Reference detergent used for laundry tests

May 1, 2009

Compiled by Juli Case We’re going to be conducting some laundry tests to see how well our product holds up to home washing. What detergent should we use? You’re probably not going to want to buy a detergent from the grocery store, especially since most tests are intended to be both consistent and replicable. According …

Spunlace materials benefit performance and protective fabrics

Komanda® from Norafin is a new combination of custom-engineered composite spunlace materials and state-of-the-art chemical treatments for the performance markets and protective apparel. The product is durable to washing, has softness and breathability, abrasion resistance, high tensile and tear strength, and flame retardancy. Recommended for firefighters turnout gear, military uniforms, arc-flash protective clothing and industrial …

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Cleaner restores inflatable boat fabrics

Problem: Customers are looking for a reliable cleaning solution for heavy stains and dirt on inflatable boats. Solution: ORCA® Tube Deep Cleaner is specifically designed to clean and restore ORCA fabrics (synthetic rubber polychloropen, and chlorosulfonated polyethylene, or CSM) used for rigid inflatable boat (RIB) tubes. Tube Cleaner Step 1 washes and maintains the fabric, …

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Air show under wraps

More than 165,000 people visited the Avalon 2009 Australian International Air Show in Geelong, Australia, March 10–15, witnessing flight displays and viewing military, commercial and special-interest aircraft. Moreton Hire, a Sydney provider of event temporary structures, had the air show under wraps with 364 tents that covered 31,000 square meters of the Avalon Airport. “This …

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Truck wraps promote NASCAR event

Arlon, Santa Ana, Calif., sponsored the NASCAR premier of the Auto Club Speedway, wrapping 10 tractor trailers to promote the race in southern California. The trucks were wrapped by The Global Group, Temecula, Calif., using Arlon’s DPF 6000X, a two-mil. cast film with X-scape technology and Series 3220 over-laminate. The trucks are on the road …

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Maintaining quality in a tough economy

When times are tough, don’t cut corners to compete. By Marc Hequet So you’re known for your quality…Great! But how are you supposed to sell quality in this economy? That’s the challenge manufacturers face: persuading discount-seeking buyers to pay a premium for top-of-the-line goods. It’s not so easy. “Prices are really becoming the selling point …

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Graphics One launches direct-to-fabric printer

Graphics One LLC (GO), Burbank, Calif., is launching the first direct-to-fabric printer under $15,000. The high-performance, 42-inch printer was developed for the flag and banner market. Priced at $14,995, the RIO TX comes with Wasatch SoftRIP for RIO, new ink delivery system, fabric drying system and fabric media handling system. The RIO TX can also …

Comparing upholstery fabric for bus and boat seating

Compiled by Juli Case I usually do boat upholstery, but have the opportunity to reupholster the seats on two buses. I need help finding the fabric, though. It’s woven velvet with a very colorful pattern. Can you help me find it? Although both are upholstery applications, the materials used in buses and boats have a …

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Shade fabrics designed for variety of applications

Polyfab USA offers two knitted HDPE shade fabrics. Available in multiple colors and offered in 12.5-foot wide by 100-foot long center-folded rolls, Comtex® and Polytex® test up to 96.3 percent protection from UVA and UVB radiation, and are covered under a 10-year warranty. Comtex is designed for use in large tension membrane structures and architectural …

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Single-step printing meets manufacturers’ needs

Problem: End product manufacturers want a simple printing system that is versatile and affordable. Solution: Print Village Inc. and its digital dye sublimation division, US Sublimation, introduce the Velotex Xpress™, a self-contained, single-step, affordable textile printing system designed specifically for the trade show graphics, sign and flag industries. Offered as a complete integrated system with …

Fabric wound compress accurately applies medication

Skin is a complex and vulnerable organ, as millions who suffer from chronic wounds (such as pressure sores and infections) can attest. Health professionals treat chronic wounds with meticulous hygiene, medication and compresses for best results. New research from the Hohenstein Institute, Boennigheim, Germany, may improve the odds of healing intractable skin wounds. The Institute, …

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Herculite and 3P Inkjet Textiles form distribution partnership

In a continuing commitment to provide the digital marketplace with innovative, relevant and timely alternatives for a broad range of media applications, Herculite Inc., Emigsville, Pa., and 3P Inkjet Textiles, Madison, Conn., formed a distribution partnership. The 3P products are complementary to Herculite’s Bantex Digital brands and will be available to authorized distributors through Herculite …

