Education Sessions


ICE USA sessions provide the latest industry information presented by the people who know. Learn how to be more efficient and cost-effective in your jobs with knowledge you can take back to the workplace and implement right away.

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, April 24, 2017
8:30am – 5:00pm
(lunch included)
AIMCAL Fundamentals
Coating & Drying

Room N-220 A/B
$295 (includes exhibit hall pass)
8:30am – 5:00pm
(lunch included)
AIMCAL Fundamentals
Slitting & Rewinding

Room N-220 C/D
$295 (includes exhibit hall pass)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
8:00am – 10:00am ICE USA Technical Session
Room N-220 A/B & C/D
$95/1 day pass, $189/3 day pass (includes exhibit hall pass)
9:00am – 10:00am Keynote – Dr. Robert Fry,
Chief Economist

Room N-210 D/E
9:45am – 10:00am Opening Ceremony
North A Lobby
10:00am – 5:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
North Hall A
$40/advance, $60 onsite
10:30am – 2:30pm Future of Converting Theater
Future of Converting Theater - 1239
10:00am – 3:00pm Ask The Experts
Booth 547
3:00pm – 5:00pm Networking Reception on show floor
North Hall A
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8:00am – 10:00am ICE USA Technical Sessions
Room N-220 A/B & C/D
$95/1 day pass, $189/3 day pass (includes exhibit hall pass)
9:00am – 10:00am AIMCAL Awards Ceremony
Room N-210 D/E
10:00am – 5:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
North Hall A
$40/advance, $60 onsite
10:30am – 2:30pm Future of Converting Theater
Future of Converting Theater - 1239
10:00am – 3:00pm Ask The Experts
Booth 547
1:00pm – 5:00pm Global Industrial Inkjet Conference
Room N-210 B/C
$249* (one charge for both days)
3:00pm – 5:00pm Networking Reception on show floor
North Hall A
5:00pm – 7:00pm Global Industrial Inkjet Networking Reception
3rd Floor Lobby
Included in the Global Industrial Inkjet Conference Fee
Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:00am – 10:00am ICE USA Technical Sessions
Room N-220 A/B & C/D
$95/1 day pass, $189/3 day pass (includes exhibit hall pass)
9:00am – 10:00am AIMCAL Annual Meeting
Room N-210 D/E
9:00am – 12:00pm,
(followed by lunch)
Global Industrial Inkjet Conference
Room N-210 B/C
$249* (one charge for both days)
10:00am – 5:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
North Hall A
$40/advance, $60 onsite
10:00am – 11:30pm Future of Converting Theater
Future of Converting Theater - 1239
10:00am – 1:00pm Ask The Experts
Booth 547

* Global Industrial Inkjet Conference fee covers both days and includes exclusive networking reception on Wednesday and lunch on Thursday.

Monday April 24, 2017

AIMCAL Fundamentals (formerly CEMA Technical Sessions)
Room N-220 A/B and Room N-220 C/D

8:30 am – 5:00pm

This one-day program from AIMCAL is for anyone involved in Coating & Drying or Slitting & Rewinding operations of paper, film, nonwovens, and other continuous flexible materials. Operators, foreman, quality control personnel, production engineers, and process control staff will want to attend this outstanding program

The program offers a choice between concurrently held seminars covering Fundamentals of Coating & Drying and Slitting & Rewinding by leading consultants and converting professionals, each with their area of expertise.

The seminars are structured to be easily understood by those who are new to the industry, while providing advanced information to those with more experience. Q&A sessions are held throughout the seminars to address the specific needs and issues of attendees.

Coating & Drying Fundamentals
Room N-220 A/B

This seminar takes attendees through the web coating operation from unwind to rewind, with everything in between. The instructors are experts on their topics and present the fundamentals of coating and drying through engaging presentations. The presentations will include real world tips for improving productivity, reducing downtime and waste and increasing yield and throughput.

Topics Covered
Substrate cleaning • Treatment options • Coating methods • Defect management • Pilot coating • Laminating • Drying • Drying systems • On-line controls • Winding • Rollers • Web guiding and tension

Slitting & Rewinding Fundamentals
Room N-220 C/D

This seminar is ideal for anyone involved with the slitting and rewinding operations for paper, film, nonwovens and other continuous flexible materials. The people who design and manufacture slitting and rewinding equipment will take you step by step through the best practices techniques in such areas as winding, slitting, cores and cutting, retrofitting, chucks, shafts, spreading and guiding.

Topics Covered
Winding • Slitter specifications • Safety • Slitting techniques • Knife care • Deformation and dust • Slitting positioning • Trim removal • Safety and core chucks • Air shafts • Web spreading • Web guiding and tension

AIMCAL is the only organization designed specifically to serve the needs of converting equipment manufacturers by offering unique benefits and services.

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Keynote Presentation: Outlook for Global Economy in 2017
Room N-210 D/E

9.00am – 10.00am
Dr. Robert Fry, Chief Economist
Sponsored by AIMCAL

Dr. Robert Fry, Chief Economist

Dr. Robert Fry will present his outlook for the global economy in 2017 and beyond, with emphasis on U.S. manufacturing. In addition to covering the usual array of economic statistics -- GDP, industrial production, housing starts, vehicle sales, inflation, and interest rates -- he'll address the vital role of oil prices, the likely impact of President Trump's policies on U.S. economic growth, and the potential for strong growth when the economy is at "full employment."

