Corona & Atmospheric Plasma 101

Hartland, WI
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Learn how to apply the latest surface treatment technologies to improve the adhesion and product performance!

Learn how to improve surface adhesion and product performance!

TAPPI is excited to introduce a new training opportunity that is being presented in partnership with ITW Pillar Technologies - an innovative leader in surface treatment systems in the plastic film extrusion, coating, laminating, and printing industries.

The Corona and Atmospheric Plasma 101 Course

- A One Day Course - 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Hartland, Wisconsin USA

Note:  Register by March 5, 2017 to save on course fees and group rates.

Presented for the first time in partnership with ITW Pillar Technologies, this one-day course is designed to provide you with a basic and intermediate understanding of surface energy, why it is important, and how corona and plasma surface modification technologies can offer solutions to surface wettability and adhesion.

17CAP101 - Pilot LineYou will be trained to understand the fundamentals of corona and plasma treatment, and what treatment system adjustments can be made to improve surface treatment and adhesion outcomes. The course combines formal classroom training with the opportunity to gain practical skills with hands-on experiences within a fully-equipped on-site pilot line at ITW Pillar Technologies.

Learning Outcomes
By attending this one-day course, you will gain the skills to:

  • Understand different surface treatment system designs.
  • Make informed determinations and recommendations of proper surface treatment systems, or alterations of existing systems, to improve surface treatment outcomes.
  • Calculate and use watt density to positively influence surface treatment results.
  • Recognize how to measure surface tension, and the factors that affect wettability and adhesion.
  • Identify and apply trouble-shooting techniques and preventative  maintenance best practices to improve operating uptime.
  • Understand the capabilities, specifications, and chemical functionalization effects provided by atmospheric plasma technologies.
  • Improve substrate conditioning to optimize surface treatment results.

Who Should Attend?
This course is ideal for:

  • Process Engineers working in Flexible Packaging Converting Operations
  • Supervisors working in Flexible Packaging Converting Operations
  • Printing/Coating/Lamination Operators working in Film Extrusion Segments
  • Maintenance Managers working in Nonwovens and Textile Finishing Segments
  • Superintendents and Technical Assistants working in Paper and Foil Converting Segments

Education prerequisites are not required to benefit from this course, although participants would find it helpful to have some exposure to surface treatment technologies and terminology.

IACETTAPPI will award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the completion of this course content.  TAPPI is an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining accreditation, TAPPI demonstrates its compliance with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice.

17CAP101 Pillar Logo

Founded in 1966, ITW Pillar Technologies is recognized worldwide as a global manufacturer of surface treatment systems. OEM's and end-users in the industries of plastic film extrusion, coating, laminating, and printing have relied on ITW Pillar's surface treatment equipment to provide long term high quality surface treatment results of increased wettability, long term adhesion, and/or specialty surface modifications onto most all plastic film and paper.

ITW Pillar Technologies leads the market in new surface treater technology. Known for originating "Universal" Corona Treating, Pillar has also been the first to introduce a number of surface treatment innovations to the industry. ITW Pillar was the first to introduce epoxy covered treater rolls, ozone destruct systems and solid-state power supplies. The company also piloted the first U.S. manufactured split box treater station, introduced "Universal" corona treating to the industry, and was the first to introduce a unitized narrow web power supply/station combination unit with removeable electrode cartridge.



A well-known and published industry expert in printing and surface technologies developed this curriculum.

Rory Wolf

17CAP101-Instructor Rory WolfBusiness Unit Manager, ITW Pillar Technologies

Rory Wolf is a recognized industry resource in the field of polymer surface modification. He has 30 years of experience within international positions in the plastics and packaging industries, and specific experience in polymer-based flexible packaging, polymer surface modification systems, and printing industry segments. He has published 33 technical papers, 41 industry articles, and three books on the topic of plastic surface modification by atmospheric plasma technology.

Educational Background
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
MBA Degree, with emphasis in Finance/Marketing

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
BBA Degree with emphasis in Finance/Marketing

Professional Affiliations/Community Involvements
TAPPI Association, PLACE Division
Society of Plastics Engineers
Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators
The Performance Alliance(PEA) Board Member
Junior Achievement, Project Business - Volunteer
United Way of Wisconsin - Campaign Coordinator

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Proposed Course Schedule

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

8:00 am
Surface Energy - What is it and how is it measured and managed?

