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)

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.

Makers Prototype Series | Navigating the First Prototype Conversation – Five Questions You Need to Ask!

Chad Miller, Director of Contract Manufacturing for American National Manufacturing Inc.

Don’t let unrealistic client expectations and too little information rule your development process and plans. Learn five essential questions to ask in your first client prototype conversation to reveal the true scope of the project and determine if you have the right expertise.

Makers Prototype Series | Prototypes – Contracts and Legal Issues

Chad Miller, Director of Contract Manufacturing for American National Manufacturing Inc.

Protect your business, products and intellectual property with legal contracts. This webinar discusses the regulatory agencies and the roles they play in prototype development as well as the benefits and basics of non-disclosure agreements, trademarks, patents and liability contracts.

Makers Prototype Series | Prototypes – Cost Considerations For Prototypes and Production

Chad Miller, Director of Contract Manufacturing for American National Manufacturing Inc.

Develop a cost-effective plan for prototype development with this webinar. Learn about often overlooked costs in technical, administrative time, shipping and more, that can eat away at your bottom line.

Makers Prototype Series | Prototypes – Safety Considerations and Regulations

Chad Miller, Director of Contract Manufacturing for American National Manufacturing Inc.

Not knowing about safety risks and regulations is no excuse when it comes to the law. This webinar discusses product use and how it effects safety. Learn about warranties, warnings and cautions that create safe behavior and protect your company. Learn the basics of liability insurance and governing bodies that oversee product safety to prevent injury and liabilities.

Makers Prototype Series | Prototypes and Timing – Setting a Realistic Timeline with Clients

Chad Miller, Director of Contract Manufacturing for American National Manufacturing Inc.

Discover the eight phases of setting a realistic timeline for prototype development including design inputs, engineering, proposals, validation and more. Prevent surprises in the manufacturing process by learning key information to determine before you establish a timeline.

State of the Industrial Textile Industry: Outlook, Challenges, Opportunities & Trends—NCTO & USIFI Discussion

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI), a division if IFAI co-host a webinar and discussion session on the industrial textile market, focusing on the outlook for the second half of 2021, as well as the challenges, opportunities and trends in the industry, as the economy continues to rebound slowly from the COVID-19 pandemic amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

IFAI gives a presentation on the scope of the issues confronting the industry and provide an in-depth analysis and summary of its 2021 State of the Industry report. In addition, a diverse panel of both NCTO and USIFI member companies participate in a moderated panel discussion and address a wide range of topics, including workforce and sourcing issues, sustainability initiatives and new technologies.

Note: This webinar is intended for industry only and will be off the record.