A full registration is needed to attend the Pre-Expo Conference. During each breakout time, attendees have the choice of 6 sessions and are free to move between session rooms throughout the day. Session categories include: Specialty Fabrics, Shade & Weather Protection, Business Operations and a variety of Advanced Textiles content specific to Smart Fabrics, Medical, Military, Safety & Protective, Testing and Fabric Advancements.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

7 – 8 am
A delicious array of morning beverages and treats to energize you for the Pre-Expo Conference!
8 – 8:50 am

Freddie Groce, FIL-TEC, INC.

Understanding the nuances of thread performance in demanding sewing applications is the key to cost-savings and high-output production. During this session you will learn how the following key topics affect thread performance:
– The Basics of Thread Construction
– Solving Needle Heat Issues
– Understanding Thread Strength
– Eliminating Thread Breakage

Marc Shellshear, IFM, MFC, Value Vinyls, Inc.

What is the difference between Framed Structures versus Sails and how does that effect the engineering and design? What different types of shade cloth are available and why would you use one versus another? Why are shade structures different than awnings and how does the differences affect the design? What are best practices for building shade structures and what can I do so I don’t get bit by a mistake?

Carole Carey, C3-Carey Consultants, LLC

Technological innovations in the textile industry, advanced research in electronic sensors embedded in health-monitoring fabrics, and other advances are changing the public health landscape with more personalized healthcare and rapidly emerging wearable devices. While smart fabrics can be used in wellness and health applications, medical devices will require regulatory control. Can a better understanding of regulatory considerations and use of industry standards improve the time to market? Attendees will acquire general knowledge on common pathways to market a medical device in the United States. Some examples will be used to demonstrate device classes and levels of regulatory controls.

1. Learn the definition of a medical device, an FDA-regulated product, from a general wellness product.
2. Gain an understanding that device classification defines the regulatory requirements for a device type.
3. Recognize that use of voluntary consensus standards for medical devices helps streamline the regulatory review process and reduce time to market.

Curriculum from NC State

Description coming soon.

H.Lee Wainwright, E-Textile Technology Consultant

How does one navigate the road from creativity to arrive at fit, form, and functional utility of a finished E-Textile product? What are the reality check points that help to accelerate or slow down an E-Textile product entering the market today?

Attendees will be able to:
1. Identify and address fundamental design issues for incorporating electronics into fabric environments.
2. Properly determine safety requirements for E-Textile applications.
3. Understand how the past, present and future of E-Textiles will affect lives.
4. Create future E-Textile applications from an entirely new perspective less wires, power sources or metal components whatsoever.
5. Appraise the latest E-Textile categories, products and players entering the market.

Randy Westlund,Awning Tracker

Small businesses in this industry all face similar productivity-related issues that cost time and money. Identifying weaknesses in key areas and implementing strategies for continual improvement are vital to maintaining a prospering small business in today’s competitive market.

This talk focuses on key areas such as communication, workflow management, knowing your costs, and effective leadership. Come learn how to:

1. Identify your company’s weak areas
2. Recognize the impact of mistakes on your bottom line
3. Implement strategies for doing better
4. Evaluate your company’s productivity regularly

9 – 9:50 am

Faith Roberts, Banner Canvas

Efficient knowledgeable sewing operators are essential to your manufacturing process. Learn tips and tricks that will save you time and increase accuracy and sewing production. Hear from an experienced, successful shop owner with sewing experience in marine, military, apparel, and more.

Gary Barnes, Tropical J’s

Description coming soon.

Fitzroy Brown, Bard Peripheral Vascular OEM

The medical textile market is rapidly growing, as medical-grade textiles have proven to provide the versatility and performance that medical device OEMs need to create implantable devices that best meet the needs of today’s medical applications. The incorporation of implantable textiles in vascular medical devices allows for increased flexibility and functionality in product design. Textiles can be developed in 2D and 3D implantable forms, with almost limitless configuration possibilities.

The proposed session will:
1. Provide a brief history of the evolution of surgical textiles.
2. Explore the growing opportunities to use them for vascular surgical applications, such as in heart valves and as cardiovascular patches.
3. Give attendees a better understanding of the structural advantages of incorporating textiles to promote tissue ingrowth and improve blood permeability.
4. Identify some of the critical factors a medical device OEM should consider when choosing a textile manufacturer.

Curriculum from NC State

Description coming soon.