Dr. Fry was chief economist at DuPont before retiring in 2015 and has been named among the top economic forecasters by Bloomberg, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday April 25, 2017

ICE USA Technical Sessions
Room N-220 A/B & C/D

8:00am – 10:00am

The technical programs at ICE USA will be organized by AIMCAL (Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators).

Web Handling
8:00 - 8:30am Key Factors in Selecting Correct Web Cleaning System
Milosz Ferchow, Meech International

There are four web cleaning technologies that are available on the market i.e: Tacky roller, non contact - blow, vacuum, blow, contact vacuum and non contact rotary air web cleaners

The idea for the presentation is to introduce all 4 types focusing on utilised technology, describing differences and benefits of each technology,

Later we will discuss key factors in selecting process:

  • Type of the processed web material,
  • Speed of web
  • Contamination levels and size,
  • Processing factors: web thickness, tension, space availability etc.
  • Budget
8:30 - 9:00am Line-of-Sight, Out of Mind: Inertial Roll Alignment

PARALIGN is the leading-edge intertial roll alignment device that provides swift reporting with universal accuracy. Contrasted with traditional methods of roll alignment, PARALIGN requires no line-of-sight and is not effected by atmospheric conditions. Paired with its speed, this makes hard-to-reach and otherwise inaccessible coater processes a thing of the past.

9:00 - 9:30am Roll Diameter Requirements in Converting Processes
William Gilbert, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Accurately determining the wound roll diameter is one the most important tasks of a center driven tension control system. Center driven tension control systems are highly dependent on diameter accuracy for stability and performance as the highest percentage of the tension command signal is a feedforward based on the roll diameter value. Tension control systems also require diameter data to adapt for the changing roll mass and provide the optimum inertia compensation.

Other converting processes also require accurate diameter information. Taper tension controls require diameter values to modify the tension setpoint. Gap winders require wound roll diameter to maintain gap precision between the lay-on roll and the winding roll. Turret winders require the actual diameter for the turret positioning and web speed compensation during indexing. Unwind roll diameter accuracy is critical for stopping at a preset diameter or close to the core.

As speed and production rates increase, tension control systems will face even greater demands to achieve wider tension, speed and roll diameter build ranges. With increased performance demands, accurately determining the diameter of a center driven winder or unwind becomes even more critical. Tension control accuracy and winder functionality can be greatly improved by focusing on the accuracy of the diameter calculator.

This paper will review the methods for realizing roll diameter, the converting processes that utilize roll diameter, and define the optimum technology for each.

9:30 - 10:00am Static Control Best Practices for Converting
Kelly Robinson, Electrostatic Answers

Static charges cause shocks to operators, sticking and jamming of cut sheets, and sparks that can ignite flammable solvents. Static in converting operations may be effectively controlled using commercially available devices by following two guiding principles.

First, install static dissipators to protect sensitive operations such as solvent coaters and winding rolls.

Second, dissipate static at the source where the web or film first becomes charged. After performing a static survey to identify the sources of static charging in an operation, install static dissipators in best practice locations to implement robust static control. Reviewed are best practice locations for static dissipators in a slitting operation.

Process Control
8:00 - 8:30am Challenges in the Inline Characterization of Conductive Thin Films
Marcus Klein, SURAGUS GmbH

Although many ITO and other TCO coating processes are well established, increasing coating process speed, higher deposition rates and lower coating temperatures highly affect the layer uniformity, stoichiometry of the layer and crystallinity. All these parameters have a high impact on the conductivity and optical transparency of the layer – the two main properties of TCO films.

Novel inline measurement technology is required to adapt to these challenges and to assure accurate and reliable measurements of the electrical and optical properties even at high production speed. Therefore, non-contact sensors have been developed for monitoring sheet resistances between 0.001 and 1000 Ohm/sq. Especially the stable measurement of high ohmic samples is challenging and requires specific adaption of the sensor concept.

Examples of challenging inline measurements and non-destructive offline coating analysis are presented and discussed. A special focus is directed on the analysis, discussion and resolution of edge effect phenomena and other artifacts of the measurement.

8:30 - 9:00am Analysis of Wet Coating Thickness Effect on Transparent Conductive Electrode Performance using Silver Nanowire
Seung-Hyun Lee, Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials

In this study, we fabricated transparent conductive film by using slot die coating process with silver nanowire on PET substrate. We analyzed effect of wet coating thickness on performance of transparent conductive film such as sheet resistance, transparency and haze.

We used silver nanowire ink made by N&B co. which has about 30nm of diameter and 25um of length. Wet coating thickness was changed from 5um to 50um by controlling coating speed and pump flow rate.

Sheet resistance was measured by 4-point probe meter. Transparency and haze were measured by haze meter(HM-150L2, Murakami Co.).

For 15um wet thickness coated film, sheet resistance was about 50 ohm/sq., transparency and haze was about 90.2% and 1.6% including transparency and haze of PET film. It shows very good performance compared with ITO conductive film.

