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“The speakers offered high quality presentations about a broad variety of subjects that opened discussions between the attendees and a reflection on the future of the Industry. RISE 2012’s approach of the nonwoven industry was unique!”
Magali Belmas, Ph.D.,
Development Chemist, NICCA USA


“I really like the program/presentation balance between long-term academic studies with market implications and the short term ready for market concepts. The conference had something for both the technical and the commercial people.”
Octavius O. Davies,
Business Development Manager - Nonwovens IMERYS Performance Minerals, NA

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Conference Agenda

Monday, September 30

Johns Manville Facility Tour
12:15 pm – 3:30 pm

The tour is complimentary, limited spaces are available. First-come, first-served. RSVP required using registration form.

Cours TourTour of Coors Field
6:30 pm

Take a tour of Major League Baseball’s premier parks. Complimentary, RSVP required using registration form.

Welcome Reception Sponsored by BASFBASF Sponsors welcome reception
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Blue Moon Brewing Company, Coors Field Complimentary, RSVP required using registration form.

Tuesday, October 1

Welcome Remarks
8:45 am

Dave Rousse, President, INDA

Revolutionary Technology and Trends
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

3D Printing and the New Manufacturing
Melba Kurman, Author & Technology Analyst, Triple Helix Innovation, LLC

Learn more about the role 3D printing technology can play in your business. 3D printers are dropping in cost and improving in capacity. A 3D printer fabricates physical objects by depositing tiny droplets of raw material in layers, gradually transforming an electronic design blueprint into a three-dimensional object. Manufacturers have used these mini-factory machines for decades to print quick design prototypes. Today 3D printers make sophisticated medical products, fine jewelry, non-traditional fabrics and specialized machine parts. This session explores how 3D printing and digital manufacturing will change manufacturing by speeding up product design, shortening supply chains and making it cheaper for companies to create innovative products for niche “markets of one.”

A Revolutionary 3D Textile Printing Technology
Tamar Giloh, President & CEO, Tamicare Co. Ltd.

Cosyflex™ – A new technology allowing industrial 3D fabric printing with no waste. The technology utilizes materials that create all-direction elasticity and microporosity while being constructed from 100% natural materials; however, a wide range of materials may be used including synthetics. The technology, which is comparable to 3D printing, implements an innovative proprietary process of layering liquid polymers and loose textile fibres in almost unlimited combinations. The process may be implemented at different volumes of mass production. The technology allows instant creation of finished products, with no need for converting; alternatively, the fabric may be produced in rolls and further converted for any need. The fabric is characterized by superior elongation, recovery, drape and feel, and provides excellent barrier protection (if required). Cosyflex™ form-fitting disposables will allow market players to make serious inroads into the fashion, medical and sport markets with new categories of products and are considered to fulfil designers’ dreams.

Market Trends That Are Driving Innovation in Nonwovens
Pablo Leon Escobar, Americas Market Manager, Bostik Global Nonwovens Business Unit

Thinner cores are just one of many innovations resulting from changing market trends in the global hygiene market. Bostik presents a look at how market and technology changes are interacting and evolving in today’s market and where those changes are impacting the future.

Nonwovens with Phase Change Materials – Microclimate Control for Bedding and Apparel
Mark Hartmann, Director of Research & Development, Outlast Technologies LLC

How do you proactively reduce perspiration, sweat and moisture buildup? This presentation will illustrate the state-of-the- art developments for the incorporation of phase change materials (PCMs) into nonwovens for the bedding and apparel markets, along with the latest independent testing which shows the improved physiological results and benefits of materials with PCMs.

Insights will be provided into the various PCM materials. These materials can be used to create advanced smart materials and insulations that continually regulate the body’s microclimate for improved benefits. These benefits (including reduced overheating) reduce sweat and perspiration, lead to reduced chilling and night sweats, as well as a deeper, more restful sleep.

Table-top Event/Luncheon
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Raffle during the Tuesday table-top event/ luncheon! There will be some great prizes. Visit all the table-tops during the complimentary luncheon and collect raffle tickets. The more tickets you collect, the more chances you have to win. The raffle drawing will be held at 2:00 pm following the luncheon on Tuesday. Table-Top Reservation Form

Presentations and Panel Discussion: Emerging Technology and Predictions
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Interior of Nonwoven Car

Engineered fabrics

Nonwovens in the home

The nonwoven fabrics industry is facing a rapidly changing technology landscape. Every aspect of the industry is evolving, leaving some companies to stand in the shadows of dinosaurs. A key aspect of capitalizing on these changes is understanding intellectual property. Key figures from the nonwoven fabrics industry have agreed to take an in-depth look at how new patent laws and patent history can be used as a competitive advantage and a tool to monitor emerging technology and predict future product trends. A 30-minute panel discussion with the audience will follow the presentations.

