Conference to explain complexities of nonwoven fabrics

July 1, 2008

The Nonwoven Enhancements Conference, sponsored by AATCC and INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, will feature industry experts explaining the technologies and complexities of enhancing nonwoven fabrics: innovative structure technology, performance finishes and surface treatments for product enhancement. The one-day conference will be held September 8, 2008, at the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas, …

TEXbase Online optimizes textile industry

TEXbase Online combines decades of textile research, development and marketing into an easy-to-use, industry-specific tool to create a series of comprehensive materials and operational solutions. “Sourcing Manager,” “Lab Data Manager” and “Marketing Manager” can increase productivity, reduce backlogs and data management costs, and increase the number of qualified leads coming into your sales department. Training …

Asbestos-like nanotubes may pose asbestos-like risks

Long, thin multi-walled carbon nanotubes that look like asbestos fibers may pose the same inhalation hazards as asbestos, according to new research published in Nature Nanotechnology in May. The findings conclude that cancer of the lung lining, mesothelioma, a disease associated with asbestos, can result from exposure to specific types of nanotubes. Sales of all …

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Molecular manipulation to change the textile industry

Would you like to have shirts that don’t get dirty? What if the milk that spilled in your minivan never smelled? Wouldn’t it be convenient if the seats in your boat couldn’t mildew? And imagine the value of a surgical mask that actually kills germs, rather than simply preventing them from being inhaled. As futuristic …

Thermioncool DC cools dark-colored materials

Problem: When exposed to sunlight, dark-colored materials, such as black synthetic lines used for seating, can get uncomfortably hot. Solution: Dark-colored surfaces made with Thermioncool DC, a patent-pending technology developed by Achilles USA Inc., reflect up to 75 percent of the sun’s infrared rays. In-house testing comparing the product with similar dark-colored materials in direct …

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Direct-to-garment printing predictions

New markets abound for direct-to-garment inkjet printers, according to digital-printing research company I.T. Strategies Inc., Hanover, Mass. The company predicts that the retail value of direct-to-garment printed products will increase from $3 billion in 2007 to $12 billion by 2010. “The growth of the flatbed inkjet segment is based on the fact that there is …

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PVC breeds controversy in industrial fabrics industry

Poor Waldo Semon. Today the inventor would no doubt fly his private jet to his private island, where he would entertain VIPs in just about any industry you could name. But in 1926, when the B.F. Goodrich Co. researcher devised polyvinyl chloride (PVC), his employer had a hard time marketing it. Today, manufacturers in industries …

Flag fabric works with solvent printers

Problem: Customers want a flag fabric suitable for solvent printers. Solution: Fisher Textiles SI 210 Nylon Taffeta works with true solvent, mild solvent and eco-solvent based printers, and the 2.4-ounce weight is recommended for flags and marine boat applications. SOURCE Fisher Textiles

Lifesaving combat wear stops bleeding

Sixty percent of preventable deaths in military actions involve blood loss from arm and leg wounds, and Blackhawk! Products Group, Norfolk, Va., a manufacturer of tactical, military and law enforcement equipment, wants to change those statistics. Blackhawk, working with Dr. Keith Rose, a tactical medical consultant who has seen action as a surgeon in combat, …

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Strategies for compliance with building codes

It’s a story that’s becoming all too familiar: An awning company takes a job fabricating a simple entrance canopy. It’s the type of installation that this company has done hundreds of times before—but this time, that company is given a veritable laundry list of additional requirements. Provide evidence that the material meets NFPA 701; demonstrate …

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Weather-resistant Inkjet fabric

Problem: Consumers expect a fabric suitable for digital printing that shows off vibrant color and is appropriate both for outdoor pole banners exposed to high winds and flame-resistant, indoor point-of-purchase displays. Solution: The new inkjet fabric, Vivitex™ FR Banner, does it all. The durable 9.6-ounce per square yard oxford weave polyester is coated on both …

Gandinnovations acquires distributor in Iberia

New Solution in Iberia, Spain, was an exclusive distributor and supporter of Jeti grand format printers, made by Gandinnovations, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. When Gandinnovations wanted to establish an Iberian branch, it acquired New Solution’s grand format printer assets. “We have always shared the same business ethics and philosophy,” says Eloi Ferreira, president of Gandinnovations Iberia. …

