ICE USA 2015 is shaping up to be an excellent event at several levels. You’ll be able to see the latest technologies from many of the world’s top companies. And, you have at least three different opportunities to sharpen you technical skills.
- Ask the Experts – Six leading experts in converting technologies will be available for 15 minute 1-1 discussions.
- CEMA Fundamentals Seminars – The Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) is presenting their CEMA Fundamentals Seminars.
- ICE USA Conference sponsored by AIMCAL – The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) has organized an excellent technical program.
The Ask the Experts to learn more about converting technologies in 1-1 discussions. I would be honored to talk with you about static electricity in a 15-minute 1-1 discussion. Asking a quick question on the exhibition can be difficult because there are many activities. Holding someone’s attention for more than a minute can be frustrating. And, with all of the hubbub at a large exhibition like ICE, I find it hard to focus on one topic for more than a few seconds. So setting aside 15 minutes in a comfortable room with closed doors provides a perfect venue for a discussion. Perhaps there is a specific static problem in one of your operations. I can help you define a plan to solve the problem. Or, maybe you just have a question or you have received conflicting advice. I’d be happy to talk with you and help sort things out.
The CEMA Fundamentals Seminars are valuable for both those who are new to converting and for seasoned engineers. Individual presentations are presented on a variety of converting topics at an overview level. For those who are new to converting, the CEMA Fundamentals Seminars are excellent introductions to the diverse technologies that together enable efficient and reliable coating, drying, slitting and rewinding operations. For seasoned engineers, presentations in your areas of expertise are welcome refreshers that reinforce and perhaps deepen your skills. And, the rest of the seminars provide great introductions to “adjacent” technologies strengthening your understanding of the big picture.
The Seminars are organized into 2 concurrent tracks; Coating & Drying, and Slitting & Rewinding. The Coating & Drying track presents 15 seminars, each 30 minutes, on solution delivery, surface treatments, coating methods, defects, drying, inspection systems, web tension, winding, static electricity. The Slitting & Rewinding track presents 11 seminars, each either 30 or 45 minutes on unwinding, tension control, web guiding, spreading, slitting, winding and static electricity.
I present “Dealing with Static Electricity” in the Coating & Drying track. My colleague Matt Fyffe, Meech International, presents “Static Electricity” in the Slitting & Rewinding track.
The ICE USA Conference is a comprehensive educational program. Come and listen to 30 minute presentations by leading experts. I’ll be talking about “Static Control Best Practices for Converting and Printing.” We’ve planned time for a short discussion at the end of each presentation so you’ll have a chance to ask questions and listen to a short discussion of the presentation.
I look forward to ICE USA 2015. I hope to see you there!
ICE USA’s Guest Blogger is Kelly Robinson. In 2007, Kelly founded Electrostatic Answers, an engineering consulting company dedicated to eliminating injury and waste from static electricity. Over the last 25 year, Kelly has served over 100 companies including many of the Fortune 500.
He is a Professional Engineer in New York State, holds the PhD degree in electrical engineering from Colorado State University, and he is an IEEE Fellow. Kelly serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Electrostatics and he is a contributing editor for Paper Film & Foil Converter where he writes “Static Beat,” a regular column on static control for the converting industry. His columns, blogs, journal articles and patents contribute to:
- Controlling static in converting, coating, and printing
- Preventing static fires
- Measuring charges
- Improving instrumentation