Transmitter allows for complete control of sun sensors

December 1, 2008

The Telis 4 Soliris RTS Patio transmitter offers the benefits of a 4-channel remote, allowing customers to control their sun sensors at the touch of a button. Users may turn the sun sensor’s automatic function on and off, while controlling up to four different RTS motors, controls or other accessories—a top enhancement to help customers …

Handbags provide unique security

Vlieger & Vandam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is a fashion accessories company now offering a series of handbags called “Guardian Angel.” Each bag appears to contain a gun or a knife, but the outlined shape has actually been formed into the felted wool of the bag. The idea grew out of an increasing number of news …

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Specialty fabrics industry remains optimistic in tough times

Working to stay healthy in an ailing economy. By Susan Niemi With news of the economy a daily presence, whether one opens investment statements or not, leaders in the U.S. specialty fabrics industry remain optimistic about the health of the industry. The Review magazine talked to several industry leaders during IFAI Expo 2008 held in …

Transforming ordinary fabrics into protective materials

Problem: An outdoor apparel manufacturer needs a material that resists fraying, snags, abrasions, cuts and punctures. Solution: SuperFabric™ technology engineers ordinary fabrics into protective solutions, integrating optimum resistance to cuts, punctures and abrasion without losing flexibility. Options such as flame resistance or specialized grip make SuperFabrics a complete and customized solution. SOURCE HDM Inc.

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Wallpaper designs incorporate LED lights

Meystyle, London, U.K., is incorporating LED lights into its wallpaper designs, giving a low light level that adds an aesthetic quality but also provides a spatial marker at night when all other lights are off. The digital prints have a futuristic design but often take the dramatic scale of interior prints from the 1970s; the …

South Carolina’s textile industry undergoes changes

South Carolina’s textile industry is changing but still dynamic, according to three studies released at an industry summit last week. New Carolina (South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness) held “The Future of Textiles in South Carolina” in Spartanburg recently; it attracted 100 business and economic development leaders from across the state. Industry leaders discussed the future …

Rust-resistant shears reduce user fatigue

Problem: Cutting materials with glues and adhesives leaves scissors or shears rusted, corroded and gummed up, leading to user fatigue and equipment damage. Solution: Users of the Clauss 6-inch and 9-inch Titanium Bonded Spring-Assisted Shears experience reduced user fatigue and hand issues because the titanium bonding keeps blades sharper longer and resists rust, corrosion, glue …

Stylish wallpaper prints use strong Mylar foil

When Florence Broadhurst established her hand-printed wallpaper company in Sydney in 1959, it was one-of-a-kind in its output of vigorously modern designs intended to radically change design attitudes in her native Australia. Signature Prints has re-released a number of her styles, featuring a range of bold and dynamic designs, including this iconic Japanese Floral, which …

Advanced Textiles 2009 moves to Brussels

Building on the success of the first Advanced Textiles conference in June 2008, and the endorsement of the international audience, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced that a second conference will be held April 2–3, 2009, in Brussels, Belgium. Advanced Textiles ’08 took place in the cultural hub of Berlin, Germany, and gathered …

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Drapery fabrics meet customer needs

Problem: Customers want all of the best performance features and fire resistance integrated into one drapery fabric. Solution: Bella-Dura™ drapery fabrics have it all: inherent resistance to fire, UV light exposure (1500 hours), bleach cleaning, microbes, stains and mildew—and can be recycled. Because the fabrics need no applied treatments, they retain softness and drape and …

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Innovative material applications in automotive industry

Sheila Clark, a research fellow at the Royal College of Art’s School of Fashion and Textiles and Vehicle Design in London, England, explores a variety of innovative materials for applications in the automotive industry, predominantly as upholstery. Her materials are imbued with health-giving properties that add to driver/passenger comfort and safety. The blue seat combines …

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Narrow fabrics manufacturers use technology to innovate

The future is high-tech if you’re planning to stay ahead of the game. By Jamie Swedberg There’s nothing particularly predator-like about narrow fabrics designers and manufacturers. By and large, they’re helpful folks, always working with their clients to create webbings and ropes with the perfect color, thickness, width and performance characteristics. But they’re still a …

Knit fabric provides no-melt, no-drip performance

Problem: The U.S. military wants durable, comfortable fabric that, when exposed to high temperature, neither melts nor holds body moisture. Solution: Knit CORDURA® NYCO provides no-melt, no-drip performance, protecting the skin from high heat and drying two-and-a-half times faster than a 100-percent cotton t-shirt. CORDURA NYCO knit fabric is comfortable to wear, abrasion-resistant and extremely …

Collaboration creates custom camouflage

London’s Maharishi Hardy Blechman Ltd. began by producing hemp and other natural fiber clothing, and soon turned to adapting and customizing camouflage, then creating its own versions. Collaboration with artists and designers, including the graffiti artist Futura, are a vital element in the creative process. Gorscuba uses a 3M Scotchlite™ reflective print often customized with …

