Laminating film protects display graphics

October 1, 2008

SEAL® Print Shield® Floor Guard® is U.L. classified as slip-resistant, a pressure-sensitive laminating film that offers excellent durability for both horizontal and vertical display graphics. Floor Guard’s slip- and scuff-resistant vinyl surface easily masks fingerprints and surface dirt while providing excellent viewing properties; it’s recommended for floor graphics, trade show exhibits, retail POP and other …

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Companies contribute to the Pink Project

Two years after New Orleans’ lower 9th Ward was swallowed up in Hurricane Katrina, rebuilding still languished, hampered by lack of funds and attention. While filming a movie in New Orleans, Brad Pitt noticed a pink fabric house being used as part of the set. Working with architectural firm GRAFT LLC of Los Angeles for …

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Japanese companies introduce three innovative products

Japanese companies have introduced three intriguing specialty fabric products that combine once-incompatible features. By Kikuko Tagawa Cool Cargo helps save lives in Africa Cool Cargo FZ,” collaboratively developed and produced by Twinbird and Taiyo Kogyo, and the 2007 Award of Excellence winner in the industrial applications category of IFAI’s International Achievement Awards, is a refrigerated …

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Rising costs of logistics affect U.S. supply chains

How soaring fuel costs are affecting your supply chain in the U.S. By Mac Isaacs Logistics is defined as the flow of material, information and money between consumers and suppliers, according to the Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (SCL) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Another term for logistics is “supply chain management.” Harvey Donaldson, director …

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Vinyl compounds used for variety of applications

New formulation technology allows Teknor Apex Co.’s Vinyl Division to manufacture flexible vinyl compounds that reduce emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 80 percent or more compared to conventional formulations, according to the company. These low-VOC versions of the Apex® compounds are intended for use in profiles and molded items, extrusion-coated fabrics and extruded …

Tarp shelters Interstate-35W bridge reconstruction

On a hot August day in 2007, rush-hour commuters on the Interstate-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minn., felt the concrete and metal beneath them give way in one of the nation’s worst infrastructure collapses. Thirteen people died, approximately 100 people were injured, investigations began and, within months, a new span took shape over the Mississippi River. …

CEMATEX incorporates product piracy prevention regulations

The European committee for textile associations, CEMATEX, has incorporated the product piracy prevention regulation introduced by VDMA Textile Machinery Association in Munich (for the ITMA 2007 exhibition) into the exhibition regulations for the ITMA Asia + CITME 2008 show. “The work of the Intellectual Property Rights office at ITMA Asia + CITME 2008, existing at …

Leathers produced with environmentally-conscious processing

Danfield Inc. has developed the first 100-percent environmentally conscious method for processing leather. By utilizing natural colorants, vegetable dyes and waxes, the new EcoHide™ line creates soft, pliable leather without the use of toxic heavy metals. The leather is breathable and easier to shape without pleats or creases, and has a higher flexibility of use …

Translucent PTFE replaces rice paper in Japanese shoji

Serenity rules in Japanese environments using shoji (dividers or doors) of translucent rice paper that provide soft sunlight, privacy, light weight and easy movement. However, traditional shoji has practical limitations, because rice paper is not flame retardant, tears easily and gets dirty. So Chukoh Chemical Industries Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, re-invented the shoji with a composite …

AATCC to hold Fourth Annual Materials Design Competition

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists has announced its Fourth Annual Materials Design Competition for graduate and undergraduate students, with the goal of promoting innovative product development from a materials standpoint. Focus areas for this year’s competition: industrial/technical, sports materials, medical/biomedical/protective materials and devices, and smart/electronic/optoelectronic and nanomaterials. Preliminary design proposals must be …

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Ink allows high-speed, eco-friendly printing

Novacron® Deep Black MI-2000 is a new water-based reactive black ink that makes high-speed inkjet printing on cotton, viscose and silk more eco-friendly while providing a reliable and shade-stable deep black ink. Successfully tested under industrial conditions, the results show excellent runability and shade stability, with no impact on the print head cycle. The Novacron …

