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Meltblown Technology Short Course

February 27, 2024 - March 29, 2024

The Meltblown Technology Short Course provides attendees a fundamental understanding of the process of forming meltblown webs and offers guidance on how to control structure-property-process relationships to optimize meltblown materials based on the requirements of the application. This course is designed to be accessible and valuable to both those who are new to the field and/or come from a non-technical background, as well as seasoned nonwovens professionals.

Upon completing the course, attendees will have a comprehensive grasp on meltblown nonwoven production processes, including raw material selection, basic science knowledge, testing, and the characterization used to create end-use products. The course will explain how to exploit machine design and raw materials to the advantage of the application. Attendees will also gain insight into the nonwoven fabrics industry with market forecasts and will learn the significant role meltblown materials play in industry – all while creating incredible fabrics using NWI’s state-of-the-art nonwoven fabrication and testing facilities.

Featured Topics Include:

  • A primer on nonwoven markets and applications for meltblown technology
  • An in-depth understanding of polymer characterization and meltblown web formation
  • Discussion of composites and coforms
  • Discussion of web uniformity and inspection
  • Discussion of product evaluation and testing
  • Discussion of process variables and hands-on activities in NWI’s world-class Meltblown Lab
  • Cost modeling for various meltblown process scenarios

Expert Instructors:

  • Amy Minton, Analytical Lab Manager, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), NC State University
  • Andy Batz, Pack Preparation Lead,  The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), NC State University
  • Angelo Corino, Meltblown and Spunbond Lab Manager,  The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), NC State University
  • Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Professor and Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at NC State University
  • Benoit Maze, Ph.D., Director of Education and Administration, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at NC State University
  • Eric Lawrence, Fiber and Polymer Science and Staple Nonwovens Lab Manager,  The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), NC State University

Who Should Attend?

  • Business and Product Development
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Quality Control
  • Research and Development
  • Technical Sales and Marketing
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Course agenda and presenters subject to change. For questions and/or to reserve a spot for this course, email

February 27, 2024
8:00-8:30 AMNetworking Breakfast
8:30-9:15 AMIntroduction to NWI and Nonwoven Markets
9:15-10:00 AMPolymer Primer
10:00-10:45 AMMeltblown Polymer Requirements
10:45 AM-12:15 PMPolymer Characterization
12:15-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-2:30 PMFiber Formation
2:30-4:00 PMMeltblown Products and Markets
4:00-5:00 PMMeltblown Cost Modeling
February 28, 2024
8:00-8:30 AMNetworking Breakfast
8:30-9:30 AMProduct Evaluation and Testing
9:30-10:30 AMThe Meltblown Process
10:30-10:45 AMCoffee Break
10:45-11:30 AMTour Staple Fiber Lab and Fiber Science Lab
11:30 AM-12:00 PMTour Analytical Testing Lab
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-2:00 PMComposites and Coforms
2:00-2:15 PMMeltblown Laboratory Plan
2:15-4:30 PMMeltblown Laboratory
4:30-5:00 PMWrap Up and Q&A
5:00-7:00 PMNetworking Reception
February 29, 2024
8:00-8:30 AMNetworking Breakfast
8:30-9:15 AMWinding and Slitting
9:15-10:00 AMWeb Uniformity and Inspection
10:00-10:15 AMCoffee Break
10:15-11:00 AMPolymer Extrusion and Filtration
11:00-11:45 AMPack Design and Cleaning Demo
11:45-12:00 AMWrap Up and Q&A
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch/Class Adjourns


February 27, 2024
March 29, 2024
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