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Utilizing three-dimensional design

Working with 3-D forms to create visual themes. By Jim Cotton High quality graphics printed on fabric are frequently incorporated into three-dimensional designs for retail, exhibit, trade show and architectural installations. Successful installations create harmony and a positive and informative brand experience. Three-dimensional design installations utilize shape, color, size and texture. Design elements relate to …

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JS Humidifiers launches wall mounted spray humidifier

JS Humidifiers, Littlehampton, West Sussex, U.K., launched a wall mounted spray humidifier for textile processing areas up to 1,000 square meters. The Mistifier Plus sprays up to 6.5 litres of water every hour, using spinning disk technology with low energy consumption. The fine mist spray rapidly evaporates, raising the humidity to the required level. SOURCE …

Rubber-coated fabric used for snowshoe bindings

Compiled by Juli Case I have a client who wants me to help him find the fabric that is used for bindings in snowshoes. It looks like a very heavy vinyl to me, maybe more than 30 oz. Any idea where I can purchase it for him? While it’s possible that your client’s snowshoe bindings …

Fire-resistant awning fabric offers stable protection

Flame-retardant materials are becoming increasingly important in construction of commercial buildings. Sattler responds to this increasing demand with FIREMASTER® Plus fire-resistant awning fabric, also offering water repellency, excellent stability, an odorless coating and eight color choices. SOURCE Sattler AG

Eco-friendly yoga mat offers antimicrobial protection

Problem: Even premium yoga mats can harbor germs that antibacterial sprays do not adequately control. Solution: The CleanMat from Sommers Plastics has built-in anti-microbial protection using patented silver technology by Agion® to keep it free of bacteria and fungus. The antimicrobial protection is embedded throughout the entire mat, not just on the surface, to last …

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Boeing recognizes AR Tech performance

Each year, aerospace giant Boeing recognizes suppliers achieving superior performance standards. One of 86 suppliers to receive a Gold Performance Excellence Award for 2008 is AR Tech, a division of A&R Tarpaulins Inc., Fontana, Calif. The 46-employee manufacturing firm supplies engineered fabric products for Boeing’s C-17 and Delta launch vehicle programs, as well as products …

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PDAA and SGIA merge

The Professional Decal Application Association (PDAA) has voted to merge with SGIA to offer PDAA members and the SGIA community better services, support and business development opportunities. The organization will evolve from the PDAA to SGIA’s Professional Decal Application Alliance, and will maintain the PDAA acronym, dues, referral and certification structures. Visit www.sgia.org.

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SIF technology used to produce digitally printed leather

By Tim Greene The most interesting application for fabrics using digital printing I have seen lately is digitally printed leather, available from SIF Technology Corporation, Sarasota, Fla. Printers have been using screen printing and dye-sublimation inkjet printing onto leather for a long time. The SIF technology enables “on-demand mass customization of leather products” by providing …

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Sublimation transfer printers suitable for sport apparel

Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd., Nagano, Japan, introduced new sublimation transfer printers for sport apparel, the TS3-1600 and TS5-1600AMF. The dye sublimation printers enable short run creation and production of various polyester apparel. Both printers are equipped with Mimaki’s Bulk Ink System (MBIS) accommodating two-liter ink containers for long, continuous and unattended printing. The TS3-1600 has …

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Market watch: awnings and canopies

Quality and creativity will provide future rewards for U.S. and Canadian markets. By Jeff Rasmussen The impact of the recession on the specialty fabrics industry has been significant, and understanding details in these developments can help businesses survive the turmoil and land on their feet when the economy recovers. This is certainly the case for …

Silver State releases new fabric collections

Silver State introduces its newest “green” fabric collection, Winds of Change, made from 100 percent recycled and recyclable polyester extruded from the resin in PET water bottles. The designs are inspired by nature with a contemporary flair. Durability and fade resistance balance style and touch for versatility in residential, healthcare, hospitality, automotive and marine applications. …

Assembly department provides value-added services

Problem: It is too expensive and labor-intensive to cut materials or manufacture custom assemblies in-house. Solution: Fasnap’s assembly department can provide many value-added services that can save a company time and labor including covering buttons, cut-to-length services, sonic welding, custom packaging, fastener attachments and fully-customized assemblies using customer specifications. SOURCE Fasnap Corp.

