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ICE USA 2015 Bringing a Full Conference Program


BURLINGTON, MA | When ICE USA 2015 convenes February 10–12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, it will bring what organizers call the “most comprehensive educational program in the converting industry.” 

Included will be an array of technical sessions presented by the Assn. of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL).

“Any converting professional who coats, slits, winds, or is involved with web handling won’t want to miss this ICE USA Educational Conference,” says AIMCAL executive director Craig Sheppard. “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.”

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 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 a.m. to noon to allow attendees ample time to visit the show floor.

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.


Tuesday, February 10 - Coating Quality

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.—How Automatic Metrology Systems Help to Increase Product Quality While Saving Production Costs and Time Jochen Koenig, Schenk Vision


10:30 - 11:00 a.m.—Solutions for all Coating Industries: Advanced Optical Coating Inspection for Maximum Quality Dr. Rudolf Krampe, ISRA Vision

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.—On-line Coating Weight Measurement Ted Schnackertz, NDC Infrared Engineering

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.—High Speed, High Resolution Coating Inspection Tim Potts, Darkfield Technologies

Web Handling

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.—Drive System Engineering for Web Fed Machinery William Gilbert, Siemens Industry, Inc.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.—Improving Efficiency and Product Quality with Precision Alignment of Equipment Roger Cross, OASIS Alignment Services, Inc.

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.—FE 52 Color Line Sensor for Web Guiding Bill Scala, Erhardt + Leimer Inc.

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.—Static Control Best Practices for Converting and Printing Kelly Robinson, Electrostatic Answers

Extrusion Coating

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.—Advances in Extrusion Coating Andy Christie, SAM-NA

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.—Specialty Polymers used for Packaging Applications Jim Cooper, The DOW Chemical Company

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.—Adhesion Parameters in Extrusion Coating Bruce Foster, PolyKnows

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.—"Charr Proof" Hot Melt Systems Michael Budai, ITW Dynatec

Wednesday, February 11 - Coating Productivity

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.—Improving Productivity with OEE Adrian Pask, Vorne Industries

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.—The Answer to Cost Savings, Safety and Environmental Compliance David Roey, Progressive Recovery

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.—Laser-Based Process Optimization Felix Rominski, Polytec, Inc.

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.—A Cost Effective Method for Increasing Converting Machine Productivity Joe Martin, Qualitek Solutions, Inc.


10:00 - 10:30 a.m.—Selecting an Unwinds and Unwind Splicers System Bob Pasquale, New Era Converting Machinery

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.—Diagnosing Wound Roll Telescoping David Roisum, Finishing Technologies

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.—Developing Roll Hardness on Center and Center-Surface Winders Duane Smith, Davis Standard

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.—The Benefits of Automatic Control of the Un-Wind Process in Converting Plants Timothy Rye, RYECO, Inc.

Web Slitting

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.—Razor Slitting - Benefits and Limitations David Rumson, DR Consulting

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.—Crush Cutting Force Analysis and Trouble Shooting George Benson, Dienes

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.—Managing Overspeed in Tangent Slitting Applications to Reduce Edge Defects Sean Craig, Maxcess - Tidland

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.—Slitting and Static Electricity Matt Fyfe, Meech Int.

Thursday, February 12 - Surface Treatment

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.—Efficient Solution of Web Finishing Alexander Rau, Ahlbrandt System GmbH

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.—Polyolefin Film Surface Preparation Leveraging Atmospheric Plasma Rory Wolf, Pillar Technologies

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.—Why All Films Do Not Treat the Same- The Signature relationship Between Your Film and Corona Treaters Tom Gilbertson, Enercon industries

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.—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 - 10:30 a.m.—Fundamental Causes of Coating Defects Edward D Cohen, Edward D Cohen Consulting, Inc.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.—Pull Rollers: Plain, Vacuum and Unported Kevin Cole, Optimation Technology

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.—Electron Beam Curing for Printing, Packaging, and Converting Applications Stephen C. Lapin, PCT Engineered Systems

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.—In-Line Cleaning, Drying, and Coating Process Using Aerostatic Porous Media Bearing Technology Drew Devitt, New Way Air Bearings

Web Slitting

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.—Slitting Process Do's and Don'ts David Rumson, DR Consulting

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.—Efficiency Comparison of Manual vs. Automatic Positioning System Bill Cowan, Atlas Converting Equipment

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.—Introducing Ultrasonic Welding Technology into Continuous Web Lamination and Slitting Applications Guy Gill, Chase Machine

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.—New Combined rotary Die Cutting and Laser Cutting Machine to Help You Increase Your Profits Jean Louis Dorey, DCS France

Prior to the opening of the 2015 ICE USA, the Converting Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (CEMA) will present two concurrent sessions on February 9: the Coating & Laminating Technical Seminar and the Slitting & Rewinding Seminar. Both the CEMA Coating & Laminating Technical Seminar and Slitting & Rewinding Seminar are condensed versions of the 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.

ICE USA show director Bob Chiricosta, says that in addition to the 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.”

ICE is organized by Mack Brooks.

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