IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 13–14 offers two days of programming on technical markets and applications featuring three focused tracks: textiles in the medical industry, safety and protective products, and smart fabrics and applications. Additionally, several programs are of general interest to advanced textiles industry participants.
Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi of the Nonwovens Institute and North Carolina State University (NCSU) will present the keynote address on the first day of the conference on “The State of the Nonwovens Industry, and the Latest Trends and Developments,” discussing market segments, products, opportunities for growth, and needs in such areas as filtration and separation.
On the second day of the conference, several sessions beyond the focused tracks will be offered, beginning with a presentation on “Growth Sectors in Technical Textiles” presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce and sponsored by the Advanced Textile Products Division of IFAI.
“Functional and Nanotechnologies for Industrial Fabrics,” sponsored by AATCC, will focus on functional and performance enhancement of textile products for high performance and industrial applications. The presentations are aimed at providing new product applications and improved end-use performance. Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, and chair of the AATCC Materials Interest Group, provides opening remarks.
“The Hydroentanglement System of Producing Nonwoven Fabrics of Certain Specific Attributes and Functionalities” will be presented by Paul Sawhney, Southern Regional Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sawhney will discuss how the modern hydroentanglement system commonly known as “spunlacing” could transform fabric manufacturing.
“Antibacterial Nonwovens using Nanophase Mn Oxide-Violet Colored (NMO-V) or Nanophase Mn Oxide Coated Fabrics-Violet Colored (NMOC-V),” will be presented by Rajan K. Vempati, ChK Group, Inc. Physical, mineralogy and chemical properties of the novel nanophase Manganese Oxide (NMO-V) and nanophase Manganese Oxide coating to fabrics (NMOF) with violet colored (denoted by V), which is a strong Lewis acid, will be discussed.
“Filtration Performance of Submicron Meltblown Filters,” presented by Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, discusses how nonwoven webs with superior barrier properties and increased filtration efficiency are finding applications in filtration, medical and hygiene markets.
Rory Wolf, Pillar Technologies/ITW will discuss “New Development in Fabric Anti-Counterfeiting Technology.” This session is designed to help brand owners and governments, who are increasingly challenged to protect their innovations in highly engineered products from counterfeiting.
“Breathable Standalone Poly (vinyl alcohol) Nanowebs,” the topic for speaker Uday Turaga, Texas Tech University, concerns the development of stronger nanowebs that can retain their breathability.
Bonus sessions on Oct. 15 are also available and free to registrants. Visit the IFAI Expo schedule for details on these sessions and others, and watch for additional articles on the conference on this site.