Plants, not plastic, to reduce energy use

NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minn., claims that its new proprietary manufacturing process for Ingeo™ bioresin reduces CO2 emissions by 60 percent and nonrenewable energy use by 30 percent. When emission and energy usage to produce Ingeo are compared to those for producing petroleum-based plastics, the green gains are substantial; the improved Ingeo production consumes 56 percent …

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Wasatch updates software

Wasatch has updated its SoftRIP software user interface for Version 6.5. It now includes all 24 supported languages. The revision is available free for all Version 6.5 users. Visit www.wasatch.com.

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Considering business expansion

By Pat Hayes, CPP The road to success is strewn with failed attempts at trying to mimic the hot trend with no strategic plan, attempting to capture market share on price alone. This strategy, although successful in a growing economy, may spell ruination in down times. A changing workforce, coupled with our current world economic …

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Graphics transform Wrigley Field

By Abbie Yarger The project. To create an appropriate atmosphere for the NHL’s Winter Classic, held on New Year’s Day at Wrigley Field in Chicago. More than 40,000 fans attended the game, played by the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. The companies. The NHL selected Flying Colors, Berkeley, Calif., for the Wrigley Field …

Vinyl products comply with CPSIA

Bruin has introduced vinyl-coated mesh and vinyl laminates to comply with the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), effective February 10, 2009. New rules limit lead and phthalate content for materials used in the manufacture of child care products. SOURCE Bruin Plastics Co. Inc.

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Sommers introduces new products for upholstery applications

PrestoChangeO! from Sommers is a polyurethane fabric for upholstery and other applications that is pigmented with JDSU/Flex Products thin film, light interference pigments, ChromaFlair and SpectraFlair. It appears as one color hue when viewed at certain angles and a different shade at other viewpoints. Basketball is a synthetic leather design available with supported backing for …

Self-adhesive textile for high-precision cutting and printing

Problem: Printers need a removable self-adhesive textile for high-precision cutting. Solution: Junkers & Müllers has unveiled Mediatex self-adhesive for high-precision cutting and printing, as well as residue-free removal after use. No additional adhesives are required, and it’s easy to handle, install and remove to reposition—several times, if necessary. Suitable for all solvent, eco-solvent and UV …

Herculite and 3P Inkjet Textiles announce partnership

In a continuing commitment to provide innovative alternatives for a broad range of media applications, Herculite Inc. and 3P Inkjet Textiles AG have announced the formation of a distribution partnership. The 3P products are highly complementary to Herculite’s leading Bantex Digital brands, and will be available to authorized distributors through Herculite. Peter McKernan, Herculite CEO, …

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Glen Raven launches new Sunbrella web site

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, Charlotte, N.C., has launched a new Sunbrella web site that is designed from the consumer’s perspective, including a searchable fabrics library that assists in locating the right fabric for every use. By clicking a fabric design, customers can see how the fabric will appear in its setting. Images and text …

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Aggressive adhesive designed for rough surfaces

New RoughRap digital media from MACtac, Stow, Ohio, is an aggressive adhesive designed for application on rough textured surfaces, with the added advantage of being completely removable. This media can create the look of painted graphics on a challenging surface, such as a brick wall. SOURCE MACtac

Carnegie releases sustainable wall covering products

Carnegie’s new sustainable wall covering products are free of PVCs, chlorine, plasticizers, heavy metals, topical finishes and other harmful substances. Xorel Graphic is a new design tool providing the ability to print graphic quality designs with an illustrator. Xorel Embroider uses Xorel yarn on Xorelfabric. Patterns are worked on top of the foundation fabric using …

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Rolls of Shrinkable Fabricâ„¢ available for many applications

Transhield now offers rolls of Shrinkable Fabric™ for industrial, military, marine, RV and power sports applications. The rolls consist of three layers: an outer layer of UV-resistant and anti-condensation polyethylene shrink/stretch film, a middle adhesive layer, and a soft, inner layer to protect finishes. Covers serve as alternatives to conventional shrink wrap and are easy …

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Live-aboard owner enjoys redesigned galley space

[North Beach Marine Canvas] San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A. North Beach Marine Canvas transformed a dark, dated and unused galley space into an area the new live-aboard owner would enjoy—even though he admits he is not much of a cook. The client requested that the galley’s design complement the rest of the work North Beach Marine …

Techmer PM labs nationally accredited

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation has certified the Techmer PM Analytical and Testing Laboratory in Clinton, Tenn., as following the quality assurance requirements of ISO 17025-2005. The scope of accreditation encompasses mechanical testing, representing plastic test capabilities. As a producer of colorants and additives for plastic and fiber industries, Techmer PM can provide accurate …

