“The overall experience was amazing,” reported a first-time attendee, noting, “The networking was one of the most productive parts of the conference.”
Six presentations were recognized by the Assn. of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE, Bethel, CT).
Two honorees received a 2017 SPE FlexPackCon Best Paper Award: Matt Dingee of OnPoint2020, Lansing, MI, for “Unleash E-Commerce with Packaging that Clicks” and Jesper Van Berkel of Synvina, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for “BOPEF – A New Bio-Based High-Barrier Substrate Film for the Packaging Industry.”
AIMCAL presented two 2017 John Matteucci Awards for Technical Excellence and two Honorable Mentions. Aravind Seshadri of Roll-2-Roll Technologies LLC, Stillwater, OK, won the 2017 AIMCAL John Matteucci Award for Technical Excellence in Web Coating with his paper, “Predicting and Preventing Issues in R2R Manufacturing Using Data Analysis Techniques.”
Dr. Sang-Jin Lee of the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Daejeon, South Korea, took home the 2017 AIMCAL John Matteucci Award for Technical Excellence in Vacuum Web Coating for “New Results about Multi-Functional Plasma Polymer Thin Films Fabricated by Large Area R2R Sputtering Process.”
The 2017 John Matteucci Technical Excellence Honorable Mention in Web Coating recognized “Photonic Curing for Printed Electronics” by Dr. Aoife Celoria of NovaCentrix, Austin, TX. The Honorable Mention in Vacuum Web Coating honored “In-Vacuum Flexo Topcoating on Metallized Film: Commercial” by Ameer Hamza of Celplast Metallized Products, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Matteucci Award and Honorable Mention papers will be featured in the 2018 Q1 edition of Converting Quarterly magazine.
2018 R2R Conferences
AIMCAL will present two R2R Conferences in 2018. The first, 2018 AIMCAL R2R Conference Europe, will be held June 4-7 at the Munich (Germany) Airport Marriott Hotel. It is being organized in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV (Freising, Germany) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP (Dresden, Germany). Two session tracks cover the full spectrum of web coating, vacuum web coating, and web handling technologies.
The AIMCAL R2R Conference 2018 USA will be held once again in conjunction with SPE FlexPackCon and take place October 28-31 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Phoenix, AZ. Like its European counterpart, it features a multi-track agenda.
Both meetings include numerous networking opportunities such as Tabletop Receptions and optional half-day short courses and recreational activities. Proposals for presentations at either meeting may be submitted on the AIMCAL Website, www.aimcal.org. Exhibitors may reserve space in the Tabletop Exhibition with AIMCAL Event Manager Danielle Fletcher (+1-803-948-9470, email@example.com).