Ralph Schultz, NCI’s Coordinator of Performance Film and Kevin Cole, Senior Web Handling Development Engineer at Optimation Technology, instructed the workshop. NCI’s academic coater is a unique and specially designed piece of equipment that incorporates several performance film techniques and plays a critical role in the training by allowing participants to apply what they learn and experience firsthand how the instruction relates to their day-to-day work.
Thirty percent of the world’s coated and dyed film is produced in Martinsville and Henry County. According to both instructors, to stay competitive, companies need to meet the demand for new challenges that include thinner, wider, and more delicate products. NCI’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing provides support to regional industry partners by offering classes and teaching platforms to optimize production.