AIMCAL Activities

WISE Program Accepts Applications

The first recipients of AIMCAL’s Women in Industry Scholarship for Excellence (WISE) will be announced at the R2R USA Conference, September 25-29 in Orlando, Florida. The scholarship recognizes women who have overcome significant challenges, invested in STEM degrees, chosen employment in the roll-to-roll converting sector and are continuing to make important contributions in the industry.

Recipients of the scholarship will receive funds to pay down student debt. To apply for this year’s awards, complete the application form at: www.AIMCAL.org, click “About” and select “AIMCAL Committees.” Scroll down and click “Women’s Leadership Commit- tee.” Or access the application directly at: https://www.aimcal.org/AIMCAL/AIMCAL-News/WISE-Scholarship.aspx.

AIMCAL launched the WISE scholarship at the 2021 AIMCAL R2R USA Conference. Donations are needed to support the program and fund an endowment for long-term success and aid to women working in the web-converting field. A goal of $100,000 has been set to fund the endowment, with a Fall 2022 deadline.

Current sponsors include Davis-Standard, LLC; Celplast Metallized Products; Nordmeccanica Group; Intellivation LLC; and Mahlo America, Inc. Sponsors receive recognition via the AIMCAL website, social-media posts and an exclusive scholarship sponsor plaque.

AIMCAL has established four levels of support:

  • Diamond Sponsor at $10,000+
  • Gold Sponsor at $5,000
  • Silver Sponsor at $1,000
  • Friends (any amount from individuals or businesses).

AIMCAL member and nonmember companies and individuals are welcome to participate. To donate or apply for a scholarship, visit www.AIMCAL.org, click “About” and select “AIMCAL Committees.” Scroll down and click “Women’s Leadership Committee.” For more information about the WISE or AIMCAL’s Women’s Leadership Committee, contact 803-948- 9470 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AIMCAL Academy Offers Courses in Green Bay

AIMCAL Academy will present four courses, April 25–26, 2022, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Subjects include Coating/Drying/Laminating, Web Winding, Web Handling and Process Development. The full-day or half-day courses open on Monday, April 25, with a tour at Green Bay Packaging and a Happy Hour Meet & Greet session with instructors and attendees. Classes begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, conclude at 4 p.m. and include lunch.

COURSE SCHEDULE:

Coating/Drying/Laminating

Overview, terminology, and basic challenges (eight-hour course). Instructor: Ted Lightfoot

Web Winding

Introduction to web winding (eight-hour course). Instructor: David Roisum

Process Development

Converting process development approaches to develop or improve work processes, ideation, concept selection and qualification (four-hour course, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., includes one-hour lunch). Instructor: Steve Lange

Web Handling

Introduction to Web Handling (four-hour course, noon-4 p.m., includes one-hour lunch). Instructor: Neal Michal

Eight-hour courses cost $799 for members, $999 for non-members. Four-hour courses cost $399 for members; $499 for non-members. Course participants also may visit Converters Expo on April 27 at nearby Lambeau Field. Visit www.aimcal.org, click on “Education,” then “Courses.”

AIMCAL Presents Hybrid Online Converting School Course

AIMCAL will present Zero Speed Splice Unwinds – Challenges & Solutions, May 16-20, 2022. The hybrid course features live online presentations by Neal Michal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT each day.

This course will describe the operation of common zero speed unwinds, which provide reliable, high-quality splices, to improve productivity. As speeds increase, accumulator dynamics become an important consideration, so the course will include a summary of more than 20 years of applied research to understand the accumulator and describe troubleshooting techniques.

Students who meet all course requirements receive a Certificate of Completion. The cost is $699 for members, $899 for non-members. Visit www.aimcal.org, click on “Education,” then “Courses.”

AIMPLAS hosts the AIMCAL R2R Europe Conference

The AIMCAL R2R (roll-to-roll) Europe Conference will be held June 6–9, 2022, at the AIMPLAS Plastics Technology Centre in Valencia, Spain. The agenda includes sessions focused on Web Coating, Vacuum Web Coating, Gravure Coating & Printing, and Web Handling. Leading consultants and experts from academia and original equipment manufacturers will present best practices and advances related to coating process technology, oriented films, barrier, R2R vacuum technology, system developments, printed electronics, sustainability, strategies for improving productivity, converting technology, new materials, processing developments, monitoring and measurement, coating materials for key market applications, and flexible packaging and materials.

The packed schedule will include Tabletop Exhibits during an evening reception and other networking opportunities including an AIMPLAS facility tour and guided tour of Valencia plus dinner.

Registration information and conference details may be found on the AIMCAL website, www.aimcal.org, click “Conference & Events.” Prospective exhibitors should contact Tim Janes, AIMCAL member outreach director, at 803-948-9469 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AIMCAL Mentor Program Connects Industry Veterans and Newcomers

AIMCAL has established a Mentor Program to help newcomers to the industry expand their knowledge and develop their careers. Mentors and newcomers are paired by expertise and interest areas. To share your experience in the industry or be matched with a mentor, sign up at: https://www.aimcal.org/AIMCAL/Events/2021-R2R-USA/Mentor-Program.aspx.

Join AIMCAL and Access Valuable Resources for Your Entire Company

Complete the application for AIMCAL membership now and all your co-workers will receive access to an expansive array of member resources for 2022. Member benefits include an individual profile for each employee, online member Community forum, Ask AIMCAL business leads, access to the AIMCAL TV network (more than 225 technical presentations), access to 10-plus years of Conference Proceedings, committee involvement in your industry segment, technical training, marketing, networking, member pricing at events and global market research reports. Member companies are listed in the AIMCAL SourceBook directory and have the opportunity to present live webinars to the industry.

Learn about member benefits at www.aimcal.org, click “Membership,” or contact Tim Janes, AIMCAL member outreach director, at 803-948- 9469 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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