FMVSS 302 references several types of fabric

January 1, 2009

Compiled by Juli Case What can you tell me about MVSS 302? You’re probably referring to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 302, also known as FMVSS 302, entitled “Flammability of Interior Materials.” It is a U.S. government specification and often referenced, despite being intended only for fabrics that are used in the interior of motor …

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Burak cuts labor costs to improve business

Ed Burak improves the bottom line by shaving time off labor costs. By Sigrid Tornquist “The greatest expense for our business is the labor—shaving time off labor is key to our success,” says Ed Burak, president of Hudson Awning and Sign Co. Inc. in Bayonne, N.J. Burak, who runs the company with his wife Lynda, …

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C.F. Stinson awarded for healthy product design

The Nightingale Award for innovative products that contribute to the quality of healthcare has gone for the second consecutive year to C.F. Stinson, Rochester Hills, Mich. C.F. Stinson’s Patterned PVC-Free Upholstery Collection won the award this year at the Health Care Design ’08 Conference November 11, 2008. The collection is soft, exceeds 400,000 double rubs, …

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Printing technology institute to be established in India

Tirupur Export Knit Printers Association, Tirupur, India, has plans to establish a printing technology institute in the city. Concerns about a shortage of employable talent are worrying entrepreneurs in the knitwear printing segment of the textile supply chain in Tirupur. The institution, scheduled to be operational during 2009–2010, will offer a three-month diploma course in …

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Textile printer’s advanced interweaving technology eliminates branding

conVerd, East Longmeadow, Mass., is now offering the versatile UJET MC3-Premium textile printer for the wide format market. Manufactured by Yuhan Kimberly, the MC3-Premium’s advanced interweaving technology eliminates banding, and its fabric handling system makes it easy to print on thin fabrics, such as silk chiffon, or stretch fabrics, such as nylon. The eco-friendly printer …

Various resources help keep companies in touch

Compiled by Juli Case We’re looking for a company that we used to buy fabric from, but the phone number is no longer in service. Is there a way to find out if they’re still in business? Area codes for telephone numbers sometimes change, so that’s usually the first thing to check. Your telephone service …

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Awning and canopy combine to enhance building

[Sunmaster of Naples Inc.] Naples, Fla., U.S.A. Sunmaster constructed this awning/canopy to showcase the company’s ability to fabricate complicated and eye-catching canvas building façade enhancements. The project marries an elongated bullnose-style awning with an arched, flat-front entrance projection to a patio canopy with a grid-beamed building support and front support posts. The entry arch includes …

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Roland sponsors continental journey for Toyota hybrids

A Japanese racing team driving a hybrid Toyota Prius and Landcruiser drove from Quito, Ecuador, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, completing Eco Journey South America 2008 in one month. Each vehicle was wrapped in high-impact Eco Journey graphics, created with inkjet printing technologies from Roland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., a major event sponsor. The drivers’ message …

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Workflow solution selected as compelling niche product

Lenticular 3-D software developer, HumanEyes Technologies, announces that its HumanEyes Producer3D lenticular workflow solution was selected as one of the Graph Expo 2008 most compelling niche products. It was showcased by partners including HP, Fuji, Océ and Gandinnovations. HumanEyes Technologies Ltd. pro-vides a complete solution for the creation and printing of 3-D and other lenticular …

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Graphics One expands dMax inkjet color separation film

Graphics One LLC, Burbank, Calif., developer and distributor of products for digital imaging professionals, announces expansion of its dMax inkjet color separation film for the screen print market. GO dMax Laser film provides screen printers with a low cost color separation film solution and can be used with a variety of surface applications including textiles. …

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Lightweight structures survey: slow but steady

The market is challenged by a sluggish economy and rising costs. By Jeff Rasmussen This summary of the U.S./Canadian lightweight structures fabric market segment focuses mostly on the U.S. lightweight structures fabric marketplace, particularly as it relates to market growth, leading lightweight structures fabric applications, trends, and market outlook. Much of the information expressed in …

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Retractable awnings complement setting

[Special Protection Inc.] Eagle, Colo., U.S.A. This home in the Roaring Fork Valley needed retractable awnings to provide cooling protection from the strong Colorado sun while complementing the mountain setting. The Solairette Maxi retractable window awnings achieved this goal while protecting interior furnishings from damaging UV rays. Solair retractable patio awnings provide the same cooling …

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CRRC certifies SHEERFILL® Architectural Membrane

