New elastomers from Bluestar Silicones

February 26, 2010

Bluestar Silicones is launching a new line of TCS 7560 and TCS 7561 Silbione® products designed for the elastic band material market for lingerie and medical applications such as support stockings and medical equipment. The new silicone elastomers, flexible and harmless to the skin, offer improved anti-slip noncompression properties for greater wearer comfort. For the …

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New INX Digital director

Willis Reese was appointed INX Digital International Co.’s global director of business development. A 25-year veteran of the printing and ink industry, Reese will report to INX Digital USA president Ken Kisner and work closely with the marketing group. Reese joins INX Digital after spending the last three years with Hexion Specialty Chemical as the …

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Customize products on the web

By Janet Preus A man goes into a store, buys a shirt and goes home. A woman goes into a store, tries on eight shirts, goes to the next store, tries on five more, then goes home and shops online. She might keep this up for days in order to find the right style, fit …

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Neschen sales team

Neschen Americas added Dan Hall, Matt Myers, Charles Pulliam and Darren Speizer to its internal sales department. Formerly territory managers of the independent sales representative group HASCO, each brings years of experience. HASCO has shared a partnership with Neschen Americas for more than 25 years. As Neschen Americas employees, the majority of the sales representatives …

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The Flag Loft seizes opportunities

By Jill C. Lafferty The sister-brother team of Maureen and Rick Kelly credit their father’s advice for leading them into the flag and banner business. “He never owned a company, but believed that the best way to run a business was to rely on your own decisions and not others,” says Maureen Kelly. “We saw …

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Fabric for your print system

By Jeff Leagon Digital printers whose specialty is putting images on fabric typically utilize a dye-sub transfer or a direct-to-textile dye-sub print system because these systems are fabric specific. Those “specialists” know which fabric manufacturers and suppliers to go to for materials that are compatible with their systems. For them, the sourcing process is about …

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DaVinci donates to TV show

DaVinci Technologies donated Solvent Satin Canvas to the ABC reality television show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” In the episode, which originally aired on Dec. 6, the community of Clarksville, Tenn., came together to help Trina Scott and her three daughters, who lost their father, David, in a sudden accident. DaVinci Technologies manufactures and supplies a …

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How inks work with fabric

By Samit Chevli Digital textile printing continues to gain marketplace acceptance in printing on a variety of fabrics. Markets such as apparel, home furnishings, tradeshow graphics and point of purchase displays all show rapid growth. Creating the best image quality is obtained through proper fabric and ink selection, preprocessing and postprocessing of textiles, color software …

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New how-to videos

AW Specialty Papers launched three new videos demonstrating how to apply heat transfer paper onto dark-colored substrates using a commercial heat press. Available on YouTube, each video highlights one of three new products: Koncert T, Laser Dark and 3G Jet-Opaque. The IMAGE CLIP series is for use with laser printers or copiers, and the 3G …

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Enhancements to dye-sub equipment

By Steve Urmano Until recently, dye-sublimation printing was treated as a “black art,” by which many members of the industry were intimidated due to its complexity. But as more companies enter the competitive arena for wide-format printers and equipment, print media, inks and post-processing equipment, this view is changing. Dye-sublimation technology has its benefits. It …

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National sign code update

The final rule adopting the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Devices was recently published in the Federal Register. Signs on the primary and interstate highways are subject to the MUTCD, which is effectively a national sign code. Governments are required to adopt the new MUTCD standards within two years.

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Textile opportunities in advertising

Textiles provide options that let your customer’s advertisements stand out. By Gail Nickel-Kailing To quote Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The 18-month period from mid-2008 to the end of 2009 was one of the most challenging times that many print service providers have ever faced. And yet …

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Oracal earns award

Oracal USA received the 2009 Vendor of the Year Award from, a national distributor with headquarters in Woodinville, Wash. was able to increase sales by 210 percent thanks to Oracal’s full line of pressure sensitive adhesive products, as well as its sales and marketing support.

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Matching inks to fabrics

How to match inks to fabrics to ensure that your textile prints look beautiful and your colors won’t wash off. By Michael Labella Ever since the dawn of time, humans have been searching for colorants that would allow them to apply images to any type of surface, that would last forever and that would reproduce …

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Vehicle wrap demonstrations

Arlon and Mutoh America joined to sponsor the Graphics of the Americas Vehicle wrap center. The wrap was featured at the GOA tradeshow in Miami, Fla., Feb. 25–27. Arlon featured the new DPF 6000XRP. Free demonstrations educate end users on the proper techniques and tools needed to complete a profitable vehicle wrap.

