In a very competitive, fast-moving industry like ours, the best way to get ahead is through continuing education courses.
FPInnovations holds numerous training opportunities throughout the year so that industry people can stay up-to-date with the latest research, technical advancement and the best available technology.
One example is the Absorbent Hygiene Products training course that was recently conducted at FPInnovations' Pointe-Claire laboratory, with 37 participants increasing their knowledge on hygiene products.
Water absorption capacity is one of the key performance attributes for hygiene products. FPInnovations has developed a new automated water absorption tester that provides measurements that are faster and more reproducible than existing methods. The instrument has the ability to measure average absorption rate, water retention, and total water absorption capacity. This information helps monitor and control water absorption properties and develop new products.
The one-day training course allowed participants to learn about the different designs and requirements for diapers, female hygiene, and adult incontinence products. Interesting discussions also took place among participants; for example, the group discussed wood fibres being a big part of these hygiene products but facing competition from superabsorbent polymers (SAP), and the different opportunities for modified fibres and non-wovens that can help improve the performance of hygiene products.
To learn more about the numerous training opportunities offered by FPInnovations, please visit www.fpinnovations.ca.