Ultra-high-tenacity nylon

December 30, 2009

United Yarn Products Co. Inc. will now manufacture and distribute an ultra-high-tenacity Type 6 nylon from a specialty producer in Europe, recommended for applications such as rope, cordage, industrial strapping and marine moorings. New Super 6 Nylon™ is available in 840, 1260, 1680 and 1890 deniers in natural, black, and ten solution-dyed colors. It’s compacted …

Web-based quotation software

December 29, 2009

The iQuote Xpress Quotation System helps businesses increase revenue and profits through improved sales force documentation and productivity. Web-based application allows salespeople to quickly generate detailed, accurate sales proposals that include complete marketing information, images and “intelligent relationship” product-tree management. Managers are provided immediate, online access to securely stored client contact and proposal information, sales …

Zagis USA commissions new textile mill

December 28, 2009

Zagis USA officials were joined by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and others to commission the company’s 128,000-square-foot cotton spinning mill in Lacassine, La. The ceremony marked the end of a construction project that began with a groundbreaking in July 2008. The new mill in Lacassine is the first of two mills that Zagis USA committed …

Strength tests confirm durability of fabric-covered buildings

Research showing widespread skepticism among customers about the durability of fabric-covered buildings motivated Cover-All Building Systems Inc., Saskatoon, Canada, to perform a strength test. Cover-All worked with Intertape Polymer Group, Montreal, Canada, to develop the DuraWeave line of heavyweight polyolefin fabrics for its steel-framed, covered buildings. The company lifted a 6,200-pound truck on a 12-by-24-foot …

Integrated solar modules add power for tensile structures

December 21, 2009

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) invested $250,000 in product development for flexible tensile structures with integrated solar modules for a wide range of applications. FTL Solar, Austin, Texas, mass-produces pre-fabricated photovoltaic (PV) tensile structures that turn sunlight into electricity. NYSERDA president Francis J. Murray says the investment will “attract clean …

PGI appoints Dennis Norman as CFO

December 17, 2009

Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) has appointed Dennis Norman as chief financial officer. Norman previously served as vice president of strategy and corporate development. “I am pleased that Dennis has accepted the CFO position and look forward to his continued contributions to the success of the company,” said Veronica Hagen, chief executive officer of PGI. “In …

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Metallic film

December 16, 2009

Oracal USA has added 29 new eye-catching metallic colors to its 2-mil premium cast Series 951 metallic film family. The films feature a permanent, solvent-based adhesive, recommended for vehicle graphics and other applications requiring visual impact, durability and conformability. Series 951 metallic films are available in both 10-yard and 50-yard rolls, with widths ranging from …

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Herculite and 3P Inkjet Textiles form distribution partnership

December 15, 2009

In a continuing commitment to provide the digital marketplace with innovative, relevant and timely alternatives for a broad range of media applications, 3P Inkjet Textiles is partnering with Herculite Inc. The 3P products are highly complementary to Herculite’s Bantex Digital brands, and will be available to authorized distributors through Herculite. “The addition of the 3P …

Schoeller wins design award

Schoeller Technologies AG has been awarded the Textile Design Award 2009 by the Swiss Textiles & Zumsteg Foundation for the textile finishing technology coldblack®. Coldblack, the result of a close cooperation between Schoeller and Clariant Intl., significantly reduces the absorption of solar rays, keeping dark-colored textiles cooler in sunlight; it also provides reliable protection from …

Layered Polartec® system

December 14, 2009

Polartec has introduced a total layering system that provides certified flame-resistant protection combined with the proven comfort and functionality of the company’s performance fabrics. The FR system includes next-to-skin base layer fabrics that wick and dry quickly, mid layers with stretch, lightweight thermal insulation layers and weather protection outdoor layers, all optimized to work together …

Product management software

December 9, 2009

Gerber Technology has announced the release of webPDM 6.0, the flagship module of the company’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software suite for the organization of data, images, processes and procedures. The browser-based software allows end users to enable rapid global creation, collaboration and production execution for apparel, furniture, accessories and other consumer products. It integrates …

Student Design Challenge entries due Feb. 26

December 8, 2009

Sponsored by the Safety and Protective Products Division and the Narrow Fabrics Division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the Safety Products Student Design Challenge is an annual event that encourages college and university students of design, textiles, engineering and allied fields to solve safety and protection problems using high-performance textiles and narrow fabrics …

