Appealing to Luxury Clientele

Business can grow in size, or stature. Either way, setting yourself with a modern web design and tools to streamline incoming projects, will give a sense of professionalism and respect to both the fabricator and the client, no matter the size of the current business, or your production capabilities. Learn from my experience as a operator of a small shop. I’ll take you through go-to phrases, how to handle clients requests with kindness and certainty and how to respectfully decline a project and still have the rejected client send you referrals.

Learning objectives
• Easy web design for managing jobs
• Making the most of an at home shop
• Keeping the best jobs

Speaker: Whitney Carman, Owner of Even Keel Canvas, LLC

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)

Budsin Boat Webinar Series Part 1: Interview with a Boat Manufacturer

In part 1, Brooke Kahn will interview Tom Hesselink, owner of Budsin Electric Boats. Brooke and Tom discuss electric boats and the Budsin boat brand, his willingness to allow one of his vessels to be subject to a Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) boat makeover and his reactions to the final product.

Speakers: Brooke Kahn, Keyston Bros and Tom Hesselink, Budsin Electric Boats

Budsin Boat Webinar Series Part 2: Interview with a High School Principal

In this 3-part series, Brooke Kahn, Keyston Bros, will interview key people involved in the Budsin boat project that was featured at the 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference. Discover how electric boats are manufactured and fabricated and why one high school used this as a learning opportunity.

Speakers: Brooke Kahn, Keyston Bros and Dr. J. Darrell Thomas, Principal of CTEC

Budsin Boat Webinar Series Part 3: Interview with Fabricators

In this 3-part series, Brooke Kahn, Keyston Bros, will interview key people involved in the Budsin boat project that was featured at the 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference. Discover how electric boats are manufactured and fabricated and why one high school used this as a learning opportunity.

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.

Textile Training & Education Resources

The Manufacturing and Textile Innovation Network (MTIN) is a partnership between the Gaston College Textile Technology Center and the Catawba Valley Community College Manufacturing Solutions Center. With help of industry partners and the respective community colleges, the MTIN partnership offers product development, testing, incubator space and customized training for the textile industry. Webinar attendees will gain a better understanding of the MTIN partnership resources and opportunities for training and retaining a new workforce.

 

Speaker: Jasmine Cox, Director of Textile Technology Programs and Business Innovation, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College

Utilizing Software Tools in the Marine Industry: Complete your Marine Fabric Project in Half the Time with a Perfect Fit

The Marine Fabric Industry is quickly converting to mostly digital processes. Industry specific software is available to dramatically speed up the development of accurate 3D models and the associated 2D fabric patterns required to manufacture those projects. This presentation will demonstrate software tools for:

  1. Optimizing digitally captured shapes of boats and their accessories
  2. Easily build 3D computer models of the project for client visualization and approval before any fabric is even cut
  3. Efficiently convert those same 3D models into accurate, flat patterns ready for cutting and production

Speaker: Timothy Akes, Representative for the Americas, MPanel Software Solutions, LLC