Interactive Distance Workshop for Pulp and Paper Basics

Interactive Distance Workshop Upcoming Course Dates:

  • June 7-11, 2021
  • October 4-8, 2021
  • Co-sponsored by NC State University and TAPPI

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Registration Fee Break Down
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  • Workshop Registration: Individuals
    • TAPPI Member: $950
    • Join TAPPI now or RENEW membership and save: $1,125
    • Young Professional (under age 30) Join TAPPI now or renew membership and save: $1,070
    • Non-Member: $1,200
  • Workshop Registration: Groups Cost is per person (3+ people, must be from the same company & location
    • Young Professional (under age 30) Join TAPPI now or renew membership and save: $990
    • Join TAPPI now or RENEW membership and save: $1,050
    • TAPPI Member: $870
    • Non-Member: $1,125

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Special Benefits for Course Participants

This unique introduction workshop will provide attendees an overall view of the basic concepts in pulp and paper manufacturing. Attendees will increase their understanding by participating in hands-on laboratory exercises.

  • Get an overview of the entire pulping and papermaking process
  • Find out how different processes affect paper properties
  • Appreciate the overall structure of the paper industry

Workshop Overview

This interactive workshop will provide a broad overview of Pulping, Bleaching, Chemical Recovery, Recycling, Papermaking and Converting.  The 5-day course will consist of presentations in the morning and interactive laboratory and pilot-plant exercises in the afternoon. Students receive a PDF of course notes with about 400 pages of reference materials.

Workshop material discussed in the mornings will be re-emphasized in interactive lab and pilot plant videos/calculations/exercises covering wood structure, wood processing, pulping, bleaching, pulp cleaning, pulp analysis, papermaking, recycling, refining, converting and paper testing for increased understanding and retention..

This introduction level  workshop is appropriate for technical and non-technical individuals with a desire for training with a laboratory focused course to understand and appreciate the basics of pulping, bleaching, recovery, recycling, papermaking and converting operations.

For questions related to course content or individuals instruction, please contact Dr. Richard Venditti (919) 515-6185 or

Comments from  recent students from the on-campus course:

Professors Venditti, Byrd, Jameel, and Pawlak:   Thank you all for a wonderful experience last week.  I appreciated the immersion we received in Pulp and Paper, from the market, chemistry, machines, processing, production and regulations to the hands on time in the labs and the pilot plant.  I can’t think of anything you could have added.  I finished the week with a much stronger understanding of our industry and the processes which support it.   Your enthusiasm for the business is contagious.  The opportunity to meet other similarly minded, yet geographically and occupationally diverse student professionals was appreciated greatly, also.  The food was a bonus!  Thank you for expanding our minds and interests and ability to communicate with other professionals within and beyond our industry.

  • The information was detailed and easily understood by both engineers and non-engineers. I will definitely suggest the course to others!
  • The experiments that were conducted were very supportive of the lecture component of the class and made a big difference in my level of understanding.
  • The lab experiments were great. It really helps to understand the system when you can work with it “hands-on”. The course material and information were excellent.
  • Instructors were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their presentation and lab topics.
  • It is an excellent course. The paper machine demonstration is very helpful.
  • I enjoyed the course very much. I wish my machine operators and other technicians could take it.
  • This is a very good course. The course tied a lot of things together for me.
  • This is an excellent course; providing an intense overview of the entire papermaking process.
  • Highly recommended for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge in the process of pulp and paper making.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the structure and chemistry of wood
  • Analyze the chip preparation operation
  • Describe chemical and mechanical pulping processes
  • Describe pulp processing operations
  • Describe the stages and operations of bleaching
  • Discuss the importance of chemical recovery in a pulp mill
  • Discuss waste treatment and environmental regulation
  • Identify the major grades and properties of paper
  • Discuss stock preparation and the approach system
  • Explain the operation of the wet end and dry end of the paper machine
  • Discuss basic converting operations
  • Discuss the recycling of paper


Workshop Locations

The course will be delivered by Zoom Distance, Broadcasted from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.   The course will start at 8:00 AM on Monday and will end on Friday at 2:00 pm.

Preliminary Workshop Schedule

The workshop will include presentations in the morning followed by afternoon sessions of laboratory or pilot plant exercises.

Day One  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Introduction to the Paper Industry
Wood Structure and ChemistryWoodyard Operations Kraft Pulping
Pulping Variables and Lab
Pulp Analysis (Kappa and Viscosity) lab

Day Two  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pulp Processing

Bleaching of Pulp
Chemical RecoveryEnvironmental Aspects of Pulp/Paper
Cleaning Lab: Calculate the efficiency of a centrifugal cleanerBleaching Lab: Perform and analyze a bleaching operation Environmental Lecture

Day Three  8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Introduction to Paper Grades
Paper Recycling
Stock Preparation: Blending, consistency control, refining
RefiningHandsheet Lab, Refining Lab, Paper Testing Lab, Paper Coatings Lab

Day Four  8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Stock Prep II
Approach Systems
Wet End of the Paper Machine
Dry End of the Paper MachineImage Analysis Lab, Flotation Deinking Lab, Optical Properties Lab

Day 5  8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Coating Operations
Converting Operations
Pilot Paper Machine Activities: Wet End Operations; Charge Demand; Retention; Dry End Operations, Dryer energy balance; Finished paper analysis; Advanced Paper Operation Strategies

Sponsorships Available

Sponsorship donations are available for the short course.  This short course has an extremely high reputation and level of recognition in the paper and related industries.   Your company could benefit from the recognition of the sponsorship on the cover of the short course notebook. If you are interested in a sponsorship please contact Dr. Richard Venditti 919.515.6185.

Additional Information

For answers to questions related to course content, please contact Dr. Richard Venditti 919.515.6185.

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