PGI donates disposable medical garments

Visitors from around the world converged in Beijing for the Olympic Games, and Chinese first responders were ready with 6,000 donated disposable medical garments from Polymer Group Inc. (PGI), Charlotte, N.C., and two Asia-based manufacturers. PGI’s plant in Suzhou, China, is that nation’s largest producer of spunmelt nonwoven fabrics, which provide protection from blood and …

Worldwide outlook for nonwovens industry to be released

The third edition of the “Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry 2007–2012” will be released this fall by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, in cooperation with its European counterpart EDANA. The report covers worldwide industry statistics, including size of regional markets and projections for growth in all major nonwovens markets and technologies, and …

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Impact Technology® protects various fabrics

Impact Technology® is not a coating—the protection is embedded within the fibers of the fabric to provide draperies, privacy curtains, bedspreads and shower curtains that are resistant to staining, splashing, bacteria and flame. The fabrics reduce laundering costs, reduce bacterial buildup in facilities and save money by extending fabric life, while meeting all code regulations. …

2012 Olympic stadium to feature fabric curtain

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has released HOK Sport’s design of London’s 2012 stadium. The bowl-shaped stadium will hold 25,000 permanent and 55,000 temporary seats, allowing the facility to be used as a local venue after the Games. The stadium covers two-thirds of the spectators with a cable-supported roof, and is wrapped by a fabric …

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Fabric transforms buildings and allows creativity

Enlivening building facades and streetscapes to create welcoming places for people. By Paula Rees It’s time that designers take a breath of responsibility and think creatively. Fabric architecture’s uses, new materials and technological advances offer endless options and incredible design possibilities. As an environmental designer, the main focus of my work is with how places …

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Marine fabric provides ideal amount of stretch

Problem: Marine fabricators installing expensive coated vinyls with very little stretch can end up with wrinkles in the vinyl (when vinyl is cut slightly too large) or shortages (when it is cut too short). Solution: Herculite’s new Riviera™ Marine Fabric is soft, supple and available in several shades of white to match gel-coats from around …

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GatorWraps creates unique gift for homecoming

Tammy Karl wanted an unforgettable gift to celebrate her U.S. Marine Corps husband’s return from a third tour of duty in Iraq. She contacted GatorWraps Inc., Ontario, Calif., to ask if the company could deck Staff Sergeant Jacob Karl’s beloved 1997 Ford F-250 truck in his favorite hunting camouflage pattern—before his homecoming August 7. After …

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Flexible fabric provides disaster relief

When disaster strikes, flexible fabric products offer aid. By Meleah Maynard Whether it’s flooding in Iowa or earthquakes in China, disasters in today’s global society seem to touch everyone. Victims need clean water, shelter and fuel quickly, but the traditional means of supplying these things have long been cumbersome and costly—if it was possible to …

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UV-printable material prevents unwanted curling

Problem: A digital printer used a three-ply laminated blockout banner material for trade show aisle banners, but after installation the edges or hems curled. Solution: Blockout Premium is a 22-ounce, cast-coated, two-sided material that will not curl or “tea cup” after hanging. It has excellent tear strength, cold-crack resistance and works for indoor and outdoor …

Glen Raven recognized for recycling program

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics recycles 400 tons of packaging and reclaims 500 tons of raw material wastes each year at its Anderson, S.C., plant. That commitment to waste reduction won the company honors from the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP). The one-million-square-foot Anderson facility, which manufactures the Sunbrella® brand of performance fabrics, also worked …

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IFAI chairman discusses textile industry challenges

By Barbara Ernster Scott Campbell, chairman of the board at IFAI and owner of Rainier Industries in Tukwila, Wash., recently talked with us about some of the issues facing the textile industry in its movement toward sustainable products and practices. How much can textile suppliers and manufacturers realistically accomplish toward embracing sustainable/green practices at this …

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Guidelines for cutting knitted shade fabric

Problem: When cutting knitted shade fabric, it is difficult to know how to compensate for the stretch factor. Solution: Gale Pacific calculated how best to cut and sew the company’s Commercial 95 patterns and prepared a Web site FAQ to provide directions. Patterns should be cut approximately 2.5 percent less in the width and 5 …

New handbook defines eco-textile label requirements

With all of the voluntary and mandatory programs to identify textiles as environmentally friendly, it can be tough to label products to ensure they meet market demands. Mowbray Communications Ltd., Pontefract, U.K., recently issued an eco-textile labeling guide that will make sense of green certification requirments. The easy-to-read handbook provides a primer on organic textile …

