AATCC offers student grants

January 1, 2009

U.S. college juniors are invited to apply for research grants through the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Foundation/Institute of Textile Technology (ITT) Undergraduate Research Program. ITT will fund up to five awards each year for research in textile engineering or chemistry, and polymer or materials science. All required application materials must be …

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Sunbrella adds velvet to decorative fabrics line

Sunbrella® Velvet is a luxuriously soft fabric woven with a plush pile face— tough and resilient, but soft and pliable, with Sunbrella’s lightfastness and durability making it suitable for high sunlit areas both indoors and outdoors. Recommended for furniture and window treatments, Sunbrella Velvet features excellent abrasion resistance, and color-coordinates with fabrics throughout the decorative …

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Inflatable hospital-to-go speeds emergency relief

The Kentucky Department of Public Health recently raised a 45-bed hospital inside Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center using air compressors, human power and inflatable tent technology on a grand scale. Kentucky emergency management officials planning logistics for tornados, floods, large chemical accidents or a pandemic influenza outbreak purchased the instant hospital for deployment during disasters taking …

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Entering the sports and entertainment market for printed fabric projects

Entertainment and sports offer opportunities for those on top of their game. By Barb Ernster Tapping the entertainment and sports market for printed fabric projects is less about who you know and more about having a can-do attitude that delivers quality product on time. Backdrops, stage drapery, large banners and building wraps for film, theater …

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New application makes watercraft projects easier

By Tim Greene A lot has been written about vehicle graphics—meaning cars and trucks—but watercraft have not received the same attention, perhaps because water and wind create an even more challenging environment. This might be about to change. One of the cooler applications of wide format digital graphics print I have seen recently is the …

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Data Logger features digital display of temperature and humidity

Monitoring printing inventory storage areas is now easier with the new Dickson multifeature digital display temperature and humidity Data Loggers with push-to-start and push-to-stop functions. Digital displays allow tracking of temperature and humidity conditions between data downloads, and the Data Logger is USB-enabled for triple speed data downloading. A temperature-only version is available. Dickson is …

The Fiber Society calls for presentations

The Fiber Society has issued an invitation for original research papers for oral and poster presentations at its 2009 spring conference in Shanghai, P.R. China, hosted by the College of Textiles at Donghua University. The theme of the conference is “Fibrous Materials: Science, Technology and Applications,” including polymer science and nanotechnology; dyeing, finishing and biotechnology; …

Welding machine used for wide variety of applications

Problem: When manufacturing a wide variety of products with different materials, thicknesses and type of joints, it is often necessary to have several welding machines for different applications, which can be costly and space-consuming. Solution: The Forsstrom TDW Mega RF welding machine has a much wider welding bed to accommodate larger-diameter materials and supplementary sealing …

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Durasol makes wishes come true

A strong dealer network and commitment to community motivated Durasol Systems LLC, Middletown, N.Y., a manufacturer of custom retractable awnings and solar screens, to donate a portion of company profits to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Durasol president and CEO Richard LeMond pledged to share company profits with the charity, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening …

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FGA and Fabric Graphics partnership serves fabric and graphic industries

By Jan Schieffer As the official publication of the Fabric Graphics Association (FGA), Fabric Graphics partners with the association to serve the fabric and graphics industries as a source for information and inspiration. Adam Hewson, co-founder of www.marketclub.club.com, said, “What is good for America in the long run are smart businesses that embrace change.” This …

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Sustainability benefits business

By Tony Schmitt When considering whether or not sustainability is a good business decision, you may ask: What does it mean to be sustainable? In an effort to answer that question, additional questions may arise. What is the difference between sustainable and green? What is a sustainable business? Is it just about a product? What …

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DHJ International launches range of coated polyester media

DHJ International has announced the launch of Acqua’Print, a new range of coated polyester media for direct print dye dispersal for the new generation of inkjet printing machines. The products include Acquasun, for backlit applications; Acquanight, a blackout fabric for front lit applications and banners; Acquadrop, a non-curl canvas for kakemonos, artist canvas and POP; …