9:00 am
Corona Treatment - What is it and what does it do to a surface?

9:30 am
Plasma Treatment - What is it and what does it do to a surface?

10:00 am

10:15 am
Ground Roll Coverings and Electrodes - How to specify what you need.

11:15 am
Corona or Plasma - Which technology is best for which applications and why?

12:00 pm
Lunch Break

1:00 pm
Adhesion - The Best-Kept Secrets

1:30 pm
System Troubleshooting Tactics and Preventative Maintenance Best Practices

3:00 pm

3:15 pm
Course Knowledge Quiz

3:45 pm
Course Evaluation w/ Self-Assessment

4:00 pm

Secure your seat by March 5 to save!

Registration Rates

Before Mar 5 After Mar 5 Onsite 
 Individual Meeting Registration   
 TAPPI Member$425 $495 $495 
 Join or Renew and Save $599 $669 $669 
 Young Professionals under 30
 Join or Renew and Save 
$544 $614 $614 
 Non-Member of TAPPI $925 $995 $995 
 Group Meeting Registration, Per Person
 (Groups are 3+ people from the same location.) 
 TAPPI Member$375 $425 $425 
 Join or Renew and Save $549$599 $599 
 Young Professionals under 30
 Join or Renew and Save 
$494 $544 $544 
 Non-Member of TAPPI $875 $925 $925 
 Complimentary Registration    
 Instructor $0 $0 $0 
 Sustaining Member Using Coupon $0 $0 $0 

Cancellation Policy

If you find that you have to cancel, your full registration fee will be refunded if TAPPI's Registration Department receives written notification (fax acceptable at  +1.770.209.7206) by March 5, 2017.  Please note:  A 50 percent refund can be issued for all written cancellations made after March 5, 2017, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course, which is April 5, 2017.  Understandably, after April 5, 2017, no refunds can be issued. Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.
Refund Policy
100% - Cancellation received by March 5, 2017.
50% -  Cancellations received after March 5, 2017 and no later than April 5, 2017.
NO REFUND- Cancellations received after April 5, 2017.  


The Corona and Atmospheric Plasma 101 Course will be held
Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

17CAP101 - Location Map


Training Venue
17CAP101 - PIllar Heading
475 East Industrial Drive
Hartland, Wisconsin 53029

Lodging Options Near the Training Venue


17CAP101 - Holiday InnHoliday Inn Express & Suites Delafield 
3030 Golf Road
Delafield, Wisconsin 53018
Phone:(262) 646-7077

The Delafield Hotel
17CAP101 - Delafield415 Genesee Street, 
Delafield, WI 53018
Phone:(262) 646-1600

Hilton Garden Inn
17CAP101 - Hilton Hotel1443 Pabst Farms Circle
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Phone:(262) 200-2222

Order select publications with your event registration and save.

You can earn discounts on these select TAPPI PRESS publications at the same time that you register for this course!

Please note: The clickable title links are provided so that you can get more information about each selection, but be sure to order your publications during the registration process to receive the discounted price.

Ultimate Roll and Web Defect GuideThe Ultimate Roll and Web Defect Troubleshooting Guide - E-BOOK
Item Code:  0101RWELECT
Conference price: $119
List Price: $240

The Ultimate Roll and Web Defect Troubleshooting Guide - PRINT
Item Code:  0101R335
Conference price: $119
List Price: 240

Or, purchase both the E-BOOK and PRINT as one bundle:

The Ultimate Roll and Web Defect Troubleshooting Guide - (E-BOOK and PRINT)
Item Code:  0101RWELECTBUN
Conference price: $179
List Price: $299

Winding Machines - Mechanics and MeasurementsWinding Machines: Mechanics and Measurements
Item Code:  0102B068
Conference price: $130
List Price:  $229

Film Extrusion Manual 0101R313Film Extrusion Manual, Second Edition
Item Code:  0101R313
Conference price: $122
List Price:  $205

Extrusion Coating ManualExtrusion Coating Manual, Fourth Edition
Item Code:  0102B065
Conference price $85
List Price:  $140

Flash Drive2016 PLACE Conference Proceedings - Flash Drive
Item Code:  PLACEFD-16
Conference price $69
List Price:  $111

Corrugated Adhesives Prep 5th EditionCorrugated Adhesives Preparation, Fifth Edition
Item Code:  0101R301
Conference price:  $75
List Price:  $150


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