OEKO-TEX certificate for REACh compliance covers new additions

July 31, 2013

On June 20, 2013, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added another six chemicals to their candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern. OEKO-TEX® is providing notification that the newly added substances are already part of the current OEKO-TEX Standard 100 testing criteria. Each OEKOTEX certificate also confirms that the certified products meet the current …

New Boltaflex contract upholstery designs deliver performance with style

July 30, 2013

OMNOVA Solutions, Fairlawn, Ohio, has introduced two Boltaflex® contract upholstery designs—Nouveau and Sashay—that personify the duality of today’s affluent interior trends. Nouveau would be right at home in a chic nightclub in Cannes or the French Riviera; its tight, tone-on-tone diamond pattern reflects a contemporary interior design style of utilizing geometric shapes and lines to …

New flexible PVC extrusion process from TMI LLC

July 29, 2013

A new system for flexible PVC extrusion ensures complete dimensional uniformity and tension throughout the bulk PVC rolls produced. The new process control system from TMI LLC eliminates “racetracking,” lay-flat issues, width and gage variations and uneven shrinkage, resulting in an entirely uniform product that doesn’t require continual manual adjustment by operators. TMI extrudes a …

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AATCC to host color management workshop

Color plays an important role in every consumer purchase. In fact, it’s often the first thing a consumer notices about a product. Yet as important as color is, it can be very difficult to ensure that the color initially selected by a designer or brand is communicated accurately throughout the supply chain. To help bring …

Devan Chemicals goes greener

July 26, 2013

Devan Chemicals’ products, found in home, apparel and technical textiles, are made using environmentally friendly processes—a fact not evident in the company’s branding. Belgian-based Devan Chemicals and its U.S. partner Springs Creative Products Group, Rock Hill, S.C., recently launched a re-branding effort to represent product sustainability, real-world solutions and collaboration. Devan provides chemical solutions to …

Teijin develops technology alliances

July 25, 2013

A special Technology Alliance Development Department at Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, will develop technology alliances and acquisitions to strengthen its downstream business management vision, the company announced in April. “We are pursuing technology alliances particularly in the fields of environment, energy and electronics, where new demands are emerging, and in health care, where we are …

Picanol of America opens new headquarters

July 24, 2013

Picanol of America opened its new headquarters in Greenville, S.C., in March to allow expansion of its sales of Picanol weaving machines, spare parts and accessories. Parent company The Picanol Group, with world headquarters in Ypres, Belgium, has been selling its equipment, services and training in the U.S. since 1966 and continues to appreciate the …

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IFAI launches website and digital publication dedicated to advanced textiles

July 23, 2013

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is pleased to announce the launch of Advanced Textiles Source, a website and digital publication devoted to the highly specialized technical textiles market. The website and digital publication launched July 2013. Advanced Textiles Source is the official publication of Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, and of the Safety …

AATCC to host workshop covering the ABC’s of textile testing

July 22, 2013

AATCC’s “Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop” will be held September 17–18 at the AATCC headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C. This workshop has been designed for textile industry professionals responsible for product evaluation, specifications and quality control for apparel and textile materials. Attendees will learn how to properly perform and interpret test results for approximately …

Coloursmith launches new lab coater

July 19, 2013

U.K.-based Coloursmith has launched a new lab coater designed to simulate the same blade coating conditions seen in the majority of production environments. The coater creates a sample of approximately 300mm in width and a maximum length of 800mm to enable the user to take standard sample swatches from the same coating trial. The base …

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories to launch commercial production of Monster Silk this summer

July 18, 2013

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc., Lansing, Mich., the leading developer of advanced spider silk based fibers, today announced that it is scheduled to start commercial production of Monster Silk™. The first phase, scheduled to begin in July, will be focused on establishing commercial scale production capacity. “We have been laying the ground work for commercial production …

Portable metal halide light tower: full power, easy to deploy

July 17, 2013

Larson Electronics, Kemp, Texas, has announced the release of a metal halide light tower with three lamp fixtures and a wheeled and adjustable tower assembly, designed to provide full power illumination in an easy-to-deploy portable package. The WAL-C-3XM Quadpod Mini Light Tower utilizes a four-leg tower design for high stability and a triple metal halide …

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Cooley Commercial Graphics announces European expansion

