Mill Invite Letter

Save The Date: June 17-21, 2018

This is the premier technical conference for Electrical Professionals supporting Forest Products based industries (Pulp, Paper, Forest Products, Packaging, Board, Tissue, and Building Products) to learn about solutions to real mill needs, network with industry professionals, and learn about the application of electrical technology specific to this industry. A variety of papers will be presented on subjects such as control, power distribution, safety, and maintenance. During the breaks, there will be an opportunity to view exhibits from several industry suppliers.

Flights to Appleton Airport (ATW) are available from several carriers. The hotel will provide complementary internet service in guest and meeting rooms during the week.

Make sure to come early enough to join us for the Welcome Reception on Sunday night. The Conference runs Monday through Wednesday, with an optional Award Dinner and Closing Event. Several Tutorials will be offered on Thursday to allow for a more in-depth look at some current topics. If you have your P.E. License, you will have the opportunity to get PDH’s.

To be updated for 2018.  Listed below is the Tentative List of 2017 Technical Papers and Tutorials for our Conference: 

  1. Advanced Feeder Protection Applications
  2. An Introduction to UL 1436 Absence of Voltage Testers
  3. Application Consideration for LED Light Fixtures in Process Industry Production Environments
  4. Arc Flash Hazard
  5. Arc Flash Risks in Switchgear Metering Compartments
  6. Case Studies of Stator Windings Turn Insulation Failures in Medium Voltage Motors
  7. Common Problems in Commissioning of HRG Systems
  8. Digital Excitation Systems – Growing Obsolescence of Aging Systems
  9. Ground Fault Protection – All You Need to Know
  10. Installing, Operating and Maintaining DC Machines in a Paper Mill Environment
  11. Methanol As An Ageing Marker For In Service Transformers
  12. MV Generator Ground Fault Arcing Power Damage Assessment
  13. MV System Design – A Paradigm Shift 2
  14. NFPA 70E Shock and Arc Flash Risk Assessment Best Practices
  15. Online Partial Discharge Condition Monitoring of Complete Networks for The Pulp and Paper Industry -Challenges and Solutions Explained Through Case Studies
  16. Operation and Starting of PAM Motors Using Vacuum Contactors
  17. Operation of VFD motors with source voltage unbalance
  18. Partial Discharge – The Enemy of Unshielded Cable Run in Metal Enclosed Switchgear and Controlgear
  19. Power System Study at 100 Year Old Paper Mill
  20. Project Document Management
  21. Putting Wireless to Work in Process Operations
  22. Technology Upgrade at Weyerhaeuser NORPAC to Reduce Energy Footprint
  23. Type B Ground-Fault Protection on Adjustable Speed Drives
  24. Understanding of Above NEMA Motor Specification Options
  25. What Do You Do When the Lights Go Out
  26. When Over-Estimating Under-Estimates a Problem

2017 Tutorials:
1.    IAS/TAPPI Paper Machines Drives Short Course – All Thursday and Friday Morning
2.    Electrical Safe Work Practices for the Forest Products Industry – NFPA 70E and OSHA
3.    2017 NEC Significant Industrial Changes

Young Engineer Program:     One of the issues the Pulp and Paper Industry faces is attracting and maintaining new graduate Electrical Engineering professionals. Recognizing this need the IEEE Pulp and Paper Industry Committee (PPIC) has arranged with the IEEE Industrial Applications Society (IAS) to provide partial sponsorships for a limited number of new graduate engineers presently working in the industry.  This provides a low cost way for young engineering professionals to experience this forum for the exchange of electrical applications technology relating to forest products based industries. This is a great way to meet other industry engineers, learn solutions to real mill needs and network with senior professionals from the industry.

Young Engineer Testimonial:  As a first time attendee I was very impressed by the papers and how much I learned from them. Everything was set up very well from the first time attendees, facilities were nice. I look forward to attending next years conference.

I had a great experience in Milwaukee, getting exposed to the technical papers and professionals within the field! The hotel was great, and the vendor hospitality was much appreciated!

Excellent technical conference. This conference is always on my “Definitely Attend” list. Great opportunity to network with industry professionals.

I was pleased to be accepted as a Young Engineer this year at the IEEE conference and that was probably the only reason I was able to attend the conference this year. I look forward being able to attend future years as the conference exceeded my expectations I’m more likely to pursue attendance next year.

Download and complete the nomination for the Young Engineer Program here.

James A Rooks Memorial Student Intern Program:   Another program to encourage students to consider the pulp and paper industry is for supporting up to four Co-op/Intern Students to the Annual Conference through the James A Rooks Memorial Student Intern program.  James A Rooks was a long time support of the IEEE and the PPIC Conference. In recognition of Jim’s life-long contributions to the IEEE, The Pulp & Paper Industry Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society has established the James A. Rooks Memorial Student Intern Program. Every year our committee celebrates Jim’s relentless compassion to bring young engineers into the industry by sponsoring engineering student interns working for industry manufacturing companies, to attend our annual PPFIC technical conference at no cost. As Jim personified excellence in engineering, so too will the next generation of engineers be better prepared to meet industry challenges through exposure to technical papers and tutorials at the conference, and interaction with leading practicing engineers. Proceeds to fund this initiative come from the James A. Rooks Memorial Endowment established by the IEEE Foundation. On the registration page you are given the opportunity to make a contribution to this endowment. All funds received by the PPIC conference go to the endowment.

Click here for the James A Rooks Student Intern Program invitation.

2015 Young Engineer Program Conference Attendees

This year marks the second year of a program to help sponsor young industry engineers to attend our annual industry conference. Several young engineering professionals working for industry manufacturing companies are able to attend our annual conference at no cost. Proceeds to fund this initiative come from the PPIC Technical Conference Committee and the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

Jordan McCrory is an Electrical Engineer with the Verso Corporation Quinnesec Mill in Quinnesec, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan Technicalogical University in May of 2013.

Andrew Parkin is a Reliability Engineer with the Domtar Paper Company Marlboro Mill in Bennettsville, South Carolina. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in December of 2014.

James Phillips is a Reliability Engineer with the International Paper Savannah Mill in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from North Carolina State University in December of 2013.

Gabriel Porter is an Electrical Maintenance Engineer with Rayonier Advanced Materials in Fernandina Beach, Florida. He graduated from Auburn University in May of 2013.

Chris Scott is an Electrical Engineer with Weyerhaeuser Engineering Services in Vancouver, Washington. He graduated from the University of Portland in May of 2014.