2017 Specialty Fabrics Showcase

April 4, 2017

FABRIC MEANS PERFORMANCE—THE QUALITIES THAT CUSTOMERS DEMAND. For this feature, we asked our contributors to send us information about their latest high-performing fabrics: fabrics that protect against weather, pests, disease, use and abuse for years—and look good doing it. We’ve organized their product information into performance categories, and Part 1 is included here. In Part …

Attention-getting activewear

March 1, 2017

Shockwave is Top Value Fabrics’ newest addition to its line of polyester fabrics for active wear applications. The 92/8 Polyester Spandex Space Dye Jersey Fabric is soft to the touch and allows for good lateral movement and comfortable wear. Popular applications include yoga apparel, hoodies, sports bras, leggings, headwear and athleisure wear. Top Value Fabrics …

Decorative fabrics

The Outline Collection from KnollTextiles is a textiles and wallcovering collection that explores line work, geometry and color in high-performance products. Highlights include Nature Walk, a polyurethane upholstery by designer Ruth Adler Schnee, high-performance 100 percent woven polyethylene wallcoverings Alias II and Asterisk II, and digitally printed privacy fabric with integrated mesh for easy maintenance. …

Light control

Phifer has expanded its SheerWeave collection to include additional blackout and light-filtering interior sun control fabric options. Style 7600 blackout has a soft, acrylic foamed backing for total light blockage. Style 7650 is a complementary range that uses the face fabric of Style 7600, providing privacy while allowing for natural light. The new fabrics are …

Stress-free removable film

DPF 510 Removable is a short-term promotional removable film available in a Gloss (DPF 510GTR) and Matte (DPF 510MTR) finish. It features a two-sided, lay-flat poly coated liner that provides a consistent and vibrant print quality compatible with a variety of print systems including Eco-Solvent, Solvent and Latex. DPF 510 Removable is recommended for short-term …

Stay dry in the rain

MINOTECH™ is a water-repellent outerwear material inspired by the design of straw raincoats made in ancient Japan. Due to the material’s micro-garter structure, small convex bulges help reduce horizontal surface tension to allow raindrops to slip off the surface in a vertical direction. With its non-laminated structure, MINOTECH has high moisture permeability that allows sweat …

New colors for shade solutions

Vicar International is stocking Cooltra Shade in Desert Tan, Aqua Blue, Black and Forest Green. Manufactured with 100 percent high density polyethylene warp knitted shade fabrics, Cooltra Shade is lightweight, durable and can provide shade for up to 95 percent UV coverage. The mesh is manufactured with a pre-heat set process for added strength and …

Engineered for inclement weather

February 1, 2017

Tecasafe® Typhoon3™ is a tri-laminate FR fabric designed for use in rainwear. With a PPE category 2 rating, it provides protection from arc flash events and is engineered to feel comfortable and stand up to extreme wear and multiple launderings. Tecasafe Tundra1000™ is a double-sided, wool-enhanced fleece with a high PPE category 2 rating. Weighing …

A next-generation adhesive supply unit

The Dynamelt™ S Series Adhesive Supply Unit features a 10-or-20-pound capacity hopper, intuitive controls and consumes 20 percent less energy than competitive units. New features include a Nano ceramic hopper coating that is five times more durable than other PTFE coatings, a repositionable display panel and a 7-Day Scheduler. A “standby” temperature may be programmed …

Durable architectural shade

Commercial HEAVY 430 is engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions on large-scale tension structures. Its biaxial stability and load-bearing strength creates the needed shape and tensioning endurance for large-scale structures and is made from 100 percent HDPE monofilament using a patent pending intertwining knit pattern. Commercial HEAVY 430 blocks up to 94 percent of ultraviolet …

Breathable and waterproof

Polartec® has created new versions of Polartec NeoShell® specifically for the Teton Bros. TB 2.0 Jacket. The new waterproof NeoShell fabrics offer a combination of stretch, breathability and overall comfort. A more supple 70-by-160-denier mechanical stretch nylon woven NeoShell fabric balances drape and stretch with high durability for greater mobility in the body of the …

A geometric wave

Palm Harbor has a leather-like look with a weave embossed pattern. Its topcoat, Forbid SRT, increases stain resistance while preserving the integrity of the fabric luster and softness of the faux leather textile. Palm harbor exceeds 100,000 cycles on the Wyzenbeek Test and has a cold crack rating of -10 degrees F. The collection is …