Recycled fibers family

December 7, 2009

Unifi Inc. has introduced a new fiber made from 100 percent post-consumer PET bottles. The Repreve® line of recycled products now includes 100 percent post-consumer or 100 percent hybrid blend (pre- and post-consumer) filament polyester, recycled filament nylon 6.6, recycled staple polyester, and recycled performance fibers, available with flame retardant, moisture wicking, stretch and color …

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ARA opposes health care bill

December 4, 2009

The American Rental Association (ARA) has asked its members to contact their U.S. representatives and ask them to vote “no” on H.R. 3962, the Affordable Healthcare for America Act. ARA supports health care reform, but states that the provisions of the bill go beyond necessary market reforms and will create a federal entitlement program that …

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Value Vinyls adds materials for shades and sails

December 1, 2009

Value Vinyls is expanding its product offerings to include material for shade structures and sails. Monotec 370 is a 100 percent round monofilament yarn shade cloth engineered to work for shade structures and sails without requiring any re-tensioning. Made in Australia with only monofilament yarn (no tape yarns), Monotec will not stretch or elongate like …

Hands-free hydration pack

In desert heat, on rugged mountain trails, or through sweltering jungles, soldiers depend on drinking water—and many have to carry it on their backs. CamelBak®, Petaluma, Calif., invented a hands-free hydration pack that allows users to drink while in motion or with their hands occupied. Everyone from mountain climbers to motorcycle riders to the military …

Synthetic textile exports increasing for India

Exports of manmade fiber textiles are on the path to recovery, with new demand coming from Europe and Western Asia, according to India’s Synthetic & Rayon Textile Export Promotion Council. For the period April–September 2009, manmade fiber exports rose by 10 percent (in dollars) compared to 2008. Ganesh Kumar Gupta, council chairman, said “The recovery …

Weatherable films

Two new outside weatherable (OSW) films are designed to cover windows with laminates, low-emittance coatings or wired glazing systems. Solar Gard® Sentinel™ Silver 20 and Silver 35 can be installed on the outside of a window, blocking heat from entering and reducing glass breakage. The films also prevent seal failure and reject up to 78 …

High-tech gear for Everest climb

Athletes step out in cutting-edge sports apparel, but mountaineer and motivational speaker Jamie Clarke plans to step up in his high-tech gear. He will wear cold-weather Champion and Duofold athletic wear on a spring 2010 attempt to scale Mount Everest, at 29,035 feet the highest peak in the world. “Expedition Hanesbrands: Climb with Us” is …

New sales professionals at SDL Atlas

Mark Graham brings 17 years of textile testing experience and leadership skills honed in his own business, Graham Technical Services, to his new role at SDL Atlas, Rock Hill, S.C. Graham will direct sales and service efforts across the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia for SDL Atlas, a provider of textile testing products, supplies and services. …

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Heavy-duty shadecloth

Lock stitch construction blocks up to 96 percent of UV rays while allowing cool air to filter through the high-density polyethylene fabric. AF350™ architectural shadecloth, available in eight colors, is designed for use with large shade structures, prevents shrinkage and maintains dimensional stability under tension. AF350™ FR, currently available in four colors, provides the same …

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Laser sealing for airbag thorax wraps

Car crashes affect more than six million Americans each year, but seat belts and airbags increase a passenger’s odds of survival. Schreiner ProTech North America Inc., Southfield, Mich., developed a laser-based manufacturing process for side inflatable curtain airbag wraps that eliminates time-consuming manual sewing or costly plastic injection molding. The company has now applied the …

Allard joins Ultraflex Systems

Peter Allard brings 25 years of printing industry experience to his new role as Southeast U.S. sales manager for Ultraflex Systems Inc., Randolph, N.J., a supplier of printing substrates for digital solvent, UV, latex and screen printing. His role will be to broaden the company’s client base throughout the southern states.

