New display hardware line from Moss Inc.

April 30, 2010

Moss Inc. has announced substantial improvements to the display hardware line of products, focused on quality and durability, while maintaining the look of the product line so that old and new products can be used side by side. Many items are also offered at lower prices, and most offer a lifetime Hassle Free Guarantee. Each …

Hohenstein offers free UV textile protection webinar

April 29, 2010

Hohenstein Institute America will present a free online seminar on UV protection testing and certification for textiles on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 12:00 noon EST. ”Sunlight: Important but a Risk” will focus on the methods to evaluate UV protection and share certification best practices for apparel, outdoor and home textile applications. Textiles that provide …

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IFAI Certification Program: Submit your Intent to Apply

April 28, 2010

On January 15, 2009, the IFAI Professional Certification program was put on hold. Since that time, the IFAI Certification Committee has been diligently working to update the Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC) and Industrial Fabric Manager (IFM) certification programs. The MFC and IFM certification recognizes individuals for superior knowledge, skills, experience and dedication to excellence in …

OptiTex technology to be demonstrated at Research@Intel Europe Day

Intel will demonstrate the OptiTex Implicit cloth simulation engine, resulting from cooperation with OptiTex over the past few months, at the first Research@Intel Europe Day to be held May 4-5 at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel in Belgium. The demo will address the technical challenges of accurate physical simulation of clothing, which yield high degrees of …

Spray-on UV protection

April 27, 2010

The Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, will introduce a new product within the year—the NanoZT Coating Kit, a spray-on coating that transforms umbrellas, canopies and fabrics into UV radiation blockers. The product inventor, Dr. Shahrom Mahmud from the NanoOptoelectronic Research and Technology Lab, tested the product according to the international AATC standard; UV transmission was …

Air Force prioritizes uniform improvements

April 26, 2010

Rapid developments in fabric technology and the ongoing need to protect airmen in extreme environments are two factors spurring the Air Force Uniform Board (AFUB) to develop a seven-year strategic plan to set priorities for future purchases. The AFUB is looking for feedback from airmen on its IDEA Program website and will review suggestions from …

Summer Bling! winners announced by AATCC

April 19, 2010

AATCC launched its sixth annual design competition in August 2009, and received 70 entries from 16 schools and universities. The Summer Bling! theme gave students the challenge of creating fabric or product designs for pool and beachwear, based on color palettes from Pantone. Prizes included first-place cash awards of U.S. $1,000 (and a copy of …

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IFF announces Innovation Award

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) announced the development of the Innovation Award, a new award program created to inspire imagination and innovation within the specialty fabrics industry. Any company that has developed and manufactured an innovative product related to the industry is eligible in one of three award categories: fabric, hardware and machinery; end product; …

Mermet and RollEase announce distribution program

April 16, 2010

RollEase launched a collection of Mermet fabrics in March, including a wide variety of transparent, translucent and blackout fabrics for solar screening. Many of the fabrics feature Enduris™ Glass Core Technology: a combination of superior quality coatings and glass yarn at the core to enhance sustainability while reducing energy costs. Fabrics in the RollEase collection …

Global Organic Textile Standard online database

April 15, 2010

According to the online database of companies certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), just re-launched, approximately 1,500 companies with a total of 2,811 facilities in 55 countries were certified to the organic apparel and textile standard in 2009—a 40 percent increase over 2008. GOTS is a stringent voluntary global standard for the entire …

Inkjet technology in printed electronics

April 14, 2010

Xennia Technology Ltd. has launched the latest version of its precision inkjet development dispenser, the XenJet™ 4000, with innovative software specifically designed for the deposition of printed electronics and other functional materials. The proprietary software is designed to suit a range of demanding functional and nano-material applications; benefits include an increased degree of control of …

IFF announces Innovation Award

April 12, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) announced the development of the Innovation Award, a new award program created to inspire imagination and innovation within the specialty fabrics industry. Any company that has developed and manufactured an innovative product related to the industry is eligible in one of three award categories: fabric, hardware and machinery; end product; …

IFAI seeks candidates for board positions

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now seeking candidates to be considered for three director positions on the IFAI Board of Directors. All candidates must be employed by either an End Product or Supplier member who is in good standing. Interested parties must submit written confirmation of their wish …

Fisher Textiles launches new website

Fisher Textiles, a leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has launched a new and improved website that showcases over 145 of their fabrics. The new website suggests uses for each style and provides a swatch image of the fabric. Filters have been added to display the fabrics by fabric line or suggested applications. A …

