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NOVEMBER 16 - 19, 2020
The Roosevelt New Orleans
New Orleans, LA, USA
NOVEMBER 16 - 19, 2020
Hyatt Regency Houston
Houston, Texas, USA
NOVEMBER 16 - 19, 2020
Hyatt Regency Houston
Houston, Texas, USA
Wednesday, November 13
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Developments Advancing Productivity

State-of-the-art FemCare/Adult Product Manufacturing: The Enabling Features Behind the Demanding World of Size and Grade Changes

In many manufacturing facilities of hygienic products, e.g. diapers, size grade changes are a challenge in terms of machine down times and overall machine efficiencies. This presentation outlines potential of how to design products, machines and the production environment to accelerate size grade changes.

Key Items:

•     Design end-products in such a way that size grade changes require min. effort in the machine without causing an impact on the overall end-product performance.

•     Use latest motion control techniques to design size parts free processes

•      Introduce technologies to support quick size to size changes à BICMA “S2S” modules

•     Target: Vertical machine start-up after size grade change

The constantly changing design requirements of today’s sanitary napkins are increasing the complexity of modern production lines continuously. Challenging raw material specifications, product shapes and flexibility requirements are key drivers for modern maker machine designs.


» Marc Schnell

VP Hygiene Solutions, BICMA GmbH


Marc Schnell, Vice President Hygiene Solutions of W+D / BICMA, a Barry-Wehmiller Company, acting in sales, product- and order management in the tissue und personal care section since 2002.

Before entering the hygiene business, Marc spend 10 years in the plant engineering and construction business.

He is married, has 2 children and enjoys down-hill skiing and mountain biking.