We also investigated experimental formula for relation between wet thickness of silver nanowire film and sheet resistance/transparency/haze. It may be very useful to control the performance of transparent conductive film by changing wet thickness.

9:00 - 9:30am Introduction to New High-resolution 3D Line Confocal Imaging Technology and its use in Web Roughness and Edge/Burr Height Measurement Applications
Juha Saily, FocalSpec, Inc.

This paper discusses FocalSpec’s patented optical Line Confocal Imaging (LCI) technology that was developed to measure 3D features of various surface and material types at sub-micron resolution. LCI enables microtopographic scanning of transparent and glossy products, such as films, foils, laminates and coatings. LCI can be used in measuring moving continuous web products in real-time as well as stationary product samples in laboratory.

Operational principle of the LCI method and the method’s strengths and weaknesses are explained. Key specifications of different LCI sensor models are presented and FocalSpec’s two first LCI applications for web products are introduced: 1. Surface roughness measurement for monitoring a web’s Ra/Rz value. 2. Edge/burr height measurement for monitoring output quality of slitting processes.

9:30 - 10:00am How Automation & IIOT Optimizes Your Converting
Jay W. Roth, Elsner Engineering

Most people understand that automation and IIOT solutions are two impactful ways to optimize your production line. However, the how-to on implementation is a challenge for many. Elsner's 80+ years of manufacturing converting equipment for numerous industries means that we are authorities in what it takes to adjust your methods to stay profitable and on top.

It all comes down to the bottom line. Cost-savings and increased revenue are goals for most organizations' plans and strategies.

In this presentation, Elsner will outline how implementing automation into your production line makes a difference, from answering the question of why, to explaining the TCO viewpoint of capital investments. In line with strategies for cost-savings, IIOT offers ways to leverage valuable data to understand your operation in a more meaningful way than ever. Whether the goal is to be able to predict when parts and maintenance are necessary for more uptime, or the desire is to utilize data for a more streamlined procurement approach, IIOT solutions are at the forefront of the future of manufacturing.

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Future of Converting Theater
Future of Converting Theater - 1239

10:30am – 2:30pm

Presentations in the Future of Converting Theater on the show floor will discuss best business practices, M&As, sustainability, industry forecasts, and more.

10:30 - 11:00am Latin America and Developing Markets: A Region in Flux
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
Nonwovens Industry Magazine/Rodman Media

The global nonwovens industry continues to grow in most global geographies as more consumers are able to understand and afford the benefits that disposable products can bring to their everyday lives. Not only are manufacturers developing new uses for nonwovens, they are also finding new customers for their nonwoven-based products. As this market continues to expand, the landscape will be rife with opportunities and challenges. From the constant quest for the latest and most updated technologies (and the price tag that come with them) to legal and regulatory issues to the ever-changing consumer demands, social, economic and societal trends will shape the future of the nonwovens industry.

Karen Bitz McIntyre is the editor of Nonwovens Industry magazine, a monthly trade magazine covering the global nonwovens and related industries. During her 16 years in this position, Karen has covered virtually all technologies and end use categories for nonwoven fabrics from a global perspective. In addition to Nonwovens Industry, Karen is also the editor of Household and Personal Care Wipes (HPCW), a twice yearly supplement to Nonwovens Industry and its sister publication HAPPI.

Outside of her editorial duties, Karen has served as on planning committees for several industry conferences including the World of Wipes and INDA’s Vision Consumer Products conference. She is also a frequent speaker at industry events including the 2016 IDEA Show and Polyolefins 2016. Prior to her role within the nonwovens industry, Karen served as managing editor of Cosmetic Packaging and Design magazine and associate editor for Happi. She has a B.A. in English and technical writing from James Madison University.

11:00 - 11:30am Disruptive Technologies and Their Fit in the Converting Industry
Pedro Velasco, Chief Operations Officer
Roll-2-Roll Technologies LLC

Disruptive technologies provide significant changes in business and personal behavior and may take years to develop and become accessible. Many industries have had their share of disruptive technologies that affected their processes and products. Are disruptive technologies present in the converting industry as well?

Pedro has over 15 years of experience in the industrial sector in manufacturing operations in plant, project, and engineering management, and 10 years in product development and marketing in the beverage container industry and food processing industry. Additionally, he has experience in plant facility design and installation for turn-key operations, training of technical personnel in high speed manufacturing, and supplier-customer negotiations. Pedro has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering (1984), MS degree in International Business and Economic Relations (2008), and is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Education, Leisure Studies, with an emphasis in Marketing of Recreation Services, from OSU.

11:30 - 12:00pm The Future of UV for Laminating, Coating, and Converting
Juliet Michels, Sales Manager
Prime UV/IR Systems

UV Curing Technology has been extremely important to the packaging and converting industry for decades. It not only adds value and enhances consumer products, but is also an irreplaceable process for the package printer and converter. This presentation will look at existing technologies and explore how the newest UV technology and LED curing equipment have impacted the present and will continue to do so in the future.

