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Meltblown Technology Short Course

February 27 - February 29

The Meltblown Technology Short Course combines classroom learning with hands-on activities in NWI’s state-of-the-art fabrication and testing labs to provide attendees a fundamental understanding of the process of forming meltblown webs. The course focuses on the importance of controlling structure-property-process relationships to optimize meltblown materials to meet the requirements of the application.

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.

If you attend this course, you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of meltblown nonwoven production processes, including raw material selection, basic science knowledge, testing, and the characterization used to create end-use products.
  • Learn how to exploit machine design and raw materials to the advantage of your applications.
  • Get expert insight into the nonwoven fabrics industry and the significant role meltblown materials play in the world today

This course is designed to be accessible and valuable to those who are new to the field and/or come from a non-technical background, as well as seasoned nonwovens professionals.

Expert Instructors:

  • Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
  • Angelo Corino, Meltblown and Spunbond Lab Manager, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
  • Tom Daugherty, Deputy Directory, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI); former Procter & Gamble
  • Bryan Haynes, Ph.D., Technical Director Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark
  • Abhay Joijode, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Berry Global
  • Benoit Maze, Ph.D., Director of Education and Administration, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
  • Brad Scroggins, Research Technician, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
  • Hooman Tafreshi, Ph.D., NC State University/NWI
  • Natalie Young, Research Specialist, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
  • Guest instructors from industry will provide unique perspective on the latest applications and technology in meltblown nonwovens.

Who Should Attend?

  • Business and Product Development
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Quality Control
  • Research and Development
  • Technical Sales and Marketing


  • Non-Members: $3,300
  • NWI/INDA Members: $2,500 (NOTE: If you are an NWI Member, please e-mail with your Member Name and Short Course title to register at the NWI Member Rate.)


Attendee Feedback: 

  • “A huge thank you to the instructors and all of the wonderful staff. The course was incredibly helpful, and we learned so much that will aid us in our business going forward. The information on the fundamentals of extrusion and how process parameters affect output product and defect generation was excellent. I also loved being able to apply learnings in the lab.” — Staff Scientist, Medical Device Manufacturer
  • “The breadth (and depth) of the subject matter was what I liked most about the course.  The course provided a nice introduction to the process, while also providing enough detail to keep the experienced person engaged.” — Process Technology Leader, Manufacturer of Fibers and Nonwovens
  • “The course provides an even mix of new information with enough technical information to use with current knowledge.” — Production Supervisor, Packaging Manufacturer
  • “This program was excellently done. This is must-have training for new and experienced engineers operating in or serving the nonwovens industry. I will be recommending accordingly in my organization.” —  Nonwovens Process Technology Leader, Global Materials Manufacturer

(NOTE: If you are an NWI Member, please e-mail with your Member Name and Short Course title to register at the NWI Member Rate.) 

Course agenda and presenters subject to change. For questions about this course, email


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Course Outline:

February 27, 2024The Basics
8:00-8:30 AMNetworking and Light BreakfastAll
8:30-9:00 AMIntroduction to NWITom Daugherty, NWI (Formerly P&G)
9:00-10:00 AMPolymer PrimerAbhay Joijode, Ph.D., Berry Global
10:00-10:45 AMPolymer Requirements for MeltblowingBehnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., NWI
10:45-11:00 AMBreakAll
11:00 AM-12:00 PMPolymer CharacterizationAbhay Joijode, Ph.D., Berry Global
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking LunchAll
1:00-2:00 PMMeltblown Products and MarketsTom Daugherty, NWI (Formerly P&G)
2:00-3:00 PMMeltblown Fabric Test Methods and ProceduresBehnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., NWI
3:00-4:00 PMPolymer Extrusion and FiltrationBenoit Maze, Ph.D., NWI
4:00-5:00 PMTour of NWI Pilot FacilitiesAngelo Corino, NWI; Benoit Maze, Ph.D., NWI
February 28, 2024The Fundamentals
8:00-8:30 AMNetworking and Light BreakfastAll
8:30-9:30 AMThe Meltblown ProcessBryan Haynes, Ph.D., Kimberly-Clark
9:30-10:30 AMMajor Process ComponentsBryan Haynes, Ph.D., Kimberly-Clark
10:30-10:45 AMBreakAll
10:45-11:30 AMMeltblowing DiesBryan Haynes, Ph.D., Kimberly-Clark
11:30 AM-12:00 PMStructure Process VariablesBehnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., NWI
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking LunchAll
1:00-2:00 PMOther Meltblowing PropertiesBehnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., NWI
2:00-3:00 PMCoform and CompositesBenoit Maze, Ph.D., NWI
3:00-4:00 PMCharging BasicsBehnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., NWI; Hooman Tafreshi, Ph.D., NWI
4:00-5:00 PMMeltblown Laboratory Planning and Tour of NWI Analytical FacilitiesAngelo Corino, NWI; Natalie Young, NWI
5:30-8:00 PMReception and NetworkingAll
February 29, 2024Let's Get It Together
8:00-8:30 AMNetworking and Light BreakfastAll
8:30-9:00 AMLab Prep and StartupAngelo Corino, NWI; Natalie Young, NWI
9:00-10:00 AMLab DOE DiscussionBehnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., NWI
10:00-12:30 PMLab DOE ImplementationAngelo Corino, NWI; Bradley Scroggins, NWI
12:30-1:30 PMNetworking LunchAll
1:30-2:30 PMWrap Up and Q&ABehnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., NWI/All


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