AATCC to hold technical textiles symposium

September 1, 2008

The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) will present “Medical, Nonwovens & Technical Textiles” October 6–7, 2008, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, N.C., U.S.A. The two-day program has been developed by AATCC’s Material Interest Group, and is being chaired by Dr. Philip J. Brown, Clemson University. Confirmed topics include next-generation carbon …

Zipper offers waders flexible water resistance

Problem: Manufacturers of waders ask for a more flexible waterproof closure system that better matches their material. Solution: The YKK Aquaseal® Zipper is made of a soft Hytrel rubber or polyurethane-coated tape. The zipper’s plastic teeth give the fastener flexibility while keeping out surface water. SOURCE KK USA Inc.

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Mini Motel offers travelers portable shelter

Weather delays, flight cancellations, security checks and skyrocketing fuel costs are making it tough for airplanes to get off the ground. Frequent flyers find themselves grounded too, stuck overnight in noisy, cavernous airports waiting for the blizzard over Pittsburgh to relent. No lodging, no blankets, no privacy and no sleep—unless you happen to bring your …

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Museums and fine art provide unique graphics application

Museums are fast discovering the benefits of fabric use in their facilities. Although these institutions often use fabric for signage or wayfinding, designers are also finding innovative ways to incorporate textiles into their exhibits. The same applies to those who are reproducing works of fine art. Manufacturers are consistently creating new and improved canvas-type materials …

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Image Graphics introduces 3 new products

Image Graphics, Deer Park, N.Y., has three new product offerings. Bioflex is a durable, white, flexible substrate. Tear and fade resistant, it will withstand all types of weather conditions, and is the first truly environmentally friendly PVC. It is well suited for applications that require a front-lit, digitally printed sign or banner. Earthcling is a …

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AW Specialty Papers adds Carla Hoag to sales team

AW Specialty Papers, Elk Grove Village, Ill., has added Carla Hoag to its sales team. Hoag will be responsible for inside sales, specializing in wide format heat transfer products. She has 25 years of experience in the paper industry, previously working at Wyndstone Specialty Papers, a division of Lewis Paper International. See www.awspecialtypapers.com.

Researcher reportedly develops decontamination for nanotechnologies

Nanotechnology may be a manufacturing revolution, but how environmentally responsible (and safe) will it be? In an article in ScienCentral News (produced by ScienCentral Inc. in collaboration with The Center for Science and the Media), technology monitoring firm Lux Research estimates that by the year 2015, the global output of goods using nanotechnology will be …

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Low-cost substrate offers superior quality and appearance

Problem: A digital print provider bidding on 250 store window graphics wanted a superior quality, competitive cost substrate that was better than 13 ounce, three-ply laminated PVC. Solution: Frontlit Extra cast-coated banner and graphic substrate combines a streamlined base scrim and lighter PVC coating. The lacquer topcoat provides brilliant image reproduction, dimensional stability, superior print …

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Rainier produces permanent and semi-permanent cottages

Daydreaming about a cottage in the woods? Rainier Industries, Tukwila, Wash., may make those dreams a reality for customers with its new Rainier Cottage, a handcrafted canvas and Douglas fir structure for permanent or semi-permanent use. Sturdy enough for use year-round in most climates, the cottage’s 100-percent cotton Army Duck canvas is water repellent, mildew …

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Transitioning to welded seams

In recent years, fabric welding has replaced many traditional sewing methods. Not only do welded seams have a better aesthetic appearance than sewn seams, but they also have a longer service life in the field. Currently, it is still more cost effective to sew many applications, but many manufacturers are making the transition to welded …

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Direct-to-textile printer includes integrated heat fixation unit

Graphics One, LLC, Burbank, Cal., announces the availability of the new d.gen Teleios 74/V6 six color direct-to-textile printer. This high-performance direct-to-fabric printer produces vivid, prints on flags and banners with no transfer paper needed. The Teleios 74/V6 prints up to 74 inches, and has a maximum resolution of 1440 dpi., at high speeds. Included with …

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Century Park Capital Partners acquires Moss Inc.

