October 28 - 31, 2018 | Portland, Oregon | Technical Solutions for Today and Beyond


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Bleach Plant Operations Workshop

7:30am - 4:00pm (separate registration fees required)

Lead Instructor:  Brian N. Brogdon, Future Bridge Consulting Services, LLC 

This highly regarded and informative workshop is designed for bleach plant operators and engineers, environmental engineers, and research, technical sales, and service personnel from paper companies, chemical suppliers and equipment suppliers. Participants will leave with a broad understanding of pulp bleaching technology and its implications for pulp quality control and environmental impacts. 

Bleach Plant Operations was last presented two years ago to rave reviews. This year’s program includes discussions of operation parameters, process optimization, and newly available technologies and equipment designs. Industry experts from consulting, chemical suppliers and equipment manufacturers will lead discussions about best practices and cutting-edge technologies of bleach plant operations.

Don’t miss this opportunity to update your knowledge of bleaching technology and to discuss bleach plant operating problems with experts in the field. Then, return home equipped with information and materials you can put to work immediately.

Brownstock Washing Workshop

8:00am - 4:00pm (separate registration fees required)

Lead Instructor:  Robert (Bobby) Wilson, Senior Research Chemist, AMS (Applied Material Solutions)

This one-day pre-conference workshop will provide basic operating and design principles associated with brownstock washing. 

The fundamental applications of displacement, extraction, and dilution washing will be investigated. Water use and reuse will be topically discussed. Vacuum drum washers will be used as the basis for this course because they present the opportunity to review all three types of washing. 

Efforts will be made to explain how the operating principles associated with vacuum drum washers may be successfully applied to more modern washer and washing devices. Washing optimization, economics, and troubleshooting techniques will be discussed. 

Participants will be exposed to standard brownstock washing calculations designed to characterize washer performance and to document improvement.


Lime Kiln & Recaust: Process and Mechanical Overview Workshop 

9:00am – 2:00pm (separate registration fees required)

Lead Instructor: Kimmo Peltonen, Manager Chemical Systems Upgrades, Andritz, Inc.  

This practical workshop will consist of three modules presented by six Andritz technical specialists covering the process and mechanical aspects of lime kilns and recausticizing systems.  Focusing on upgrades and maintenance inspections will allow the participants to maximize equipment reliability and increase operating efficiency.

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Process Simulation Workshop

8:00am – 4:00pm (separate registration fees required)

Lead Instructor: Val De Leo, Performance Management Engineer, Valmet, Inc.

This workshop provides knowledge and hands-on experience with building a process simulation, material and energy balance, and helps the user with the understanding of how to grasp the operation of an existing model. Participants will learn to use the various WinGEMS tools and menu functions.

The course provides experience in troubleshooting common problems encountered when building a simulation. During the workshop, we will build a single stage bleach plant compound block, then utilize that block to build a full bleach plant model. The same steps might be applied to any pulping or papermaking operation.

Participants will need to bring a laptop to the workshop and have administrator’s rights to load WinGEMS software and trial licensing. To assure the software is loaded, it is recommended that anyone planning to attend to contact the workshop organizers for instructions prior to the class. We will also provide an example model file that users may copy to aid in learning.