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Short courses in nonwovens

If you’re a product developer, marketing manager, technical sales or support professional, or someone who’s new to the industry, or want a refresher on the latest technologies and trends here’s an opportunity to get up-to-speed quickly on the nonwovens essentials in key areas.

During IDEA® 22, you can take advantage of INDA’s new series of highly focused short-course training opportunities covering the essential information you need to know. Newcomers seeking to learn the key elements of making nonwovens – and those with two years or more of nonwovens experience seeking enhanced knowledge of technical design and performance within absorbent hygiene products, wet wipes, and filtration media for air and liquid – will get more value out of their IDEA® 22 participation by taking one or more of these short courses.

Each course presents essential knowledge with on-point content. They’re taught by leading industry and technical experts, in their respective process.

Advance Registration is now closed, you must register on-site. 

INSTRUCTOR
James (Jim) Robinson, Principal, Absorbent Hygiene Insights, LLC

WHEN
Tuesday, March 29
9:00 am– 12:00 pm

FEE
$425 for INDA Members
$475 for Non-Members

Questions?
Contact INDA

ESSENTIALS OF NONWOVENS:
ABSORBENT HYGIENE CORES

Take away new knowledge of key raw materials used in absorbent hygiene cores.

  • Understand how hygiene cores interact to provide efficient fluid management
  • Apply product concepts to develop new hygiene solutions

Attend and gain a preliminary understanding of ideas and concepts used for absorbent cores in the consumer hygiene product space.  You’ll discover the benefits and role of individual core components used to help provide efficient dry management of human fluids.

Learn the functions of fluff pulp, super absorbent polymer (SAP), acquisition and distribution layer (ADL) from a material systems approach.  Review new testing concepts that provide insight into the fluid management of cores along with concepts from traditional fluff and SAP cores to fluffless concepts.

Designed for professionals in the hygiene space or consumer hygiene products involved with:

  • Raw materials
  • Engineering
  • R&D
  • Technical sales and marketing
  • Manufacturing
  • Product development
  • Quality control
INSTRUCTOR
Jim Robinson

With a wealth of expertise in absorbent hygiene, Jim Robinson has more than 35 years’ experience in the chemical industry. For 10 years, his work with BASF focused on pulp and paper chemistry, and 25 of his years there were spent on superabsorbent polymers (SAP). Prior to joining BASF, he served as a technical service representative for Hoechst Celanese.
Mr. Robinson has been a contributor on several patents on superabsorbent polymers with hygiene and industrial applications. Now retired, his last position was Manager of Technical Service for BASF’s Hygiene Business.
Jim earned a BS in Chemistry (ACS) from Hampden-Sydney College, and an MS in Inorganic Chemistry and Spectroscopy from Duke University.

INSTRUCTOR
Jim Loftus, PhD., Principal, Loftus Technical Consulting LLC

WHEN
Tuesday, March 29
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

FEE
$595 for INDA Members
$695 for Non-Members

Questions?
Contact INDA

ESSENTIALS OF NONWOVENS:
MAKING NONWOVENS

This 5-hour course teaches essential nonwoven processes and materials including the basics necessary to participate in other essential courses.

Designed for professionals who are new to the industry or need a refresher in nonwovens essentials.

INSTRUCTOR
Jim Luftus

The course is led by Jim Loftus PhD, an expert with more than 30 years of broad materials experience in nonwovens with former positions as Technical Director for INDA, and Research Associate focused on building materials with Owens Corning. In addition to earning a BS, MS, and PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from Penn State University, Loftus currently holds 22 US patents and has numerous patent applications.  Along with owning and operating Loftus Technical Consulting LLC, he also writes a monthly patent column on nonwovens for RISI Fastmarkets.

INSTRUCTOR
Matt O'Sickey, Director of Education and Technical Affairs, INDA

WHEN
Wednesday, March 30
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

FEE
$425 for INDA Members
$475 for Non-Members

Questions?
Contact INDA

ESSENTIALS OF NONWOVENS:
INDUSTRIAL WIPES

Learn the basics of industrial wipes design, manufacturing processes, and applications.

  • Gain an understanding of industrial wipes ingredients, and packaging 
  • Acquire fundamental wipes knowledge from the Industrial viewpoint
  • Take-away insights into latest market trends

Dive into the essentials of wet and dry industrial wipes for Foodservice, Healthcare, general purpose and specialty sectors. Apply the essentials from an industry expert.
Your wipes industry is changing by the nanosecond—don’t miss the essential training opportunities that can drive your business forward.

