Mimaki debuts CJV300 series

November 28, 2014

Cut and print device features new technologies for high-volume workflow. The new CJV300 series of production-speed, printer-cutter devices from Mimaki USA Inc. brings automated print-and-cut operations to this class of printer for the first time. Extending the capabilities of the Mimaki JV300 series platform, the CJV300 series is available in two sizes: the 54-inch CJV300-130 …

DuPont and Old Toledo Brands launch apparel line

November 27, 2014

Built-in technology creates molecular shield around fibers. DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions and Old Toledo Brands Inc. have launched DuPont™ Teflon™ brand apparel, a new line of clothing that extends the Teflon® brand, which has been in the textile market since the early 1960s, beyond an ingredient textile finish. The lifestyle line of apparel is designed and …

3M expands 3Mâ„¢ MCSâ„¢ Warranty coverage

November 26, 2014

HP printer and ink added to warranty offerings. 3M Commercial Solutions has announced the HP Latex 831 Inks used with the HP Latex 360 Printer will be eligible for coverage under the for 3M MCS Warranty when created by a 3M-certified graphics provider using qualified 3M products. The ink will be labeled as a 3M …

New explosion proof high bay light fixture from Larson Electronics

November 25, 2014

450 watt fixture features LED technology, is lightweight and multi-voltage capable. Larson Electronics LLC has announced the release of its explosion proof high bay light fixture that provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. The Class 1 Division 2, Class 2 Division 1 & 2 fixture provides 37,500 …

APDN signs commercial agreement with textile manufacturer

November 24, 2014

“Fiber Forward” supply chain protection authenticates ELS cotton. Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (APDN), a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, has signed a commercial agreement with a textile manufacturer to purchase a SigNature T(R) DNA mark, in order to protect and authenticate extra long staple (ELS) Pima cotton. The SigNature T commercial …

AATCC announces 2015 student design contest

November 21, 2014

“Hot Technology for Cool Days” theme challenges students to create outerwear collection. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) has announced its 2015 Concept 2 Consumer® student design competition. The “Hot Technology for Cool Days” theme will challenge students to create a cohesive outerwear collection for an 18- to 30-year-old target consumer group, …

IFAI magazines win top honors at MMPA ceremony

November 20, 2014

Awards include five gold, two silver and two bronze. IFAI magazines won a total of nine awards at the 18th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association Excellence Awards ceremony held Nov. 13 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Excellence Awards competition was created to recognize and foster outstanding publishing achievement. Winners were chosen by a panel of …

Mutoh wins SGIA Product of the Year award

November 19, 2014

ValueJet 2638 honored in solvent/latex over 96 inches category. The ValueJet 2638 from Mutoh America Inc. won its second Product of the Year award from the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) in the “Test Print Shoot Out Poster Size, Solvent or Latex Ink over 96 inches” category at the SGIA Expo, held Oct. 22-24 at …

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IFAI Expo 2014 report: Add graphics, add value

November 18, 2014

Part of this year’s Awning Symposium at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo, hosted by the Fabric Graphics Association (FGA), was a panel presentation entitled: “Add Graphics: Increase Value and Customize Products.” Discussion focused on how to bring graphics into businesses of all sizes, bringing in new customers or expanding your offerings to existing customers through diversification. …

The state of U.S. small business

November 14, 2014

SCORE releases new statistics in an infographic. Small business mentoring organization SCORE has released statistics regarding the state of small business in the U.S., including changes in owner sentiment, growth in women-owned businesses, loan approval rates and SCORE’s impact. According to data presented in an infographic, small business optimism has increased substantially since Q2 2013. …

NYSAR3 encourages New York residents to recycle

November 13, 2014

“Clothes the Loop NY” campaign is in conjunction with “America Recycles Day,” Nov. 15. Communities across the state of New York are teaming up to encourage residents to donate and recycle their unwanted clothing and other household textiles. In conjunction with “America Recycles Day” on Nov. 15, the “Clothes the Loop NY” campaign is led …

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In Review: IFAI 2014 Specialty Fabrics Expo & Advanced Textiles Expo

November 12, 2014

Exhibitors, new products, awards, new divisions, and market-specific programming presented by industry experts. The annual Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo was held in IFAI’s home state of Minnesota, Oct. 13-16, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Advanced Textiles programming took place Oct. 13 and 14, followed the next …

