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Emerging Technologies Conference

Emerging Technologies Conference: 1 1/2 Days Pre-Conference education dedicated to Emerging Technologies in the textile industry and Emerging Technologies Networking Reception.

Also included: 3 days of Advanced Textiles Expo show floor access including 300+ exhibitors, all show floor education, equipment demonstration, Advanced Textiles Expo opening reception, next gen programming, women’s networking, ATA Student Research Fest and ATA textiles challenge.

Emerging Technologies Conference Registration includes all education listed below.

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Advanced Textiles Expo

Check out the best of what the show floor has to offer: 3 days of Advanced Textiles Expo show floor access including 300+ exhibitors, all show floor education, equipment demonstration, Advanced Textiles Expo opening reception, next gen programming, women’s networking, ATA Student Research Fest and ATA textiles challenge.

Advanced Textiles Expo Registration does not include Emerging Technologies Conference.

 

Emerging Technologies Conference Content

Emerging Technologies Conference will cover a variety of important topics such as e-textiles, wearables, medical textiles, sustainability, applications and more! Sessions are taught by leading experts in the field. Learn more about the Emerging Technologies Conference here.

*Emerging Technologies Conference registration required

Show Floor Education Content

Advanced Textiles Expo show floor education features interactive sessions on the show floor covering emerging technologies, shade & weather protection, specialty fabrics, marine fabrication, general business and more!

NEW
in 2024:

  • Next Gen focused education & networking
  • Women’s leadership session & networking
  • ATA Student Research Fest
  • ATA textiles challenge

*Included in all registration types

Speakers

More than 50 speakers will provide industry insight during Advanced Textiles Expo 2024. Learn about our speakers

Education Schedule

Submit a presentation for 2024 Advanced Textiles Expo.

Monday, September 23

8 am–5:25 pm Emerging Technologies (ET) Conference Education - Hilton Anaheim - NEW Time
5:25–6:25 pm Emerging Technologies Networking Reception - Hilton Anaheim

Tuesday, September 24

8 am–12 pm Emerging Technologies Conference Education - Hilton Anaheim
9:45 am–3:30 pm Show Floor Education
9:30 am–3:30 pm Show Floor Demonstrations
Noon–3 pm Textiles Challenge Preview and Practice - NEW

Wednesday, September 25 | Next Gen Takeover Day!

9:30 am–3 pm Show Floor Demonstrations
9:45 am–2 pm Show Floor Education
10 am–12 pm Next Gen Networking Session - NEW
10 am–1 pm Textiles Challenge Qualifying Rounds - NEW
1–2:30 pm Speed Networking Session - NEW
2:30–4 pm Textiles Challenge Finals - Championship Round - NEW

Thursday, September 26

7–8 am Women's Networking Walk - NEW
9 am–12:30 pm Show Floor Demonstrations
9:30–11:30 am Women's Leadership Session - NEW
9:30 am–12:30 pm Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Roadshow
10:30 am–12:30 pm ATA Student Research Fest - NEW

*ATA Disclaimer: Although every reasonable effort is made to provide the speakers, topics, and sessions listed, some changes or substitutions may occur. Speakers and sessions are subject to cancellation or change up to and including the day the session(s) are scheduled to be held. Changes or cancellations are made at the discretion of ATA and may be done without notifying attendees. If sessions are changed or cancelled no refunds should be expected. Agreement to attend Advanced Textiles Expo acknowledges acceptance of this provision.

Monday, September 23

8–8:50 am

Erin Parker Tillery, Graduate Research Assistant, North Carolina State University

This research explores Technology Transfer (TT) in textile-based academic environments. Primary investigations include cultural and personal motivators behind TT and the current awareness of both students and faculty relating to TT processes and university offerings. Participants’ surveys and interviews provide information on the state of knowledge of faculty and students connected to the United States textile industry. The study’s results are expected to illuminate a gap in the motivations or knowledge of individuals in textile-based universities that can be remedied with new materials created specifically for textile disciplines. The effects of this research are a better understanding of the thought processes of textile academic researchers and innovators, allowing industry partners to better understand the mechanisms for collaboration. This understanding could lead to more successful TT, benefiting IP licensors and licensees and ultimately helping consumers get the most value from products.

