Elimination of Print Voids in LaminatesCategory: LEAN SixSigma ExcellenceHrishikesh Bhide – Auburn, Pennsylvania Mike Weremedic – Auburn, Pennsylvania Don Scarnulis – Auburn, Pennsylvania Eric Johnson – Fairlawn, Ohio World Headquarters This Decorative Products team identified and implemented "Print Assist Technology" to eliminate the occurrence of print voids, which were small blemishes that would not receive ink during the printing process of vinyl laminates. The new technology ensures that ink will adhere to these voids, improving overall product quality at OMNOVA's Auburn plant. It also reduces the amount of printing ink consumed due to reprints and decreases scrap. Extreme Condition Fluid Loss Resins for Oil/Gas Drilling MudsCategory: Continuous Innovation Bertrand Guichard – Villejust, France Global Technology Center Patrick Vongphouthone – Villejust, France Global Technology CenterCecile Mazard – Villejust, France Global Technology Center Bill Brown – Mogadore, Ohio Pilot Plant This global team built on OMNOVA's already robust oil/gas drilling chemical portfolio by developing new fluid loss control polymeric particles for extreme condition drilling muds. These products are designed to provide excellent fluid loss control and low formation damage in oil and synthetic based fluids (drilling and drill-in fluids, completion fluids, etc.) under extreme heat and pressure conditions that intensify as wells are drilled deeper. Extending Pot Life of Coatings for Laminates ( Monroe, NC)Category: LEAN SixSigma Excellence Milton Johnson – Monroe, North Carolina Tim Van Allen – Monroe, North Carolina William Nick Gusler, Jr. – Monroe, North Carolina Ron Collette – Monroe, North Carolina This team developed a unique coating technology with a longer shelf life that could be reused for multiple production runs without compromising performance. This has enabled the Monroe plant to reduce its raw material costs and significantly decrease waste – a goal for the facility as part of OMNOVA's Vision 2014 sustainability program. GenCryl Pt® 9525 Paper Coating LatexCategory: New Product Development/Commercialization Scott Sabourin – Field Technical Sales Rick Ellenberg – Field Technical Sales Mark Pomush – Green Bay, Wisconsin John Westerman – Akron, Ohio Global Technology Center This cross-functional team developed a unique paper coating latex to meet specific customer needs for production and performance. GenCryl Pt 9525 provides exceptional paper coating strength attributes while maintaining other key requirements, such as high-speed coater runnability, ideal surface properties and high print fidelity for digital printing applications. OMNOVA Solutions is a technology-based company with 2011 sales of $1.2 billion and a global workforce of approximately 2,300. OMNOVA is an innovator of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and decorative and functional surfaces for a variety of commercial, industrial and residential end uses. Visit OMNOVA Solutions on the internet at www.omnova.com. GENCRYL PT is a registered trademark of OMNOVA Solutions.