Measuring tools can be used as fabric is unrolled

We’re looking for a fabric counter, something that we can use to measure yardage as the fabric’s being unrolled. Where can we get one? We found a couple of different types of measuring tools. Measuregraph and Rowley both have table-top models; the Measuregraph device sits on the table, and the Rowley clamps onto it. The …

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Hydrostatic resistance provides breathability

Problem: Marine covers develop mildew because urethane-coated, solution-dyed polyester lacks breathability. Solution: WeatherMax 80 has a hydrostatic resistance twice that of acrylics and remains naturally breathable. It provides a balance of water resistance, breathability and color retention equal to acrylics. SOURCE Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc.

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Miragrid passes NTPEP evaluation

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, in conjunction with the National Transportation Product Evaluation Panel (NTPEP), developed a stringent review process to test geosynthetic reinforcement materials. TenCate™ Geosynthetics, Pendergrass, Ga., submitted its Miragrid® XT product line for evaluation, and successfully stood up to the test. The NTPEP evaluation looked at the long-term …

NSF develops standards for health-related products

We’re told that the fabric we’re using to contain a water filter has to meet NSF 61. Where can we get more information about this requirement? NSF is a not-for-profit organization that develops standards and product certification, among other activities, for public health related products and issues. NSF 61 pertains to drinking water system components. …

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Coil zipper resists moisture and rust

Problem: In products exposed to rain or salt, zippers rust and stick. Solution: The RainDefyer™ #10 coil zipper features a three-mil-thick polyurethane coating that provides a moisture-resistant barrier. The slider and pin/box of marine-grade 316 polished stainless steel are corrosion-free in the most demanding outdoor environments. SOURCE Lenzip Manufacturing Corp.

Americhem opens research facility

Polymers customized for use in flexible composite technology are big news, and Americhem, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, recently opened a new research and development facility to advance polymer products. Americhem supplies color and additives to manufacturers of polymer products, and the new research facility features analytical, weathering and end-use testing labs, process simulation equipment and advanced …

Novatex offers Unisuede for various applications

Where can I find Unisuede fabric? Unisuede is a faux suede fabric, also available perforated for use in automotive interiors, upholstery and garments. The Unisuede tradename is registered to Novatex International: SOURCE Novatex International Juli Case is IFAI’s information and technical services manager.

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Affordable vinyl seats resist UV and mildew

Problem: Customers want high-quality marine seating vinyls at competitive prices. Solution: The new Midship Marine Vinyl, Midship Neutrals, combines 1500 hours UV resistance, mildew resistance and very competitive pricing in the most popular marine colors. SOURCE J. Ennis Fabrics

Winston Group acquires Eagle line of hot air welders

The Winston Group Ltd., West Chicago, Ill., has acquired the Eagle line of hot air welders, industrial thermal welding elements and accessories from Clements National Corp., Chicago, Ill. “The brand strongly complements our current product efforts,” says William Croft, president of the Winston Group, “and we look forward to infusing it with our latest technologies …

UL 94 includes 12 flame classifications

We’ve been told that an insulated cover we’re fabricating has to meet UL HB. What does that mean? Underwriters Laboratories, an independent product safety certification organization, writes a number of specifications, including the flammability specification UL 94. UL 94 is titled “Standard for Flammability of Plastic Materials for Parts in Devices and Appliances,” and includes …

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Chism uses technology to improve business

“You’re only as fast as your slowest person or procedure,” says Roy Chism, president of The Chism Co. Inc. in San Antonio, Texas, who doesn’t seem to have a “slow” speed in his process improvement strategies. Since 1988 when he purchased an automated plotter cutter with the serial number “007,” to installing a software program …

Roland DGA recognized for software use to improve business

Each year, Microsoft® Dynamics™ recognizes customers that have achieved significant business improvement using the company’s software and services. At the Convergence 2008 Dynamics user conference, Roland DGA Corporation, Irvine, Calif., received recognition for using the software to achieve its goal: moving from multiple paper-based warranty claims processing to a completely automated process. Roland DGA supplies …

Types of ballistic fabrics

What is a ballistic fabric? Ballistic has two different meanings when it comes to fabric. First, it can mean the type of material used for soft body armor. These materials are usually woven with high-strength fibers, such as a para-aramid, a high-performance polyethylene (HPPE) or high-modulus polyethylene. Those types of ballistic fabrics have a very …

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Triangles of cloth dress up German exhibition

Meyer created this site-specific art installation for the summer Rheinland Pfalz exhibition at Fort Malakow Park office building in Mainz, Germany. Triangles of cloth were stretched from one wall to the other in varying angles. The tilted diagonals brought a sense of lightness and movement to the rectangular architecture flanking the triangular patio.

