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Wednesday, Sep 27
11:15 – 11:45am
Support and be inspired by the future of the industry – the Advanced Textiles Products (ATP) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) sponsor a competition that challenges students in the textile industry to create an original design and prototype for a safety product which will protect bodies or property from hazardous conditions. Come hear about the winning project, as well as meet the students who designed it!
noon – 12:30pm
Presented by: Ryan Trail, Attorney, Williams Mullen

In 2016, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2576), which amends the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). The new TSCA requirements change the way importers and manufacturers of chemicals obtain registration of new chemicals in the United States and significantly increase the data and information required to be reported as part of the pre-manufacture and periodic reporting requirements. This program will break down the new requirements and provide a strategy to meet EPA registration and reporting requirements.

12:45 – 1:15pm
Presented by: Ed McNally, Oerlikon Neumag

Spunmelt Market Situation and development – Spunbond and Meltblown Technology – Products and their Performances (Examples) –product examples and the related technologies are focused on Nonwovens for Geotextiles and other industrial applications.

1:30 – 2:00pm
Presented by: Marie O’Mahoney, O’Mahony Consultancy, O’Mahony Consultancy

According to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitive Index (GMCI) report the United States looks set to overtake China as the most competitive manufacturing nation within five years. Our textile industry is part of that repositioning in its moves to bring manufacturing back to North America. However, it is not enough to bring manufacturing back, we must also ensure that we have the skills needed to meet this increasingly high tech industry. In this presentation we look at the key challenges faced in attracting and maintaining a highly skilled workforce. We look at initiatives, both local and national, as well as strategies being employed in Canada, Europe and Australia to meet similar challenges.

2:15 – 2:45pm
Presented by: Stephan Robertson, Director of Sales, Stoll America Knitting Machinery

A comprehensive description of where technical textiles can be applied and are being used in the world today and where we are going in the future.

3 – 3:30pm
Presented by: Dr. Erin Kirkpatrick, Senior Scientist, Exponent

Federal regulations require most textile products to contain a label that accurately identifies its fiber content. These regulations require both natural and man-made fibers to be identified by the generic names recognized by the Federal Trade Commission. A number of different test methods for identifying fibers and determining fiber content have been standardized. These test methods provide guidelines to assist with labeling, but there can still be challenges that industry leaders should consider. Here we present examples of challenges in labeling per federal guidelines using a variety of test methods. Novel fibers such as some made from regenerated proteins have become increasingly popular, but can be difficult to categorize using test methods designed to identify conventional fibers. In fact, traditional data interpretation may lead to inaccurate conclusions and subsequent labeling. Wool products can be classified by average fiber diameter, with finer fibers considered to be of higher quality. Very fine wool fibers can be stamped, tagged, labeled, or otherwise identified with a specific Super number per their average fiber diameters. These Super wool fabrics, often sold for use in “luxury” apparel such as custom-made suiting, can be examined using projection microscopy. For this example and the others to be presented, the advantages and pitfalls of the various test methods will be compared and contrasted.

3:45 – 4:30pm
Presented by:

David Crowe and Jack Hicks, Innovation Attorneys, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LP
Kenneth Russell, Director of Medical Device Development, Wake Forest Innovations/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Innovation attorneys Jack Hicks and David Crowe explore best practices and lessons learned with a special guest from the medical textile industry. Come learn how medical companies select and nurture their best ideas into life-saving and commercially successful medical products.

4:45 – 5:30pm

Presented by: Dave Nelson, Director, Industry Education and Engagement, The Nonwovens Institute

Filtration – a separation process with a filter medium – has become so important that you can find it almost everywhere in your life. Nonwovens are ideally suited to the filtration market because fabrics can be specifically engineered to provide precise porosity and flow rates needed for each particular application. This presentation will highlight the various product constructions, materials and process technologies used to make these products and samples. A brief discussion on opportunities in this sector will be included.

Thursday, Sep 28
11:15 – 11:45am

Presented by: Henry Tang, Senior Materials Engineer, NASA Johnson Space Center

This presentation provides an overview on different types of technical textiles used in the space programs that enable humans to live and work in space. It also includes discussion of the unique material requirements and challenges associated in evaluating and selecting textile for space applications.

noon – 12:30pm

Presented by: Vincent Diaz, President, Atlantic Thread & Supply Co.

Unlike 2,000 years ago in ancient Rome, when most skilled craftsmen walked around with a 12 yard length of fabric called a toga, or 200 years ago when a Scottish tradesman wore a kilt made from a seven yard length of wool fabric, today’s skilled workers can be protected with only three yards of flame resistant (FR) fabric, cut into various shapes, and put together with FR sewing threads. You are invited to join us to learn how approximately 1 percent of the price you pay for an FR garment can help to keep you protected for weeks and months after you first put on the protective clothing. Presentation focuses on following topics: what sewing thread is, comparison of flame resistant (FR) sewing thread types and performance characteristics, and the importance of good construction and how it can lead to long term service.

12:45 – 1:15pm

Presented by: Sylvia Heisel, Creative Director, Heisel

Large scale printers, new materials and software advances are close to making 3D printed textiles and manufacturing a reality. An overview of 3D printing for the textile and apparel industries in 2017 and a look at the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

1:30 – 2:00pm

Presented by: Seth Casden, CEO, Hologenix

In this presentation, we will cover the various ways that advancements in the textile field have opened up doors for the medical community and how new textile applications for various markets and patients are changing lives. Applications include the relief of symptoms related to diabetics, fibromyalgia, Raynauds Syndrome, circulation issues, pain management with drugs, etc. We will explain the type of technologies utilized in the textile world for these applications and how they’ve become commercially viable.

