Founder of Pure Filter Solutions to receive 2012 AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award

March 29, 2013

In April, AATCC will honor Nicole Nichols-Wilson, president and founder of Pure Filter Solutions (PFS) as the 2012 recipient of the Association’s Young Entrepreneur Award. Nichols is being recognized for designing, manufacturing and marketing dewatering filtration products that prevent pollution of valuable water resources. Nichols-Wilson was a consultant in the filtration industry during 2006 to …

ORAFOL announces merger of ORACAL USA and ORAFOL Americas Inc.

March 28, 2013

ORAFOL announced the merger of ORACAL USA, of Black Creek, Ga., and ORAFOL Americas Inc. of Avon, Conn. The merger positions the combined company as a leading manufacturer of PSA films, reflective materials and industrial tapes in the America’s. Effective July 1, 2013, both entities will be restructured to form ORAFOL Americas, Inc. with Randall …

Banner Creations’ eco-friendly tote bags garner attention

March 27, 2013

Banner Creations, a Minneapolis, Minn., manufacturer of display products made of Ecophab™ 100-percent post-consumer recycled plastic, takes waste seriously. The company created a division, Scrappy Products, that makes The Green Bag tote from leftover scrap fabric. Each tote contains the equivalent of 10 liter-sized plastic bottles and brags about its earth-friendly characteristics. The slogan on …

Clariant supports water saving efforts in textile manufacturing

March 26, 2013

Clariant supports the textile industry’s efforts toward sustainable freshwater management with the publishing of water-saving tips and technologies in a special edition of its “News Chat” newsletter. Titled “Each Drop Counts – chemical solutions for reduced water consumption”, the publication provides guidance to textile customers willing to join a rising global effort to address water …

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Hemp creates a buzz in new Architecture for Humanity headquarters

March 25, 2013

Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit design services firm, has completed its new headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. Partnering with Gensler for the interior remodel, Architecture for Humanity wanted to provide a flexible, collaborative space for workers who are in constant global communication with their members and overseas offices. Coalesse Bob chairs were selected and upholstered …

My-Villages announces new marine industry Innovation Partners

March 22, 2013

My-Villages, the marine industry’s online collaborative, announced additions to its lineup of Innovation Partners, expanding the company’s program to help marine businesses transform how boating services are coordinated and to enhance customer engagement. Joining The Hinckley Company, the first My-Villages Innovation Partner (MVIP) to come aboard in December 2012 are Marine Professionals Inc. of Fort …

US manufacturing sector energy use and energy intensity down since 2002

March 21, 2013

U.S. Energy Information Administration data indicates a significant decline in the amount of energy used per unit of gross manufacturing output in the U.S. According to the data, total energy consumption in the manufacturing sector decreased by 17 percent from 2002 to 2010. Manufacturing gross output decreased by only 3 percent over the same period. …

Miller Weldmaster sells first T600 Extreme Cover at IFAI Expo

March 20, 2013

TRS Industries, a 30-year veteran tarp repair and manufacturing company, recently purchased Miller Weldmaster’s first T600 Extreme Cover at IFAI Expo Americas 2012 in Boston, Mass. The company cited features such as a bigger machine throat capacity and the same state-of-the-art features as earlier machines as decisive factors for its purchase. Additionally, the oldest of …

Charles Yang to receive prestigious Olney Medal

March 19, 2013

On April 11, AATCC will honor Charles Yang as the 2012 recipient of the Olney Medal for outstanding achievement in the field of textile chemistry. The Olney Medal is the Association’s highest honor. Yang is a world-renowned scholar in the fields of cotton durable press finishing and flame retardant finishing. He has published over 180 …

Sustainable Phifer SheerWeave sun control fabrics

March 18, 2013

Phifer Incorporated has announced its new SheerWeave Style 4000, 4100 and 4400 series fabrics made with sustainable DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers. Phifer is the first and only window coverings manufacturer with exclusive DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ in its fabrics. “Our SheerWeave® interior sun control fabrics were the first to be certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) …

Teijin to exhibit at Eco-Products International Fair in Singapore

March 15, 2013

The Teijin Group announced that it will showcase a range of environmental products and technologies at the Eco-products International Fair (EPIF), Asia’s largest environmental show, which will take place at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, from March 14 to 16. The Teijin Group (booth AB07-1) will present solutions using …