How to prepare for a natural disaster

Why you need a good disaster-preparedness plan, and how to put one in place. By William J. Lynott Many of the thousands of small businesses destroyed by the catastrophic effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will never reopen their doors. Many others are already back in operation and on their way to a healthy recovery. …

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Waterproof leather

Acqua waterproof leather from Spinneybeck is made using a unique process that ensures its waterproof formula penetrates fully into the hide, as opposed to topical applications. The formula also results in a more durable leather that can withstand abrasion and mildew. Acqua is available in 40 standard colors, and custom colors can be ordered. SOURCE …

Film festival rolls out the green carpet

Glitz and glamour took the stage on opening night of the 22nd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) in October, where the traditional celebrity red-carpet entrance took place on a green carpet. Teijin Group, a Tokyo, Japan, manufacturer of synthetic fibers, films and plastics, created the more than 5,200-foot ECOPET® recycled polyester fiber carpet from an …

New sports marketer at Moss

Joyce Read has joined the national sales team of Moss Inc. to direct a breakthrough sports marketing initiative. With a background in sales, a lifelong love of sports and a fine-tuned sense of design, Read recently worked with architects and construction companies on the Dallas Cowboys’ new $1 billion stadium. With operations in Chicago, Maine, …

The RITE Group meets in London

Despite the economic downturn in 2009, with operating and travel budgets slashed, nearly 200 delegates from 15 countries attended the RITE (Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment) Group conference on sustainable texiles and clothing held in London in October. The founding members of the RITE group, an industry association, are Marks & Spencer, …

Textile-based lighting system for greenhouses

Problem: High-pressure sodium lamps used in greenhouses are inefficient and need to be replaced frequently. Solution: A warp-knitted, textile-based lighting system developed by TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland, incorporates LED technology, which can reduce energy costs for greenhouses by 50 percent. The curtain of light, to be commercialized by Netled Ltd., can be …

Fabric columns enhance casino floor

FireKeepers Casino, a hot new gambling destination near Battle Creek, Mich., wanted to turn up the heat on its 107,000-square-foot gaming floor. Managers worked with Eventscape Inc., Toronto, Canada, to install a fabricated landscape featuring 11 glowing column surrounds and 20 suspended lights resembling stalactites. The 12-foot-diameter, 20-foot-high columns conceal heating and ventilation equipment with …

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Solar shading as a business technology

by Susan Niemi In Europe, where the building sector is the largest energy consumer—more than transportation or industry—solar shading is key to addressing the European Union’s directives on the energy performance of buildings that will be strengthened by 2012. The present directive has been effective since 2006, superseding national policies and applying to all member …

Bamboo textile case settled

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement with The M Group Inc., operating as Bamboosa, a company that produces bamboo clothing, over allegations that it was making false environmental claims and mislabelled merchandise. According to the FTC, the company has agreed that it will “not make any future bamboo claims unless they …

New RF drying system prevents distortion and shrinking

Problem: Conventional web dryers can produce high drying temperatures, resulting in slower line speeds and high energy consumption. Solution: The Macrowave™ RF Drying System from Radio Frequency Co. selectively heats only the coated portions on the web, leaving the bound moisture in the substrate intact, preventing over-drying, distortion and shrinking. Capable of operating at speeds …

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LSA becomes Fabric Structures Association

The Lightweight Structures Association, Roseville, Minn., a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, changed its name and identity in October and is now the Fabric Structures Association (FSA). The new name more clearly defines the FSA membership, creates a closer tie to the official publication, Fabric Architecture magazine, and does away with the implication …

ATHM becomes Smithsonian affiliate

When the American Textile History Museum (ATHM), Lowell, Mass., reopened its doors to the public this summer, it was with a major triumph: an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian Affiliations program allows selected organizations to have greater access to the collections and educational resources of the museums, libraries and research …

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Shade umbrella provides power source for chargers

Problem: Charging portable electronics outdoors is often inconvenient, or even impossible, as electrical outlets are not always accessible. Solution: The SOLARBrella™ from SKYShades shields customers from the sun while simultaneously providing a power source to charge electronics such as cell phones, laptops or other small portable devices. The umbrella features Power Plastic®, a lightweight film …

Ramkumar wins ‘Scientist of the Year’ award

The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation is a national group focused on advancing science in America. It recently awarded Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, associate professor of nonwoven materials at Texas Tech University, with the “Scientist of the Year” award for his development of the Fibertect decontamination wipe. In a head-to-head test with 30 other …

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Fabrics, coatings and finishes

