(left to right) Ralph Moody, PE, Senior Director of R&D, Berry Global, Inc. with Dave Rousse, President, INDA
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, recognized Ralph Moody, PE, Senior Director of R&D, Berry Global, Inc. with its prestigious 2018 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award November 6, 2018 before 500 nonwoven and engineered fabric professionals November 6, 2018 during at the association’s annual Hygienix Conference, in Orlando, FL.
INDA’s Lifetime Technical Achievement Award honors those individuals with long established technical careers in the nonwovens industry and an accomplished history of technical innovation.
“Ralph was selected by INDA’s Technical Advisory Board, a group of technical professionals from member companies, as most deserving for this year’s Lifetime Technical Achievement Award based on an evaluation of his career accomplishments and the Award criteria. Certainly, they were impressed with Ralph’s eleven patents, multiple machine start-ups, and leadership role on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University. He is truly deserving of this prestigious award recognizing his career of service to the nonwovens industry,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President during his presentation of the award.
Moody was recognized for his critical expertise in process development and R&D in several commercially successful substrates and their production processes. Over his three-decade career, his key major product contributions, and multiple product commercializations over the years, include:
· Installation & Commercialization of the first MEF (Modified Entangled Fiber) spunlace line for Chicopee Food Service wipes;
· Commercialization of APEX® technology for NuGauze® – J&J’s first Nonwoven “gauzelike” sponge;
· Miratec® Durable APEX® nonwoven material for textile replacement applications;
· Swiffer®, joint development with P&G and PGI to produce an imaged scrim reinforced dry dusting nonwoven substrate;
· Kirkland® brand APEX® imaged scrim reinforced Cotton enriched baby wipe;
· Spinlace®, Berry’s spunmelt based wipes substrate;
· Arium™, Berry’s submicron fiber technology;
·Nuvibond® Berry’s Ribbon shaped spunmelt fiber substrate for barrier.
Moody holds eleven patents in the nonwovens field and has been involved in the design and startup of ten nonwoven production lines (six in the USA, two in Europe, and two in China). During his career, he held critical roles in Johnson & Johnson (Chicopee), PGI Nonwovens, and now Berry Global, Inc.
Moody has been an active INDA Member for over 25 years. He has also been an active member in The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at NCSU for over 20 years, is the current Scientific Advisory Board chair at NWI, and participates as an Industrial Technical Advisor to Graduate students.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry in global commerce. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies.