|5:30pm - 6:30pm||
First Time Attendee Reception
Renaissance Depot Hotel in the Charles Frost room.
|7:00pm - 9:00pm||
Kicking off WOW 2014 will be a complimentary reception held on Monday, June 2nd. (RSVP required.)
Mill City Museum
Thank you to Kimberly-Clark Professional* Partnership Products for sponsoring the reception along with INDA! The Welcome Reception is a great way to connect and interact with fellow attendees in an informal atmosphere .
|9:30am – 11:00am||
Moderator: Dave Deising, Director of Product Management, Rockline Industries
Progress to create sustainable and "greener" fibers for use in wipe applications has come a long way. Learn what advances have taken place over the last year to provide your products with an even greener shine.
Rob Johnson, Principal, Smith, Johnson & Associates
NEW INDUSTRY OFFERING!
|11:00am – 1:00pm||
|1:00pm – 5:00pm||
WIPE MARKETS & USERS
Moderator: Brad Kalil, Director of Market Research and Statistics, INDA
Brad Kalil, Director of Market Research & Statistics, INDA
How does the Wipes Market compare to the Overall Nonwovens Market? What are the recent market and product developments? What is this "Echo Boom" and what does it have to do with wipes? What impact will the Wiper Rule have on the Industrial Wipes Market? What is the forecasted growth of wipes market? These answers and more will be provided as Brad shares from the INDA data vault.
Coffee & Networking
Wipe Your Tears Away: Washington Isn't Completely Dysfunctional
Jessica Franken, Director of Government Affairs, INDA
Although it seems all you ever hear about government is showdowns and shutdowns, the dysfunction in our nation's capital isn't derailing all policy activity in Washington, DC. Come hear INDA's very own Director of Government Affairs Jessica Franken talk about pending chemicals reform, the Environmental Protection Agency's recently finalized Industrial Wiper rule, the Food and Drug Administration's interest in antiseptic wipes, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, and other simmering Washington policy measures that stand to affect the wipes industry.
Creating Exceptional Customer Experiences in a Participatory World
Deborah SchultzFounder, DRS Solutions
This presentation integrates the current forces of social media, big data, open innovation and design thinking to spark successful experiences for the connected consumer. In a new age no longer defined by mass production of goods and services, but rather by a greater emphasis on societal and community needs, we have been transitioning from traditional command and control hierarchies into a networked, participatory world.
In this increasingly connected environment, we need a new set of skills to create customer experiences that excite, engage and catalyze users. If information and data themselves are commodities, we must learn how to engage our customers in new ways. Innovative products and services cannot be developed behind closed doors anymore--they require an inclusive, collaborative approach.
Coffee & Networking
Why Compliance on Its Own Is Not Enough – Working With the U.S. and U.K. Retailers
Matt Clegg, Commercial Manager- UK Retail, Rockline Industries
Retail and consumers are constantly evolving and retailers require the entire supply chain to look beyond just compliance. This presentation looks at:
Brand Your Wipes, Dude
Sean Riley, CED, Dude Products, Inc.
Since taking home the 2013 Visionary Award™, Dude Products has collected countless amounts of data and end-user feedback about the adult personal wipe market. After Dude Wipes successfully inundated the market competition, imitators and challengers were close to follow. Riley will discuss:
Ethnography: What It Is and How Can It Help the Wipes Industry Grow
Greg Prang, Director of Global Insights, The Hartmann Group
This presentation will explore how ethnography can create deeper understanding and uncover new opportunities by capturing a more holistic view of the way in which nonwoven fabrics fit into consumers' daily lives and how new uses can be found.
|5:00 pm – 7:00 pm||
Table-top Displays & Reception
Business opportunities await you at the table-top exhibit display and informal receptions Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
A WOW table-top display has proven to be one of the most cost-effective ways to reach out to hundreds of key decision-makers in one place at one time to promote your products. For details, contact Misty Ayers at 919-233-1210, ext. 112, firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited number of table-tops are available, so please reserve your space as soon as possible.
|8:00am – 11:00am||
WET, DRY & HAIs
Moderator: Nick Santoleri, Vice-President of Operations, Rockline Industries
|11:00am – 12:00pm||
WOW Innovation Award PresentationsEmcee: Steve Ogle, Technical Director, INDA
Four products from the wipe value chain were selected by INDA's Technical Advisory Board (TAB) as unique, marketable and innovative. Learn more about the finalists and cast your vote for the most innovative product.
