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Monday, October 15

The Art of Airlaid - 35 Years with Memorable Moments

• Henning Skov Jensen, ESFIBERVISIONS
Thirty-five years ago the first INSIGHT conference covered the very early commercial efforts in the short fiber airlaid process. In those days a machine might run well and stay productive for a very short time. This keynote speech reviews some of the early attempts and remembers some of the earliest players, their products and the evolution of short fiber airlaid.

Where Technology, Materials and Trends Intersect
• Pablo Leon Escobar, Bostik
This presentation provides an inside look at ways to incorporate the latest advances in materials and technologies to keep your disposable hygiene product on the cutting edge of trends in the marketplace.

ARVELL: A Revolutionary Advance in Wipes Substrates
• Carmine Cimini, Teknoweb NA LLC
Teknoweb has created a new and innovative technology platform that enables converters to economically and sustainably produce their own wet wipes substrate. The machine and process are scaled to meet the substrate requirements of contract converters, while giving them unmatched ability to create custom substrates at reasonable cost. The ARVELL process will be explained and samples will be shown.

Global Growth and Profitability in Polypropylene Spunmelt Nonwovens
• David J. Price, Price Hanna Consultants, LLC
This presentation will provide an overview of the growth in global and regional capacity and demand for polypropylene spunlaid nonwovens, regional and global capacity utilization, key elements affecting profitability, and benchmark profitability performance of producers among major global regions.

Innovation in Perforated Topsheet and Elastic Film for Hygiene Applications
• Fabrizio Coladonato, Texol S.r.l.
Perforated topsheet for femcare products is in high demand in the consumer market. This is due to its high level of performance in terms of strike through, rewet, dryness and perception of cleanliness after use. Its drawback is in the appearance and tactile feel of the plastic, which drives the need for new configurations.
An elastic laminate for baby and adult diapers is necessary to achieve the proper fit of the articles onto the body of a wearer. Although there are several processes for the construction of elastic laminate, there is still a need for improved processing and product characteristics.
This presentation will discuss new innovations in these materials for the hygienic product industry.

Demystifying Private Label
• Joe Howard, Advanced Absorbent Technology, LLC
Many suppliers and manufacturers, branded and private label alike, believe that a retailer’s store brand is only effective when it “copies” the national brand with much lower pricing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Private label manufacturers must consider the specific needs of each market and the competitive landscape to optimize their strategy and positioning to the retailer and consumer, just like a national brand. This will lead to greater profits and a defensible position without the need to drop your price at the first sign of a competitive threat. This talk will include alternative strategies and tactics for private label manufacturers and suggestions regarding the appropriate situations to utilize them.

New Developments with Ingeo PLA — The Next Generation of Sustainable Materials
• Robert Green and Eamonn Tighe, NatureWorks LLC
Ingeo™ fibers and nonwovens are now used in a wide variety of everyday applications, ranging from hygienic to geotextile fabrics and from high fashion apparel to heavy industrial applications.
The focus of our Fibers and Nonwovens team has been to exploit the inherent polymer and fiber properties of Ingeo Biopolymer with the already well-publicized and highly valuable eco-profile benefits of the resin. This winning combination makes practical sense in today's world, which demands product performance while also balancing it with environmental responsibility.
This paper will also share details on a range of the latest new Ingeo products and applications, and how these were realized. Updates on the competitive economics vs current non-renewable polymers will also be provided.

World Fluff Pulp Markets in 2013
• Kurt Schaefer, RISI Inc.
2013 has been another interesting year for fluff pulp producers and consumers of fluff pulp, as ownership of some significant players has changed hands. This presentation is about changes, growth rates and market developments along with forecasts.

Tuesday, October 16

Consumer Product Developers and Microbiologists: Sharing the Sand Box
• Thomas Fahlen, Clorox Services Company
Antimicrobial product development often involves a multidisciplinary team of chemists, materials scientists, packaging experts and microbiologists. When considering the options for an antimicrobial active, it is important to understand the key drivers of, and detractors from, antimicrobial performance and how they are measured. This is often not a priority for the development team. Further, data provided by suppliers on novel antimicrobial chemistry or technology may or may not be relevant to the performance data that the team should be interested in for a given application. This talk is a microbiologist’s point of view on the antimicrobial performance information that is compelling when considering an antimicrobial active, and information that is not.

