145 professionals in product development, material science, and new technologies convened for the 11th conference edition of RISE – Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics, held virtually from September 28-30, 2021. The event was co-organized by the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, INDA, Cary, NC/USA, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) and North Carolina State University (NCSU), both Raleigh, NC/USA.
The program focused on nonwovens material science developments, sustainability, increasing circularity, new innovations, process and material innovations, government/NGO challenges to single-use plastics, machine-assisted-learning development of biopolymers, and market intelligence and economic insights.
The program included in-depth round table discussions, networking and Q&A’s where participants asked expert speakers questions pertaining to their presentations.
Other highlights included the announcement of Canopy, Katonah, NY/USA, as the winner of this year’s RISE Innovation Award winner for their Canopy Respirator. The innovative respirator is fully mechanical, non-electrostatic, with a filter designed for superior breathability while offering the wearer facial transparency. It features 5.5 mm water column resistance at 85 l/min, 2-way filtration, and a pleated filter that contains over 500 cm² of surface area. The patented Canopy respirator resists fluids and eliminates fogging of eyeglasses.
The annual award recognizes innovation in areas within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry which use advanced science and engineering principles to develop unique or intricate solutions to problems and advance the usage of nonwovens.