2016 Show Stopper winners: The best of the best

December 1, 2016

IFAI announced the six winners of the fifth annual Show Stopper Program at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. The competition showcased the best of the best in the industry, from advanced equipment and tools to innovative fabrics with the latest technological advances. Entries were submitted by IFAI Expo 2016 exhibitors and displayed on the …

ShowStoppers 2015

August 24, 2015

IFAI Expo 2015 will feature the fourth annual ShowStoppers competition, created to recognize the best of the best on the show floor. All IFAI Expo exhibitors are eligible to enter their new products and services for the chance to be awarded as a ShowStopper. A committee of industry specialists will choose the finalists in each …

The 2013 ShowStoppers winners from IFAI Expo in Orlando

December 4, 2013

Eight exhibitors chosen by attendees as the best new products at the show. By Galynn Nordstrom For our second annual ShowStoppers competition, IFAI received a total of 97 entries from 53 companies that were exhibiting at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 in Orlando. These eight products received the most votes from show attendees on opening …

ShowStoppers 2013 competition at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo

September 23, 2013

Last year, on IFAI’s 100th anniversary, we inaugurated a new tradition at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo: the ShowStoppers competition. At this year’s show in Orlando we’ll feature the second annual competition, as we seek to recognize the best of the best new products from our 2013 exhibitors: the newest, the coolest, the most useful and …

Broadway FR fabric from Marlen Textiles

September 1, 2013

Marlen Textiles IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5218 New: 10-ounce, solution-dyed, flame-retardant fabric. Advantages: A new alternative for applications requiring tight flame-retardant certification. Unrivaled tear strength, abrasion resistance and water resistance compared to other solution-dyed fabrics with FR specification. Passes both the initial and leeching portion of the most stringent flame-retardant specifications including California State Fire …

Composite plastic gripper clasp

A+ Products Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4647 New: Plastic suspender clips. Advantages: With a newly patented composite gripper clasp, the harder you pull, the tighter it grips. The versatility of the plastic clasp makes it suitable for a variety of products, from nylon snow pants to delicate bed sheets, as well as airport friendly …

CutPlan software from Optitex

Optitex U.S.A. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5633 New: Software package for textile manufacturing. Advantages: Software package that lets you easily manage different sizes, colors and types of fabrics. May be used alone or in combination with Optitex Marker Nesting Queue to reduce time and labor of order planning, as well as fabric costs. Automatically creates …

Herculite® Excel M Series™

Herculite IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4327 New: Hybrid architectural textile. Advantages: Herculite® Excel M Series™ blends the flexibility and softness of European-style architectural fabrics with highly engineered American performance. Made in the USA, the textile is graphics receptive and has exceptional tear and tensile strength. Surface is protected with the new RainKleen Fluoropolymer™. Suitable for …

Heritage marine fabric from Marlen Textiles

Marlen Textiles IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5218 New: Marine fabric colored on one side only. Advantages: Heritage is colored on one side only to reduce potential for rub-off. Available in eight popular colors, the coating is the same as Top Gun fabric, formulated from acrylic. Because of this chemistry, it will not crack or delaminate …

A+ Products offers metal No-Slip® suspender clips

A+ Products Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4647 New: Metal suspender clip, various sizes and finishes. Advantages: Suspender clip will never slip, slide or fly off, no matter how much the user bends or twists. The center pin pierces the fabric like a needle, locking into the waistband material without cutting or damaging the fabric. …

NEST ++2 from Optitex

Optitex U.S.A. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5633 New: Advanced automatic nesting application. Advantages: Intelligent algorithm for marker nesting optimization beats manual operation. Control the run time, obtain fast results and generate precise cost proposals for clients. Nesting queue generates complete, multiple nests automatically using unattended, overnight processing. Data is organized in spreadsheet format for comparison …

Style 415 UV-resistant polyester from Jason Mills

Jason Mills LLC IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4213 New: Ultra UV-resistant polyester. Advantages: The 60-inch wide, black, 100-percent polyester fabric is fire retardant and guaranteed not to fade when tested to 1,000-plus hours of sunlight. Meets FR Spec FMVSS302.