The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) certifies products that reflect solar energy and emit less heat, and it has certified SHEERFILL® Architectural Membrane as a cool roof product. Birdair Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., offers the product in its lightweight long-span roofing systems and tensile structures. Cool roofs deliver high solar reflectance and high thermal emittance, which …

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Pantone Color Institute announces color of the year

Pantone announced the 2009 color of the year will be Mimosa, also known as Pantone 14-0848. “The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Mimosa speaks to enlightenment, as it is …

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Value Satin FR named Product of the Year 2008

3P InkJet Textiles Corporation’s Value Satin FR was named Product of the Year 2008 at the SGIA trade show in Atlanta, Ga. A jury of digital imaging professionals awarded the print with Gandinnovations’ Jeti 3324 AquaJet RTR at Value Satin FR (IQ-IJ 677) in the textile product category. It is the second time a product …

Foot press machine and snap caps

Fasnap’s pneumatic foot press machine sets a variety of fasteners, and the cutting and setting dies interchange with the PM5 bench-mounted machines. The air-driven foot press has no compensation spring, making it easier to adjust and maintain, with fewer moving parts. Also available are nylon shell snap caps in three colors: black, foliage green and …

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Roof lifted into place to protect airplane

[UFS Australasia Pty. Ltd.] Casuarina Beach, Australia [S Squared Pty. Ltd.] Australia The objective of this project was to provide a covered working environment for the Boeing 747 at the Boeing Airspace Hanger in Amberley, Queensland, Australia. The entire roof was assembled in an adjoining field more than 100 meters from its final position, to …

Brazilian manufacturer building first U.S. plant

Latin America’s largest maker of nonwoven plastic materials will build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Statesville, N.C., investing $115 million and creating 90 jobs during the next three years. Providencia USA Inc. and its Brazilian parent company received encouragement to expand operations into the U.S. in the form of a $56,000 grant from the …

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Multi-Plot receives positive response at VISCOM

Multi-Plot Europe GmbH, a specialist in digital textile printing solutions located in Bad Emstal, Germany, received a positive response at VISCOM Germany 2008 in Frankfurt, particularly with the introduction of two new d.gen textile printers. The digital direct textile printers—the d.gen Heracle, and d.gen-S—caught the eyes of attendees with colorful and brilliant motifs printed directly …

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DigiFab Systems launches textile digital printer

Los Angeles, Calif.-based DigiFab Systems, a manufacturer of pre- and post-press digital printing equipment, CAD and RIP software and pretreated textiles, launched its StampaJet eight-color, high speed, textile digital printer for high quality production runs on virtually any kind of textile substrate suitable for printed textiles, apparel, home furnishings, gaming, flag and banner, soft signage …

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Sales representatives take on a tough economy

Does an economy on the skids change anything for sales reps? Maybe—but remember the basics. It’s still about relationships. By Marc Hequet Sales is the lifeblood of any business. So—how’s your blood pressure? These are interesting times. With the economy on the skids, the job salespeople do is that much tougher. Customers haggle and stall, …

Invista introduces new fiber

Invista introduces CoolMax™ EcoTech™ fiber for spring 2009, which will deliver the same high-performance quick-dry benefits and comfort as current CoolMax fabric, with the added benefit of being made from recycled resources. The process begins with post-consumer bottles (PET) being cleaned and converted into polymer flakes, then converted into chips, melted and extruded into fiber …

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Printed banner replicates medieval stained-glass window

The Great East Window at York Minster, completed in 1408, is the largest surviving expanse of medieval glass in England, but is being removed from the cathedral’s Lady Chapel for long-term restoration. Visitors to the historic minster will instead be treated to a life-sized replica, a 378-square-meter banner printed in 18 sections on an HP …

Celanese plans engineered polymer plant in China

The Celanese Corporation’s integrated chemical complex in Nanjing, China, will be the site of a new liquid crystal polymer (LCP) production facility. Ticona, Celanese’s engineered polymers business in Florence, Ky., will build the production facility in 2009 to reach new markets with Vectra® highly crystalline, melt-oriented thermoplastics that deliver high temperature performance and chemical resistance …

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Wasatch releases online sales and training videos

Wasatch Computer Technology, Salt Lake City, Utah, has released its online sales and training videos in multiple languages. These videos provide support and learning resources for SoftRIP users and others who are interested in learning more about Wasatch’s RIP and print management software. The videos cover a multitude of topics, from printer setup to spot …