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The true value of awnings

To remain relevant and profitable in a tough economy, awning manufacturers, distributors and retailers need to promote the palpable benefits of awnings. By Holly O’Dell As their bank accounts shrink, consumers are carefully examining every purchase and balking at what they view as an unnecessary expenditure. Unfortunately, awnings are often grouped into this category, prompting …

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Marine fabric resists pencil and ink mark absorption

Problem: Many popular exterior marine vinyls have a tendency to absorb and retain patterning marks from both pencil and pen, making the fabric assembly process tedious and time-consuming. Solution: Herculite Riviera Marine Fabric™ is made with a high-performance stabilized PVC and coated with Rain Kleen® to resist pencil and ink mark absorption. The fabric can …

Prodesco celebrates 65 years of manufacturing

Prodesco Inc., Perkasie, Pa., celebrated its 65th year of technical textile manufacturing on November 20, 2008, with an award ceremony and history presentation—preceded by a day of volunteer service in the community. On November 19, Prodesco employees worked for free, building Habitat for Humanity housing, helping keep local parks clean and green, and assisting at …

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Facing green challenges

Scott Campbell, chairman of the Industrial Fabrics Association International and owner of Rainier Industries in Tukwila, Wash., discusses issues facing the textile industry in its movement toward sustainable practices. How much can textile suppliers and manufacturers realistically embrace sustainable practices in this economy? Defining “green” is a challenge because there are no standards. Everyone can …

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Creative services company offers top-shelf solutions

By Jill C. Lafferty In the decades in which Photoworks Creative Group has been in business, the Charlottesville, Va.-based creative services company has evolved with every industry innovation. Photoworks started as a custom color lab and commercial photography studio in the mid-1980s, transitioned from film to digital in the 1990s, expanded into a full-blown creative …

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Aurora introduces six new fire-resistant fabrics

Adding to its line of dye-sublimation and UV-printable fabrics, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc., Aurora, Ill., announces six new fire-resistant options. These fabrics retain their softness of hand and brightness, while meeting NFPA 701 standards for indoor use. They are ideal for point-of-purchase, banner stands and trade show exhibits. SOURCE Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc.

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Technologies meet demand for digitally printed fabric products

As the digital fabric printing industry matures, the machines are faster, the inks are more vibrant, and the most important color in the spectrum is green. By Janice Kleinschmidt The marketing phrase “new and improved” has been slapped on every kind of product at one time or another, with—on occasion—dubious results. Sometimes “improvements” are merely …

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New gaming suede used with grand-format printers

Problem: Customers want a grand-format-sized gaming suede for sublimation printing. Solution: Now available in a 135-inch width, GF4908 Gaming Suede allows more speed and efficiency for grand-format printers. The 7.6-ounce 100-percent polyester knit was developed as a top cover for gaming tables, and offers excellent print qualities and superior stain resistance. Flame-retardant fabric passes the …

Fiber Economics Bureau releases 2009 directory

The Fiber Economics Bureau, Arlington, Va., released The 2009 World Directory of Manufactured Fiber Producers in October 2008, and it provides product and contact information on 1,300 fiber producers in 66 countries. The directory includes a chart of fiber plants by country, international fiber producer affiliations and ownership, and a list of 900 fiber trademarks, …

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Signage presents opportunities for retailers in down economy

Data from the U.S. Small Business Administration shows that signage is the least expensive, yet most effective, form of advertising available to retailers, and is responsible for half of retailers’ customers. The International Sign Association (ISA) stresses the critical role of on-premise signage as a marketing tool for struggling retailers during this challenging economy. Opportunity …

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Connecting printed fabrics and hardware

Installation hardware is part of the package print shops now offer. By Lou Dzierzak There’s a symbiotic relationship between printed fabrics and the hardware used to display those colorful materials. Neither element can truly succeed without the expected performance of the other. Imagine the deadline-challenged printer, who has delivered against a time-sensitive deadline, and then …

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Banners featuring historic photos decorate college campus

By Chelan David The project. To create large format banners embossed with historical photos from the Stanford University Library archives. The banners drape fences surrounding a construction site located at one edge of campus. The company. Designed by XL Prints, Santa Clara, Calif., for Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. The task. Stanford University was looking for …

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Partnerships and subcontracting benefit businesses

