Eastern Metal Supply expands aluminum fabrication capability in Houston facility

June 30, 2010

Eastern Metal Supply (EMS) has recently completed a 10,000 sq. ft. addition to its facility in Houston, Texas. The space will be used solely for providing new aluminum fabrication and manufacturing capabilities, including sawing, shearing, punching, drilling, welding and machining, offering parts manufacturing services to a greater number of potential customers. EMS offers standard industrial …

Teijin launches “Earth Symphony” mark for eco-friendly products

June 29, 2010

Teijin Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, has announced the launch of its Earth Symphony mark to show users that Teijin Group products meet company-established Design for Environment (DfE) guidelines for environmental friendliness throughout their lifecycles. The mark will be displayed, with related information, with products, in catalogs, brochures, labels, tags and webpages, and provided upon request when …

New SafeLeigh® recycled fibers

June 28, 2010

With the introduction of two additions to its SafeLeigh® line of fire-retardant, recycled fibers, Leigh Fibers has extended those benefits to many more spinning and nonwoven applications. SafeLeigh Natural and SafeLeigh Premium are predominantly meta-aramid and made with 100 percent recycled post-industrial materials, recommended for flame-retardant fabrics and other heat-shielding applications. They’re suitable for coarse …

Biomedical Structures LLC funds ongoing expansion in medical textiles

June 25, 2010

Biomedical Structures LLC (BMS), a leading supplier of custom-designed biomaterials and textiles used in advanced clinical applications, has announced a private equity financing agreement with Ampersand Ventures. The funding will enable BMS to meet the increasingly complex demands of the medical device industry with expanded capabilities in service, technology platforms and breakthrough biomaterials. BMS specializes …

Oilguard: a new nonwoven technology helping to protect beaches from oil spills

June 24, 2010

A new nonwoven fabric for beach protection against oil spills has been developed by European high-tech companies; it can be deployed short-term in large quantities. The current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is causing major damage to open waters and coastal regions, an acute problem that will persist for months, if not years. …

German agency advises against using nanoscale silver ions in consumer products

June 23, 2010

Silver and silver compounds release silver ions that can inhibit the growth of germs. They’re used, for instance, in cosmetics, textiles and household appliances, as well a dye for food. Recently, manufacturers of consumer products have been increasingly using silver in the form of nanoparticles (particles with a diameter of less than 100 nanometres). The …

New BASF Product Finder now online

June 22, 2010

BASF’s new Product Finder contains more than 800 product lines and an overview of 25 industries and 19 applications, listing all the main BASF products along with matching market criteria. In addition to searching for select products by name, users can also look up products by client industry, basic chemical substance and availability in different …

MarChem CFI website helps to educate fabric users

June 21, 2010

MarChem CFI’s cutting-edge website details specifics about the company’s product offerings, including custom capabilities, and also helps educate fabric users. According to Alan Prelutsky, vice president of sales and marketing for parent company DASH Multi-Corp.: “Through our Textile University section of the website, we have created a way for visitors to learn about industry standards …

Syfilco Ltd. reports booming business following BP oil spill

June 17, 2010

Canadian warp and circular knitter Syfilco Ltd. has reported that its business is booming after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The business manufactures knitted polyester sleeves and polyethylene netting sleeves that are filled with absorbent materials to create booms used to contain the spill. Company vice president Andy de Boer told reporters …

GreenShield® stain-resistant fabric finish

June 15, 2010

GreenShield, produced by BigSky Technologies LLC, uses advanced nanotechnology to protect fabrics for interiors and outdoor high-performance apparel, while reducing impacts on the environment and human health. Multifunctional formulations provide water and oil repellency and stain resistance, with opportunities for antimicrobial and antibacterial resistance, and flame retardancy in the future. Updated website discusses the science …

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Neschen Americas opens training & education center

June 14, 2010

Neschen Americas announced the opening of the Neschen Americas Training & Education Center, which provides value–added services in a hands–on learning environment. The training center houses state–of–the–art presentation equipment and comes equipped with laminators, laminates, media products and large format printers. The facility also includes a workroom, conference room and expandable classroom area to accommodate …

Virginia lands expansion of PGI facility

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, working with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, put together a package of incentives to convince Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) to expand its manufacturing facility in Waynesboro, Va. The strategy succeeded, and PGI will expand nonwoven fabric production with a new manufacturing line, high-tech equipment, increased production targets and facility improvements. The …

