New retractable Solair® window awning

May 27, 2010

Tri Vantage® has introduced the new retractable Solair Window Awning, designed for both residential and commercial applications. The drop-arm retractable awning offers either manual or state-of-the-art motorized operation; users can adjust the awning all the way down for privacy, all the way up for full sun, or anywhere in between. Customizable unit is available with …

Flip-flop sandals design contest

Condé Systems has announced a SubliSandals™ Design Contest, a result of the SubliSandals’ success as a new product in the dye-sublimation transfer industry. The sandals have become very popular with digital decorators wanting to create fun, unique and stylish photo-quality flip-flops for bridal showers, outdoor weddings, beach parties, proms and other occasions. Design entries will …

Free samples program for 303 Products

May 26, 2010

Free consumer samples at the point of sale are excellent sales drivers, according to Fred Scuncio, vice president of sales for 303 Products Inc. The company has announced their FREE SAMPLES program for retail locations in the U.S. and Canada selling 303 Patio Furniture Protectant™, with the first displays scheduled to reach existing retail locations …

Learn how to make shade sails

May 25, 2010

The Shade Sail Workshop Series, sponsored by Polyfab USA LLC, will assist attendees to learn the techniques of design, fabrication and installation of shade sails, with U.S. industry experts and guests from Australia. The workshops will be held at fabricator shops, to allow participants to experience how to make a shade sail, from start to …

“Improv” collection from Aláxi Sunbrella

May 24, 2010

Silver State Inc. introduces the Aláxi fabrics collection “Improv,” offering an elegant, modern look and the superior performance of 100 percent Sunbrella acrylic. The geometric patterns are fluid, bright and whimsical, inspired by jazz improvisation, using bright, bold color combinations, sophisticated stripes and patterns. There are 60 sku’s and ten new patterns, all of which …

PEEK Drawn Fiber for extreme environments

May 21, 2010

Zeus PEEK Drawn Fiber has excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance, tenacity, and tensile strength. Able to withstand challenging environments, it performs well in extreme temperatures up to 500°F/260°C, produces low smoke and gas emissions, and has high elongation properties. Lightweight material also has superior friction and wear properties when used in abrasive environments. Suitable for …

American Textile History Museum celebrates 50th anniversary

May 20, 2010

On Sunday, May 23, 2010, the American Textile History Museum (ATHM), Lowell, Mass., will have a free open house to celebrate its 50th anniversary: from spinning wheels to space gloves, from hand looms to nanotechnology. The museum’s mission: to tell America’s story through the art, history and science of textiles. In addition to a 2 …

Cleaning up Gulf oil with cotton?

May 19, 2010

The same Texas-Tech-created nonwoven cotton technology that keeps soldiers safe from chemical and biological warfare agents may also serve as an effective sponge for sopping up oil that has polluted the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, supervisor of the Nonwoven and Advanced Materials Laboratory at Texas Tech’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), …

Secant Medical expands manufacturing capacity

May 18, 2010

Secant Medical™, an industry leader in design, development, and custom manufacturing services for biomedical textiles, has announced that it has expanded its manufacturing capacity by adding a 40,000–square–foot facility in Quakertown, Pa., to support current and future business growth as a result of market development trends in tissue engineering and transcather technologies. In addition, the …

Printing frescos instead of painting them

May 17, 2010

With Roland wall print transfer material, users can create beautiful murals quickly and easily. Instead of paint, use prints, made on special transfer material, to decorate a wall. When you press the material against a wall that has been covered with primer, the image transfers onto that wall, resulting in a print that has the …

Knoepfler named recipient of AATCC’s Millson Award for Invention

May 14, 2010

Knoepfler named recipient of AATCC’s Millson Award for Invention Knoepfler named recipient of AATCC’s Millson Award for Invention AATCC has named Nestor Beyer Knoepfler as the posthumous recipient of the Henry E. Millson Award for Invention for his work on developing flame–retardant treatment of cotton batting. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to textile technology. Knoepfler’s …

Software sales solutions

May 13, 2010

Brandwise, a leading technology innovator well known in a growing number of industries for its sales—related software solutions, has introduced its latest suite of technology that gives sales reps and managers the tools they need to effectively compete in today’s competitive environment. Retailers today expect their reps and suppliers to know everything about their products, …

