INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has awarded Ralph Moody, PE, Senior Director of R&D, Berry Global, Inc. with its 2018 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award at the 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,” says 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: the installation and 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, a 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 spunmelt based wipes substrate technology, Arium, Berry's submicron fiber technology and Nuvibond® Berry’s Ribbon shaped spunmelt fiber substrate for barrier
Moody holds 11 patents in the nonwovens field and has been involved in the design and startup of 10 nonwoven production lines (six in the U.S., 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.