Decorative fabrics

Avenues is a Mondrian-inspired design that features a large-scale color block. Ideal for a modern home or commercial setting, Avenues is 54 inches wide and available in colors Daylight (neutral tones white, flax and gravel) and Midnight (darker tones black, blue and charcoal). Cirrus portrays an allover cloud look that gives the fabric the illusion …

Optimal blockout and durability

January 1, 2017

Midnight Blockout is a knitted polyester fabric engineered with a durable acrylic black back for applications that require blockout. Constructed for the tradeshow industry, it meets NFPA 701 FR specifications and provides options in ink compatibility including dye sub direct, dye sub transfer, UV and latex. Slight stretch makes Midnight Blockout suitable for use with …

Moving shade

Oasis® Patio Shades Driven by Lutron® are motorized patio shades and retractable insect screens available for the home market. The high-end patio shades bring advanced control to outdoor spaces by controlling heat, UV rays, glare and insects. Oasis 2800 Patio Sun Shades are available in a range of solar screen fabrics with weaves from 1 …

Fabric for health care

Frankie from Mitchell Faux Leathers is a high-performance polyurethane upholstery fabric made with a proprietary manufacturing system. The resin platform is coated directly onto the textile, resulting in a thin sheet of polyurethane for scratch resistance, hydrolysis resistance, UV stability and chemical cleaner resistance. Frankie does not contain PVC, heavy metals, phthalates or other toxic …

Fire-resistant shadecloth

The newly redeveloped FR Comshade™ is a fire-rated knitted HDPE shade fabric with a next generation FR additive that is environmentally safe and less aggressive against UV inhibitors than the original FR Comshade. Line includes seven colors—Aquamarine, Cappuccino, Midnight Green, Porcelain, Sandstone, Silver and White—and is 8.25 oz. per square yard, 150 inches wide on …

Direct-to-fabric printing

The TX300P-1800 roll-to-roll, direct-to-textile inkjet printer is 75 inches wide and engineered for direct-to-fabric applications. Capable of utilizing five types of textile-specific inks that can be direct printed on a variety of synthetic or natural fibers, the printer is suitable for creating samples, one-offs or individualized production runs that include custom fashions, runway designs and …

Color-intense ink

Roland DGA has introduced fluorescent ink formulated for its Texart XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format dye-sublimation printers. The inks, Fluorescent Pink (Fp) and Yellow (Fy), can be combined with Roland DG’s Texart process ink colors to produce vivid fluorescent hues and soft pastel tones. The DG Fluor Color Library swatch palette can be installed in Adobe® …

2016 Show Stopper winners: The best of the best

December 1, 2016

IFAI announced the six winners of the fifth annual Show Stopper Program at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. The competition showcased the best of the best in the industry, from advanced equipment and tools to innovative fabrics with the latest technological advances. Entries were submitted by IFAI Expo 2016 exhibitors and displayed on the …

Double the production

November 1, 2016

ITI’s super-wide “Dual Production mode” sublimation printer—the ITI3200-TXR—has the capability to print directly on textile fabrics and handle dye-sub transfer paper applications. An internal vacuum mechanism securely holds down the transfer paper to prevent cockling, and it comes with an ink collection gutter assembly to handle polyester or mesh-type textiles used in direct printing methods. …

Nature’s coated textile

SIMPL® by Sommers Plastics is an eco-textile comprised of only two layers of sustainable materials—a backing featuring hemp and hemp blended fabrics and a silicone surface for enhanced performance and pleasing aesthetics. The coated textile can be woven and colored in a wide range of weights, and is recommended for indoor or outdoor use. Extremely …

Fusing style with durability

The Sunbrella® Fusion Collection is a decorative mix of design and performance with 99 new textures, patterns and colors for indoor and outdoor upholstery. The collection offers a wide variety of colors and patterns including classic basics and jacquards for style and design possibilities. New additions include Tailored (fabric inspired by menswear tweed using chenille …

Expanding design

Synchronicity is an extension of the Eduraprint program, a roto-gravure, three-color print offering that can be customized with a 200-yard minimum. In addition to the Enduratex topcoat, Produratect Plus, it is equipped with an abrasion resistance rating of 100,000 cycles and is mildew resistant and backed with the Eduratex knit backing. Pattern names and corresponding …

Economical safety

Melt Out fabric is a fire safety ceiling fabric used to diffuse light over trade show booths, displays and exhibits. It has meltable seams, which appear every 12 inches along its length. In the event of fire, the seams open and allow smoke to escape and water from sprinklers to come through. Melt Out is …

