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IFAI Expo Highlights New Opportunities

Technical fabrics expostion will feature seminars, tours and workshops as well as product displays.

IFAI Expo Highlights new Opportunities Technical fabrics exposition will feature seminars, tours and workshops as well as product displays. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will sponsor its major show, IFAI Expo 2000 October 26-28 in Orlando, Fla.The theme for this years exposition is "Emerging Opportunities for the Textile Industry."IFAI Expo 2000, North Americas largest technical fabrics exhibition, will feature more than 500 exhibitors at the expansive Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. In addition, IFAI Expo 2000 will offer more than 50 seminars including the Textile Technology Forum, plus several tours and hands-on workshops.Among the products and services to be displayed are: adhesives and compounds; awnings and related products; buckles, snaps and fittings; coated and laminated fabrics; computer software/hardware; consulting/ research/development services; contract sewing/sealing; cutting, slitting, rivet/ grommet equipment; woven and knit fabrics; fibers/yarns; film and foam; fabric care and maintenance; and graphics and lettering.Also on display will be: lighting; netting and screening; nonwoven fabrics; pipe and tubing; rope, cord and straps; tents; testing equipment and services; thread and tapes; tools; and webbing and narrow fabric.Keynote speakers for the exposition will include former U.S. Senator Robert J. Dole and Terry Caloghiris, vice president and general manager, DuPont. Senator Dole will address "Leadership and Values for the 21st Century" on Friday, October 27;and Caloghiris will speak about "The Impact of Trade Legislation on International Sourcing" on Saturday, October 28. Textile Technology ForumThe Textile Technology Forum is an annual highlight of IFAI Expo 2000. As many as 24 advanced technical papers will be presented at this forum. Each paper will be presented within 30 minutes, and ample opportunity will be allowed for questions and answers. All participants of the forum will receive the annual Textile Technology Forum Proceedings 2000, the official publication of all accepted papers. The Textile Technology Forum is co-organized with The Textile Institute (TI) of the United Kingdom. The Textile Institute has an international membership covering almost 100 countries and spanning every sector and occupation relating to fibers and their uses. Following is the forums schedule as of ATIs press time: Thursday, October 26, 9:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Friday, October 27, 9:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Saturday, October 28, 9:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.A tentative listing of paper titles and authors is included below. All papers and authors are subject to change. New Developments And Innovations In Fibers, Yarns Global and Technological Developments in Fibers and Yarns, R. Shishoo, The Swedish Institute for Fibre and Polymer Research, Sweden. An overview of recent developments in fibers, yarns and fabrics, with particular reference to their uses in technical and industrial textiles. Polyester Industrial Yarns A Producers Perspective, T. Schmitt, KoSa Technical Yarns, Salisbury, N.C.. High-tenacity polyester terephthalate (PET) yarns are the most widely used fiber materials in todays industrial textiles. PET is a low-cost polymer, and its fiber properties can be tuned for a wide variety of industrial textile applications. Smart Synthetic Fibres, S. Senior, Drake Extrusion Ltd, United Kingdom. An examination of synthetic fibers of the future and at work today. Engineered Yarns for Technical Applications, M. Jerome, Engineered Yarns Co., Fall River, Mass. An out-line of per-formance considerations and fiber or yarn selection; and a look at how technical yarns are engineered and manufactured for effectiveness and greater potential of surviving harsh conditions. Recent Trends in the Industrial Applications of Knit, M. Abou-iiana, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia. A description of the wide range of characteristics of knits through the selection of the proper combinations of fiber, yarn structures and knit con-struction; and the main disadvantages of knits for certain applications. Fabric Manufacturing Water-Jet Weaving, W. Ashton, United Kingdom. An investigation of the basic weaving characteristics of water-jet looms with respect to the highest sett that can be woven using commercial loom settings. Automating Your Hot Air Welding Process, C. Chambers, Seamtek International, Sandpoint, Idaho. An overview of the issues a business owner must address when considering the automation of a hot-air welding process. Spacer Fabrics for Thermal Protection, S. Gehring, Gehring/ Militex, Inc., New York City. A description of warp-knit spacer fabric, an innovative material that consists of two face fabrics connected by a system of threads called spacer yarns. Coating And Finishing Experimental Analysis of Thermal Comfort on Functional Knits in the Wet State, M. Jose de Oliveira Geraldes, Universidade Da Beira Interior, Portugal. A discussion covering an experimental study of the properties of functional knitted structures in the wet state that is related to the type of structural construction, the charac-teristics of the material used and the finishing technology applied. Measurement And Testing Accelerated Weatherability Testing: The Right Choice, R. Roberts, Q-Panel Lab Products, Westlake, Ohio. A description of the accelerated laboratory weathering process and a comparison of various accelerated weathering testers as appropriate testing tools. New Directions in Vacuum Metalizing, B. Siefert, Inter Tex Group, Winston-Salem, N.C. An explanation of the unique properties and benefit of vacuum metalizing, along with potential end-uses and applications within the technical-fabrics market. Automatic Control of Anisotropy of Fiber Webs for Technical Applications, M.F. Nunes, Universidade Da Beira Interior, Portugal. A description of a prototype under construction that will calculate the difference in entropy that reflects the alteration of fiber orientation introduced by the controlled drafting process. Geotextiles A Method of Tensile Test of Geotextiles with Confining Pressure, Y. Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. An examination of a test device and methods that were developed for the tensile properties of geotextiles with lateral confining pressure, which better simulates their in-soil tensile behavior. Stress Induced Degradation of Polyester Geotextiles in Aqueous Alkaline Solution, M. Rahman, Beximco Textiles, Ltd., Bangladesh. An investigation of the effect of an applied load on the rate of hydrolysis of geotextile grade polyesters in aqueous sodium hydroxide solution. Construction The Design and Build of the Valhalla The Worlds Largest Portable Venue, S. Green, Special Structures Lab Ltd., United Kingdom. A look at the operating procedures, market con-ditions, materials and application methods used in designing and manufacturing the largest portable structure in the world capable of housing major events. The Development of an Acoustic and Dual Colored PTFE Material for Tensile Structures, B. Landrell, Landrell Fabric Engineering Ltd., United Kingdom. An examination of the materials used to design, manufacture and construct a building partnered next to the United Kingdoms Millennium Dome with innovative design methods and applications used in developing the Skyscape. Other Commercial Survival: Business to Business E-Commerce, T. Maxman, FiberXone, Atlanta. A look at the benefits of business-to-business e-commerce for the technical fabrics industry and a description of the opportunities it creates for the makers of industrial fabrics.

October 2000