Coatings customize fabrics for the perfect match with customers’ applications. By Barb Ernster There are countless combinations of fabrics, coatings, finishes and coating methods to achieve different specifications for a wide spectrum of applications. From simple vinyl tarps to highly engineered ballistic liners, the coated fabrics industry is more diversified than ever and encompassing more …

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Versatile VersaUV printer

Problem: Several pieces of equipment may be needed to offer customers a variety of printing services. Solution: Roland DGA Corp. offers the VersaUV LEC-330, a 30-inch, roll-to-roll LED-UV inkjet printer and cutter, an all-in-one device for seamless workflow and efficiency. Capable of printing on a range of substrates including labels, decals, POP displays and posters, …

Agion customer service recognized

The Frost & Sullivan 2009 Best Practices Award for Customer Value Leadership goes to Agion Technologies Inc., Wakefield, Mass., for its work with customers of its silver-based antimicrobial solutions. The award is given each year to a company giving its customers the highest ratio of value to cost. Frost & Sullivan, a business research and …

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Shade sails offer aesthetic and functional appeal

Shade sails expand architectural aesthetics and functional fashion. By Holly O’Dell Whether it’s the need to provide UV protection for schoolchildren or outdoor shopping plazas looking to offer extra attractions for their customers, the need for healthful, comfortable shade continually increases. One high-impact—and aesthetically pleasing—solution is shade sails. Borrowing from the concept of ship sails, …

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Shade system auto-extends based on sun’s intensity

Problem: Retractable awnings save energy, but may require regular attention to maintain maximum efficiency. Solution: The Sunis WireFree™ RTS Sun Sensor from Somfy Systems automatically extends awnings, solar screens or blinds using Radio Technology Somfy® (RTS) based on the intensity of the sun. The sensor is powered by a solar cell, providing energy savings while …

Moving PPE to market

Two companies, both focused on helping manufacturers of personal protection accelerate the process of getting products to military and first responders, have merged into Protect the Force LLC, Washington, D.C. The Government Sales Group’s experience in the first responder market and Protect the Force’s engagement with the military market provides the combined company with a …

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How green is your supply chain?

Strong, sustainable performance management strategies create links among like-minded businesses—and with your customers. By Don Carli If your company isn’t planning to address greening your supply chain this year, you may want to rethink your plan. More likely than not, your customers, your competitors and your government are already making plans and progress with the …

Welander solves design problems for fabric structures

Mark Welander uses his penchant for simplicity and accuracy to solve fabrication dilemmas. By Sigrid Tornquist “When you’re trying to get information, try to find the bull’s-eye,” says Mark Welander, MFC, owner of Fabricon in Missoula, Mont. “You need to have accuracy and good information when going into a project—without it, you’re going to have …

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CETCO to distribute geotextile mattress

Contaminated sediments are among the toughest to manage because any disturbance (digging or dredging) releases pollutants into the water. CETCO Remediation Technologies, Hoffman Estates, Ill., specializes in cleanup technologies and will now offer the Triton® Marine Mattress, a flexible geotextile container that can be installed underwater and filled with native soils or materials. While the …

Awning Composer updates

Compiled by Juli Case When will Awning Composer be updated with current fabrics? Awning Composer is the trade name of a computer software program that enables you to scan a picture of your client’s building and then show your customer how it would look with awnings. The company that originated the program, Canvas Link, was …

New biosuit acts as ‘second skin’ for astronauts

[MIT] Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A. Space pioneers may go to Mars wearing skintight space suits developed by Dr. Dava Newman and the Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) Research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Mass. With support from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts and Trotti & Assoc. Inc., Cambridge, Mass., the BioSuit is being …

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Milliken sells automotive body cloth division

Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, S.C., sold its Automotive Body Cloth division to a Milliken management group supported by an investment capital firm with automotive expertise. The new entity, Autotex, will continue to employ 1,000 of the 1,200 workers of the former Milliken division and will be headquartered in South Carolina. However, the deal will close …

Defining ETFE

Compiled by Juli Case What is ETFE? ETFE is a polymer of tetrafluoroethylene and ethylene. As the name implies, it’s in the fluoropolymer family of chemical compounds. Although it has a number of applications, in the specialty fabrics industry, we’re seeing it mostly in the fabric structures industry. When it first came to market, ETFE …