HP announces large-format printing mobile app

November 11, 2014

HP Latex 300 Printer series customers can remotely monitor their printers, track job status and receive printer alerts. Hewlett-Packard (HP), Palo Alto, Calif., has announced its new HP Latex Mobile application, which will be free to download for smartphones in January 2015, and for tablets in mid-2015 from Google Play and the Apple App store. …

DSM Dyneema introduces concept vest for women

November 10, 2014

Body armor with Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology can serve as an equalizer for female soldiers. DSM Dyneema, the Dutch manufacturer of the ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fiber Dyneema, displayed a concept vest envisioned for women at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Oct. 13-15, in Washington D.C. Application …

TenCate executes growth strategy

November 7, 2014

U.K. plant expansion scheduled for completion in 2015. TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading global composite materials company based in Nijverdal, the Netherlands, announced its plan for the growth and expansion of equipment and facilities at its manufacturing facility in Langley Mill, England. The U.K. plant will be a center of excellence for thermoset chemistry systems …

Mutoh products receive IDEAlliance certification

November 6, 2014

First digital printer manufacturer to receive Wide/Grand Format Inkjet Certification. Mutoh America Inc., a leading manufacturer of large format inkjet printers and accessories, has received IDEAlliance G7 Certification for its G7 Calibrator software, and Wide/Grand Format Inkjet System Certification for its ValueJet 1638X and 1624 printers. Part of Mutoh’s ColorVerify Pro/G7 process control solution, the …

Introducing “Made in Green by OEKO-TEX”

November 5, 2014

New product label for safe and sustainably produced textiles. The Switzerland-based OEKO-TEX® Association has replaced the OEKO-TEX Standard 100plus and the Spanish mark “Made in Green by Aitex” with a new certification named “Made in Green by OEKO-TEX.” Textiles with this label have proven to be safe in terms of human ecology and are produced …

AATCC hosting textile testing workshop

November 3, 2014

Colorfastness tests to include crocking, light, washing and perspiration. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) will host its Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop Dec. 3-4 at the AATCC headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The workshop is designed for textile industry professionals who are responsible for product evaluation, specifications and quality control …

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A U.S. Army wish list

November 1, 2014

The U.S. Army tells the textile industry exactly what it wants in the next generation of clothing, gear and structures. By Sigrid Tornquist Fiber reinforced, insect repellent, modular, ergonomic, chemical resistant, paper thin but super tough, omniphobic. These are some of the properties the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) is …

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Mother Nature gets help from heating textiles

By the year 2050, it is estimated that the earth’s population will rise by 2 billion. That is a lot of hungry mouths to feed, and it will require innovative solutions to expand agricultural production. According to researchers in Germany, high-tech fabrics could come to the rescue. They’ve developed heating textiles that are placed around …

Teijin Aramid’s carbon nanotube fibers win award

Dr. Marcin Otto of Netherlands-based Teijin Aramid and Prof. Matteo Pasquali from Rice University in Texas won the Paul Schlack Man-Made Fibers Prize for corporate-academic partners in fiber research. Granted by the European Man-made Fibers Association, the prize was awarded for the development of a new generation of super fibers using carbon nanotubes. The fibers …

How to tap into the military market

Where does a company turn when it has technology that could solve a problem for the military? How does it go about making the proper contact? Can it find government funding for a project or does it have to find its own financing? Carole Winterhalter, textile technologist for NSRDEC (Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering …

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The portable yurt

Modern-day nomads will appreciate how an ancient type of dwelling has been updated for their busy lives. The Jero yurt is comparatively lightweight and can be packed into a small car or even towed on a bicycle trailer. Three people can assemble it in less than two hours–no tools required. Available from Trakke, the Scottish …

Arlon expands U.S. distribution

Arlon Graphics LLC, Placentia, Calif., a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive cut vinyl, flexible substrates and print media films, has expanded its distribution partnership with screen and digital inks and equipment supplier Nazdar SourceOne, Shawnee, Kan. Nazdar is now distributing Arlon products nationwide. With more than 14,000 products available from locations across the U.S., the addition of …

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Building relationships

Working with the military requires patience, agility and a thorough understanding of government processes—and shifting markets. In July, the Senate appropriations committee passed a 2015 base defense budget of $549.3 billion and another $59.7 billion to fund overseas contingency operation. While the numbers appear staggering, they mark a drop of about $20 billion in each …

