July 2010 Issue

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Features

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Markets

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News

  • Report: Outlook 2010

    Attendees at IFAI’s Outlook Conference 2010, held April 26–27 at Pinehurst, N.C., were given a somewhat rosier picture for the specialty fabrics industry this year than they had received in past years.

  • NCTO urges Customs enforcement

    At a hearing on May 20, 2010, before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, NCTO president Cass Johnson testified that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) needs new resources, new direction and new authority in order to make progress against increasing textile fraud.

  • Flammability updates underway

    The California State Fire Marshal’s office is updating its textile flammability document, Title 19, for the first time since 1993.

  • U.S. imports of textiles down 7.5 percent

    For the second year in a row, the U.S. imported fewer textiles and less apparel from overseas, according to the report Trends in U.S. Textile and Clothing Imports, 2010 Update published by Market Publishers Ltd., Birmingham, U.K.

  • Study questions safety of smarter airbags

    The newest "smart bag" airbag design, required in all vehicles since 2008, may not provide optimal protection for drivers wearing seatbelts, according to a study performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • Democrats air concerns about climate legislation

    Democrats concerned about climate change legislation and its impacts on manufacturers.

  • Unraveling the mystery of spider silk

    Spider silk is flexible, biodegradable and one of the strongest substances on earth.

  • Thin skin with strong potential

    Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin transform brittle germanium and silicon into nanowires that can be compressed into flexible, tissue-like sheets with the potential to stop bullets, power electronic devices or even cloak wearers in invisibility.

  • Hospitals purchase nanotechnology lab coats

    Physicians at three Mercy Medical Center hospitals in Knoxville, Tenn., received a gift on National Doctors' Day (March 25) that will keep on giving throughout the year.

  • Air cargo system nets CO2 reductions

    Airline industry committs to cutting CO2 emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050.

  • New edition from ASTM: Sustainability in Building

    ASTM offers a new edition of “ASTM International Standards on Sustainability in Building,” a compilation that includes 150 ASTM standards that address sustainability or aspects of sustainability relative to a building, including sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings.

  • AATCC honors Myers for outstanding service

    The Technical Committee on Research (TCR) Service Award goes to Luther M. Myers.

  • Xennia to use Trident inkjet print heads

    Industrial textile decoration, coating and finishing requires inkjet technology enabling application of large drops that form uniform layers on textiles, glass, floor and wall covers, furniture laminates and wallpaper.

  • PGI featured on Earth Day special

    Green Magazine Television Earth Day Special, broadcast in May on The Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel, featured Polymer Group Inc. (PGI), Charlotte, N.C., as one of the nation’s greenest companies.

  • Adfast introduces “All for One” concept

    Adfast Corp. brings together multiple entities with the "All for One" (AF1) concept.

  • Tents deployed for disaster relief

    After 35 years of producing tents for the U.S. military, Alaska Structures Inc. is pitching tents to a whole new audience--homeland security and disaster relief agencies.

  • Building barrier wrap becomes fluid

    DuPont Tyvek®, a weather barrier material, has stood the test of time.

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Products

  • Industry's first dry-erase upholstery

    Sta-Kleen™, the industry’s first truly erasable polyurethane performance fabric, revolutionizes maintenance and furniture replacement cycles in hospitality, healthcare, office, marine and institutional environments.

  • An oscillation sensation

    Many manufacturing areas need cooling air movement but lack overhead space.

  • PVC available in large rolls

    Spartan PVC from J. Ennis Fabrics comes in larger roll sizes and a 20 x 18 thread count for use in truck tarps, bags and a variety of outdoor applications.

  • Blades produce clean cuts

    For cutting anything from fine fibers to futuristic manmade materials, Wilson™ blades combine performance and long-lasting durability.

  • Flexible edging system

    The DES-6 is a compact, flexible edging system that can apply a C profile edging to both straight-edged display boards and die-cut or digitally cut shaped boards from 3/8 inch or 5/8 inch thick.

  • Umbrellas create a fresh look

    A new collection of Solair umbrellas designed by Tuuci is now available from Tri Vantage®, to create a fresh new look in shade for any outdoor dining or lounging area, complementing fixed or retractable awnings.

  • Hot glue gun assures quick, safe application

    Designed for polyamides, polyesters and other high temperature adhesives, the updated HB 710 HT hot melt applicator has a short response time between the trigger release and hot melt discharge, assuring quick and safe application.

  • Automatic cutting machine saves time

    The LCT-F210-M automatic cutting machine from Sankei Corp. draws the lines and cuts fabric, working both vertically and horizontally.

  • Awning software produces accurate renderings

    Tri Vantage now offers version 4.12 of Canvas Link Awning Composer.

  • Machine consistently applies pre-treatment to garments

    The new DTG PreTreat-R Gen. II machine consistently sprays pre-treatment on every garment for quality direct-to-garment prints.

  • UV fld printer offers photographic qualityatbe

    The Acuity Advance HS wide-format, UV flatbed offers photographic quality printing at speeds of 430 square feet per hour and, in express mode, more than 700 square feet per hour.

  • Unit joins fabrics wihout use of coated tapes

    The ADH 2000 post adhesive unit joins fabrics directly from containers of resin without the use of coated tapes.

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Business

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Projects

  • Rebuilding the fabric of Haiti

    Textiles and apparel are the largest industries in Haiti, which has sustained a U.S. trade embargo, a political coup, military rule, hurricanes, earthquakes and the desertion of many manufacturers.

  • "Skylar" structures commemorate fallen soldiers

    Every U.S. Navy aviator, flight officer and enlisted air crewman trains at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., and many who served made the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Using the shape of the venue, the event’s red-and-burgundy color scheme and the heat of New Orleans, Rehage Entertainment put its best work on stage with Beyonce. Photo: Mardi Gras Productions.

    Spandex ceiling treatment ties venues together

    The 2009 Essence Music Festival in the Louisiana Superdome and Louis Armstrong Convention Center was the hottest ticket in town, and the annual three-day African-American music and empowerment event drew the largest attendance in its 15-year history.

  • Programmable electric hoodie makes a statement

    No time to update your Facebook page? Consider wearing the Ping hoodie, fashion that makes a statement when the wearer shrugs, waves or zips up.

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Resources

  • Fabric blocking

    "Blocking" occurs when coated or laminated fabrics unintentionally stick together while being stored.

  • "Dutch" weave

    "Dutch" weave is terminology most commonly seen in the filtration industry, particularly with fabrics made of woven metal wire.

  • Matching fabric colors

    The Pantone Matching System is one method developed to assist with color communications, developed by Pantone as a global system for color communication.

  • Bleeder fabric

    A bleeder fabric is typically part of a composite material and is used in applications such as vacuum bagging.

  • Defining radiolucent

    Radiolucent is a medical term and is used for any item that permits X-rays to shine right through it.

  • Specifications for base fabric

    Decoding fiberglass abbreviations.

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