Shimmer & Shine: Slingable Fabrics

June 11, 2010

Engineered, metallic tones like brass and pewter and soft, romantic shades combine to create a sleek, urban vibe in the Phifertex® Leisure Fabrics Shimmer & Shine Collection for cutting-edge furniture décor. Bold stripes, varied geometric shapes and patterns and lots of texture in heavy alloy colors combine with delicate plum and lavender or opalescent hues …

Online suggestion platform: how to stop the oil spill

June 10, 2010

An Oregon technology company has launched a website to capture suggestions from the world’s best and brightest on innovative solutions for stopping BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has reportedly received 10,000 phone calls and 60,000 e-mails offering solutions; the website is intended as a vehicle to organize these ideas, through the …

Fibertect® CS approved by EPA

June 9, 2010

Fibertect Cotton-Soaking (CS), a three-layer, flexible, inert, nonwoven, non-particulate system, proven useful in absorbing and adsorbing chemical warfare agents, may now prove useful in oil-spill cleanups. As of May 29, the product is officially approved by the U.S. EPA, and was recently featured on CNBC’s Power Lunch as one plausible solution to the BP oil …

Lenzing FR® BLACK for protective clothing

June 4, 2010

The Lenzing FR fiber, with an incorporated black dyestuff, is the first and only black, flame-resistant textile cellulose fiber, according to the manufacturer. Lenzing FR BLACK yarn is processed to retain tenacity, creating a longer useful textile life. For the wearer of protective clothing made from these fibers, its high light fastness and resistance to …

TIE Technologies submits proposed team response to Gulf oil spill

June 3, 2010

TIE Technologies Inc., an information technology, security and telecommunications company, has announced its submission of the OilDam® Emergency Containment Proposal to the EPA’s Homeland Security Research Center and the U.S. Coast Guard for immediate consideration. TIE is leading a team of industry experts in providing a viable solution to keep the BP Gulf oil spill …

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Warp knit polyester fabrics for digital fabric printers

Jacquard Ink Jet Fabric Systems has added ten new warp-knitted polyester fabrics to its existing product lines of cotton, silk and polyester fabrics for transfer or direct printing with disperse dyes. These exciting new fabrics exhibit unique characteristics not found in traditionally woven materials. Warp knit fabrics do not unravel when cut, eliminating the need …

IFAI members assist in oil spill cleanup

June 2, 2010

By Abbie Yarger More than 60 members of the Industrial Fabrics Association International are preparing products for clean-up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following the April 20 explosion of the BP-owned Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The oil gusher at the source of the spill, located 5,000 feet below the ocean surface and about 40 …

Redesigned Dickson awning fabric collection

The expanded Dickson Orchestra North American collection features a wide range of attractive solids and stripes with contemporary styling to add new levels of sophistication to any residential or commercial setting. The collection consists of 91 patterns, 25 of which are entirely new to the North American market, including unique solid colors like gold and …

Fabric heaters on track in Japan

The only way to keep water from freezing in tanks servicing the Ryuhyo-Norokko train running through Japan’s cold north islands has been potbellied stoves—until now. The J.R. Hokkaido Railway Company is testing a woven fabric heater that does the job, thanks to applied coatings of carbon nanotube technology that increase electrical and thermal conductivity in …

Architectural fabric wraps buildings in luminous screen

June 1, 2010

It’s not just another pretty façade; new Imagic Weave architectural fabric couples stainless steel woven wire mesh and LED technology to wrap buildings in a luminous and programmable media screen. The transparent mesh skin is wrapped around airports, sports stadiums, parking ramps and shopping malls to project colorful text, images or live broadcasts on a …

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Cable-membrane roof and ‘sun valleys’ define Shanghai Expo’s Boulevard

By Zou Bin From May 1-October 31, 2010, more than 50 international organizations and representatives from more than 170 countries will gather in Shanghai under the theme “Better City, Better Life” at the 2010 World Expo. The event showcases the latest developments in sustainable urban development, highlighting innovations from China and elsewhere in Asia. Pudong …

Oeko-Tex® updates RSL

The International Oeko-Tex® Association has issued an updated 2010 Restricted Substances and Limit Values List (RSL) which will be used to certify textile products to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. The RSL is updated at least once each year after Oeko-Tex scientists evaluate it against worldwide governmental regulations such as REACh in Europe and CPSIA in …

