Mirafi RS580i proves performance

September 30, 2014

Roadway reinforcement product tested in trafficking study. The Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC) recently completed phase one of a full-scale trafficking study that included TenCate Geosynthetics’ Mirafi RS580i. The phase one research results were recently presented at an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) conference in a paper titled “Use of Geosynthetics for Reinforcing/Stabilizing Unpaved …

Agenda set for JEC Americas I.C.S. Boston

September 29, 2014

Conference will be held Oct. 28–29. JEC Group has set the agenda for the JEC Americas Boston I.C.S. (Innovative Composites Summit) Conference, which will be held Oct. 28-29 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The conference offers a complete approach to technical information about new advances in composite materials, to anticipate the future and …

BASF products evaluated for sustainability

September 26, 2014

New method used to analyze 50,000 product applications. Chemical company BASF has developed a new process to review and evaluate the sustainability aspects of the approximately 50,000 relevant product applications in the company’s portfolio. The Sustainable Solution Steering method is an externally-validated process that measures the products’ contribution to sustainability within their various markets and …

Downs Designs raises $10,000 in 24 hours

September 25, 2014

Funds will help expand clothing line for children with Down syndrome. Downs Designs recently raised $10,000 in a span of 24 hours through a Kickstarter campaign, giving the small business a much-needed boost. Founded by Karen Bowersox, who was inspired by her granddaughter born with Down syndrome, the company is dedicated to providing clothes that …

Stahl completes EVO PU coating range

September 24, 2014

Sustainable options for fashion, upholstery and automotive industries. Stahl now offers a complete EVO range of polyurethane coatings for shoes, bags, upholstery and automotive interiors, allowing manufacturers to produce coated fabrics in a more sustainable way and in line with the latest fashion trends. The two newest additions include the 100 percent water-based EVO topcoat …

A call for papers

September 23, 2014

Submit NHPA 2015 presentations by Sept. 30. The second Nonwovens for High-performance Applications Conference will be held in Cannes, France, March 4-5. Four sessions will cover opportunities for nonwovens in high performance applications, markets and game-changing technologies. The core of the conference will be presentations by invited experts, but a call for papers is being …

SBA offers free retirement webinar

September 22, 2014

Register now to attend on Sept. 26. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a free webinar focused on myRA (My Retirement Account), a new retirement savings account intended for employees who don’t have access to an employer-sponsored plan but are looking for a way to start saving. It will be held Sept. 26 …

WeatherMAX™ marks a decade of performance

September 19, 2014

Safety Components to celebrate achievement at IFAI Expo. When Safety Components Fabric Technologies of Greenville, S.C., launched WeatherMAX 10 years ago, it introduced a new category of outdoor fabrics designed to be highly water resistant yet breathable and mildew resistant. Today the fabric is distributed in more than 18 countries and has been used in …

Phifer offers multi-tasking performance fabrics

September 18, 2014

Designed Fabrics collection creates soothing atmosphere. Phifer’s Designed Fabrics create a warm, soothing atmosphere in hospital settings and high traffic areas, offering comfort, style and a burst of color. The collection is comprised of Phifertex® sling and GeoBella® cushion fabrics, manufactured to withstand high traffic areas. Phifertex fabrics are infused with Microban® antimicrobial product protection …

SBA to cohost event series on raising capital

First event will be held Sept. 25. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will join the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) in cohosting a series of events around the country to help small business owners learn about new opportunities to raise capital under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The first event will be hosted …

New repair line from ECHOtape

September 17, 2014

Three products provide an alternative to duct tape. ECHOtape recently launched a new line of repair tapes, offering an alternative to duct tape. The three new products-all-purpose repair tape, all-weather repair tape and heavy duty all-leak repair tape-are each designed to provide solutions for repairs, sealing and waterproofing needs. Strong and flexible, the all-purpose tape …

Leister Technologies acquires Seamtek Inc.

September 16, 2014

Leister SEAMTEK 36 will debut at IFAI Expo. Swiss-based Leister Technologies, a worldwide leader in plastic welding and hot-air equipment, has acquired Seamtek Inc. of Sandpoint, Idaho. Seamtek has been manufacturing hot-air welding and seaming equipment for the technical textile industry since 1996. The strategic move will enable Leister to provide best-in-class manufacturing facilities, a …

The future of flexible electronics

September 12, 2014

Free webinar will be held Sept. 25. A free webinar on flexible displays and sensors will be hosted by IDTechEx on Sept. 25. IDTechEx has been tracking progress in printed, organic and flexible electronics for more than 12 years, providing market research and consulting to leading technology companies. The webinar will cover some of the …

SBA hosting free webinar Sept. 16.