New Fibertect wipes prove viable at cleaning harmful gas and liquids

March 14, 2013

A new version of Fibertect®, a nonwoven decontamination wipe created by researchers at Texas Tech University, has proven more viable at cleaning up a nerve chemical surrogate than the decontamination substance currently used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), which is currently being phased out. Seshadri Ramkumar, lead investigator on the project and inventor …

Northeast Recycling Council announces textile recovery symposium

March 13, 2013

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) will hold a one-day symposium on textile recovery entitled “Collecting Textiles: Make It Work for Your Community” on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Nathan Hale Inn & Conference Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. The goal of the workshop is to provide municipalities, recycling coordinators, colleges and …

Phifer introduces new Sheerweave Style 7000 width, colors

March 12, 2013

Phifer Inc. has announced two new colors and a wider width option to the SheerWeave® Style 7000 blackout fabric line. Canvas, a soft taupe, and Cocoa, a rich, deep brown hue, join Style 7000’s lineup of decorator colors. The new 118-inch width option expands the versatility of Style 7000 for fabrication into larger roller shade …

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories enters third phase of Monster Silkâ„¢ pilot production program

March 11, 2013

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories enters third phase of Monster Silk™ pilot production program Kraig Biocraft Laboratories enters third phase of Monster Silk™ pilot production program Phase three launches after successful first two stages. Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. has launched stage three of its pilot production program. The program is designed to run in three stages, each …

SPESA event to focus on manufacturing technology for sewn products

March 8, 2013

Held in conjunction with the Techtextil North America Show, the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) is holding an ‘Advancement in Manufacturing Technology’ conference on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The event is designed to educate and inform sewn products executives and manufacturing managers on the latest and …

Camira’s hemp fabric accredited into Material ConneXion’s library

March 7, 2013

Camira’s hemp fabric has been accepted into the Material ConneXion library of innovative materials. “Camira is extremely proud our hemp fabric has been recognized by the independent judging panel to achieve the environmental credentials required to be successfully accredited to the Material ConneXion Certificate of Excellence,” said Paul Bennotti, director of business development for Camira. …

Olympic Tent makes a change, sells directly to rental companies

March 6, 2013

Olympic Tent’s rental company clients now have direct access to the 76-year-old manufacturing company. The change allows clients to directly order from the factory for the first time since the 1990s. Owner Scott Sutherland said, “This is an exciting change and a tremendous improvement for our clients because we have removed an expensive and cumbersome …

2013 Emerging Leaders Initiative to help businesses in underserved communities

March 4, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration launched its 2013 Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative, formerly known as e200, in 27 cities and communities across the country. Since 2008 the initiative has trained more than 1,300 small business owners in underserved communities and continues to expand its impact helping small businesses grow and create jobs. The city …

Arlon appoints Torres

March 1, 2013

Lisandra Torres has been promoted to logistics coordinator at Arlon Graphics LLC, a Santa Ana, Calif., manufacturer of pressure-sensitive cut vinyl, flexible substrates and print media films for digital imaging and printing industries. Torres will manage customer delivery, freight vendor and outside warehouse logistics. She served previously as Arlon’s customer service representative for Asia and …

Detect flaws in leather

Suitable for use with both conveyor and static cutting systems, the LeatherPRO system helps customers working with leather where detection of flaws in the hide is required. Digital defect marking allows up to two operators to mark imperfections simultaneously, allowing the marking of an entire hide in approximately 2.5 minutes. System handles up to six …

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Matching the ink to the job

By Mason Riddle The best printer and fabric in the world will not produce acceptable results if the ink doesn’t match the job and the specifications. This new column is designed to find out what best practices are found in the industry and what advice can be gleaned about inks and their applications. We asked …

Herculite promotes Sparks

Jeff Sparks, an avid supporter of the industrial fabrics industry, will manage the custom fabrics and general purpose fabrics segments of Herculite’s Performance and Custom Products Division—in addition to the Tent and Structures Products Division. Sparks has worked with Emigsville, Pa.-based Herculite for seven years, bringing a wealth of knowledge in product development and applications, …

Fabrics withstand winter temperatures

Most coated fabrics will stiffen and crack when exposed to winter weather; WeatherMax undergoes no change in its properties even at –40 degrees, remaining pliable through punishing weather. A recommended choice for boat covers, enclosures, tents and tops where both appearance and performance matter, it can also be used in applications such as portable ice …

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Fabric graphics cover the outdoors