1:00 - 1:30pm Advanced Coating Thickness Options for Leaner and Greener Production Processes and Continuous Process Improvements
Steve Polemitis, Sales Partner
Sensory Analytics (SpecMetrix Systems)

Conventional technologies for measuring various applied coatings are often environmentally unfriendly, operator dependent, and reliant on indirect methods for coat weight measurement. The presented coating and layer thickness measurement solutions create new opportunities to generate highly accurate, real-time coating process data in a non-contact, non-destructive, and non-radioactive manner over most industry substrates. With radioactive source regulations and disposal requirements becoming increasingly tough, this proven new method delivers absolute thickness data for applied wet and dry coatings and multiple film layers.

Steve has been involved with discrete product and continuous process manufacturing for over 35 years. He has held multiple senior corporate management positions with an emphasis on process improvements to enhance product quality and manufacturing efficiency as a means of fueling sustainable growth.

1:30 - 2:00pm The Evolution of Seaming Adhesive for Shrink Sleeves
Scott Ryback, President
Ryback and Ryback Inc.

Universal Seaming Adhesive is a revolutionary new product that is changing the way shrink sleeve manufacturers get product seamed. Universal Seaming Adhesive is formulated to be used as a true adhesive for the seaming of shrink sleeves and has many advantages over conventional solvents. This session will review the development of the product, how it works, the advantages of seaming adhesive over solvent, VOC recording, their efficient ordering process and more. The presenter will also have samples of the product to view and will be available to answer any specific questions that you may have related to your company.

Scott Ryback became President of Ryback and Ryback in 2014 after spending 20 years in the shrink sleeve business in various positions. Scott oversees the Ryback and Ryback business, provides all of the technical support for our equipment along with our partners equipment, is part of the development process on R&R products, and performs all of the hands on consulting that the company provides.

2:00 - 2:30pm Surface Conditioning and Finishing Electrophotographic Printing with Low Energy Electron Beam
Anthony Carignano, Director, Sales - Americas
ebeam Technologies

This presentation will discuss various ways that low energy electron beam curing and crosslinking can be used for both condition and finish toner based digital printing. The presentation reviews the effects of low energy electron beam on HP Indigo liquid toner ElectroInks. It will also review ways that electron beam can be used to finish and embellish electrophotographically printing substrates suitable for indirect food contact applications.

Anthony Carignano has over 20 years of experience developing and growing new markets and applications for specialty chemicals and resins used in coating, ink and adhesive applications. Prior to his tenure with ebeam Technologies, Anthony held global market segment responsibility for photopolymer resin systems used in flexible and rigid packaging at Allnex. Anthony has presented globally on a variety of topics relating to consumer product printing and packaging.

Wednesday April 26, 2017

ICE USA Technical Sessions
Room N-220 A/B & C/D

8:00am – 10:00am

The technical programs at ICE USA will be organized by AIMCAL (Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators).

Web Handling
8:00 - 8:30am 21 Potential Slitting Process Improvement Steps
David Rumson, DR Consulting

There's two sides to the flexible web slitting process. One side is the understanding of the theoretical geometric and dynamic aspects of slitting and winding; including what that defect is and why it happened. The second side is having policies and procedures in place to support the hands on, day-to-day, slitting and winding world activities.

There are a numerous slitting evaluation and prevention steps to help keep finished product rolls rolling out the door ... so you don't face the nightmare of customer rejected rolls being unloaded on your receiving dock. This paper will provide twenty-one (21) ideas and practical steps you can take back to the factory for possible implementation. Some you may know ... some you may not ... some are simple and quick and some more elaborate ... and one just might be something that could help save your company a bunch of money.

Presentation includes useful set up procedures and tools, process evaluation techniques, documentation suggestions, and process do's and don'ts.

8:30 - 9:00am A Study of Oscillation
David R. Roisum, Finishing Technologies, Inc

There are many reasons to consider oscillation. Most fall under the overall desire to smear out streakiness in web caliper (basis weight, gage, thickness etc) so that it doesn’t build up on some downstream process; most particularly winders. Bagginess and corrugations are just a few of the many ‘winding’ defects that may be helped by oscillation.

However, many defects are too wide to be economically remedied by oscillation. This is because most oscillating systems will require an additional trim loss. This forces an economic tradeoff between defect waste (and/or customer complaint) by not going far enough and trim waste by going too far. Exceptions are blown film because it oscillates the entire width (circumference of the bubble). Yet here we run into another limitation of oscillation that blown film suffers more than most. That it may not be oscillated nearly fast enough to avoid caliper buildup damage.

This paper reviews the motivations in detail as well as the common machinery of oscillation. The paper also reviews the literature on the subject, that is in a word, nearly nonexistent. Next, a simple model is presented that can help guide the process designer in selection of oscillation stroke, speed and shape. Finally, the model results are compared to the nearly nonexistent application guidelines.

9:00 - 9:30am Recent Advances in Sensing and Control of Webs
Aravind Seshadri, Roll-2-Roll Technologies LLC

Current sensing and control technologies for control of webs will be discussed in this paper. Specifically, lateral control or web guiding will be discussed in detail. New technologies related to proactive control, where the web guide is proactive to process and transport conditions, will be discussed with some application examples

9:30 - 10:00am Continuous Splicing Techniques
Duane Smith, Davis-Standard LLC

The productivity of a web processing lines relays on the ability of the unwinding operation to consistently introduce new rolls of material into the process at full production speed and without tension upsets.

