Adding Shade Sails to Your Business Model: Why Now is the Time to Invest in Something New

Many companies are faced with the need to pivot and add to their traditional offerings and branch out into new areas. Whether you are an existing awning company, an architect, a landscaper, or in an entirely different field, Wholesale Shade has a solution to help you pivot your business model to increase sales and help your business thrive. Learn why shade sails are a great avenue for growth no matter where you are. Discover the 4 essential skills you need to add to your knowledge base in order to successfully sell and install shade sails. This webinar will be packed with resources to guide you on your journey as well as a step-by-step case study and Q&A session at the end.

Speakers: Robin DuBroy and Gregg Burrows, Wholesale Shade

Ask the Code Consultant – Q&A with Paul Armstrong, PE, CBO

Join an open forum through GoToWebinar with code consultant Paul Armstrong. In this discussion, we will address code-related issues in the awning, fabric structure and tent industry. Together, let’s resolve your questions about existing code issues and one’s you’re dealing with as result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker: Paul Armstrong, P.E., CBO, TRB & Associates, Inc.

Brand Protection by the Use of Invisible Markings

Product piracy has long been a staggering problem for the textile industry. DITF & IPA have developed an elegant solution: a fully transparent ink which is invisible to the human eye. The security ink, called Transparency™, is based on IR-active particles which are fixed on the substrate by textile binders. The patented high-tech Transparency security ink can be applied to textile – without altering its look or feel – to ensure authenticity.

Speaker: Dr. Reinhold Schneider, Teamleader Color and Functional Printing, DITF (Germany)

Digital Graphics on Awning & Structures

ICC Code Changes: Process and Proposal

IFAI’s Code Consultant Paul Armstrong will present on the process and current proposals for the 2021 Group A International Code Council (ICC) code development cycle. An overview of current and future issues will be covered including: wind load, large versus small scale testing, combustible flame retardancy requirements, challenges with water barrel ballasting, outdoor dining and drive through tents.

Speaker: Paul Armstrong, principal, PACCS

Lab to Life-Saving

Ever wondered how a product makes its way from the lab to the market? This webinar provides that insight and give you a look into how products make their transition from “Lab to Life-Saving”. These products are constantly being used to protect first responders and civilians from deadly environments. Learn about the milestones within the commercialization process, successes, and how we can learn and rebound from failures.

Speaker: Amit Kapoor, President, First Line Technology

Maker Division Webinar Series | Getting the Most Out of Your Industrial Sewing Machine – Part One

Let’s get down to the basics of your sewing machine with a webinar series brought to you by IFAI’s Makers division. In this series, you will get a complete overview of your industrial sewing machine and learn all the ins and outs. In part one, we focus on key features of your machine and how that knowledge translates into a higher-quality product.

How to set up and use the features of your sewing machine to build quality product. Learn about key parts of your sewing machine, including: how to achieve a high quality seam, needles, tension and more.

Speaker: Frank Henderson, Henderson Sewing Machine

Makers Division Webinar Series | Sewing Machine Basics Webinar Series – Part Two

Let’s get down to the basics of your sewing machine with a webinar series brought to you by IFAI’s Makers division. In this short series, you will receive a complete overview of your industrial sewing machine and learn all the ins and outs.

In part two, we will focus on the single needle lockstitch machine and how to troubleshoot problems with thread, needles, tension and more.

Who should attend?
• Any cut and sew manufacturer that needs a refresher on their sewing machine
• Anyone new to the cut and sew industry
• Anyone that wants to improve upon efficiencies and provide a better quality product

Speakers: Freddie Groce, Vice President – Business Development, Industrial Threads & Yarns Division, FIL-TEC, INC. and Mike Burnette, Sales – Southern Region, FIL-TEC, INC.

Shade Fabric 101 – Characteristics and Terminology

A guided overview of premium shade fabric properties and performance. This session will provide attendees with the knowledge to:

1. Easily read mechanical and UV specification data
2. Identify the differences in shade fabrics available in the market today.
3. Understand how fabric attributes impact fabrication and functionality

Speaker: Patrick Lane, President, Alnet Americas, Inc.