Sunday October 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM EDT
Tuesday October 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Miami University, The Marcum Conference Center 
351 North Fisher Drive
Oxford, OH 45056

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The Marcum Center. Photo courtesy of Miami University


Allison Gifford 
Talo Analytic International, Inc. 

The 5th Annual
Light Green Machine Conference

Join us at the Marcum Center on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio this October 26-28 for the fifth-annual Light Green Machine Conference. (To reserve a room at the Marcum for the conference, click this link and enter the code LGMI into the Group Code field to reserve a room from our block.) 

The theme for the 2014 LGMI conference is "To the headbox and beyond"

Join us on the beautiful campus of Miami University! Photo courtesy of Miami University

Half of the proceeds for this year's conference will be donated to the Miami Paper Science and Engineering Foundation. Those registering for the full conference will receive a special collection of Jim Thompson books, including "Raising EBITDA: The Lessons of Nip Impressions," "The Lazy Project Engineer's Path to Excellence," The Pulp and Paper Industry: A Perspective for Wall Street," and "The Osage Mill" -- a USD $100 value.  

We hope to see you there.

Conference Agenda

Reception Sunday Evening

Marcum Center

6 PM


7:00 AM Breakfast

Monday Morning
Module 1: The future is now

8:00 AM--A review of LGMI ideas since we last met—Jim Thompson, Founder Light Green Machine Institute.

A quick examination of the ideas we have put forth since we last met. There will also be examples of known applications of all ideas the Light Green Machine Institute has championed over the last five years.

8:45 AM--Assets for tomorrow—the pulp and paper science students today—Jon Kerr, Director Miami University Pulp and Paper Science Foundation.

Jon will discuss the challenges and promise of a pulp and paper education today.

9:30 AM--Break

10:00 AM--How you can use your Industrial Database to make Money for your Mill—Markuu Mustonen, President, Conmark Systems Inc.

A Pulp and Paper process is very complicated process impacted by numerous process parameters in the effort to manufacture quality products with the minimal cost. To produce high quality product and lower the overall daily cost, pulp and paper mills need to increase their effort in Variability Reduction utilizing the information which is already stored in their industrial databases.

Paper covers the methods which has been developed over several years with paper mill customers to be able to use advanced means of finding root causes for process events and upsets utilizing the mill’s existing industrial databases and advanced visual information tools. These advanced technologies help mill personnel reduce breaks, increase runnability of the paper machines, reduce waste and drastically reduce variability in pulp and paper processes.

11:00 AM--Tour Miami's Pilot Paper Machine


1:30 PM--Monday Afternoon

Module 2A: The impact of the Liquor Cycle

The Liquor Cycle and its Impact on Pulp Manufacture—Mike Ryan, President, Process Laboratories.

This will be a hands on presentation/workshop from the premier Liquor Cycle Scientist in the industry. Mike will go through the entire cycle and debunk misconceptions about the liquor cycle. This extensive workshop will be a start towards taking your mill to an optimization plan.


1:30 PM--Monday Afternooon

Module 2B: Developing and Executing Small Capital Projects using Light Green Machine Institute Principles

Jim Thompson will conduct a workshop on how to develop and execute small capital projects in an operating pulp or paper mill. His book, "The Lazy Project Engineer's Path to Excellence" will be the text for this workshop.

4:30 Sessions over for the day

6:00 PM Reception with Participants, Faculty and Students as available

(dinner on your own)

 7:00 AM Breakfast

Tuesday Morning

Module 3: From pulp to the headbox

8:00 AM--Headbox considerationsDr. Steve Keller, Miami University

Dr. Keller will discuss the evolution of headbox design; why headbox design is as it is today and give insight into future direction.

9:00 AM--Compact Stock Prep—Ken Meine, President Associated Professional Engineering Consulants, LLC.

Ken will present the evolution of the Compact Stock Prep Concept from 1996 until present. APEC has successfully converted a number of stock prep systems from conventional process flows to designs virtually eliminating surge capacity. These designs reduce the real estate required for stock prep and provide better control.

10:30 AM--Break

11:00 AM--Case studies in agitation—Marc Mosley, Philadelphia Mixing

Marc will provide an update on Philadelphia Mixing’s experience with new agitator designs which are reducing energy
requirements while eliminating dead spots in agitated vessels.


1:00 PM--Tuesday Afternoon
Module 4: You have to maintain it

An example of best maintenance practices—Jeremy Davis, Director of Building Maintenance, Miami University.

Jeremy is responsible for managing the maintenance of the infrastructure at Miami University. We will get a hands on tour of the advanced maintenance scheduling and planning practices they have implemented.

4:00 PM Conference Closes