|12:00pm – 2:00pm||
(on your own)
|2:00pm – 5:30pm||
Steve Ogle, Technical Director, INDA
Flushability is a rather controversial issue these days. Wastewater treatment professionals around the world regard nonwoven wipes (particularly those labeled as flushable) as the cause of clogged sewage pumps and sanitary sewerage overflows. INDA and the nonwovens industry strive to be good stewards and address the issue through the Flushability Guidelines Edition 3 and a Code of Practice. During this presentation Ogle will inform you about our latest efforts. He will discuss the ongoing projects/programs designed to resolve many of the issues including; consumer education, newly launched INDA/WWT joint technical committees to align the differences around this topic and our latest efforts to bring truth to the negative media campaign around flushable wipes clogging pipes. If you are a component supplier, converter or have an interest in the flushable wipe market you'll want to hear this update.
At First Flush: Collaborating to Protect our Sewers, Starting with Wipes
Cynthia Finley, Director-Regulatory Affairs, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
Many types of non-dispersible products are flushed into sewer systems, causing clogs in pipes, pumps, and other equipment. Municipal wastewater utilities are spending millions of dollars to clean these products out of their equipment and to replace parts. To avoid this unnecessary expense and protect the environment, improved consumer education and outreach are needed. Wastewater utilities have been working with INDA on better flushability standards and product labeling for wipes, and this collaboration can serve as a model for all types of products that may be inappropriately flushed.
New Sewer Debris Removal Technologies – Take a Trip with the Muffin Monster
Greg Guard, Senior VP-Sewage Grinders, JWC Environmental
This presentation addresses:
Coffee & Networking
New Flushable Wipe Technology from Trützschler & Voith
Voith Paper and Trützschler Nonwovens reached an important milestone: a nonwovens fabric jointly developed successfully passed the official INDA and EDANA 3rd edition tests of flushability.
New Approaches in "Flushable" Binder Technology
Maureen Nunn, Senior Technical Service Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company
Despite challenging economic times, one area nonwovens producer continues to place innovation resources in the development of disposable and flushable wipes products. In North America, this market area is projected for future growth. The North American wastewater treatment industry has ongoing concerns about the introduction of wipes products into municipal waste streams. INDA continues to work with government, wastewater treatment representatives, and nonwoven suppliers and converters on public awareness and its third edition of flushability standards.
To sustain this projected growth in wipes and maintain the balance of municipal wastewater treatment industry concerns and develop industry standards for wipes there continues to be a need for innovative solutions for flushable wipes technology. One area of innovation is the introduction of new binder technology for wipes. This presentation will describe advances in the development of "flushable" binder technology, testing and methods of applications.
Review of Binders for Flushable Wet Wipes
Mutombo Muvundamina, Ph.D., Research Scientist, H.B. Fuller Company
Numerous municipalities are alarmed by the high frequency of the clogging of wastewater conveyance systems and damages to pumps in their wastewater treatment facilities. Examinations of the causes of the blockage and damages to equipment point to wipes that are introduced into the wastewater stream as one of the main reasons for damage. Fibers and binders are the major components of the wipes and this presentation will discuss binders used in flushable wipes.
|5:30 pm –7:30 pm||
Table-top Displays & Reception
DINE WITH INDUSTRY THOUGHT LEADERS
Space is limited to the first 42 people. $60 Registration Fee
Dining with an authority in the world of wipes provides an opportunity for WOW attendees to meet with industry opinion leaders from select areas of the wipes value chain. Learn about what is trending, fading and on the horizon. Learn what these decision makers are currently watching, buying or simply interested in learning more about. Enjoy dinner with an industry thought leader at a table of eight.
|8:00 am – 8:30 am||
Make your next business introduction over breakfast. Start your day with a hot breakfast buffet and meet your next customer the last day of WOW. Sponsored by BASF
|8:00am – 11:00am||
Moderator: Ginny Casstevens, Vice President Sales and Business Development, Jacob Holm Industries (America) Inc.
Methods & Trends for Coloring Nonwovens
Chris Plotz, Business Development Manager, ITW Professional Brands
Learn about the processes for coloring nonwovens with a variety of fabrics, types and compositions. While Nonwoven configurations are the primary focus, this presentation includes comparisons and contrasts with more diverse processes used in woven and knitted textiles as well as similarities to paper coloration. Other topics covered are the application of pigments; colors with latex binders, dyeing of polyester webs with disperse dyes and printing.
