The IDEA® Achievement Awards Show
All professionals in the global nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry can nominate products. The Awards recognize the best new product introductions in five categories.
Here are the 2022 winners:
- IDEA® Equipment Achievement Award — Elastic Thread Anchoring (ETA) Sonotrode – Herrmann Ultrasonics Inc.
Elastics are an integral component to many hygiene products. Imagine a diaper or incontinence product that is reliable, adhesive-free and extremely soft. Herrmann Ultrasonics Elastic Thread Anchoring (ETA) Sonotrode technology provides just that, in an industry first, easy-to-use closed-loop feedback manufacturing solution. The fixation of the elastic threads is accomplished with ultrasonic energy that offers a wide process window, without the need for tool changeovers, at processing speeds above 2,000 ft./min.
- IDEA® Raw Material Achievement Award — ODOGard – Rem Brands, Inc.
Rem Brands, Inc.’s patented ODOGard® technology is a revolutionary advancement in odor elimination. This next-generation odor elimination mechanism works by covalent molecular bonding to malodors. Malodors are permanently attached to the ODOGard® molecule, changing them into non-odorous molecules forever. ODOGard® can be impregnated into pulp fluff and other kinds of media. Whether malodors come from the air or from hygiene products, ODOGard® has it covered.
- IDEA® Short-Life Product Achievement Award — LifeSavers Wipes – LifeSavers LLC
LifeSavers Wipes are personal hygiene wipes that change color if they detect abnormal health indicators in the urine. The launch product is a diabetic wipe, which will change color if there are abnormal levels of glucose in the urine. The wipes are therefore triple purposed as they assist with personal hygiene after urinating, act as an early warning system, and serve as an instant glucose monitor. UTI and kidney disease wipes are next in line.
- IDEA® Long-Life Product Achievement Award — Nanofiber Cabin Air Filter – MANN + HUMMEL GmbH
MANN+HUMMEL has developed a hybrid media by combining electret-based spunbond and a pure mechanical filtration layer of ultrafine polymer fibers. The result: an outstanding separation of PM1 particles up to 95 percent, according to DIN EN ISO 16890. This technology enables stable filtration performance and long-term efficiency over the whole filter lifetime. The nanofiber layer can be combined with any cabin air filter media of the MANN+HUMMEL range, improving air quality in a vehicle’s cabin significantly.
- IDEA® Sustainability Advancement Award — Fiber-based Screw Caps – Glatfelter Corp. and Blue Ocean Closures
Finally, an alternative to metal and plastic screw caps! Blue Ocean Closures partnered with Glatfelter and ALPLA to accelerate and produce sustainable and environmentally-friendly packaging solutions. The companies optimized their use of renewable and recyclable wood fibers and airlaid materials by creating paper-based screw caps that are durable, strong, and water-resistant. The method of proprietary vacuum press forming allows for low production cost and high scalability.
- IDEA® Nonwoven Product Achievement Award — HYDRASPUN® Aquaflo – Sustainable Nonwoven Substrates – Suominen Corporation
Suominen’s latest moist tissue product, HYDRASPUN® Aquaflo achieves dry tissue dispersibility through a proprietary blend of 100 percent sustainable cellulosic materials, minimizing environmental impact. This flushable nonwoven has a premium hand feel for a luxurious consumer experience. In addition, it passes dispersibility standards set by INDA (GD4) and the International Water Services Flushability Group (IWSFG.) HYDRASPUN® Aquaflo is produced in Europe and North America and represents multi-year development and market insights to deliver a personal care product ideal for today’s consumer.
Categories and rules are based upon the interpretation of the Technical Advisory Board.
INDA’s Technical Advisory Board selects three finalists in each category and industry professionals will subsequently have the opportunity to vote on the recipient in each category through the Nonwovens Industry website.
Each company whose products are nominated shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless INDA, its directors, officers, members, employees, and agents, and all other individuals involved in the voting process from and against any and all claims, actions, judgments, demands, liabilities, losses, injuries, costs and expenses arising out of or relating to such company’s products, including the manufacturing, packaging, labeling, advertising, sale, and use of such products.
Presented by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, in partnership with Nonwovens Industry magazine, the IDEA Achievement Awards are presented every three years in conjunction with IDEA – The World’s Preeminent Event for Nonwovens & Engineered Fabrics.