Partnerships and subcontracting offer opportunities and solutions. By Janet Preus It’s not so complicated: there are certain things your company does very well, and there are other things that could be done more expediently by someone else. It could be a matter of expertise, time available, or any number of factors influencing workflow. The bottom …

Polyester mesh minimizes waste and saves energy

Problem: Small rolls require larger purchases and extra seaming and can be damaged during shipping. Solution: Solrec® PVC-coated polyester mesh is available in nine colors in a 118-inch width and 32-yard lengths, minimizing waste by reducing cutting and seaming. Mesh construction improves air flow, provides UV protection and can reduce customers’ energy consumption—a prime selling …

Eide Industries donates money to assist with heating bills

Every time Eide Industries, a Cerritos, Calif., producer of custom awnings and structures, installs a fabric-based shade project registered with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, $100 will be donated to assist low-income families pay heating bills. Eide made the pledge after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a home heating assistance …

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EFI acquires remaining interest in Raster Printers

EFI, Foster City, Calif., is acquiring the remaining interest in Raster Printers it does not currently own. Raster Printers, San Jose, Calif., offers a line of environmentally friendly, UV, wide format printers, currently marketed under the brand name Daytona, and targeted to midrange customers in the display graphics market. Following the close of the transaction, …

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PVC breeds controversy in industrial fabrics industry

Can vinyl fit in a green world? By Janice Kleinschmidt 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 …

Fabric graphics industry helps print awning fabric

Compiled by Juli Case We have a customer who wants a vinyl awning fabric with a leopard or tiger stripe, and it has to be suitable for outdoors. Any idea who makes this material? We couldn’t find a supplier who stocked a vinyl awning fabric with these particular prints; apparently most awning customers aren’t quite …

Digital template system increases productivity

Problem: Physical templates are often difficult to capture due to their size and complexity, and the information needs to be recreated in a CAD format to work with modern cutting technology. Solution: The Proliner Digital Template System allows users to create CAD templates of existing field conditions and objects, with an easy-to-use four-button operation. Templates …

Textile fundamentals offered in online course

Complete a comprehensive, in-depth study of textile processing from fibers to finish at home with a new “eLearning” course developed by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. The online course includes animations and videos in a series of modules on fundamentals of …

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Roland Financial Services enables customers to lease products

Roland DGA Corporation, Irvine, Calif., introduces Roland Financial Services, powered by U.S. Bank, enabling customers to lease any Roland product priced more than $5,000. Businesses can finance up to 100 percent of the equipment purchase price with minimal or no initial fees. Leases can also be set up to cover supplies and training costs up …

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Mastering color management

Creating the colors your customer wants. By Roberto Santos The growth of digital inkjet printing for fabric graphics is a reflection of the versatility of this technology and the unique demands of producing images on fabric. Taming the wild beast that is color management certainly involves another relatively new technology—ICC color profiling—but this digital tool …

Shadow Cube fabric ideal for use in hospitals

Compiled by Juli Case We have a client specifying a fabric called Shadow Cube for the hospital privacy curtains we’re making for them. What can you tell us about this fabric? Shadow Cube is a fabric that is part of Milliken & Co.’s line of Visa fabrics. Visa is the trade name of a line …

Saving time and labor while setting grommets

Problem: Fabricators waste time and labor pre-punching holes to set grommets. Solution: Fasnap’s full line of self-piercing grommets, bench press and dies saves time and labor by setting grommets in one quick motion. A variety of grommet styles and sizes can be set in these machines, including the rolled-rim and spur self-piercing line. SOURCE Fasnap …

Experts give advice on preventing airbag theft

According to a Consumer Affairs report, in 2004 one of every 25 previously damaged vehicles had a dummy airbag—or no airbag at all. One California woman drove her repaired vehicle two years before finding that her driver’s side airbag consisted of mechanic rags. Only a handful of states have laws regulating airbag system replacement. Then, …

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Bruin appoints Pletcher Sales as Midwest agents

Bruin Plastics Company Inc., Glendale, R.I., announces the appointment of Pletcher Sales Inc., Bristol, Ind., as its Midwest sales and warehousing agents. With their extensive experience in the industrial fabrics market, Brian Pletcher, Scott Coryn and Rob LaRocca will be significant additions to the Bruin sales force. Bruin Plastics has been a manufacturer and distributor …