July 16, 2013

Cooley Group has announced the official opening of Cooley’s Commercial Graphics European headquarters, in response to the rising demand for the company’s non-PVC, high-quality, environmentally sustainable print media solutions. Headquartered in the U.S., Cooley’s European headquarters will be located in Siegen, Germany. Cooley Commercial Graphics new Director, EMEA, Volker Mueller, will have leadership responsibility for …

Cooley Group introduces newest sustainable engineered membrane

July 15, 2013

Cooley Group, Pawtucket, R.I., a global designer, developer and manufacturer of sustainable engineered membranes, has announced the launch of Coolguard® PW, a premier product designed for reservoir liner and floating cover applications requiring NSF 61-certification. The membrane was developed by applying the proven chemistry of Cooley’s Coolguard® product line, used for oil boom, pond liner, …

Attract Capital LLC pursuing acquisitions of textile converting companies

July 12, 2013

Attract Capital LLC, a New York-based merger and acquisition advisory firm, is pursuing acquisitions in the textile converting industry. According to David Barnitt, president of Attract Capital, “We believe the textile converting market has realigned and we are enthusiastic about its future growth potential.” The firm has teamed up with a large institutional fund based …

AATCC Foundation promotes $2500 scholarship sponsored by The Nonwovens Institute

July 11, 2013

AATCC Foundation Inc. has announced the establishment of The Nonwovens Institute’s Undergraduate Student Scholarship. Those interested in applying must be U.S. citizens, or permanent residents who are currently juniors and rising seniors majoring in fiber and polymer sciences, textiles, materials science, paper science, chemical engineering or related disciplines. Scholarships will be $2,500. The purpose is …

Performance insulation materials for fashion and outdoor use

July 10, 2013

Thermore, based in Milan, Italy, has introduced its latest innovation, Thermore ARIA, an excellent technical synthetic alternative to real down feathers. The Italian word ARIA, translated to English, simply means “air.” It perfectly describes the new insulation, which is 98 percent air by volume, ultra-light, soft and a super efficient high-loft insulator. Thermore ARIA also perfectly …

Global Garage celebrates success as an online marketplace

July 9, 2013

With the rapid evolution of wide-format print equipment, customers wanted to upgrade their equipment —but before they could do that they had to sell their used equipment. Mike Altreuter was formally employed by Global Imaging, a value added reseller out of Colorado. “As a new equipment reseller we spent a good deal of time finding …

AATCC to host color management workshop

July 8, 2013

Color plays an important role in every consumer purchase. In fact, it’s often the first thing a consumer notices about a product. Yet as important as color is, it can be very difficult to ensure that the color initially selected by a designer or brand is communicated accurately throughout the supply chain. To help bring …

Carnegie releases bio-based interior textile Xorel

July 5, 2013

After seven years of research and development, Carnegie has unveiled the world’s first high-performance interior textile made with a majority of plant-based content. Called Xorel®, this new product boasts 60 to 85 percent bio content, depending on pattern, though the U.S. government standard requires only 25 percent bio content for a product to carry the …

SPESA 2013 Executive Conference to be held October 17–18

July 3, 2013

After years of recession and slow growth, new opportunities are on the rise for sewn products industry suppliers. That’s why it is more important than ever to understand and stay up-to-date on key industry issues. With an all-new focus, format and venue in Washington, D.C., the SPESA 2013 Executive Conference is a great opportunity for …

The LAUNCH System Challenge 2013

July 2, 2013

LAUNCH is a global initiative to identify and support the innovative work poised to contribute to a sustainable future and accelerate solutions to meet urgent challenges facing our society. NASA, NIKE, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined together to form LAUNCH in early 2010. LAUNCH is partly …

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INDA, EDANA join forces

July 1, 2013

Global nonwovens associations to promote free and fair trade. Two global nonwovens associations, EDANA (Brussels, Belgium) and INDA (Cary, N.C., U.S.A.) have announced that they are joining efforts to promote the free and fair trade of nonwovens globally, starting with an active role in the upcoming U.S.-European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement negotiations. As a …

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European textile exports increasing—outside EU

The eurozone crisis and fiscal belt-tightening by European Union (EU) governments are decreasing demand for European textiles and clothing within the EU, according to Textile Outlook International (Issue No. 161), a report from Textiles Intelligence. The latest data show EU textiles and clothing exports to countries outside the European Union increased in value by 6.3 …