September 11, 2014

Social media tips for small businesses The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is teaming up with Hootsuite to offer a free webinar about how social media can help small businesses succeed. It will be held Sept. 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Don Baron, director of SMB business development at Hootsuite, will help participants learn: Why …

AATCC co-hosting moisture management symposium

September 10, 2014

Conference will be held Oct. 8-9 in Raleigh, N.C. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) is conducting a symposium entitled “Moisture Management: Enhancing Product Performance from Absorbency to Repellency” in conjunction with North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) College of Textiles and Textile Protection and Comfort Center. It will be held Oct. 8–9 …

Mass. Sign Association to meet Sept. 16

September 9, 2014

Open meeting to include dinner and speaker. The Mass. Sign Association will hold an open meeting at 6:00 p.m. Sept. 16 at Wholesale Awnings Inc. in Woburn, Mass. The meeting will include dinner, networking and special guest speaker Mike Cornell, who will present “Fabric choices for use in awnings and canopies.” Cornell is the northeast …

Leeds City Region targets Chicago, participates in IMTS

U.K. manufacturers look to Midwest to fuel growth. Leeds and Partners, Leeds, West Yorkshire, U.K., is participating in the ongoing International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2014, held in Chicago, Ill. through Sept. 13, targeting the midwestern U.S. as it seeks to fuel growth and further develop its existing associations in the area. President Obama recently …

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Progress with printed electronics

September 8, 2014

New research will be presented at Printed Electronics USA. IDTechEx conducted research on the status of the main printed electronics technologies for components in consumer goods and healthcare applications, providing for each one market drivers, case studies and key suppliers, cost structures and challenges. The results will be showcased at the upcoming IDTechEx event, Printed …

Mimaki USA announces MJF500-1800

September 5, 2014

Industrial media handling system for TS500-1800 textile printer. Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, announced the MJF500-1800 industrial media handling system as an option for new and installed Mimaki TS500-1800 high-speed transfer sublimation printers. The handling unit accommodates rolls up to 600 pounds and supports transfer rolls with an external …

FY 2014 STEP Awards announced

September 4, 2014

SBA to award $8 million to promote small business exporting. The Small Business Administration announced that 24 awards will be made to states to support activities to increase exporting by small businesses. The State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program was appropriated $8 million to award by Sept. 30. The STEP program has two objectives: …

Garmatex debuts cooling fiber technology

September 3, 2014

Advanced fabric regulates body temperature. Garmatex Technologies Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, announced the launch of its IceSkin™ technology at the PGA Fashion and Demo Experience, held Aug. 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev. IceSkin is an advanced cooling fabric designed to help wearers function in extreme weather temperatures by regulating body temperature. It combines natural …

Registration open for exhibit design competition

September 2, 2014

Museum of Science Fiction to build preview museum. The Museum of Science Fiction (MoSF) is holding an exhibit design competition for a temporary, semi-permanent preview museum it will build as it seeks to establish a science fiction museum in Washington, D.C. The competition is open to students, architects and industrial and exhibit designers. Teams or …

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Clothes come alive

September 1, 2014

The burgeoning field of interactive textiles lets consumers gather information via their garments. By Janice Kleinschmidt The seamless integration of “self-centric technology into everyday life” is where opportunity lies, Stephane Marceau proclaimed in an April article he wrote for VentureBeat. “We can discover and challenge our physical boundaries, uncover our inner athletes and outperform our …

Introducing MySTeP

Dr. Jean-Pierre Haug, general secretary of the International OEKO-TEX® Association, has announced a new application for product manufacturers. MySTeP is a step up from OEKO-TEX’s STeP certification process for all sectors of the textile supply chain that need to validate sustainability credentials. The secure database application facilitates private, transparent communication between customers and suppliers; ensures …

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Invisibility technologies

A challenge with very new technologies is to predict with any accuracy how—much less when—they might be applied and what materials would be used to create a functioning product. Invisibility technologies fit into this scenario. By Janet Preus First, it is important to note that an invisibility “cloak” has nothing to do with textiles, per …

