IFAI’s Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase a range of best products from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services and end products, shown by exhibitors at IFAI Expo. The 2019 winners are:
DITF German Institutes for Textile & Fiber Research took the honors in the Chemicals, Coatings & Compounds category, for UV-curable pigment Inks for inkjet printing work on any textile substrate with light-fastness properties. Use of the inks accommodates a soft hand to textiles and an energy savings of 50-90 percent compared to traditional printing.
DITF also won in the End Products category, with Invisible Brand Protection, designed to prevent product piracy. The solution uses a fully transparent security ink called Transparency™ that can be applied to textiles to ensure authenticity. The security code can be detected by a smartphone with an integrated IR camera.
Autometrix Inc. was the winner in the Equipment & Tools category, for the InSight Projection System. Paired with Autometrix cutting tables, the InSight System projects cut pattern outlines and identifying data directly on top of the fabric pattern pieces. Without time spent plotting or harm to the pattern pieces, production is streamlined.
Sunbrella® Fabrics took the prize in the Fabrics, Fibers & Film category, for Sunbrella Horizon, a synthetic leather upholstery product available in two embossed patterns and 30 colors. A three-year warranty against pink staining and a five-year overall warranty are offered.
Forsstrom High Frequency AB won in the category of Hardware, Findings & Accessories with the ForFlexx Universal Corner Plate. The pre-treated universal corner plates for lightweight structures make it possible to RF weld the corner plate directly onto the structure, rather than bolting it.
Miller Weldmaster was the winner in the category Services to Manufacturers, with the Miller CONNECT. The cutting-edge technology allows for instant, easy monitoring of all production output in real time throughout the day to provide accurate and timely information on machine performance.
A list of the 2019 Show Stopper participants can be viewed online at https://ifaiexpo.com/show-stoppers.