Optitex releases Version 12.3 software

July 31, 2014

New PDS features include a design tool and inventory module. Version 12.3 of Optitex Pattern Design Software (PDS) includes new tools to improve the design and development workflow, as well as inventory utilization. The new Printed Fabric Tool simplifies the accurate positioning of style pieces on printed fabric. Designers are able to see how the …

Impulsa Sewing Machines names North American distributor

July 30, 2014

Global Imaging will distribute two machines and multiple work stations. Global Imaging, the leading integrator of wide and grand format printing, has been named the North American distributor of Germany-based Impulsa Sewing Machines. Global CEO Greg Lamb says the addition of Impulsa machines and accessories allows the company to provide a finishing product to its …

Tough but stylish

July 29, 2014

An almost-bulletproof shoe from O.A.M.C. Over All Mastercloth (O.A.M.C.) is a high-end clothing maker redefining men’s workwear. A project initiated by Carhartt Work in Progress, the European licensee of Carhartt Manufacturing, Irvine, Ky., strives to deliver upscale modern workwear that is fashionable and durable. One of O.A.M.C’s newest products is a shoe made by French …

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A new generation of PU-coated fabrics

July 28, 2014

Waterborne PU technology from Bayer MaterialScience replaces solvent-based processes. Bayer MaterialScience announced the launch of INSQIN™, a waterborne polyurethane (PU) technology that allows PU-coated fabrics to be manufactured without solvent while reducing water consumption by up to 95 percent and energy consumption by up to 50 percent in the coating process. Available for a wide …

Sefar Vision wins 2014 Glass Magazine award

July 25, 2014

Glass interlayer named “Most Innovative Decorative Glass Product.” Vision, a metal-coated fabric interlayer for glass from Sefar Architecture, won the 2014 Glass Magazine award for “Most Innovative Decorative Glass Product.” Nominations were submitted by Glass Magazine to a panel of judges representing all segments of the glass and glazing industry. Vision designs can be created …

IntelloCut wins Venture Engine 2014

July 24, 2014

Intelligent material management system for sewn products industry. IntelloCut, the flagship product developed by Threadsol Software Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, won the 2014 start-up funding competition Venture Engine, held July 3 at The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. An enterprise material management system, IntelloCut saves up to 10 percent on material costs for the …

SBA awards $2 million in FAST grants

July 23, 2014

Program support for 22 universities and organizations. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded grants totaling $2 million to 22 state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities. These grants will support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses under SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program. The FAST program …

TenCate expands MiraSpec software

July 22, 2014

Added support for flexible pavement and road design. TenCate Geosynthetics has made improvements and expansions to its MiraSpec Design Solutions Software, a tool for engineers to design cost-effective paved and unpaved roadways by incorporating geosynthetics. New features will allow a designer to perform roadway designs with and without geosynthetics, and to calculate the cost and …

Acacia’s device profiling patent ruled invalid

July 21, 2014

Patent asserted against 32 companies. The U.S. Court of Appeals has confirmed that a device profile patent asserted by a subsidiary of the non-practicing entity Acacia Research Corporation against Electronics For Imaging Inc. (EFI) and 31 other companies is invalid. Digitech Image Technologies LLC filed a patent infringement suit in a California federal court in …

BondCote Corp. launches new website

July 18, 2014

More news updates, product information BondCote Corp., Pulaski, Va., has launched a new website designed to keep customers and potential customers better informed on company products and news. The new site will feature more news updates, product information and access to a company newsletter, with articles from the president and chief executive officer. A newsletter …

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Cotton Inc. wins recycling innovator award

July 17, 2014

Recognition for Blue Jeans Go Green™ program. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the Bureau of International Recycling’s Textiles Division (BIR) and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) held the first International Textile Recycling Summit (ITRS), June 2, in Miami, Fla. Conference attendees discussed trends, concerns and emerging markets in the used clothing …

AATCC offers online training videos

July 16, 2014

Test methods and evaluation procedures explained. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) has launched a selection of test method online training videos featuring visual demonstrations of 11 popular AATCC test methods and six evaluation procedures. They include text and audio narration of step-by-step instruction and demonstrations of correct techniques. Four separate training …

