Diana Wyman

Diana Wyman is Executive Vice President of AATCC, a professional association and standards development organization for the global textile industry. A self-proclaimed textile nerd, Diana has been involved in all aspects of textile testing—from managing a contract lab to developing specifications for a retail brand. She has participated in the standards development process as both staff and volunteer for AATCC as well as textile-related committees of ASTM, IEC, IPC, and ISO. Diana holds degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Textiles, and Business Administration.

David Clark

David Clark is a 1993 graduate in Textile Chemistry from Clemson University. After graduation he joined Cone Mills as a dye and printing chemist at their Carlisle Finishing plant and spent the next five years working in production and in the laboratory with both new product development and commission printing. In 1998, he joined Ciba Specialty Chemicals (now Huntsman) as a Technical Representative for digital printing and has worked in the developing digital textile market since then in both technical and commercial roles.

Testing and Standards for a Global Textile Industry

Diana Wyman, Executive Vice President, AATCC

It’s no secret that we live in a global community and work in a global marketplace. Responding to global challenges like microfiber pollution and e-textile evaluation require new approaches. AATCC is finding new ways to incorporate diverse perspectives from across the textile industry and beyond to develop standard test methods that offer a common language for communicating expectations for safety, quality, and performance.

Advancements in Digital Textile Inks and Chemistry

David Clark, Ink Jet Textiles, Huntsman Textile Effects

In this presentation we’ll discuss how ink types and formulas have developed to meet market requirements and to become better suited for digital printing on an industrial scale. We’ll also discuss the basics of pretreatment chemistry and some of the advancements that have been made in this area.

A Novel Approach to Dyeing Using Foam Technology

Tim Heller, Vice President/Plant Manager, JB Martin

Presented is a way to dye cotton fabrics without the use of salt or alkali, while at the same time greatly reducing the water usage to less than one kg of water per kg of cotton and in turn reducing energy consumption. This more sustainable process has been validated with a production history over the last several years.

The ever-changing color trends often driven by fashion experts, keep the consumers appetite for the latest colors in apparel and home furnishings regularly unsatisfied. Both annual and seasonal changes help fuel sales which help the retailer, textile manufacture and all of the supply chain
that supports the production of these new products. Traditional methods of dyeing cotton fabrics require large amounts of water, a significant amount of energy to heat the dye bath and rinse water, as well as significant amounts of salt and alkali. An unfortunate byproduct of this production is significant water pollution from the processes that it takes to put the color into these products. This presentation delves into an alternative process in dyeing cotton that takes a
specially prepared cotton substrate and dyes the substrate with a very low moisture foam application. Dye liquor ratios of .5 to 1 are being used without the use of salt or alkali with speeds up to 50 yards/min and no rinsing of the fabric after dyeing. The resulting process reduces typical effluent and energy use by 75 to 80 percent.

Preston Aldridge

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B. S. Chemistry Graduate of the University of North Carolina – GO HEELS!

1961 – 1971: Burlington industries in various capacities involving research and development followed by management positions in manufacturing

1971 – 1983: The Bibb Company, Plant Manager and Director of R & D

1983 – 1993: United Merchants, EVAC, and Zima Corporation

1993 – Present: Ford, Trimble, and Associates, Inc. representing various machinery companies serving the textile, non-woven, and carpet industries

Evolution of Chemical Applicators for Textiles – a Historical Review of Chasing Water

Preston Aldridge, Vice President, FTA, Inc.

Our industry began in fields out in the open when Man was mostly Nomadic and washers were rivers. With the change to a more stationary lifestyle, the location moved to the yards, porches, kitchens, and laundries of homesteaders. The General Store needed a supply chain thus creating large laundries followed by large mills for larger runs of fabric. As the world became more global, the larger mills moved to faraway places and we returned to smaller ones. Laundries for garments once again were in vogue and only recently have lost favor due to pollution and excess water consumption. Enter laser engraving of fabric, ozone gas treatment for preparation and plasma for finishing. Now water is gone. Enter nonwovens and applicators are gone with the placement of particles in the substrate which perform the roll of chemistry. What an exciting time to live!

Don A. Alexander

Don Alexander is President of Anovotek, LLC an entrepreneurial company he founded in 2003. Anovotek is a science based, product oriented and market driven company focused on bringing exceptional value to customers through innovative performance technologies integrated into products made from fibers, polymers and textiles. Anovotek has worked with a broad variety of clients including single inventors, multi-billion/year revenue corporations, foundations, universities, and government organizations in over 20 countries. Anovotek continues to work with both international and domestic entities to develop, license and commercialize innovative technologies and products through consulting services, sourcing, manufacturing and Anovotek Brands sold direct-to-consumer.

Don received a B. S. in Textile Chemistry from Clemson University and a M. S. in Textiles from the Institute of Textile Technology.

Organizations and community service
Mr. Alexander has over 33 years of experience in textile and associated industries holding positions in R&D, Manufacturing Management, Executive Leadership and Entrepreneurial Company start-ups.

He is currently a Senior Member of AATCC, is a past member of the AATCC Foundation Board, past chair of the Environmental, Safety, and Health Committee RA-100 of AATCC, member of the University of Georgia AFFOA Advisory Board, Program Chair of the Southern Textile Research Conference, past member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the School of Textiles at Clemson University, past member of the EPRI Textile Advisory Committee at North Carolina State University and served on the Technical Advisory Committee of the National Textile Center.

Alexander is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia. He is a member of First Baptist Church Barnwell, member of the Rotary Club International, Board Chair – SC National Heritage Corridor, past Chair of the Sweetwater Country Club Board, past Chair of the Barnwell County Hospital Board and is involved in numerous community service initiatives.

Past work experience
In 1999 Alexander joined Guilford Mills, an $800 + million annual revenue textile manufacturer, as Corporate Vice President of Technology, responsible for all aspects of technology, technical services, and research and development. Alexander was a Director of the company and served on the corporate leadership team headed by the CEO. In addition to his responsibilities as Vice President of Technology, he also served for one year as Vice President of Manufacturing for the apparel and home fashions business unit. Don was instrumental in the planning, construction and start-up of a new industrial park and manufacturing facility near Altimara Mexico.

Prior, Alexander spent twelve years ending in 1999 at the Institute of Textile Technology located in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he was Director of Chemical, Energy, and Environmental programs. He was responsible for applied research, monitoring of global technology development, and industry consulting and expanded ITT’s focus on environmental & energy programs. Alexander was also involved in the creation and management of an industry-wide project between the textile industry and the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories called the

AMTEX Partnership and was instrumental in the development and management of a large environmental project called the Textile Resource Conservation Project which included 40 participating industrial companies and 8 National Laboratories. Alexander managed all facets of the project including participation of 115 industry representatives working with 29 National Laboratory scientists. Alexander also taught in the Graduate program and participated extensively in ITT’s continuing education seminars.

Prior to joining ITT, Alexander worked with Milliken & Company in manufacturing and technical management.

Value-Added Finishing in the USA, Strategies Enabling Innovation and Entrepreneurial Business Development

Don Alexander, President, Anovotek, LLC

Textile products containing performance attributes offer great opportunity in the USA market but typically require global supply chains, large volume commitments and long lead times. Textile fabric finishing in the USA is viable, however finding cutting and sewing capacity in the USA is extremely difficult. Protecting IP when finishing fabrics offshore is nearly impossible despite the efforts being made through global trade agreements. This presentation will detail an innovative, entrepreneurial approach for value-added finishing in the USA. Utilizing both domestic and global supply chains for products while doing value added finishing in the USA coupled with direct-to-consumer sales will be discussed. A case study of a current manufacturing operation utilizing this approach and will be presented including processing options, process control and process performance data. The success of a performance apparel brand using this approach will also be discussed.

Dr. Roger Barker

Director, Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) and Burlington Distinguished Professor, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, NC State University.


Roger L. Barker is a Professor in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science at North Carolina State University and Director of TPACC.  He is internationally recognized for his work in the field of thermal protective clothing and comfort and heat stress in clothing systems.  Barker has published many technical papers on the subject of the effects of intense heat exposures on fabric materials including exposures to flash fire, molten metal, hot surface contact and radiant energy.  He was Chairman of the 1984 ASTM International Symposium on the Performance of Protective Clothing.  He is an active participant in several committees of the National Fire Protection Association, which are involved in the development of standards for the performance of protective clothing.  Barker holds B. S. and M. S. Degrees in physics from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D., in Textile and Polymer Science from Clemson University.  He has positions at Cornell and at Clemson Universities.  His industrial experience includes work as a physicist in spun bonded fabrics research.


Thermal protective performance of textile fabrics and clothing, heat transfer mechanisms in intense heat exposures. Fabric and clothing flammability, materials response and testing methodologies.

Comfort properties of textile clothing and materials, heat and moisture transfer in textile structures, objective measurement of fabric hand.

Industrial analysis of thermal and mechanical properties of textile fabrics. Textile measurement technologies, instrumented manikins. Assessment of human sensory and physiological response to clothing comfort.