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)

COVID-19 Some Help (and Hope) for Tent Lessors

IFAI works year-round to advocate for industry through partnerships with lobbying and government relations experts. Join in this webinar to better understand the fundamentals of lobbying, what advocacy can do for your company – along with a review of both USIFI/NFI and GMA’s government relations programs and initiatives.

Speaker: James R. Waite, Esq., Attourney-at-Law

How to Benefit from ASTM and IFAI’s Partnership. Updating CPAI-84 (2020) on Camping Tents: A Case Study

Learn about how:

  • IFAI has partnered with standards development organization ASTM International and industry members to update CPAI-84 for the first time since 1995
  • The ASTM partnership can be leveraged for additional improvements to CPAI standards affecting other product areas
  • The “inside baseball” of the changes to the test method and scope of the CPAI-84 standard for camping tents
  • How the updated CPAI-84 (2020) impacts regulatory compliance for recreational outdoor camping tents and children’s play tents
  • The continued reliance on CPAI-84 in various state and local codes.

Speakers: Joe Koury, ASTM International and Neal Cohen, Product Safety Attorney and Consultant

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

Leader in the Industry: TRD and the Ballasting Tool

Sit down with tent industry professionals as they discuss how the Ballasting Tool was developed and why the Tent Rental Division (TRD) led the charge on initiating it into the marketplace.

Panelists: Michael Tharpe, Rainier Industries; Alex Renaud, Fiesta Tents; Joey Ruffin, Anchor Industries; Ken Keberle, Certified Safety Professional and Director of Education for the Event Safety Alliance

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.

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.