Education Session - coming soon
9–9:50 am Education Session - coming soon
10–10:50 am

Holly Morris, Consultant Hand Surgeon and Medical Textile Specialist

By generating almost 5% of the world’s carbon emissions, healthcare, if it were a country, would be the world’s fifth biggest polluter and for the UK in 2017, the health sector alone was responsible for 4.4% of its net global greenhouse gas emissions and 6.3% of that country’s carbon footprint. In 2020, the UK National Health Service became the first health service to announce its intention to achieve Net Zero emissions. Between 20% and 33% of health care waste is thought to originate from a hospital’s operating rooms and up to 90% of this is sent for unnecessary hazardous-waste disposal. Current practice allows the use of disposable or re-usable textile items but textile products can still account for up to 30% of the waste generated within an operating theatre.

This presentation, by one of the authors of the textile guidance given for the UK Green Surgery Report, explains the steps that those working in textile product development and those working in healthcare can take to reduce the textile-related carbon footprint and, in particular, to how medical textile items, such as gowns and drapes can be selected to produce a lower carbon footprint.  Attention is also paid to how reusable textiles can be microbiologically decontaminated and laundered in the most economical and ecologically-acceptable fashion. The presentation draws attention to the need for willingness to implement already-existing solutions for environmentally-acceptable personal protective equipment (PPE) and low carbon-footprint laundry processes for the cleaning and microbiological decontamination of all types of re-usable textiles employed within the operating theatre. Where redesign of PPE is required, the need is stressed for sensitive adjustment of standards to support the implementation of reusable forms, whilst maintaining the original high performance requirements expected in actual use.

Prateeti Ugale, Graduate Research Assistant, North Carolina State University

Flexible interconnects play a pivotal role in the development of electronic textiles, enabling the creation of wearable systems with integrated electronic functionalities like sensing, data processing, communication, and actuation for various applications like smart clothing for healthcare monitoring, sports performance tracking, augmented reality interfaces, and interactive fashion. Vertical flexible interconnects unlock several capabilities like compactness, comfort, scalability, and modularity, enhancing the user experience and expanding the possibilities of wearable technology.

11–11:50 am

Frank Keohan, Senior Technology Manager, Bolger & O’Hearn, Inc.

Liquid repellents based on perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are under intense regulatory pressure both locally and globally.  Fluorine-free replacements often require process variation from conventional fluorochemical repellents and provide little oil repellency.  The choice of repellent and application conditions are critical for obtaining maximum performance.  This is especially true for critical applications in medical and military textiles.  Attendees will learn the basics behind fluorine-free repellents, PFAS detection, regulatory issues, and the evolving technology for increasing repellency performance.

11:50 am–12:45 pm Lunch
12:45–1:35 pm

Dr. Gozde Goncu-Berk, PhD, Associate Professor of Design, UC Davis

By leveraging transdisciplinary design innovations, this presentation will showcase how collaborative efforts across engineering, healthcare, and design fields can lead to textile based wearable solutions in enhancing health and wellbeing. The presentation will highlight electronic textiles and smart clothing to monitor health, provide sensory feedback, and adapt to various environmental and activity-based contexts

Lelia Lawson, Research & Development Specialist, Davey Textile Solutions Inc.

Why don’t we wear hemp? In terms of Canadian hemp, the primary reason is end-use application. The majority of hemp crops grown in Canada are grain/seed crops. These crops are cultivated at a lower seeding rate than traditional textile hemp crops to allow for a larger canopy. This results in a stalk that has a lower bast to hurd ratio, as well as varying width from the tip to the root. Furthermore, grain/seed crops contain higher lignin than traditional textile crops due to longer growing periods. The resulting bast fiber is extremely coarse and requires additional processing to make is useable in a textile application. An alternative is to utilize hemp as a feedstock to manufacture regenerated cellulosic fibers. The research presented will demonstrate the validity of using Canadian-grown hemp as a primary feedstock in manufacturing regenerated cellulosic fibers using the environmentally-friendly lyocell process. Different pretreatments to the hemp stalk will be discussed, offering an opportunity to process hemp stalks both efficiently and economically.

1:40–2:30 pm

Salman Chaudhry, Senior Technical Advisor for KBR Inc, partnering with Axiom Space to support the NASA Artemis III Mission

The presentation will highlight the harsh space environments on the Low Earth Orbit and the Lunar Surface. Flammability, extreme temperature swings, UV radiations and atomic oxygen influx, micro-meteoroid orbital debris risks and how it correlates to textile material performance for the space environment qualification.

How advancement in textile developments is pushing the limits for not only protecting the astronauts but enabling the next generation of space exploration.

