Synthetic suede fabric used for variety of applications

August 1, 2008

Compiled by Juli Case We’re looking for a fabric called Clarino; what can you tell us? Clarino is the trade name of a synthetic suede fabric used in automotive interiors, equestrian products and sporting goods. The manufacturer of Clarino is Kuraray America Inc. For more information, contact: SOURCE Kuraray America Inc. Juli Case is IFAI’s …

New shears cut through fire-retardant thread

Problem: A mattress manufacturer has difficulty cutting the new fire-retardant thread now required for mattresses. Solution: New Kai® 7000 Series shears with corrugated blades slice through aramid materials, such as Kevlar®, fiberglass and composite/carbon fibers. SOURCE Wolff Industries

ASID honors earth-minded Bella-Dura

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) honored Wearbest Sil-Tex Mills Inc., Garfield, N.J., with its 2008 Earth-Minded Award at the Hospitality and Design Show in Las Vegas in May. Wearbest’s Bella-Dura™ performance fabrics are tough to wear out (minimum 50,000 double rubs), but easy to recycle through a reclamation program established by the company. …

California changes structural requirements for tents

Compiled by Juli Case We’ve heard that there’s a change in the requirements for installing tents in California. What can you tell us about that? One of our IFAI members on the West Coast alerted us to this issue. The state of California recently adopted the International Building Code, but made a key change to …

New shears cut through variety of tough fabrics

Problem: Kevlar®, designed to resist penetration, is difficult to cut in individual or multiple layers. Solution: Clauss 8” Bent Kevlar Shears cut Kevlar materials, as well as other tough fabrics such as canvas, plastic and upholstery. SOURCE Clauss Cutlery

Milliken makes Forbes list of most ethical companies

On June 3, the Ethisphere Institute, a think-tank dedicated to profitable and ethical best practices, and Forbes magazine announced the second annual World’s Most Ethical Companies list. Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, S.C., made the list in the Industrial Manufacturing category. “ They [Milliken] go well beyond legal minimums, opting instead to bring about innovative ideas …

Suppliers provide polyethylene fabric for printing

Compiled by Juli Case We need some polyethylene fabric that is woven and coated on both sides with polyethylene. It needs to be at least 3.2 meters wide and we need to be able to digitally print on it. Any idea who supplies it? We’d always heard that polyethylene was difficult to print on because …

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Thompson uses creativity to drive business

Cynthia Thompson leverages her creative instincts to build a flourishing tension fabric structures business. “Business owners need to be inventive and fast moving and I think we’ve gotten sluggish,” says Cynthia Thompson, founder and owner of Transformit in Gorham, Maine. “I think we’re looking to creative people to put the juice back into our world.” …

Rowley wins WOW! honors

At the International Window Coverings Expo, the publisher of Window Fashions magazine and other sponsors recognize industry excellence with the WOW! (World of Windows) Awards. Rowley Co., Gastonia, N.C., a manufacturer and distributor of 2,700 decorating supplies for workroom, installation, design, quilting, upholstery and marine applications, took top WOW! honors as Client and Customer Service …

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Olympics features top-to-bottom membrane structure

For almost five centuries, the Forbidden City—located in Beijing, and home of the imperial palace—has been the symbol of China’s distinct grandeur, as well as its detachment from the world. But with the world’s most populous country on a fast track to industrialize its infrastructure in recent years, it’s no secret that the Chinese government …

Aerostat system provides mobile aerial platform

[Aerostar International Inc.] Sioux Falls, S.D., U.S.A The TIF-25K Tethered Aerostat System, which took its maiden voyage in September 2007, provides an easy-to-use, mobile aerial platform that can be deployed within hours of arrival on site. The aerostat body consists of a proprietary nylon-based fabric with various laminates and coatings that give it UV protection …

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PAMA in the news for Awnings Today PR campaign

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, is creating a buzz thanks to its Awnings Today PR campaign, now entering its third year. PAMA was featured in a front-page Washington Post (July 12, 2008) Real Estate section. The article illustrates how awnings are making a comeback, and highlights …

