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Learn the Most, from the Best, for the Least.

Converting School 

Converting School was founded by the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) to provide productivity-enhancing educational opportunities for members of the converting industry. Course content combines theory with real-world problem solving and is tailored to the individual students present in each class.

"The focus of these classes is productivity enhancement," says Craig Sheppard, executive director of AIMCAL. "Students also will take home ideas for profit-boosting strategies related to process optimization and waste reduction, as well as higher, more consistent product quality and new product development," he adds.

Potential students include engineers and other experienced converting professionals including lead operators, foremen, maintenance, quality assurance, sales, and customer service personnel.


AIMCAL represents converters of metallized, coated, or laminated flexible substrates and their suppliers. The international nonprofit trade association also includes a CEMA Division focused on the interests of converting equipment manufacturers. The group is headquartered in Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA. Membership information is available on-line at

In-Facility Classes

Bring Converting School to your facility!

Converting School instructors are available to conduct their course at your facility. This offers several benefits to your company and employees:

  • Customize according to your products and processes
  • Involve your full engineering and production teams
  • More open exchange on issues of importance to your organization and products
  • Reduced registration and travel costs for more attendees
  • The best consultant and teachers in the industry at your facility
  • Additional consulting opportunities beyond the course work

If you are interested in this option, contact the AIMCAL office to discuss your needs and get a custom fee quote.

Converting School Online

Converting School on your desktop!

Converting School now offers these courses online:

  • Adhesion and Adhesives for Converters
  • Drives for Web Handling
  • Roll-to-Roll Vacuum Deposition onto Flexible Substrates
  • Solution Preparation and Mixing
  • Web Handling and Converting
  • Web Winding: Machines, Mechanics and Measurements
  • Web Slitting Technology
Learn more about Online Courses

2015 Classroom Schedule

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AIMCAL Converting School

Get the Most, from the Best, for the Least!

The AIMCAL Converting School mission is to bring leading technical experts to the classroom to share their knowledge and experience with the converting community. Each instructor is a recognized authority in his area of expertise.

What will attendees receive?

Each course is organized to bring real-world experience and knowledge to the technical and production challenges facing the converting industry. Though all of the courses include theory, emphasis is placed on practical problem-solving techniques. Each session also is tailored to the attendees present to maximize take-home value. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and challenges in the informal classroom setting so the instructor can incorporate their experiences and challenges in the lectures. Every student will leave with new knowledge and tools to boost the efficiency and productivity of their manufacturing process, reduce waste, and increase product quality and consistency.

Who will benefit from attending?

AIMCAL Converting School courses are designed for engineers and other experienced converting professionals including lead operators, foremen, and maintenance, quality assurance, sales, and customer service personnel. Course content is tailored to manufacturers and converters of web products and also to machine builders, component suppliers, and material suppliers.

Why get your training from a trade association?

AIMCAL is a non-profit entity owned by its member companies from around the globe. It's mission and purpose are to serve the converting industry. The focus of the association is web coating/converting technology and its proper application. AIMCAL is NOT a for profit company hoping to sell products under the auspices of technical training. Converting School instructors share in the profits from Converting School and are therefore actively involved in making the courses the best available. We are confident that you will receive the best commercial-free instruction in the industry resulting in improved efficiencies, productivity and profitability to those who apply the knowledge gained in the Converting School courses.

Comments from past attendees:

"Great class! I am new to the industry and this really helped"

"I have gained more knowledge in 2 days than I have in the last year. First class, excellent content, excellent instructor! Thanks!"

"Great course. Learned a lot. Did not realize how much I did not know."

"Very informative course. The instructor made some very complicated information very relatable."

"Very well taught and detailed! And appreciate the info provided for future use."

"The general expectation when returning from training is to make "application" level use of the topics. Your review helps in this regard"

"Very helpful to understand the ... technology that's out there and industry best practices."


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USA Office

201 Springs Street
Fort Mill, SC, 29715
Phone: 803-948-9470
Fax: 803-948-9471

Europe Office

PO Box 69533
1060 CA Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: 0031 (0)20 8208635
Fax: 0031 (0)20 8208634

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