Bill Babe, Liquid X Printed Metals

For the first time, a reliable and conformal inkjet printing process has been developed for printing conductive layers onto uncoated textiles. By participating in this session, attendees will leave with the knowledge of being able to:

1. Understand the difference of particle-free inks and nanoparticle inks in the conformal coating of textiles.
2. Use of provel process for successful print results in their own facilities.
3. Adjust the process to meet performance requirements.
4. Protect conductive coatings from wash cycles and abrasion.

J.Karl Sherrill Jr., Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC

Many researchers believe that for the first time in the history of generational research, five generations will be working together in the work force. This has distinct implications on how teams interact with each other and the need for new leadership models to support these groups. Explore the life experiences that shape each generation and discuss their traits. Hear recommendations on how to help your inter-generational teams not only get along but also appreciate the differences. Discover ways to match strengths with weaknesses and achieve new levels of success. Attendees will leave with knowledge to:

1. Increase understanding of current and future workplace dynamics
2. Enhance ability to lead intergenerational teams
3. Explore traits associated with each generation
4. Identify innovative methods to work and train
5. Challenged to thin differently in the future

9:50 – 10:10 am Morning Break
10:10 – 11 am

Description coming soon.

Jonathan Palmer, Autometrix, Inc.

The advent of alternative funding platforms available to today’s creative people, along with the technology for developing ideas, has led to tremendous growth in the “Maker Movement”. Many of the ideas that turn into products are made with fabrics, and IFAI members have the skill sets needed to both prototype the ideas and to manufacture the end products. Come get an introduction to what the Maker Movement is all about, and learn:

1. Is your company in a position to capitalize on these opportunities when they arise?
2. Will te people with the Ideas find you company with the Tools?
3. What active steps can you take right away to be a part of the Maker Movement?

Caroline Portoghese, Tamarack Habilitations Technologies, Inc. (GlideWear)

Learn how strategically adding an ultra-low friction textile technology can add protection to the body in a variety of sports and medical applications. The low-friction interface can protect the brain by reducing rotational motion by absorbing and redirecting rotational energies and forces transferred to the brain, reducing the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. It can also be incorporated into straps for gear or garments for skin protection. When integrated into apparel, strategic low friction technology, can protect anyone from people restricted to a wheelchair or bed from “bed sores,” to cyclists against from “saddle sores.”

1. Understand the damaging effect of shear forces on the body.
2. Assess how a low-friction interface can reduce shear forces strategically.
3. Identify a medical or sports application where ultra-low friction is beneficial.

Curriculum from NC State

Description coming soon.

Dr. Weifeng Liu, Flex
Jeff Lee, iST-Integrated Service Technology Inc.

Do you consider launderability of e textiles one of the biggest challenges for wearable applications? The latest fundamental studies on e textile launderability will be shared during this session. Attendees of this session will:
1. Have a better understanding of the challenges and issues with e textile launderability.
2. Gain firsthand knowledge of how the conductive materials perform during laundry.
3. Obtain insight how different laundry factors affect the performance of e textile materials.
4. Learn how to improve the e textile launderability during its lifecycle.

Sable Badaki, SheWorks LLC

This session is best suited for seasoned business owners with a proven business model in established markets with strong revenues.

Attendees can expect to learn:
– How to assess if their business is ready to go global.
– How to identify which products or services they currently have (or need to create) will perform best internationally.
– How to determine which markets will be the best fit for them.
– What the next steps are they’ll need to take in order to expand internationally.

11:10 am – Noon

Description coming soon.

Bill McSpadden, Capitol Awning

– Get an overview of techniques and processes for any size shop.
– Learn the major mistakes that companies make and how to avoid them.
– Discover the ways that you can make money doing graphics.
– Uncover the potential, the problems, and the profitability of doing graphics in house no matter what size shop you are.

Dr. Kevin Nelson, TISSUEGEN, INC.

The medical device industry has undergone significant evolution over the past several years—and drug delivery is moving to the forefront. With the rapid adoption of drug-eluting stents, the medical industry has recognized the value that drug delivery coupled with a medical device can bring to patient care. Enabling the controlled-release of pharmaceutical and biological agents within the body directly to the internal sites where they are needed has the potential to revolutionize spinal cord repair, nerve generation, tumor remediation and many more applications.