Stars out in force at L.A. Live

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board wanted to create a fun and festive atmosphere for a daytime summer event at the L.A. Live, an entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles. They called on Air Dimensional Design, or AirDD®, to set up a burst of larger-than-life inflatable stars throughout the outdoor area. The bold purple …

Foley joins Brand & Oppenheimer

Brand & Oppenheimer Co., a Red Bank, N.J.-based textile converter, has appointed Brian Foley to be project lead/program manager. Foley will be responsible for the implementation and execution of special projects and programs. He will focus on developing new customers as well as maintaining existing clients. Foley brings experience in soft goods services, including product …

Manufacturing for other militaries

Manufacturers can produce non-strategic items for the militaries of foreign governments, but just like any other business venture outside the United States, it takes patience and education. “Every country operates differently,” says Ron Houle of DHS Systems LLC, based in Tanner, Ala. “Like our military, they can move very, very slowly at times.” The first …

Branded vans: special delivery

As part of its rebranding effort, LSO, formerly Lone Star Overnight, is having a bit of fun with its fleet of vans. They are wrapped in a series of new motifs–tie-dyed, argyle and camouflage–and include clever messages to connect customers with the quality and reliability of its delivery service in an original way. The redesign …

Noonan named president as Hohman retires

OMNOVA Solutions of Fairlawn, Ohio, has named Anne Noonan president of the performance chemicals business segment, succeeding James Hohman who retired in October. Noonan brings a deep knowledge of the specialty chemicals industry to the position, including strategic marketing, product development, mergers and acquisitions and general management. OMNOVA is an innovator of emulsion polymers, specialty …

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Gearing up

ROI: Supplying fabrics, materials and services to the military. The U.S. Army’s decision to make its latest training uniform with no reflective element punched Oakdale, Minn.-based Safe Reflections Inc. right in the bottom line. Safe Reflections bases 35 percent of its business on military sales, namely reflective products for workout gear, which were on the …

Cool on the course—no sweat

Members of the U.S. team at the PGA Ryder Cup held in Perthshire, Scotland, this September may have felt the heat from the pressure of competition, but it wasn’t from the sun, thanks to temperature-regulating hats. Developed by Outlast® Technologies, a Golden, Colo.-based leader in proactive heat management, the hats are the product of a …

Gerber names Newbury global general manager

Gerber Technology, Tolland, Conn., has named Karsten Newbury vice president and general manager of software solutions. Prior to joining Gerber, Newbury was senior vice president and general manager for Siemens PLM Software’s mainstream engineering business and led the company’s global go-to-market and software development efforts. Gerber is a world leader in integrated solutions for the …

One idea, four products

One idea, four products One idea, four products Carry-on, airline-approved suitcase, trolley, steerable kick-scooter and skateboard—in one urban mobility package—the “Olaf” assures that you can get around the city and have everything you need along with you. There are two models: the Olaf Urban and Olaf Business. Both are unisex, unisize, can hold up to …

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U.S. equipment rental industry grows

The U.S. equipment rental industry is expected to grow 7.6 percent in 2014 to generate $35.8 billion in revenue and outpace gross domestic product (GDP) by more than four times, according to the American Rental Association’s (ARA) latest forecast from the ARA Rental Market Monitor™. Total equipment rental revenue is forecasted to grow 10.5 percent …

The architectural membrane market in China

The architectural membrane market in China The architectural membrane market in China High-performance fabrics and increasing demand are driving new growth in fabric structures. By Jason Kong and Xi Jiang With the increasing construction of fabric structures, architectural membranes are gaining increasing prominence in China due to the combination of positive qualities such as heat …

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Fabric defense

Fabric shelter systems protect valuable aircraft, equipment and military personnel in Afghanistan. Durable fabric relocatable military buildings, temporary hangars, aircraft shelters, storage warehouses and sunshades are designed to be rapidly deployed and quickly constructed anywhere in the world. These engineered aluminum-framed structures are robust, reliable and field maintainable. They are designed to support defense requirements …

New textile waste recycling methods

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing new methods for handling large quantities of textile waste material. The European Union Directive set in 1999 contains quantitative restrictions regarding biodegradable waste deposited at landfill sites, and the practice of taking textile waste to landfill sites must end when regulations take effect in Finland Jan. 1, …

