Transfer labels offer range of industrial applications

November 1, 2008

Applied directly to the substrate in a matter of seconds, Barta transfer labels have a wide range of industrial applications, including inflatable rafts and boats. As a cost-effective and efficient solution for branding and safety instructions, they can be applied to either a flat or rounded surface, for flexibility in the application process. Once applied, …

Thermal acoustical blankets protect war fighters

[ Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc. ] Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A. Thermal acoustical blankets designed, fabricated and installed by Ehmke Manufacturing are used in the Boeing Ch-47 Chinook, H-47 Combat Search and Rescue, HMX-1 CH-46 Presidential Chase Helicopter and V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor aircraft. The primary functions of these blankets are to protect war fighters against harsh environmental …

Agion receives Cradle to Cradle certification

Agion® Technologies, Wakefield, Mass., manufacturer of silver-based antimicrobial solutions, is the first antimicrobial technology with Cradle to CradleSM Certification. The environmental certification, developed by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) to promote eco-effective production, involves rigorous review of both the product and company. Products certified as Cradle to Cradle use environmentally safe and healthy materials, can …

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Gandinnovations releases new RIP software

Gandinnovations, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has released new RIP software. GandiSoft, a program developed with ErgoSoft, is designed to meet the requirements of all Jeti printers and the production of large format graphics. ErgoSoft combines the best features of its two top-selling software products into one program. Gandinnovations also announces three new printers. The NanoJet UV …

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Rainier opens new facility

Rainier Industries, Tukwila, Wash., has relocated to a new state-of-the-art facility. The 140,000-square-foot space houses Rainier’s corporate offices, product showrooms and wood, fabric, window, graphic, and sign shops. By the end of the year a yurt village will be constructed so guests can tour the company’s shelter products including its new Rainier Cottage. The new …

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Recasens introduces flexible, eco-friendly fabric

Two new fabrics from Recasens U.S.A. highlight design flexibility, aesthetics and environmental appeal: Solrec® mesh permits greater air flow and UV protection for use in awnings and window shades. It comes 118 inches wide in 32-yard lengths to minimize waste and reduce seaming. Nine colors are currently available. RecScreen® PVC/polyester shade screen fabric filters UV …

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Transparent skyway wrap tells a life story

Every picture tells a story, and a series of transparent 10 by 13-foot photographs installed in the windows of a Minneapolis, Minn., skyway (enclosed pedestrian bridge) tell stories of homes left behind and new lives claimed. “Speaking of Home,” a temporary art installation by Nancy Ann Coyne, transforms the glass-and-steel skyway over a major downtown …

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‘Down-under’ barbecue launches SeaShell Awnings

An Australian-born product line of sustainable, self-retractable shade products made its debut at a new facility in Carlsbad, Calif., in August with an Aussie-style grand opening barbecue. SeaShell Awnings USA™ hopes to create 300 jobs by 2010 making the energy efficient awnings. The products shade outdoor living areas from intense California sun, reducing heat costs, …

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AW Specialty Papers releases line of heat transfer papers

AW Specialty Papers, Elk Grove Village, Ill., recently introduced a complete line of new heat transfer papers. The new line includes AW Jet-Pro SofStretch for images transferred to light-colored substrates using inkjet printers; AW Jet-Opaque for images transferred to dark-colored substrates using inkjet printers; AW Photo-Trans ImageClip for color laser printers, which can be used …

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Neschen welcomes new Print Media Specialist

Neschen Americas, Elkridge, Md., manufacturer and marketer of SEAL® and Neschen® brand products, welcomes Corey Milligan to the company’s sales team as the new Print Media Specialist. Milligan will provide applications expertise to the marketplace through educational programs and training seminars, as well as functioning as liaison with printer and ink manufacturers. See www.neschenamericas.com.

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Roland introduces new restyling solution media

Featuring premium cast vinyl and cast overlaminate film, the new Roland Restyling Solution media supports the manufacturer’s entire line of eco-solvent and solvent inkjets. The cast vinyl prints beautifully and features Avery Dennison Easy Apply RS™ adhesive technology, an advanced repositionable adhesive that simplies installation on even the toughest and most intricate curves, contours and …

Aramid fiber used to create portable wind turbine

The next advance in green power may be a goofy-looking glob of floating helium carrying wind turbines that generate electricity and can go anywhere. The Magenn Air Rotor System (MARS), a collaboration of Magenn Power Inc., Kanata, Ottawa, Canada, and engineered textiles provider Atkins & Pearce Inc., Covington, Ky., is lighter than air, rotates around …

