Environmental innovation: Lenzing Modal® Edelweiss fiber

September 30, 2011

The Lenzing Group, based in Austria, has always set technological and environmental standards in the cellulose fiber world. The company’s latest achievement: Edelweiss technology. This technology, combined with environmental advantages such as carbon neutrality, a low need for land and a replenishable raw material of natural origins, makes Lenzing Modal® Edelweiss truly an ecological fiber. …

New catalog of architectural metal products and railings from The Wagner Companies

September 29, 2011

The Wagner Companies, Milwaukee, Wisc., has begun distribution of the 2012 master catalog: including all railing systems, products and services available from The Wagner Companies in one comprehensive 304-page directory of more than 7,800 standard catalog items. The catalog introduces many new products and services, including the Slip-FitT Railing System, KalamazooT Aluminum Ball Style Railing, …

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Olympus Group custom graphic manufacturer opens new facility in Orlando, Fla.

September 28, 2011

Olympus Group, a Milwaukee-based custom graphic manufacturer, has announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Orlando, Fla. The new facility will feature a state-of-the-art 10-foot wide digital UV press, computerized cutter/router, lamination and other finishing equipment that allows Olympus to produce banners, backdrops, rigid signage, event graphics and vehicle graphics. The company has …

Teijin’s Green Carpet to roll out at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival

Teijin Limited has announced that for the fourth consecutive year it has produced an eco-friendly Green Carpet made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles for the ecologically minded Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held from Oct. 22-30. The Green Carpet is made entirely of Teijin Fibers’ ECOPET® recycled polyester fiber produced from used …

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Olympus Group custom graphic manufacturer opens new facility in Orlando, Fla.

September 27, 2011

Olympus Group, a Milwaukee-based custom graphic manufacturer, has announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Orlando, Fla. The new facility will feature a state-of-the-art 10-foot wide digital UV press, computerized cutter/router, lamination and other finishing equipment that allows Olympus to produce banners, backdrops, rigid signage, event graphics and vehicle graphics. The company has …

Color-Fi recycled fiber products have proven 94 percent recycled content

September 26, 2011

Color-Fi, one of the leading producers of solution-dyed polyester fiber, has announced that it has received third-party validation of the recycled content claims for its recycled fiber products from UL Environment, a global leader in environmental evaluation and certification. In operation since 1984, Color-Fi is one of the largest North American producers of solution-dyed polyester …

Gerber Technology launches GERBERcutter Z1 automated cutting system

September 23, 2011

Gerber Technology has introduced the GERBERcutter® Z1, the company’s next generation computer-controlled, single-ply cutting system designed to cut a wide range of challenging materials. At the heart of the new system is state-of-the-art Axis™ software, a Windows®-based system that is easy to use and delivers significant productivity enhancements. These include comprehensive reports that help users …

SPESA Conference on manufacturing technology

September 22, 2011

SPESA will present a conference entitled “Advancements in Manufacturing Technology” to an audience of apparel and sewn products manufacturers on Dec. 8, 2011, at the Hotel Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons in Greensboro, N.C. The full-day conference is targeted at mid-level and upper-level manufacturing managers, providing information to help manufacturers improve quality and manufacturing efficiency …

Flexible netting for community connections

September 21, 2011

A work of ephemeral architecture displayed in a multi-floor open space in Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium, takes networking to a whole new level. The exhibit, called simply Net, consists of multiple layers of flexible nets suspended in the air. The flat layers are connected to each other on counterpoints, creating a floating …

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Gerber Technology launches GERBERcutter Z1 automated cutting system

Gerber Technology has introduced the GERBERcutter® Z1, the company’s next generation computer-controlled, single-ply cutting system designed to cut a wide range of challenging materials. At the heart of the new system is state-of-the-art Axis™ software, a Windows®-based system that is easy to use and delivers significant productivity enhancements. These include comprehensive reports that help users …

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GMA launches new website

September 20, 2011

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has launched a new website to better serve its members and the geosynthetics industry as a whole. The new site features: news feeds from GMA’s official publication—Geosynthetics magazine. downloadable education and engineering resources. an industry events calendar. a revamped bookstore link. links to geosynthetics interest groups and service providers. Non-members …

OptiTex software: an education in virtual clothing

September 19, 2011

Known for its prominence in the 2D/3D CAD/CAM textile industry, OptiTex, Petach-Tikva, Israel, now holds the title as the most authentic software in the virtual fashion industry. Current research conducted at North Carolina State University indicates that OptiTex is ‘as close as virtual gets’ to real garments. Research conducted to aid in the development of …