Altopel F³ by Bolger & O’Hearn

Bolger & O’Hearn IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5329 Advantages: Altopel F³ by Bolger & O’Hearn is an advanced fluorinefree finish that gives textiles a high degree of durable water repellency. The environmentally friendly fluorocarbon-free aqueous product is based on a hydrophobe-fortified polymer and propriety additives, and provides a green alternative without sacrificing performance. Altopel F³ …

ODL polyester, clear back coat

Marlen Textiles IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5218 New: Acrylic-coated, 100 percent woven polyester fabric with a clear back coat. Advantages: A lighter version of Marlen’s Odyssey III fabric, ODL is, for its weight and price, an economical fabric characterized by excellent strength, durability, tear and abrasion resistance, dimensional stability and UV and mildew resistance. Appropriate …

Universal pin connectors from Cast Connex®

Cast Connex® IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4163 New: Clevis-type standardized fittings. Advantages: Designed to connect to hollow structural section (HSS) or pipe elements for use in architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) applications. Sculpted to provide smooth transitional geometry otherwise unachievable using standard fabrication practices. Simplifies the design, detailing and fabrication of critical architecturally exposed structural …

Optitex pattern design system

Optitex U.S.A. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5633 New: Pattern design software. Advantages: Intuitive and powerful software tools designed to work with patterns at every step of the production cycle. Draft pieces from scratch with drafting and editing tools, digitize existing hard-copy patterns with tools, and edit and finalize existing digital patterns, all within the same …

Maji-Glow photo-luminescent treatment

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: Photo-luminescent treatment. Advantages: Maji-Glow creates a glow bright enough for the user to read by. Its chemistry recharges in the sun in a few minutes and lasts for hours. May be cast or coated on fabric in many colors and hundreds of textures. Applications include apparel and …

C-Voltaics presents SCHN

C-Voltaics Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5519 New: Self-Cleaning Hydrophobic Nanocoating Advantages: C-Voltaics has developed a new range of Self Cleaning Hydrophobic Nanocoatings (SCHN) pronounced “shun.” The coatings are completely transparent and very robust, having covalently linked, bonded structures. PFOS free (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) and PFOA free (C8 or Perfluorooctanoic acid) that can be used to …

E Screen with KOOLBLACKâ„¢

Mermet Corp IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4835 New: Window shade fabric with heat reflective properties and glare control. Advantages: Traditionally, a white-colored shade provides heat reflectivity, and a dark color gives superior glare control. E Screen with KOOLBLACK merges these attributes, offering up to 23 percent improvement in blocking heat. FR class: NFPA 701-10 TM …

TrazeTag RFID labels by Etiflex

Etiflex Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 3936 New: RFID labels for harsh and hazardous environments. Advantages: Flexible and durable construction allows these RFID labels to be attached in many ways: from fasteners and adhesives to stitching and heat sealing, or even with a lanyard. Raised, molded text for easy reading and abrasion resistance. May be …

Prodim offers Proliner measurement tool

Prodim USA IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5243 New: Portable digital measuring device. Advantages: Efficient and innovative tool for getting accurate dimensions on site. Digitize existing shapes and objects, edit, create shop tickets, get client approval, email results and more. Portable and lightweight, features include on-board CAD system, CAD/CAM compatibility and training and support. Measures up …

Majilite TecDecâ„¢-M1 laminate

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: Decorative laminate. Advantages: Inherently fire-retardant, TecDec™-M1 is a rugged yet lightweight decorative laminate with OSU performance in the single digits. The pliable, vacuum-formable laminate exceeds FAR 25.853 requirements for flammability, heat release rate, and smoke and gas emissions for aircraft interiors. Weighing less than 50 percent of …

Recasens offers Recacril

Recasens IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4236 New: Recacril is a 100-percnet solution-dyed acrylic fabric where the yarn is spun, the fabric is woven, and the woven fabric is finished by Recasens to guarantee consistent fabric of superior quality. Advantages: Recasens controls the manufacturing process from beginning to end, and all the fabric is made in …

Paiho North America offers webbing

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Functional and decorative trims. Advantages: Special spun polyester material is applied to give a cotton-like look for reliable availability, consistent qualities and stable costs. Various raw materials may be applied to create different looks for all styles of designs. Applications include apparel, shoe and sporting goods …