Plastics from Pyrolysis Update — Fast Pyrolysis at a Glacial Rate
• John Tharpe, Marion Engineering
Fast pyrolysis of cellulose has proven to be a viable source of thermal-energy materials, both liquid and solids. Recent tests have also produced interesting plastic materials that could have beneficial results for the disposables industry.

Alternative Cores for Ultrathin Hygiene Products
• Don Young, Marketing Technology Service, Inc.
Absorbent core designs for hygiene products have changed over the years, starting with tissue layers, followed by fluff pulp, and then fluff pulp and SAP. These changes have taken place over a 30-year period. Starting in the 1990s there were major changes in feminine hygiene cores with the introduction of Whispers in the Hong Kong market with its airlaid core. Airlaid cores have become common place in the feminine hygiene market, with market penetrations exceeding 50% in several areas. Change has been slower in the baby diaper and adult incontinence markets, but the pace of change has picked up over the last few years as thinner diapers and AI products have become more popular. As was the case with the introduction of SAP into hygiene products, patents have become a fact of life making it difficult for companies to stay competitive with the major producers. The purpose of this presentation is to identify the new core designs and discuss options for thinner core and product constructions that can compete within the patent landscape and provide properties required by the market.

Spooling versus Festooning for ADLs & Entangled Fabrics — Pros, Cons and Opportunities
• Jesus Lopez, Edelmann Technology GmbH & Co KG
Our sector of the industry has been focused on improving efficiency in the production of rolls. Converting equipment and diaper machine producers have been doing the same within their sectors. Spooling and festooning are processes that contribute to processing efficiency with new products that deliver breakthrough gains.
Spooling multiplies the web length on a roll without increasing the diameter of the roll, reducing the run-down and ramp-up frequency and downtime during the production process. Depending on the equipment used, this can improve production by up to a factor of 10 or above!
Festooned material improves efficiency even further by enabling non-stop production. While spooling creates a wide roll, festooning produces a box-shaped container of nonwoven in a process that is very gentle to the material—a must for converting bulky and sensitive nonwovens.

Sweet Corn: A 100% Bio-Based Spunbond Nonwoven
• Steve Chester, Fitesa
Environmental awareness and increased emphasis on sustainability have become major drivers for developments in bioplastics. The use of bio-based polymers in nonwovens is growing as new applications and products emerge. This paper provides 1) an overview of bioplastics and 2) details about the new 100% bio-based nonwoven from Fitesa.

How the Consumer Hygiene Giants Will Have 100% Renewable Diapers Within 20 Years
• Adrian Wilson, Sustainable Nonwovens
Procter & Gamble has said it will eventually make 100% of its products from renewable resources, and similar aims have been expressed by other major companies. How could this be achieved with a multi-material and highly complex product such as a diaper? There are many developments currently underway which suggest it may not be as difficult as would immediately be assumed. And perhaps more importantly, there is the will to make it happen from key influencers, aligned with a number of other favourable factors on a socio-political level.

Soy Chemistry for Nonwovens
• Robina Hogan, Omni Tech International, Ltd
Polymers utilizing soy chemistry have been developed for thermoplastic extrusion. The resulting fibers can be used for textiles and nonwovens applications. Blends have also been electrospun to create nanofibers for medical applications.

Elastic Solutions to Your Sticky Problems — What if Spiderman Fails to Stick?
• Wei Siong Tan, AccuSentry, Inc.
On top of a roof, the spiderman extends his hands. A long strand of elastic shoots from his wrist. The end of the elastic sticks onto the surface of an adjacent building. He jumps and swings between the high rises. As he gains speed, he accelerates toward the apex of the swing. Whoa! Midway through the swing, the adhesive gives way, the spiderman plummets straight down on to the concrete below. Of course, that never happens in the movie. However, in the daily grind of a 24/7 production environment, elastic strands do fail to stick every now and then. Although it’s not as dramatic as the spiderman falling helplessly to the ground, the impact could certainly be just as messy. When these sticky problems are discovered, production comes to a screeching halt. Batches of production are quarantined. What happened? What’s the cause? Did someone forget something? The settings were just right, but the elastic simply failed to stick for no apparent reason. Enough of this unscripted drama. You need an elastic solution to your sticky problems.

Wednesday, October 17

Multi-Layer ADL Nonwovens and Next Generation Materials for High Performance Personal Care Products with Absorbency Features
• Dany Michiels, TWE/Libeltex
Thin high-percent-SAP diapers and personal care disposables present significant liquid management and transport challenges to designers. This presentation is about multi-layer ADLs and the next generation of performance products with absorbency features built in.