Fabric graphics dress up everything from buildings to construction sites in outdoor applications. By Holly O’Dell When it comes to fabric graphics applications for outdoor use, the guiding principle is this: If you can envision it, you can create it. Projects have moved beyond the realm of digitally printed awnings—still a profitable venture for many …

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Cockpit enclosure offers maximum visibility

[Bennett Custom Canvas Inc.] Toronto, Ont., Canada A very tall client wanted a redesign of a full center cockpit enclosure on a 46-foot steel ketch to provide maximum height inside for visibility. He also wanted a waterproof fabric for the roof, sturdy framework and easy functioning panels for the front window, entry points to the …

Laminators and trimmers for a variety of substrates

DaVinci Technologies now offers the Royal Sovereign line of laminators and trimmers. Both hot and cold film types can be laminated, with the capability of accommodating an assortment of film variations and sizes. Line of quality trimmers can save employees valuable time and effort by providing extremely smooth and clean cuts. The machines work on …

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Joining the vehicle wrap race

Printed wraps on vehicles—trucks, boats, planes, trains and automobiles—provide new markets for printers. By Janice Kleinschmidt A connoisseur of Armani and custom shirts, Greg Purdy may seem like a fish out of water driving a pinkish-purple Scion with bright yellow letters on the front fender exclaiming “Wow!” But the media relations manager is just doing …

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Rigid enclosure provides offshore comfort

[Riverside Covers] Fort Myers, Fla., U.S.A. An avid fisherman, who regularly travels 30-40 miles offshore for his sport, wanted to be able to travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned helm. Riverside Covers was hired to fabricate a three-sided rigid enclosure for the helm area on 375 Pursuit made with 80g impact, modified clear rigid …

Comfortable and flame-resistant garments

To enhance the comfort of flame-resistant garments, Mount Vernon Mills is now offering its AMSOFT™ finish on all six FR fabric collections: Amtex™ C100 (100 percent cotton), Amtex Plus (88 percent cotton, 12 percent nylon blend), Resilience® and Resilence Trio blends, Phoenix FR (flame-resistant denim) and MY•FR (custom fabric program). The finish is applied using …

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Backlit exhibit steals the show

By Amy Overgaard When Coppinger Exhibits out of Indianapolis needed a new eye-catching design for their trade show exhibits they looked to the award winning Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structures, St. Louis, Mo., to design and fabricate something fresh. Coppinger requested that Lawrence build frames for their upcoming Pioneer Exhibit to be on display at …

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Fabric ceiling transforms a school gym

Arcus Temporum XI, a three-day spiritual exercise blending music, theater and art, focused on the theme “a search for place” during the August 2012 event. The festival site, the Archabbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary, is a historic monument with a breathtaking view of Lake Balaton—and a boarding school gym that had to serve as a concert …

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Dramatic power boat redo

[Marine Concepts] Osage Beach, Mo., U.S.A. A customer of Marine Concepts hired the company to completely customize his high performance power boat, giving it a distinctive look to suit the boat’s Dragon logo. To do that, the company also made carbon fiber dash panels and side panels for the boat to match the carbon fiber …

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FlexPhone features a flexible display

New technologies are stretching the boundaries for fabrics and films. Christian de Poorter, a designer based in Milan, Italy, predicts that 2013 will be the year of flexible displays: a technological revolution, to be sure, and one that could “open new unexplored possibilities,” he believes. Two ends of a rigid FlexPhone aluminum case are connected …

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Little white lies at work

Where do you stand on the “fib index”? By Richard Ensman Do you lie? “Of course not,” you’d probably respond to a question like this. You likely consider yourself a person of honesty and candor, someone who would never speak a falsehood. But what about those innocent “white lies?” Those slight mistruths you proclaim in …

Smart clothing may not be far from reality

Smart clothing, which could monitor patients’ or athletes’ vital signs, provide a cloak of invisibility to military personnel or create flexible displays, may not be far from reality, according to a team from Nottingham Trent University’s Advanced Textile Research Group, Nottingham, U.K. Current smart clothing design involves inserting electronic modules into clothing after production, making …

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Creating the future of textiles: Flexible components

The market for products utilizing flexible components is growing rapidly. By Dr. Harry Zervos As more flexible devices are available, the need for better performing barriers and encapsulation materials at lower cost intensifies. The stringent requirements make this a difficult task for some applications, although others with less intensive demands are already appearing in the …