Printing applications from Mimaki USA

July 15, 2014

Wide format printing applications displayed at ISA 2014. Mimaki USA displayed its product line for applications in the sign and display, textile and apparel, and industrial printing markets, at the 2014 ISA International Sign Expo, held in Orlando, Fla., April 25-27. Its featured product, the Mimaki JFX200-2513 LED UV-curable flatbed printer, offers the same operational …

Larson Electronics releases 300-watt LED light fixture

July 14, 2014

Explosion-proof fixture for recessed mounting. Larson Electronics has released a 300-watt, Class 1, Division 2 hazardous location lay-in LED light fixture designed for recessed panel mounting. The aluminum body and LED lamp give the HAL-LI-48-2X150LED durability and resistance to vibration and impacts. The housing is specially designed to dissipate heat, which increases the efficiency and …

Stay safe with window film

July 11, 2014

Tips from IWFA. The International Window Film Association (IWFA) has offered tips to protect drivers and homeowners, specifically during summer months. Windows around a home’s entryway can be an inviting target for thieves to break into, and FBI reports have shown increased break-ins during the months of July and August. According to Darrell Smith, IWFA …

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Birdair lands Arthur Ashe Stadium contract

July 10, 2014

Retractable roof to be installed by 2016. Birdair Inc. was selected by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and architectural design and planning firm Rossetti to supply a 210,000-square-foot, PTFE membrane, retractable roof for the Arthur Ashe Stadium, with expected installation by 2016. The roof is part of a five-year transformation of the USTA Billie …

Banker Wire updates catalog

July 9, 2014

Several new products introduced. Banker Wire, leading manufacturer of woven wire mesh, has released an updated catalog showcasing its new products. The catalog focuses on architectural products and includes more than 60 of Banker Wire’s most popular specifications. It also explains the various ways in which the products can be customized and manufactured for almost …

World-renowned color management experts to speak at AATCC workshop

July 8, 2014

Color management workshop will be held Aug. 26-27. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) will hold a color management workshop Aug. 26-27 at the AATCC Technical Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Color management experts will discuss color principles and the effect of lighting; factors to consider when developing a color palette …

GIZ and Huntsman Textile Effects partner

July 7, 2014

GIZ Chemical Environmental Management for Competitiveness Program to raise chemical management industry standards for textile mills in Bangladesh. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a German federal agency that promotes sustainable development around the world, and Huntsman Textile Effects, a leading global provider of high-quality dyes and textiles chemicals, are cooperating to raise chemical …

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Infection prevention

July 4, 2014

The Hohenstein Institute puts antimicrobial products and hygiene precautions to the test. Antimicrobial products can play an important role in preventing hospital-acquired infections. The Hohenstein Institute, Boennigheim, Germany, tests products that incorporate antimicrobial technologies for their compliance with international standards and certifies their effectiveness on the basis of type testing. Products come from a range …

“Green” shade fabrics from Phifer

July 3, 2014

Eco-friendly shading solution offers responsible light management and energy savings. Phifer Inc. SheerWeave® 4000 series fabrics are now made with Dow Ecolibrium™ bio-based plasticizers, combining the durability of vinyl-coated polyester with the latest in green vinyl technology for an eco-friendly shading solution that offers responsible light management and energy savings. This green technology is exclusive …

New high-performance fabric from Teijin

July 2, 2014

Delta 2000 designed for use in outerwear. Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber products converting company, has developed Delta 2000, an advanced, high-comfort, high-density fabric suited for use in outerwear. As the latest addition to Teijin Frontier’s Delta series of high-performance materials designed for sporting applications, Delta 2000 has a distinctive structure comprising …

Testing textiles on the final frontier

July 1, 2014

The Hohenstein Institute, Boenningheim, Germany, will go to the ends of the earth—and beyond—in its search for better ways to find textile solutions for extremes of stress, climate and even zero gravity. The six-month “Blue Dot” space mission launched in May, and a German astronaut on the International Space Station will carry out the first …

New member for TMI LLC team

TMI International LLC, a leading supplier of workplace environmental management systems and other PVC-based products, has announced that Rob Hinckley has joined the team as vice president of sales and marketing. He will be responsible for all sales and marketing functions across the company. Hinckley holds an M.A. in Organizational Behavior and a B.A. in …