System offers easier handling of heavy sewing materials

The extended range ETON 5000 Production System offers productivity and ergonomic benefits, with a range of configuration options designed to handle virtually any size or weight sewn products, from apparel to parachutes. The ability to transport and ergonomically position large and heavy products for sewing and other operations is made possible through a more robust …

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Innovative pergolas provide shade and shelter

Serene summer afternoons under a pergola (a distinctive overhead arbor open to the sky) just became more carefree. Walpole Woodworkers, Walpole, Mass., a manufacturer of home products, has joined forces with ShadeFX Canopies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to introduce Shade Pergolas, a beautiful combination of soaring pergola shape and automated retractable canopy. The open-topped pergola shape …

Broadband access used to facilitate small business growth

SCORE (“Counselors to America’s Small Business”) is pleased to announce the formation of a public/private partnership to accelerate small business growth through access to broadband. SCORE, Fortune 500 companies and leading technology firms will launch a national initiative to accelerate broadband adoption. The consortium will help increase small business growth through the use of broadband …

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Pennants produced using dye sublimation

Condé Systems Inc. has added felt pennants to its DyeTrans™ family of sublimatable products. While pennants have traditionally been screenprinted, these pennants can be produced using the dye sublimation process, giving manufacturers the ability to produce full color, photographic quality pennants for sports teams, fundraisers, special events, school organizations and business promotions. Available in 5 …

Scientists hope to develop synthetic spider silk

The golden silk orb-weaving spider (Nephila clavipes) excretes web threads powerful enough to capture small birds, and engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) want to replicate this feat of strength. Manufactured spider silk could revolutionize artificial tendons and ligaments, sutures, parachutes and bulletproof vests—if scientists could discover how a protein and water gel …

New textile publications from AATCC

As part of its ongoing mission to encourage textile research, education, and communication, AATCC now offers books from the Woodhead textile series. Each volume addresses a topic of special interest within the textile community. Written and edited by experts in the field, the books provide practical, up-to-date information and a thorough understanding of the subject …

Recyclable outdoor furniture fabrics

GeoBella is a unique line of outdoor cushion fabrics made of 100 percent olefin yarns recycled from post-industrial waste, lending itself to repeat recyclability. The PVC-free, 100 percent recyclable outdoor furniture fabrics offer a soft, touchable texture that combines the coordinating hues and comfort of indoor furniture with the stability, strength and durability needed for …

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Traveling emporium features double-decker structure

Jerry Lundergan, chairman of the Lundergan Group, thinks big when it comes to event management. The Lundergan Group, Lexington, Ky., recently commissioned a huge special event double-decker structure, the Arcum Emporium, which travels in 11 40-foot containers on ten 53-foot semis. The Arcum Emporium provides 6,000 to 24,000 square feet of floor space, two floors, …

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3-D technology advances marine fabrication

Simplify and standardize fabrication methods with cutting-edge software and hardware tools. By Maura Keller In the world of technology, change is a constant. For the marine fabrication industry, technological advancements in the area of three-dimensional (3–D) software and hardware engineering are changing the way many fabricators do business. With 3–D technology, three-dimensional products that the …

Dark textiles with UV protection

Problem: Because dark-colored textiles absorb heat from the sun, they aren’t practical for applications requiring heat management. Solution: coldblack® technology offers two-fold protection for textiles exposed to the sun, reducing the absorption of sunlight while providing reliable protection from harmful UV rays. Dark colors heat up less, even in direct sunlight, and coldblack textiles in …

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Concept car crafted from carbonfiber composites

Its name is PU_PA EV, for pupa electric vehicle (the pupa is a transformation stage between a larva and a butterfly), and the lightweight concept car has been crafted with carbon fiber composites, polycarbonate resins and bio-derived polyester by Teijin Group, Tokyo, Japan. Weighing in at 437kg (963 pounds), the PU_PA EV’s proprietary components demonstrate …

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Fabric composites advances open new markets

Technological advances in fabric composites lead companies into new markets, and new opportunities in old ones. By Janice Kleinschmidt America3’s victory over Stars and Stripes to capture the 1992 America’s Cup did more than fuel widespread enthusiasm for yacht racing in the United States: It fueled development in flexible composites now being applied to a …

Fire-retardant thread

Problem: The thread, as well as the fabric, needs to be fire retardant to truly meet FR requirements. Solution: Ultimate K Fire Break™ sewing thread is the newest addition to the Liberty Threads Ultraflow™ quilting and sewing threads product line. Constructed using DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber, it’s TB 1633 compliant, can be colorized in any shade, …

