My public seminars are coordinated by Seminars For Engineers. The next dates and locations are shown below:

October 12-14, 2021 – Manchester, United Kingdom
Hotel Football Old Trafford

99 Sir Matt Busby Way
Manchester M16 0SZ United Kingdom
TEL: +44 161 751 0430


October 26-28, 2021 – Chicago, Illinois USA
SpringHill Suites O’Hare Airport

8101 W Higgins Rd
Chicago, IL 60631
TEL: +1  773-867-0000

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About the Seminar

The Principles of Web Handling and Winding three-day seminar provides a complete understanding of these key converting fundamentals, covering the materials, equipment, and process factor knowledge to solve any web handling or winding problem.

Web handling principles apply across any roller-transported manufacturing process, helping to improve productivity and reduce waste during production with papers, films, foils, nonwovens, textiles, belts, or any thin, continuous material. The seminar will cover key web handling topics in-depth beginning with material properties, tension control, roller design, nipped processes, web position control, and wrinkle prevention. The winding portion of the session covers all aspects of winding, including the physics and process of winding, roll quality, and winder design, control and operations.

Who Should Attend

This seminar is directed towards technical, production and operations employees of any level with a need to understand the fundamentals of web handling, winding and roll quality.  These principles can be applied across all products, from bath tissue to steel foil.

Attendees will be provided with practical and proven solutions based on best practices and physics to eliminate waste from tension variations, web breaks, bagginess, scratching, misalignment, wrinkles, and roll defects.  If you are looking to optimize, upgrade or replace your web handling equipment, this seminar will review the design options available in tension control, guiding, rollers, and winders, reviewing the mechanics and best practices of each.


Introduction to Web Handling

  • Web Properties
  • Thickness Profile
  • Tension-Elongation
  • Curl and Bagginess


  • Speed, Length, and Diameter
  • Why Tension and How Much?
  • What is a Tension Zone?
  • How is Tension Created?

Rollers, Traction, and Flotation

  • What is a Roller?
  • Why/How are Rollers Aligned?
  • When Does a Roller Slip?

Nipped Systems and Laminating

  • What Creates Pressure and Pressure Variations in a Nip?
  • How are Nipped Systems Designed?
  • What are the Best Practices of Lamination?

Tracking, Wrinkling, Spreading, Guiding

  • What Causes Web Shifting?
  • What Causes Wrinkling?
  • How Do Spreaders Work?
  • How Do Web Guides Work

Winding, Winders, and Wound Rolls

  • Defining Winding Success
  • Material Properties (Web and Core)
  • Starting a Roll: Roll Transfers
  • Managing Initial Contact (Nip or Gap)
  • Driving a Roll (Center vs Surface)
  • Winder Tensions and Torques
  • Slip Shaft Winding
  • Defects
  • Wound-In Pressures and Stresses
  • Roll Edge Alignment
  • Transverse Variations (Gauge Bands, Bagginess)
  • In-Roll Buckling
  • What Determines Wind-Ability?
  • How is Winding Optimized?