AATCC honors Prof. Martin Bide with Chapin Award

May 12, 2010

AATCC will honor University of Rhode Island professor Martin John Bide as the 2009 recipient of The Harold C. Chapin Award in recognition for his outstanding service to the association. Bide will receive the Chapin Scroll at an awards luncheon on May 19, during the association’s 2010 International Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center …

VistaMaxâ„¢ propylene-based elastomers add value to flexible films

May 11, 2010

ExxonMobil Chemical’s Vistamaxx™ propylene-based elastomers create new opportunities for customers to add value to their flexible film applications across the value chain. The combination of benefits offered by Vistamaxx provides a new level of performance potential: enhanced sealability, improved adhesion, inherent elasticity, notable toughness and broad polyolefin compatibility. Applications include cast polypropylene (cPP), stretch hood, …

Proposed new ASTM textile standard to cover elastic/stretch properties

May 10, 2010

A proposed new standard from ASTM Intl. Committee D13 on Textiles will be useful to those involved in the design and evaluation of garments that are meant to fit tightly on the body. The proposed new standard, ASTM WK27572, Test Method for Elastic/Stretch Properties of Textile Materials, is being developed by Subcommittee D13.59 on Fabric …

Brighter white textile coating for printing

May 7, 2010

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has introduced a brighter white version of its VC Poly Oxford. Improving upon the popular VC coating, this new coating now reaches a CIE L value of 97 on a scale of 0–100, and also has a decreased CIE b value yielding a whiter look. VC Poly Oxford is compatible …

AmSafe acquires assets of Hoffmann ACE

May 6, 2010

AmSafe® Inc., a leading provider of highly engineered restraint systems, today announced that the AmSafe Bridport Ltd. unit has completed the purchase of certain intellectual property and other assets of Hoffmann Air Cargo Equipment (Hoffmann ACE), a privately held company specializing in the manufacture of ULD pallet nets. AmSafe and Hoffmann ACE have been leading …

Descente Avanti bikewear with Eschler Flash material

May 5, 2010

Descente’s new Avanti outfit integrates a high-tech ‘Flash’ fabric engineered by Swiss knitwear specialist Eschler. The double-layered knit (polyester on the inside, polyamide on the outside) offers excellent moisture management and cooling properties. It also utilizes the unique coldblack® technology, which reduces heat absorbency in dark colored textiles, cools up to 5°C and guarantees a …

Xennia Technology wins Queen’s Award for International Trade

May 4, 2010

Rapid growth in international sales, based on Xennia Technology Ltd.’s strategy of using inkjet printing technology to galvanize industrial markets, has resulted in the Hertfordshire-based firm being presented with a 2010 Queen’s Award for International Trade. According to Xennia’s managing director, Dr. Alan Hudd, ”For the last decade we have been making a real difference …

Cover Express Program from Tri Vantage is expanded

May 3, 2010

Tri Vantage®’s Cover Express Program, which offers prefabricated covers for all the Solair® Select and Solair Comfort retractable awnings, now includes all Sunbrella®, Sunbrella Mayfield Collection and Dickson® fabrics. With these additional prefabricated cover options, sun control professionals can deliver a more customized awning quickly and efficiently, even during peak season. The expanded fabric choices …

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3M expands performance guarantee

May 1, 2010

3M continues to grow its roster of OEM piezo inkjet printer and ink combinations qualified to receive the 3M performance guarantee when used with a wide range of approved 3M media. New to the list of printers are the HP Designjet L25500, Seiko ColorPainter H-74s/H-104s and DURST Rho 320R.The 3M performance guarantee continues to cover …

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How to buy dye-sub equipment

By Steve Urmano Purchasing equipment for your shop can be a complex routine, but it can be broken down into specific tasks. An equipment budget should consider the wide-format equipment and be based on the print size desired and the number of printers required. Wide-format printer widths, like 60-inch, 74-inch and 98-inch to 128-inch, are …

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Geosynthetic reinforcements help typhoon-proofing in Taiwan

{ACE Geosynthetics Inc.} Houston, Texas, U.S.A. On August 7, 2009 Typhoon Morakot struck Taiwan with unrelenting rain and wind that proved to be the deadliest typhoon ever to strike the island nation. More than 600 people were killed, and damage is estimated to be $3.3 billion. One of the lessons learned from this typhoon is …

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Polyester and printable fabrics for a variety of applications

Lazer 600D polyester is durable, waterproof, high value PVC that meets all lead standards as set by Proposition 65. Suitable for school and travel bags, ATV and personal watercraft covers, gun cases, banners and silk screening. Available in 28 colors. Printable fabrics for flags and banners are fire resistant, have UV protection and are available …

