A conference on Research, Innovation and Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) was held in the US from September 12 to 14, 2017. The theme centered around nonwovens and engineered fabrics. Technology scouts and product developers who attended left fortified with valuable solutions, new ideas and connections.
The conference attracted over 140 technical professionals, industry experts, scientists and R&D specialists who discussed on leading-edge topics in future manufacturing, moisture management, 3-D nonwoven structures, wet laid nonwovens, advanced materials, biomaterials, machinery, corporate R&D hurdles and other topics.
RISE is a technical conference where product developers and nonwovens scientists came together in one place to share their innovation stories. The balanced number of researchers from academia and industry created a good mix of applied research and fundamental science-based knowledge. Visitors were updated on major research trends and directions.
Whether one was looking for high tech materials, such as programmable fabrics, or potential sustainable solutions to meet customer needs and organizational targets, RISE offered new thinking.
The RISE poster session offered industry professionals an excellent opportunity to meet over 20 talented graduate students and explore new processes, structures, coatings, polymers, and applications in their poster presentations.
Presentations that inspired new ideas included such concepts as trending patent indicators in higher loft nonwovens and transforming fibers into devices for fabric applications in audio and social media.