ORAFOL Group and Reflexite Corp. merge

September 16, 2011

ORAFOL Europe GmbH has announced that the Reflexite Corp., Avon, Conn., is now part of the ORAFOL Group. As one of the world’s leading suppliers of reflective materials, graphic products and industrial tapes, the ORAFOL Group has a global presence, a strong brand built through customer engagement and a focus on being “Engineered to Perform …

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Water-resistant, adhesive-backed PhotoFAB Ultra for graphics and decals

September 15, 2011

DaVinci Technologies now offers PhotoFAB Ultra, an 8-mil matte white 100 percent polyester fabric with an ultra-removable adhesive. Compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable, and latex printing platforms, PhotoFAB Ultra is intended to be used as a decal or graphic on most interior flat, smooth, clean surfaces. Because of the water-resistant coating, it can also be …

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Xennia partners with Esmaltes S.A.

Xennia Technology, a provider of industrial inkjet solutions, reached a strategic partnership agreement with Esmaltes S.A. in Castellón, Spain, market leader in ceramic frits and glazes, to supply Xennia’s high performance inkjet inks to the ceramic industry. Xennia and Esmaltes now offer a complete digital ceramic printing serviced solution, available to ceramic tile producers worldwide. …

Royal TenCate and Chinamex to develop Chinese protective fabrics market

September 14, 2011

Royal TenCate (TenCate) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Beijing Chinamex International Investment Co. Ltd. (Chinamex) in Beijing, China, to develop the Chinese market for protective fabrics. The objective: to market flame-retardant (FR) fabrics for defense applications, police and emergency response. As in many other emerging markets for high performance materials, the demand for …

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Made for the shade: Tsuga canopies with WeatherMax fabric

September 13, 2011

Portable shade canopies are great for the beach, tailgating and other outdoor gatherings, but many canopies are heavy and awkward to store, fade and fall apart. High-end canopies from Tsuga, Boone, N.C., fabricated of lightweight WeatherMax LT from Safety Components, combine extreme durability with a stylish appearance to make time spent outdoors even more enjoyable …

Explore the role of color: AATCC’s Color Management Workshop, Nov. 2-3

September 12, 2011

Color plays an important role in consumers’ purchasing decisions. Communicating color throughout the textile supply chain is imperative to get the color envisioned by the designer and demanded by the consumer. AATCC’s Color Management Workshop will bring together well-known color experts to discuss color principles and the effects of lighting; factors to consider when developing …

Horse blankets: barriers to biting insects

September 9, 2011

To keep mosquitoes and horseflies from swarming horses in the summer season, owners spray animals daily with repellent—a process both expensive and, over the long term, potentially harmful to a horse’s health. The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, had a better idea. Working with HKM Sports Equipment GmbH, Neuenhaus, Germany, Hohenstein researchers developed a horse blanket …

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Geosynthetics 2013 conference dates announced

September 8, 2011

Geosynthetics 2013—the next biennial geosynthetics conference organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI)—is set for April 1-4, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif. IFAI’s record of geosynthetics conferences dates to the 1990s, with the most-recent event the record-setting Geo-Frontiers in Dallas last March. Geosynthetics 2013 conference sessions and trade show will be focused in the …

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Interlam Pro laminates provide outdoor durability with a water-based adhesive

September 7, 2011

Drytac®’s Interlam Pro line of pressure-sensitive laminates are rated outdoor durable for three years. Composed of a premium water-based acrylic adhesive coated on a UV stabilized PVC vinyl base film for conformability, finish and durability, the laminates have excellent resistance to UV light and can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. Available in …

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Tents for cemeteries using WeatherMax fabrics

September 6, 2011

Tents are by far the largest business segment for Cemetery Funeral Supply (CFS), a distributor of equipment and supplies for final resting places. CFS fabricates six tent lines for funeral and cemetery operation, in all shapes and sizes, and company owner Stanley Scruggs opts for WeatherMax™ fabrics for his business, citing its flexibility, durability and …

New sleeves protect high-tech tools

September 1, 2011

A new line of sleeves developed by Rickshaw Bagworks Inc., San Francisco, Calif., for the MacBook Air® and IPad® tablet uses rugged INVISTA CORDURA® brand fabric to protect these high-tech tools. The sleeves feature American-made 1000D CORDURA Classic nylon fabric exterior, lightweight foam padding and felt plush lining. “Style, light weight and durability are equally …