Sun-control fabrics reduce heat and glare

SheerWeave Styles 7300, 7350, and 7500 are new PVC-free, sun-control fabrics that reduce heat and glare at the window to improve air conditioning efficiency and protect interior furnishings from fading. Style 7300, with a flocked backing, offers total light blockage; Style 7350 is light-filtering, allowing outward visibility; Style 7500 is a more economical blackout fabric. …

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Brighter white VC coating

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. released a brighter white version of its VC Poly Oxford. Improving the company’s VC coating, the new coating reaches a CIE L value of 97 on a scale of 100. It also has a decreased CIE b value yielding a whiter look. VC Poly Oxford is compatible with solvent and …

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Acrylic-coated polyester

MarChem CFI reintroduced its Holiday line of flame-retardant acrylic-coated polyester fabric. The custom fabric, available since the late 1990s only in orders of 4,000 yards, is now offered in quantities as small as 50-yard rolls. Holiday is third-party certified to meet California State Fire Marshal, Section 1237.1; NFPA-701, Method 2; and CPAI-84. The fabric, which …

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Greenguard revamps website

The Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) unveiled its redesigned website, which offers manufacturers a roadmap for certifying products and materials for low chemical emissions. The site provides an outline of the various certification programs that GEI offers, as well as a list of sustainable credits that architects and designers can earn by using Greenguard Certified products. …

Nonwovens help North Carolina economy

Since 2003, 226 companies making synthetic fabrics have moved to or expanded in North Carolina, in part because of research technologies that are creating nonwoven fabrics for the filtration and healthcare markets. The College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., is one of the bright spots, as researchers develop new fibers from …

New clip secures tarps without puncturing material

Problem: Securely attaching tarps to frames, pipes or other materials is difficult without puncturing the tarps. Solution: The new Grip Clip Pro from Shelter Systems is designed to attach tarps to wood frames, plywood or metal pipes, without puncturing the fabric. The clips are made of a UV-stabilized, durable co-polymer, and are easily removable and …

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Scott Campbell makes room for unexpected opportunities

Scott Campbell’s acquisitions span market segments and expand profits. By Sigrid Tornquist “It was not my plan to diversify and grow this company—my plan was to work in this company for about five years and then return to the seafood industry. But that didn’t happen,” says Scott Campbell, owner and president of Rainier Industries, Tukwila, …

Durable, comfortable apparel fabrics

Schoeller®-dynamic offers durability and comfort for high performance technical apparel. Schoeller-prestige is a bi-elastic stretch fabric with excellent shape retention for high quality, comfortable apparel. SOURCE Schoeller Textile USA

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ETFE-adhesive tape

ETFE is often used to make pneumatic structures of “cushions,” which can be used for roofs and other architectural structures. The material is anti-static, self-cleaning and easily repairable, using CMC 77700 ETFE tape from CMC Klebetechnik GmbH. The tape sticks extremely well to the cushions; it consists of the same material and offers similar properties, …

Hohenstein Institute adds Dominican Republic office

The Hohenstein Institute has now established offices in 20 countries with the most recent addition of the new office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At Hohenstein’s global conference held in Bönnigheim, Germany, in March, Dr. Stefan Mecheels, director of the Hohenstein Institute, emphasized the organization’s commitment to worldwide representation. “Hohenstein will ensure that our clients …

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Mutoh adds west coast branch

Mutoh America added of Fumiya Aramaki as west coast regional sales manager. Aramaki will work out of Mutoh’s new west coast branch in Torrance, Calif. Prior to joining Mutoh, Aramaki gained experience as a general manager for the world-wide market at Panasonic. He recently transferred from Mutoh Japan, where he held a deputy general manager …

Philips leads EU luminous textiles project

The goal is to create light sources that are “flexible, supple and also soft, just like textiles,” says Christian Dalsgaard, director of the Danish firm Ohmatex, and the European Union is backing 12 partners in five countries to develop intelligent light textiles. The project, led by Royal Philips Electronics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will receive more …

Custom sewing parts make sewing more efficient

Problem: Switching work stations to sew different profile extrusions is time-consuming and labor-intensive. Solution: Fabricated custom sewing parts (presser feet, feed dog and needle plates) from Kaplan Sewing Machine accommodate the different profiles of each of the extrusions for a manufacturer of industrial conveyor belts. A thirty minute change-out of these sewing parts allows fabrication …