3-D printer filament

The novelty of 3-D printing is now giving way to widespread use by designers. Fenner Drives, Manheim, Pa., makes belts, hubs, chain guides and other equipment parts. The company’s expertise in urethanes led to the development of NinjaFlex® 3-D printer filament, launched in October 2013. The line was expanded within months of its introduction, as …

Welcome to Bounce Below

Bounce Below in the Llechwedd Caverns in Wales, U.K., bills itself as the largest underground trampoline. By that it means very large trampolines, constructed of three enormous nets interconnected by spiral stairways and a 60-foot slide within the caverns. Twice the size of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, the cavern is outfitted with a spectacular lighting …

In memoriam: Jerry Schneider

Trident Industrial Products, Sunrise, Fla., is deeply saddened to report the passing of company founder Jerry Schneider on July 20, 2014, at the age of 93. As a textile pioneer, his contributions to the industry have been immeasurable. He will be sorely missed.

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Recycle, upcycle

Commercial interior fabrics routinely take on a second life. Does it pay to be green? Yes, it may cost more to initiate the practice when it comes to manufacturing recyclable fabrics for use in commercial interiors—just as with most innovative initiatives—but down the road, it can pay off nicely. Plus, those not on the bandwagon …

Marlen Textiles certified for UV protection

Textiles used in the marine, awning, tent, outdoors, industrial and military markets spend a lot of time in the sun, and Marlen Textiles, Chesterfield, Mo., wanted to ensure that its products offered superior UV protection to customers. The company had its entire line of products reviewed under AATCC 183 testing protocol, and all were certified …

Entrepreneur in action

Steve Frost advances his company by standardizing processes—and being willing to change. We try to develop best practices and focus on repeating them, which includes making lists and standardizing problems,” says Steve Frost, president of Stamford Tent & Event Services, Stamford, Conn. “But you can write all the forms you want—they’re not going to cover …

Enviratex distributor for Schmitz Werke

Schmitz Werke, Emsdetten, Germany, manufactures maritime and awning fabrics with a reputation for strong technical performance and durability. Enviratex, a Rose Brand company, will be the exclusive distributor of maritime fabrics from Schmitz Werke, stocking 37+, Seasilk+ and Seasilk Light at its warehouses in Secaucus, N.J., and Sun Valley, Calif.

Snapshot: Making the impossible possible

By Sigrid Tornquist When Steve Frost of Stamford Tent & Event Services was asked to fit an 80-by-70-foot tent into an 80-by-50-foot space on a yacht club’s seawall, he said no. But when the client persisted, Frost eventually agreed to see if there was a way to make it happen. Inspired by the outriggers of …

“Sustainability in Action” at Huntsman

Huntsman Textile Effects, a global supplier of dyes and textile chemicals headquartered in Singapore, has mobilized its workforce of 3,000 associates at major facilities in eight countries into thinking globally and acting locally. Its “Sustainability in Action” projects organized and implemented by employee teams have included tree plantings, beach and park cleanups, recycling and waste-management …

Outdoor furnishing showcase, integrating art

LongHouse Reserve, a 16-acre estate in East Hampton, N.Y., opens to visitors from May through October to tour landscaped gardens accented by artwork and the latest outdoor furniture designs. Jack Lenor Larsen, an internationally recognized textiles designer, author and collector, owns the Reserve and opens it yearly so that the public can experience art naturally …

Dow Microbial Control to certify select mills

Dow Microbial Control, a business unit of Dow Chemical Co., has launched the Certified Mill Program to recognize textile manufacturers that have successfully completed a training program and demonstrated their proficiency in applying SILVADUR™ Antimicrobial in their production processes. SILVADUR Antimicrobial offers odor control and freshness in apparel, home textiles and footwear by releasing silver …

Hybrid building: farmers by day, musicians by night

When the Central New York Regional Market Authority commissioned a year-round farmers’ market building in Syracuse, N.Y., members expected the hybrid fabric and steel structure to multi-task. Little did they know how rapidly the popular shopping spot for fruits and veggies would become an exciting concert venue, known as F-Shed at the Market. The hybrid …

Supply chain security

Foiling counterfeiters with DNA tags. By Adam Swenson One of the biggest challenges manufacturers face is counterfeiting, an illicit industry that continues to grow. Counterfeiting in the EU has increased more than tenfold during the past 10 years, from 7,553 cases of counterfeit goods seized in 2002 to more than 90,000 seized in 2012. The …