Engineered Yarns shifts to technical textiles

EY Technologies is a name that evokes engineering expertise, and Engineered Yarns Company USA, Fall River, Mass., will use its new name to signal a shift to new technologies and smart fibers. The manufacturer of industrial and composite yarns is touting its expertise in nanoparticle and nanofiber technologies. “Through the combination of fiber and chemical …

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Concrete Cloth applications may save lives

A pair of young British engineers were hoping for some design competition money when they began brainstorming new uses for concrete. In the end, their innovation—Concrete Cloth—may already be saving lives. Peter Brewin and William Crawford were studying for post-graduate degrees in London in 2004 when they started experimenting with ideas for a design competition …

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Chinese gymnasium features double layer structure

This landmark gymnasium in the Minhang district of Shanghai provides a sheltered area for a variety of indoor sports. The main membrane is designed with a double layer structure; its upper layer is supported by arch framework and its lower layer is suspended through a top chord. The two ends of the top chord are …

Life Stone Materials creates 45 high-tech textile jobs

When Santens of America moved its operations overseas last year, many textile workers lost long-time careers. Now Life Stone Materials LLC will take advantage of their skills by locating a $5.5 million manufacturing facility in Anderson, S.C., employing veteran employees in 45 new high-tech textile jobs. The availability of trained workers was key in selecting …

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Internally illuminated banner systems for various applications

Using the platform Light Emitting Capacitor (LEC) technology from CeeLite Inc., Britten Inc. has introduced the first internally illuminated banner systems for both indoor and outdoor applications. BannerBright™ uses thin, flexible and lightweight LEC light source panels that can be used on flat or curved surfaces to illuminate the surface itself; in conjunction with graphics …

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Retractable roof provides flexibility for shopping center

The local building codes in Maroussi, Athens, required open “plazas” and “streets” for this shopping center. The client requested a roof from Taiyo Europe that could be retracted to a fully open position within five minutes. Each side is driven by 13 engines along 13 arches of various lengths, and the parking space for the …

CONTECH revamps operations and leadership

CONTECH Construction Products Inc., West Chester, Ohio, announced a major reorganization in May of its bridge, drainage, earth stabilization and stormwater solutions business. The company has integrated its field marketing and sales team and streamlined its operating divisions, appointing Stephen R. Spanagel as president of sales and marketing and Thomas P. Slabe as president of …

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Color Selector allows users to preview products

The 2008 Color Selector from Avery Dennison, available at no charge to sign shops and digital printing facilities, allows users to see actual product samples, to help distinguish color selections, feel the quality of the vinyl and compare durability and gloss levels. This latest version includes four new specialty films (hammered gold leaf, shimmer, silver …

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Tensile structures blend past and present

The Chaparral Water Treatment facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., boasts what is believed to be the largest installation of tensile structures of its kind in the area. The delicate engineering and the boldly stated shading system represents the nomadic desert dwellings of the past and the art and technology of the present. The blend of compositions …

Unrest in Pakistan hurts textile exports

A state of emergency declared in Pakistan in November 2007, followed by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the subsequent December riots, are the primary causes of a 3-percent decrease in textile exports, reports the Yarns and Fiber Exchange e-newsletter, yarnsandfibers.com. Political crisis and uncertainty is scaring off foreign buyers, while production costs after the …

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Digital printer prints photo-realistic outputs

The NanoJet UV True Flatbed digital printer uses the latest digital print technology to print outstanding photo-realistic outputs on both rigid and flexible materials. Using 24 Spectra high-performance print heads, the NanoJet prints at speeds of 220 sq. ft./hr. in photo-realistic mode, with a print area of 4 by 8 feet, in six colors at …