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Awnings save energy

By Barbara Ernster The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association and the European Solar Shading Organization have different challenges but the same shady goals. In Europe, where the buildings sector accounts for 41 percent of the EU’s energy requirements, it also offers the largest single potential for energy efficiency. The EU’s directive on energy performance of buildings, …

Welder makes feeding fabric and quality welding easy

Problem: Frequently, PTFE fabric used in large structures is difficult to feed into the welder and getting consistent, quality welds is difficult. Solution: FIAB’s new PTFE Welder has a welding surface only 16 inches above the floor and a gantry designed with slots to align and feed fabric into the welding area. The welder moves …

Web site creates online community for the PPE industry

The Online Safety Community is a free social network site where personal protective equipment (PPE) professionals can meet, share ideas, collaborate, discuss emerging trends and learn about new safety products. Ansell Ltd., Red Bank, N.J., brought the Online Safety Community live in June and opened it to membership for all workplace safety professionals. The Web …

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Nanotechnology provides more function with less space

By Barbara Ernster Nanotechnology, the engineering of functional systems at the molecular level, is all about getting more function on less space. Next-generation nano materials have already hit the textile market in the form of nano-enhanced fabrics with antimicrobial properties able to kill germs, viruses and “superbugs” that come into contact with the surface of …

Squaring table and cross cutter improve efficiency

Problem: When cutting vinyl and screen, operators need to take a lot of time and ensure that the material seals as it cuts. Solution: The combination of a Sewn Products Equipment Company (SPEC) squaring table and Ultrasonic cross cutter provides an adjustable end-alignment that traverses the table on a rack rail for precise measurement. The …

Bulletins provide information on petrochemical markets

Volatile petrochemical prices keep buyers of plastic resin scouring the horizon for current market information. For a price, they can get it from The PetroChem Wire, a new daily and weekly bulletin quoting active spot markets. A subscription to the service, offered by The Plastics Exchange and Lozier Energy, a leading broker, is $1,800 for …

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Recycled polyester benefits companies

By Barbara Ernster Different sustainable fabrics made of natural fibers, including cotton, bamboo, hemp, corn and soy products, are making their way into the printing market. Jon Weingarten, president and CEO of Dazian Fabrics in Secaucus, N.J., will present the pros and cons of each in his presentation at the Fabric Graphics symposium at IFAI …

Shears allow cutting of multiple layers of material

Problem: Multiple layers of fabric or material can be difficult or impossible to cut accurately. Solution: The Clauss 8-inch and 9-inch ExtremeEdge Titanium Bonded Shears cut multiple fabric/material layers, including denim, corduroy, wool, quilt, carpet and linoleum. The shears have an adjustment key for scissor tension to cut multiple layers of thin or delicate fabric. …

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TenCate launches new Web site

A new Web site created by TenCate™ Geosystems, Pendergrass, Ga., covers the company’s aquaculture and industrial fabric products and applications. Users can receive the company’s latest announcements and news bulletins, as well as technical product information on the company’s Geotube® geosynthetics for dewatering, marine structure and shoreline protection and Aquagrid® nets designed specifically for fish …

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Industry professionals discuss recycling mandates

By Barbara Ernster Building the cost of recycling into the cost of a project is a popular idea, but if a company is in a competitive market, that extra cost could drive customers to seek cheaper alternatives, unless recycling is mandated for everyone. There is intense debate on whether government mandates or trade organization mandates …

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Egnew combines business and community

J.C. Egnew builds a business where the community and company support each other. By Sigrid Tornquist Success? “It’s about assessing risk. One of the things I spend a lot of time doing is looking for opportunities and assessing risk,” says J.C. Egnew, founder and owner of Outdoor Venture Corp., which manufactures custom tent systems in …

Ingeoâ„¢ heads to China

CL Chemical Fiber, Wenzhou, China, signed a master license agreement with NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minn., to use Ingeo™ renewable plant-based fibers in a full range of spunbond fabrics. Ingeo uses 65 percent less fossil fuel resources than traditional polymers and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 90 percent, making it a green alternative for …

