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 …

Identifying fabric samples

December 1, 2009

Compiled by Juli Case We’ll be making some pads that will be used to polish glass lenses. Our client gave us samples of fabrics, but we’re not sure what they are. There are three different types, which they describe as .020, .025 and .030. Can you help us identify them? Once we received the fabric …

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Value Vinyls adds materials for shades and sails

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 …

Two new custom textile designs

Island living has inspired two new custom textile designs from Upper South Studio. A vintage Hawaiian color palette with a contemporary twist decorates the reflective leaf pattern on the Island Leaf design, creating a balance between positive and negative space. Natural-toned Tahitian fabrics, named the Bora Bora Collection, feature repeating patterns, evoking tropical scenery; the …

Acrylic foam tapes

Four highly adhesive acrylic foam tapes, the XHA 6600 Series, meet fastening and bonding requirements for applications in the transportation and signage industries. The tapes form a permanent bond and withstand temperatures up to 400¡ F. Resistant to chemicals, UV rays and humidity, they offer high tensile strength and holding power and can be applied …

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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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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 …