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Expert in Tissue and Towel Papermaking, Energy and Water Conservation

Expert ID: 724922 Florida, USA

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30 years of technical and management experience producing low quality recycled fiber bathroom tissue, medium quality wet and dry crepe tissue, and high quality virgin fiber bathroom tissue. Expertise also covers wet crepe towel, napkins, and facial.

He has technical expertise in most tissue technologies with experience on 2-felt, single felt, double pressure roll, single pressure roll, dry crepe, and wet crepe. Experience covers working with an integrated pulp mill, outside suppliers of virgin and RF products, and integrated RF facility. Expertise includes trials, product development, standardization of process and machine design, and quality control systems.


Following a 4-day annual outage on a high speed tissue machine, the machine was not capable of producing a quality product which continued for 3 days resulting in over $1 million in losses. He was called in to survey the situation and within 20 minutes had identified an area of the machine that had excess water which subsequently found was due to a new pump installation during the outage. The pump was shut down resulting in the paper being produced immediately being within specification and the machine performed normally thereafter.After a new 1000 degree hood was installed on a high speed tissue machine, the produced sheet was continuously sucked in to the dry end hood. The hood technical service engineer could not solve the problem though had tried for over 5 hours. The expert was called in, asked a few questions while observing the process control computer schematic, then pointed to a damper and stated that most likely it was not operating correctly. It was found that the instrument-to-pneumatic controller had failed. After it was replaced, the hood functioned as designed and the machine began producing quality paper.He was given the task to reduce water consumption in a 5-paper machine operation which was averaging 19 million gallons/day. Eleven months later, average water consumption was at 11 million gallons/day utilizing all non-captial means. Capital improvements identified which would reduce usage an additional 45%.He was given the task to start up a mothballed towel machine with the stipulation that the total energy being used in the 4-paper machine operation must remain the same with a 5-machine operation. This was accomplished on scheduled and had the added benefit of controlling "peak" steam and power usage which significantly reduced demand charges from the utility company.Given the task to implement tissue web layering on a high quality tissue machine. Numerous attempts to commercial this process had failed since the machine was installed 4 years earlier. He led a team that worked with the manufacturer to redesign the mechanics as well as the control logic to successful implement sheet layering within allotted time schedule.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Mobile, Alabama - Pensacola, Florida - Biloxi, Mississippi

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1974 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Delaware

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1976 to 2006 Employer: Kimberly-Clark Corp Title: Undisclosed Department: KC Professional Responsibilities: He is responsible for all activities in the plant from a technical standpoint. This includes process control guidelines, recycled fiber production, tissue and towel papermaking (wet crepe, dry crepe, and thru air dried), converting, quality control systems, chemical use, energy control/reduction, water use/reduction, waste control, fiber yield. He was an integral part of the design/implementation team to transition from traditional union work systems to "High Performance Work Teams."
Years: 1974 to 1976 Employer: Scott Paper Co. Title: Pilot Plant Manager Department: Plant Management Responsibilities: Responsible for operation of textile pilot plant producing nylon and polyester fibers as well as technical support to the operating facility.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: South Africa Summary: Assigned as Engineering Technical Leader to provide training to process control engineers as well as technical leadership for the entire mill.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Tissue Papermaking 101 (Internal course), Process Control Standards ("Centerlining"), Keptnor-Trego Front Line Leadership/Analytical Problem Solving.
Vendor Selection
Lead numerous teams in various mills/divisions on chemical vendor consolidation including single sourcing, clothing supplier evaluations and vendor selections
Marketing Experience
Recognized troubleshooting expert in tissue/towel papermaking and converting.
Expertise in energy and water reduction results.
Process Control System implementation with focus on meeting customer quality targets while reducing variation.
Other Relevant Experience
Experience in both union facilities and in modern "High Performance Work Systems."

Fields of Expertise

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