Los Angeles-based Century Park Capital Partners acquired Moss Inc., a manufacturer of fabric-based signs serving the event, exhibit, and retail industries. The business will expand organically and through acquisitions. No deal terms were disclosed. Meanwhile, Lois Richards has been appointed to the newly created position of senior account executive, events, for Las Vegas, and will …

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Digital printing offers diverse opportunities for awning makers

Awning makers use digital printers to adapt to changing industry By Janice Kleinschmidt In the natural world, the strength of a species lies in its diversity. In the business world, the strength of a company lies in its ability to serve customers. Like living organisms, diverse companies adapt to a changing environment in order to …

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Sunbrella performance yarn for indoor and outdoor applications

Problem: Designers of trend-setting outdoor living spaces require furniture with stylish fabrics suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Solution: The Everyday Color Indoor/Outdoor Collection from J. Ennis Fabrics uses Sunbrella® performance yarn to create the look, color and performance essential to the home decor market. SOURCE J. Ennis Fabrics

Weber & Heusser to distribute Dow XLA fiber in Europe

Dow Fiber Solutions’ (DFS) XLA™ olefin-based stretch fiber, which resists chemicals and high temperatures, may expand its sales in German-speaking markets. Weber & Heusser GmbH & Co. KG, Albstadt, Germany, will partner with DFS, Horgen, Switzerland, to distribute the fiber in Europe. The XLA fibers, blended with cotton, wool or knits, provide process advantages to …

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The digital printing industry goes green

A news story is said to have “legs” if it is interesting and compelling enough that people continue to care about it and want to hear more about it. In other words, it travels. The issue of green/sustainability/care for the planet, as it regards digital printing, continues to be a story that has legs, and …

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Pantone Inc. approves use of Océ printing systems

Océ, Trumbull, Conn., and Düsseldorf, Germany, announces that the Océ VarioStream 9240 and Océ ColorStream 10000 full color production printing systems, supported by Océ PRISMA workflow software, have been approved by Pantone Inc., Carlstadt, N.J., for use with the Pantone Matching System colors, and the Pantone Goe System colors. Pantone Inc. serves the color communication, …

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Wrap covers world’s largest beer can

Road Rage Designs, a wide format graphics provider headquartered in Spring Grove, Ill., used Avery’s MPI 1007 EZ RS and DOL 1000 products in creating the world’s largest beer can. The wrap for the enormous beer can was commissioned by Dave Leach, a Chicago-based collector. Avery Dennison Graphics & Reflective Products Division, Painesville, Ohio, is …

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Textiles benefit medical industry

Flexibility, strength and adaptability are bringing textiles to the forefront of patient care, and concerns about safety are inspiring use beyond the hospital By Holly O’Dell Medical textiles present a wide variety of opportunities for manufacturers and applications for end users. As its name suggests, a medical textile—often used interchangeably with “healthcare textile”—is any textile …

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Fabric-coated insert covers staples seamlessly

Problem: Using traditional PVC stripping to hide staples on a staple-in awning system detracts from the looks, especially when used with woven or textured fabric. Solution: The CaMillion™ fabric-coated insert covers staples with a tailored look. It seats down into the staple channel of the extrusion and doesn’t stick up above the fabric plane. It’s …

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Rainier moves to larger headquarters

When showcasing shelter solutions such as tents, yurts and fabric cottages, a bigger facility is better. In July, Rainier Industries, Seattle, Wash., moved a short distance from its previous headquarters into a new 140,000-square-foot facility with ample space for five in-house divisions (wood, fabric, frame, print and technical), showrooms and a Yurt Village. Rainier manufactures …

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Camouflage functions as 2 fabrics

Sommers Plastic Products Company Inc., Clifton, N.J., is offering the patent-pending Super-Stealth Camouflage, which functions as two fabrics. When worn at night in the cool desert, the fabric’s opaque black color becomes clear. When the sun warms it in daylight, the material changes to desert camouflage. The fabric can be used for tents, clothing, and …

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Rainier unveils printers and appliqué banner designs

Rainier Industries, Seattle, Wash., has added Durst 351R and Durst 800 printers, which have the ability to print white ink on hard substrates and roll to roll goods. Rainier has also unveiled 24 new appliqué banner designs with mostly seasonal patterns. These designs can be customized with a customer’s logo or imprint. Banners are made …

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German grocery store features printed screens

Thesing Sonnenschutztechnik, and Junkers & Müllers, Coesfeld, Germany, offered their grocery store client a novel solution. The store stops serving fresh food before the store actually closes. Now all fresh food counters disappear behind digitally printed vertical screens that can be let down with the push of a button or by remote control. The printed …

Experts clarify measurement terminology

Compiled by Juli Case What’s the difference between a linear yard and a lineal yard? Our guess is that someone is using the term ‘lineal’ when they really mean “linear.” Lineal is a word typically used more in a genealogical context, meaning someone is descended in a direct line from a particular ancestor. Linear is …

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UV-optimized fabric coatings show image detail

