Fashion can-do with spray-on fabric

November 30, 2010

Nonwoven fabric technology intrigued fashion designer Manel Torres, a student at the Royal College of Art, who worked with chemical engineering Professor Paul Luckham from Royal College London to patent spray-on fabric in 2001. The two men formed Fabrican Ltd. in 2003 to market the technology, which began as a statement on making instant fashion …

Textile testing conference in India

November 29, 2010

An international conference on Textiles–Light and Weatherfastness will be held Jan. 21, 2011, in Mumbai, India. Sponsored by ASTM International, Atlas Material Testing Solutions and DyStar, the one-day conference will be held at the India Textile Committee Auditorium. This is the first textile industry conference that ASTM has sponsored in India. The International Conference on …

Elevated flight suit design from Drifire

November 26, 2010

Heat stress and fire emergencies are top issues for aircrew in the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), who face unpredictable flight conditions in garments that must protect, but are not always comfortable. Drifire Inc., Columbus, Ga. (part of Optimer Brands), a manufacturer of military and commercial apparel, consulted NAVAIR aircrew in an attempt to elevate …

Rhodia investing in rolling solar cells

November 19, 2010

The Eight19, a semi-conducting organic polymer that looks like a photographic film strip and acts as a solar collector, will benefit from an estimated $7.2 million investment from French international chemical company Rhodia and the United Kingdom’s Carbon Trust. The start-up investment signals enthusiasm about Eight19, developed by Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, and named for the …

Texas Tech researcher to receive honorary fellowship

November 18, 2010

A Texas Tech University fabric researcher will receive an honorary fellowship from the world’s largest textile and fiber association. Seshadri Ramkumar, manager of the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), will be given the honorary fellowship in January 2011 by The Textile Association (India), with members topping …

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Moss Inc. acquires assets of Berkeley-based Flying Colors

November 17, 2010

Charles J. Corsentino, chairman, president and CEO of Moss Inc., has announced that effective November 9, 2010, Moss has acquired the assets of Flying Colors, a major player in the world of sports, events and venue branding based in Berkeley, Calif. Flying Colors has nearly three decades of experience in the world of sports, events, …

PrintLat, New Force Magnetics sign distribution agreement for Latin America

November 16, 2010

PrintLat LLC and New Force Magnetics sign distribution agreement for Latin America PrintLat LLC and New Force Magnetics sign distribution agreement for Latin America New Force Magnetics Inc. and PrintLat LLC have entered into an agreement of exclusive representation in Latin America. PrintLat, based in Miramar, Fla., will represent all products from New Force Magnetics …

Maximize energy savings and comfort year-round with fan control

November 15, 2010

The new, patent pending SmartSense365 is engineered to maximize both energy savings and comfort through year-round control of your Big Ass Fan, with the push of a button. With three user modes, winter, summer and manual, SmartSense365 tells your fans what to do depending on the season. Winter mode: Using internal temperature sensors, SmartSense365 takes …

Sportful sportswear to feature Eschler performance fabric

November 12, 2010

Sportful is known for producing uncompromising high-tech sportswear for ambitious athletes. For winter 2010, the brand presents a mountaineering and ski outfit that is exceptionally functional; for the Dolomiti WS jacket and pants, the Italian label has teamed up with Swiss company Eschler. The knitwear specialist provided fabric with an extremely abrasion-resistant coating embedded with …

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Aurora to distribute Stork digital textile inks

November 11, 2010

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. and Stork Prints Group have announced that Aurora will be the exclusive distributor of Stork digital textile inks for direct and transfer sublimation printing in the U.S. and Canada. Size options will include 2kg bulk cans, 2kg cartridges, 1kg bags and 220 ml cartridges. Stork’s acid and reactive textile inks …

Eastman Machine appoints new sales representative in Germany

November 10, 2010

Eastman Machine Co., a U.S.-based manufacturing company specializing in cutting equipment, has appointed RH Schneidtechnik (Solingen), Germany, to represent its line of automated cutting systems, material handling equipment and design software. RH Schneidtechnik specializes in cutting technologies, applications and engineering consultation for the composites, technical textile and apparel industries. Its central European location will enhance …