The industry trends are towards higher line speeds processing thinner materials. The unwinding of thinner, more tension sensitive materials at smaller diameters and higher speeds puts higher demands on the splicing operation. To meet these splicing operation demands, it is important to understand the important components of a splicer operation. Optimizing each of these components is critical to improve your splicing efficiency and total productivity of the process line.

This 30 minute presentation with splicing videos will address these important components and their effects on consistently producing a high quality splices on a continuous roll to roll application.

Different levels of splice control systems available are presented and the applications for each. These system s range from a simple paste and cut system to the most modern automatic splice control system for precise pasting operation and tail length control at splicing speeds up to 3000 fpm (915 mpm).

Coating Process
8:30 - 9:00am Specifying a Hot Melt Coating Line
Michael Budai, ITW Dynatec

The synopsis of this talk is to understand the specifics of developing a specification for a hot melt coating line. How to avoid the common mistakes in most specifications. By developing a good specification, not only do you avoid the common mistakes but you will also be able to get a better pricing matrix with vendors quoting more exact specs.

9:00 - 9:30am Precision Stripe Coating by Non-meniscus Guide Slot Die
NAOKI RIKITA, MMC RYOTEC by Mitsubishi Materials

Stripe coating is well known technique to place Line and Space pattern on the substrate. Many manufacturers are using meniscus guide shim to place such Line and Space pattern. However, there are many problems to place precision Line and Space pattern by meniscus guide shim. Several problems of Line and Space patterning are reported from Organic Photo Voltaic process. The most well known problem is hot spot phenomenon by the backflow of generated current. This backflow of generated current is caused by the variation of Line width. This paper explains how to eliminate this problem by using non-meniscus guided Tungsten Carbide Lip Slot Die.

9:30 - 10:00am Optimizing  Mix  Performance – An Update
Dr. Kenneth McCarthy, Clean Room Coating Solutions

Details to follow...

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Future of Converting Theater
Future of Converting Theater - 1239

10:30am – 2:30pm

Presentations in the Future of Converting Theater on the show floor will discuss best business practices, M&As, sustainability, industry forecasts, and more.

10:30 - 11:00am Reducing Waste in a Converting Operation
Tim Rye, President and General Manager

According to the principles of Lean Manufacturing there are 7 potential areas of waste in your plant. These include: Transport, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Over-processing, Overproduction and Defects. While the numbers vary across industries and companies, the amount of waste can exceed 20% of a plant’s output. All waste is directly translated into lost profit! The waste caused by defects is particularly costly. On top of this, the cost of waste caused by throwing away good product just to ensure defects are removed is exponentially higher.

This session will explore a unique method of measuring and tracking defect waste during the converting process. It also discusses a system that automates the defect removal process while preserving good product. The result of implementation is that you will stop sending bad product to your good customers and stop sending good product to the waste bin. Waste will be reduced and profits will be restored.

Tim Rye, President and General Manager of RYECO, Inc., founded the company in 1989. However, his expertise within the paper industry spans over 30 years. Rye first started his career with ABB in 1977 where he was Product Manager for Inspection Systems. Later, he became an independent consultant for Inspection Systems and in 1991 founded RYECO, Inc.

Rye contends that despite significant advances in technology, there are still unresolved problems. Diagnosing and solving those problems remain a challenge for tissuemakers, converters, and their suppliers. RYECO has stepped up to the challenge by developing and applying technology that provides a solution to these unsolved problems.

Tim Rye remains a valuable resource for tissuemakers and is available for consultations involving web inspection and quality control.

11:00 - 11:30am The Importance of Machine Alignment to the Future of Converting
Myron Smith, OASIS South Regional Manager
Jon Ray, Director of Sales & Marketing, OASIS Alignment Services

With ever-increasing machine speeds, new technologies, innovative substrates, and the rising demand for immediate results – machine alignment will remain a critical factor in improving operational efficiency for those in the converting industry. In this presentation, you will learn why alignment is critically important to your process today and why it will be equally, if not more important, in the future. Myron Smith and Jon Ray from OASIS Alignment Services, will provide valuable insight into identifying, correcting and preventing common alignment related issues in converting, highlight advancements in precision measurement tools and explain why having an alignment partner will help ensure a successful future for your converting operations.

Myron Smith, OASIS South Regional Manager, has been helping customers succeed by aligning their goals with OASIS capabilities for over 25 years. Myron is an expert in the precision alignment of production equipment in various industries such as pulp and paper, converting, and plastics. Myron holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of West Florida.

Jon Ray, Director of OASIS Sales & Marketing, has 20 years of experience in industrial manufacturing. Jon is dedicated to customer service excellence and uses his extensive background in technical field service management and project management to partner with customers in order to help them exceed their business goals and objectives.