2:40–3:20 pm

Konrad Rykaczewski, Associate Professor, Arizona State University

Understanding how the human body is heated and cooled in extreme heat can inform the design of textiles and garments that can support thermoregulation. This presentation will cover new methods used to understand these processes in sunny and extremely hot conditions (up to 119F). It will cover radiative and convective body heating measured using the first outdoor thermal manikin and discuss evaporative skin cooling from the perspective of a single sweat pore.

Dr. Nic Brownless, COO / VP R&D, Eeonyx Corp

This is a general first hand account of the challenges faced by a small company in making customized coated sensor fabrics for a number of different applications. The presentation will discuss challenges faced in this endeavor, including but not exclusive to:

  • Learning to speak the same language as the customer
  • Bridging the Performance Specification gap
  • Selection and/or creation of suitable testing methods and devices to truly evaluate fabric fitness for use
  • Typical behaviors of sensor fabrics when placed under duress with compression
  • Achieving consistency from batch to batch
3:20–3:35 pm Break
3:35–4:25 pm Education Session - coming soon
4:35–5:25 pm

Dr. Juliana Cherston, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian; Consultant on Emerging Technology

In this classroom session, Dr. Juliana Cherston will offer a case study on a partnership between her research group at MIT and collaborators from industry to bring the first electronic textile to the International Space Station. In addition to sharing details on the project itself, she will offer a retrospective on successes and challenges in how to structure partnerships, scope project timelines, and manage deliverables. Juliana will also offer a broad sense for the landscape of opportunity when it comes to textiles in space, both near term and far future.

5:25–6:25 pm Emerging Technologies Networking Reception

Tuesday, September 24

8–8:50 am

Jamie Griggs, Senior Brand Partner, Hohenstein; Will Troutman, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

How do you balance risk and budget while protecting customers, workers and the environment? Complicated supply chains with global legal compliance? Reputations and performance with claim validation?

The challenges surrounding sustainability, regulatory and industry compliance require greener chemistry — proactively reducing or eliminating chemical hazards. This means predicting restrictions, preventing hazards from entering supply chains and strategic testing based on risk. Join us to discuss the legal and technical considerations that go into a greener chemistry approach.

9–9:50 am

Diana Wyman, Executive Vice President, AATCC

The unique properties that make e-textiles an interesting and important category of materials also make them a challenge to process and test. Review some of the (often overlooked) considerations for accurate measurement of electrical resistance and how the right tools can make all the difference. Data from a variety of probe styles will be presented, explained, and translated into practical recommendations for testing various e-textile materials. Preliminary research was completed as a collaboration between AATCC RA111 and North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textiles. ISO and IEC committees are supporting future work.

10 am–12 pm

Eldy Lazaro, PhD Student , ATLAS Institute, CU Boulder

This workshop will teach participants biobased material development and implementation via hands-on explorations and brainstorming activities. We will discuss the material’s life cycle, design opportunities for disassembly, and end-of-life of soft electronics and interactive interfaces. Attendees will leave with the knowledge of being able to:

  • Make agar-agar bioplastics and biofoams.
  • Integrate biobased materials into woven structures to make interactive interfaces.
  • Imagine applications of biobased materials in soft electronics or wearable technology.

Tuesday, September 24

9:45–10:45 am

Panelists:

  • Jason Smith, Customer Solutions and Business Development Lead, Aegis Aerospace, Inc.
  • Dr. Juliana Cherston, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian; Consultant on Emerging Technology

In this panel session we will discuss how the panelists have or will utilize the lunar and low earth orbital testing environment to test or advance emerging technologies and how those technologies can or will be utilized for future space programs or for commercial applications.

9:45–10:15 am

Aimee Heuschkel, Marketing Director and Jacob Eveland, Account Manager Industrial Markets, Lectra USA, Inc

The protective wear and defense industry, vital for safeguarding American workers, is experiencing rapid growth, projected at 6.7% CAGR by 2030. This surge is driven by heightened workplace safety awareness, strict regulations, and global security concerns.

Embracing Industry 4.0 has become a game-changer. The integration of smart technologies, automation, and data analytics into manufacturing processes is enhancing efficiency, reducing production costs, and improving overall product quality.

Through this discussion, participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Advanced Equipment Integration
  • Industry 4.0: Exploring the impact of cloud-based solutions
  • Innovative Applications
  • Future Trends and Opportunities
10–10:30 am

Tim Akes, Representative in the Americas, MPanel Software Solutions, LLC

Unlock the potential of real-time design software to revolutionize your sales proposals. This session teaches how to quickly adapt designs during client meetings, ensuring proposals are both engaging and reflective of client needs.

