023 – please check back in early fall for dates

This two-day class features morning classroom sessions followed by afternoon sessions of guided hands-on 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 industrial papermaking process.

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

Class size is limited to 16 for this course to provide ample opportunities for questions and discussion during classroom sessions and hands-on experiences on the paper machine.

Learning Outcomes

  • Safely participate in the operation of a pilot-scale paper machine
  • Identify the relationships among sheet structure, formation, and paper properties
  • Explain why paper making fibers floc
  • Apply manufacturing techniques that minimize fiber floccing
  • Perform both visual and instrumental measurement of formation
  • Describe the difficulties associated with the correlation of visual formation assessment and instrument measurement

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals associated with the manufacture, testing and marketing of all grades of paper
  • Individuals who are involved in the purchase of paper

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.

Classroom Topics

  • Hydrogen bonding
  • Papermaking fibers
  • Fiber bonding
  • Fibrous networks
  • Formation paradigms
  • Floccing Simulation
  • Paper processing
  • The role of headboxes in formation
  • Formation enhancements
  • Twin wire formers
  • Paper properties and formation
  • Measuring formation

What Previous Participants Said

Participants in this course have consistently given it high ratings overall and overwhelmingly said they would recommend this course to others.

"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.