The Advanced Textiles Conference is part of All Access education and requires an All Access registration to attend. During each breakout time, attendees have the choice of 3 sessions and are free to move between session rooms throughout the afternoon.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

1 - 1:50 pm

Elaine Duncan, MSME, RAC, AIMBE, President, Paladin Medical Inc.

Textile medical devices are facing challenges on sufficient testing of materials and devices before commercialization. These challenges are changing the regulatory pathway to market. Meanwhile, global upheaval in what was perceived as the regulatory pathway to market has raised the anxiety and costs of putting a new medical textile into the market. Attendees will learn about how a well founded strategy for qualifying the medical textile is crucial to success.

Ron Houle, Founder and President, Pivot Step Consultants LLC

Many companies in the textile industry have an interest in the Defense Budget, as they support products with the US Military as the end user.  It is important to have the right perspective on trends, specifics regarding funded programs, and thought on future directions for the nation’s defense.  After this session, you will:

  1. Have a better understanding of the DoD Budget for fiscal year 2020.
  2. Know the trends in the execution of our nation’s defense strategy.
  3. Have a better understanding of the budget for the US Army.
  4. Be familiar with some specific programs of interest.
  5. Know where to look for additional budget information.

Molly Harwood, Softgoods Designer, NASA/Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

There are many challenges when designing products for spaceflight. When humans embark on missions beyond our planet, they face many challenges not experienced before on Earth. Not only do they lose the comfort of gravity, but they live in a confined, pressurized habitat, hundreds or thousands of miles from home. Tasks which we consider simple on Earth can become challenging in such an extreme environment.

Because of this, successful product design is crucial to the success of any mission. Throughout NASA’s history, softgoods have been critical for spacesuits, habitats, stowage solutions, and for human comfort.

1. Applications of softgoods in human spaceflight
2. Requirements and considerations
3. Designing & making
4. Considerations for the future

2 - 2:50 pm

Martin W. King, Ph.D., FITS, LTI, Professor of Biotextiles and Textile Technology, North Carolina State University

Medical textiles, one of the largest categories within the field of technical textiles, have a broad range of applications. What specific steps are required to develop a new medical textile product or a new technology, and what expertise does one need on the new product development (NPD) team? What challenges does the team face and how best should the product development process be managed? Does one need a “Stage Gate” approach, a “Value Chain” approach, or an “NPD Funnel” to optimize the product development process? How does one maintain progress within the available resources and manage risk and uncertainty with confidence? These are the issues that will be addressed in this concept to launch presentation. It will take an idea conceived in the clinic; engineered into prototypes; evaluated by experts, stakeholders and end users; scaled up by production engineers; approved by regulatory agencies; and eventually launched by marketing and sales representatives.

Jeff Papalia, Program Manager Textiles, NIB – National Industries for the Blind

The US Government is the largest buyer of goods and services in the world.  Learn how to get started doing business with the various agencies and search for business!

  • Find opportunities though the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) bid board system
  • Set up and tailor your own searches
  • Read the different types of solicitation notices
  • Understand the different set-asides
  • Know the pitfalls of what to look out for when responding to bids
2:50 - 3:10 pm Afternoon Break
3:15 – 4:05 pm

Marc Mathews, Research Associate, Textile Protection and Comfort Center, NC State University

How can you develop advanced thermal and chemical protective garments and gear with enhanced wear comfort?  This session will:

  1. Describe a holistic approach for developing protective materials and clothing for firefighters, emergency response and workers.
  2. Show why understanding the use conditions and performance requirements is the critical first step in designing successful solutions through new materials technologies or products.
  3. Show why smart functional garment design can be an overlooked step in developing advanced protective garment systems.
  4. Show the value of systems level testing, not only for performance validation, but for guiding purpose driven design of protective garment systems.

Dr. Amanda Myers, Fusion Designer, NC State University

What is a smart textile? How is it different from a wearable? This talk will cover materials, market challenges, and manufacturing practices currently in place for smart textiles. Developments in automation and printed electronics will be discussed. A systems level overview of smart textiles including electronic fundamentals and textile systems will be presented.

Attendees will learn methods of:
1. Creating conductive textiles
2. Supplying power to wearable electronics
3. On-body sensing
4. System designs and considerations

Derek Hass, Ph.D., Vice President Research & Development, Directed Vapor Technology International, Inc.

Directed Vapor Technologies and its subsidiary, LEAF, are using a high throughput, gas jet assisted, vapor deposition technique for the continuous application of conductive layers onto fine denier, multi-filament fiber tows to result in durable, composite yarns that are well suited for high performance electronic textile applications. The properties and applications of the resulting yarns are discussed. This manufacturing approaches is flexible and adaptable for the low-cost creation of functional fiber products based on the application of many different types of materials onto/into a wide range of base fiber materials and forms (monofilament fibers; continuous and staple fiber yarns).

Key Takeaways:

  • Continuous vapor deposition approach has been developed for the high throughput manufacturing of functionalized composite yarns.
  • Fine denier, conductive yarns having unique combinations of conductivity and durability are being developed.
  • Techniques used are also applicable for a wide range of materials (i.e. metals, alloys, ceramics) to enable advanced products.
4:15 – 5:00 pm

Bud Weisbart, Vice President, AR Tech

This session will focus on how diversification based on our core competencies can create opportunities for companies to grow, including examples of how AR Tech pursued this strategy as well as how others have done so as well.


  • The operative definition of entrepreneurship that is used at AR Tech
  • The way core competency is built within a manufacturing company
  • The way diversification can be pursued based on that core competency
  • The challenges and rewards of pursuing diversification

Dr. Thomas Stegmaier, Head of Research for Technical Textiles, Bionics, Surface Treatment, Environmental Technologies, DITF Denkendorf, Germany

The efforts of the bioeconomy in the field of technical textiles mainly include the development of materials from renewable raw materials. After the definition of terms for biomaterials, the lecture will discuss the available bio-fibers and the possibilities to hydrophob them with bio-auxiliaries. Resource conservation also includes water and energy savings in textile finishing and coating. Significant savings are possible with modern technologies for foam application. The opportunities and limits are shown in practical examples.

The digitization of textile processing and increasingly digital production technology will enable the development and production of tailor-made products with singular and small lot sizes in the future – and at competitive costs. Digital coating offers enormous potential for new processes and innovative products. For this the examples are shown. The future will also combine 3-D printing with reinforcing fibers.

Moderator: Chris Jorgensen, IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Panelists: MaryAlice Gill, Jabil; Oona Oksjarvi, Clothing Plus; Stephanie Rodgers, Apex Mills and Remington Scott, AATCC

Whether you manufacture end-products with integrated with electrical or electronic functionality, provide the e-textiles or conductive technologies for embedding or applying to textiles or are the innovator trying to incorporate the full supply chain into your design, standards will matter to you.

This panel discussion will provide perspectives from the supply chain about why industry standards are necessary, updates on standards applicable to their needs and how you and your company can influence the content in standards to align with your business.


5 – 6:30 pm

Mix and mingle with fellow Advanced Textile Conference attendees over drinks and appetizers.

*IFAI Disclaimer: Although every reasonable effort is made to provide the speakers, topics, and sessions listed, some changes or substitutions may occur. Speakers and sessions are subject to cancellation or change up to and including the day the session(s) are scheduled to be held. Changes or cancellations are made at the discretion of IFAI and may be done without notifying attendees. If sessions are changed or cancelled no refunds should be expected. Agreement to attend the IFAI Expo acknowledges acceptance of this provision.