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Focal Point Conference set for October 9 at UW-Stevens Point

Save the date for the eighth annual Focal Point conference

Paper-based food packaging and serviceware have authenticity and sustainability attributes that help build compelling stories for brands and end-users. Sustainable sourcing from renewable raw materials along with a slew of end-of-life management options have long favored the use of paper. Now, new innovations in coatings, laminates, and fiber processing are enabling ever more sophisticated performance applications of paper and paperboard in food-contact applications. Yet, there is much more to be done: This conference will build on previous years' events to seek out the challenges and next opportunities for paper-based food packaging and serviceware applications. A range of expert speakers from throughout the supply chain will provide thought-provoking insights with an ultimate goal of realizing step-change increases in the demand for paper-based food packaging and serviceware.

  • Offer brand-owner perspectives on paper-based food packaging and serviceware items 
  • Provide insights from leading converting companies about future needs and trends in paper and paperboard packaging 
  • Reveal manufacturers' efforts to innovate their products and processes
  • Describe a number of innovations targeting superior performance 
  • Cover end-of-life management practices that improve environmental footprints

Register online now and save $100 with early registration discount
Formation is focus of next hands-on papermaking course

Advanced Hands-On Papermaking: Formation
This two-day class features morning classroom sessions followed by afternoon sessions of guided exercises using the UW-Stevens Point Fourdrinier pilot paper machine and testing the resulting paper to understand the parameters that affect formation.

This combination of classroom and hands-on experience has proven to be a highly effective and enjoyable way to gain fundamental knowledge of the commercial papermaking process.
  • Understand the relationship between sheet structure and paper qualities
  • Understand why paper making fibers floc
  • Understand manufacturing techniques that minimize fiber floccing
  • Understand the relationship between sheet structure, formation and paper properties
  • Understand both visual and instrumental measurement of formation
  • Understand the difficulties associated with the correlation of visual formation assessment and the instrument measurement
Your instructor, Dr. Gerry Ring, began his career as a research scientist at Kimberly Clark in 1980. An emeritus professor and the former chair of the UW-Stevens Point Department of Paper Science and Chemical Engineering, Ring is widely published, holds four patents, is a TAPPI Fellow and was awarded TAPPI Journal's Best Research Paper for 2011.

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