RISE® Innovation Award
The RISE® Innovation Award will recognize innovation in areas within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry which utilizes advanced science and engineering principles to develop unique or intricate solutions to problems and advance the usage of nonwovens. Nominees will be selected from various disposable and durable product categories and disruptive enabling technologies who exemplify innovation. Areas for consideration include: raw material advances, advances in process or manufacturing technologies including web forming and converting, new product or application development, or other areas that may extend or enhance the use of nonwovens.
Meet the Finalists for the 2019 RISE® Innovation Award:
Surfaceskins – Hand washing and gel dispensers clean hands, but as soon as a person touches a door they risk becoming contaminated from a previous door user. Surfaceskins, antibacterial door push pads and pull handles, are engineered to kill deposited germs and bacteria in the vital seconds between one user and the next passing through the door, thus helping prevent the spread of some of the germs and bacteria associated with healthcare associated infections (HAIs). – Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI)
Reicofil 5 – The RF5 Technology delivers the most productive, reliable, and efficient line technology Reifenhäuser has ever engineered. RF5’s intelligent production line reduces hard pieces by 90 percent; increases output up to 1200 m/min; streamlines maintenance time; reduces energy consumption; improves quality and productivity; and increases uniformity, strength, and softness of engineered materials. – Reifenhäuser Reicofil GmbH & Co. KG
Remodelling™ Compound Hernia Patch – The use of traditional permanent synthetic materials for abdominal wall hernia repair can create short- and long-term complications for patient health. The Remodelling Compound Hernia Patch is an electrospun nanoscale patch designed to mimic more costly absorbable biological grafts. The new cost-effective patch serves as a growth medium for new cells, ultimately biodegrading, and has been shown to reduce the rate of postoperative complications and recurrence of hernias matching the performance of absorbable biological grafts. – Shanghai Pine & Power Biotech
The three finalists were selected by technical experts on INDA’s Technical Advisory Board. The 25-member board of technical professionals is represented by companies such as Absorbent Hygiene Insights LLC, Berry Global, Cotton Incorporated, Crown Abbey LLC, Freudenberg, Performance Materials, Lenzing Fibers, Natureworks LLC, Nice-Pak Products, Nonwovens by Design, North Carolina State University, Poccia Consulting, Suominen, and The Procter & Gamble Company, among others.
RISE® conference attendees—professionals in the nonwoven/engineered fabrics industry who are charged with finding “what’s new” to help advance their businesses—will vote for the recipient of the 2019 RISE® Innovation Award, on Tues. Sept. 24. The winner will be named Wed. Sept. 25.