Wasatch SoftRIP TX wins SGIA’s Product of the Year Award

November 30, 2015

Wasatch Computer Technology, a RIP and print management software company, took home SGIA’s 2015 Product of the Year Award in the category “Roll- to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Textile for RIP Software” for its SoftRIP TX. Wasatch’s SoftRIP TX has all the functionality of the SoftRIP and is specifically designed for digital textile printing. The 16-bit …

AFHA petitions CPSC to adopt California upholstered furniture standard

November 25, 2015

American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) petitioned the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Oct. 30 to adopt the upholstered furniture performance standards and flammability test methods prescribed by California’s Technical Bulletin 117-2013. The petition, filed on behalf of a Joint Industry Coalition, proposes that the standards and test methods in TB 117-2013 be adopted …

Seaman introduces pretension fabric for permanent structures

November 24, 2015

Seaman Corporation introduced a new lightweight pretension fabric designed to retain its original physical integrity when used for permanent tension structures. Shelter-Rite® Tite™ fabric is designed to withstand a wide range of environmental and design challenges and it represents three proven technologies: time-tested performance, low stretch and superior tear resistance. Shelter-Rite Tite is pre-stretched both …

IFAI, Dept. of Commerce to host smart fabrics summit

November 23, 2015

UPDATE: Date has been changed. The Smart Fabrics Summit will be on April 11, 2016. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to host the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit on April 11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will provide a forum for public and private …

Mutoh wins Product of the Year Awards at SGIA Expo

Mutoh America, Inc., producer of wide-format printers, won the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) Product of the Year award for its ValueJet 2638 – 104 inch gran-format printer in the Test Print Shoot Out Poster Size, Solvent or Latex Ink over 96 inches category, and for its ValueJet 1617H – 64 inch hybrid printer in …

Fisher Textiles’ feather flag fabric stocked at 125 inches wide

November 20, 2015

Fisher Textiles, a supplier of fabrics for digital printing, now offers DD 7375 Feather Flag at 125 inches wide. DD7375 Feather Flag has a treatment for direct dye sublimation printing and is 3.4 oz/yd. It has bleed through to the backside, is flame retardant, passes NFPA-701 and is ideal for feather flag and outdoor street …

Arlon debuts Chrome and Chrome Effects

November 19, 2015

Arlon introduced Chrome and Chrome Effects to its Ultimate PremiumPlus™ color change line. The premium quality specialty automotive films enhance the look of vehicles with easy installation and wider width rolls. Arlon’s Silver Chrome product maintains color and finish consistency during and after the application. It makes its official launch at 2015 SEMA in Las …

Avery Dennison introduces wrap care product line

November 18, 2015

Avery Dennison Solutions introduced the Supreme Wrap Care product line and Sparkle DOL 6040. The care products can be used to help matte, satin and gloss car wraps look fresh for the entire life of the wrap. The cleaner keeps the wraps looking fresh by removing dust and light dirt, while the power cleaner eliminates …

Durst team strengthens with new addition, role expansion

November 17, 2015

Durst U.S. has added textile/soft-signage printing expert Bob Rychel and expanded the role for large-format digital sales manager Tom Green, who will serve the Southeast region in addition to his general responsibilities. Rychel has more than 25 years of experience in the large-format digital graphics marketplace – including the last eight focused on the textile/soft-signage …

Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement made available

November 16, 2015

The United States recently concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement with 11 other Pacific rim nations including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Industrial Fabrics Association International’s United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) advocated for a yarn-forward rule of origin and …

Rose Brand installs free stage curtain for video contest winner

November 13, 2015

Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School students and staff are the winners of Rose Brand Inc.’s “Rags to Riches” contest, receiving a new, custom main stage curtain valued at up to $10,000. The Secaucus, N.J., provider of theatrical fabrics, production supplies and custom stage drapery launched the contest as a fun way to give back to students in the theatre community.