2:15 – 2:45pm

Presented by: Brian Aylward, Director, Liquid Formulations R&D, Microban

The buildup of odor on fabrics, due to microbial growth, has created challenges in many of today’s textile applications. In such applications, antimicrobials have traditionally been employed to stop microbial odor before it is generated. More recently, advances in fabric and fiber finishes have led to alternative solutions, such as odor neutralizers, which sequester or break down odors, as opposed to inhibiting the growth of microorganisms that cause them. This presentation will discuss today’s leading odor control offerings, including antimicrobial and non-antimicrobial options. Advantages of disadvantages of each technology will be explored, to help material developers and fabric designers select the most appropriate odor control products for their applications.

3 – 3:30pm
SESSION CANCELLED Will the Next Alexander McQueen Be a Biologist?

While the use of sustainably produced materials is critical, scientists and designers are coming together to rethink apparel. Explore concepts for mass-customization, embedded electronics, new materials and processes that are leading the way to closed loop systems, transparent supply chains and the future of fashion.

3:45 – 4:30pm
Presented by:

David Crowe and Jack Hicks, Innovation Attorney, Womble Carlyle Sandridge
Dennis Scheer, Director of Finishing Innovation, VF Corporation

Join David, Jack and Dennis as they explore best practices and lessons learned with a leading apparel industry representative. Apparel companies who are serious about innovation constantly search within and outside their own walls for innovation solutions. Hicks advises advanced textile companies throughout the world on ways to protect and profit from these innovations.

4:45 – 5:30pm

Presented by: Dave Nelson, Director, Industry Education and Engagement, The Nonwovens Institute

The transportation application space includes automotive and other transportation modes such as heavy trucks, commercial freight vehicles, buses, RV’s, aerospace, rail, and water. Nonwoven components include both exterior (firewall, heat insulation/veiling, underbody shield, liners, etc.). and interior (carpeting, headliner, noise insulation, seat components, trunk liners, etc.). This presentation will highlight the various product constructions, materials and process technologies used to make these products and samples. A brief discussion on opportunities in this sector will be included.

Friday, Sep 29
9:15 – 9:45am

Presented by: Keith Hoover, CEO, Black Swan ​Textiles LLC

You’ve heard a lot about the return of the apparel industry to the US. What will that look like? Will it be anything like it used to be? This session will provide general insights into what “Local for Local” will look like in the short-term and end-state from a technology, process, systems, machinery, and workforce point of view.

10 – 10:30am

Presented by: Dr. Meredith Mcquerry, Assistant Professor, Retail, Merchandising and Product Development, Florida State University

Quality is a complex concept with multiple meanings depending on your role in the supply chain. Ensuring product quality begins with identifying the end user’s needs in order to link product performance with ultimate consumer satisfaction. While most research focuses on new product innovation, product assessment after initial creation or point-of-sale is a necessary component of quality that is often neglected. Durability assessments and garment wear life must be considered post-purchase and during use. Multiple examples of research methodologies and textile testing will be presented that incorporate product-user and product-care interactions. These examples will include wear trial evaluations and material assessment of first responder personal protective equipment (PPE), athletic performance apparel, and industrial and agricultural work uniforms.

10:45 – 11:15am

Presented by: Robert Bona, Human Solutions of North America; Dr. Maureen MacGillivray, Central Michigan University

SizeNorthAmerica is the largest and most comprehensive civilian body scanning size study to be conducted in the U.S. and Canada to date. It will provide vital information about today’s population, body shapes and sizes to numerous industries. An active sampling strategy will prioritize data as it is collected from nearly 18,000 men, women and children. By including the sociodemographic information of the subjects, the survey provides a more holistic profile of the participants than any previous anthropometric survey. The study and corresponding results will incorporate the guidelines of ISO standards 20685, 15535, 8550, 7250 and ASTM D5219, which are designed to meet and exceed any data quality and measurement requirements for products in the automotive, apparel, consumer, digital, medical, and military sectors. Analysis of the data follows strict guidelines to ensure accuracy and comparability to previous and future surveys. Partnering with universities and the industry at large creates unique opportunities to incorporate their individual needs into the design of the study and produce a clear picture of the population. The study will also serve as a strong foundation for application with existing and future technologies focusing on body shapes, 2D/3D CAD, eCommerce and retail.

11:30am – 12:15pm

Presented by: Dave Nelson, Director, Industry Education and Engagement, The Nonwovens Institute

Engineered nonwoven fabrics are increasingly being used in the construction of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing, eye/ear/fall protection, and respirators for a variety of industrial, military, and first responder applications. This presentation will highlight the various product constructions, materials and process technologies used to make these products and samples. A brief discussion on opportunities in this sector will be included.

12:30 – 1pm

Presented by: Mary Lynn Landgraf, Senior International Trade Specialist, US Department of Commerce/OTEXA

From footwear to shelters, uniforms to running apparel, there are safe uses and applications to thwart injury, infection, insect bites with the benefits water resistance, mold and mildew control, odor control and many more daily issues that impact the comfort and well-being of the warrior.