Hands-On Paper Machine Operations
This course offers a unique experience in learning about the
operation of a paper machine. All attendees actually operate the UWSP
Paper Science pilot paper machine through four carefully planned
exercises, which allow the participants to observe, manipulate and
understand the operations of papermaking. Each exercise introduces
attendees to more complicated and sophisticated aspects of paper machine
operation. At the end of the day you will know how to produce a
well-formed sheet of paper.
There are three versions of this course.
Only paper machine exercises are offered. Knowledge of the
papermaking process is assumed. This course is also ideal as a follow up
to a “Introduction to Papermaking Process” outreach course which can be
contracted as an additional course.
Paper machine exercises are offered in afternoon sessions in
conjunction with classrooms sessions on papermaking in the morning. This
combination is ideal for those having no prior instruction in
An extra afternoon laboratory session is included for those who
need to know more about product specifications and how paper making
variables affect paper properties.
Companies or individuals contracting these courses can request
customization of course content to fit their manufacturing site
requirements and needs.
Who Should Attend
You should attend if you are seeking a better understanding of
the paper industry in order to improve your on-the-job performance.
Particularly appropriate for newcomers, machine operators, operating
managers, financial managers, sales representatives, maintenance
workers, training and development staff.
The attendees divide into two teams to perform four tasks on
the machine. The two teams will rotate between the machine and the
conference room. This will provide the team with opportunities to
discuss their observations and experiences with the facilitator and plan
for the next task to be performed.
Each task will be presented to the teams as a worksheet. The four assigned tasks:
- Increase machine speed, keeping paper properties constant
- Compensate for loss in wet press capacity
- React to highly refined stock on the machine
- Set and control the jet/wire ratio
UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Faculty
Scheduled upon request.
If you would like to arrange for a course please call me at 346-3962.
Karyn Biasca, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
UWSP Department of Paper Science and Engineering