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The benefits of entering the global marketplace

As the world shrinks, businesses can capitalize on widening their pool of customers. By Janice Kleinschmidt If we needed proof that we’re in an economic environment where lines on a map lose significance, September and October delivered. Though perhaps first to the trough, the United States held no monopoly on failed financial institutions and crashing …

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Retractable awnings provide enhanced projection power

Problem: Customers want Solair® retractable awnings that project out further than existing engineering limits allow (the awning width minus 16 inches). Solution: Solair’s manufacturers, Astrup Company and John Boyle & Co., extended their reach by adding two new brackets to select units. The Solair XP slide support is longer and its front bar coupling extension …

Jackets and coats utilize advanced fabrics

Grade Zero Espace, Florence, Italy, is the research and development department of Cove Nove, with the mission to develop new materials and technologies to improve quality of life, work and the environment. The Hinoki LS jacket and coat endeavor to redefine natural fibers using ‘Hinoki,’ a genus of conifers native to eastern Asia, whose processed …

Stocking programs for olive drab cotton duck

Compiled by Juli Case We’re looking for sources that stock olive drab cotton duck that’s been treated for water and mildew resistance. Can you give us any sources? There’s been a run on olive drab cotton duck recently, although we’re not exactly sure why. We had three different fabricators, all in different parts of the …

Traveling welder meets manufacturers’ needs

Problem: Manufacturers using radio frequency (RF) welders want higher production capacity, reduced labor costs, minimal power usage and ways to meet more stringent quality standards. Solution: The FIAB 900 is the latest in RF traveling welders, with a faster generator, a control system that makes more precise adjustments and a user-friendly interface. FIAB enhanced the …

Stylish radiotherapy treatment gown series

Rebecca Earley’s radiotherapy treatment gown series was originally commissioned by the Queen Elizabeth Centre for the Treatment of Cancer in Birmingham, U.K. Each of the 100 gowns was designed using her heat photogram technique of printing plants directly onto fabric. The imagery used shows homeopathic plants used in the care of cancer patients. Earley, currently …

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Customers seek Silent Gliss fabric

Compiled by Juli Case A client is requesting a fabric called Silent Gliss Colorama 2. Who supplies it? Silent Gliss is a manufacturer of window and curtain systems; they also hold the trade name on Colorama fabrics. Most likely it is being produced for them on a private label basis, and they may be uninterested …

Coolflex offers recyclable alternative to paper posters

Problem: Outdoor paper poster graphics suffer bleed-through, flagging, seam exposure and color fading, leading to costly reinstallation. Solution: Replace paper posters with Coolflex® PR, in a five-ounce nonwoven PVC and 3.8-ounce non-PVC PE, both of which are recyclable. Coolflex PR offers seamless one-sheet installation, lasts longer than paper, eliminates flagging and bleed-through, and doesn’t require …

Museum exhibits safety gear for animals

Bill Burns, director of Safety Gear for Small Animals, is using a branch known as the Museum of Safety Gear for Small Animals to spread a message of animal rescue, relocation and rehabilitation. The itinerant museum consists of 19 scale-model pieces, including a trio of tents for bio-hazard, radiation and triage, a mosquito net, safety …

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Replacing limit switch on old retractable awning

Compiled by Juli Case I’ve been contacted by the owners of a historic mansion who are looking to replace the limit switch on the motor of a very old retractable awning. The original awning was installed sometime between the 1940s and the 1960s; and at 45 inches, the awning is pretty large. I’ve already contacted …

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Takai works to provide innovative products

Junko Takai’s dedication to providing products that make a difference rests on a conservative fiscal foundation. By Sigrid Tornquist “Sometimes when companies make a lot of money, they invest that money into stocks—they invest profits into something other than their own businesses— we reinvest our profits into our core business,” says Junko Takai, president of …

Partnership for ovarian cancer awareness

Bedding products made with phase-change materials by Outlast® Technologies, Boulder, Colo., can help mitigate the hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. So when Outlast found an opportunity to team with the 2008–2009 “Menopause: The Musical” Out Loud Tour™ to raise funds for and awareness about ovarian cancer, it was a natural fit for …

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Favorini awning systems not distributed in United States

Compiled by Juli Case We’ve had an architect specify a Favorini awning system. Where can we get one? Favorini is a retractable awning manufacturer located in Italy. We contacted them and were told that they do not have a distributor in the United States, so if your client truly has his heart set on a …

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Airline seat cushions feature adjustable pressure

[ Lantal Textiles ] Langenthal, Switzerland Aircraft soft interiors provider Lantal has introduced a fully pneumatic seat cushion that will be gradually installed in all business class seats of the SWISS long-haul fleet beginning in spring 2009. The cushion replaces traditional foam with air-filled chambers, allowing passengers to adjust the pneumatic pressure of the seat …

