Technical Program


The PPFIC TECHNICAL PROGRAM is developed over the course of a 2 year period by dedicated members of the IAS Pulp & Paper Industry Technical Committee. The objective of the Technical Committee is “To advance the theory and practice in the electrical field as related to the design and management of electrical systems within the pulp, paper and forest products industry”. Our committee is comprised of five subcommittees, each with domain expertise in specific industry applications.

Our subcommittees include:

Process Control, Engineering, Maintenance & Construction (PCEMC)
Training, Safety, Standards, and Codes (TSSC)
Drives and Control Systems (DCS)
Power Distribution Systems (PDS)

The subcommittees meet twice a year, including a working session during our annual conference. During the meetings held on Tuesday afternoon, we discuss new ideas for technical papers for future conferences. Our subcommittee meetings are open to all and all conference attendees are invited to participate as guests during these sessions.

Listed below are the 2018 Technical Papers and Tutorials for our Conference: 

Technical Papers

  1. A Review of Intertie Protection+B2:B22
  2. Partial Discharge – The Enemy of Unshielded Cable Used in Metal Enclosed Switchgear and Controlgear
  3. Transformer Fuse Sizing – The NEC is not the Last Word
  4. Elements of Tuning A Power System Stabilizer for NERC Compliance
  5. TRV (Transient Recovery Voltage) in High Voltage Current Interruption
  6. Reducing the Arc-Flash Incident Energy in Secondary Bus of Medium and Low Voltage Substation Applications
  7. Arc Flash in the National Electrical Code: Articles 240.87, 240.67; intent and reality, does the code achieve its goals? Do you achieve its goals?
  8. Electrical Safety Training Requirements for All Personnel
  9. Modeling and Evaluation of Paper Machine Coater Sections Part 1: 1-Coater Section and Tension Setpoints
  10. Enhanced Productivity in Forest Product Industries with Lockout/Tagout Alternatives
  11. Basics of Communication Networks for Electrical Engineers in the Forest Products Industries
  12. Typical Power Circuit Breaker Maintenance Considerations
  13. Advances in Permanent Magnet Motors and Their Application in the Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Industry
  14. How to Write a Mill Paper
  15. A Phased Paper Machine Drive & Control System Upgrade
  16. How Close is Close Enough with DC Motors?
  17. Coming to Terms with PID
  18. The Secret to That Old Black Magic – Commutation
  19. Current Limiting Arc Flash Quenching System for Improved Incident Energy Reduction
  20. Insulation Monitoring On Common Grounding Methods in the Pulp and Paper Industry
  21. Modeling and Evaluation of Paper Machine Coater Sections – Part 2: 2-Coater Section and Control Loop Bandwidths

Technical Panels

1. Practical Application of NFPA 70E Risk Assessment Process
2. Standards – Why You Should Be Involved?
3. Nuggets of Knowledge – Transformer Service Life


1. NFPA 70E 2018 Changes and Other Key Requirements – 4 hours
2. Pump System Efficiency and Reliability – 4 hours

The Conference Technical Program provides paper industry engineers and maintenance professionals valuable knowledge that can be applied to daily mill responsibilities.

Conference participants will:

• Learn about changes in electrical engineering, maintenance and safety practices, standards and codes.
• Experience equipment upgrades in other plants, hear about the projects that worked and the ones that didn’t.
• Acquire skills in generator and motor protection, determining relay settings and troubleshooting failures.
• Discover how to justify electrical upgrades with an emphasis on efficiency, reliability and safety.
• Network with other attendees that are extremely knowledgeable and actively working every day in the industry to make industry facilities, safer and more competitive.
• And that’s just the beginning.

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Comments from Previous Attendees:

“The majority of the papers presented in the technical sessions, as well as the tutorials, are down to earth with very practical experience and procedures that an attendee can bring back to the facility and immediately implement.”

Bob Jordan, Weyerhaeuser

“Without a doubt this is the premier technical conference for electrical engineers in the Pulp & Paper industry. The technical papers are excellent and right on target for day to day electrical engineering challenges in the mill. Once you attend one of the annual conferences, you will want to come back year after year!”

Martin Troy, PE, Mill Electrical Engineer, Madison Paper Industries, Madison, ME

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.