The Hands On Papermaking Program is owned and administered by Tim Watts Associates

This is a 1-week residential course, based in a UK paper mill, is aimed at all those that wish to gain a practical understanding of the papermaking process.
The course involves a variety of activities which will replicate everyday mill activities in a safer more managable environment.

The activities will involve using equipment such as

  • Lab disintegrators to simulate slushing of pulp
  • Lab beaters to simulate refining of pulp
  • Consistency measurement
  • Schopper Reigler determination
  • Making, pressing and drying handsheets
  • Physical testing such as tensile, burst and tear
  • Additional tests such as smoothness, porosity, gloss, grammage, caliper

  • The course is ideally suited for a range of mill based employees

  • As a foundation unit before attending the MDP programme
  • As a '5th week' after attending the MDP programme to reinforce the lectures
  • Technical departments
  • Engineering departments
  • Senior Operators Refresher
  • Apprentices
  • course trainer

    • Dr Steven Mann of PaperClassroom
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    examples from HOP 1

    Below are photographs of the participants and examples of the data they generated.

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    Softwood Beating Curve

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    Hardwood Beating Curve

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    Mixed versus seperate beating

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    Effect of repulping pH

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    Mixed versus seperate beating

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    course Support

    All attendees are provided with a spiral bound full colour Project Workbook that explains each activity and provides for the recording of results and observations.

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    Next HOP dates

  • HOP -Focus on Fibres November 12-16 2012
  • HOP -Focus on Chemicals TBA
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