However, the types of drugs and therapeutic agents able to be successfully loaded to fibers for incorporation into implantable medical devices have traditionally been limited by the manufacturing process itself—typically melt extrusion. Now, the emergence of alternative extrusion methods that occur at room temperature is enabling drug-loading of a wider range of pharmaceutical and biological agents than ever before possible for use in biodegradable implantable devices for localized drug delivery within the body. The incorporation of these drug-loaded fibers into new or existing medical devices can result in faster healing, improved patient compliance, and lower negative outcomes at relatively low cost.

This presentation will explore the latest advancements in extrusion technology which are enabling the next generation of drug delivery. It will also explore some of the medical applications that stand to be most significantly impacted by this technological advancement.

1. Drug delivery from fiber allows for slow sustained release, avoids high toxic levels, may be site specific and aids patient compliance.
2. Novel extrusion methods for drug loading enable the broadest range of drugs for use in biodegradable implantable devices.
3. Drug delivery from fiber can be used in a variety of medical applications including: advanced drug delivery, nerve regeneration, tissue engineering and medical textiles.
4. Drug-loaded fibers are suitable for pharmaceuticals and biologically-derived agents.

Curriculum from NC State

Description coming soon.

Panel Discussion:
Genevieve Dion, Drexel University
Shavati Karki-Pearl, Autometrix
Russell Gorga, NC State University

Discover how universities and colleges are partnering with industry in a national trend that is changing education and creating the next generation of Makers, manufacturers and innovators. Gain ideas on how develop a talent pipeline of innovative thinkers for your business by exploring educational models, expectations and programs.

Luke Gusman, Sta-Lok Inc.

Should you even bother with social media? Yes you should. In this session you will understand, learn and develop your social media strategy regardless of your company’s size. The session will deomonstrate how you can create creative and professional content relevant to the fabric industry regardless of budget.

1. Understand the social media landscape and what platforms to use.
2. Learn how to create interesting and engaging content.
3. Develop your company’s social tone.
4. Develop tangible actions on how to keep growing your social media.

Noon – 1:15 pm
Enjoy a sit down lunch while conversing with others on hot topics in today’s Industrial Fabrics industry.
1:30 – 2:20 pm

Bob Rosania, Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc.

Learn from successful sewing manufacturers of various sized operations, how to create lean efficiencies in sewing operations. Hear about successful ideas to streamline the manufacturing process and even individual sewing operations.

Hiroshi Aruga, AGC
Nic Goldsmith FAIA LEED AP, FTL Design Engineering Studio

What makes a tensile structure successful? What makes them stand out from their competition? What areas of expertise are required to develop them from a sketch to completion? How do they fit with conventional buildings? How does different climates affect them? How do they work with the LEED design guidelines?

Attendees will be given a set of tools to approach tensile projects with an understanding of the basic building blocks, a basic understanding of the different structural types, a sense of the effects of climate on different material types, a basic understanding of acoustics and insulation and an appreciation of lighting these structures.

Clara Jimenez, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Louis Troilo, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Description coming soon.

Don Satchell Ph.D., Situ Biosciences LLC

Enhanced material performance and durability encompasses a range of product performance attributes including resistance to microbiological challenges and a long-lasting product life cycle. How do you formulate and test for these performance attributes? Key elements of durable antimicrobial textile performance will be shared during this session.

Attendees will leave with the knowledge to:
1. Understand product design and development for durable antimicrobial textiles
2. Identify how to appropriately incorporate antimicrobial additives into textle applications
3. Understand product performance related to regulatory requirements and product claims

Dr. Jan Beringer, Hohenstein Group

The sources and pathways of micro plastic debris in freshwater environments and marine habitats, as well as effects on food chains, animal life, and human health, are not fully known to date. However, micro-sized synthetic fibers released from textile materials are known to contribute to the microplastic problem. Learn about the:

1. Limitations of current microplastic fiber detection methods
2. Materials, methods and approach for the current Hohenstein study on fiber emissions from laundry of workwear fabrics
3. Further market applications for these research results and analytical approach

Chandry Buck, Victory Awning
Ben Cooper, IoClothes
William Morse, Ohio Awning and Manufacturing Co.
Jonathan Palmer, Autometrix, Inc.
Nick Rivera, MMI Textiles

One of the best ways to be motivated and inspired about career paths and success in the industrial fabrics industry is to hear direct from young professionals who have worked their way to a leadership role within their organizations at a young age. This outstanding panel will share their resumes of experience and talk about how they made it to their current professional role. They will share advice on professional advancement, personal lessons learned and answer questions that are top of mind.

2:30 – 3:20 pm

Frank Henderson, Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc.