Extra-soft touch

Fastenano™ is a soft polyester hook-and-loop fastener that uses Nanofront® polyester nanofiber-pile fabric for its loop surface, as well as polyester raised fabric for its hook surface. It achieves high adhesiveness when pulled in a horizontal direction and separates easily when pulled in a vertical direction. Fastenano features nano-sized bumps that increase surface area for …

Clean colors, elegant patterns

October 1, 2016

The Knoll Luxe collections by Dorothy Cosona include textiles woven with natural yarns such as cotton, linen and wool. The newest additions to the line include five upholstery fabrics (two patterns and three textures): Jasmine (multi-color stripe with four embroidery techniques), Petite Floral (small-scale floral), Amore (opulent with strong saturated tones), Demure (combination of wool …

Noise-reduction panels

SoundCheck™ acoustic panels are wrapped in acoustically transparent fabric that can be custom printed with artwork or design. Noise is trapped inside the panels by insulation that absorbs 95 percent of sound waves. The panel frames, hand-crafted in Britten’s woodworking facility, are recommended for use in office spaces, reception areas, conference rooms, restaurants and shopping …

Punch power

DOT Common Sense/Lift-the-DOT® Fastener Tool comes with two interchangeable dies—machined out of 4140 hardened steel—to prepare fabric for use with both Common Sense and Lift-the-DOT fasteners. Created by a marine fabricator, the tool was designed to save time and money by allowing fabricators to properly place fasteners and make small repairs without having to remove …

Speedy printing

The ValueJet 1638UH hybrid printer features a staggered dual print head design for print speeds up to 220 square feet per hour, and dual UV lamps for decreased cure time and higher production capacity. It can print on roll material or rigid substrates up to a half-inch thick and can be managed remotely with Mutoh’s …

Flame-resistant fabrics

New additions to the Resilience® line of flame-resistant fabrics feature cotton blended with high-tenacity nylon or Kevlar® for increased durability. Arapaho R is a 7.5-oz. cotton, nylon and Kevlar blend recommended for industries requiring flame-resistant garments that can stand up to intense wear and tear. Hopi N2X and Navajo N2X fabrics are cotton blends with 25 …

Lush and vibrant

September 1, 2016

Inspired by the lifestyle of Miami, Fla., South Beach is Silver State’s latest Sunbrella® collection distributed through Alaxi. The hand is soft to the touch, colors are vivid but cool, and patterns are bold and forward. The Avenues pattern is geometric in design and multi-directional, Fontainebleu features railroaded stripe with a modern take on traditional …

Rough and tough

Vaquero is a supple, faux leather with a soft suede-like feel. With ranch-inspired names like Apple Jack, Night Rider, Mesquite and Lariat, the color line evokes a western aesthetic and is available in 13 warm-toned SKUs. It can sustain extreme temperature and exceeds 100,000 cycles on the Wyzenbeek durability test. Enduratex™ Mira Loma, Calif., USA …

Visible protection

Teijin’s high-visibility aramid fiber fabric is suited for use in high-visibility protective apparel. Along with its extra-vivid coloring and resistance to fading, it is fully compliant with ISO 20471:2013, the international standard for high-visibility clothing that enables others to see the wearer in a variety of lighting conditions. Teijin developed the fabric in collaboration with …

Flexible testing

The air permeability tester is compact, easy to transport and can be operated without external power supply. It allows for non-destructive testing on the finished product and caters for various air permeability tests across a wide measuring range. Operators can choose between more than 100 units of measure and, in addition to textiles, the TX15 …

Sustainable fabrics

INSQIN® waterborne polyurethane (PU) technology enables material sustainability for PU-coated fabrics. PU brings functionality to a range of coated, finished or printed textile materials used in fashion, sports and outdoorwear. Examples of PU fabrics are the synthetic materials used by the fashion industry (shoes, garments), the sportswear industry (footwear) and the outdoor industry (waterproof and …

Striking backlit film

Illumi-Pro UV BL Film™ is 100 percent PVC-free, PET Film designed for high-speed UV printing. The 7.4 mil backlit film has an enhanced white point for a pure backlit image; the material is recommended for banners, light box applications and backlit display systems. It is printable with UV inks and available in widths from 40 …

FITScrubs® set to launch

August 1, 2016

Developing fibers and fabrics to help keep health care workers safe. During his 12 years as an emergency department paramedic, Arthur Lucero had to purchase his own scrubs. He thought he could make a better product, and tried bamboo fabric for its organic nature, antimicrobial properties and comfort. But the drape was too heavy, it …

