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Continuing with the theme of big industries that have serious blind-spots, we will move now to printing.  This industry is so old and so large that it is hard to even put numbers on it.  However, I once read that there are 50,000 commercial printers (from small photo labs to ultra high spe...

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More than a hundred authors have contributed to our collective knowledge of web-handling.  Find out who they are and what they’ve written about with the ease of a few taps of your fingers on a smart device. Web201.30c Web-Handling History – Authors

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Posted in: History, People
Insular Industries – Paper Machine Guiding
It is all too easy to critique the smaller web industry segments.  They do not have the depth, or breadth, or time or resources as others such as the paper industry that is now nearly two centuries old.   However, when paper does not keep up then we might expect that insularity could ...

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The Web Handling Research Center at Oklahoma State University was the first to recognize that a variety of seemingly unrelated industries had a similar set of issues.  Three decades later it is still the premier research organization for the areas of guiding, rollers, tension controls, wrinklin...

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Posted in: History, People
Dear Sir.  Our company is manufacturing BOPP film that is further metalized elsewhere.  We are facing a chronic issue of white impressions on metalized film.  Following are some observations. Impressions are noticed after secondary slitting and perhaps in primary winding ...

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How far back does the art and science of web-handling go?  The short answer is given in the following clip. Web201.30a Web-Handling History – Ancient ***201.30a – Web-Handling History - Ancient 06 Slides Duration 04.4...

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Posted in: History, People
In the morning I attended the web handling session hosted by AIMCAL.  (Coating and Extrusion were held concurrently).  Many aha moments.  Bill Scala showed solutions to special web guiding challenges thanks to the advent of better cameras, optical tricks such as polarizing filters and...

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TRANSLATIONS CEMA – Converting Equipment Manufacturing Association ICE – International Converting Exhibition YOU – should be here I attended and spoke at the CEMA Fundamentals shortcourse on Monday.  I was on the slitter/rewinder side and wished I had a twin...

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Web201 Update
By now readers should have noticed a typical post pattern of a Web201 vlog on Tuesday followed by a text blog on Thursday.  Many of you now know that Web201 is a set of 2-8 minute clips that go beyond the fundamentals covered in my trademarked Web101 that is available in-plant, in classroom onl...

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I find it ironic that many people, especially management, scrutinize the cost of going to school (or asking an expert for advice).  Yet, all you would have to do to pay back the effort is to save a single wound roll or a single roller whose purchase was not needed or not correct.  A single...

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Dr. David Roisum

Dr. Roisum is a well-known authority in the area of web handling and converting. He has authored seven books, including Winding, Rollers and Web-Handling and has coauthored or edited several others. He was a technical editor for Converting Magazine with a monthly column entitled "Web Works." An accomplished professional speaker and instructor, Roisum has been praised for his skill at translating highly technical information into a common sense practical reference. Dave has been honored by TAPPI with their Finishing & Converting Division Award, Thomas W. Busch Prize and Finest Faculty awards and is a TAPPI Fellow. Dave received his Ph.D. from the Web Handling Research Center where he later became an Industrial Advisory Board member.

Dave has worked for the Beloit Corporation as a designer of winding machinery and later as a manager of research, and for Kimberly-Clark as a converting expert serving all business units. He is now a principal of Finishing Technologies Inc., providing consulting services to more than 300 clients who convert or manufacture: paper, film, foil, nonwovens, textiles and many other materials. He has accumulated much practical experience working in nearly 1,000 plants over the course of more than three decades.

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