The event is structured with three courses on Monday-Tuesday and three courses on Thursday-Friday, separated by the key CONNECT Day. On Wednesday, attendees can meet individually with instructors, attend group sessions and take part in small focus groups to discuss today’s web-processing challenges and opportunities. Also, on Wednesday evening, you can meet up with colleagues at the Sheraton’s Brew Town Tap immediately following the day’s events. Part of the restaurant will be reserved for AIMCAL and light appetizers served.
Here’s a quick rundown on what’s offered April 14-15:
Web Winding: Machines, Mechanics and Measurements – Dr. David R. Roisum
Whether you make, convert or use webs, you must know web handling. Find out how to:
- Eliminate winding defects
- Know whether your defect is manufacturing or winding related or both
- Select and use the proper type of winder and settings for your product
- Design and maintain winding machinery
- Design and maintain winder control systems for tension, nip and torque
- Design and manufacture webs for more reliable winding
- Troubleshoot a variety of web, winding and operational issues
- Understand why the winding world does what it does
Web Coating and Drying – Dr. Edward Cohen, Steve Zagar & Dr. Ted Lightfoot
This course will discuss the coating & drying technology that is needed to successfully operate a pilot or manufacturing coating line at maximum efficiency. The course is intermediate level and designed for coating personnel in manufacturing, R&D and engineering, with some web-coating experience who need to gain more specific, fundamental and usable technical knowledge. The course will discuss the technology unique to the coating and drying process. There will be practical examples and case histories.
Adhesion and Adhesives for Converters – Prof. Steven Abbott
Adhesion is a word that covers many issues central to converters. At one extreme is the level of adhesion of an easily removable laminate. At the other is the need to ensure that a coating will remain stuck to the substrate during an aggressive tape-adhesion test. In between, there are pressure-sensitive adhesives, hot-melt adhesives and fun ideas such as gecko tapes. And fighting against you are the ravages of time, temperature, humidity and light.
This course unites all these aspects by looking at the forces that hold things together (surface energy, chemical adhesion, “nail adhesion,” entanglement), the forces that separate them (vertical pull and horizontal crack propagation), the extra effects that dissipate those separating forces and, therefore, enhance adhesion and the things that undermine adhesion in the long term.
By having a clear idea of what effects are important for each aspect of an adhesion issue, by clearing away some popular adhesion myths, and by having a set of practical tools to implement each relevant aspect of the theory, those attending the course will be able to make an incisive contribution to practical problem-solving in the lab and in production, in formulation and in practical trouble-shooting.
Midwest Engineered Systems tour and reception
As a highlight of the program on April 14, CS CONNECT sponsor Midwest Engineered Systems is hosting a facility tour and Networking Cocktail Event on that Thursday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. after the day’s Converting School class sessions.
A shuttle for the tour will pick up attendees from the front entrance of the Sheraton Brookfield Hotel at 5:45 p.m. and take you to the MWES facility in Waukesha, minutes from the conference location. The tour will showcase the 100,000-sq-ft facility and the variety of web-handling, converting, and custom machine projects on the shop floor. After the tour, a cocktail hour will be held at the Sheraton Hotel.
If you are interested in joining MWES for a night of fun, please sign up here. All transportation is included.
Private tours of Midwest Engineered Systems also can be scheduled throughout the week of April 11-15. To make arrangements, please email Steve Bougie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-688-7784.
New for 2016: Buy one course at full price and get the second one HALF OFF! Prices are $1,348 for AIMCAL members and $1,498 for non-members for TWO courses! More info