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Sawgrass and Epson sign license agreement for sublimation technology

Sawgrass Technologies Inc. and Seiko Epson Corp. of Japan announced they have entered into a long-term license agreement whereby Epson, as an authorized Sawgrass licensee, will sell inks for sublimation imaging. Sawgrass is an industry leading developer of innovative printing technologies as well as the world’s largest supplier of dye sublimation inks. Seiko Epson is …

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Fabric panels for a new design discipline

By Mason Riddle The project. To design and produce six large informational fabric panels that explain the meaning and importance of rural design for the exhibition Rural Design: A New Design Discipline. The exhibition, on view from January 28–March 10 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, was organized by the College of Design’s (CDES) The …

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Eco Tent for Everglades overnights

The National Parks Service (NPS) wants visitors to experience the solitude, silence and beauty of the outdoors, without necessarily being treated to unpredictable weather, pests and uncomfortable nights trying to sleep on the ground. Camper cabins are intrinsic to many new park designs, and when the NPS asked the University of Miami to design a …

Michael König plans the next move

Michael König focuses on business planning and growth—every week. By Sigrid Tornquist “You have to know where you’re going in business. You have to have a plan,” says Michael König, president of OFPANZ, New Zealand’s branch of IFAI; and owner and president of Sunshade Group NZ Ltd., incorporating Rainbow Shade Products, 0800 Sunshade and Douglas …

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Color-Logic upgrades software

Color-Logic announced it will ship the 2013 version of its popular software for metallic printing and special effects. Customers under maintenance contract will receive the 2013 version at no additional charge. The 2013 Color-Logic software is fully compatible with Windows 8 and Adobe Creative Suite 6, and includes improved training tools, a simplified design interface …

Collection features solids and stripes

Dickson® Orchestra North American Collection for awning and marine applications is available in a large selection of water-repellent, mildew-resistant solids and stripes, with a special finish that delays the formation and accumulation of dirt. Inspired by the latest indoor/outdoor decorating trends, the collection features 45 solid and 61 striped patterns. Nonpuckering, colorfast and durable, with …

LED bag delivers maximum visibility

The streets of San Francisco are filled with bikes as urban cycling, a hip, healthy and sustainable commuting option, grows in popularity—and poses inevitable risks. According to Transportation Nation online magazine, San Francisco bike crashes have increased by 8 percent in the past two years, outpacing the 3 percent growth in ridership. Two San Francisco …

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Trends in marine style

The push and pull of tradition and fashion keep fabrics and fabricators in touch with customers. By Dara Syrkin The first quarter of each year is rife with predictions. Will the clothing color trends you see in Sunday newspaper advertisements appear in your customers’ boats? Maybe. Has technology responded to boat owners’ needs and desires? …

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Herculite names new manager

Herculite Products Inc., announced the promotion of Jeff Sparks to manager of custom fabrics and general purpose fabrics sub-segments of its Performance and Custom Products Division, in addition to his managing the company’s tent and structures division. Sparks has been part of the Herculite team for the past seven years and brings more than 12 …

Spider silk sings in violin strings

Spider silk, a sticky protein combination that creates flexible threads with the tensile strength of steel, is a natural substance fascinating to material scientists, who have investigated possible applications in everything from ballistic protection to medical devices. The problem is that spiders don’t spin commercial quantities of fiber. Silkworms do, and EntoGenetics Inc. (EGI), a …

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Matching thread with performance

Thread manufacturers keep pace with fabric improvements for consistently reliable performance in end products. By Carla Waldemar You come home with the stylish new jacket you’ve had your eye on—perfect color, perfect fit and a fabric that’ll outlive you—only to find that, all too soon, the seams are starting to give way. Disappointing in a …

Aurora adds new styles

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. announced the addition of Sub-Suede and Universal Knit 400 FR to its Northern Lights™ line of sublimation fabrics. Sub-Suede is a polyester suede fabric and is compatible with both dye sublimation transfer printing and dye sublimation direct printing. Transfer printing produces suede-like feel while direct printing results in a plush, …

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Inflatable project rocks the Superbowl

Superstar Beyoncé blasted onstage for the Super Bowl XLVII half-time performance with special effects, huge sound and pyrotechnics that many suspected had blown the circuits of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The live performance setting designed by Tribe Inc. called for an air-powered 120-by-60-foot fabric recreation of the singer’s hair. Doron Gazit of Air …