10:30–11 am

Crystal Harrison, Vice President Of Business Development, SCL Equipment Finance

Securing capital is important for the growth and sustainability of your company. It enables you to acquire new technology, replace outdated systems, and implement automation. Join Crystal to learn how to acquire funding for your capital equipment purchases.

11–11:30 am

Holly Morris, Consultant Hand Surgeon and Medical Textile Specialist

Current practice allows the use of disposable or re-usable items in the operating room or a combination of the two, and as a consequence, between 20% and 33% of health care waste is thought to originate from a hospital’s operating rooms; up to 90% of this is sent for costly and unnecessary hazardous-waste disposal. The textile components can account for up to 30% of the waste from operating theatres and regionally-collected data from trauma and orthopaedic operations suggests that 6-8kg of the waste generated per procedure originates from gowns and drapes. The negative effects on the environment are significant. By generating almost 5% of the world’s carbon emissions, healthcare, if it were a country, would be the world’s fifth biggest polluter and in the UK in 2017 the health sector alone was responsible for 4.4% of its net global greenhouse gas emissions and 6.3% of the UK’s carbon footprint. In 2020, the UK National Health Service became the first health service to announce its intention to achieve net zero emissions.

This presentation, by one of the authors of the textile guidance given for the UK Green Surgery Report explains the steps which need to be taken to achieve a circular economy for the medical textiles used in operating theatres. It is intended to alert textile researchers to the most-urgent development priorities for more environmentally-acceptable workwear for healthcare personnel; it also draws attention to the consequent need for improvements in the quality of evidence, not only on infection prevention by both single-use and re-usable items of PPE, but also on the implementation of effective laundry processes for the cleaning and microbiological decontamination of re-usable textiles.

William Roozee, National Sales Manager, Corradi USA

This course will provide an overview of how to approach working with architects, and ideas to help improve architectural specification opportunities.

11:30 am–Noon

Jeff Post, Vice President / General Manager, CGPC America Corporation / Enduratex

Durable coated fabrics provide a balance of functionality and aesthetics, making them a versatile material for commercial upholstery applications. The manufacturers of durable coated fabrics, through membership in the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association, support a process of total quality management and continuous improvement in their products, processes, and services. These fabrics are engineered to meet a wide variety of requirements and customized for a wide range of colors and patterns to match specific design preferences. To that end, the durable coated fabrics industry developed standards that reference minimum performance criteria and test methods to promote product performance, facility quality control and assure customer satisfaction.

Noon–12:30 pm

Mary Holt, Chief Design Strategist, Carnegie

The built environment contributes over 40% of all greenhouse gasses. Bringing this number down takes every avenue of creative thinking, and continued commitment from design professionals whose specification decisions have ramifications that last for decades. When it comes to commercial textiles, performance and durability are a baseline requirement, but this doesn’t have to come at the cost of sustainability. The last few years have seen tremendous innovation in combining new methodologies of textile production to drive high performance, innovative, sustainable solutions. This includes bio-based textiles, fabrics made from 100% recycled materials such as plastic bottles or wool, silicone hybrids and recycled PET, and more. In this session, you will learn about the currently available high performance sustainable textile options, understand how to interpret sustainability claims to cut through greenwashing noise, gain skills on educating your clients on the importance of responsible materials selection and learn about efforts being made to incorporate circularity into the commercial textile lifecycle.

 

Robin DuBroy, Director of Operations, Wholesale Shade

What makes a good shade sail? Shade sails are more present here in the U.S., but what’s the difference between a well-designed shade sail and a cheap ready-made one? In the world of custom-made shade sails, how do I know that I’m designing a good, or dare I say, perfect, shade sail? Join us as we walk you through Shade Sail Theory – aka – why do I need curves and other important questions.

12:30–1 pm

Terry Kelm, President, Sunbelt Re-sales

Every business owner, regardless of tenure, should be planning for the eventual exit of their business.   Whether your potential exit is in the near future, or years away, it is an owner’s best interest to plan for that inevitable day.    In this session, we will talk about several aspects of both preparing your business for sale, and more importantly what business owners can do today to maximize the value of their business when they are ready to exit.   Included will be discussions: on how businesses are valued, what buyers look for when purchasing a small business, and time proven tips/strategies to maximize business value at exit.