Flame resistant fabric for hazardous conditions

Flame resistant, fast drying and soft to the touch, Gen 4 fabric offers a comfortable alternative for flame-resistant clothing, and at just 4.5 oz., it’s exceptionally lightweight allowing for clothing to be layered. Suitable for a variety of garments for workers exposed to hazardous conditions. SOURCE DRIFIRE®

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New fabric collection for interior design applications

The new IMPROV collection for interior design applications offers durability and fade resistance in modern and elegant new patterns. Suitable for residential, commercial, healthcare and hospitality uses. SOURCE Silver State Inc.

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All-weather upholstery fabrics

The environmentally friendly Touch Textiles collection has been expanded with a new line of weatherproof upholstery fabrics designed to withstand UV rays, sunlight and the effects of cleaning agents. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, the durable new line includes hundreds of colors, patterns and textures in three fabric categories: shadow, sheer and sling. Shadow …

bluesign® publicizes standards criteria

bluesign technologies ag offers three premium applications: bluetool, bluefinder and blueguide, developed to meet the specific needs of each level along the textile manufacturing chain. The three applications work together to ensure that textiles are manufactured using the least but most environmentally friendly resources available. The bluesign standard is built around five principles: resource productivity, …

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Hands-free boat covers eliminate hassle

Boat ownership can be an expensive proposition. Beyond the initial upfront purchase, owners pay for winter storage, insurance, docking fees, fuel costs and maintenance. IMT Inc., Winter Park, Fla., has developed an ideal way to cover this important investment—the Touchless Boat Cover™, a one-touch remote control protective shelter system for a wide array of lifts …

Bananas provide new textile opportunities

Between 50 and 70 percent of farmers in Uganda grow bananas, and the fibers of banana trees end up as waste material. Now the DKTE Textile and Engineering Institute of India will partner with Busitema University in Uganda to develop extraction technologies for banana fibers, which may have properties that will enhance textile products such …

Phase change materials help maintain body temperature

Problem: Maintaining a consistent body temperature during times of inactivity alternating with physical exertion is a challenge. Solution: Textiles with Schoeller®-PCM™ contain microcapsules filled with Phase Change Materials (PCM) that react to temperature differences by altering their aggregate condition from solid to liquid and vice versa, thus ensuring the wearer’s ‘personal climate’ comfort. SOURCE Schoeller …

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Durable fabric with a modern business suit look

Hobo & Garnet multi-purpose upholstery fabrics have the look of a business suit with a modern twist. Durable and fire retardant, the line is suitable for hospitality, hotel, restaurant and other contract seating. SOURCE J. Ennis Fabrics

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Marine fabric available in more than 45 colors

Sunfield™ Marine acrylic fabric has excellent UV resistance and graphic representation. Available in more than 45 colors. Sunfield outdoor furniture fabric comes in 55 vibrant colors, including solids and stripes. Sun Canvas meets government requirements for numbered ducks and single-fill ducks. SOURCE Sunfield Inc.

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GO resin ink

Graphics One redefines digital ink with its water-based resin ink. The new ink prints on virtually any substrate with no substrate coating needed, is compatible with all EPSON piezo print heads, is water based with exceptional color pigment and resin properties, and has an outdoor durability up to three years. The eco-friendly formula is odorless, …

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UV-curable media

Eastman Kodak Company introduced two output solutions for the commercial display market, bringing the premium look and feel of photo-grade printing to UV-curable inkjet media. Kodak Professional UV-Curable Display Film and Kodak Professional UV-Curable Display Paper enable the creation of point-of-sale and backlit display materials faster and at a lower cost. The products feature clarity, …

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ISU adds Bachelors degree in graphics

The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved a new Bachelor of Science degree in graphic communications at Illinois State University. ISU is a research partner with the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation and has a long tradition of printing education, beginning as a teacher-training program in the 1940s, and, since the 1960s, supporting the industry. …

Silk crepe producers adopting bioplastic

Several silk production facilities in Kyotango, Japan, are working in partnership with Teijin Co., Tokyo, Japan, in developing innovative applications for BIOFRONT™ bioplastic, a plant-based fiber with a silk-like sheen. Most bioplastics melt under high heat and humidity, but BIOFRONT has a melting point of 210 degrees C, which allows it to tolerate high-temperature processes, …