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Finishing options for fabric projects

Knowing finishing equipment and procedures for fabric end products helps finish the sale. By Andrea Swensson As most professionals in the fabric graphics industry are aware, a project involving printable fabrics almost always extends beyond the printing procedure. Edges need to be hemmed, pockets need attaching, grommets need fastening. In the words of Truy Pham …

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EDPA elects Burkette

The Exhibit Designers and Producers Association elected Jay Burkette to the executive board in the role of vice president, administration. In this two-year tenured position, Burkette will be responsible for monitoring and enforcing the association bylaws and meetings, assisting with administrative matters and coordinating the nomination activities and appointments for board and executive committee positions. …

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Olympic towers feature digitally printed fabric graphics

By Kelly Morris In September 2009, during a game of golf, Rainier’s Bruce Dickinson and Jamie Gallagher of Sopers Inc., Toronto, Ontario, discussed a potential alliance to bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. After several months of negotiations and pre-bid submittals, the alliance formed and submitted a bid for 12 …

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New carwrap business program

Mutoh America introduced the Carwraps Business Builder program, offered free of charge with the purchase of a ValueJet 1304 or 1614 printer. The program is geared toward companies and individuals interested in entering the vehicle graphics industry, as well as experienced “wrappers.” The program is comprised of three elements: training, support and marketing assistance, with …

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The benefits of employee certification

By Pat Hayes, CPP The Industrial Fabrics Association International’s Craftsman Certification programs have been a point of much discussion during the past year. The programs were put on hold due to costs and limited member participation. IFAI has seen fit to move forward, placing more responsibility on its divisions to not only sponsor and supervise …

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The year for turquoise

Pantone 15-5519 turquoise has been named the Pantone Color of the Year for 2010. While some might be leery, the color can have quite the impact when used judiciously. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, turquoise carries several cultural meanings. It has been believed to be a protective talisman, a …

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LA-approved printing products

Cooley Digital Products announced that several products are now approved for use by the city of Los Angeles. The approved products include Weathertyte textured awning fabric, Cooley-Brite awning and sign face substrates, CoolMesh printable mesh products and CoolFlex 10- and 12-ounce frontlit seamless substrates.

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Sawgrass webinar series

Sawgrass Technologies Consumer Division now offers a webinar program. Committed to developing new educational systems for those seeking success in the digitally decorated products industry, the company introduced the program in January. These free events take place weekly at the Sawgrass website and will feature various industry professionals discussing a variety of subjects and topics, …

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Rainier G7 certification

Rainier Industries, Seattle, Wash., was certified a G7 Master Printer through Idealliance. The certification makes Rainier the 11th large-format digital output provider in the United States to achieve this certification. These free events take place weekly at the Sawgrass website and will feature various industry professionals discussing a variety of subjects and topics, such as …

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Universal fibers expansion

Universal Fibers will invest $13 million in an expansion of its headquarters near Bristol, Va. The expansion will create 84 new jobs and increase the company’s spinning capacity in order to help meet customer demands for recycled and recyclable products. A leading producer of solution-dyed fibers for the commercial flooring, transportation, industrial fiber and textile …

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IMA elects chairman

Janice Christiansen was elected chairman of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. The president of J.C. Schultz, The Flag Source in Batavia, Ill., Christiansen succeeds Ron Bullock of Bison Gear and Engineering in St. Charles. Christiansen is the first woman to be elected chairman of the 116-year-old manufacturers’ association. Her company, which makes flags and banners, employs 70 people. The IMA, based in Oak Brook, …

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New 3M Installer Program

February 25, 2010

3M presents a new installer program, designed to provide installation companies and individual installers with increased skill, credibility and visibility in the marketplace. The program will train, recognize and promote highly qualified, professional graphics installers and companies. “The growing volume and complexity of applications, substrates, curves, contours and textures has increased the need for highly …

Advance Planning Brief for military suppliers

February 24, 2010

An Advance Planning Brief for Industry (APBI) will be held May 19-20, 2010, at the Springfield Waterford, Springfield, Va., U.S.A. The goal of the event is to keep the industrial base informed of the direction of clothing, protective equipment, and individual equipment programs, future requirements and business opportunities. The conference begins May 19 with registration …

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Landing and managing big events

February 23, 2010

Knowing how to take on the ‘big jobs’ helps smaller companies stay in the game. By Maura Keller For many companies, handling large projects is the classic sticky wicket. If you handle the projects right, you will thrive. If not, they can make you fail—at least in earning “big client” referrals. And for many tent …

Free welding seminars, March 19-20, Seattle

Forsstrom, Dickson, Ferrari, Mehler and Verseidag are working together, combining documentation on weld processes into a sample binder in which all recommended settings are shown. The result is a unique reference tool for material and welding processes. Forsstrom, Ferrari Textiles Corp. and Matic S.A. will be presenting the information at an open-house seminar to be …

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Durasol to distribute Cromie Collection fabrics

February 22, 2010

Durasol Awnings Inc., Middletown, N.Y., has announced an exclusive new fabric line known as the Cromie Collection. The unique high-design collection complements the outdoor awning market with new architectural fabric patterns, designed in an exclusive context that transitions and augments awnings from building accessories into sophisticated building features, residential and commercial. The result of a …