FACID tension frame and clip

FACID North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5230 New: Tension frame and clip system for fabric structures. Advantages: Easy-to-use extrusion profiles are the core framework system for basic fabric panels, shaped panels or a complete building envelope. New construction and retrofit applications benefit from the use of fabric as a complete systems approach with a …

SM-450-SA-Conveyor from SMRE Engineering

SMRE Engineering IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5063 New: Multiple-roll bonding and cutting machine. Advantages: Processes multiple rolls of technical fabrics in a continuous production cycle—the ideal solution for applications in which multiple rolls are bonded, then cut, for the production of end products of unlimited length. Custom software makes production simple and efficient. Production cycles …

Maji-Shield RF-reduction fabric and film

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: RF-reduction fabric and film. Advantages: For use as a wall covering, the fabric and film contains metal particles to reduce radio frequency (RF) signals in RF-sensitive areas such as hospitals and electronic test facilities. Maji-Shield may be embossed for hundreds of textures and thousands of colors.

Recasens offers RecSystem

Recasens IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4236 New: RecSystem is a woven, 100-percent solution-dyed acrylic fabric with an acrylic resin back coating stocked in 47-inch and 60-inch widths. Advantages: RecSystem offers a unique combination of beauty and protection by combining the rich color and natural woven look of Recacril solution-dyed acrylic fabric with the added protection …

PHIFER’s SheerWeave Acoustical

PHIFER Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4412 New: Fabric shade options with acoustical properties. Advantages: SheerWeave® BASIC 3 percent, Style 2500 and Performance + Style 2500 interior sun control fabrics show beneficial performance ratings of 50-60 percent as measured by the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) for their ability to absorb sound. Increased absorption among human …

Paiho North America offers cable ties

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Ties for cable management. Advantages: Light and simply constructed cable ties are easy safety solutions to managing cables in home or office, indoors or outdoors. Many customized and functional options are available by modifying colors, shapes, texts or logos.

Wolff Ergonomix Composites Shear 6278M

Wolff Industries Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 3809 New: Ergonomic shear for composite materials. Advantages: Shear stands up to the rigors of cutting the hardest composite materials while decreasing hand stress. Features a flat-faced blade edged at 25 degrees or below to add strength and longevity to each cut, and corrugations on both blades to …

Majilarâ„¢ lightweight fluoropolymer film

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: Lightweight fluoropolymer film. Advantages: Inherently fire-retardant, Majilar™ fluoropolymer film features OSU performance in the single digits. The pliable, vacuum-formable, chemical-resistant decorative laminate exceeds FAR 25.853 requirements for flammability, heat release rate, and smoke and gas emissions for aircraft interiors. Film is 50 percent lighter than alternatives.

Recasens offers RecScreen

Recasens IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4236 New: RecScreen is a woven vinyl-coated polyester mesh fabric specifically engineered for solar protection exceeding 95 percent, while yielding excellent visibility and outstanding performance properties for interior and exterior applications. Advantages: By using high-tenacity polyester yarns combined with proprietary manufacturing processes, RecScreen has the look of a traditional woven …

PHIFER’s GeoBella Canvas

PHIFER Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4412 New: Designed Fabrics Canvas Collection for outdoor furniture. Advantages: Collection of 20 colors and 10 coordinating stripes is inspired by the vintage style of grain sacks, burlap and linen. The newest collection to join the GeoBella® Cushion Fabrics line, these fabrics are made of 100 percent olefin yarns …

Paiho North America offers cable tubes

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Tube for cable management. Advantages: Cable tubes are an economical approach to cable safety compliance. Available in colors designed for specific types of cables for easy identification. Different raw materials or treatments available for various standards and requirements.

Zimmer Austria offers Colaris-NF digital printer

Zimmer Austria IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5639 New: Double-sided digital printer for narrow fabrics. Advantages: The Colaris-NF can print up to 70-millimeter widths, using disperse, acid or reactive inks. Capabilities include patterns, images and solid colors on elastics or rigid narrow fabrics at speeds up to 50 meters per minute.