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Splash of Color introduces direct-to-fabric printer

Splash of Color, Richardson, Texas, a distributor of computer graphics peripherals and an authorized Roland partner, introduces the HeatWave DFP-104 104-inch direct-to-fabric printer. It features precision media handling components and an advanced onboard sublimation unit that ensure image quality and rich, saturated colors for flags, banners, textiles and soft signage that maintain their natural drape …

Associations call for federal recovery assistance

In a joint effort, the American Rental Association (ARA), Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) are calling for action form the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. These organizations are concerned with reported sharp declines in nonresidential investment, equipment and software. The call for …

Direct-to-fabric printer ensures high-quality images

Splash of Color introduces the HeatWave DFP-104 104-inch direct-to-fabric printer, based on Roland’s HeatWave sublimation technology that prints directly onto polyester fabrics and other substrates with excellent results. System features precision media handling components and an advanced onboard sublimation unit to ensure outstanding image quality and rich, saturated colors for flags, banners, textiles and soft …

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Park’s hidden beauties ‘bannered’ in Boston

The Boston Harbor Islands National Park hosts unspoiled beaches, lighthouse tours, historic sites and hiking trails—all within ten miles of downtown Boston. The Boston Harbor Island Alliance (BHIA) wanted tourists and residents walking the waterfront to be encouraged to hop the next ferry and visit the park’s 34 islands and 35 miles of undeveloped ocean …

Gehring Textiles acquires Tweave

Gehring Textiles Inc., Garden City, N.Y., a manufacturer of warp and circular knit fabrics, recently purchased Tweave Inc., a weaver of four-way stretch fabrics. American-made Gehring knits are popular among aviation, aerospace, military, security, fire protection and athletic industries, and Tweave stretch fabric has great potential within those markets. “We see a huge potential in …

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Mutoh launches new Web site

Mutoh America Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., announces a new Web site, www.mubiohybrid.com, for business owners, dealers and end users who are looking for a complete “green” printing solution using the ValueJet 1608-64 hybrid printer. The site provides technical tips, cost effectiveness information, testimonials and events. Mutoh America also announces a free second-year manufacturer warranty until March …

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Permanent transfer labels suitable for inflatables

Franz Barta GmbH offers permanent transfer labels with a wide range of industrial applications including inflatable rafts and boats. Barta transfer labels are applied directly to the substrate in seconds, making the labels a cost effective and efficient solution for branding and safety instruction. They can be applied to either a flat or rounded surface—providing …

Oeko-Tex® Institute meets in South Africa

The International Oeko-Tex Association held its annual directors’ conference Oct. 27–28 in Cape Town, South Africa, with particpants from 41 countries celebrating nearly 9,000 product safety certificates issued during the last year. Efforts to increase awareness of textile product safety even in less significant markets, such as Africa, were highlighted by an event held for …

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Biodegradable film offers alternative to PVC film

EcoMedia™ film for UV printers is 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable, priced to compete with traditional PVC film. Stronger and cleaner than PVC, according to the manufacturer, the complete product line includes banner, backlit and block-out films in various widths and weights, which can be used anywhere PVC might be used. EcoMedia received the Product …

Cable system makes installation of recyclable billboards easy

Outdoor advertisers seeking new ways to make customers’ messages stick are turning to single-sheet polyethylene Eco-Posters™, recyclable billboard posters attached with high-tech cables instead of glue. Circle Graphics, Longmont, Colo., developed the unique cable system that attaches single-sheet polyethylene posters with clips inserted into pockets on the back of the Eco-Poster. The clips are attached …

Eastman Machine to expand representation

Eastman Machine Co., a 120-year-old manufacturer specializing in cutting equipment, has announced the appointment of GlobAbility Ltd. of Headington, Oxford, U.K., to represent its line of automated cutting systems, material handling equipment and design software. GlobAbility Ltd. is an international consulting and program management group specializing in the development and implementation of investment, diversification and …

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OFPANZ joins IFAI

Steve Warner, IFAI president, and Grant Clausen, president of the Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ), announce that OFPANZ will merge its organization with IFAI. Its membership is comprised of the leading companies in New Zealand involved in the manufacturer of end-products that use specialty fabrics, including lightweight structures, and agricultural, transportation and …

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Herculite Inc. unveils line of biodegradable digital print media

Herculite Inc., Emigsville, Pa., has announced the introduction of Bantex-Terra, an innovative line of biodegradable digital print media for banners, POP, digital print, screen print and other print applications. Bantex-Terra is the only flame retardant, 13-ounce, two-sided, completely blackout digital media made with Herculite’s proprietary Enhanced Micro-Texture to ensure image quality. SOURCE Herculite Inc.