11:30 - 12:00pm The UV Curing Future: Advanced Integrated Monitoring System (AIMS) for Light Hammer® UV Lamps and UV LEDs
Kevin Joesel, Director of Sales, Americas
Heraeus Noblelight America, LLC

A relatively new technology that is of high interest to the converting industry is UV-LEDs as an alternative to medium pressure mercury lamps. There are a number of advantages such as low power consumption, smaller form factor, and less heat generation. As with any new technologies, there are challenges that have to be overcome. One of the challenges has been the use of UV-LEDs in wide web configuration. A new product platform – Semray(Insert registration or TM) – that addresses this challenge through modular design.

The dominant technology used for UV curing by the converting industry are microwave lamp systems. The most recent generation of microwave lamps are based on solid state power supplies. These power supplies can be monitored by the Advanced Integrated Monitoring Systems (AIMS) which can minimize production downtime. As manufacturing industries move towards the IoT, remote monitoring has become of higher interest to check in general system operation and health but to also be used as a tool to minimize downtime.

Kevin’s career at Heraeus/Fusion UV has spanned 17 years. Currently, Kevin Joesel is the Director of Sales, Americas – a position he has held for 6 years. Previously, he was responsible for business development activities for the automotive and industrial coatings market. Kevin has held various engineering, sales, and marketing positions with companies such as Avery Dennison, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, and Boehle Chemicals providing films, raw materials, and capital equipment to the automotive and industrial coatings industry. He has served on the board of directors for RadTech and is also an active member in SAE – Society of Automotive Engineers. Kevin earned a BS in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University located in Alfred NY.

12:00 - 12:30pm Effective UV Energy for Hot Melt Coating Applications
David Lyus, Sales Manager - Specialist UV Systems
GEW (EC) Limited

GEW has developed a solution to increase the productivity of UV curable hot melt coating lines and save energy.

Dave Lyus is Sales Manager for the Specialist UV Systems division at GEW (EC) Limited, the world-leading supplier of UV curing equipment for printing and coating applications. Dave joined the company’s sales team in 2005 and is now responsible for promoting the brand worldwide and developing new sales opportunities in the Converting sector. He also has a solid academic background in international business, gaining a Master’s degree in Sales Management from the University of Portsmouth, UK, in 2010.

1:00 - 1:30pm Ensure Roll Alignment with the Nip Pressure Alignment Tool™
Camilo Aladro , Product Manager
Industrial Division, Tekscan

How much money does a faulty production run cost you? This session explores the importance of proper machine setup before a production run in order to save your company time, money, and resources. The Nip Pressure Alignment Tool™ (NPAT) by Tekscan captures nip footprints and the relative pressure distribution between nip rolls. This session covers how this tool helps identify roll misalignment, crowning, diameter variations, and deflections, as well as, the importance of capturing and evaluating this insight before a run.

Camilo Aladro is the Product Manager for the Industrial Division at Tekscan. He specializes in tactile pressure measurement for manufacturing, R&D, and quality assurance. Prior to this role, he spent 7 years with Rockwell Automation as a Product Manager with the Sensing, Safety and Connectivity Business. There he managed products designed to meet the latest EN and ISO standards for Industrial Automation. Camilo holds a BSME degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

1:30 - 2:00pm Every Roll Has A Story
Mark Daugherty, Principal
Overbridge Tech

This session will cover Overbridge RollDVR™. RollDVR™ is a revolutionary approach to roll wind-in/wind-out replay, visualization, analytics, and unprecedented roll to roll process attribute comparison.

2:00 - 2:30pm Panel Discussion: Cutting & Laminating
Robert Wax, CEO, Associated Pacific Machine Corp.
Mikkel Wax, Technical Sales, Associated Pacific Machine Corp.
Marco Maragnani, President, Imesa

This session will review the different ways to cut material, and explore the methods for material handling, laminating, slitting and sheeting.

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Global Industrial Inkjet Conference
Room N-210 B/C

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Profiling excellence, news, and insights on the market opportunity for industrial inkjet and the challenges that may need to be overcome. This event will provide a bridge between opportunity and reality for any business - manufacturer, developer, or integrator. Global Industrial Inkjet Conference attendees will leave equipped with knowledge on the latest developments for industrial inkjet in functional, decorative, and package printing applications, along with a wealth of new contacts.

Thursday April 27, 2017

ICE USA Technical Sessions
Room N-220 A/B & C/D

8:00am – 10:00am

The technical programs at ICE USA will be organized by AIMCAL (Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators).

Surface Treatment
8:00 - 8:30am Optimization of Atmospheric Plasma for High Speed Industrial Application
Nicolas Vandencasteele, Coating Plasma Industrie

Atmospheric plasma is known to be a very promising technique for surface treatment of materials. The surface energy can be increased or decreased for applications such as: printing, bonding, release... Unfortunately, up to this day several factors still hinders the use of this technology at industrial scale. We will demonstrate what are the main parameters to control, and how to control them, in order to make atmospheric plasma viable for high speed 24/7 industrial production.

8:30 - 9:00am 10 Ways to Improve Corona & Atmospheric Plasma Treatment Results
Rory Wolf, ITW Pillar Technologies

Preparation of flexible packaging substrate surfaces for the broadest possible range of commercial applications is a developing field of study, as frequently these surfaces must be specifically modified to optimize performances relative to adhesion. The treatment and functionalization of common flexible packaging substrates by corona and atmospheric pressure plasma treatment has become well-established, but the parameters employed by operators to achieve surface modification outcomes are far from standardized.

