Responsive textiles with infrared technology

November 5, 2020  |  Expo News

In a presentation titled, “Amplifying Human Energy to Drive Performance and Recovery,” Hologenix LLC co-founder and CEO Seth Casden described the company’s Celliant® technology and explained how responsive textiles using infrared energy can increase tissue oxygen levels, which can improve ath…
Shade sail design: How to get it right

November 5, 2020  |  Expo News

During IFAI Virtual Expo 2020’s educational presentation “Shade Sail Design: How to Get It Right,” Timothy Akes, a software expert for MPanel Software Solutions, told participants that design is by far the most important, misunderstood and underestimated aspect of delivering a great and long-l…
Tips for making the right product decisions

November 5, 2020  |  Expo News

A Trivantage-sponsored education session at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020 called “Making the Right Product Decisions” was filled with detailed information about product choices and installation tips to help fabricators successfully create shade projects in commercial, vertical, shade sail, upholstery a…
A primer on Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

November 5, 2020  |  Expo News

An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) offers lots of attractive benefits: studies have shown that ESOPs improve productivity, increase sales and improve return on assets, plus they offer great tax advantages. But more than any of these attributes, an ESOP offers the owner of a company peace of min…
HGTV stars reanimate neighborhoods while growing a family business

November 4, 2020  |  Expo News

If children dress up like you on Halloween, it might be safe to say that you’ve made it. Made it, that is, as television stars, as have HGTV’s “Good Bones” hosts Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E Laine. The mother-daughter team were featured keynote speakers Nov. 4 at the IFAI Virtual Expo 2020…
Understanding intelligent textiles

November 4, 2020  |  Expo News

The Advanced Textiles Conference of IFAI’s Virtual Expo 2020 continued Nov. 4 with a detailed presentation by Justine Decaens on “Smart Textiles: From Lab Prototypes to Commercial Products.” Decaens is R&D director with CTT Group, a testing laboratory and R&D facility specialized in te…
The supply chain: changes and predictions

November 3, 2020  |  Expo News, Uncategorized

Dr. King Mukherjee, founder of Global Impex USA, led an afternoon session on supply chain management and global sourcing during IFAI Virtual Expo 2020. The session explored how the international business supply chain has changed in the past few years, how the domestic and international market will c…
Policy challenges and opportunities for U.S. textile manufacturing

November 3, 2020  |  Expo News

The U.S. textile industry worked “swiftly and impressively” to pivot to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) this spring, leveraging existing manufacturing know-how and equipment and making new investments to shift production, according to Sara Beatty, president of White Haven Trade Advis…
Shade fabric 101

November 3, 2020  |  Expo News

Patrick Lane, president of Alnet Americas Inc., presented a session at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020 about shade fabric characteristics and terminology. Lane discussed an overview of premium shade fabric properties and performance. According to Lane, there are many construction variations and styles of sha…
The regulatory path for medical PPE

November 3, 2020  |  Expo News

An afternoon session by Jing Liang, founder and president of Medical PPE Consulting LLC, walked participants through the regulatory process and testing for medical personnel protective equipment (PPE) In her session, “Understanding Testing Requirements of Medical PPE,” she noted the variety of P…