Konecranes expands Smart Features offering

November 12, 2015

Konecranes Inc., Hyvinkaa, Finland, has advanced its Smart Features capabilities for SMARTON® cranes. The extensive suite of Smart Features has been expanded with three new elements—Hook Centering, Snag Prevention and Active Sway Control—designed to help operators achieve even faster load handling with less risk of damage to the load, crane and surrounding area.

APDN tags 100 Million pounds of cotton during FY 2015

Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (APDN), a Stony Brook, N.Y. provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, has shipped SigNature® T DNA to tag 100 million pounds of cotton during Fiscal Year 2015 (ending Sept. 30, 2015). Cotton gins are expected to run in the U.S. through approximately …

OS2O brings eVent fabrics’ technology to Spanish market

November 11, 2015

eVent fabrics®, Kansas City, Mo., has added OS2O of Aragon, Spain, to the group of brands that use its patented air permeable and waterproof membrane technology and fabrics. OS2O reaches outdoor enthusiasts and mountaineers in Spain through five retail stores and its online shop, specializing in apparel for mountaineers, trail runners and trekkers. OS2O’s new …

Birdair to top $19 million Florida parking garage

Birdair Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., has been chosen to both clad and top a new $19-million parking garage providing 609 parking spaces near the Pompano Fishing Pier in Pompano Beach, Fla. The structure will feature 16 sail-shaped façade canopies and 15 identical rooftop PTFE membrane units. The total surface area of membrane will be more than 27,000 square feet.

Renson announces Eide Industries as new special projects partner

November 10, 2015

Renson Inc., European developer and manufacturer of sun shading and ventilation system solutions, announced its collaboration and growing project capacity in the North American market with Eide Industries Inc., a Cerritos, Calif.-based manufacturer of fabric and metal structures for commercial installations, at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and Expo, held Nov. 6–9 in Chicago, Ill.

Sensient introduces new sublimation ink

Designed for high performance decoration of polyester fabrics, ElvaJet® Punch™ is a new line of digital sublimation printing inks from Sensient Imaging Technologies S.A., a Swiss supplier of inkjet inks for digital textile, industrial digital and sublimation printing.

U.S. Commercial Service offering seminar on export controls

November 9, 2015

The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing a one-day program Dec. 10 in Sandy, Utah, covering the most up-to-date information on U.S. export controls, including export control reform issues as well as obligations under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Office of Foreign …

Bamatex, Safe Reflections partner

Safe Reflections Inc., St. Paul, Minn., has announced a distribution agreement with Swedish trim supplier Bamatex AB. Safe Reflections provides reflective solutions to the occupational safety, military training and consumer activewear apparel markets.

Coolcore receives U.S. patent for cooling towel activation

November 5, 2015

Material innovation company Coolcore, Portsmouth, N.H., has been issued U.S. Patent No. 9,121,642 for “Method of Cooling an Object with a Fabric.” The patent covers activation that includes wetting the item, wringing out excess liquid and snapping or waving the fabric to activate the moisture control through the fabric. Specifically, the present invention is for …

U.S. House of Representatives passes geosynthetic amendment

November 4, 2015

More than 270 amendments to a $325 highway bill titled the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 are being voted on this week by the U.S. House of Representatives. The amendment to Sec. 1431, “Use of Durable, Resilient, and Sustainable Materials and Practices,” offered by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), includes the addition of …

WeatherMAX 80 earns U.S. patent

Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc., Greenville, S.C., was awarded U.S. patent 9,121,131 on its technical outdoor fabric WeatherMAX™ 80, for which it also holds a Canadian patent. WeatherMAX 80 is made using 100 percent pigment solution-dyed SaturaMAX™ for maximum color retention. The water resistance comes from Safety Components’ proprietary HydroMax™ finish and unique construction. This …

Early registration deadline for Marine Fabricators Conference is Nov. 16

Presented by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), a division of IFAI, the 2016 Marine Fabricators Conference will be held Jan. 14–16, 2016, at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key in Clearwater, Fla. The early bird registration deadline is Nov. 16. The conference will include educational seminars on topics from sewing machines and attachments …

Graphene-coated fabrics detect dangerous gases

November 3, 2015

Scientists from the from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and Konkuk University in the Republic of Korea have developed wearable, graphene-coated fabrics that can detect dangerous gases present in the air, alerting the wearer by turning on an LED light. The researchers coated cotton and polyester yarn with a nanoglue called bovine serum albumin (BSA).