Versatile contract fabrics reflect automotive heritage

Inspired by the great ‘age of the automobile,’ when design and innovation coupled with a strong sense of optimism, the Motor City Collection of 11 versatile contract fabrics embodies the style, design, durability and exuberance of Detroit’s automotive heritage in the 1950s. Drawn from the classics, the designs are inspired by the past but offer …

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U.S. Army base camp uses rapid deploying tent systems

[Vertigo Inc.] Lake Elsinore, Calif., U.S.A. [Outdoor Venture Corp.] Stearns, Ky., U.S.A. Vertigo’s rapid deploying tent systems with AirBeam™ technology are replacing the aluminum frame TEMPER tents used in Force Provider, the U.S. Army’s premier base camp. Force Provider’s Expeditionary Base Camp—including 10 Vertigo AirBeam TEMPERs—is the Army’s newest forward operating camp, capable of supporting …

Nüwa forms strategies for sustainability in joint venture

The ancient Chinese goddess Nüwa (pronounced ‘new way’) was said to have mended the earth, following a battle between fire and water gods. A joint venture of fabric mills and specialized dye and finishing plants in China and Taiwan has adopted the goddess’s name to signal commitment to environmental consciousness. At a time when environmental …

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Hybrid printer offers economy and versatility

The new ValueJet 1608 Hybrid printer prints direct to rigid substrates and roll-to-roll, offering both economy and versatility for projects such as indoor and outdoor signage. The versatility and fast production of the Mutoh printer are enhanced by its use of MUBIO Ink, a new BIO ink technology exclusive to this printer, composed primarily of …

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Custom Covers military tents provide versatile protection

[Custom Covers] Southampton, U.K. This military utility shelter by Custom Covers is the first generation of a family of tents designed for use as general service tenting or as temporary deployable accommodations, providing versatile protection against high winds, snow loads, and other adverse weather conditions. The shelter requires little perimeter clearance, and allows for multiple …

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Tent companies reach out to China after earthquake

May 12 changed everything in the Sichuan province of China. Local radio in Sichuan quoted disaster relief officials as saying a third of the buildings in Wenchuan collapsed from the quake and another third were seriously damaged. In addition to taking thousands of lives, the earthquake leveled schools, hospitals and houses. As Chinese citizens and …

Eco-friendly finishes enhance wovens and nonwovens

The Balance™ program from TSG Incorporated delivers a suite of finishes that enhance both woven and nonwoven products while leaving a smaller eco-footprint. Broad variety of green finishing options includes water and stain repellents, polyester backings and abrasion enhancements, flame retardants, antimicrobial finishes and high-performance finishes. Each process is formulated to be more planet-friendly than …

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BMW’s GINA features fabric skin

She’s slick, sleek and hooked on speed, but BMW’s GINA isn’t your girl-next-door concept car. The radical GINA, which stands for Geometry and Functions in ‘N’ Adaptations, is a vehicle dressed to impress in a fabric skin over a mechanized electro-hydraulic metal and carbon frame. The GINA Light Visionary Model (LVM) roadster wears a fabric …

Tester measures fabric resistance to water penetration

The Hydrostatic Head Tester from SDL Atlas is designed for easy use, providing quick, reliable and repeatable testing of the resistance of a fabric to the penetration of water under hydrostatic pressure. It can be used effectively with all types of fabrics, including those treated with water resistant and water repellent finishes. Also new from …

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Vinyl-covered beer can used on truckbed

It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “drink and drive” when Dave Leach’s huge 1970s Old Style® beer can goes rolling down the road on a truckbed. Leach, a Chicago-based collector of the world’s largest items, commissioned the grand old can for his grand old man, honoring a father whose favorite beer was …

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Towels extend lives of canvas tops and enclosures

With proper care, boat owners can extend the useful lives of their canvas boat tops and enclosures. Shurhold’s microfiber towels come in a variety three-pack: The extra-strong orange towel serves for effective washing and cleaning; the super-soft dark blue towel is recommended for polishing and shining; and the lint-free light blue towel is best for …

