Officials say the most comprehensive educational program in the converting industry will take place during ICE USA 2015, Feb. 10-12, when AIMCAL presents an array of technical sessions featuring key insights from the industry’s leading experts.

Any converting professional who coats, slits, winds or is involved with web handling won’t want to miss this ICE USA Educational Conference,” says Craig Shepard, AIMCAL’s executive director. “What makes this experience so valuable is that they can learn about innovative technologies and techniques in the seminars and then see them in action from more than 300 of the leading suppliers on the show floor.”
Designed to provide converting professionals with knowledge they can use to enhance their companies’ performance, the sessions provide valuable insights into a variety of coating, web handling, surface treatment and winding and slitting topics. The technical conference is divided into three parallel session tracks of 30 minutes each so attendees may mix and match sessions during all three days of the conference.
Each day will begin with a thought-provoking keynote presentation, which is free to all registered attendees, and will be followed by 12 technical sessions – four in each of the three tracks. The sessions are scheduled from 10 am to Noon to allow attendees ample time to visit the Show floor and see converting technology in action.
Fees are $79 for a conference admission and $149 for a three-day conference admission. All conference admissions include a three-day pass to the show floor. Registration is available on the ICE USA website. 

ICE USA Conference Schedule

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Coating Quality 
10:00 - 10:30am How Automatic Metrology Systems Help to Increase Product Quality While Saving Production Costs and Time
                        Jochen Koenig, Schenk Vision 
10:30 - 11:00am Solutions for all Coating Industries: Advanced Optical Coating Inspection for Maximum Quality
                         Dr. Rudolf Krampe, ISRA Vision
11:00 - 11:30am On-line Coating Weight Measurement
                         Ted Schnackertz, NDC Infrared Engineering 
11:30 - 12:00pm High Speed, High Resolution Coating Inspection
                         Tim Potts, Darkfield Technologies
Web Handling
10:00 - 10:30am Drive System Engineering for Web Fed Machinery
                        William Gilbert, Siemens Industry, Inc. 
10:30 - 11:00am Improving Efficiency and Product Quality with Precision Alignment of Equipment
                        Roger Cross, OASIS Alignment Services, Inc.
11:00 - 11:30am FE 52 Color Line Sensor for Web Guiding
                        Bill Scala, Erhardt + Leimer Inc. 
11:30 - 12:00pm Static Control Best Practices for Converting and Printing
                         Kelly Robinson, Electrostatic Answers 
Extrusion Coating
10:00 - 10:30am Advances in Extrusion Coating
                        Andy Christie, SAM-NA 
10:30 - 11:00am Specialty Polymers used for Packaging Applications
                         Jim Cooper, Dow Chemical Co.
11:00 - 11:30am Adhesion Parameters in Extrusion Coating
                        Bruce Foster, PolyKnows 
11:30 - 12:00pm "Charr Proof" Hot Melt Systems
                         Michael Budai, ITW Dynatec 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Coating Productivity
10:00 - 10:30am Improving Productivity with OEE
                        Adrian Pask, Vorne Industries
10:30 - 11:00am The Answer to Cost Savings, Safety and Environmental Compliance
                         David Roey, Progressive Recovery
11:00 - 11:30am Laser-Based Process Optimization
                        Felix Rominski, Polytec, Inc. 
11:30 - 12:00pm A Cost Effective Method for Increasing Converting Machine Productivity
                        Joe Martin, Qualitek Solutions, Inc. 
10:00 - 10:30am Selecting an Unwinds and Unwind Splicers System
                         Bob Pasquale, New Era Converting Machinery 
10:30 - 11:00am Diagnosing Wound Roll Telescoping
                         David Roisum, Finishing Technologies
11:00 - 11:30am Developing Roll Hardness on Center and Center-Surface Winders
                        Duane Smith, Davis Standard 
11:30 - 12:00pm The Benefits of Automatic Control of the Un-Wind Process in Converting Plants
                        Timothy Rye, RYECO, Inc.
Web Slitting
10:00 - 10:30am Razor Slitting - Benefits and Limitations
                        David Rumson, DR Consulting 
10:30 - 11:00am Crush Cutting Force Analysis and Trouble Shooting
                        George Benson, Dienes
11:00 - 11:30am Managing Overspeed in Tangent Slitting Applications to Reduce Edge Defects
                        Sean Craig, Maxcess - Tidland
11:30 - 12:00pm Slitting and Static Electricity
                        Matt Fyfe, Meech Int. 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 
Surface Treatment
10:00 - 10:30am Efficient Solution of Web Finishing
                        Alexander Rau, Ahlbrandt System GmbH
10:30 - 11:00am Polyolefin Film Surface Preparation Leveraging Atmospheric Plasma
                        Rory Wolf, Pillar Technologies
11:00 - 11:30am Why All Films Do Not Treat the Same- The Signature relationship Between Your Film and Corona Treaters
                         Tom Gilbertson, Enercon Industries
11:30 - 12:00pm The Effect of Diamond Like Carbon Nanoparticles on Mechanical, thermal, and Morphological Properties of Epoxy/Polyamide Coating
                         Rawaiz Khan, King Saud University Saudi Arabia
Coating Process
10:00 - 10:30am Fundamental Causes of Coating Defects
                        Edward D Cohen, Edward D Cohen Consulting, Inc.
10:30 - 11:00am Pull Rollers: Plain, Vacuum and Unported
                         Kevin Cole, Optimation Technology
11:00 - 11:30am Electron Beam Curing for Printing, Packaging, and Converting Applications
                        Stephen C. Lapin, PCT Engineered Systems
11:30 - 12:00pm In-Line Cleaning, Drying, and Coating Process Using Aerostatic Porous Media Bearing Technology
                        Drew Devitt, New Way Air Bearings 
Web Slitting
10:00 - 10:30am Slitting Process Do's and Don'ts
                         David Rumson, DR Consulting 
10:30 - 11:00am Efficiency Comparison of Manual vs. Automatic Positioning System
                         Bill Cowan, Atlas Converting Equipment
11:00 - 11:30am Introducing Ultrasonic Welding Technology into Continuous Web Lamination and Slitting Applications
                        Guy Gill, Chase Machine
11:30 - 12:00pm New Combined rotary Die Cutting and Laser Cutting Machine to Help You Increase Your Profits
                        Jean Louis Dorey, DCS France
CEMA Pre-Show Educational Sessions
Prior to the opening of the 2015 ICE USA, the Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association will present two concurrent sessions on Feb. 9  - the Coating & Laminating Technical Seminar and the Slitting & Rewinding Seminar.
Both the CEMA Coating & Laminating Technical Seminar and Slitting & Rewinding Seminar are special condensed versions of the popular CEMA two-day seminars and were created exclusively for ICE USA. Attendees will learn the web coating and slitting and rewinding operations from unwind to rewind and everything in between. Instructors will provide real world tips for improving productivity, reducing downtime and waste and increasing yield and throughput.
Each seminar costs $295 and registration is available online.
Bob Chiricosta, ICE USA show director, says that in addition to the robust educational conference, a vast array of new equipment and technologies will be displayed on the show floor.
“There will be a variety of new equipment and technologies displayed for the very first time at ICE USA, which means the converting professionals that attend will gain a huge competitive advantage,” he says.
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