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Improving Skills of Machine Crews and First Line Supervisors

In another demonstration of their commitment to the pulp and paper industry, Albany International Corp. and HumEng International Inc. have developed eLearning tools for the paper industry. The training programs cover Forming, Pressing, and Drying, and contain 11, 21, and 8 modules, respectively. The Pressing and Drying modules have been piloted and are now offered to the North American mills. The Forming modules will be available in early 2008.


This new multimedia learning tool helps papermakers acquire the knowledge and skills they need on Forming, Pressing, and Drying at their convenience. Users report the tool is effective and efficient. It promotes the assimilation of knowledge in a short time, with less disruption of the mill production process.

The eLearning modules are accompanied by a Training Needs Analysis and a Training Fulfillment Analysis. For each of its operators, mills are able to determine which eLearning modules are needed and the skills acquired from the eLearning.

Albany International Corp. has contributed its best practices on Forming, Pressing, and Drying to this project, and HumEng International Inc. has organized and presented the knowledge and skills on a multimedia platform using sound principles of adult education.

Established in 1991, HumEng International Inc. is a training content and delivery provider with the mission of developing and making available to the pulp and paper industry, eLearning content for shop floor employees.  It is involved to a great extent in pulp and paper operations and maintenance.

Albany International Corp. is the world’s leading producer of custom-designed paper machine fabrics and process belts that are essential to the manufacture of paper and paperboard. In its family of businesses, Albany applies its core competencies in advanced textiles and materials to other industries. Founded in 1895, the Company is headquartered in Albany, New York, with more than 6,000 employees worldwide and plants strategically located to serve its global customers. Additional information about the Company and its businesses and products is available at www.albint.com.

For further information, please contact:
Jim Moloney
Director of Marketing Communications
Americas Business Corridor
Albany International Corp.

Marc Labrie
President, HumEng International Inc.