Mosquito-proof netting reduces infant mortality

Malaria kills more than one million people each year, most of them children under five years old. Mosquito nets help, but don’t prevent insects from transmitting malaria through biting a sleeping person through the net. BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, a chemical company long interested in malaria and tropical diseases, has developed Interceptor® mosquito net coated …

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Eco-friendly digitally printable materials reduce installation time

EnviroFlex™, a new line of eco-friendly and lightweight digitally printable materials for billboards, banners and other applications, offers a variety of options: Frontlit Lite (7-ounce), Lite High-Res (5-ounce), PolyFlex Lite (5.5-ounce), PolyPoster and PolyPoster HighRes (3.8-ounce). Up to 60 percent lighter than an industry standard 12-ounce substrate, EnviroFlex can reduce installation time and lower overall …

Study examines transfer of substances from textiles into skin

Drug-delivery systems such as nicotine patches are designed to transfer substances from textiles into skin. The Hohensteiner Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, studied various microcapsule depot structures with regard to mechanical strength, capacity to release substances in continuous and controllable amounts, and resistance to washing; staff also evaluated various casing materials and methods of applying microcapsules to …

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Smaller carbon footprints save money and satisfy customers

Should you measure your carbon footprint and try to reduce it? This isn’t about a sooty trail around the office. It’s about how much carbon dioxide your company pumps into the atmosphere as a result of its electricity consumption, motor vehicle fuel use and other business daily goings-on. Whatever your opinion about global warming, reducing …

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Komar products allow easy cutting of Kevlar thread

Problem: Kevlar® thread works well in sewing operations, but it can be tough to cut cleanly. Solution: Komar Alliance has designed a complete line of nippers, scissors and shears to cleanly and efficiently cut Kevlar or other tough threads. The products, made with hardened stainless steel blades, have a special serrated edge, last two-to-four times …

Carpet recycling gains a stronger foothold

Carpet re-use technologies have given new life to old carpets, spurring growth in recycling after a plateau of several years. In recognition of this breakthrough, two developers of carpet fiber recycling technologies received a World Global Energy Award in Brussels, Belgium, in May 2008. Frank J. Levy, president of Stellamcor Inc., Quogue, N.Y., and Sergio …

SHOP introduced to U.S. House of Representatives

According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), of the estimated 47 million Americans without health insurance, more than 28 million are small business owners, their employees and dependents. The Small Business Healthcare Options Program (SHOP Act, H.R. 6210) has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) and Phil …

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Tonneau fabric creates consistent truck appearance

Problem: Truck owners want tonneau covers consistent in appearance with the rest of the vehicle. Solution: DiamondTex, a heavy-duty fabric with textured vinyl coating, simulates the diamond-plate material commonly used for truck beds and tool boxes. The rugged and unusual look of DiamondTex tonneau fabric makes a lasting impression. SOURCE Bainbridge International

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Taylor Made Products sponsors Earthrace

In late April, a 78-foot wave-piercing trimaran running on biodiesel fuel set out on a trip around the world to break a speed record of 75 days. Earthrace sponsor Jason Pajonk, president of Taylor Made Products, Gloversville, N.Y., part of the Taylor Made Group Inc., will be cheering on-shore for the carbon-neutral eco boat. The …

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AATCC co-sponsors “Textile Printing: Green & Global”

The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) and [TC]2 are jointly sponsoring “Innovative Textile Printing: Green & Global,” September 17–19 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham, N.C., U.S.A. The conference will highlight fresh approaches to textile printing and provide insight into the development and production of textile prints in the global supply chain. …

Molded plastic zippers benefit large structures

Problem: Fabricated structures require a heavy-duty closure with easy access and durability. Solution: Big structures benefit from Big Zip™ #15 Premium Heavy-Duty molded plastic zippers. Big Zip offers 100-percent corrosion resistance to salt water, teeth injection-molded from DuPont Delrin® acetal resins, marine grade 316 polished stainless steel slider, a unique resin pull handle and polyester …

