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Technologies at TAPPICon 2023

TAPPICon 2023 is focussing on breakthrough technologies and strategies to improve bottom line performance in pulp and paper mills

April 17, 2023  By TAPPI

A conference in progress at TAPPICon 2022 Photo: TAPPI

Pulp and paper mills today grapple with concerns such as competition, high costs, product quality and sustainability. TAPPICon 2023, taking place from April 22 to 26 in Atlanta, Georgia, is offering a platform to discuss innovative solutions to many of these challenges.

The event is a valuable resource for the latest technical knowledge available in the industry. TAPPICon draws mill, paper and packaging professionals from around the world year after year. The comprehensive technical program provides fundamental knowledge for both young professionals new to the industry and seasoned professionals needing a refresher. Each session provides valuable, hands-on information attendees can implement back at their mills.

With the theme, “Three Rings of Success: Vision • Technology • Action,” the conference offers over 200 expert-led presentations, panels and roundtable discussions delivered within eight distinct program tracks: coating and graphic arts; papermaking additives; papermaking fundamentals; papermaking technology and operations; PIMA management; process control; recycled paperboard; and tissue.


Spotlight on presentations
There is a wide-ranging selection of topics to attend, many of which focus on timely, topical issues such as:

  1. “PFAS-free Barrier Solutions for Food Service Molded Fiber Applications” by Christopher Dilkus, Solenis. Attendees will hear about a new PFAS-free solution which can provide oil, grease and water resistance across a wide range of furnish types for use in the food service market space.
  2. “Multi-Functional Barrier Coating Systems Created by Multi-Layer Curtain Coating” – Don Ventresca, Trinseo. This presentation will highlight water-based barrier coatings (WBBC) for oil and grease (OGR), water, water vapour (MVTR) and oxygen barrier performance. Attendees will learn about coated systems that can achieve more than one barrier property, using multi-layer curtain coating (MLCC), in one application step.
  3. “Fundamentals of Wet End Chemistry” – Larry Anker, Solenis. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of water chemistry and how these fundamental properties impact the additives as well as the finished product quality and production efficiency.
  4. “QCS Control Handbook Tutorial” – Tim Murphy, ABB, Shih-Chin Chen, retired (ABB), and Seyhan Nuyan, retired (Valmet). Experts will review key chapters within the Handbook that focus on optimization and transition controls for a paper machine, characteristics of paper machine colouring process and fundamentals of colour measurement, and paper machine QCS control and applications.

Complete program tracks are available on the TAPPICon website.

Additional resources
TAPPICon’s exhibit floor brings together over 100 suppliers where they showcase their latest developments in products and services. Attendees can join the New Technology Showcase taking place Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25, an event that highlights exciting new technologies for the mills of today and tomorrow. Attendees can also participate in multiple social events, career advancement and training opportunities, and committee meetings throughout the four-day conference.

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