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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …