During the 2017 IFAI Expo held in New Orleans, LA, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. received the Show Stopper “Best of the Best” new and innovative products award in the hardware, findings & accessories category for its size #10 made-in the U.S.A. AQUASEAL® airtight/watertight zipper with a stainless steel slider. The IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) show stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry on the IFAI Expo show floor including everything from improved applications to revolutionary designs.
The winners are selected by a committee of industry experts, and this year there were 75 entries from 35 different companies with 6 categories including: Chemicals, Coatings & Compounds, Equipment & Tools, Fabrics, Fibers & Films, Hardware, Findings & Accessories, Services to Manufacturers, and End Product categories.
This is the second consecutive year that YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has received the Show Stopper award, following last year when the company received the award for its Electromagnetic Shield Zipper.
YKK continues to be the global leader in providing quality-focused, innovative fastening products for a wide range of industry applications.
AQUASEAL® zipper with stainless steel slider
YKK’s size #10 Berry Compliant AQUASEAL® zipper is a flexible and lightweight airtight/watertight zipper. By incorporating YKK’s plastic tooth VISLON® technology with a polyurethane tape to form a seal between the zipper elements, this zipper helps keep your gear dry. Both the high compression VISLON® tooth and polyurethane tape seal result in a fastener that can withstand up to 4.35psi of pressure. The zipper makes use of sealed top and bottom stops to form a complete watertight closure suitable for everything from chem-bio suits and marine applications to surface suits and dry packs. The AQUASEAL® zipper is nearly half the weight of metal zippers (8TZ 223g/meter vs 10VFWB 81g/meter). Its flexible, light weight design allows for easy packing of marine gear and chem-bio suits. YKK’s special stainless steel slider has a high resistance to salt water, and it allows the zipper to have a much higher endurance during open and close cycles, especially when used in dirty applications. The stainless steel slider is only available in a non-lock configuration. The AQUASEAL® zipper is tested for airtightness and for quality assurance.
The IFAI is a member-owned, member-driven trade association representing the global industrial fabrics industry, and it invests more than $8 million each year to advance the industry and support more than 1,600 member companies in four market segments, 13 divisions and 3 country sectors. The IFAI sponsors the largest industrial fabric tradeshow in the Americas and provides industry news and information via digital publications and education on behalf of member companies.