IFAI Virtual Expo Announces 2020 Show Stopper Winners

ROSEVILLE, MN–IFAI Virtual Expo announced the Show Stopper winners for the year, including the most popular products in the virtual exhibit halls. The ninth annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to hardware and accessories.

Designed to recognize the most popular new products each year from our exhibitors, the Show Stopper Awards acknowledge the newest, most innovative, useful and exciting, effective and efficient products at the show. Entries were submitted by exhibitors with winners selected by a committee of industry experts.

2020 Show Stopper Winners

DITF German Institutes for Textile & Fiber Research was the winner in the Chemicals, Coatings & Compounds category, for their UV-curable Polymers for Use in Composites. These UV-curable formulations were developed for use with matrix-polymers in composites. The use of such compounds reduces energy consumption during fixation and shortens manufacturing time.

JTE Machines took the prize in the Equipment & Tools category, for their Automated N95 Mask Machine, a fully automated machine with options for ultrasonic or stapled head strap and capability to include exhalation valves, nose foam and packaging station. This machine makes healthcare and industrial-style N95 masks that can be NIOSH certified. Valve function can be activated or deactivated.

Quality Thread & Notions took the lead in the Fabrics, Fibers & Film category, for their Sunguard+ UVR bonded polyester thread which provides protection against cleaning chemicals, UV rays and seam leakage. It is resistant to mold, mildew, chlorine and bromine. Available in 36 shades. 

Morito Scovill Americas (DOT) won in the category of Hardware, Findings & Accessories with the DOT® Black Oxide Stainless Steel Snap Fasteners, enhanced corrosion and abrasion resistant fasteners intended for modern marine designs. The product reflects less light in applications where glare is a concern. Customers who use DOT® Durable™ Stainless Steel Snap Fasteners can switch to this product without design problems.

JTE Machines Pivots to Help Automate U.S. based PPE Production

At the end of 2019, start of 2020, an odd silence emerged amongst the traditional industrial fabric industries served by JTE Machines. It seemed like decision makers were in a “wait and see” mode, with the economy experiencing a slight downturn. As it turns out, these companies knew that a fast-spreading virus, the Coronavirus, COVID-19 was in full outbreak in China, and a pandemic was headed our way. Over the course of first and second quarters 2020, many of these clients were forced to reduce their operations as non-essential businesses and to keep their employees safe. During the crisis, however, many pivoted to PPE related product production to include hospital barriers, facemask and surgical gown production, along with body bag production.

As in the past, manufacturers in our industry have been leading indicators for the economic outlook. Even before investors react, our clients drive the manufacturing sector forward and invest in capital equipment accordingly. Those clients who were able to pivot are now leading the way, along with an entirely different set of manufacturers who reached out to JTE, in search of automated machines. They needed a way to lower the barrier to entry into unchartered territories and to increase potential profits. Many companies who normally made tents, clothing, or industrial equipment quickly recognized linkages between their knowledge of fabric, patterns, barrier materials and PPE production. They also realized that if the United States is going to succeed in supplying essential products to healthcare workers and beyond, we have to set up smarter, more efficient ways to produce product in large quantities.

In response to these requests, and as our way of doing our part to increase the domestic supply of PPE products, JTE has introduced a new line PPE automation equipment. All solutions are approved and supported by our team of automation engineers and technicians.

Surgical Mask Machine– 100% Made in U.S. with top quality ultrasonic components

N95 Mask Machine– Low cost, quick delivery, supported by U.S. ultrasonic experts

Body Bag Machine– 100% RF welded, including zippers, designed and built in U.S., accommodates a high variety of different sizes and materials

Surgical Gown Machine– RF Welded Isolation Gowns, for high efficiency continuous production

Contact us today to discuss your specific needs, and be Safe! sales@jtemachines.com