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Soft signage printing

The Rhotex 320 from Durst Image Technology LLC, Rochester, N.Y., is designed specifically for soft signage printing at production speeds. Attuned to fabric’s particular printing and media handling characteristics, it was developed to address the growing popularity of lighter weight, easy-to-install, higher-margin, reusable and “green” media options. Utilizing benign, water-based dye inks and equipped with …

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Window and wall graphics

The DPF-6700 Cast Wall Wrap material from Arlon Graphics is a 2-mil cast highly comformable film with aggressive permanent adhesive, designed to stick to “hard-to-stick” highly textured masonry surfaces such as brick, stucco and concrete for long-term wall graphics. Other digital products include DPF 206 (fabric) and DPF 207 (vinyl) white removable interior wall decoration …

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Eucalyptus growing in auto applications

As demand grows for cars with gas-sipping, hybrid or electric engines, so grows the demand for other vehicle parts made with less fossil fuel, sustainable raw materials and improved performance features. The Lenzing Group, Austrian manufacturer of TENCEL® cellulose fibers, aims to reinvent automotive materials with new applications for the fibers, derived from eucalyptus wood. …

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Vinyl alternative for decals and mounting

Roland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., has expanded its Eco-SOL MAX certified media line to include Solvent Glossy Paper with Adhesive (ESM-SGPA). For use with Roland’s eco-solvent printers and printer/cutters, the new media is an alternative to vinyl for decals and mounting. An easy-to-use, cost-effective and sustainable alternative to PVC-based products for signs, POP, photographic reproductions, …

Optimized industrial cutting

GERBERcutter 27 can precision-cut complex designs in almost any type and thickness of material, including foams, technical textiles, Kevlar®, vinyl, woven and nonwoven materials. Special software controls knife movement, preventing deflection and creating accurate cuts on each layer of material, top to bottom, generating exact, defined circles, holes and notches. Digitally controlled variable vacuum regulation …

Heating panels customized with thin-film graphics

Prestyl USA, Spokane, Wash., a manufacturer of far infrared panels for residential and commercial spaces, is launching a series of Radiant Artwork heating panels that can be customized with thin-film graphics that bring form and function together. The company creates ultra-thin panels from French thin-film technology that’s been used in aircraft, ships, trains and public …

Earth anchor for faster installation

Foresight Products, Commerce City, Colo., has introduced its Series II earth anchor. Designed for Duckbill, Manta Ray and Stingray product lines, it offers a chiseled design for faster installation through tougher soils, a reengineered anchor with slightly larger surface area for better holding capacity and lateral-direction guide ribs to ensure that the drive plan installation …

Luxurious, livable fabrics

An extensive array of sumptuous wovens and hand-screened prints create fashionable, livable interiors. The MK Collection—11 prints and 13 wovens in multiple colorways—is inspired by the beautiful botanical imagery found in the textiles, pottery, graphics and ironwork of the Art Nouveau period. Favoring large-scale hand-screened prints, the fabrics lend depth to a room without overwhelming …

Proposed standard for weighing body armor

Complex designs, multiple materials and technology advances in body armor have made it difficult for purchasers in law enforcement and the military to determine a basic characteristic—weight. ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) has proposed a new standard for comparing the relative weights of different body armor designs. The new standard, …

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Andy Morse builds a successful business

Andy Morse uses opportunities other companies overlook. By Sigrid Tornquist “The business atmosphere right now demands change,” says Andy Morse, IFM, owner and president of Ohio Awning and Manufacturing Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. “You’ve got to constantly be looking for alternatives, innovations and growth opportunities in order to keep an edge.” Keeping that edge is …

Hand therapy gel

Made by Hand therapy gel from Mary Ellen Products eases sore muscles, nicks and scratches for people working with fabric. The non-greasy, fast-drying, unscented gel incorporates white willow bark, which contains salicin, a natural anti-inflammatory related to aspirin. Once applied, it dries immediately, leaving no residue on hands (or fabric), soothing dry, cracked skin, helping …

Nonwovens production triples in Asia

For decades, nonwoven fabrics were produced only in the U.S. and Europe. Numbers provided by “The Rupp Report” in Textile World show that the machinery has landed overseas and that Asian nonwoven manufacturing is way up. China has increased output nearly five-fold within 10 years, in part because of infrastructure investments. Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India …

Specialty Fabrics Review interviews Andy Morse, IFM, owner and president of Ohio Awning and Manufacturing Co.

