A tutorial session, Fundamentals of Preparation, Dyeing & Printing, will be held from 2:00-5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, taught by Fred L. Cook, Georgia Institute of Technology; Haskell W. Beckham, Exponent; and Kerry M. King, Spoonflower Inc. A discounted tutorial registration fee will be available to individuals attending the conference. The tutorial is not included with the conference registration.
Preparation of fabrics for subsequent dyeing and finishing is arguably the most important step in the wet processing of textiles. The emphasis of the presentation will be on the fundamentals of preparing cotton-containing fabrics, the most voluminous application, to remove chemical/solid impurities (both natural and man-applied), improving water absorbency and imparting whiteness. The functions, formulations and processes for the classic preparation steps of singeing, desizing, scouring and bleaching will be discussed. Although correctly characterized as a finishing process, the step of mercerization, which is physically, located in continuous preparation lines, will also be highlighted. Examples of successful transitions to various combinations of the desize-scour-bleach steps to streamline the cotton fabric preparation process will be given. Briefly, the preparation of synthetic fabrics will also be discussed.
The dyeing segment will discuss the selection of dyes for dyeing major fibers and blends. An overview of the dyeing procedures and equipment will be provided as well as the advantages and limitations of these dyeclasses.
The textile printing segment will provide insights into the current state of digital textile printing technology, highlighting key aspects of digital print systems including ink chemistry, printer hardware, software, fabric preparation and finishing operations. Application of digital print systems for sampling and product development will be discussed and the potential for transition from screen based technologies to digital production will also be explored.
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A Welcoming Reception will be held on Tuesday, April 9, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the exhibit area. Socialize with your colleagues and visit the tabletop exhibits while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Full registration includes ONE ticket to the Welcoming Reception. Additional tickets may be ordered in advance at US$35 each.
Approximately 15 posters will be available for viewing during the April 9 Welcoming Reception and the following day. Presenters will be in attendance on April 10 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m to discuss their research and address questions.
Tabletop exhibits will feature CAD/CAM systems and software; color management software, systems, and solutions; auxiliaries, dyes, and chemicals; and testing equipment and services for the apparel and textile wet processing industry. Exhibits will be open during the Welcoming Reception on April 9 and from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. on April 10. A continental breakfast will be served in the exhibit area from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. on April 10 and a reception will be held in the exhibit area that afternoon from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Admittance to the exhibit area will require a conference badge.
The Awards Luncheon will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. The program will feature the presentation of the Olney Medal for outstanding achievement in textile chemistry, the Harold C. Chapin Award for service to AATCC, the Henry E. Millson Award for Invention, the Young Entrepreneur Award, the TCR Service Award, and the J. W. Weaver Award for best paper published in AATCC Review. The AATCC Outstanding College Graduate of the Year will be recognized, as well as the winners of the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition, the C2C Design and Materials Competitions, and the Textile Bowl.
Full registration includes ONE ticket to the Awards Luncheon. Additional tickets may be ordered in advance at US$40 each.
OLNEY MEDAL ADDRESS
The Olney Medal Address will be presented on Thursday, April 11, from 8:15 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
HERMAN AND MYRTLE GOLDSTEIN STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION
Conducted under the auspices of AATCC’s Textile Education Committee, the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition will be held Wednesday, April 10, from 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Papers are judged on originality, scientific value, and presentation. AATCC Interest Groups provide the judges whose balloting determines the order of finish. Results of the competition will be announced at the Awards Luncheon.
Join in the fun as teams of student chapter members from colleges and universities compete by answering questions from a wide range of textile and design topics. Harrie Schoots of Celanese Chemicals will be the Master of Ceremonies of this event, which takes place on Wednesday, April 10, from 4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Conference papers will be made available for download to attendees prior to the conference.
STAY TO THE END TO WIN
As an added incentive for all attendees to remain for the entire program, we will have a drawing at the conclusion of each educational track on Thursday, April 11, for a Kindle Fire HD. Tickets will be provided to all in attendance and you must be present to win.