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India’s leather looks good on luxury products

Leading auto manufacturers such as BMW and Volkswagen are in discussion with Stanley Lifestyle Ltd., Chennai, India, to ramp up its production of upholstery-grade leather, following General Motors and Ford into the Indian leather market. Stanley entered into a joint venture with an Italian firm to start a tannery in Ranipet, India’s leather hub, to …

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Graphics One launches new dye sublimation transfer printer

Graphics One, Burbank, Calif., has launched its new GO RIO 64 printer, a high-performance digital dye sublimation transfer printer that can produce high quality prints on transfer paper that can then be sublimated to different types of fabrics and rigid substrate applications. Following on the successful launch of the GO RIO 42-inch dye sublimation printer, …

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Orbus Inc. expands in-house graphics department

Orbus Inc., Bolingbrook, Ill., a manufacturer and wholesale distributor of trade show, exhibit and display products, announces the expansion of its in-house graphics department with the purchase of a Jet-i 3324 Aquajet grand format printer from Gandinnovations of Toronto, Canada. The Jet-i 3324 Aquajet was recently voted “Best Textile Printer of the Year” by the …

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J. Ennis Fabrics introduces new collections

New collections from J.Ennis Fabrics Novelties Exotic Hides are faux hides with an authentic look and feel in four colors: Holstein, Ayrshire, Hereford and Angus. Tough and fire-resistant, they can be used in home and hospitality settings for a unique look in upholstery, especially when paired with complementary Ultraleather™. Both products use environmentally friendly PU …

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Polypropylene geotextile prevents root damage

Trees decrease energy bills, sequester carbon and add beauty to urban landscapes. What’s not to like? Unfortunately, the roots of urban trees confined to small areas can spread, damaging sidewalks, pipes and infrastructure, adding to maintenance costs and liability. Biobarrier® Root Control System, manufactured by Fiberweb Inc., Old Hickory, Tenn., may allow landscapers to green …

U.S. Customs charges China with ‘dumping’

On December 31, the U.S. will scrap quotas on textiles, and as that deadline approaches, U.S. Customs is talking tough with the Chinese. Customs charges that China illegally declared that 1,000 containers of goods originated in other countries, when they came from China and exceeded that nation’s import quota for 2008. The U.S. could charge …

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Moss Inc. introduces fabric framing system

Moss Inc., Chicago, Ill., has launched a new product line. Moss Groove is a fabric framing system that uses a smooth surface aluminum extrusion system to showcase fabric graphics with minimal emphasis on the frame itself. Constructed with strong and lightweight anodized aluminum, the system features the unique Solid Lock mitered corner connection that fastens …

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Suppliers offer welding tapes

In a recent Fabric Graphics article on welding, Miller Weldmaster was identified as a supplier of welding tapes. Other suppliers include Sinclair Equipment, D.J. Associates Inc., and Snyder Manufacturing. See www.sineqco.com, www.dj-associates.com, www.snyderman.com.

Taking advantage of year-end tax savings

Year-end equipment deduction: tax strategy that makes sense. By Mark E. Battersby The fourth quarter of the year is when many publicly traded companies prop up their performance records to show more favorable year-end results. The owners and operators of many specialty textile products businesses may also adjust the bottom line for their smaller, more …

Cutting system offers speed and accuracy

Greater accuracy, speed and flexibility are the driving forces behind the new Gerber DCS3600/3600L, the latest advancement in single-ply conveyorized cutting technology. System has a small footprint and simple-to-use graphical user interface, easily integrating into any cutting room environment in the transportation, aerospace, marine, apparel and furniture industries. Unit provides a longer cut window, an …

Wearable airbag prevents fall-related injuries

Falls account for 70 percent of accidental deaths among people 75 years or older, according to the White House Medical Clinic in Washington, D.C. With this and other elder injury statistics in mind, Prop Corp., Tokyo, Japan, developed a wearable airbag, first unveiled at the International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo in September. …

Pakistan packages relief for textile sector

Pakistan’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) provided relief for its struggling textile sector with a package allowing a 7.5 percent duty drawback on total imports of PTA used in making polyester fabric. The ECC also is considering a comprehensive package for the Gwadar Export Processing Zone (GEPZ), including a 10-year tax holiday, incentives to investors establishing …