This work reviews corona and atmospheric plasma mechanisms for surface modification and suggests methods of leveraging these surface treatment assets to maximize adhesion

9:00 - 9:30am New Corona Treating Technology Reduces Waste, Increases Efficiency and Improves Operator Safety
Tom Gilbertson, Enercon Industries Corporation

Film extruders earn money by converting resin to film, and the more efficient they are; the more profit they make. Part of their process is corona treating film in order for it to be receptive to future treating prior to printing, coating or laminating. Extruders often have the requirement to either reduce the treat width or create lanes of no treatment.

Conventional corona treaters require operators to manually adjust electrode segments on the treater station. Logistically these adjustments require operators to climb multiple levels of stairs or ladders to access the corona treater. Presently there is no verification that the operator correctly adjusted the electrode segments for each application.

A new electrode design assembly is now available that allows operators to set treater electrode segments from an operator interface and receive on screen feedback on current segment position. This innovation will benefit operations from an operator safety perspective, an increase in productivity and reduction in waste.

9:30 - 10:00am Static Electricity: Causes and Cures in Web Converting
Matt Fyffe, Meech International

The purpose of this presentation is to look at what static is, how it occurs, what factors affect static electricity, the methods available to counteract it and how to use these methods in a variety of web handling applications. It is not intended to be an exacting, scientific reference guide; instead its aim is to answer the most commonly asked questions about static electricity control.

We will focus on the different technologies available to control static electricity and the advantages and disadvantages of each as well as some of the most common installations and applications for static control.

General Technology
8:00 - 8:30am Adhesive Lamination: New Technology in Solventless lamination
Giancarlo Caimmi, Nordmeccanica NA Ltd.

A new development in solvent less lamination allows for: no need of a meter mixer dispenser; no pot-life concerns; quality check in 30 minutes; slitting in 90 minutes; delivery in 24 hours from lamination; while featuring the advantages typical of traditional solvent less lamination: low energy consumption and no emissions. Innovation required to implement a specific machine design and a new adhesive formulation. This paper will provide an overview of the technology from both the machine side and the adhesive side.

8:30 - 9:00am Drying Curve Characterization from Small Size Samples
Steve Zagar, B&W MEGTEC, LLC

The drying behavior of coatings on web-based substrates has significant impact on the process design requirements and economic viability of industrial coating processes.  In early development stages, test materials are often available only in limited quantities making traditional pilot-scale trials impractical thereby impairing availability of key information needed for timely decisions.  New laboratory methods which provide key process data from coupon-scale samples are presented and discussed.

9:00 - 9:30am The Advantage of CCD Cameras & Motion Control Software
Joe Sigler, DCS USA Corporation

The CCD cameras are fully integrated into the motion control software and are triggered based off of the pitch the user enters into the program to take a picture of the web. This enables a precise distance measurement from the center of the CCD camera to the registration mark or from registration mark to registration mark that provides feedback for auto adjustments. No need for many different types of sensors (photoelectric, ultrasonic, fiber optic, laser and etc.) to detect registration marks (printed marks, die cut marks, pinholes and etc.) when you can use a CCD camera to handle all your converting needs.

For precision it is much better to know the exact location of the registration mark or distance between registration marks on the web than just to wait for a registration sensor to detect a small region on the web. Registration sensors have worked very well for many years, but as tolerances get tighter and parts get smaller, you need every advantage over your competition to enable steady growth and profitability. Normally we cut tags using a printed registration mark with a pitch of 4.5" (114.3mm).

In this application we use two dies to do opposite cuts (1,2,1,2 pattern) for very precise registration/cutting tolerances of .004" (0.1mm) and keeping the distance between cut parts to a minimum for minimal material waste. We call this A and B dies. Each die has 72 teeth at 1/8" pitch for a repeat of (228.6mm) with one cavity around. Both dies are being pre-registered to the printed mark using a CCD camera. Die "A" cuts the odd (1) tags and die B cuts the even (2) tags.

9:30 - 10:00am Greener Production Processes and Continuous Process Improvement Through the Use of Next Generation Coating Thickness Measurement Methods.
Steve Polemitis, Sensory Analytics (SpecMetrix Systems)

Conventional technologies for measuring various applied coatings are environmentally unfriendly, operator dependent, and rely on indirect methods for coating weight measurement. The presented coating and film thickness measurement system is a proven cost effective means to generate real-time coating process data in a non-contact, non-destructive, and non-radioactive manner on a wide variety of substrates. With the radioactive source regulation and disposal requirements getting increasingly tougher, this unique measurement technique has the capability to measure absolute thickness of applied wet and dry coatings and multiple film and coating layers using non-invasive, environmentally friendly white light source.

Thursday April 27, 2017

Future of Converting Theater
Future of Converting Theater - 1239

10:00am – 11:30am

Presentations in the Future of Converting Theater on the show floor will discuss best business practices, M&As, sustainability, industry forecasts, and more.