Problem: Customers with wide-format inkjet printers with UV-curable inks want fabrics that capture the image’s detail and vibrant color. Solution: UV-optimized fabric coatings give customers professional results with synthetic or natural fibers. After-treatment or lamination isn’t necessary, and the printed product is durable and resists environmental impacts. All UV-optimized products are recyclable, and UV-optimized Cotton …

L.A. investment firm acquires Moss

Century Park Capital Partners, Los Angeles, Calif., invested in a company with competitive products and strong growth by acquiring Moss Inc., Lincolnwood, Ill., in July. Moss manufactures fabric-based visual solutions for exhibit, event and retail displays. “We look forward to supporting Moss as the company seeks to expand both organically and through add-on acquisitions,” says …

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Green products offer range of features for digital inkjet printers

Decoprint® from DHJ International has launched new green products for the digital print market (eco-solvent, solvent and UV curable inks) offering a range of features for digital inkjet printers. The best sellers from the standard Decoprint range, such as Bi-Night, High Drop and Pearl, are now all offered as formaldehyde-free fabrics (less than 2 PPM). …

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Color selector features more than 460 colors

The 2008 Avery Graphics Color Selector features more than 460 colors and several new products, including four new specialty films (Shimmer, Silver Illusion, Hammered Gold Leaf and Silver Carbon Weave); two new metallic films; three new cast, camouflage printed films; a new highly adhesive, foam sign tape that provides clean fastening for multiple signage applications; …

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Neschen implements 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee

Neschen Americas (SEAL® and Neschen® brands), Elkridge, Md., has implemented a new 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee. Designed to improve service levels and streamline customer relations, the new program provides clear guidelines and instructions to resellers and end customers for the remediation of problems pertaining to product quality, freight damage, return authorizations, account credits, and …

Krylon offers alternative to TT-L-50G

Compiled by Juli Case We’re working on a government bid and we need a lacquer that meets TT-50, Type II. Do you know where we can get it? The full designation of this specification is TT-L-50G, with the title Lacquer, Nitrocellulose, Acrylic and Acrylic Butyrate, Aerosol (in pressurized dispensers). Essentially this was a spray-on product, …

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CoverTrax system hides screws and tracks on structures

Problem: Unsightly awning screws and tracks mar the aesthetics of an otherwise attractive structure. Solution: The CoverTrax system features white PVC track, unique small-size keder tape and four PVC lower panels that slide into place over screws and provide a fresh and pleasing appearance. SOURCE Bainbridge International

Gerber distributor opens facility in South Korea

Gerber Technology, Tolland, Ct., participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its South Korean distributor’s new manufacturing facility in Seoul in July. Keehwa Hitech’s new facility will produce laser cutting systems for automotive airbags, technical textiles, signs and engraving. Keehwa has four production-version laser cutters in operation in Korea and expects to expand to other countries, …

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Improved PVC coated media suitable for indoor and outdoor applications

Neschen®, Elkridge, Md., a has an improved PVC coated media for billboards, backdrops, awnings, banners, trade show exhibits, and double-sided graphics applications. SolvoTex™ PVC Standard Blockout is a 100 percent polyester media with a PVC coating on both sides, and a true 100 percent opaque block-out liner to allow double-sided printing with no shadows, wash-out …

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Hybrid printer uses BIO ink technology

Sign Here of Tennessee, Franklin, Tenn., is now digitally printing on its new Mutoh’s ValueJet 1608 Hybrid printer using MUBIO INK, a new BIO ink technology exclusively found on this printer. The ink is made of 80 percent plant derived substances, contains no harmful VOCs and has faster drying times. Combining today’s technology with craftsmanship …

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Mimaki printer cutter line incorporates licensed Gerber technology

Gerber Scientific Inc. has announced that the newly released Mimaki CJV-30 series integrated printer cutter line incorporates licensed technology from Gerber Scientific. In the fiscal fourth quarter of 2008, Gerber granted a worldwide license to Mimaki Engineering Company Limited. The license represented the second nonexclusive license Gerber has granted for its family of computerized “print-to-cut” …

Meeting French flammability standards for fabrics

Compiled by Juli Case I have a customer in France who wants to know if the fabric I use to construct my yurts meets M1 and M2. The fabric we use is certified to California State Fire Marshal Title 19, NFPA 701 and CPAI-84. Will they meet the French certification? To the best of our …

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Skoldeberg values people-driven business

