Courses and Events

Full Schedule

Access our schedule-at-a-glance for a quick overview of the week’s events.

Monday, May 8

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Members-Only Reception

Kick-off your Tape Week experience and set the tone for the rest of the week connecting with other PSTC members.

Tuesday, May 9

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Sustainability Summit Breakfast

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sustainability Summit

Sustainability: Building Awareness

Pathways to Sustainability

How the electrical grid and global sustainability initiatives are triggering a shift to UV LED curing.

The Afera Flagship Project Sustainability: readying the European Tape Industry for a circular future for Tapes

Market Demands for Sustainable Pressure Sensitive Tape Products

Understanding the PSA Regulatory and Sustainability Environment in 2023

Award Winning Energy Management Program

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Spring Member Meeting Luncheon

1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Spring Member Meeting

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception & Innovative Poster Session

Wednesday, May 10

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

General Session Awards


Surviving the “Workquake” through Connection + Culture

Speaker: Heather Hass

Life and work have been turned upside down in the last two years, and we are still facing very real threats in the form of talent shortages and uncertainty about the future of work. In this 45-minute keynote, Heather will offer practical strategies to help leaders future-proof their businesses by focusing on people and culture. This session will be thought provoking, interactive and actionable.

Participants will:

1. Reflect upon the changes and challenges of the last two years including shifting demographics and hybrid work.

2. Discuss the power of four levels of connection at work – people to their jobs, people to each other, people to their managers and people to the organization.

• Job connection is achieved when people get to use their natural strengths in doing their work and when they have the tools and training to excel.

• Peer-to-peer connection is the positive energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued.

• Employee-to-manager connection is achieved when employees feel safe, challenged, and valued.

• People are connected to the organization when they are aligned with and inspired by the mission/vision/values of the organization, and when they feel a sense of belonging within the work environment.

3. Explore tools for fostering connection at all four levels.

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Technical Track

Session I

Influence of Surface Interactions on PSA Performance

Antioxidant and Hotmelt Adhesive Performance

Effect of Chain Transfer Agent in Presence of Reactive Surfactants during Scale-up of Emulsion Polymerization

Variables that Affect the Internal Strength of Crosslinked Closed Cell Polyolefin Foam and the Measurement Method Thereof

Markets & Applications Track

Session One

Presentation Global Specialty Pressure-sensitive Tape Market

Opportunities for tapes in the building envelope by incorporation of multifunctionality

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Exhibitor Showcase Opening Luncheon

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Technical Track

Session II

Designing a Wash-Off PSA for Label Applications

The Endless Possibilities of Paper Tapes – How It’s Made?

UV Cured Soy Oil PSA – A Sustainable Closed Loop Solution

Speed Dating Operational & Product Environmental Compliance 101 

Silicon Hydride – An Ignored Factor in Release

Sustainability In Release Liners 

Design and Development of High-Efficient Antimist Additive (AMA) for High-Speed Release Coating Application

Identifying The Right Pressure Sensitive Adhesives for Filmic Applications 

Markets & Applications Track

Session Two

Skills for Building Trust & Value with Customers

Trends in Paperboard and Corrugated Packaging

Inspirational look at how a completely new platform can come to life including many of the pitfalls and pivots

Insight Into a Converter’s Role and the Value You Add in the Market

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Exhibitor Showcase Networking Reception

Thursday, May 11

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Technical Track

Session IV

Details TBA

Impact of Adhesive Composition and Differential Cure on the Performance of Acrylic Ultraviolet Light Cured Hotmelt Adhesive

Building and Construction Low Application Temperature Adhesives: Evaluation and Development

Advanced Acrylics Technology for High Performance Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Applications

Forensic Tape Analysis, Comparison and Interpretation

Skin Adhesive Evaluation for Long Term Wearables 

Transportation Simulation Testing and Pressure Sensitive Tapes – Understanding the Complete Package 

Novel PSA Form Factor for Automated Bonding

Markets & Applications Track

Session Three

Looking Beyond the Housing Recession

UV Acrylics: Adhesive Polymer re-engineering for low temperature applications in tapes and labels.

 “Beyond the Battery- Uses of tape in EV” 

CELAB: Circular Economy for Labels

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Schedule Subject to Change