AJU Calendar

2014 Shoe Press Users Roundtable – Chatanooga, TN – September 8-11 @ Chattanoogan Hotel
Sep 8 – Sep 11 all-day

AstenJohnson and Paperchine are proud to sponsor our 12th annual Shoe Press Users Roundtable. Over the past eleven years more than 500 papermakers have taken advantage of this conference to learn more about shoe presses and other papermaking issues. The roundtable format allows papermakers with all levels of experience to come together and share their knowledge as well as network with others.

We will bring together experts in shoe press design and maintenance, shoe press belts, paper machine clothing and paper process optimization to bring you new developments and to introduce topics for you to discuss with your peers.

The 2014 Shoe Press Users Roundtable will feature a variety of topics designed to provide learning experiences for those who have been working on machines with a shoe press for many years as well as those who are newcomers to machines or maybe planning to install a shoe press. The agenda is mixed with presentations followed by roundtable discussions. If you have specific questions or topics you would like to be discussed during the roundtables, please send it to daryl.wells@astenjohnson.com or you can include it on your registration form.

The registration fee is $800 (US and Canadian) and covers all costs except travel to and from the conference.

To take advantage of this unique opportunity, please complete and return the registration form below to your AstenJohnson or Paperchine sales representative or to Sue McCann: sue.mccann@astenjohnson.com.

The deadline for registration is August 11.

** SOLD OUT ** 3rd Session 2014 AJU Packaging @ AJU Charleston, SC
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm

AstenJohnson University (AJU) was established in 2005 as one way to invest in the development of future papermakers and to provide a forum for learning and sharing of common business practices. This AJU session will focus on issues associated with the packaging grade. By concentrating on a specific paper grade, we will be able to provide students with specific, applicable information that can be put into practice immediately upon returning to the mill. We will discuss actual papermaking experiences in class, so we encourage participants to bring examples of past problems or current challenges to explore in class.


This training session has been created to address the needs of individuals relatively new to papermaking, those with one to five years of experience in a mill. This training is well suited for new process engineers and technicians as well as new machine operators and new shift managers. Additionally, those with extensive hands-on experience but little formal technical training will benefit from this session.


The tuition is $900 and covers your hotel room, meals and all training materials. You will be housed at the Hyatt Place and transported to and from training sessions and meals. The only additional expense to you will be your travel costs to and from Charleston. Class will start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23 and conclude at 12 noon on Thursday, September 25 at our Charleston campus. The registration form should be completed and returned to your AstenJohnson sales representative or to Sue McCann.


What you will learn

  1. Forming Fundamentals
  • Headbox
  • Delivery of Jet to Fabric
  • Sheet Forming
  • Turbulence
  • LoVacs, HiVacs and Vacuum Systems
  1. Secondary Headboxes and Mini Fourdriniers
  2. Machine Clothing Basics: Impact of Clothing on Performance and Sheet Properties (Forming Fabrics)
  3. Forming Troubleshooting: Common Operational and Quality Issues and Solutions (Roundtable)
  4. Press Fundamentals
  • Pressing and Press Configurations
  • Press Vacuum Systems
  • Felt Conditioning
  • Sheet Control
  • Steam Showers
  1. Machine Clothing Basics: Impact of Clothing on Performance and Sheet Properties (Press Fabrics)
  2. Press Troubleshooting: Common Operational and Quality Issues and Solutions (Roundtable)
  3. Drying Fundamentals
  • Theory of Drying
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Common Configurations
  1. Machine Clothing Basics: Impact of Clothing on Performance and Sheet Properties (Dryer Fabrics)
  2. Dryer Troubleshooting: Common Operational and Quality Issues and Solutions (Roundtable)