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Nonwoven Product Development and Innovation Short Course

August 13 - August 16

From stage-gate to patent landscaping to market intelligence and decision making via a hands-on case study  attendees will be exposed to the full lifecycle of nonwoven product development.

The Nonwoven Product Development and Innovation Short Course is a dynamic training that integrates relationships, perspectives, and team dependencies between product design, manufacturing, purchasing, marketing, and business disciplines. 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.

Following the in-class portion of the course where attendees will learn about critical product development methodologies and tools to help ensure success (patent landscape, innovation culture, commercialization strategy, design of experiment, etc.), the hands-on segment of the training will highlight the utility of the stage-gate process.

Attendees will spend time in NWI’s state-of-the-art nonwoven fabrication and testing labs, which include technology for taking a product from the lab to pilot scale and final testing. The course’s hands-on exemplar will provide attendees the opportunity to work through options for creating a new nonwoven product, examining tradeoffs from raw material selection to end-product functionality. In doing so, emphasis will be placed on how to effectively utilize the stage-gate process to explore feasibility in terms of material availability, manufacturing readiness level, and costs.

Featured Topics Include:

  • Product Development – Stage Gate
  • Intellectual Property Considerations
  • Market Research and Marketing Strategy
  • Innovation Culture Practice
  • Commercialization
  • Sustainability and Circularity
  • Design of Experiment
  • Laboratory – Hands-on developing a specific produce utilizing NWI’s world-class nonwoven production labs.
  • Prototype Testing

Expert Instructors:

  • Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
  • Tom Daugherty, Deputy Director, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), former Product Development, Procter & Gamble
  • Director of Education and Administration, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
  • Benoit Maze, Ph.D.,Director of Education and Administration, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
  • Amy Minton, Analytical and Filtration Testing Lab Manager, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
  • Guest instructors from industry will provide unique perspective and insights on the extrusion process in various application scenarios.

Who Should Attend? 

  • Business and Product Development
  • Finance and Purchasing
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Process and Plant Management
  • 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.)

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Course Outline:

August 13, 2024
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-1:30 PMIntroductions and Course Overview
1:30-3:45 PMProduct Development - Stage Gate
3:45-5:00 PMNavigating Intellectual Property
August 14, 2024
8:00-8:30 AMNetworking and Light Breakfast
8:30-9:00 AMMarket Research and Marketing Strategy
9:00-9:30 AMMarket Intel Example
9:30-10:30 AMPerforming an Effective Patent Search
10:30-11:30 AMInnovation Culture and Practice
11:30 AM-12:00 PMCase Studies In Product Development and Innovation
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-2:00 PMCommercialization
2:00-3:00Sustainability and Circularity
3:00-3:15 PMCoffee Break
3:15-4:00 PMDesign of Experiment - Intro and Practical Aspects
4:00-5:00 PMTeam Exercise: Product Development Exemplar Market Overview
5:00-6:00 PMTeam Exercise: Planning with Team and Mentor
6:00-8:00 PMNetworking Reception
August 15, 2024
8:00-8:30 AMNetworking and Light Breakfast
8:30-10:00 AMTeam and Mentor Product Development Exercise
10:00 AM-12:00 PMHands-On Product Development In the Labs
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-5:00 PMPrototyping
August 16, 2024
8:00-8:30 AMNetworking and Light Breakfast
8:30 AM-10:00 AMFinal Testing of Prototypes
10:00 AM-12:00 PMTeam Presentations
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-1:30 PMQ&A and Wrap Up


August 13
August 16
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