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NOVEMBER 15 - 18, 2021
The Westin Kierland
Scottsdale, AZ
HYGIENIX WORKSHOP: Absorbent Hygiene Absorption Systems – Components & Systems
Monday, November 15
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Absorbent Hygiene Absorption Systems – Components & Systems

Join us for this technology-oriented, hands-on workshop devoted to the absorption systems found in AHP products. Learn about the design, construction, performance and absorbent core technology. The workshop will go beyond just SAP, to include various core designs (both fluff and fluff-free) and the interaction between the core and ADLs. Participants will be provided with multiple samples of hygiene components and products sourced from around the world.

Product & Process Innovation in AHPs
Tuesday, November 16
2:00 pm - 3:55 pm

Musings and Insights from Non-traditional Tests

Traditionally, key hygiene product tests have focused on acquisition and rewet tests or total capacity tests. Likewise, traditional superabsorbent polymer tests have focused on capacity, gel strength and permeability. Testing has not been very predictive of performance for either materials being tested. Using FVAUL and HUS tests that are relatively unknown in the industry, we will look at the unique insights that these more dynamic tests offer in understanding performance of superabsorbents and hygiene products and look at possible links to the end user experience.


» Jim Robinson

Principal, Absorbent Hygiene Insights, LLC


With a wealth of expertise in absorbent hygiene, Jim Robinson has more than 35 years’ experience in the chemical industry. For 10 years, his work with BASF focused on pulp and paper chemistry, and 25 of his years there were spent on superabsorbent polymers (SAP). Prior to joining BASF, he served as a technical service representative for Hoechst Celanese.

Mr. Robinson has been a contributor on several patents on superabsorbent polymers with hygiene and industrial applications. Now retired, his last position was Manager of Technical Service for BASF’s Hygiene Business.

Jim earned a BS in Chemistry (ACS) from Hampden-Sydney College, and an MS in Inorganic Chemistry and Spectroscopy from Duke University.