NC State University Webinar Series Ep. 1: Intro to PPE Production featuring Q&A with NC State’s Wilson College of Textiles

In the first webinar, we’ll introduce some basic principles of PPE production and have a panel of experts in PPE testing and design, nonwoven and filtration materials, and medical textiles from NC State on hand to answer your critical questions.

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NC State University Webinar Series Ep. 2: Nonwovens Technology in the Production of PPE

In the second webinar in this series, you’ll learn about various nonwoven production technologies and materials and their properties and end-uses. The focus will be on nonwovens used in PPE in healthcare settings, though personal use protective materials will also be covered.

Speaker: Stephen Sharp, Director of Engineering and Operations at Sanctuary Systems

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NC State University Webinar Series Ep. 3: Principles of Air Filtration Materials and Design

In the third webinar of our weekly series, you’ll learn about four types of filtration and how they fit into the design and production of PPE – Brownian motion, electrostatic forces, interception, and inertial impaction. The session will also cover fiber and fabric properties for filtration.

Speakers: Stephen Sharp, Director of Engineering and Operations, Sanctuary Systems
Dr. Karen Leonas, Professor of Textile Sciences, Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology Management, NCS

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NC State University Webinar Series Ep. 4: Classifications and Testing Requirements for PPE in Medical Environments and Personal Use

Learn about the various classifications of PPE and the tests required for each level. FDA and NIOSH testing will be covered for gowns, facemasks, respirators and coveralls, as well as recommended testing for general purpose face coverings.

Speaker: Emiel DenHartog, Director of Graduate Programs, TECS; Associate Director, TPACC

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NC State University Webinar Series Ep. 5: Key Principles for Effective Protection with Masks and Respirators

Learn about the basic protection factors to donning and wearing a mask and how it can help protect the wearer. Also, learn how fit can impact protection and the key areas for mask protection that make it effective PPE for different users. Newly developed testing methodologies will also be covered in this area to better understand the material and developmental requirements for different mask types.

Speakers: Bryan Ormond, Assistant Professor, TECS/TPACC and Marc Mathews, Research Associate, TPACC

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NC State University Webinar Series Ep. 6: Surgical Gowns, Level 2-4: Materials, Design, Assembly, Testing, Evaluation, Standards

Learn the different classifications and protection levels for surgical and non-surgical gowns and how to navigate both the AAMI and FDA requirements for gowns. You will also learn about typical materials used in the various types of gowns and how to design and package them to accommodate proper donning and doffing procedures in healthcare settings.

Speakers: Martin King, Professor, TECS and Jing Liang, MS Textile Engineering, 2013

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NC State University Webinar Series Ep. 7: PPE Surface Chemistry and Surface Interactions

Learn the principles behind how particles, including pathogens, interact with surfaces, and how surface designs and coatings can alter those interactions. You will also learn about antimicrobial materials and their mechanisms of action.

Speakers: Karen Leonas, Professor, TATM and Frank Scholle, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

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NC State University Webinar Series Ep. 8: Ask a Virologist – Coronavirus: What We Know, What We Don’t

Learn about viruses, how they spread, infect hosts and replicate. Learn specifics about SARS-CoV-2 and how its specific properties dictate control mechanisms, including PPE for healthcare and non-healthcare settings.

Speakers: Frank Scholle, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

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NC State University Webinar Series Ep. 9: The Final Stage – Constructing and Manufacturing PPE

This webinar series has taken an in-depth look at the many stages of PPE production and we’ve now reached the final stage: construction and manufacturing. Whether its home sewn masks or level 4 surgical gowns, PPE takes many different forms and functions. This webinar will explore how the most prominent PPE are made, from automated sewing to seam welding. Our panel of experts will discuss the ins and outs of turning fabric into a finished PPE product.

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