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.

The PPIC technical program is developed over the course of a 2 year period by dedicated members of the IAS Pulp & Paper Industry Technical Committee.


2023 Schedule
2022 Schedule
2021 Schedule


Professional Development Hours are awarded for all technical sessions and tutorials attended. In general, 3.5 PDHs are awarded for each morning or afternoon session. Half-day tutorials receive 4 PDH, full-day tutorials get 8 PDH. Certificates are available at the end of each technical session or tutorial.


(subject to change)


Operations Driven Safety & Reliability: Creating a Blue Ocean of Asset Reliability
Martin Robinson (IRISS Group)

Factory Acceptance Testing–from Three Different Perspectices
Jaco Kruger (Allnorth Consulatants)

The Crucial Role of Cybersecurity in Electrical & Power Management Systems
Matthew Cosne (Eaton)

Evaluating Substations to the 2023 NFPA 70B Standard
Austin (AJ) Johnson (Eaton)

History of Motor Control: Part 2
Rory Johnson (Weyerhaeuser, Retired)

Ride the Lightning Protection: All the Way to Ground
Mike Huynh (Allnorth Consultants)

Demystifying AVT Testing
Sergio Panetta (I-Gard)

GFCI: A Standards Perspective
Nehad El-Sherif, Tom Domitrovich (MNKYBR)

Solid State Circuit Breaker Technologies: Advanced Protection & Control Capabilities for Forest Products Industries
John Kay, Eric Norton, Philip Allen (Retired/Grace Technologies)

Why Can’t I Start My Motor: Demystifying Motor Relay Lockouts
Christine Crites (GE Vernova)

Modern IED Data Capture Configuration Challenges
Craig Wester (GE Vernova)

NGR Sizing Considerations
Jeremie Bergeron (Delta Wye Engineering)

Modernizing a Refinery Brushless Motor P&C System to Maximize Availability: A Case Study
Christine Crites (GE Vernova)

Predictive Drive Maintenance
Rich Butler (Rockwell Automation)

Accuracy of TAPPI Constants
Mike Kozlowski (ABB)

Reduced Green House Emissions through Increased Machine Efficiency
Ryan Wantz (Siemens Energy)

Real-Time Controller HIL Simulation for Motor Starting Studies
Stan Simms (Eaton)

Dismiss Your Fears: A Guide to Writing & Presenting a Paper at the PPIC Conference
Dave Durocher (Eaton, Retired)


PPE: Best Practices & Maintenance
Panelists TBD

Capital Projects: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Panelists TBD


Drives & Controls

Power Distribution Systems

Process Control, Engineering, Maintenance & Construction

Safety & Training


DC Motors Primer 101
4 hours

Chris Heron

Abstract: Coming Soon…

Intro to Codes & Standards Development Process
4 hours

Nehad El-Sherif

This half-day tutorial provides attendees having little or no background of codes and standards with information to develop a basic understanding of the topic. It also serves as a refresher for experienced attendees. The 5W’s method will be used to engage attendees and historical examples to emphasize the importance of complying with codes and standards are shared. The relation between innovation and standards will be discussed as well as the benefit of getting involved in the development process of codes and standards. Finally, a real-life design example will be shared with attendees to demonstrate how codes and standards are applied in practice.

IEEE 2455 Recommended Practice for Repair & Maintenance of DC Electrical Machines Overview
4 hours

Chuck Yung

This half-day tutorial will review the recently published IEEE 2455 Recommended Practice for the Repair and Maintenance of DC Electrical Machines. The need for documented repair practices for DC machines prompted the working group to develop this Recommended Practice providing consistent recommendations for repair “best practices”. The session will share many examples useful to the Pulp & Paper industry.

4 hours

Daryld Ray Crow & Daleep Mohla

This half-day tutorial will cover key changes approved for the 2024 edition of NFPA 70E.  The presentation will be provided by Daryld Ray Crow and Daleep Mohla, both are members of the NFPA 70E committee.  Consult the full document as published prior to making any changes to your electrical safety program.