AirDD creates large-scale inflatables for events

For mega-productions, trust Hollywood to pull out all the stops—even for a bar mitzvah. In April 2008, the Hollywood & Highland Center at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel transformed into a wonderland of color, movement and light, thanks to Air Dimensional Design (AirDD®), North Hollywood, Calif. AirDD founder Doron Gazit fabricates large-scale inflatables that glow and …

Textile waste causing pollution in Bangladesh

The dyeing and printing units of the Universal Yarn Dyeing facility in Tangail, Bangladesh, are releasing toxic waste, including arsenic, into the nearby Louhajang River, threatening public health, fish, crops and vegetation, according to The [Bangladesh] Daily Star Internet edition, www.thedailystar.net. The chemical wastes, permitted for disposal in a pond or pit on the company …

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Donating excess inventory benefits businesses

Your business may be sitting on an important tax deduction—and you may not even realize it. The deduction lies in your excess, overstock inventory. By donating that nonmoving merchandise to charity, your company can earn a federal income tax deduction under Section 170 (e)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Regular (C) corporations may deduct …

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Acrylic transfer adhesive used for tension membranes

For structural and decorative use, Unifilm® U802 from Scapa North America is an acrylic transfer adhesive used to attach architectural tension membranes to a wide variety of metal frames. It laminates well well to a variety of substrates, including low surface energy plastics and untreated polyolefins, providing high initial adhesion and building quickly to a …

Techno Textiles showcases advanced textiles

What does the Muellner Green Roof System have to do with a puffy white bed pillow? Or a bright yellow pendant lamp with a red cardio sports bra? Regardless of function and aesthetics, all have been fabricated from uniquely conceived, technological textiles that allow each, variously, to conserve water, oxygenate the body, illuminate a room, …

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Online awning advantages increase consumer awareness

Many consumers aren’t aware of the role awnings can play in conserving energy and providing protection from solar fading and exposure. Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC and Somfy Systems Inc. hope to elevate consumer awareness about the benefits of awnings through a marketing program that will continue throughout the peak selling season. The central element …

Conference to focus on sustainable practices

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), in conjunction with the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) and the China Textile Information Centre (CTIC), will sponsor a conference on “Color Technology for Best Practice and Sustainability in the Global Textile and Apparel Supply Chain.” The program will focus on color and color chemistry, …

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Design software allows remote, real-time communication

3D Runway Designer 10 design software from OptiTex now incorporates remote collaboration tools, including an open chat room that allows production and image files in 2D and 3D to be sent between partners participating in the design process. The images can be modified using the new chalk tool, allowing design and production staff to draft …

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Graphic panels jazz up New Orleans

Take a walk on Canal Street between the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the French Quarter in New Orleans, and instead of touring boarded-up buildings sagging from hurricane-force winds you’ll see vibrant, inspiring art. The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), Fairfax, Va., recruited 42 volunteer member companies and affiliates to develop 100 large-format graphic …

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Technology gives fabrics the power to act and react

Adapting shoes to weather conditions Wet feet? Never again. German companies IQTEX and BASF have jointly developed a unique, intelligent system that adapts shoes to suit weather conditions. To make this possible, IQTEX has processed a special superabsorbing fleece from BASF into an innovative ventilation element known as Vayu Verde®. When the material gets wet …

AATCC announces winners of fourth annual design competition

AATCC has announced the winners of its fourth annual design competition, “Earth Day, Every Day,” developed by its Concept 2 Consumer® interest group and the Computer Integrated Textile Design Association (CITDA). nterior/Outdoor Design, fabric design winners: 1st Place: “Everything Goes Around Comes Around,” Hyun M. Koh, Rhode Island School of Design 2nd Place: “Wool You …

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Retractable cover for unusual patio configurations

Problem: Large, irregularly shaped patio spaces are tough to cover with a system that is both rain-proof and retractable. Solution: The SHIELD retractable cover system from Arquati SolarPro becomes taut when fully extended, providing sun, wind and rain protection over unusual patio configurations. The company’s SHIELD PLUS offers the same benefits, but includes aluminum uprights …

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Fast Shelter provides inflatable structure in minutes

Despite rain, snow, sleet or hail, work needs to get done outdoors. Elite Detail Service in northern Illinois washed more than 200 vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show in below-freezing temperatures using a shelter that packs into a canvas duffle bag 30 inches in diameter. The Fast Shelter model 950xt Elite inflates to a structure …