Another component of this presentation will address the current applications of colored and non-colored nonwovens. How are many industries marketing and why? What does the future hold for functional coloration or "smart nonwovens"? What is the future and what could be the future of colored nonwovens?
Quaternary Ammonium Disinfecting Solutions Optimized For Use With Cotton-containing Nonwoven Disposable Wipes
Doug J. Hinchliffe, Ph.D., Research Scientist, ARS-USDA, Southern Regional Research Center
An optimal response surface statistical model was used to determine the ideal composition and concentration of quaternary ammonium salt (quats) disinfecting solutions that would reduce or eliminate quats depletion from solutions in the presence of cellulosic-based nonwoven sanitary wipes. Previous studies indicated that 100% greige cotton had the greatest depletion effect on depleting quats from solution, followed by rayon and scoured and bleached cotton. Nonwoven wipes used in this study consisted of 100% greige cotton, 100% polyester, and blends of greige cotton / polyester and scoured and bleached cotton / polyester. The quaternary ammonium salt used in the study was alkyl-dimethyl-benzyl ammonium chloride (ADBAC) which was maintained at a constant concentration in all solutions. Added compounds previously shown to minimize quats depletion were potassium salt, nonionic surfactants, and small quats. A polysaccharide previously shown to increase the critical micelle concentration of ADBAC was also included in the study. Optimized quats solutions were combined with cotton-containing and other cellulosic and non-cellulosic nonwoven sanitary wipes and presented for efficacy testing against representative gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria used in the registration of medical grade disinfectants.
Finding Sustainability Opportunities along the Product Value Chain – A Systematic Approach
Denise Petersen, Sustainability Manager - Care Chemicals & Formulation Technologies North America, BASF
With retailers making significant sustainability commitments, advocacy groups targeting consumer products in their campaigns and manufacturers responding to quickly changing market demands, the need to collaborate and engage the supply chain in meeting sustainability goals has never been greater. This presentation will review some of the most significant sustainability challenges, the opportunities that lie in engaging the supply chain and the benefits of a collaborative effort.
First-Ever ECOLOGO® Certification Gives Wipers the Edge
Bill Hoffman, Senior Scientist, UL Environment
Commercial and consumer wipes are no longer what they used to be. Today's manufacturers are producing woven and non-woven wipers that make use of recycled materials, emit less waste into water and divert it from landfills, and avoid or reduce the use of harmful toxicants. End users and professional purchasers are searching for more sustainable wipers that reduce their impacts on the environment and human health. Their growing demand is exerting pressure on the supply chain and calling for solutions. UL Environment's ECOLOGO Certification will present their solution.
In this presentation, Hoffman will introduce audience members to single- and multi-attribute eco-labels and the three types of environmental certification (Type I, II, and III) as defined by ISO 14024. Participants will learn about the recently launched, first-ever ECOLOGO Standard for Disposable Wipers, including key criteria such as the adoption of best forestry management practices for forest products and waste water management to protect this precious resource. This session shares what the latest sustainability leadership standard on the market requires and how this third-party certification helps products stand out from the competition to win business.
Novel Engineered Biopolymer Binders for Nonwoven Wipes That Help Manufacturers Achieve Productivity and Sustainability Targets
This presentation will discuss a novel technology that is showing high potential to replace incumbent chemistries such as acrylics, VAEs and SBs in nonwoven wipe applications. The use of a proprietary continuous manufacturing process has addressed the disadvantages associated with traditional natural materials. These resin systems have been trialed at industrial scale for carded nonwovens for wipe applications and prototypes for airlaid used in consumer premoistened wipe applications are undergoing R&D evaluations. Leveraging an existing global supply chain, this novel technology demonstrates great potential as it provides cost savings and productivity savings to manufacturers, as well as the enhanced sustainability desired by wipes retailers.
|11:00am – 11:15am||
WOW Innovation Award™
Join us as we announce the winner of the prestigious World of Wipes Innovation Award. Attendees select the winner among finalists that most expands the usage of nonwovens and demonstrates advancements in one or more categories including creativity, novelty of approach, uniqueness and technical sophistication.
|11:15am – 11:30pm||
Stay and win! Remain a few minutes after the close of WOW to hear if you won a Apple iPod Mini 16GB Wi-Fi!