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.
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.