October 30 - November 2, 2022 | Providence, RI

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Sunday, November 7, 2021 

(Separate registration fees required.)

Problem Solving in Pulp Mills -  Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Workshop

8:00am - 4:00pm


Lokendra Pal
Lokendra Pal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

This workshop will introduce you to basic Lean Six Sigma (LSS) tools and techniques. Participants will gain a broad understanding of the philosophy, methods and benefits of lean and six sigma as they apply to all types of enterprises. The workshop features classroom instruction, team learning activities, and case studies that aim at process improvement objectives such as increasing process efficiency, improving quality, reducing cycle times, optimizing business/operational processes, etc.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the workshop, you will be able to: A) Determine LSS/DMAIC methodology to assess and improve a variety of manufacturing processes; B) Demonstrate skills leading to LSS White Belt trained status; C) Describe the requirements for professionalism in the industry, especially leadership and teamwork.

LSS is a large topic too broad for full coverage in an eight-hour workshop. An overview of the five stages, described below, is provided with the strongest emphasis on Stage 1: Define the Problem. The workshop will conclude with suggestions for additional learning.
On-Line Digital Twin Technology for your Plant - Have your DCS communicate with a Live Simulation Model

8:00am - 4:00pm


Renee Roesel
Renee Roesel

Manager, Software Training and Support

Tanaji Mali

Tanaji Mali
Product Manager, IDEAS Digital Twin

This highly participative one-day workshop will guide cross-functional Pulp & Paper Mill Managers, Process Engineers and Area Superintendents through “hands-on” simulation-based exercises. Participants will better understand the value that simulation and “digital twin” technology can bring to their operations.

A specific pulp & paper area will be chosen for a model building exercise using the ANDRITZ IDEAS software. The participant will be guided in building a simple steady-state model of the area. The participant will then convert the steady-state model into a dynamic (time-dependent) model which will include process control elements. These exercises will provide the participants with a clear picture of how simulation models can provide value for steady-state design, dynamic design validation, control system check-out, and operator training. The participants will also import/export values to/from the model into an Excel spreadsheet. This exercise will illustrate to the participant how plant data imported from the plant historian can be sent to the model and valuable information about the plant exported from the IDEAS model. Our Digital Twin product manager will demonstrate to the participants how the simulation model could be further leveraged into an “On-Line Digital Twin” by connecting it to a live plant DCS and solving the current state of the plant using live plant inputs. The solution generates highly relevant information such as Key Performance Indicators (Production, Capacity Utilization, etc), Virtual Transmitters and also guides operations by predicting the future performance of the plant.

*Each attendee is expected to bring their own laptop to the workshop.  ANDRITZ will contact the attendee 10 days prior to the workshop and send software installation and licensing instructions. Software installation on attendee machines may require admin privileges and working with the company IT department.

Bleach Plant Operations Workshop

7:30am - 4:00pm

Lead Instructor:

Brian Brogdon
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

Lead Instructor:

Robert Wilson

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

This one-day pre-conference workshop provides 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.