Ben Skoldeberg employs people skills and skilled people to bring solar protection to central Texas. By Sigrid Tornquist “This business is really about people. The rest is just aluminum and fabric,” says Ben Skoldeberg, co-founder and co-owner of Texas Sun & Shade. Well … high-quality, high-performance aluminum and fabric, one might add. Ben, his wife …

Protective garment testing lab opens at NCSU

A test laboratory for protective garments worn by chemical and biological incident responders opened in July at North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Man-in-Simulant Test (MIST) facility grand opening included tours, live demonstrations of protective garment testing and Rep. Bob Etheridge, who requested …

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Polyester fabric brand expands with 3 new products

InteliCoat Technologies®, South Hadley, Mass., has expanded its Magic brand polyester fabric offerings with three new products: Magic® FAB-FRTM for solvent and eco-solvent printing applications, and Magic® FAB-LITETM and Magic® FAB-MESHTM for aqueous pigment ink printing applications. Magic FAB-FR is a 7 mil, flame-retardant, woven polyester for solvent and eco-solvent printing applications, which has passed …

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Software helps printers attend to everyday tasks

Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd., Nagano, Japan, now offers the new Mimaki Profile Master II (MPMII), color management software. This version helps printers attend to everyday tasks, such as advanced ICC profiling and printer equalization. An enhanced calibration function offers printers a new threshold of printing accuracy and consistency. Usually slight color variations are inevitable over …

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Applied Signs & Display celebrates 20 years in business

Applied Signs & Display, Dublin, Ireland, a provider of signage and premium exhibition and display stands, celebrated 20 years in business recently. The company, which provides a comprehensive “one-stop-shop”solution for Irish businesses, is also celebrating its recent move to a purpose-built, 8,000-square-foot location in Clonshaugh Industrial Estate. See www.appliedsigns.ie.

Supplier offers wide skirt liners

Some of the new upholstered furniture styles use a waterfall or dressmaker type of skirt that is very wide. Where can we get a skirt liner that’s at least 30 inches wide? A skirt liner is used to give more body to the fabric, and the standard width is about 6 or 8 inches. We …

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Fabric Images helps create successful Ferrari exhibit

[ Fabric Images Inc. ] Elgin, Ill., U.S.A. The particular autoshow for which this Ferrari exhibit was constructed is unique in that each exhibitor creates its own pavilion in an outdoor setting. The high-end automaker chose a dome structure and created both inside and outside display elements. The graphics on the elements were produced from …

U.S. and Brazil textile industries form cooperation agreement

Following an April summit in Washington, D.C., the American Apparel and Footwear Association and Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry Association agreed to work together on trade issues that affect both countries. The cooperation agreement outlines steps such as eliminating tariff and non-tariff barriers to regional trade; taking common positions in negotiation of international agreements; sharing …

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Water repellent fabric activated by heat

In the past, digital printers have been frustrated in their attempts to work with water repellent textiles because ink and dye was equally repelled from the fabric surface. Pacific Coast Fabrics, Gardena, Calif., is now offering a new material where the repellent is activated by heat in the calendaring process, after the material has been …

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Banner material recommended for frontlit applications and billboards

KAPCO Graphic Products, Kent, Ohio, a manufacturer, coater, and converter of pressure-sensitive, flexible materials, introduces a new cost-effective, solvent, 13-ounce banner, recommended for frontlit applications and billboards for promotional advertising and point of purchase. It is compatible with OEM solvent and mild solvent inks and available in matte and gloss finishes. Its fire-resistance coating passes …

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Diatec acquires coated product assets of Arkwright Inc.

Diatec has signed an agreement to acquire the coated product assets of Arkwright Inc., a manufacturer of ink-jet and laser printable papers, films and specialty substrates. Arkwright is a wholly owned subsidiary of Océ N.V. North America, Trumbull, Conn. Sales related to the assets total about $65 million. The assets will be merged with Diatec’s …

Innovative fire-retardant fabrics

Innovations in fire-retardant fibers and fabric products are keeping people and structures safer. By Julie Young Fire-retardant fabrics protect people in a diverse range of occupations, including military personnel, racecar drivers, industrial workers, special effects technicians and, of course, firefighters. And new innovations in fire-retardant fiber and fabric products are raising protection of life and …

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Spherical structure with fabric wings promotes Verizon exhibit

[ Transformit ] Gorham, Maine, U.S.A.. The objective of this display was to visually demonstrate that Verizon as a company was about to “take off” (the telecommunications giant had recently acquired MCI). In keeping with this theme, the spherical structure featured fabric “wings,” and the floor of the booth was curved in two directions like …