Milliken & Co. donation supports South Carolina flood relief

Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C., recently made a donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support the disaster relief efforts in South Carolina. In addition, Milliken employees in each of the company’s 37 U.S. facilities collected supplies during the month of October to be delivered to the Red Cross. “Over 4,000 Milliken associates …

UMN hosting wearable technology event

November 2, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s current event series, Headliners, will offer “Stronger, Faster, Brighter: Wearable Technology and the Future of Clothing” Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Continuing Education and Conference Center. The series provides opportunities to meet with university experts as they share firsthand knowledge of current topics, from medical breakthroughs to social trends. …

Hohenstein Institute leads new research on protective clothing for welders

In a joint German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) research project, the Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West gGmbH (DTNW) in Krefeld and the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim studied new finishes for protective clothing for welders that would be repellent to splashes of molten metal. The goal was to improve the protective effect and the comfort, while …

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Supplying forces

November 1, 2015

The U.S. relies on the domestic industrial base to meet military needs. In enacting the Defense Production Act of 1950, Congress listed eight findings to support its “statement of policy.” The last one states that “the inability of industries in the United States, especially smaller subcontractors and suppliers, to provide vital parts and components and …

Iconic intervals

To connect the city parks along the Hillsborough River, the city of Tampa, Fla., wanted an iconic centerpiece that would attract joggers, bikers and visitors to the area when designing its Riverwalk project. Span Systems Inc., Manchester, N.H., was tasked with bringing the design to life—six tensile fabric canopies and partial tunnels in various configurations …

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Back to the future

From 1915 to 2015—and beyond—we’ve gone from horsepower to hovercraft, yet business basics still surround technology. If the only constant in life is change, that’s also certainly true for the specialty fabrics industry and Specialty Fabrics Review, whether from a perspective inside the industry or the view from outside. Beginning as a narrowly focused journal …

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Members make the industry

As the Specialty Fabrics Review turns 100, we honor the members, readers and contributors who help keep the industry a strong and evolving economic force. For 100 years the Review has been the voice of the specialty fabrics industry—but it is the members of IFAI who helped to create and have supported that voice; it …

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Review advertisements commemorated key events and trends throughout the years. Shown here are some of our favorites.  

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Celebrating 100 years of Review

In its earliest incarnation, the Review began as a newsletter shortly after the National Tent & Awning Manufacturers Association was formed in 1912, and gradually took on characteristics resembling a journal of record for the industry, reporting on trends and important industry developments. It became a magazine with the November 1915 publication of The National …

Airline-material accessories take flight

Fasten your seat belts: Flug zeug is now landing Pan Am fashion belts on a runway near you. Flug zeug, a Vienna, Austria, business selling airline-material accessories for people who like to wear good plane fun, is the brainchild of Andreas Roesler-Schmidt. Roesler-Schmidt worked in marketing, public relations and new media before launching Flug zeug …

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Engaging the workforce

Finding, training and retaining skilled employees remains a vital issue. Labor and workforce issues have always been an industry concern, and from the first issue to the current one, the Review has run frequent and regular articles about how readers can improve the bottom line by getting a better grip on finding and keeping valuable …

Air-inflated awareness

While Israeli Doron Gazit attended college to learn industrial design, he also worked as a street vendor selling twisty balloons. Gazit’s success in business (he founded Air Dimensional Design Inc., or AirDD®, in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1989) and artistic life stem from his recognition that a long, slender balloon inflated with air becomes a …

