Types of ballistic fabrics

July 1, 2008

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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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 …

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.

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. …

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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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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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 …

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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 …

Conference to explain complexities of nonwoven fabrics

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, …

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 …