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Gerber releases new printer

Gerber Scientific Products, South Windsor, Conn., introduces the Solara ion™, a true flatbed and roll-to-roll wide-format UV inkjet printer. The printer produces flexible, three-year outdoor-durable graphics that are instantly usable. Its advanced GerberCAT™ cationic inks and low temperature patent-pending Cold Fire Cure™ technology make it compatible with a wide range of materials, including those sensitive …

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Junkers & Müllers meets green standards

Junkers & Müllers has had all of its Mediatex® textiles tested in line with the Oeco-Tex Standard 100 and has received the label “Textile Trust,” a label that signifies responsible textile manufacturing from raw materials, to the finished product. For users it means they are getting trustworthy product descriptions, and the consumer can purchase ecologically …

Textile Monitoring Program expands

In late September, 73 U.S. Representatives, led by textile caucus co-chairs Howard Coble (R-N.C.) and John Spratt (D-S.C.), sent a letter to President George W. Bush urging his administration to extend and expand the Textile Monitoring Program (TMP) to cover U.S. textile and apparel imports from China, beginning on Jan. 1, 2009, the first day …

Fasnap expands applications for products

Customized assemblies for both light- and heavy-duty applications use only premium-quality products such as stainless steel hardware and UV-stabilized webbing to assure a long-lasting finished product. Customized packaging and bar coding is available to meet all specialized packaging needs. Heavy-duty hand-setting tools are now available for Fasnap® standard rolled rim grommets with spur washers, ideal …

Carbon composite ‘mothership’ launches private space venture

Business mogul Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin America airlines, has his eyes on the stars after his space venture, Virgin Galactic, rolled out the White Knight Two (WK2) carrier aircraft in late July. The WK2, formally christened “Eve” in honor of Branson’s mother, is the mothership designed to ferry private astronauts, science projects and …

Israel’s textile industry wavering

The Manufacturer’s Association of Israel (MAI) sounded an alarm this summer about the demise of the textile industry there. Textile exports fell 3.3 percent to $250 million in the first half of 2008, while Asian textile imports rose 18.6 percent to $656 million. The Affiliation of Textile and Fashion Manufacturers reported that 850 textile employees …

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JM Technical Textiles develops Mediatex® Lightbox fabric

JM Technical Textiles has developed Mediatex® Lightbox fabric to meet the specific demands of printed images used in backlit applications. Mediatex Lightbox fabric is different because of its special coating. Conventional fabrics simply let the light shine through the material, causing colors to fade. However, the micro-porous coating of Mediatex Lightbox intensifies the colors’ brilliance. …

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DuPont showcases inks at ITMA Asia + CITME show

DuPont Digital Printing showcased its line of DuPont Artistri inks for digital textile printing at the ITMA Asia + CITME show, Shanghai New Exposition Centre. Artistri inks are available in both pigment and dye-based formulations that combine DuPont proprietary pigment dispersion, polymer, and ink formulation technology. DuPont is based in Wilmington, Del. See www.dupont.com.

ITAA names new president

Nora MacDonald, a West Virginia University (WVU) professor in the fashion design and merchandising program, has been named president-elect of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA). MacDonald came to WVU in 1971 as a textiles, apparel and merchandising instructor. In addition to teaching, she conducts research and creative activities related to clothing for the …

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Goedesic Giants provide temporary spaces for events

Problem: Event managers with big ideas want big temporary spaces. Solution: In cooperation with System 180, ZENDOME now offers Geodesic Giants in sizes ranging from 780 to 1,960 square meters. The giants meet the same quality and safety standards, with a unique and luxurious ambiance. SOURCE ZENDOME GmbH

Joining forces for a good cause

What if every time you browsed online, a penny dropped into the donation jar at your favorite charity or nonprofit agency? A coalition of 60,000 nonprofit agencies and Yahoo have joined forces to make it happen. Goodsearch.com works like any other Internet browser, and donations add up quickly. Just 500 people searching four times a …

Specialty fabrics set new global standards

From powering high-speed trains to creating new urban apparel, specialty fabrics are setting new global standards. From the editors of TUT (Technical Usage Textiles) magazine in Paris. High-speed composites A composite insulating horned-slipper holder was successfully used on the high-speed V150 train, part of France’s TGV rail service. On April 3, 2007, the V150 set …

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Roland introduces world’s first UV inkjet printer/cutter

Roland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., has introduced the world’s first UV inkjet printer/cutter, the company’s most advanced, versatile digital print production tool to date. The environmentally friendly 30-inch VersaUV LEC-300 inkjet printer/cutter comes equipped with the industry’s latest generation of UV inks and safe, low-heat LED lamps. It prints CMYK+ White + Clear on a …

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NECPA announces details of 2009 expo

The North East Canvas Products Association announces the 2009 NECPA Awning and Marine Canvas Products Expo & Conference, January 29-31, 2009 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Seminars, demonstrations, and exhibits of the latest products and materials are a part of this event. See www.necpa.org.