It’s alive! Nature sets Finnish hut in motion

When city living crowds the souls of the outdoor-loving Finns, individuals and families escape to their “mökki,” a basic hut that provides both protection from and connection to nature. This inspired NEON, a London-based design firm, to create a weather-responsive installation for the Barfotastigen (Barefoot Path) Exhibition 2015, in Korppoo, Finland, which focused on environmental …

Forethought: The once and future industry

As a life-long science fiction fan, I tend to think of the past in terms of the future (and vice-versa). So as I have spent the last ten months researching the history of an industry in the archives of this magazine, I kept compiling important events and themes in my head and letting them bubble …

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Reaching for the stars

Tectoniks pioneers inflatable technology in developing high-value asset protection for Lockheed Martin U.K. To help provide environmental protection to its high-value assets, aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin U.K. needed a robust, portable and retractable structure that met specific and rigorous functional and technical requirements—and everything had to be accomplished in a compressed timeframe. After …

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Advances in technology

Following the changes in materials, methods and markets in the specialty fabrics industry. The introduction of new technologies transforms a society. From the beginning of recorded history, when a new technology supplants an earlier one (for example, metal replacing stone in tools, or the development of the crossbow), a disruption of existing social and economic …

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Protecting those who serve

A fabric cover at an army heliport shields against the Arizona sun. The Silverbell Army Heliport, located near Marana, Ariz., about 30 miles northwest of Tucson, is a training site for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA). There, aviation training is conducted using several different types of helicopters, which are stored and …

Determining relevance

A process for choosing standards and testing for your products. Standard test methods characterize goods and services so that communication between buyers and sellers is facilitated across the global marketplace. Manufacturers may be motivated to test their products according to published standards to communicate their quality or function, to enable specific advertising claims to be …

Raise the ‘roof,’ turn down the noise

The open, collaborative office; the premium price of office square footage; and the ongoing buzz and hum of office technology have conspired to make employee workspaces noisy places. Small offices or cubicles devoid of noise-blocking features are becoming the norm, as are face-to-face online chats and videoconferences that up the sound amplitude. Headphones and ear …

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Specialty Fabrics Review timeline: 100 years

For a century, Specialty Fabrics Review has provided credible and accurate industry intelligence to the global specialty fabrics industry. The award-winning magazine delivers timely industry information to help its readers stay informed about their marketplace—and has truly provided trusted information through a century of change. Specialty Fabrics Review has changed its look several times over …

Taxi becomes form of artistic expression

Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is the most populous city in India, as well as a thriving hub of commerce and trade, especially in exports of fabrics and textile products. A team of four young Indian designers determined to show off the talent, fabric expertise and storytelling skills available locally pioneered a new way to startle …

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The future of communication?

Social media success requires a strategic approach and an emergency response plan. Social media was once considered the future of communication. Facebook and Twitter™ had unlimited and unknown power. That was 2007; 2016 is approaching fast. Countless connections from person to person to company to person have been made as the applications of social media …

Floating foam

Designing a pool on top of a pre-existing building isn’t a walk in the park; it can be more like jumping off the deep end. Dan Ball, principal of Genco Pools, Greenville, S.C., was commissioned to install a rooftop pool and hot tub on top of a parking ramp at The Hub, an upscale apartment …

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Making the sale

How about a new National Co-operative Advertising Campaign? Early in IFAI’s history, the members realized that a prime goal of the organization should be to help all members expand revenues and profits through collaborative thinking and shared best practices. An article in September 1916, under the headline “Hot Days and The Awning Business,” made the …

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Regulation and trade

Attempts to maintain fair competition, both national and international, have become far more complex in a global marketplace. George Washington, looking at Betsy Ross’ first attempt at sewing a national flag: “You having a little fun at your country’s expense?” Betsy Ross: “How’s that?” GW: “Are you kidding with these colors here? Red? White? And …