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10/27/2020 Press Release
AIMCAL Honors Best Technical Presentations At R2R VIRTUAL Conference USA 2020

AIMCAL Honors Best Technical Presentations At R2R VIRTUAL Conference USA 2020

Six presentations at the just-concluded AIMCAL R2R VIRTUAL Conference USA were honored today with Awards for Technical Excellence. The winners were recognized during closing ceremonies of the interactive event virtually attended by web-processing industry professionals from across the globe.

This year’s John Matteucci Award honorees include:

Web Coating Award
“Troubleshooting and Defect Reduction in Coated Products” by Ted Lightfoot of Ted Lightfoot LLC.
(Read this technical paper in Converting Quarterly 2020 Q1, page 52.)
Honorable Mention
“Primers for Extrusion Coating” by Ginger Cushing of G Prime.

Vacuum Web Coating Award
“Dynamic Reverse-Pulsing 2.5-in. Solving Critical Roadblocks in Thin-Film Coating Technologies”
by Craig Rappe of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
Honorable Mention
“Thin, Flexible Ribbon Ceramics and Flexible Glass” by Michael Badding of Corning, Inc.

Two new awards were bestowed by AIMCAL Committees:

Web-Handling Committee Best Paper Award
“Fifty Years of Web-Handling Mistakes” by Ronald Lynch of RLynch & Associates.
Women’s Leadership Committee Best Paper Award
“The Path Forward in UV-LED Web Converting” by Jennifer Heathcote of GEW, Inc.

“We want to congratulate and thank all the winners for the hard work that went into their award-winning presentations this week,” says AIMCAL Executive Director Chris Kersher. “The 2020 AIMCAL R2R Conference USA was a great success as a fully interactive, virtual event, especially during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We also want to express our appreciation for the efforts put in again by the Flexible Packaging Div. of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) to organize their concurrent SPE FlexPackCon®, and for the two new gravure printing- and coating-related tracks presented by the Gravure Assn. of the Americas (GAA),” Kerscher adds.

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About The John Matteucci Technical Excellence Award
John Matteucci was recognized around the world as a leader in the field of web coatings. His inspiration to both AIMCAL and the international conferences on vacuum web coating has led to a special award being given to the authors of the best paper in each of the Web Coating and the Vacuum Web Coating tracks.


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