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Textile industry finds ways to go green

By Barbara Ernster The Cradle to Cradle (C2C) concept has been influential in moving the U.S. textile industry toward more sustainable practices. Developed by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart, C2C transforms industry by creating products for cradle-to-cradle cycles, whose materials are perpetually circulated in closed loops, maximizing material value without damaging ecosystems. The …

Pet beds feature nanotechnology

[ Nano Pet Products LLC ] Wilton, Conn., U.S.A. Nanotechnology has gone to the dogs with pet beds using Dog Gone Smart Technology® with NanoSphere® fabric. The nanoparticles in the bed fabric form a fine structure on the textile surface that allows water or substances such as dog coat oil, dirt and grime to simply …

Firm partnership offers merger and acquisition assistance

CAs technical textile firms confront a vigorous market, many small and medium-sized companies will need to combine forces to stay competitive. Two companies providing services to facilitate mergers and acquisitions have formed a partnership to assist clients looking for growth opportunities: Lovell Global Holdings LLC, Greensboro, N.C., and Edward C. Gregor & Associates LLC, Charlotte, …

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Planning eco-friendly weddings

Going green helps event companies gain both conscience and capital. By Shelby Gonzalez What does a green tented wedding look like? Just ask Alison Hotchkiss of Alison Events LLC in San Francisco, Calif. In 2007, she planned two weddings that included some of the same eco-friendly elements. Yet they couldn’t have been more different. The …

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Nano fabrics protect office chairs

[ Champion Seating Co. Inc. ] Stafford, Texas, U.S.A. Office workers who use the new Legends Ergonomic Chair upholstered with a fabric from Champion’s nano fabric family (shown here in Risk Red Nano) have no worries about spilling their morning coffee. The fabric is water repellent, stain resistant, wrinkle resistant and breathable. Because it has …

Demand for polymer sorbents increases

The market for polymer sorbents, used in diapers, feminine napkins and incontinence products, is expected to increase from $4.2 to $7 billion by 2013, according to a recent technical market report. BCC Research, Wellesley, Mass., estimates that life sciences applications will be the second largest market segment in 2008 with 13.3 percent of the total …

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Tent manufacturers strategize for success in military market

COTS tent manufacturers find a niche, exceed specs and produce high-performance shelters efficiently. By Jake Kulju On any given day, the U.S. military may conduct actions in sweltering heat, bitter cold or high winds. To shelter troops and equipment in such varying conditions, military units frequently turn to Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) tents. This practice is …

Nano fabrics create breathable golf polos

[ Cutter & Buck Inc. ] Seattle, Wash., U.S.A. Closing a deal on the golf course? No need to sweat it in the Nano CB Drytec Luxe Eagle Polo Club shirt. The shirt with Nano-Tex® Coolest Comfort fabric offers advanced moisture wicking to keep wearers cool and dry without compromising softness or breathability. Each fiber …

Olympic hiatus challenges India’s textile industry

China shut down emission-intensive industries prior to the Olympic Games to reduce air pollution in Beijing, and the silence was heard throughout the Indian cotton and textile industry. Chemicals and dyes used in India’s textile manufacturing shot up 25 percent in the two weeks following the shutdown. “Polyester and cotton dyes are some of the …

Indoor fabric provides optimum solar protection

K2 by Mermet® is a double-sided, double effect interior fabric for solar protection performance. A white side faces the window (outdoors) with the darker room-facing side seen from the inside; the white side reflects the sun’s rays for maximum heat protection, while the dark side provides improved glare control but still retains transparency for good …

Nanotechnology enhances features of hiking boots

[ Hi-Tec Sports ] Essex, U.K. The V-Lite Altitude Ultra WPi boot from Hi-Tek features ion-mask™ waterproofing technology on its nubuck leather upper. The ion-mask process was originally developed for military clothing to repel chemical agents. Using patented plasma technology, the ion-mask process enhances products with an invisible polymer mask that repels oil and water …

China’s textile industry struggles

Appreciation of the yuan, less plentiful cotton raw material and rising wages are all factors in a Chinese textile industry slump. The General Administration of Customs of China reported that textile and garment exports fell 11 percent in the first half of 2008, and China posted negative growth in U.S. exports for the first time …