Maintaining high quality while eliminating injuries

How can I…Eliminate worker injuries and consistently maintain high quality? Here’s how: The CARR MP-10 high-performance pneumatic grommet machine can be used for any application where grommets are set with a manual press. It uses a pneumatic cylinder for setting rather than hand or foot operation, eliminating injury and quality consistency issues. Sets stainless steel …

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Techtera launches 2013 innovation initiatives

Three projects will focus on eco-design for environment and human health. Eco-design, environmental protection, recycling and public health are the themes that underlie the Techtera Technical Textiles Rhone-Alps cluster’s latest R & D projects. ECOSILAC, REVAMED and TECHNYMAT, funded through the 15th call for projects, will start in the second half of 2013. ECOSILAC, a …

Testing antimicrobial textile effects on skin

Textiles that incorporate silver or other antimicrobials seemed to be a perfect fit for sports clothing worn close to the skin, preventing odors after strenuous, sweaty workouts. The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, performed an extensive field study several years ago to ensure that skin’s natural flora were not adversely affected by antimicrobial fiber products. Recent …

Take the guesswork out of hand-held welding

How can I…Take the guesswork out of hand-held welding? Here’s how: Weld a flawless automatic seam every time with the BAK PlanOn® Digital Hot-Air Welder. Easy to operate, it allows precise and accurate seam welding with digital readouts of welding speed and temperature. Virtually fail-safe, the welder has an automatic drive start system and offers …

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Creating the future of textiles: Flexible, flat, transparent

Fluorescent light traveling through a polymer sheet may lead to user interface devices that respond to gestures alone. From a white paper by Alexander Koppelhuber and Oliver Bimber published as “New Imaging Device that is Flexible, Flat and Transparent” by The Optical Society (OSA). Digital cameras, medical scanners and other imaging technologies have advanced considerably …

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European nonwoven production growth

EDANA, the international association of nonwoven industries, delivered its European annual statistics on nonwoven production and deliveries for 2012, and the news was better than predicted. Overall growth of 2.2 percent occurred, despite friction and crises within the European Union. Total deliveries reached 1.9 million tons, with spunmelt processes accounting for 45 percent and fiber-based …

Economical testing for sun and rain damage

How can I…Test for sun and rain damage economically? Here’s how: Designed with low operation and maintenance costs in mind, the Q-SUN Xe-2 tester is a full-featured weathering, lightfastness and photostability chamber. In a few days or weeks, the tester’s rotating rack xenon arc test chamber can reproduce fading and color change on textiles that …

How smart are your clothes?

These clothes have a mind of their own. Research from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, may be taking the next quantum leap in textile design: computerized fabrics that change their color and shape in response to movement. Joanna Berzowska, professor and chair of the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia, has developed interactive electronic …

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Low-grade cotton better at oil pick-up

A pound of low-micronaire cotton, a cotton of lesser value in the fiber market, can pick up more than 30 pounds of crude oil, making it an effective absorbent for cleaning up spills. Researchers at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, published their findings in the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. Low micronaire cotton, about …

How to efficiently store and dispense rolled fabrics

How can I…Store and dispense rolled fabrics efficiently and safely? Here’s how: Store and dispense rolled fabrics vertically to maximize space and increase productivity and safety. Textile Carousel accommodates roll lengths from 6 feet up to 15 feet and can also handle 4M rolled goods. Allows for one-person operation; and the offset motor design enables …

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Breaking ground in Africa

A big, wide-open market equals growth opportunity for the tent business. By Barb Ernster Having grown up in Uganda until age seven, Nick Lavy, managing director at Röder UK Ltd., says, “There’s something about the lure of Africa that brings you back. It gets in your blood.” From his office in Cambridge, U.K., Lavy can …

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Miller Weldmaster scores an ‘E’ for exports

Miller Weldmaster scores an ‘E’ for exports Miller Weldmaster scores an ‘E’ for exports The Presidential “E” Awards for Exports are the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank presented Miller Weldmaster, Navarre, Ohio, with this prestigious …

How to ensure fabric is appropriately resilient

How can I…Ensure that a fabric is appropriately resilient? Here’s how: Measure strength and durability of products and materials during design and manufacture with the Universal Testing Machine. It tests by pulling, compressing, bending, puncturing and peeling until failure in order to determine how strong materials are, how much they stretch and other strength-related characteristics. …

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Turning engineering into art: the heart of passionate design