2010 Rowley home décor catalog

April 9, 2010

More than 400 new products, many with new lower prices, are featured in the Rowley Company 2010 catalog. The product line aids consumers in the design, creation and installation of custom window coverings and soft furnishings. New items include the EZ-Rig Shade System, easy to assemble, install, and operate, as well as a full line …

Decorative window fashions from Tri Vantage®

April 8, 2010

The Shade Inspiration Collection, a new line of decorative window shades for both interior and ‘outdoor room’ applications, is designed to meet consumer demands for high style and efficient function. Choices range from bright and airy to blackout, offering aesthetic variety and performance to achieve the dramatic environments coming into vogue. Many fabrics in the …

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Neschen chooses Microgeo for South American sales

Neschen Americas, which manufactures and markets Seal® and Neschen® brand products in laminating and wide-format textile and PVC printing, has appointed Microgeo USA as its sales agent in South America, Latin America and the Caribbean. A division of the publicly traded Chilean IT holding company Sonda S.A., Microgeo has a solid reputation of offering superior …

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Neschen chooses Microgeo for S.A. sales

April 7, 2010

Neschen Americas, which manufactures and markets Seal® and Neschen® brand products in laminating and wide-format textile and PVC printing, has appointed Microgeo USA as its sales agent in South America, Latin America and the Caribbean. A division of the publicly traded Chilean IT holding company Sonda S.A., Microgeo has a solid reputation of offering superior …

5-Star Service™ from Eriez®

April 6, 2010

The newest section of the Eriez website is dedicated to the company’s 5-Star Service program, which includes a 24/7 hotline, original OEM parts, on-site field service, equipment remanufacturing and full “as new” warranties. The new 15,000-sq. ft. 5-Star Service center, located in Lake City, Pa., is completely equipped to remanufacture even the most complex systems, …

Cover-All Building Systems closes

April 5, 2010

Cover-All Building Systems Inc., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has halted production and laid off hundreds of workers after being granted protection from its creditors by the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta on March 25. Most of the company’s 483 employees work in Saskatoon, with the rest located in Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta, the United …

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Awning design software online

Tri Vantage® now offers version 4.12 of Canvas Link Awning Composer, an updated version of the popular awning design software with enhanced functionality to make it more powerful, versatile and easy to use. The new package also includes a casual furniture component, allowing users to fully customize standard casual furniture with specific fabric styles. Awning …

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Tri Vantage offers new Canvas Link Awning Composer software

April 2, 2010

Tri Vantage offers version 4.12 of Canvas Link Awning Composer, an updated version of its popular awning design software that includes many new and enhanced features to make the program more powerful, versatile and easier to use. Among the enhancements to the new software is a casual furniture component, which allows users to fully customize …

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Change your approach to promotional strategies

April 1, 2010

Promotional ideas that actually work. By Ron Rosenberg These are difficult times in the specialty fabrics industry, as in most industries. Customers are becoming more demanding; revenues are down; and promotional strategies that worked in the past aren’t as effective as they used to be. The good news: It doesn’t have to be that way. …

Marine fabrics offer options for easy fabrication

Riviera Marine™ vinyl features a supple hand for easy fabrication. Its inner, reinforcing core fabric offers excellent resistance to cold crack, tear, weather, rot and UV rays. Soft-Touch, a polyester Odyssey III marine fabric laminated to a polyester, non-woven back, will not damage delicate, painted or gelcoat surfaces. Soltis 86 is a vinyl-coated, polyester mesh …

Heat-activated tapes

Three new heat-activated tapes (ARclad® 7970LC, 7970 and 6194) offer new alternatives for splicing specialty paper and heavyweight materials such as foams, corks, felts, fabrics, metals, plastic films and PVC. The tapes’ adhesive becomes activated at 300 degrees F (149-177 degrees C) for quick set-up of splices and improved productivity. Operators can easily pre-set splices …

Fabric towers guide Olympic visitors

Each destination at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver featured a 40-foot wayfinding tower changing from red to white to blue, showing visitors the way to Cypress Mountain, Whistler Olympic Park, BC Place and nine other competition venues. The “Nordic combined” cross-border team landing the bid for the towers and 200 custom signs consisted of …