1–1:30 pm

Paige Mullis, Consultant

Join us on a journey into the future with ‘Tech Horizons: Innovations Shaping Our World.’ Discover the latest advancements from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that are revolutionizing industries and daily life. From Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Mobility, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Smart Home technologies, explore how these innovations are reshaping our world. Gain insights into cutting-edge materials and trends that are driving the next wave of technological evolution. This talk is a must-attend for anyone eager to stay ahead in the dynamic world of technology.

 

Bruce Danziger, SE, Principal, Danziger Engineering Collaborative, Inc.

Description coming soon!

 

2–2:30 pm

Dr. Faisal Abedin, Post-Doctoral Researcher, North Carolina State University

This study invetigate into the exothermic and endothermic behavior of textile fibers, specifically wool, cotton, viscose, and polyester, under varying moisture conditions and their subsequent impact on human physiological responses. Traditional fabric testing methods, including the ISO 16533 standard, have limitations in accurately representing the transient conditions experienced by sportswear in real-world scenarios. To address this gap, our investigation introduces a comprehensive testing approach combining reliable fabric test methodologies, thermal manikin experiments, and human trials to characterize the fabric’s behavior under dynamic conditions.

By employing a thermal manikin subjected to step changes in relative humidity (RH) and a controlled environment for sweating manikin experiments, we were able to simulate real-life situations such as a sudden increase in activity levels. This method allowed us to observe the heat of sorption effects of hygroscopic fibers, notably demonstrating wool’s superior ability to maintain a thermal microclimate, thereby enhancing wearer comfort post-exercise.

Further validation was provided through human trials involving 12 male participants across five different outfits, under controlled climate conditions. The trials revealed significant differences in thermal comfort, with wool fibers providing superior temperature sensation during the post-exercise recovery phase, as opposed to polyester, which was noted as the least comfortable.

The findings of our research led to the development of a novel fabric test method capable of simulating changing environmental conditions in a single step. This method, utilizing a custom-made hot plate, offers a new perspective on fabric functionality under dynamic environmental conditions, potentially revolutionizing sportswear design by focusing on “dynamic breathability.”

Our findings not only contribute to the academic understanding of textile behavior under moisture variance but also offer practical implications for sportswear manufacturers, aiming to enhance athlete comfort and performance in fluctuating climatic conditions. This investigation sets the stage for future research on dynamic breathability and its incorporation into the design and marketing of high-performance sportswear.

Paul Armstrong, Principal, PACCS

Description coming soon!

2:30–3:20 pm

Elizabeth Denly, Vice President, PFAS Initiative Leader & Chemistry Director, TRC

PFAS are a group of more than 10,000 man-made chemicals resistant to heat, water, and oil that have been used in the manufacturing of a number of consumer products, including stain-, water-, and oil-resistant fabrics. The regulatory framework and science of PFAS are rapidly evolving, creating business and environmental risks related to storage, management and use of PFAS-containing materials.  Designed and formulated for persistence, PFAS resist decomposition and can migrate from manufacturing process, various waste streams and emissions to our drinking water and atmosphere. Health concerns have influenced many states to sample water supplies and establish guidelines and/or enforcement limits.

The textile industry is especially targeted due to their use of water, grease, and stain resistant chemicals such as PFAS on finished textiles, as these properties are often used and preferred by consumers. Currently, USEPA is planning to target approximately 2,200 textile manufacturing facilities within the United States with a mandatory information collection request (ICR).  This ICR is anticipated to focus on facilities that perform one or more of the following operations and discharge process wastewater to surface waters or to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs): Wool scouring; Wool finishing;  Yarn and unfinished fabric manufacturing; Woven fabric finishing; Knit fabric finishing; Carpet finishing; Nonwoven textile products of wool, cotton, synthetics, or blends of such fabrics.  USEPA may also require wastewater sampling from a subset of these facilities, based on the responses, to characterize wastewater discharges from the textile industry.  Ultimately, the responses may also support USEPA’s efforts to develop and propose new regulations if deemed appropriate. USEPA plans to estimate current pollutant mass loads and achievable reductions for available technologies for the industry and to determine if the effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs) limiting pollutant discharges from industrial point source categories under the Clean Water Act should be revised.

This presentation is designed to give industry professionals a practical understanding of the complexities and challenges PFAS can introduce to strategic planning, risk liability evaluations, and environmental sites and approaches to manage these in an uncertain technical, regulatory, and legal environment. This presentation looks beyond the PFAS basics.

3–3:30 pm

Bruce Danziger, SE, Principal, Danziger Engineering Collaborative, Inc.

Description coming soon!

Wednesday, September 25 | Next Gen Takeover Day!