Futuristic fabrics

Emana® technology is now enhancing two collections by Myshapes, an Italian company. Emana smart yarn was developed by Fibras of the Solvay Group and manufactured and distributed in Europe exclusively by Fulgar, an Italian company that produces nylon and covered yarns worldwide. The two collections are Active for women and S-Man Fire for men. The …

High-grade leather substitute

Teijin Cordley Limited, the Teijin Group’s manmade leather business, has developed Maestley™, a new high-grade leather substitute. Maestley has a texture and richness equivalent to natural leather. The company plans to expand the Maestley lineup by leveraging its production technologies for high-end shoes and bags with improved comfort, durability, breathability and moisture permeability. It will …

International flair

Home décor authority Joe Ruggiero’s latest collection of Sunbrella® fabrics is titled “Exotic Lands.” Persian influences can be seen in Delhi and Delhi II, which feature large-scale, floating “buta,” or “paisleys” as the Persian droplet-shaped motif is called in English. Persian flair can be seen in the bold colors of Berry, Indigo, Pesto, Wren and …

For leather and webbing

The 70TT is a butane-powered handle that burns for approximately 30 minutes on mid-setting and is refillable; it comes with a hole-burning tip that works on synthetic materials and is useful for trimming close threads. Eight additional attachments are available. Slightly smaller, Model 25TT burns about 20 minutes on its mid-setting, and comes with a …

Smooth stretching

The Rosebud Stretcher Frame System is designed to fix the extreme hour-glassing and puckering often encountered with scrims, bobbinettes, vinyl, projection screens and muslin backdrops. Hour-glassing naturally occurs when fabrics stretch vertically, causing the sides to pull in, and in some cases, puckering occurs. Key features of the frame include fast and easy attachment to …

Ultimate PremiumPlus Gloss Effects colors

Eight new Ultimate PremiumPlus Gloss Effects colors have been introduced: Daytona Blue, Thundercloud Metallic, Hornet Metallic, Gunmetal Metallic, Bronze Metallic, White Metallic, Black Metallic and Metal Gear Blue. Line features superior gloss retention upon stretch, improved repositionability during installation and guaranteed conformability into deep channels. Arlon’s Low Profile X-Scape Technology allows for easier repositionability and …

American Hospital Association endorsement for medical textiles

July 29, 2016

AHA endorsement begins with the identification of hospitals’ most significant market challenges. Insurance, data-driven services and management software comprise the bulk of the 32 “solutions” endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA). Among the field, only one company, Vestagen Protective Technologies Inc. of Orlando, Fla., manufactures textile products. In 2015, the AHA issued an endorsement …

ISO updates for medical applications

July 28, 2016

Certification and regulatory compliance verification can be key for medical field customers. Organizations involved in the production of textiles used in medical applications may wish to become certified to ISO 13485 in order to ensure the effectiveness of their processes and demonstrate to customers their commitment to safe products, as well as compliance with regulatory …

Color connections

June 29, 2016

Colorlink is A&E’s first mobile app with a focus on thread color. It connects teams across design and production channels, offers an array of digital color choices and provides more control of thread color selection from design inception to the manufacturing floor. Colorlink also supports a companion device called COLORCATCH NANO, a hand-held tool that …

Bright simplicity

The Sunbrella® 2016 Upholstery Collection emphasizes design simplicity with bright colors and natural-inspired neutrals. The collection includes: Stripes (classic stripe patterns in bold colors), Wisteria (delicate shifts in color and texture), Regatta (seaside feel), Mist (textural neutrals), Emerald (modern and classy), Meridian (subtly textured solid) and Cast (heathered yarns in eight muted colors). The 2016 …

Comfortable turnout gear

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material—Series 5600 Fire Coat Comfort Trim is a segmented, stitch-free trim designed to offer greater flexibility and mobility for firefighters. The new trim laminates onto fabric, creating a flatter surface with minimal catch-points. Because the reflective material is segmented, it is more flexible and better able to conform to the gear’s fabric …

Protective finish

LUX Shield zips have teeth and sliders that are resistant to corrosion caused by tanning chemicals and exposure to atmospheric elements. The protective finish and precisely formed teeth enhance the zip’s durability and appearance; zip model sizes range between 4, 6 and 8 mm. Main uses include leather garments, leather accessories, footwear, stone-washed garments and …