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The changing workforce

By Pat Hayes, CPP Businesses across all industries face changes in workforce and labor needs. Finding the right person with the right skills suited to specific job requirements continues to be the crux of all labor issues. No matter the size of the company, business owners may face similar employee problems: turnover, lack of commitment …

Cooley Group provides fabric for Burger King awnings

Compiled by Juli Case We’re doing an awning for Burger King. What fabric should we use? National franchises such as Burger King often have a fabric specified from their corporate office in order to have a uniform look for their restaurants. Your customer should have access to that information. We contacted awning fabric suppliers and …

Production system provides clean, durable work surface

Problem: Keeping fabric clean when producing large jobs. Solution: Sinclair Production System provides a complete work station for cutting, welding and grommeting various projects. Clean, durable work surface changes and grows as needed, with additional tables that can be added to the Main Vacuum Table as the job requires. A precision rotary cutting system and …

Control Union Certifications launches global recycling standard

Control Union Certifications, a Netherlands-based group of international industries, launched the first Global Recycling Standard (GRS) for textiles and clothing. The three-tier standard was developed “in response to an increasing desire from the textile industry to back up claims that can be made regarding recycled products,” says Mark Prosé of Control Union Certifications. Gold standard …

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Research identifies trends in global textile printing market

A new market research report from www.companiesandmarkets.com has identified key trends prevalent in the global textile printing market. The report finds that the evolution of the textile printing market has been driven by market opportunities created by digital printing, large format printers, innovation in inks and unique color management standards. However the greatest challenge to …

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GM agrees to market TruckSkin

TruckSkin, a division of digital graphics pioneer Britten Media, Traverse City, Mich., announces that General Motors Isuzu Commercial Truck LLC has agreed to market TruckSkin to its low-cab forward dealers. Britten Media’s TruckSkin is a patented, changeable “second skin” vinyl outerwear for truck bodies. Unlike its “rolling billboard” predecessors, TruckSkin offers the fleet owner the …

FMVSS 302 references several types of fabric

Compiled by Juli Case What can you tell me about MVSS 302? You’re probably referring to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 302, also known as FMVSS 302, entitled “Flammability of Interior Materials.” It is a U.S. government specification and often referenced, despite being intended only for fabrics that are used in the interior of motor …

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Burak cuts labor costs to improve business

Ed Burak improves the bottom line by shaving time off labor costs. By Sigrid Tornquist “The greatest expense for our business is the labor—shaving time off labor is key to our success,” says Ed Burak, president of Hudson Awning and Sign Co. Inc. in Bayonne, N.J. Burak, who runs the company with his wife Lynda, …

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C.F. Stinson awarded for healthy product design

The Nightingale Award for innovative products that contribute to the quality of healthcare has gone for the second consecutive year to C.F. Stinson, Rochester Hills, Mich. C.F. Stinson’s Patterned PVC-Free Upholstery Collection won the award this year at the Health Care Design ’08 Conference November 11, 2008. The collection is soft, exceeds 400,000 double rubs, …

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Printing technology institute to be established in India

Tirupur Export Knit Printers Association, Tirupur, India, has plans to establish a printing technology institute in the city. Concerns about a shortage of employable talent are worrying entrepreneurs in the knitwear printing segment of the textile supply chain in Tirupur. The institution, scheduled to be operational during 2009–2010, will offer a three-month diploma course in …

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Textile printer’s advanced interweaving technology eliminates branding

conVerd, East Longmeadow, Mass., is now offering the versatile UJET MC3-Premium textile printer for the wide format market. Manufactured by Yuhan Kimberly, the MC3-Premium’s advanced interweaving technology eliminates banding, and its fabric handling system makes it easy to print on thin fabrics, such as silk chiffon, or stretch fabrics, such as nylon. The eco-friendly printer …

Various resources help keep companies in touch

Compiled by Juli Case We’re looking for a company that we used to buy fabric from, but the phone number is no longer in service. Is there a way to find out if they’re still in business? Area codes for telephone numbers sometimes change, so that’s usually the first thing to check. Your telephone service …