Dr. David Roisum

Finishing Technologies Inc.

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Dr. Roisum is a well-known authority in the area of web handling and converting.   

He has authored nine books that include Winding, Rollers, Web-Handling and the Web Machine Buying Guide.  His tenth book, the must-have, 750 page, Web Handling Handbook is on the desk of the publisher, Destech.  He has coauthored or edited several others.  Additionally, he has written 200 articles, conference papers and other publications.  He has more than 400 instructional clips on his AllWebHandling channel of YouTube that has reached more than 100,000 hits.  He has been a technical editor for Converting Magazine with a monthly column entitled Web Works since 1994 and for AIMCAL’s Converting Quarterly with a column entitled Web Wise since 2011.  Dave has been honored by TAPPI with their Finishing & Converting Division Award, Thomas W. Busch Prize and Finest Faculty awards.  He was elected TAPPI Fellow in 2003 and received AIMCAL’s President’s Award in 2013.

Dave received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his Ph.D. from the Web Handling Research Center where he later became an Industrial Advisory Board member.

Dave has worked for the Beloit Corporation as a designer of high-speed winding machinery and later as a manager of winding research, and for Kimberly-Clark as an internal converting expert serving all business units.  He is now a principal of Finishing Technologies Inc., providing consulting services to more than 500 clients who convert or manufacture: paper, film, foil, nonwovens and many other materials.  He has accumulated much practical experience working in nearly 1,000 plants over the course of more than three decades.  He has shared his experience with more than 5,000 students.