AJ University

A class of our own.

We’re committed to investing in the education of future papermakers. That's why we founded AJ University. Offered since 2005 at our Charleston, South Carolina headquarters, AJ University is a unique series of classes and coursework designed to instruct papermakers of all experience levels on the nuances of clothing, equipment, machine analysis and diagnostics. In addition to traditional classroom instruction, our roundtables and seminars provide attendees with a forum for discussing the issues they face day-to-day and sharing best practices across our industry.

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Upcoming AJU Courses

Sep 18 2017
Papermaking Fundamentals Packaging Course

September 18-21, 2017
Charleston, SC

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

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Oct 23 2017
AJU Pulp Machine - Operation & Optimization

October 23-26, 2017
Charleston, SC

This intensive 2 ½ day session is designed for individuals who are operationally focused such as Superintendents, Machine Managers, Process Engineers or other leaders. The course material which is used to facilitate discussion also makes this training extremely valuable for Pulp operations leaders with a non-machine background. The class size is limited (20 max) to maximize discussion and interactions.

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Mar 12 2018
Papermaking Fundamentals Packaging Grades Course

March 12-16, 2018
Charleston, South Carolina

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.

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Apr 23 2018
Papermaking Fundamentals Printing & Writing

April 23-27, 2018
Charleston, SC

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.

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May 14 2018
Papermaking Fundamentals Data Analysis Course

May 14-16, 2018
Charleston, SC

This 2 ½ day course is designed for individuals who are relatively new to papermaking or in a new position at the mill. Also the course is excellent for those responsible for monitoring and improving process performance or product quality. This training is great for non-manufacturing roles as well. The class size is small – 12 to 16 participants – to allow for plenty of discussion along with classroom instruction. To take advantage of the available expertise in the classroom, participants are encouraged to bring their own data from a process improvement project. After learning a tool in Minitab by application on a training set of data, the class will have opportunity to apply the tool on their own data with guidance and input from the instructor.

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