“Plum Crazy” Plymouth Duster, wrapped

Mopar, supplier of parts and tools expressly designed for Chrysler automobiles, sponsors vehicles in the National Hot Rod Association’s Professional Modified (ProMod) Drag Racing Series, and wanted its Plymouth Duster to win big and stand out. The ProMod team added a 2,000-horsepower engine and custom carbon-fiber body to beef up speed and tone down weight. …

Chemicals, coatings & compounds

ShowStoppers 2014 Flame retardant treatments Alexium Intl., Booth A2517 NEW: Eco-friendly flame retardant chemistry for fabrics with high synthetic content. Advantages: Durable treatments are easily applied using conventional textile finishing equipment. Halogen-free, launderable, self-extinguishing, compatible with other fabric treatments, no drip, no melt and backcoating option available. Applications: workwear, military, upholstery, furnishing. +1 864 603 …

The birth of an artificial womb

Infants born prematurely struggle with undeveloped lungs, inadequate digestive systems and other physical challenges associated with coming into the world too soon. Research now suggests that their early exposure to a mechanical, uncomfortable world may cause them to suffer from sensory or motor deficiencies as they develop. The womb is not an incubator; it is …

End products

ShowStoppers 2014 Marine canvas Ameritex Fabric Systems, Booth 1054 NEW: Brand new canvas manufactured to exact original specifications. Advantages: Original equipment supplier has access to thousands of original boat patterns, allowing the new canvas to be manufactured to exact specifications and fit like a glove when replacing old, worn-out canvas, and saving time, labor, overhead …

Scaly mammals and motorcycle protection

A motorcycle racer and a tropical pangolin (scaly anteater) would not seem to have much in common—until now. At the Dainese D-Store in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, U.K., riders can purchase the protective gear manufacturer’s latest design in back protection, named the Manis (the scientific name for the pangolin family) because its overlapping plate-like scales form …

Equipment & tools

ShowStoppers 2014 Eagle DT-FV grommet machine Adfast Corp., Booth 929 NEW: Grommet machine installs a #15 stainless steel grommet without precutting the hole. Advantages: The Eagle DT is now able to install up to a #15 stainless steel grommet. It will cut the hole and set the grommet in only one stroke, even in tough, …

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Thoroughly bugged-and fighting it

Malaria affects more than 200 million people each year and killed more than 600,000 in 2010, most of them in Africa, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is on the front line of the fight against malaria, conducting research on biomedical …

Fabrics, fibers and films

ShowStoppers 2014 Packa-Tex™ ABC Industries Inc., Booth 1728 NEW: BT-1 & BT-2 packaging fabrics. Advantages: BT-1 single-sided and BT-2 double-sided, brushed polyester fabrics are engineered for transporting Class A automotive finished goods. Constructed of three-ply and four-ply, respectively, laminated components to conform to virtually any shape. Lighter weight but stronger and more cost-effective than disposable …

Keeping cool and mobile in a hot chopper

For 16 years, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) has provided microclimate cooling for helicopter pilots flying into desert or jungle heat. The pilots plug into the systems and are able to keep cool. However, the tethers that connect them to the aircraft-mounted cooling systems can become tangled and limit free or …

Hardware, findings & accessories

ShowStoppers 2014 Awning assist brace Awning Assist Brace Sys. Inc., Booth 1119 NEW: Sturdy retractable awning support. Advantages: Powder-coated aluminum pole ensures in-use retractable awnings remain secure while helping to reduce wear and tear to the awning caused by wind, as well as under-awning noise caused by wind resistance. Easy to assemble and install, designed …

Printable flexible zinc-polymer batteries

A California start-up company testing an ultra-thin zinc-polymer battery may soon be printing money by selling the flexible, rechargeable batteries to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels and environmental sensors. Christine Ho, co-founder of Imprint Energy, Alameda, Calif., collaborated with a researcher in Japan to produce microscopic zinc batteries using a 3-D printer. …

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ShowStoppers 2014

The IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo will feature the third annual ShowStoppers competition, highlighting the best of the best products in the industry, from new and improved applications to revolutionary designs and increased efficiency. Exhibitors that submitted ShowStoppers entries by the September issue deadline are shown here. After the final entry deadline, all entries will be …