ASID moves to NeoCon

Building on the success of the annual NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced plans to launch a new ASID National Conference in conjunction with the 2009 event, June 15–17. Each year, NeoCon brings together more than 50,000 attendees to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart to unveil the latest trends and …

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Outdura expands performance fabric awning-weight line

The Outdura performance fabric awning-weight line has added dozens of new stripes to its existing inventory of solids and tweeds, in the 60-inch width favored by the industry. Solution-dyed acrylic fabric is stain-resistant, water-repellent and breathable; properly used and maintained, Outdura will not fade, mildew or lose strength, and is offered in weights suitable for …

Area rugs allow custom cutting

Casual furnishings for indoor or outdoor environments are a Sunbrella® specialty, and durable, colorful, sunlight- and bleach-resistant Sunbrella yarns make up a new line of braided texture area rugs. Tri Vantage™ LLC, a Glen Raven Company in Cleveland, Ohio, recently introduced Sunbrella Renaissance area rugs available in custom options without the cost of custom design. …

New technical fabrics meet wide variety of needs

The newest technical fabrics can withstand all kinds of threats, from infectious agents to human sweat. From the editors of TUT (Technical Usage Textiles) magazine in Paris. Textile finish keeps users smelling and feeling fresh No stinky athletic gear here: HeiQ Materials AG, Swiss producer of silver composite additives and high-performance sustainable textile finishes, has …

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Aurora hires director of marketing

Aurora Specialty Textiles, Aurora, Ill., announces the hiring of Mike Richardson as director of marketing, print media. Richardson will oversee all marketing activities and product line management for Aurora’s print-able textiles, including fabrics that are compatible with solvent, UV, dye sublimation and litho print technologies. Visit www.auroratextile.com.

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ITW Devcon introduces two-part structural methacrylate adhesive

ITW Devcon, Danvers, Mass., has introduced Clear Welder, a two-part structural methacrylate adhesive. It produces a clear bond line on a variety of plastics including acrylics, PMMA, FRP, ABS, PVC and PETG. Requiring little or no surface preparation, Clear Welder is suitable for signs and display cases, and will not discolor or craze when exposed …

AATCC offers student grants

U.S. college juniors are invited to apply for research grants through the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Foundation/Institute of Textile Technology (ITT) Undergraduate Research Program. ITT will fund up to five awards each year for research in textile engineering or chemistry, and polymer or materials science. All required application materials must be …

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Sunbrella adds velvet to decorative fabrics line

Sunbrella® Velvet is a luxuriously soft fabric woven with a plush pile face— tough and resilient, but soft and pliable, with Sunbrella’s lightfastness and durability making it suitable for high sunlit areas both indoors and outdoors. Recommended for furniture and window treatments, Sunbrella Velvet features excellent abrasion resistance, and color-coordinates with fabrics throughout the decorative …

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Inflatable hospital-to-go speeds emergency relief

The Kentucky Department of Public Health recently raised a 45-bed hospital inside Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center using air compressors, human power and inflatable tent technology on a grand scale. Kentucky emergency management officials planning logistics for tornados, floods, large chemical accidents or a pandemic influenza outbreak purchased the instant hospital for deployment during disasters taking …

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Entering the sports and entertainment market for printed fabric projects

Entertainment and sports offer opportunities for those on top of their game. By Barb Ernster Tapping the entertainment and sports market for printed fabric projects is less about who you know and more about having a can-do attitude that delivers quality product on time. Backdrops, stage drapery, large banners and building wraps for film, theater …

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New application makes watercraft projects easier

By Tim Greene A lot has been written about vehicle graphics—meaning cars and trucks—but watercraft have not received the same attention, perhaps because water and wind create an even more challenging environment. This might be about to change. One of the cooler applications of wide format digital graphics print I have seen recently is the …

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Data Logger features digital display of temperature and humidity

Monitoring printing inventory storage areas is now easier with the new Dickson multifeature digital display temperature and humidity Data Loggers with push-to-start and push-to-stop functions. Digital displays allow tracking of temperature and humidity conditions between data downloads, and the Data Logger is USB-enabled for triple speed data downloading. A temperature-only version is available. Dickson is …