Business succession

The challenges with family-owned businesses By Kikuko Tagawa In our industry, many businesses are family owned, regardless of where we are located and regardless of business size. In most of these family businesses, the issue of succession poses a big challenge. Eventually, the principal owner or manager will retire, become disabled or pass on. When …

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Awnings that handle the snow

Compiled by Juli Case We had a lot of snow this winter, and now I have a customer who wants an awning that can ‘handle’ snow without collapsing or that can even melt snow. Do those things exist? We’ve never heard of an awning that can melt snow. It’s an interesting concept, but an immediate …

Acrylic-coated polyester offered in smaller quantities

Re-introduced as a stock product, the Holiday line is once again being offered in quantities as small as one roll. Flame-retardant, acrylic-coated polyester, it’s strong, dimensionally stable and abrasion resistant. Especially suited for awnings and tents, its dry, no-tack finish resists dirt and dust to stay cleaner longer. Available in several colors. SOURCE MarChem CFI

Versatile inkjet printer/cutter

The new VersaCAMM VS-640 inkjet printer/cutter, at 64 inches wide, is Roland’s largest, fastest and most versatile machine to date, designed to produce signs, banners, vehicle graphics and wraps, fine art posters, packaging prototypes, labels, decals, POP displays, heat transfers for apparel and more. New generation of print head technology with integrated print/cut capabilities, print …

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Eco-friendly banners tout support for Lindsey Vonn

More than 3.5 billion people worldwide tuned into the 2010 Olympic Winter Games during 17 magical days in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Alpine skiing champion Lindsey Vonn’s uncle knew the world would be watching, and worked with Banner Creations, Minneapolis, Minn., to create a memorable message of support for the gold medal winner. The banners …

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Clearing a landfill impasse

Synthetic turf system shows benefits beyond efficient erosion control. By Alexandria Hayes After four years as a district landfill manager for IESI Corp., based in Forth Worth, Texas, Delaney Lewis was discouraged. Although one of the Louisiana landfills for which he was responsible exhibited ideal geology, the soil of the LaSalle-Grant Landfill in central Louisiana …

Interior blackout fabric offered in eight colors

Avila Twilight, a new interior, foam-coated, PVC-free, blackout fabric, has the rich feel of a high-end product at a mid-level price. Offered in eight colors and 100-inch width, it’s also Greenguard® certified, stain resistant, and Duraguard® anti-microbial. SOURCE Mermet Corp.

Polyethylene fabric engineered to stop rips

Problem: Conventional polyethylene woven and laminated fabric tends to tear easily. Solution: Ripstopper from Fabinno has twice the tear strength of conventional polyethylene fabric. Specially engineered, it stops rips in both warp and weft directions, and is coated with a UV stabilizer to enhance its durability. Available in widths up to 144 inches. SOURCE Fabinno …

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Earthquake survivors find shelter in tents

Earthquake survivors struggling to find food, water and shelter in Jacmel, an area in southern Haiti, received 250 boxes from an organization founded by the Rotarians. The unassuming-looking 110-pound ShelterBox can be used as a 49-gallon water tank, food box or cot. Its contents include a 10-person tent, vinyl-insulated sleeping mats, thermal blankets, water purification …

New line of vinyl-laminated polyester fabrics

ABC Industries Inc. has introduced the new Packa-Tex™ line of vinyl-laminated polyester fabrics for use in the automotive returnable packaging industry. The double-polish, clear curtain material with open 2.6-inch scrim is joined by the GM-approved double-polish, clear curtain material, and the GM-approved 13-ounce translucent pouch fabric. Custom products can be engineered for specific needs. SOURCE …

Casual furniture fabrics line offers 20 new options

Phifertex for casual furniture has been expanded with 20 additional fabrics in its Designed Fabrics line. The Beach Brights Collection offers clean, refreshing colors, patterns and stripes from relaxing neutrals to more intense shades. The Cape Cod Collection delivers a calming palette and sophisticated patterns. Phifertex fabrics are resistant to mold and mildew, durable, fade …

Pliable, lightweight roofing material offers heat resistance

Problem: Strong fabric roofing materials tend to be heavy and more rigid. Solution: Skytop permanent membrane roofing material is a fluoroplastic-coated, glass fiber B yarn cloth with excellent pliability and endurance. Lightweight and durable, it’s also transparent, UV and heat resistant, and self-cleaning. Well-suited for spaces from large domes and stadiums to gymnasiums and pools. …

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Geotextiles protect shipwrecks from shipworms

