Hands-On Paper Machine Operations

Course Description

This two-day 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. 

Participants spend two mornings learning in a classroom environment, and two afternoons working with the pilot-scale paper machine.

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.


Outcomes Expected

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

Course Provider/Instructor

The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) organizes this course. UWSP Paper Science and Engineering Faculty serve as instructors.

Class Size

Minimum: 8 Maximum: 16


For additional information about schedules for this course, contact Angie Hauer, WIST Program Development Coordinator.
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