Innovative seatbelt airbags for airplanes

According to the National Transportation and Safety Board, more than 80 percent of commercial airline accidents are survivable because they occur at take-off or landing, when aircraft are close to the ground and moving slowly. This may be one reason why more than 50 airlines worldwide have installed the AmSafe seatbelt airbag to protect passengers …

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Go green for the good of your business

Recycling and repurposing fabric will bring the satisfaction of doing what’s right— and boost your bottom line. By Jan Brenny Being ‘green’ is becoming a necessary part of doing business today. Operations of all sizes and across all industries are adopting business models that embrace sustainability and eco-friendliness. In the fabrics industry, corporate responsibility and …

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Self-contained signage eliminates installation woes

Problem: Indoor banners and signage may require time-consuming installation. Solution: The Indoor FlexBlade® advertising banner is a cost-effective, high quality, durable signage product that comes complete with a self-contained stand for simple and speedy set-up, take-down, transport and storage. Reuseable and available as a single or double-sided digital print, or in a screenprinted version. SOURCE …

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Solar landfill covers coming to market

The first solar landfill cover, which integrated solar collection strips into a geomembrane to collect energy, was a success, so waste management firm Republic Services Inc., Phoenix, Az., has transferred its patent pending to Carlisle Energy Services to develop and market the innovation. Tessman Road Landfill in San Antonio, Texas, used the cover to generate …

Things to consider when zoning your workspace

Compiled by Juli Case My company will be moving our awning shop to a new location. How should I zone my shop? The answer is going to depend on two things: (1) what kind of work is done in your shop, and (2) what your city has to say about it. First, consider whether you …

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Noise-conscious indoor shading motor

Problem: Motorized shading is convenient but it can be noisy. Solution: The indoor shading tubular motor from MaestroShield operates at just 39 decibels and, with advanced built-in electronics, installation is easy and efficient. Motors are protected by a five-year, 100 percent replacement warranty; the electronics have a two-year warranty. SOURCE MaestroShield

New York City Fire Department to don Demron

The New York City Fire Department will upgrade its chemical protective clothing and has selected Demron™ radiation-blocking products for full-body suits, vests and blankets for first responders. Radiation Shield Technologies (RST), Coral Gables, Fla., developed Demron for multi-hazard protection from nuclear, biological, chemical, bomb and ballistic threats. The FDNY Hazardous Materials Company 1 already uses …

Explaining prevailing wages for federally funded jobs

Compiled by Juli Case I’m working on a government job and I’m told I have to include the “prevailing wage” on the bid. What’s that? The Davis-Bacon Act requires that federally funded construction jobs pay workers the prevailing wage, which are determined by the U.S. Department of Labor. To check what the prevailing wages are, …

Lightweight heat gun with added safety features

Problem: Heat guns must offer both precision and safety. Solution: The NEW HG 350 ESD from STEINEL is a compact, lightweight heat gun with integrated LED light and ESD (electrostatic discharge)-safe construction. A red ‘hot’ indicator warns user not to touch until nozzle has cooled. The tool is specially designed for long-term use to minimize …

Leigh Fibers to expand S.C. plant

Leigh Fibers Inc., a supplier of reprocessed and raw fibers, has announced plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Wellford, S.C., a $10.1 million investment that is expected to generate 40 new jobs over the next five years. “Our plans to invest in the Wellford facility will not only promote job growth, but will also …

Accessing a fabric’s flame spread

Compiled by Juli Case The local fire marshal is asking what the flame spread is on the fabric I’m using. The material is certified to NFPA 701; is that the same thing? No. Flame spread is the propagation of flame away from an ignition source and over a surface. The flame spread number comes from …

Vinyl repair tapes reduces hassle

Problem: Vinyl repair can be inconvenient, time-consuming and messy. Solution: AR Industries, a division of A&R Tarpaulins Inc., offers Super Kwik Patch (SKP) vinyl repair tape, a quick and easy way to make repairs without messy glue or carrying around scrap material. Just cut SKP to size, peel it and cover holes or tears in …

Cradle-to-Cradle certification increasing

Products certified as Cradle-to-Cradle® by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) LLC of Charlottesville, Va., are manufactured with healthy materials, recycled components, renewable energy, water conservation and social responsibility—and it’s a credential increasingly important to global businesses. In 2009, MBDC certified more than 100 products, for a total of more than 300 certifications since the program …