Blogs

  • Yo's Yarns

    Yolanda Simonsis is a 35-year veteran of the packaging and converting industries. She has held past editorial positions with two former publications of Delta Communications and Cahners Publishing (now Reed Business Information), including Packaging Digest for five years and Converting Magazine for 12 years.

    In 1995, Simonsis joined the staff of PFFC, assuming the position of associate publisher and chief editor. She also assumed the position of editorial director of Boxboard Containers Intl. from September 2000 through its closing in February 2002. In 2008 Yolanda led her staff to winning a "2008 Publication of the Year" award from the Printer's National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC) for the September 2007 "Green Converting" issue.

  • Kelly on Static

    Static control expert Dr. Kelly Robinson, PE, IEEE Fellow, President of Electrostatic Answers, has 25+ years of experience in problem-solving and consulting.

     
  • Marketing Mojo

    Senior marketer and brand enthusiast Stephanie Millman leverages years of experience in the converting, software, healthcare, and broadcast industries to provide concepts and marketing ideas that inspire PFFC readers. Find out how to harness the evolution in social media, advertising, direct marketing, web sites, and trade shows in our industry. Keep posted as Stephanie exposes the changes and opportunities that are taking place in the marketing arena of our industry.

  • Tom’s Poly Ploys

    Tom Bezigian holds a B.S. in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. He has been affiliated with the converting industry for more than 30 years and has held various positions with Cryovac, Mobil Chemical, James River Corp., Fortifiber Corp., Schoeller Technical Papers, and his own consulting firm PLC Technologies. Tom has R&D, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, Marketing, Operations, Finance and Expert Witness experience in the blown film, cast film, orienting, extrusion coating, and converting industries. He has had a consulting practice for many years and successfully started and ran Great Lakes Technologies from scratch. He has written many technical papers at various TAPPI conferences worldwide, previously wrote a technical column for Converting magazine, and is the author of TAPPI's "Extrusion Coating Handbook."

  • Tim's Web Lines

    Timothy J. Walker is a web handling and winding specialist with over 25 years of experience and a Master’s in Management of Technology from the Univ. of Minnesota and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Univ. of Iowa. Tim is president of TJWalker+Assoc. Inc., and has helped over 100 companies working with paper, film and foil-based manufacturing processes. Before starting his consulting business in 1999, Tim worked at 3M Company for 17 years. Tim works on all things ‘web handling,’ including understanding material properties, tension control, roller design, nipped processes, web guiding, and winding. Tim addresses the biggest job of a web handler, which is to avoid waste, including breaks, scratches, curl, bagginess, wander, and the big waste buckles of wrinkling and winding defects. Tim has written a monthly column for Paper, Film, and Foil Converter--PFFC magazine ("Web Lines") since 2002, now totaling over 100 columns, and all available at www.pffc-online.com/web-lines.

     
  • Mark's Coating Matters

    Mark D. Miller is a fluid coating expert with experience and knowledge in the converting industry accumulated since 1996. Mark holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in Polymer Science & Engineering from Lehigh Univ. Mark is an independent consultant and president of Coating Tech Service, LLC. Mark worked at 3M and EDI (a slot die manufacturing company) with a concentration in web coating technologies and chemical manufacturing operations and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt trained in both DMAIC and DFSS disciplines. Coating Tech Service provides process troubleshooting and project management for precision coated products. Mark has extensive process knowledge in high precision coating applications including thin film photo voltaic, Li-Ion battery, and optical systems technology. Mark has been integral to new developments and technology that minimize product waste and improve process scalability. Mark has written a monthly column for Paper, Film, and Foil Converter-PFFC ("Coating Matters") since 2010, all of which are available at www.pffc-online.com/coating-matters. To learn more about Mark Miller or Coating Tech Service, visit: www.coatingtechservice.com.

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