Aurora expands green choices with expanding Weaves of Green™

November 9, 2010

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has announced the addition of Encore FR™ to its Weaves of Green™ line of 100 percent recycled polyester fabrics. Made from post-consumer plastic drink bottles, Encore FR is the most substantive fabric in the Weaves Of Green collection, constructed of spun yarns which give it the drape and hand of …

IFAI announces 2010 International Achievement Award winners

November 8, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the winners of the 2010 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications. The award ceremony took place at IFAI Expo Americas 2010 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., where the annual trade event ran from Oct. 27-29. For more than six …

Super Sign Mart wins T-300 Extremeâ„¢ welder at IFAI Expo Americas

Todd Davis of Super Sign Mart, Ruston, La., placed the winning bid on Miller Weldmaster’s unique pink T-300 Extreme™ welding machine at IFAI Expo Americas 2010 in Orlando, Fla. All of the proceeds from the bid will benefit breast cancer research. “We’re super excited with our winning bid,” Davis says. “The pink color is cool …

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Xennia launches metallic decorative ink for packaging and graphics

November 5, 2010

Xennia has announced the launch of its XenInx Onyx metallic ink for use in a wide range of digital decoration applications. Just-in-time customized digital graphics and package production allows reduced inventories and fast response to market demands; now these benefits are available to users requiring metallic printing. XenInx Onyx metallic silver ink is designed for …

Smith & Wesson Guardian GTX footwear to feature Gore-Tex® fabric

November 4, 2010

Wellco Enterprises has specified GORE-TEX® footwear fabric to provide waterproof, breathable protection in its new Smith & Wesson Guardian GTX series of footwear for law enforcement professionals. The fabric keeps feet drier and more comfortable by preventing exposure to rain and inclement weather, while allowing moisture vapor (perspiration) to escape. The Wellco footwear is among …

Texas Tech’s Fibertect® selected as top innovation by Cotton Incorporated

November 3, 2010

Fibertect®, a decontamination technology developed by researchers at Texas Tech University, was one of seven new innovations selected by Cotton Incorporated to show the versatility of the fiber. To view Fibertect and the other innovations highlighted by Cotton Incorporated, click here. In 2005, Seshadri Ramkumar and his team at the Institute of Environmental and Human …

Shedding light on solar technology

November 1, 2010

Atlas® Material Testing Technology LLC, Chicago, Ill., and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Camas, Wash., will host a technical conference in Shanghai, China, on December 7-8 on new development in the use of photovoltaic (PV) cells for solar power. PV Durability Asia will focus attention on environmental durability, performance and service life of materials, components and PV …

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Industrial “diamonds” drive market growth

Technology breakthroughs drive growth areas in industrial applications and may provide manufacturers with their “diamonds in the rough.” By Julie Young With the nation’s manufacturing industries still feeling the effects of a tentative economy, companies that supply state-of-the-art specialty fabrics products are working hard to diversify their wares and re-envision their product lines to stay …

Marker making software cuts waste

SMARTmark, a highly advanced marker making software application that works as a TUKAcad module, uses advanced algorithms to assure the most efficient use of material possible. The nesting software works automatically to produce markers in minutes that minimize the use of fabric; the software can also queue many markers at a time, do ratio or …

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Moisture-resistant board from DaVinci

Enviroboard MR from DaVinci Technologies is a rigid, moisture-resistant, muti-ply board for flatbed UV printing. Enviroboard can be printed on both sides and is suitable for indoor POP displays, upright sign and hanging sign applications. Enviroboard is made with 10-percent post consumer waste, is 100-percent recyclable and is FSC-certified. SOURCE DaVinci Technologies

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Pour-over ink

Jet Set Eco Ink from Inkjet Set can be easily poured over the original OEM ink with no ink compatibility problems. The ink can be color matched and produces saturated colors. Jet Set Eco Ink has superior dot gain control and is designed for high-speed digital printing. SOURCE Inkjet Set

Trützschler Nonwovens new management team

The Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach, Germany, has restructured the management team for Trützschler Nonwovens, blending new and established leaders in a move to offer successful technologies to producers of nonwoven and technical textiles worldwide. The new CEO, Leen Osterloh, assumed the lead role in September 2010 after serving as chief financial officer at …

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Outdoor signage goes high-tech