Thermal protection testing

The ThermaRate™ Thermal Barrier Test Apparatus from SDL Atlas measures the burn injury protection of fabrics used in protective clothing worn by workers in the proximity of fires or extreme heat sources, replicating the effects of fabric in proximity of a fire but not immersed in one. Includes closed-loop controlled IR radiant heat source, automated …

China commits to greater sustainability

A new report by Textiles Intelligence details the rise in the use of bioresins and biofibers in China’s nonwovens industry in the coming years. Published in the latest issue of Technical Textile Markets, the report credits a commitment to greater sustainability in manufacturing and biodegradable products on the part of the Chinese government. As GDP …

Metallic Details

Konecranes’ CXT Electric Wire Rope Hoists for overhead cranes are manufactured to safely and reliably meet the demands of industrial material handling environments. Compact design accommodates facilities with limited headroom above the crane while maximizing the use of available floor space. Can be custom-tailored for any lifting need up to an 80-metric-ton capacity and programmed …

The future of structural electronics

Imagine aircraft and cars with “nervous systems” that alert to touch and damage. Or, a smart skin made of insulating fiber composites on vehicles, buildings and other structures that can perform functions like electricity generation and storage, or diversion of lightning strikes. This brave new world of structural electronics is not so distant in the …

JV300 printer series

JV300 printer series The Mimaki JV300 Series of production-speed, eco-solvent printers is comprised of two models: the 53-inch Mimaki JV300-130 printer and the 64-inch Mimaki JV300-160 printer. JV300 printers include eight ink channels and a variety of colors, using Mimaki SS21 fast-drying, eco-solvent inks that can print on hundreds of media choices. New technologies, such …

Development subsidy awarded to Factory of the Future

A consortium including TenCate and Norma was granted 1.5 million euros from the Province of Overijssel in the Netherlands for smart production in the Factory of the Future. The funding will be used to make the production of advanced TenCate materials, such as protective fabrics, even more efficient, sustainable and smart. One of the main …

FR finished edge trim

Safe Reflections’ high-visibility, flame-retardant finished edge trim is now widely available in two forms: a two-inch-wide, high-visibility, flame-retardant trim that is ready to be sewn to FR apparel, featuring sewn-on 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material–8940 Silver Industrial Wash Flame Resistant Fabric; and a laminated version, featuring 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material–9740 Industrial Wash Flame Resistant Transfer Film. …

Registered Apprenticeship offers workforce solutions

It may sound like an old-fashioned idea, but in today’s workplace apprenticeships are a thoroughly modern option. Registered Apprenticeship is a national system of industry-driven, on-the-job training delivered through partnerships with individual companies. This “earn-and-learn” training model combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. Registered Apprentice has a network of …

Breathable membranes

Royal DSM has partnered with Toyota Tsusho to provide a new generation of high-performance membranes for outdoor clothing using DSM’s Arnitel® VT, a flexible thermoplastic polyester-based elastomer. The new membranes are featured in Toyota’s Gelanots® product line. They are PFC-free, 100 percent recyclable, waterproof and highly breathable, keeping the wearer comfortable and dry. Unlike similar …

Scovill Fasteners sold to Morito

The Gores Group, a Los Angeles, Calif.-based investment firm, has sold Scovill Fasteners of Clarkesville, Ga., to Morito, the world’s second-largest supplier of metal clothing fasteners, based in Osaka, Japan. Morito is also a global supplier of components for automobiles, cameras and other niche manufactured products. Founded in 1802, Scovill is a leading manufacturer of …

The human factors

Dr. Aris Makris and his team keep their sights on the end user when developing personal protective equipment for Soldiers. “A lot of the necessary skills for this job grow from being in contact with the end user community,” says Aris Makris, Ph.D., vice president of research and development (R&D) and CTO for Med-Eng in …

DIOLEN SAFE FR expands to new industry sectors

DIOLEN SAFE FR yarns, the flame-retardant yarns manufactured by FR Safety Yarns GmbH & Co. of Kunertstraße, Germany, are now available for applications from fine furniture fabrics in contract and residential to knitted structures and seating solutions for home and commercial use. They are also available for a variety of technical purposes due to consistent, …