Presentations include:

Protecting IP Under the New America Invents Act (AIA) – A Primer & Action Plan for Nonwoven Companies
Troy Grabow, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Using IP Literature to Identify Product Trends & Potential Opportunities
Ben Bahavar, Ph.D., Analyst, Nerac, Inc.

Processing Trends in Submicron Fiber Development
Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute

Future Trends for Durable Nonwoven Products
Brad Kalil, Director of Market Research & Statistics, INDA


Dine with Industry Thought Leaders
7:00 pm

Dining with industry thought leaders provides an opportunity for RISE attendees to meet with decision-makers from select areas of the value chain to learn about what is trending, fading and on the horizon in key nonwoven segments. Learn what these decision-makers are currently watching, buying or simply interested in learning more about. It’s an excellent opportunity and promises to be a fun and informative evening.

How Dine with Industry Thought Leaders Works

Individuals with corporate decision-making power will host a table at various restaurants across Denver. The decision-makers are from major market segments and will provide thought-provoking, stimulating conversation in an informal atmosphere. Dinner will be at your own expense. Space is limited to the first 36 people. RSVP using the RISE Registration Form.

Confirmed Hosts:

Medical: Jon Behm, Vice-President, Strategic Sourcing, Cardinal Health, Inc.

Construction: John Hillenbrand, Vice-President and Chief Innovation Officer, Owens Corning Inc.

Automotive: Vamsi Krishna Jasti, Ph.D., New Technologies-Automotive Seating (Trim and Fabrics), Johnson Controls Inc.

Innovation: David L. Nelson, Laboratory Manager, 3M

Technology: Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute

Nonwoven Game Changers: Dave Rousse, President, INDA

Nano Fibers:  Fred Lybrand, President, Elmarco Inc.


Wednesday, October 2

Innovative Materials and Processes
8:30 am – 11:00 am

Simple and Cost-efficient RFID Tagging for Hygiene Applications
Val Marinov, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of North Dakota-Fargo

The idea is to present and illustrate our technology with results from our current research on moisture sensors for adult incontinence products. The key word here is “results.”

MiFIT: Microfluidic-Fabric Interfacial Technology for Biofluid Manipulation
Tingrui Pan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis

Microfluidics deals with the transport of fluids in small, constrained environments. Continuous and facilitated biofluidic transport has been hampered by the restricted capillary-driving mechanism in fabrics. In this talk, I will present the first interfacial microfluidic transport principle to drive three-dimensional liquid flows on a microfluidic-fabric interfacial technology (MiFIT) platform in a controllable manner. Specifically, the MiFIT system facilitates the liquid motion along the hydrophilic yarn, in addition to the capillary action present in the fibrous structure, from which well-controlled wetting patterns are established for interfacial microfluidic operations. The geometric configurations of the stitched micropatterns, e.g., the lengths and diameters of the yarn and bundled arrangement, can all influence the transport process, which is investigated both experimentally and theoretically. As a demonstration, MiFIT designs have been implemented on both artificial and real skin surfaces to collect and remove sweat in a highly efficient and facilitated means. Overall, this new microfluidic-fabric interfacial technology has opened new avenues in biofluidic collection and removal, in comparison with the conventional wicking (or capillary) flow on fabrics, which is ready to be deployed for a wide range of biomedical and textile applications.

Scientific Research into Engineered FabricsStretching Nonwoven Performance
Elena Novarino, Ph.D., Development Scientist, Fitesa

Stretch is important to a growing number of nonwoven applications where return forces during the application of strain, the amount of recovery, and the amount of set must be considered. Differences between standard, extensible, and elastic nonwovens is presented with a focus on production equipment, styrenic block copolymers, and end-use applications.

