David K. Fuhrmann

Principal Engineer

Contact Information

Phone: 513.543.0114

Biography and Experience

Dave Fuhrmann has worked in the pulp and paper industry for more than 44 years.  He began his career as a laborer and fork truck driver in a sulfite pulp mill with Nekoosa Papers.  He earned his BS in Pulp and Paper Engineering in 1987 while working shift work as a Recovery Operator and pulp mill supervisor.  After graduation, he went to work for Weyerhaeuser in Valliant, Oklahoma as a Senior Process Engineer, then Powerhouse Technical Assistant.  In 1999, he relocated to Loveland, Ohio to work from the Corporate Technology Center with International Paper.  He retired from International Paper in 2017 as a Technology Fellow, and then formed his own company (Precision Reliability) before becoming an employee of M&M Engineering Associates, a Division of Acuren Inspection, Inc.

Throughout Dave’s career, he has served to provide internal consultations on both short- and long-term reliability improvements for steam generating equipment, first within the US and internationally as well.

Dave worked to improve performance throughout his many positions, using planning and tracking tools to streamline and effectively execute boiler overhauls, as well as to successfully justify capital improvements and implementation.  He was involved in coordinating and participating in powerhouse policy compliance audits and also in powerhouse performance assessments.  He has been involved in developing and revising boiler equipment specifications and in dealing with vendor supply partnerships to standardize materials, equipment repairs, and inspections.  Dave has a patent for Superheater Overheat Prevention, and has served on the Black Liquor Recovery Boiler Advisory Committee as an owner/operator representative for the Executive Committee, and as Chairman on the Materials and Welding Subcommittee.

With more than four decades of experience, Dave has found that reliability improvements can be made by using proper inspection methods, analyzing the data, and applying the right mix of training, maintenance, and capital to avoid failures and increase annual capacity of equipment.

Dave has been to 48 of the 50 United States (missing New Mexico and Delaware), and numerous countries outside the US including: Brazil, Canada, Mexico, France, Poland, Japan, Russia, New Zealand, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.  Hunting, fishing, gardening, travelling, and grandchildren are his biggest hobbies.