Vinyl Roofing Division studies postconsumer recycling

With its European counterparts blazing the trail, the North American vinyl (PVC) roofing industry has announced a new phase in its commitment to environmental sustainability through recycling. The Vinyl Roofing Division of the Chemical Fabrics & Film Association has initiated a feasibility study to evaluate strategies for making postconsumer recycling viable on a broad scale …

GF5018 Symmetry used for 3-D fabric applications

Problem: Customers want a fabric that works for creative, three-dimensional display applications. Solution: For banners and geometric trade-show exhibits, GF5018 Symmetry easily bends and curves to highlight architectural designs. This five-ounce knit, 88 percent polyester, 12 percent spandex, is flame retardant and passes the National Fire Protection Association 701 small scale test. It’s available in …

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Space shuttle features banners

The Italian Space Agency wanted banners for the European Harmony space module, headed for installation at the International Space Station (ISS). However, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had stringent requirements for fabrics allowed on space shuttle missions. Inflammable, biodegradable Country Cotton FR, a fabric produced by 3P InkJet Textiles Corp., Stephanskirchen, Germany, made …

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New business development

Fabric Graphics advisory committee members share their ideas. Start with the products you already have. Related fields, same product. Use your existing expertise while adapting to markets that currently use another form of the product. For example, if your product line is aimed at the outdoor market, what about marine or tents? What similarities exist …

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Splash of Color releases direct-to-fabric printer

Splash of Color, Richardson, Texas, introduces the HeatWave DFP 104-inch direct-to-fabric printer. Based on Roland’s HeatWave sublimation technology, this printer is a complete solution that prints directly onto polyester fabrics and other substrates. It features precision media handling components and an advanced on-board sublimation unit. SOURCE Splash of Color

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IFAI appoints IFAI China representative

IFAI President Steve Warner has named Flora Xu as the IFAI China representative for the international specialty fabrics association. Xu is president of Shanghai BFISH Information Science & Technology Co. Ltd., a company specializing in international marketing opportunities in China. As the IFAI China representative, Xu will be responsible for serving the growing Chinese membership …

Blast mitigation fabric wins PTA award

An innovative textile with the potential to significantly reduce injuries inflicted by terrorist attack, industrial accident or natural disaster has won a national award designed to spotlight the best in performance textiles. The 2008 Performance Textiles Award for Excellence was presented to Heathcoat Fabrics Ltd. for the Auxetix material, developed in association with Auxetix and …

Sun Solutions gives customers many fabric choices

Problem: When looking for the perfect fabric for specific applications, customers want lots of options and no minimums. Solution: Sun Solutions offers a wide array of fabric choices, as well as custom fabrics and finishes, with low or no minimums. SOURCE Sun Solutions

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New book published about fabric architecture

Samuel J. Armijos, vice president of sales for FabriTec Structures, Costa Mesa, Calif., has coordinated the design and construction of fabric structures throughout the world. He’s gathered ideas, materials, structure types, samples of fabrics and more than 400 full-color photos in Fabric Architecture: Creative Resources for Shade, Signage and Shelter, a new book published in …

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Installing grand format graphics

By Janet Preus It’s one thing to print grand format graphics; it is quite another to install them. Roger Leary, who owns Liftec Sign and Crane Inc. in Montgomery, Minn., says that 95 percent of the companies that print grand format graphics don’t hang them. He was the man responsible for installing the 34-foot-by-90-foot graphics …

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Novacron Deep Black MI-2000 added to Huntsman’s Novacron MI range

Designed to bridge the gap of solid deep black shades in digital printing with reactive inks, Novacron Deep Black MI-2000 is the latest addition to Huntsman’s Novacron MI range. The Huntsman inkjet group has created an ecological water-based ink for high-speed printing on cotton, viscose, and silk that covers today’s market requirements for a reliable …

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Exhibit explores city’s history

By Chelan David The project. Speaking of Home is a public art exhibit by Minneapolis, Minn., artist Nancy Ann Coyne. Comprised of translucent, 10-foot by 13-foot black and white photographs, the work was installed in the windows of the skyway bridging part of the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. The exhibit explores the meaning of …