Technical Program

2018 PPFIC Conference Site To Be Updated Soon


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 2017 Technical Papers and Tutorials for our Conference: 

  1. Advanced Feeder Protection Applications
  2. Absence Of Voltage Testers: A Guide To Listing Requirements
  3. LED Performance and Application Considerations for Industrial Environments
  4. Arc Flash Hazard, When Over-Estimating Under-Estimates A Problem
  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. Optimization of MV Distribution System Design
  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 Variable Frequency Drive Motor Systems With Source Voltage Unbalance
  18. Power System Study at Century-Old Paper Mill
  19. Document management For Design Engineering, Construction and Owner Operators For The New Enterprise
  20. Successful Technology Upgrade Reduces Thermo-Mechanical Pulp Mill Energy Footprint
  21. Type B Ground-Fault Protection on Adjustable Speed Drives
  22. Understanding of Above NEMA Motor Specification Options
  23. What Do You Do When the Lights Go Out

Tutorial Program

1. IAS/TAPPI Paper Machines Drives Short Course – 12 hours

2. Electrical Safe Work Practices for the Forest Product Industry – NFPA 70E and OSHA – 4 hours

3. 2017 NEC Significant Industrial Changes – 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.

Follow this link to view the agenda for the conference

Click here to download the Conference Pricing Summary
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.