Interview by Sigrid Tornquist Is the profit margin better for commercial projects as opposed to residential? Sometimes it takes the same amount of time to sell a $10,000 job as it does to sell a $500 job, but percentage-wise, probably not. Both types of jobs come with their own challenges. With commercial you have to …

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Glossy canvas for digital printing

GF 901 Glossy Canvas from Fisher Textiles brings a glossy finish to fine art reproductions and retail signage. The 65/35 polyester-cotton blend has two acrylic latex primer basecoats and a glossy solvent inkjet receptive topcoat. Compatible with latex, solvent and UV printing, it weighs 11.25 ounces per square yard and is 104 inches wide. Sample …

Textile technical expertise for Chinese workers

A key obstacle preventing the Chinese textile industry from growing stronger may be the shortage of technical workers, says Xu Kunyuan, vice president of the China National Textile & Apparel Council (CNTAC). According to China View (XinhuaNews), 70 percent of front-line textile industry employees are farmers and likely to change jobs. “The country’s textile industry …

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Agricultural fabric

Fabric products offer relief from agriculture’s high production costs. By Barb Ernster The agriculture and horticulture industries are feeling the pain of the high cost of petroleum and raw materials, but a variety of fabric products used in many applications are alleviating costs with practical, economical solutions. Some segments of the agricultural fabrics industry are …

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NAPIM issues ink price bulletin

The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers issued a series of price increase bulletins addressing the availability of raw materials used in inks. Some of the key raw materials causing increases include: rosin, acrylic acid, carbon black, titanium dioxide, nitrocellulose, crude oil and natural gas, vegetable oils and colored organic pigments. According to the bulletin, …

Propping up Egypt’s oldest pyramid

Pharaoh Djoser, a warrior who reigned in Egypt 4,700 years ago, commissioned the first pyramid in Memphis as a permanent resting place. However, an earthquake in 1992 shifted the multi-step pyramid sideways, destabilizing its roof. Peter James, a former Royal Navy lieutenant commander, adapted airbags used as explosive cushions by the British Army to a …

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Flexible fabric composites

The versatility of flexible fabric composites opens doors to new products and markets. By Holly O’Dell Fabric composites have been around for decades, and thanks to ongoing technological improvements in these materials, applications and markets continue to expand. As a result, fabricators have more opportunities for creating a flexible end product that ranges anywhere from …

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Fabric welder

The portable T3 Hot Wedge Welder from Miller Weldmaster easily welds hems, overlaps, pockets and rope-in-hem seams using PVC, mesh and other industrial fabrics. Controls are mounted on the front of the machine for easy access. Welding speeds reach up to 10 meters per minute. SOURCE Miller Weldmaster

Creating permanent antimicrobial textiles

Chemists at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., have announced the availability of a new technology that, when applied to natural or synthetic materials, creates a permanent antimicrobial action. The potential applications for the technology, developed by Jason Locklin, an assistant professor of chemistry, include medical linens, clothing, face masks, paper towels, diapers, intimate apparel …

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A guide to trade show networking

By Galynn Nordstrom Business events and trade shows offer one of the best opportunities to make yourself known within your profession or industry. The converse is equally important: trade shows offer a unique opportunity to get to know people in your industry—the professional contacts who can help you become more successful. If you go in …

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Digital printing on furniture fabric

By Jeff Leagon In my neck of the woods, one of the major industries is upholstered furniture manufacturing. The industry isn’t as large as it once was, but the companies that have found their niche are thriving. I believe that custom-printed upholstered furniture is an underdeveloped, niche market for digital textile printers and represents a …

INVISTA’s 20/20 vision for energy reduction

By the year 2020, INVISTA, a Wichita, Kan., producer of polymers and fibers, intends to reduce its energy intensity by 20 percent, a global goal that reflects the company’s commitment to more efficient operations. INVISTA has established an operations excellence framework to capture improvements in reliability, production, quality and yield, while advancing capital projects that …

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Fabric graphics displays

Fabric graphics displays define spaces and create opportunities. By Sigrid Tornquist Trade show booths. Retail displays. Stage backdrops. What do they have in common? Visual communication. With only seconds to get noticed, strong visuals are key to drawing people into your trade show booth, your retail store or your story. Graphic displays reshape a space …

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Growth in digital fabric printing

By Fran Gardino Why has digital fabric graphics printing become so popular and the current focus of the wide-format printing market? One reason is because of the varied benefits of using fabric, it’s estimated that the volume of graphics printed on fabric will more than double from 2011 to 2014, while the benefits of using …

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Propex lab accredited by A2LA

Testing data for geotextiles are used in making critical decisions about civil and environmental engineering for large infrastructure projects, so performing the right tests to ensure compliance with various worldwide standards is key. Propex Operating Company LLC, Chattanooga, Tenn., performs geotextile testing on the company’s products at its Ringgold, Ga., laboratory, which is accredited by …