Automation is one of the central, crucial elements of manufacturing and production and sewing automation continues to become more widespread and sophisticated. Attend this session and gain insight into sewing automation, where technology is currently and hear about the future outlook as a way for brands to be more agile , able to meet consumer specific demands in a real-time environment and reduce time to market.

Erika Burns, The Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC)

A newly-launched window attachment certification and labeling program from the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC) offers attachment and fabric manufacturers and retailers an opportunity to emphasize high-value and high-margin efficient products. In 2018, AERC introduced a residential energy rating program for roller shades, cellular shades, storm windows, blinds, solar screens, and pleated shades, with plans to add more product types (e.g. awnings) and a commercial program. Session attendees will be able to:

1. Explain the AERC certification program, including the role of attachment and fabric manufacturers and retailers.
2. Describe to customers the value-add of AERC certified products, including reliable performance data, energy benefits, and utility incentive program opportunities.
3. Evaluate the opportunity to gain a competitive edge, differentiate products, and increase sales through participation in the AERC certification program.
4. Engage with AERC to participate in the certification program and influence future certification program development.

Ron Houle, Pivot Step Consultants LLC

Description coming soon.

Roger Barker, NC State University

Description coming soon.

Dr. Thomas Stegmaier, German Institute of Textile Research and Fiber Engineering

Why have constructions and surfaces in living nature so much potential for innovations with fiber based materials? Examples for successful bionic developments will be presented for:
– surface related developments
– solar thermal energy systems
– fog harvesting
– fiber reinforced structures
– water-oil filtration
– oil collection

Elsie Collins, U.S. Small Business Administrations
Eraina Perrin, FEMA Region 6

Description coming soon.

3:20 – 3:40 pm Afternoon Break
3:40 – 4:30 pm

Ryan Derrick, Rainier Industries

Description coming soon.

Katie Bradford MFC, Custom Marine Canvas

Description coming soon.

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Curriculum from NC State

Description coming soon.

Keith Hoover, Black Swan Textiles LLC

Description coming soon.

Don Pendleton, American Society of Asset Protection (ASAP)

Learn the strategies and tools the nation’s top law firms use to save their clients millions of dollars each year. This lecture provides solutions to three major problems: lawsuits, taxes, and probate. From this lecture you will learn:

– How to make yourself unattractive to a plaintiff attorney so they will not pursue a lawsuit against you.
– Five tax reduction strategies often missed by professionals and their advisors.
– Tools you can use to pass assets to your heirs tax free.

4:40 – 5:30 pm

Description coming soon.

Sebastian Collet, GuildWorks
Mar Ricketts, GuildWorks

With 20 years in the event industry GuildWorks has a lot of experience in the temporary event and Festival industry. This line of work is very diverse and artistically expressive but not always easy to base a business on. Learn more about how GuildWorks has turned a passion for Art and the environment in to a successful business that works on very large temporary installations including what might be the worlds largest annual tension fabric installation. Attendees will gain:
– An understanding of the advantages and possibilities of using tension structures for events.
– Insight to working in the event industry.
– Inspiring stories of a company that constantly pushes the envelope.
– Case studies of GuildWorks unique design, engineering, production and installation techniques.

Description coming soon.

Eileen Hill, International Trade Administration; U.S. Department of Commerce
Chris Jorgensen, IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries

Description coming soon.

Ben Mead, Hohenstein Institute America

We need chemicals to make products. Whether to meet specific consumer demands, offer various performance features, meet price points or create innovative new products, the industry must use chemicals. Are some chemicals better than others? Yes. Can we substitute chemicals that are ‘greener’? You bet. Is there an easy way to chart a path toward greener chemistry? Absolutely.

We’ll discuss:
1. the needs and expectations of the industry
2. the direction industry initiatives are moving
3. how smart choices in chemical selection are made
4. why relying on safety data sheets and other technical documents may not be enough to reassure your customers
5. a practical solution for meeting customer requirements while protecting the proprietary information of your chemical suppliers

Don Pendleton, American Society of Asset Protection (ASAP)

Learn the strategies and tools the nation’s top law firms use to save their clients millions of dollars each year. This lecture provides solutions to three major problems: lawsuits, taxes, and probate. From this lecture you will learn:

– How to make yourself unattractive to a plaintiff attorney so they will not pursue a lawsuit against you.
– Five tax reduction strategies often missed by professionals and their advisors.
– Tools you can use to pass assets to your heirs tax free.

5:30 – 7 pm Networking Reception


*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.