Majilite offers coated PTFE films

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: Coated film. Advantages: Majilite casts on many fabrics and films, even very thin, slippery and stretchable films such as PTFE. These can be coated on both sides. Allows high-tech properties to be included in applications that require durability from fragile films. A pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) can also …

American Plastics supplies Dyneema Fabric

American Plastics IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4607 New: Fabric made with Dyneema fibers. The fibers have have been woven into fabric creating a product that can be used for covers for vehicles, outdoor equipment, cut-resistant gloves, sailing and performance apparel. Advantages: With excellent abrasion and fatigue resistance, Dyneema® SK60 has the highest level value of …

Mock woven fabric in mid and light weights

Darlington Fabrics IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5239 New: Mock woven fabric in mid and light weights. Advantages: Durable; an excellent alternative to stretch woven fabric.

PHIFER ‘s SunTex 95

PHIFER Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4412 New: Vinyl-coated polyester shade fabric for exterior roller shade applications. Advantages: SunTex 95 is thinner and lighter than traditional SunTex fabrics and is a full basketweave. With a five percent openness factor, SunTex 95 offers increased heat and glare control, stopping about 95 percent of the sun’s rays. …

Paiho North America offers cable wraps

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Cable covers that open and close. Advantages: A new, advanced cable cover with a hook-and-loop application, allowing wrap to be opened and closed on demand. Long-lasting wrap offers economical cable safety and management.

Bolger & O’Hearn OdorArmor™

Bolger & O’Hearn IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5329 New: Odor-absorbing, growth-inhibiting textile treatment. Advantages: Durable textile effect controls bacterial growth and tenaciously absorbs odors. Textiles treated with OdorArmor absorb and lock in body and environmental odors on contact. The active component of OdorArmor rapidly absorbs odors and locks them into their core structure, while the …

Majilite AeroTekâ„¢ synthetic leather

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: Synthetic leather for aircraft seating. Advantages: AeroTek™ synthetic leather offers more than 50 percent weight reduction over traditional leather without sacrificing luxury, strength and FR requirements. The next generation of aircraft interior seating material.

Kenan produces Majesty awning fabric

Kenan Signs & Awning Supplies IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5327 New: 17 oz. vinyl-coated polyester backlit awning fabric. Advantages: High-performance, flame-resistant, stain-resistant and waterproof backlit fabric, specifically made for outdoor use. Compatible with all digital printers, the unique bluish-white translucent substrate is for wide-format display and features enhanced clarity for visible image creation. Available is …

PVCee-Freeâ„¢ coated fabric on polyester base

Fabinno Co. Ltd. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4444 New: Coated fabric on polyester base. Advantages: Polyester base cloth; coated material is non-PVC and high-frequency weldable. Eco-friendly; potable water quality is available.

AgUARDIAN from Sommers Plastic Products

Sommers Plastic Products Co. Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4067 New: Antimicrobial polyurethane with silver-ion exchange technology laminated to neoprene rubber. Advantages: Agion silver-ion exchange technology is safe, effective and lasts the lifetime of the end product. No harm to the environment, no “superbugs” developing resistance. Kills more than 99.9999 percent of bacteria, virus and …

Paiho North America drawcords

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Drawcords and shoelaces with three-dimensional designs. Advantages: Complex designs with abundant colors and patterns create three-dimensional presentations on drawcords and shoelaces that are both functional and decorative. Endless combinations of colors and patterns available. For apparel, shoe and sporting goods markets. Different types of materials and …

Ultra-Fresh DW-56 from Thomson Research Associates

Thomson Research Associates IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5821 New: Growth-controlling suspension for water-based coatings and textiles. Advantages: Controls the growth of fungi, bacteria and algae, dispersed into solution and applied by pad. Outdoor applications include cotton and cotton/poly blend ducking for canvas and awnings. Can treat filter media, polyester fiber for use in tow and …

Oxide fabric from Sedac Textiles

Sedac Textiles IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5827 New: Indoor/outdoor PU-PVC/polyester fabric. Advantages: A special protective finish for indoor and outdoor applications. Makes cleaning easier and results in a longer life expectancy for the 670 gr. fabric—without losing its soft handle and durability.

Digitally Printed Nylon/Spandex with Woodland Camo

MMI Textiles Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5604 New: Digitally printed fabric enables the printing of custom designs or logos for medical, commercial and military customers who want quick turnaround and smaller yardage requirements. Advantages: Product provides a whole host of substrates that can be printed with short runs and short lead times and with …