Quality keder

Durable, quality keder, along with quality vinyl, plays a huge role in the longevity of fabric structures. Lark Intl. offers a double-flapped milky white keder in 8.5, 11, and 13 mm, to increase the appearance and durability of tent and fabric structures. Lark will soon be providing clear vinyl Crocodile hangers for keder and solid …

Sticky back

Sticky Back for Fabrics by VELCRO® is an easy to apply peel-and-stick, hook and loop fastener that provides a permanent bond to fabrics without sewing, gluing or ironing. It is used for repairing fabric and clothing, creating quick Halloween costumes, attaching patches and personalizing. Embellishments can be easily changed out to stylize a garment or …

Shiny mesh curtains make showers chic

Modern bathroom designers deliver grand meccas for relaxation, stimulation and luxury, concepts in marble or slate that create a spa-like atmosphere with all of the amenities. This grand ambiance deserves more than a pink plastic shower curtain, and Cascade Coil, a Tualatin, Ore., maker of woven wire mesh fabrics, introduces the Serenity shower curtain to …

Mead joins Hohenstein Institute America

Hohenstein Institute America has announced that Ben Mead is the company’s new customer relations and technical specialist. Mead brings a strong background in textile chemistry and sustainability to the position, and is also active in many textile industry trade associations. He holds a B.S. in Textile Chemistry from North Carolina State University.

Grommet search

Leading global manufacturer of grommets and washers offers four product lines: sheet metal grommets, which can be used with plain washers, teeth washers or neckwashers; self-piercing grommets and washers, which pierce and set in a single action without the need for a pre-punched hole; rolled-rim grommets and spur washers, which interlock to provide rugged, unyielding …

Easy display

The Easy Display from Tex Visions makes advertising not only easy, but easily portable. The banner stand is simple to set up and arrives with prints installed. Connect the three-part aluminum pole to the base and attach the top clamping rail to complete the assembly. LIghtweight display comes with an economy bag and carrying case …

Vehicle, body armors muscle up and slim down

Devising protective solutions for armored vehicles, body armor, watercraft or amphibious vehicles is the core business of Leading Technology Composites (LTC) of Wichita, Kan., a 20-year veteran in armored products manufacturing. With the help of DSM Dyneema, Stanley, N.C., and its ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fiber, Dyneema® and Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology materials, LTC …

In memoriam: Steve Gordon

Trident Industrial Products of Sunrise, Fla., is deeply saddened to report the passing of Steve Gordon on May 17, 2014, at the age of 69. As an integral member of Trident for more than 40 years, his contributions to the company, as well as to the entire textile industry, are immeasurable. He will be sorely …

Precision panel mounting

Fastmount™ panel mounting systems were originally designed for wall panels in marine applications. Fastmount allows the installer to apply, remove and refit panels in any sequence, time after time, with perfect alignment and a flawless finish. Combining speed, versatility and outstanding aesthetics, the system allows designers, installers and contractors in the marine, architectural, aviation and …

Architecture for hire, simplified

The white rectangular building with rounded corners and a glass-walled front is modern, sleek and simple, like a giant smart phone. And like smart phones, AirClad’s new portable, rentable modular buildings can multi-task, to be used as festival accommodations, temporary classrooms, offices, marketing suites, seasonal bars, beach events or VIP venues. The lightweight, easy-to-install modules …

Celebrating excellence

The IFAI Canada 2014 Honours Program winners. Five winners selected by the Canada Honours Program were announced at the annual IFAI Canada Expo held March 13–14 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Ont. Entries are open to members of IFAI Canada and judged on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. In memory of former …

Hardware on demand

Dedicated to meeting the specific needs of customers, Custom Metal Crafters (CMC) has pioneered and specialized in the design, manufacture and sourcing of buckles, snaps, slides, D-rings, loops, fasteners, ornaments, Chicago screws and general hardware. The company also creates custom designed parts to customer specifications; products can be created in a variety of metals including …

Geosynthetics raising the (green) roof

Green roofs benefit the environment by soaking up stormwater and cooling sun-baked buildings. They also add natural beauty, style and design to normally barren spaces, bringing that ineffable environmental improvement called joy to the people who use and see the building. While green roofs are popular in Europe, they are less common in the U.S. …