Nonwoven Ultra Clean, Greige Cotton Wound Dressing Demonstrates Wound Healing Properties
J. Vincent Edwards, Ph.D., USDA-ARS-SRRC, Southern Regional Research Center

Native greige cotton can now be cleaned by chemical-free dry processing to a very high standard of purity and then through simple, but very effective, hydroentanglement made into high quality nonwoven material with built in absorbency as a result of this hydroentangling procedure. This finding has prompted R&D on the wound healing properties that this native cotton fiber possesses. The cotton fabric’s pectin and wax retention, which is stripped away during scouring and bleaching processes, affords high value to wound healing. The resulting structure/functional properties of nonwoven ultra clean greige cotton can be harnessed to potentially accelerate clotting and better treat chronic wounds though specific cost-effective dressing motifs. Potential applications will be outlined.

Mass Reduction – Opportunities and Challenges in the Automotive Industry
Greg Schroeder, Senior Research Engineer, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

Changes to regulations and a consumer desire for more fuel efficient vehicles is pushing the automotive industry to adopt advanced fuel efficiency technologies. One tried-and-true method of improving fuel economy is reducing vehicle weight or “mass”. However, significant challenges exist with the introduction and proliferation of new, light weight material technologies. These challenges and opportunities to overcome them in the automotive sector will be discussed.

RISE Durable Product Award Presentations
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The RISE Durable Product Award recognizes and rewards innovation in new durable products that utilize nonwoven fabrics in a way that expands the usage of nonwovens. Presented annually at the RISE Conference, eligible durable product categories include, but are not limited to: geotextiles, automotive applications, long-life filters, construction, furniture and durable household products. Join the finalists as they present their innovations to RISE attendees. The winner will be announced the morning of Thursday, October 3. Finalist Product descriptions on our Awards page.

• Bonar: Colback® Profloor - Rob Tyler, Product Manager, Bonar, Inc.

• Dell Seven & GMX, Inc.: ThermalDrain™ - Lindsay Castles, Vice President, GMX, Inc.

• RIT International: NLITe™ Nanofiber Light Improvement Technology - J. Lynn Davis Ph.D., Director, Engineering Research, RIT International


Lunch (on your own)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Nano Technology and Applications
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Next Generation Nanofiber Applications – Moving Commercial Products Beyond Air Filtration
Miles C. Wright, CEO, Xanofi, Inc.

Polymer and biopolymer nanofibers have the potential to improve many products – they have proven to be a versatile advanced material. The problem facing new nanofiber products runs parallel with other advanced materials – namely, scaling from lab discovery to commercial production. We believe the next 10 years will be the time period when nanofibers finally arrive with large-scale uses that will dwarf current applications.

A critical key to new generations of products will be Xanofi’s new manufacturing platform: XanoShear™. This liquid-based production method will not replace the existing technologies but instead will diversify the types of nanofiber production and change the financial metrics of products. It will also introduce new products that simply aren't possible with other methods. Some of the projects to be covered include true 3D cell scaffolds, affinity chromatography on nonwoven substrates, increased hydrophobicity of C6 fluorochemicals, advanced magnetic scaffolds for autotrophs in waste water, plus several others.

The Impact of High Volume, Low Cost Nanofiber Production on the Nonwovens Industry
Roger Lipton, Chief Marketing Officer, FibeRio Technology Corporation

Market Trends

Technology advancements allowing for the creation of high volume, low cost nanofibers have enabled nanofibers to move out of the realm of expensive, niche products and into larger markets with prices that are competitive to non-nanofiber enhanced products. Some of the larger markets include common air and liquid filter media, surgical nonwovens, personal care products, energy storage and technical textiles. Learn how deploying low-cost high volume nanofibers from a broad range of polymers can impact your competitiveness in the market place.

Using Widely Adopted Frameworks, Such as the Gartner Hype Cycle, to Understand the State of Nanofiber Production
Fred Lybrand, President, Elmarco Inc.

Nanofibers have been promised to the industry for quite some time. Donaldson has, by their own statements, had commercially available products since 1981. Because nanofibers are a component good and can be used in many different applications, getting precise and reliable numbers proves difficult. By using widely accepted commercial frameworks, such as those provided by Musso, The Gartner Group, and others, it is possible to understand the current state of the market.

Environmental, Health and Safety Studies of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and Nanofibers
David Y.H. Pui, Ph.D., Distinguished McKnight University Professor–LM Fingerson/TSI Inc. Chair in Mechanical Engineering, Director of Particle Technology Laboratory, University of Minnesota

NIOSH in April 2013 recommended an exposure limit of 1 μg/m3 for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and nanofibers (CNFs), which is a drastic reduction from the exposure limit of 3.5 mg/m3 for carbon black. In advanced filter media, nanofiber coatings are used to increase the filtration efficiency and to enhance surface filtration for reverse pulsed cleaning. There is a concern with the health impact of possible detachment of nanofibers from the filters. We will describe our study on the possible detachment of nanofibers from filters, and the dispersion of CNTs for the toxicity study.