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Neschen introduces inventory classification system

SEAL and Neschen Brand Products, Elkridge, Md., have announced a new, customer-focused inventory classification system called “Super A.” The Super A group consists of laminates and mounting adhesives that are staple products for customers. The new program guarantees these items will be in stock, 100 percent of the time, or they are free. The company …

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Condé introduces professional inkjet sublimation printer

Condé Systems, Mobile, Ala., introduced the DyeTrans RJ-900, a professional inkjet sublimation printer that offers 42-inch wide output, fast print speeds, a bulk ink delivery system, optional media take-up reel and an economical price point. Textile applications include indoor and outdoor banners, POP displays, custom decorated bulk fabrics, team sports apparel, towels, tote bags and …

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Cooley Group introduces new products

CoolShield membranes from Cooley are formulated with a non-reactive and pure thermoplastic fluoropolymer for use in applications requiring purity, strength, and resistance to solvents, acids and high temperatures. Designed for the chemical, safety, medical and food industries for use in tubing, venting, ducting and containment of acids, solvents and fuels, CoolShield can also be extruded …

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TriVantage introduces new products

TriVantage offers Showtime® II tent fabric, which is vinyl-laminated on a weft insertion scrim base of high-tenacity filament polyester and has a high-gloss surface. It is also water-, mildew- and fire-resistant, with extensive color choices for maximum “show.” BetterVue™ vinyl-coated, fiberglass screening for windows, doors and porches is designed to maximize outward view. With 30 …

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Flybridge enclosure panels achieve desired smooth look

[Seafarer Canvas] Norwalk, Conn., U.S.A. [Rainier Industries Ltd.] Tukwila, Wash., U.S.A. A custom project for a client’s 46-foot Sea Ray landed an Award of Excellence for Seafarer Canvas, Norwalk, Conn. The flybridge enclosure panels were made out of 60-gauge polycarbonate to achieve the desired smooth look, and were fused in using an adhesive that produced …

Glen Raven launches recycling program for Sunbrella®

A new consumer-focused recovery program for Sunbrella® fabrics was launched in March by Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, Glen Raven, N.C. The company has always recycled fiber and fabric waste in its manufacturing processes, but is moving into a greater commitment with its customer recycling program. The only cost to customers is shipping to the …

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Avery terminates distribution relationship with Grimco

Avery Dennison’s Graphics & Reflective Products Division, Painesville, Ohio, announced that the distribution relationship with Grimco Inc., Fenton, Mo., is concluding. Grimco will no longer distribute Avery Graphics’ screen print and sign cut vinyls, and line of digital vinyl media. These products will continue to be offered by Avery Graphics’ network of national and regional …

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Pacific Coast Fabrics releases swatch book and updates web site

Pacific Coast Fabrics, Gardena, Calif., completed its latest Digital Print Fabrics swatch book. The book features technical data of the new ready-to-print textile line. Information can also be found on an updated web site www.pacificcoastfabrics.com. The site contains details on each fabric, including suggested usage and the average yardage per roll, and an interactive “search …

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Fabric line features versatile decorative patterns

Duro Decorative is Duro Textiles’ mid-priced fabric line of decorative patterns addressing contemporary, traditional, and transitional style categories. Designed for residential use, the product line consists of correlated jacquard and plain patterns that are designed and colored in the U.S., manufactured in China and warehoused in the company’s Fall River Mass. facility. Duro Decorative will …

Value Vinyls releases new products

Structure Tec22 is a block-out, PVC-coated polyester for the tensile architecture and structure markets developed with an acrylic face and back side for easy cleaning, low maintenance and durability. The block-out barrier allows the interior lighting of the structure to remain consistent, regardless of outdoor conditions. Treated for mildew, UV and cold crack of -30 …

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Sailboat project meets rough-weather needs

[Banner Canvas] Ham Lake, Minn., U.S.A. Everything about this was unique, according to Banner Canvas, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award for the sailboat project’s companionway dodger for travel in rough weather. It keeps water out from under front and sides, protects the custom mount of electronics, and allows for maximum visibility. Quick-release tension straps …

Texas Tech introduces new nonwovens lab

The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, has introduced a new, state-of-the-art fabric laboratory to help researchers continue creating products to help protect both military and civilian populations. The 4,000-square-foot Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory features an air-conditioning and humidification system, contoured needlezone needlepunching technology and thermal bonding …