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Japan’s ‘hidden treasure’ forms furniture line

Sugi trees, or Cryptomeria japonica, make up 13 percent of Japan’s land mass, planted throughout the country during post-World-War-II reconstruction. Its Latin name means “hidden treasure of Japan,” and furniture manufacturer Hida Sangyo Co. Ltd., Hida-Takayama, Japan, and Italian designer Enzo Mari hope to make sugi the next wave in sustainable furnishings. Hida Sangyo developed …

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Bringing outdoor fabrics indoors for interior design

Gina Wicker scoffs at the notion that her mother called the place in their house with the sofa the “living” room. “We were never allowed to go in there,” she says. “It was off-limits to the kids.” Today’s living rooms justify the name, thanks to the transition of outdoor fabrics to interior aesthetics. “I think …

WIRAND® fibers eliminate need for steel reinforcement

Problem: Placing typical steel reinforcement in concrete slab-on-grade industrial, commercial and high-performance floors takes time and is difficult to conform to construction drawings. Solution: WIRAND® fibers are produced with low-carbon steel wire with high-tensile strength. Introducing WIRAND fibers into the concrete mix eliminates the need for common steel reinforcement, adds additional reinforcement and achieves better …

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Shade top kits accommodate inflatable boats

A fun-and-sun day on an inflatable boat can lead to a toss-and-turn night with severe sunburn. Taylor Made Products, Gloversville, N.Y., supplier of marine aftermarket products, can intercept some of those damaging rays with new shade tops that accommodate inflatable boat widths up to 5 feet 7 inches and lengths up to 10 feet 8 …

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Modern technology helps small fabricator shops

When you walk the aisles of a trade show, it’s hard not to be dazzled by all the newest high-end equipment. There are systems available with truly remarkable capabilities: high-ply CAD-driven cutters with vacuum compression tables; room-sized fabric welders; vision-guided robotic sewing machines. But these devices seem to be far removed from the day-to-day reality …

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Coated polyester fabric protects rafts and inflatable kayaks

Problem: Commercial whitewater rafting exposes materials to extreme conditions: rock and sand abrasion, daily use, high UV light, constant high pressures and tensions. Manufacturers of rafts and inflatable kayaks want a premium material that performs better than existing PVC boats. Solution: The new generation Hypalon® coated polyester fabric benefits from new technology for bonding the …

CIRFS releases new report on synthetic fiber industry

The Comité International de la Rayonne et des Fibres Synthétiques (CIRFS) represents the European synthetic fiber industry, and its market forecasts are valuable industry intelligence. Textiles Intelligence Ltd. is promoting “World Markets for Interior Textiles to 2012,” its newest report, which gives a global assessment of markets for carpets, bedding, towels, table linens, curtains and …

Finding fabric for boat reupholstery

Compiled by Juli Case I have a client that wants me to reupholster a 1998 Sea Ray boat. Do you have any idea what type of fabric was used? Typically, the best option is to contact the boat manufacturer and ask. In this case, we were directed to contact a local dealer, but the marine …

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Automated grommet welder produces strong, clear grommets

Problem: Metal grommets cover up parts of expensive, high-resolution graphics, and the occasional grommet failure leads to costly field repairs. Solution: For secure grommets made of clear PVC, FIAB’s Automated Grommet Welder does the trick. The RF generator operating on single-phase 208-volt power is small and can be moved to the fabric, takes three seconds …

Firm offers free analyses to determine tax credit qualifications

The Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit is a misunderstood area of the federal tax code, and many companies don’t know they qualify for credits. Paradigm Partners, Houston, Texas, announced in June that the tax-consulting firm would offer free feasibility analyses to determine if companies qualify for the credit—and a bigger tax refund. “Because of …

New location for Allen Datagraph

Compiled by Juli Case We use an old Allen Datagraph vinyl cutter and are in need of some parts. The phone number we have is disconnected; are they still in business? Apparently they are, although it appears they’ve moved since you purchased your equipment. We located Allen Datagraph at: SOURCE Allen Datagraph Systems Inc. Juli …