By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA
New developments in nonwovens technology will be featured at a forthcoming international event.
Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry, popularly known as TAPPI will be organizing Innovative Nonwovens Conference (NET Inc) from April 23-26 in Minneapolis, United States.
TAPPI is a 100 year old professional association and provides a platform for the nonwoven industry professionals to interact with peers and exchange technical information. Pete Wallace, an industry veteran who has been with TAPPI for over 35 years commented, “for the past 35 years, TAAPI, Nonwovens Division (TAPPI-NET) has been the most important source of networking I have had in the industry. TAPPI has been essential to my career and in enabling me to do the best job possible for the companies I have worked for.”
The conference provides a good mix of market information and technology. The event will kick start with two keynotes. Andrew Willis, Technology Director at filter media manufacturer Hollingsworth & Vose will talk about “New Trends in Filtration,” and David Allan, Editor for Nonwovens at RISI Inc., will provide a market report on nonwovens field.
A Special feature of this nonwovens conference is that it is co-located with PaperCon, the premier pulp and paper conference of TAPPI. This gives opportunity for nonwoven professionals to learn about allied fields.
The conference will offer two workshops aimed at educating workforce in the nonwovens field and will feature, “Technical Textiles: 101,” and “Nonwovens Testing.” Added benefit to the participants will be the tutorials offered by PaperCon such as “Fiber Preparation for Tissue.”
In talking about the conference and the division that pulled the event together, Maureen Nunn of Pennsylvania Chemical Consultants stated, “TAPPI NET Division is the place where industry and universities come together to develop the next nonwoven industry innovations.”
Technical sessions will focus on many emerging topics such as cellulose nanofibers for nonwoven use, polyimide nanofibers for Li-ion battery applications, hemp fibers for wipes, nonwoven cotton substrate for separating oil from oil-water mixture, etc. Given the growth in smart textiles, a talk will focus on fiber device for energy harvesting.
More information about the nonwovens conference can be found at: http://netincevent.org