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Connection points

The right hardware makes every job a snap. With the right outlook— it’s a riveting subject. In this global economy, when business people can order supplies from around the globe at the click of a mouse, it’s easy to assume that we can get whatever we want, whenever we want. But in fact, long-term trends …

Essential threads

Fil-Tec’s new PremoLast high-tenacity PTFE sewing thread offers superior sewing performance, made from high-tenacity PTFE yarn that has 25–30 percent greater strength per size compared to regular tenacity products. Fil-Tee’s 1800 denier, for example, has a breaking strength comparable to that of a 2200–2400 denier regular-tenacity thread but will provide 500–600 more yards per pound, …

Anti-dumping duty on blankets

The Government of Mexico Secretariat of the Economy imposed an anti-dumping duty on synthetic fiber blankets made in China following a one-year investigation spurred by complaints from two Mexican manufacturers. Imports of manmade fiber blankets originating in China will be subject to anti-dumping duty if the customs value of the products is less than $12.10 …

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On-hand and handy

The “art” of having the right amount of hardware and supplies available–and organized. It’s an ebb and flow, like the change in the seasons. It’s the annual ritual of fabricators in seasonal markets preparing for the year ahead. Many will have let their inventory of hardware, tubing and finishing supplies shrink to practically nothing in …

Performance: locked in

Q-SNAP, a smart and locking textile fastener with stretch function, boasts improvements on usability, quality and installation speed—up to four times faster than other secure fasteners, according to the manufacturer. The product won a ShowStopper award at the 2013 IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo. Offering secure fastening without pins or other protruding parts, PERFIX® locking fastener …

Mutoh America partners with ErgoSoft

Partnership creates dye-sublimation printer RIP solution. Mutoh America Inc., a leading manufacturer of wide-format printers and cutters, has partnered with ErgoSoft for a RIP solution on its dye-sublimation line of ValueJet printers. The program is exclusive to Mutoh only, through participating dealers. Beginning this month with printer shipments for the U.S. and Canada, a dongle …

Nonwovens conference presentations on CD

The first Conference on Nonwovens for High-performance Applications was held in Cannes, France, in March 2014. Those who could not attend the two-day event on the Cote d’Azur can benefit from the 17 presentations, now available for purchase on a CD-Rom (pdf and audio files). Major themes of the meeting were changes from commodity to …

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Quality components = quality end products

Hardware and fittings suppliers continually pursue improvements in their products to meet changing needs and increasing demands in the specialty fabrics industry. Lighter, stronger, more versatile and easier to install. End product manufacturers (EPMs) want these qualities in the hardware, findings and accessories they use in their products. Suppliers of these components understand the challenge …

Magnetic and mechanical

The FIDLOCK® concept combines the advantages of a magnetic fastener with those of a mechanical locking device. The successful SNAP helmet buckle, launched in 2009, is now used by more than 43 premium manufacturers and brands of helmets for biking, snowboarding, skiing and skating. Regularly introducing new products, the company has also recently introduced the …

Protect your people

And keep workers’ compensation costs under control. By William J. Lynott If you’re a typical specialty fabrics business owner, workers’ compensation costs—or the threat of them—can quickly become a major expense burden. Almost every business in the United States that has employees must deal with the cost of workers’ compensation; it’s a perennial issue, but …

INSIGHT + VISION for consumer nonwovens

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, hosts the VISION Consumer Products Conference each year, focusing on the absorbent product and disposable hygiene market segments. In May, INDA purchased the INSIGHT International Conference from Marketing Technology Service Inc. (MTS), Kalamazoo, Mich., combining the two events into the largest event of its kind. The INSIGHT …

Making connections

Providing superior fastening products and trim to a global marketplace, American Plastics, established in 1986, supplies products to North and South America, Europe, Russia, Asia and Australia. Products include zippers, webbing, narrow binding tape, hook and loop, cordage, elastic, thread, fabric and mesh; used on backpacks, truck covers, swimming pool covers, garments, hunting and the …

Marine specialties

Manart-Hirsch is a direct mill distributor, converter and importer of marine and recreational fabrics, hardware, fasteners and supplies. Company stocks all sizes, ranging from ¾- to 1 ¼-inch hardware. Specializing in the marine markets, all the fittings and fasteners needed to do the job right are kept on hand. Fittings are made from high quality …