10:00 - 10:30am Driving Value through Mergers and Acquisitions
Bill Hornell, Managing Director, Investment Bank Group
Mesirow Financial

In recent years, package converting has been a very active industry for mergers and acquisitions. Companies in this highly fragmented market are taking advantage of strong earnings and excellent deal making conditions, such as the abundant levels of inexpensive financing and private capital to increase their market share and develop economies of scale. In order to keep up with consumer demands for new technology, convenience and sustainability, converting companies have been consolidating rapidly and realizing operational efficiencies. Ultimately, M&A in this sector will allow participants to increase growth and operational efficiencies, as well as reduce costs.

Bill Hornell is a managing director in Mesirow Financial’s Investment Banking group. He is responsible for developing key relationships, leading deal teams throughout the transaction process and providing advisory services on middle market M&A assignments within the paper, plastics and packaging sectors.

With more than 30 years of investment banking experience, Bill is a well-known and highly regarded professional in the industry. Since joining the firm in 1988, he has been involved in over 100 M&A transactions in the corrugated packaging, flexible packaging, folding carton, label and rigid packaging sectors. Bill has completed transactions with leading paper, plastics and packaging companies including International Paper, Georgia-Pacific, Amcor, Packaging Corporation of America, PaperWorks, RockTenn, Menasha, Hood Container, RR Donnelley and Resource Label Group, among others. Prior to Mesirow Financial, Bill was a vice president in the Corporate Finance department at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company.

Bill has been featured in industry-leading publications such as Board Converting News, Flexible Packaging Magazine and Packaging Digest, and has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences and events including Paperboard Packaging Council’s Annual Meeting, International In-Mold Labeling Conference and various events hosted by the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters. Bill earned a BS from Indiana University and an MBA from Harvard University. He holds a FINRA Series 79 license.

10:30 - 11:00am The Future of Converting: Ensuring Sustainable Supply Chains
Ian Lifshitz, Vice President of Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations, the Americas
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP)

In today’s global economy, more brands are adopting sustainability as a value proposition, requesting their suppliers adhere to new standards that adds complexity to the supply chain. Since converters play an integral role in this process, they are responsible for meeting these standards and ensuring downstream vendors, such as paper companies, are doing so as well.

How do converters ensure they are meeting the sustainability requirements of the brands with which they work? In this session, Ian Lifshitz will educate converters on how to make their supply chain more sustainable and discuss:

  • The challenges converters face with meeting global sustainable standards for paper sourcing
  • Sustainable trends and options and currently available in the marketplace
  • Ensuring cost-effectiveness through a streamlined solution of sourcing and converting
  • New emerging global standards, what reporting requirements are available and how converters can address these with brands

Ian Lifshitz is the Vice President of Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations, the Americas, for Asia Pulp & Paper (APP). He is responsible for leading the company's sustainability and related stakeholder engagement programs, CSR activities, and conservation, biodiversity and social community programs across North America.

11:00 - 11:30am Optimized Trims Handling for More Recycling
Quentin Subtil, General Manager
Pavel USA

If using pneumatic trims pick-up systems to narrow trims is commonplace; the optimization of pneumatic suction systems to reduce waste and recycle more is not yet widespread.

Handling trims is complex and there are, always, many questions on the limits and possibilities of suction systems. This session will provide an overview of the different options that exist so participants can identify new ideas and recycling opportunities inside their plant.

Thursday April 27, 2017

Global Industrial Inkjet Conference
Room N-210 B/C

9:00am – 12:00pm

Profiling excellence, news, and insights on the market opportunity for industrial inkjet and the challenges that may need to be overcome. This event will provide a bridge between opportunity and reality for any business - manufacturer, developer, or integrator. Global Industrial Inkjet Conference attendees will leave equipped with knowledge on the latest developments for industrial inkjet in functional, decorative, and package printing applications, along with a wealth of new contacts.



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No matter which ticket option you purchase, your badge includes:

  • Access to ICE USA Exhibit Hall
  • FREE access to InPrint USA, the Industrial Print Exhibition
  • FREE access to 15 minute consultations with an Ask the Expert Team Member
  • Two post show networking receptions on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 3 - 5 pm
  • Complimentary coach bus service from official show hotels to the OCCC

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Tim Claffey, New Way Air Bearings

“I can’t really give a value to ICE because the show has been priceless for us. And, by showcasing equipment on the floor we attracted more customers and prospects to come through our booth.”

Richard McDonald, PPCTS

“The customers we see here are decision makers. Companies also send their technical people to see what’s new and what they are going to need for the future to stay competitive and efficient.”

Jens Vollpott, Kroenert

“People love to see the equipment. They want to talk about their applications and how it fits. We’ve had conversations where we’re sketching out their applications and coming up with good solutions for them. So, there’s definitely an advantage to having running equipment and materials people can view.”

Terrence Clark, TAKK Industries

“This is where all the big boys are. This is where all the equipment manufacturers are. It’s where all the OEM’s are. And, anybody who’s anybody runs equipment at ICE.”

Bob Pasquale, New Era Converting Machinery

“This is where all the big boys are. This is where all the equipment manufacturers are. It’s where all the OEM’s are. And, anybody who’s anybody runs equipment at ICE.”

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