Designed for:

  • Raw materials and packaging suppliers
  • Brand and private label wipe converters
  • Retail and Industrial/Institutional buyers
  • Product developers
INSTRUCTOR
Matt O'Sickey

Matt O'Sickey, INDA's Director of Education & Technical Affairs, joined INDA in September 2022. He has prior experience as the Director of Application Engineering and Research & Development for the Americas at RKW North America and as Director of Global Market Development with Tredegar Corporation. He holds a deeply rooted belief that innovation is the result of the intersection of marketing and technology, and this is reflected in his career path, which encompasses both disciplines. His career has entailed developing and bringing to market a range of hygiene and packaging films and nonwoven laminates. Within the hygiene area, he has worked on the development and commercialization of topsheets, surge layers, waistbands, fit and closure elements, breathable films and laminates, backsheets, pouch films, and bags with more recent focus on sustainable solutions.

Matt has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Administration from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University with a heavy emphasis on the processing-structure-property relationships of polymeric materials.

INSTRUCTOR
Matt O'Sickey, Director of Education and Technical Affairs, INDA

WHEN
Wednesday, March 30
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FEE
$425 for INDA Members
$475 for Non-Members

Questions?
Contact INDA

ESSENTIALS OF NONWOVENS:
CONSUMER WET WIPES

Learn basic wipes design, manufacturing technologies, and applications.

  • Gain a basic understanding of wet wipe ingredients, processes and packaging 
  • Acquire fundamental wipes knowledge from the Consumer viewpoint
  • Obtain basic insights into latest market trends

Get up-to-speed quickly on the essentials of consumer wet wipes for Baby, Personal Care, and Home Care.  Acquire an overview of the consumer supply chain from nonwovens to finished products.

Designed for:

  • Raw materials and packaging suppliers
  • Brand and private label wipe converters
  • Retail buyers
  • Product developers
INSTRUCTOR
Matt O'Sickey

Matt O'Sickey, INDA's Director of Education & Technical Affairs, joined INDA in September 2022. He has prior experience as the Director of Application Engineering and Research & Development for the Americas at RKW North America and as Director of Global Market Development with Tredegar Corporation. He holds a deeply rooted belief that innovation is the result of the intersection of marketing and technology, and this is reflected in his career path, which encompasses both disciplines. His career has entailed developing and bringing to market a range of hygiene and packaging films and nonwoven laminates. Within the hygiene area, he has worked on the development and commercialization of topsheets, surge layers, waistbands, fit and closure elements, breathable films and laminates, backsheets, pouch films, and bags with more recent focus on sustainable solutions.

Matt has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Administration from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University with a heavy emphasis on the processing-structure-property relationships of polymeric materials.

INSTRUCTOR
Jim Loftus, PhD., Principal, Loftus Technical Consulting LLC

WHEN
Thursday, March 31
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

FEE
$425 for INDA Members
$475 for Non-Members

Questions?
Contact INDA

ESSENTIALS OF NONWOVENS:
Patent Searching

Attend this workshop and discover how to quickly find usable technical and business information within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) new public search tools.

  • Quickly search patents and patent applications for information on products, technological trends, and creative solutions to problems
  • Take away key competitive intelligence from a broad array of data

The USPTO Databases offer some of the most up-to-date and comprehensive historical views of technological progress and achievement publicly available. Attend this workshop and discover how to quickly find usable technical and business information within the USPTO.  Uncover the basic structure of patents and patent applications. Learn effective and efficient search strategies through real-world examples.  Find out how to extract valuable information from mountains of data.

Designed For:

  • Product and market developers
  • Research scientists and engineers
  • Technology scouts
  • R&D management
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Graduate students
  • Intellectual property researchers

Disclaimer: The author/instructor is not a patent attorney nor a patent agent. Information presented orally and in writing should not be construed as legal advice. The knowledge presented is based on years of searching experience and interactions with IP legal professionals.

INSTRUCTOR
Jim Luftus

The course is led by Jim Loftus PhD, an expert with more than 30 years of broad materials experience in nonwovens with former positions as Technical Director for INDA, and Research Associate focused on building materials with Owens Corning. In addition to earning a BS, MS, and PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from Penn State University, Loftus currently holds 22 US patents and has numerous patent applications.  Along with owning and operating Loftus Technical Consulting LLC, he also writes a monthly patent column on nonwovens for RISI Fastmarkets.

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