Vinyl compounds used for variety of applications

October 1, 2008

New formulation technology allows Teknor Apex Co.’s Vinyl Division to manufacture flexible vinyl compounds that reduce emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 80 percent or more compared to conventional formulations, according to the company. These low-VOC versions of the Apex® compounds are intended for use in profiles and molded items, extrusion-coated fabrics and extruded …

Leathers produced with environmentally-conscious processing

Danfield Inc. has developed the first 100-percent environmentally conscious method for processing leather. By utilizing natural colorants, vegetable dyes and waxes, the new EcoHide™ line creates soft, pliable leather without the use of toxic heavy metals. The leather is breathable and easier to shape without pleats or creases, and has a higher flexibility of use …

Ink allows high-speed, eco-friendly printing

Novacron® Deep Black MI-2000 is a new water-based reactive black ink that makes high-speed inkjet printing on cotton, viscose and silk more eco-friendly while providing a reliable and shade-stable deep black ink. Successfully tested under industrial conditions, the results show excellent runability and shade stability, with no impact on the print head cycle. The Novacron …

Impact Technology® protects various fabrics

Impact Technology® is not a coating—the protection is embedded within the fibers of the fabric to provide draperies, privacy curtains, bedspreads and shower curtains that are resistant to staining, splashing, bacteria and flame. The fabrics reduce laundering costs, reduce bacterial buildup in facilities and save money by extending fabric life, while meeting all code regulations. …

Marine fabric provides ideal amount of stretch

Problem: Marine fabricators installing expensive coated vinyls with very little stretch can end up with wrinkles in the vinyl (when vinyl is cut slightly too large) or shortages (when it is cut too short). Solution: Herculite’s new Riviera™ Marine Fabric is soft, supple and available in several shades of white to match gel-coats from around …

UV-printable material prevents unwanted curling

Problem: A digital printer used a three-ply laminated blockout banner material for trade show aisle banners, but after installation the edges or hems curled. Solution: Blockout Premium is a 22-ounce, cast-coated, two-sided material that will not curl or “tea cup” after hanging. It has excellent tear strength, cold-crack resistance and works for indoor and outdoor …

Guidelines for cutting knitted shade fabric

Problem: When cutting knitted shade fabric, it is difficult to know how to compensate for the stretch factor. Solution: Gale Pacific calculated how best to cut and sew the company’s Commercial 95 patterns and prepared a Web site FAQ to provide directions. Patterns should be cut approximately 2.5 percent less in the width and 5 …

Welder makes feeding fabric and quality welding easy

Problem: Frequently, PTFE fabric used in large structures is difficult to feed into the welder and getting consistent, quality welds is difficult. Solution: FIAB’s new PTFE Welder has a welding surface only 16 inches above the floor and a gantry designed with slots to align and feed fabric into the welding area. The welder moves …