Nic Goldsmith uses his architectural vision to design innovative fabric structures. By Sigrid Tornquist “I think there are a lot of areas where fabric technology could be applied and it’s not,” says Nic Goldsmith, FAIA, LEED, AP, senior principal of FTL Design and Engineering Studio in New York, N.Y. “Part of my role as an …

Huntsman wins patent infringement case

The Intermediate People’s Court in Shanghai, China, found that the Shanghai Colva Dyestuff Industry Co. Ltd. (Colva) infringed on a Chinese patent belonging to Huntsman Corporation’s Textile Effects Division in Singapore. Huntsman registered the patent (ZL00106403.7), which pertains to an innovative method of producing deep black shades, with the State Intellectual Property Office in 2004. …

Achieve maximum flexibility while welding complex products

How can I…Achieve maximum flexibility welding complex products? Here’s how: The TG-Flex moves laterally and rotates 360 degrees for easy material handling. User-friendly traveling machine can do angular, radius and circular welding. It also has servo-driven motors for increased precision and a remote control for easy positioning and welding. Recommended for: Complex products such as …

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A new kind of landfill cover system

[Afitex-Texel] Champhol, France In landfill final cover systems, geocomposite drainage products are frequently used as a drainage layer above the geomembrane layer and for surficial landfill gas collection below the geomembrane. For the first time in the southeastern United States, a final cover system has been constructed using a draintube planar geocomposite product rather than …

Eastman microfibers expanding applications

Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, Tenn., introduced its new Cyphrex™ microfibers at IDEA 13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Expo, in April. The microfibers give producers of wet-laid nonwoven solutions an alternative fiber choice for applications such as filtration systems, specialty papers, battery separators and other products. Cyphrex microfibers can be customized in size, shape …

Perform multiple operations on large products with one welder

How can I…Perform multiple operations on large products using one welder? Here’s how: Cosmos-Kabar’s RF Welder offers a myriad of welding capabilities in one machine. It can be changed quickly to provide complete repeatability for many different types of operations such as grommet sealing, hemming, fitment welding, window sealing and other tasks. The ability to …

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TenCate Geotube transforms a wasteland

[TenCate Geosynthetics] Pendergrass, Calif., U.S.A. TenCate Geotube® dewatering technology contributed to the transformation of what was once a “wasteland” into an ecologically friendly wetland and recreational lake for the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City development. The new Qingjing Lake was integrated into the 1,000-year-old Ji Canal that flows through the development site—a place that is half the …

Cooperation pledged between DSM Dyneema and FNSS

At the International Defense Industry Fair 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey, two companies signed a letter of intent to cooperate on developing the best ballistic-protection material for armored vehicles. DSM Dyneema, the Dutch manufacturer of the ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fiber Dyneema®, will work with FNSS Savunma Sistemieri A. S., a Turkish manufacturer of armored …

Easily weld zippers onto screens and awnings

How can I…Weld zippers onto screens and awnings easily? Here’s how: Easy to set up and extremely reliable, the JTE RF Zipper Welder uses a simple and easy guide on a sliding table for clear, open set-up and excellent alignment for repeatable high-quality welds. It can also be used for pockets, hems, overlap welds and …

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Flint Industries turbidity barrier breakthrough

[Flint Industries] Metter, Ga., U.S.A. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used 5,500 linear feet of TITANBoom® turbidity barrier for a major restoration of Ship Island near Gulfport, Miss. The barrier not only endured through the 12-month project, it withstood the impact of a Category I hurricane and several tropical storms—with no damage to the …

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The right gear now

Embracing technological innovations and equipment advancements to stay ahead of the game. By Maura Keller Imagine it is 1973 and you’ve just received an order for custom canvas awnings. One glance around your small shop reveals all the necessary equipment needed to complete the job: handheld rotary cutters and the “electronic” sewing machine that recently …

How to handle large items and unique shapes

How can I…Handle large items and unique shapes? Here’s how: Versatile and multifunctional, the T-600 Extreme accepts fabrics up to 81 inches wide without folding for easy maneuvering. It has independently controlled weld rollers that assist in the production of a wide range of products and materials. The table arm welds straight seams and a …

Knot for everyone: rope with scope in New York

The Madison Square Art program commissioned artist Orly Genger to create an installation for the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York, N.Y., and gave her a lot of rope. On May 1, the park introduced “Red, Yellow and Blue,” three undulating chambers made of 1.4 million feet of intricately hand-knotted nautical rope covered in …