Q & A Session

RISE 2013 Table-top Event & Reception
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Create new business opportunities at the RISE 2013 Table-top Event and Reception. Connect with suppliers showcasing their products over complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Reserve your space today by contacting Tracey Bailey,, or call 919-233-1210, ext 129. Table-Top Reservation Form

Thursday, October 3

Networking Breakfast
7:30 am – 8:30 am

Start off your day the right way – networking with other RISE attendees over breakfast. Join us for complimentary breakfast meats, eggs, toast and coffee Thursday morning.

New Ideas For Raw Materials
8:30 am – 11:00 am

New Role for Nanoparticles in Polymer Processing: Orientation Enhancers
Miko Cakmak, Ph.D., University of Akron

In order to maximize the mechanical properties of polymers, crystallization is often induced via orientation of polymer chains. Often the methods to orient the polymer chains are mechanical in nature (e.g., stretching), but these are not always effective. We have found that the addition of clay nanoparticles in the melt phase results in novel orientation behavior of the polymer chains which profoundly enhances the physical properties in any processing operation, particularly in fiber spinning. Learn how it works and why it works and what characteristics this process can impart on polymers used in film manufacturing and the fiber spinning process.

Mineral Solutions for Polypropylene Nonwovens
Chris Paynter, Director of Technology & Innovation, IMERYS Performance Minerals, NA

High-speed spunmelt nonwoven lines require raw materials designed to meet stringent processing requirements, and FiberLink™ 201S engineered calcium carbonate has been specially developed for this demanding field. This presentation describes the unique functionality this additive provides, including improved opacity, softness, filtration efficiency, printability, and reduced carbon footprint of the nonwoven fabric.

Bedbug and Termite Control via Nanofibers
Miriam Rafailovich, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Shan He, MS, Linxi Zhang, MS, Department of Materials Science, SUNY at Stony Brook

A unique and very effective method to trap and eradicate bedbugs and other insects has been discovered. Sheeting made from electrospun nanofibers are used to trap the insects, which entangle within the fibers. Since the protrusions on the legs of the insects are microns in dimension, they can easily glide though the macroscopic fibrous structures. Here, submicron fibers are formed which resonate with the topographical structures, attaching onto the legs and confining them. As the insects struggle to free themselves, they become progressively more entangled making them unable to reach food sources or reproduce. Even though these insects can survive for long times without feeding, the stress also appears to kill them within a few days. This method of killing insects is chemical-free, environmentally sustainable, and the insects cannot establish immunity to it.

Breathable Reactive Hot Melt Adhesives for Textile Lamination
Lee Polance, Global Product Director – Reactive Technologies, HB Fuller

Many of the recent innovations in technical textiles are focused on improving the breathability of films and fabrics to meet specific market requirements. For example, waterproof-breathable polyurethane (TPU) films for lamination to fabrics are used in today’s most popular performance apparel and footwear. The use of high DWR (Durable Water Repellent) fabrics laminated with a membrane, usually made of ePTFE or PU, has resulted in outstanding gains in breathability in the outdoor wear industry. Reactive hot melt adhesives are commonly used in film to fabric or fabric to fabric laminations. This presentation will describe HBF’s patented technology for high MVTR (Moisture-Vapor-Transmission-Rate) hot melt moisture cure polyurethane adhesive with excellent hydrolysis resistance. This breathable adhesive technology can be ideal for applications in sports and active wear, contract and work wear, lingerie as well as in medical lamination.

Using Foamed PSA Adhesive Technology to Stretch Your Manufacturing Dollars
Rick Klaus, Manager-Nonwoven Systems & Web Coating Group, Nordson Corporation

This paper explores potential opportunities to reduce adhesive consumption by as much as 50% through foaming technology. History, advantages, and typical system layouts will be reviewed as well as how it works.

RISE 2013 Durable Product Award Announcement
11:00 am – 11:15 am

Gather together to learn which product was voted to be the most innovative use of a nonwoven fabric in a durable product.

RISE 2013 Rewards
11:15 am

Stay and win! Stick around a few minutes after the close of RISE 2013 to see if you won a Kindle Fire HD Tablet.

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