New opportunities in billboards and building wraps combine specialty fabrics with dazzling digital effects. By Holly O’Dell Outdoor advertising is big business. In 2009, advertisers spent $5.9 billion on signage—and more than $3.8 billion of that was on billboards alone. As businesses seek new opportunities to make their brands stand out, the sign industry is …

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Arlon launches new banner products

Arlon Inc. has launched three new banner products. DPF 303 smooth, blockout, double-sided banner is a 13-oz. white scrim polyester available in both matte and satin. DPF 308 is an 8-oz. white fine hole mesh banner that comes with or without a PVC liner, used for indoor merchandising, film or theater displays, outdoor advertising or …

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Gerber Scientific launches web portal

Gerber Scientific Products launched a new Applications, Materials & Substrates web portal at www.gspinc.com/applications. The website provides raw results in the form of data sheets that report results on material profiling, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, outdoor durability and adhesion resistance. In addition, the website provides application notes to educate customers in how to use materials …

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Trends in textile signage printing

By Udi Nachmany In my first column, I highlighted HP’s Latex inks as an ideal solution for the emerging application that is indoor textile signage printing. My second column argued that HP has an optimal offering for all types of textile signage, with Latex printers for indoor and the HP Scitex XL1500 Dye Sublimation Upgrade …

American Textile Co. battling bedbugs

Infestations of bedbugs are bad news for homeowners, hotel chains and even movie theaters, but have generated booming business for American Textile Co., Duquesne, Pa., manufacturer of mattress, box spring and pillow protectors that are bedbug-proof. An estimated 35,000 stores nationwide carry the products, including Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s, among others. American …

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Boat made of plastic bottles sets sail

An epic voyage highlights the environmental problems of plastic bottles—and some possible solutions. By Marie O’Mahony Australian billionaire James Packer’s $30 million Z Sydney cruiser (replacing his $50 million Z Ellerston super yacht, sold last year) is an impressive sight as it glides through the waters of Sydney Harbor. On July 26, 2010, a very …

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Digital graphics let tents stand out in the crowd

Printing beautiful graphics and advertising messages let your customers’ tents stand out in a sea of white structures. Businesses competing for the attention of consumers do everything possible to distinguish themselves. As such, everyone from NASCAR sponsors to farmers market vendors can benefit from the branding afforded by printing custom graphics on tents. “Printed tents …

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Retail remains leading market for imagers

SGIA released the 2010 Market Trends Survey Report for the specialty imaging community. “The survey shows strong evidence that specialty imagers are exploring new markets and opportunities as a way to bolster their businesses,” said Dan Marx, SGIA vice president of markets and technologies. According to the U.S. report, about 71 percent of imagers agree …

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Benefits of extended warranties

By Shane Huiet For a print service provider (PSP), it’s critical that your printer is running—especially if it’s needed around the clock. Wide- and grand-format printers are complicated machines, and, as with anything involving ink, moving parts, circuitry and human error, they can breakdown. Breakdowns mean costly production delays, equating to missed deadlines, damaged reputations …

Clarification: Zetix renamed

In our September 2010 issue, we featured information about Zetix, a blast mitigation fabric from Advanced Fabric Technologies in Houston, Texas. Since the articles were written, the name of that product has been changed to Xtegra™ after legal action was taken by Newtex Industries Inc. concerning the tradename. Newtex makes Zetex® and ZetexPlus® textiles, used …

Health care and the bottom line

While much of the law doesn’t go into effect until 2014, there are some immediate ramifications. By Carol Brzozowski It’s said that small businesses—defined as companies with no more than 100 employees—are the backbone of the United States economy. Production of specialty fabrics products, often requiring very specialized or custom work, certainly exemplifies that statement. …

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New fabrics for digital printing

Through technology and innovation, textile manufacturers meet the growing needs of suppliers and end users with versatile fabric offerings. By Holly O’Dell The growth of digital textile printing is evident in the number of fabrics that manufacturers have released in the last year. The push for new fabrics reflects a combination of feedback from end-product …

SGP certifies Stella Color

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership announced that Seattle-based Stella Color is SGP’s 24th certified printer. Stella Color is a large-format digital print solutions provider. Stella Color facilitates the use of sustainable materials and is involved in all phases of a customer’s project, including concept development, design, visualization, production and installation. As an SGP-certified printer, Stella …