Approximately 100 shipwrecked vessels in the Baltic Sea are infested with shipworms, a species of bivalve mussel often called the “termites of the sea” because they break down wood structures immersed in water. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, estimate that 100,000 well-preserved shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea—many of them studied by archaeologists who …

Solar screen products are NFPA 701 certified

For awnings, canopies, window coverings and architectural applications, Alkenz USA offers a combination of styles and colors in the SunShadow and Solarview solar screen product lines. SunShadow products are Greenguard, NFPA 701, and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. A full inventory of vinyl-coated polyester fabrics in a variety of colors and openness factors is available. SOURCE …

Weather-resistant outdoor fabric developed for graphics projects

Sunprint, a new acrylic, weather-resistant fabric with a digital print-receptive finish, was developed for awnings, canopies and other outdoor graphics projects. Made from high-quality Sattler-brand acrylic yarn with TEXgard® finish, it’s highly stable, allowing for vivid colors and excellent print results. With the combination of flame retardancy, UV resistance and a waterproof finish, FireMaster Plus …

Warrantied fabric offers color fastness and strength

Problem: Customers often have to choose between color fastness and strength in a fabric. Solution: Top Notch from Rochford Supply comes with a five-year warranty against premature fading, and with some of the highest abrasion-resistance ratings of any solution-dyed fabric on the market, customers also get an especially durable product. SOURCE Rochford Supply

Expanded workspace at A&R Tarpaulins Inc.

Even during a lingering recession, it’s business as usual for A&R Tarpaulins Inc., which recently expanded its facilities in Fontana, Calif., to add new workspace and renovate buildings. Business remains robust for the engineered fabric product manufacturer; the company recently passed its ISO 9001 and AS9100 certification reviews with zero corrections, certifying that A&R operates …

Grand format canvas offers look and feel of artist canvas

Malibu Canvas GF is a grand format canvas with an acrylic gesso coat for inkjet solvent or UV-cure printing. Made of polyester spun yarn in a tight-weave pattern, it has the look and feel of fine artist canvas. For high-end art reproduction, wall murals, and in-store signs and graphics. Brighter White VC Poly Oxford, offering …

Large-format billboard material provides print clarity

Large-format billboard material from Top Value is a PVC-laminated polyester fabric that offers excellent ink compatibility with solvent, eco-solvent or UV printing with optimum print clarity, top to bottom. Available in widths up to 197 inches. SOURCE Top Value Fabrics Inc.

High-tensile aramid fibers boost resistance of protective fabric

Problem: The cuffs on performance and protective garments are especially vulnerable to damage. Solution: Schoeller-keprotec is a protective fabric originally developed for motorcycle racing. High-tensile aramid fibers, such as Kevlar®, ensure durability and temperature stability for extreme performance requirements in clothing. Abrasion and fall proof, tear and temperature resistant, keprotec garments also offer fit and …

New Itochu president wants China-ready staff

Employees hired at the Japanese trading company Itochu Corp., Tokyo, Japan, will spend their first year on the job in China studying the language, and in the U.S. learning business fundamentals. Masahiro Okafuji, named president of Itochu in February 2010, modeled his training program after a successful program that helped boost the company’s textile business …

Vinyl products and woven polyester mesh designed for marine applications

The MarineOne MV line of vinyl products for marine applications—such as protective covers, tops and enclosures—offers strength, dimensional stability, and high UV and mildew resistance. Tufmesh Plus, a PVC-coated, flame-retardant, woven polyester mesh, is specially designed for marine, screen and shade structures, and recreational and athletic applications. WeatherTuf, a new flame-retardant, UV-resistant, high-density polyethylene shade …

Printable fabric has improved inkjet receptive layer

Main Street Digital Plus has an improved inkjet receptive layer, a wider color gamut and better color saturation. For printed awnings, banners and displays, it has excellent tear and tensile strength, and is printable on both sides. The Ultra Lifestyle Collection of simulated leather fabrics for marine interiors and casual furniture has added Promessa Outdoor, …

Gelcoat sealer creates dirt-repellent, UV-resistant shield

Problem: Gelcoat looks beautiful when it’s new but it’s a challenge to make it last. Solution: Gelcoat Sealer from TCNano Technologies uses chemical nanotechnology to clean, seal and protect gelcoat above the waterline on marine craft. Gelcoat Sealer is durable and transparent, and creates a dirt-, oil- and water-repellent, UV-resistant shield. SOURCE TCNano Technologies