10–10:30 am

Apurba Banerjee, Textile Research Scientist- Innovation, Standard Textile

The landscape of the textile industry and workplace has undergone a profound transformation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Persistent lockdowns and the emergence of various variants have not only reshaped physical workspaces but have also propelled them into a realm of mobility, flexibility, and dynamic location shifts. This paradigm shift challenges the conventional notions of work, demonstrating that remote work not only sustains but can enhance productivity.

However, as organizations navigate this new era of work, it becomes imperative to invest more deeply in their employees. The adaptability demanded by the prolonged pandemic has tested the resilience of young professionals. Unfortunately, this has also resulted in a significant exodus of talent, termed “”The Great Resignation,”” driven by burnout and pandemic fatigue. The integration of work and personal life has blurred, with a staggering 90% of young professionals reporting burnout.

This presentation strives to shed light on how textile industry workplaces can proactively redefine their practices and foster behaviors conducive to a post-pandemic world. It aims to provide concrete suggestions for cultivating more inclusive, sustainable, and supportive work environments tailored to the needs of young professionals.

AI Basics
10:30–11 am

Xochil Herrera Scheer, Apparel Engineer, Product Development Expert | President & Founder, The Chicago Pattern Maker (XOCHIL INC)

Product development happens in the background in the textiles and apparel industry, making it a bit mysterious and even intimidating for someone looking to start their own brand. Xochil Herrera Scheer, president and founder of The Chicago Pattern Maker, built her successful business from the ground up, creating opportunities for growth by utilizing multiple social media platforms along with in-person networking to reach her audience and educate on how the technical side of the business really works.

By sharing her day-to-day experiences, highlighting the “behind-the-seams” work that actually goes into producing a garment, and providing her insights on current news and industry topics online and at events, Xochil has leveraged her network and marketing efforts to connect with people in a way that is authentic and genuine, and translate that into real business. Xochil has helped small businesses to realize the benefits of investing in their development, as well as providing core services to larger organizations in a way that allows them to be as nimble as smaller ones.

Learn strategies that can help you craft your online presence and expand your network both virtually and IRL (in real life).

11–11:30 am

Allison Murmello, Business Development Engineer, Arkema Inc.

The textile industry’s pursuit of sustainable, robust, and durable solutions mirrors a global shift towards responsible production, consumer preferences, and the urgent need to protect our planet. In a quest for more sustainable practices, the creation of products that can be effortlessly recycled or repurposed has become crucial. However, we face persistent challenges, including the complexity of mixed-material products that impede efficient recycling processes. This presentation will delve into high-performance material solutions in textiles that may provide a way forward.

This presentation will explore material solutions for textiles and how they compare with next best alternatives. Derived from the castor bean, these high-performance polyamides offer sustainable alternatives for textile and consumer applications. We’ll discuss the importance of monomaterial design in facilitating recycling and reducing waste. Additionally, an end user example of a recyclable sneaker design will provide a glimpse into a journey towards a circular recycling stream.

Noon–12:30 pm

Dr. Faisal Abedin, Post-Doctoral researcher, North Carolina State University

This presentation unveils an innovative technology that integrates electronics at the thread level within woven textiles, marking a significant advancement in the realm of smart fabrics and wearable electronics. Leveraging a unique conductive yarn, akin to copper, intertwined with polyester using a 3/1 twill pattern on a CCI weaving loom, we have crafted a foundational grid that retains 80-90% of the original fabric’s flexibility. This meticulously designed, electrically conductive grid exhibits a linear resistance of 1.91 Ω/m and is capable of handling currents up to 250 mA. Notably, the integration process also involves embedding in-fiber electronic components directly into the fabric’s weft, yielding a fabric width of approximately 10 inches—a scale previously unachieved on industrial weaving machines. The resultant smart fabric not only maintains its innovative electronic functions but also withstands multiple cycles of delicate washing, underscoring its durability and practicality for everyday use. This breakthrough demonstrates the seamless integration of electronics with textile manufacturing, propelling forward the capabilities and applications of smart textiles in various industries.

12:30–1 pm

Dr. Bob Gazich, Vice President, Global Impex and Professor, College of Saint Benedict St John’s University; King Mukherjee, President, Global Impex and Chairman of the Global Business Leadership department, College of Saint Benedict St John’s University; Rachal McCarthy, President, NTI Global

Description coming soon!

1:15–2 pm

Chris Semonelli, Owner, Coated Technical Solutions

Description and additional panelists coming soon!