DNA technology to foil fabric counterfeiters

By mixing high-quality natural fibers with lower quality synthetics, textile fabricators can make it tough to be certain that wool, cashmere and silk are the real deal. Applied DNA Sciences Inc., Stony Brook, N.Y., offers a proprietary SigNature™ DNA that can be used to authenticate textiles at all points of the supply chain. In collaboration …

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Geotextiles improve South Carolina highway

Geotextiles cut costs, protect the environment and increase safety on one of America’s deadliest highways. By Jake Kulju The warm summer sunshine, winding blacktop roads and pristine saltwater marshes of South Carolina are more often associated with car commercials than they are with car crashes. But in 2005, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) …

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Personal Blimp hull design offers variety of applications

[ Skyacht Aircraft Inc. ] Amherst, Mass., U.S.A. The creators of the Personal Blimp set out to build a vehicle that combines the enjoyment and quiet relaxation of a hot air balloon ride with the control of other types of aircraft. The Personal Blimp hull structure has three main components: the fabric envelope of 1.9 …

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Petroleum prices impact specialty fabrics industry

Fabric makers depend doubly on oil, for fuel and for raw materials. By Marc Hequet How are you managing in this slalom economy? Staying flexible? Not signing long-term, fixed-price contracts? Scouring your shop for efficiencies? Sourcing globally? Those are top industry pros’ suggestions—that, and holding on for dear life as you zigzag your way through …

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Roland releases eco-friendly inkjet

The environmentally friendly 30-inch VersaUV LEC-300 inkjet printer/cutter comes equipped with the latest generation of UV inks and safe, low-heat LED lamps. Unit prints CMYK/White/Clear on a wide range of substrates, including foils, metallic and synthetic papers, BOPP, PE and PET film, for unmatched color, texture and dimension. Clear coat adds rich special effects, ranging …

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Mountain bike frame features carbon fiber

[ Delta 7 Sports ] Payson, Utah, U.S.A. The frame of the Arantix™ Mountain Bike from Delta 7 Sports includes more than 1,500 linear feet of carbon fiber. Single carbon fiber strands are woven to create the open lattice IsoTruss® structure of each frame tube, and each bundle of carbon fiber strands is wrapped with …

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Framing system showcases fabric graphics

The new Moss Groove fabric framing system uses a unique, smooth-surface aluminum extrusion system to showcase richly printed fabric graphics with minimal emphasis on the frame itself. Constructed with strong, lightweight anodized aluminum, the system features a unique Solid Lock mitered corner connection that fastens firmly into place with one turn of a torx wrench; …

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3D surface technique used for fabric furnishing

Helen Amy Murray has developed a unique, handcrafted 3D surface technique for textiles used in commissions for clients; the material is used as a furnishing fabric, particularly for upholstery and interiors. Inspired by the carvings in wood and marble from a trip to India in 2001, Murray has translated similar effects into textiles and leather …

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Software helps in application of tensile structures

MPanel FEA software is a complete Finite Element Analysis application developed specifically for the tensile fabric community. Operating within the popular AutoCAD® platform, the program simplifies non-liner FEA through an easy-to-understand user interface, using a powerful solver to correctly calculate the stresses and structural loads associated with fabric structures. The MPanel FEA interface reads a …

Garment enhances training for medical students

Artist Karen Fleming, University of Ulster, and scientist John McLachlan, Durham University, developed the Incision Gown, a garment designed to provide medical students with information on where operation incisions are made, and a sense of the meaning of operations for the patient. It’s worn and studied by medical students during their training to enhance their …

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Imitation leather meets design and durability needs

With the appearance and feel of real top-grain leather but at greatly reduced costs, Gane Brothers’ Imitation Leather is excellent for applications that combine a need for both appearance and durability. There are more than 30 stock colors, and six new metallic colors are now available: ivory, olive, chenille, taupe, pure gold and copper, available …

Neptunic exhibits two specialist diving suits

Neptunic Sharksuits, San Diego, Calif., U.S.A., exhibited two of their specialist suits: the Neptunic NEMO II and the Neptunic C Suit. NEMO II, suitable for divers working in relatively stationary positions, is made using a liquid crystal polymer incorporated into a composite structure, with gloves and boots made from a steel mesh, and a polycarbonate …

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Deco offers strong decorative screening

M-Screen Deco adds a decorative element to Mermet’s flagship M-Screen 5%, weaving multicolored yarns to produce a striated, natural-looking fabric that offers the same strength, transparency and beauty for which the product line is known. Made with Enduris™ Glass Core technology for stability and durability, Deco fabric has a 5 percent openness factor, 98-inch width …

Mesh clothing series protects against insects

Coghlan’s Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, produces a range of products from conventional emergency blankets and hand warmers to snake bite kits. The No-See-Um Mesh series of clothing provides the ultimate protection against mosquitoes and other flying insects. Cool, lightweight jacket and trousers are made of polyester, with an elastic drawstring waist and cuffs and a …