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Sticky film for textured substrates

Orajet Series 3951HT High-Tack Cast PVC Digital Media from Oracal USA works with hard-to-stick, rough or textured, low-energy substrates, such as kayaks or ATVs. The film is suitable for long-term, solvent inkjet printable graphic applications requiring a gray, permanent adhesive. Orajet is good for seven years and comes in a gloss finish. SOURCE Oracal USA

MIT studies spacewalker glove design

Hand injuries make up 47 percent of injuries incurred during space walks, and current glove design may be responsible for astronauts losing fingernails (delamination) and developing infections in exposed nail beds. Gloves are pressurized, creating blisters and friction. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study of hand injuries, published in the journal Aviation, Space, and …

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U.S. tarpaulin and truck cover market maneuvers range of applications

By Jeffrey Rasmussen The U.S. tarpaulin (tarp) and truck cover market entails a very diverse set of applications. Flatbed trailer truck covers are often used to secure heavy cargo, such as lumber and steel; roll-up truck covers or tarps are usually used on dump trucks to secure heavy loads, such as dirt and gravel. Some …

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Green printing practices

Printing choices that are sensitive to the environment also make sense for your business. By Michael Labella With the global economy almost five times the size it was half a century ago, sustainable growth has now become the paradigm of the 21st century: a responsibility that our society has for itself and the environment in …

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New printer and cutter sizes

VersaCAMM VS, an eight-color wide-format metallic inkjet printer and cutter from Roland DGA Corp., is now available in a 54-inch version and a 42-inch version. All VersaCAMM VS models are available in three different ink configurations. Users can choose from two new metallic print modes: blended or layered. SOURCE Roland DGA

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Accurate color monitor

The high-performance, energy-efficient UltraSharp U3011 display from Dell improves color representation and viewing angles needed for visually intensive work. The display provides connectivity options and a lockable stand with adjustable height, swivel and tilt. The 30-inch monitor incorporates PremierColor to provide consistent, accurate and precise colors. SOURCE Dell

INDA’s “flushability” guidelines

Truth in advertising doesn’t always apply to products advertised as “flushable.” Some allegedly flushable items are clogging California’s wastewater treatment plants, so Assemblyman Jared Huffman introduced a bill to ban the flushable label on such items as baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, diapers, condoms, wash cloths and other items. The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics …

First winner of the IFF Innovation Award: Chameleon International

By Lynn Keillor Many people talk about a dream business or a dream career. Debra Aperfine can honestly say that her business and product lines are the direct result of a dream. One morning in 2001, Aperfine’s young daughter recounted a vivid dream about a magical raincoat that changed colors as it got wet. Intrigued …

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Balloons bloom at Macy’s Flower Show

By Abbie Yarger The project. Constructing printed hot air balloons for Macy’s Flower Show, which began in 1946 and attracts more than 500,000 visitors to view an annual display of flowering trees and plants from around the world. The show transforms five Macy’s stores in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City into …

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Neschen earns environmental certification

Neschen Americas received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification under the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Forest Conservation Program. FSC is an international certification system that recognizes the highest levels of environmentally and socially responsible forest management. SCS is one of the world’s leading FSC certifiers. Earning this certification demonstrates Neschen Americas’ dedication to …

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New banner and PVC offerings

New woven, laminated banner material from Heytex reduces environmental damage because it does not rely on glue or adhesives. The material is available in frontlit and backlit options, and combines non-curl properties with high material strength. A new non-curl PVC laminated banner material is also available from Heytex. SOURCE Heytex

NASA awards students’ trial balloons

Most high-school students don’t get to send their class experiments into outer space, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent four projects into the stratosphere on weather balloons to test theories. The winning project in the Balloonsat High Altitude Flight Competition, submitted by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, …

From imagination to innovation

By Lynn Keillor The purpose of the IFF Innovation Award is to inspire companies from all over the world not only to come up with great ideas, but to make them happen. The program is designed to recognize and promote the successes of these companies, and use their experiences as a means to encourage innovation …

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Improving customer service

By Pat Hayes, CPP We all know that service to our customer is critical, especially in this economy. How is it woven into your daily operation? Have you clearly defined your client expectations and established a means of meeting them in order to ensure satisfaction and a continuance of your business relationships? “Service” begins with …