Performance Rayon Fibers for New Applications
• Reinhold Roethenbacher, Kelhiem Fibres GmbH
Viscose, the cellulosic fiber based on renewable resources, can be modified with a well-equipped toolbox to very targeted parameters. Some time ago Kelheim presented the toolbox options to modify Viscose in shape and other properties. This presentation discusses achieved fiber properties and opportunities for commercial and “outside of the box” applications.

The Missing SAP Story — Why Hasn’t the World Missed the Biggest Global Producer?
• Ian Davenport, Davenport International Associates, LLC
This paper presents a review of how the hygiene industry has adapted to fill the Himeji superabsorbent supply gap, and the outlook for 2014 and beyond…was there really a gap?

Wipes in Today's World - Cleaning, Flushing and Sustaining
• Kimberly Babusik, Nice-Pak Products, Inc.
The world environment for wipes manufacturers has never been more complicated than it’s been in 2013. Demand for task-specific nonwovens wiping performance must be balanced with new and difficult flushability requirements. Materials selection for both the wiper substrates and the additives must also consider rising expectations and requirements for long term sustainability. This presentation describes the challenges, opportunities and some futuristic examples.”

Novel Performance and Feature Enhancements in Personal Care Components and Packaging
• Greg Gard, Berry Plastics Corporation
Abstract to come.

Foam Here to Infinity
• Rick Jezzi, A.D. Jezzi & Associates
Five years have passed since the introduction of a foam absorbent core in an ultra thin sanitary napkin, so it is now worth reviewing the current state of the technology to determine what the future will bring. The paper will also review foam absorbent technology and where it stands today, and its potential further use in disposable absorbent products. Consumers, costs and competitive reaction will be discussed, as well as a brief review of intellectual property surrounding the technology.

Growth Strategies for the Global Hygiene Industry — Investments in Expansions and Business Combinations
• Pricie Hanna, Price Hanna Consultants, LLC
Where are the current growth opportunities for the global hygiene industry and how are the industry’s leaders pursuing these prospects? This presentation will review recent examples of significant investments for capacity expansions and acquisitions by hygiene end product manufacturers and material suppliers. The global and regional growth strategies driving these investments will be identified. The success to date of these strategies will be discussed. New developments that will impact future growth opportunities will be examined.

Incontinence vs Education — Depends Who Cares
• Krystyna Boryk-Jozefowicz, TZMO SA
This paper will discuss a somewhat different approach to incontinence as both a medical and social phenomenon, and the way these perspectives influence product design and how the product is used by caregivers “on a patient and for a patient,” depending on the caregiver's background. There are many schools of thought with their own approaches to incontinence care that can determine the style and results of care.

Thursday, October 18

Hydrophobic Greige Cotton Fabrics for Hygiene Applications
• Vince Edward, USDA-ARS-SCCR
Cotton is one of the most environmentally friendly and consumer-preferred fibers in the world. However, cotton marketers have had limited success capturing market share in the nonwovens industry due to poor processing characteristics and undesirable economics of scoured and bleached cotton. An innovative cleaning process for greige cotton produces a fiber without the numerous problems associated with traditionally available cotton fibers. This presentation will focus on the performance of greige cotton fibers in hygiene and will provide a brief overview of applications for this material on the horizon. Results will be shared that demonstrate greige cotton has excellent diaper fluid management properties, offering high functionality while outperforming the industry standard, spunbond polypropylene, in a diaper topsheet application.

Elastics: Evolution, Intellectual Property and the Potential Future
• Donald Sheldon, Advanced Absorbent Technology, LLC
This paper discusses elastics and elastic development as it relates to nonwovens, including early developments and the evolution of elastics in nonwoven products, the material science of elastics, product designs incorporating elastic materials, intellectual property, and potential future developments and needs.

The Shape of Things to Come
• James P. Hanson, Marketing Technology Service, Inc.
Thirty-five years ago when the first INSIGHT conference was held, the theme was “airlaid and low density forming.” Today both topics are still of special interest. Back in those days the shape of a baby diaper was a wing-folded rectangle. Much has changed while staying the same.
This presentation will look at the attractive aspects of thin structures and airlaid composite possibilities for adult disposables, with some predictions on the shape of things to come.


Last Modified: October 21, 2013



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