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Unusual bamboo and fabric structure offers design advantages

February 19, 2010

Careful attention to joinery and geometry brings a work of art (and a functional pedestrian bridge) to a busy intersection in Colombia This unusual fabric and bamboo structure has several sustainable design advantages going for it, starting with the design of the intersection it crosses. The intersection is a mini cloverleaf with clear and practical …

WCPA Regional Outreach Workshop, Mar. 12

February 18, 2010

The Western Canvas Products Association (WCPA) has scheduled the first 2010 Regional Outreach Workshop for Friday, March 12, at A & R Tarpaulins in Fontana, Calif. The free educational event will include frame and fabric welding workshop seminars, followed by a free lunch hosted by the WCPA and the annual meeting. The event is open …

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Miller Weldmaster hosts in-house training sessions

Miller Weldmaster is accepting reservations for in-house training sessions at the corporate headquaters in Navarre, Ohio. Miller Weldmaster machine operators and field engineers will teach owners/operators of 112 CS, 112 Extreme™, T-100, T-500, T-300 Extreme™ or Impulse Extreme™ models new skills and daily maintenance routines in a hands-on setting. Sessions for the standard series will …

Lectra partners with X-Rite

February 17, 2010

Lectra has partnered with X-Rite, a company based in Grand Rapids, Mich. specializing in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone, a manufacturer of color solutions. The partnership will provide color management for fashion companies by combining various products and services offered by Lectra and X-Rite. Lectra will feature Fashion PLM, a fashion-specific product …

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The right solution

February 16, 2010

Ink manufacturers strive to improve capabilities for printing on textiles. By Janice Kleinschmidt Look up the history of printing on Wikipedia and you’ll find a timeline that begins circa 200 with woodblock printing on textiles in China, followed by screen printing (1907), dye sublimation (1957), inkjet printing (1976) and ends with digital printing in 1993. …

Water-resistant performance wear

February 15, 2010

The Alinghi sailing team, in vying for the America’s Cup race, will be using an innovative and highly water-repellent technology on its ODLO sailing jackets. The jackets use Barrier by HeiQ®, a superhydrophobic technology developed and manufactured by the Swiss company HeiQ Materials. The breathable textile treatment ensures comfort for the sailing team as well …

NATO ASI extends deadline for Protective Textiles 2010

February 12, 2010

The NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) has extended the registration deadline for Protective Textiles 2010 to Feb. 18. The program will take place April 6-16 at the at the Hotel Le Méridien Lav in Split, Croatia. The theme of the program, “Defense Related Intelligent Textiles and Clothing for Ballistic and NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) Protection,” …

Ansell donates medical gloves

February 11, 2010

As aid pours into Haiti and the massive cleanup begins, Ansell Ltd. is assisting with the relief effort by shipping gloves for medical workers and work crews involved in the search for victims and removal of debris. The company shipped exam gloves to Haiti in January, working with Direct Relief Intl., a nonprofit humanitarian medical …

Tarps keep the ice nice

February 10, 2010

Ice-skating rinks are investments in winter fun, but lose their glitter when weather inconsistencies or other environmental insults pit, thaw or mar the surface. Tarpaflex US LLC, Naples, Fla., recently introduced a new line of ice rink tarps that preserve the smooth surface and mitigate temperature, but won’t crack or chip under extreme weather conditions. …

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Graphic and printing accessories

February 8, 2010

Supply55 Inc., a leading provider of unique value-added products to the sign, screen and graphic arts market, is pleased to announce a partnership with Tricksy s.r.l of Italy and Tricksy USA of Charleston, S.C. As part of the agreement, Supply55 will become the exclusive source for the Tricksy R2R Bulk Feed and Take-up System for …

Fall 2010 Nonwovens Technical Conference

February 3, 2010

>TAPPI’s NET (Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists) Division has announced that it is planning a 2010 Nonwovens Technical Conference for this fall, to provide updates on current challenges and cutting-edge solutions for the nonwovens industry. NET is led by division chair Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director of The Nonwovens Institute for North Carolina State University.

Agion® earns bluesign® certification

February 2, 2010

>Agion Technologies has earned independent bluesign standard certification for its suite of textile solutions, including new Agion Active™ dual-action odor-eliminating finish. The certification requires rigorous testing and evaluation, and indicates that the textile finish delivers ultimate consumer safety while adhering to strict environmental standards in manufacturing. All ingredients of a product applying for certification are …

NTA’s Trumbull joins trade committee

February 1, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez and U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab have appointed David Trumbull to serve on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Textiles and Clothing (ITAC 13) as a representative from the National Textile Association (NTA). Trumbull will join 36 other members of ITAC 13 as an advisor on U.S. …

Kelly blends art and architecture to produce fabric sculptures

Maureen Kelly draws on her tenacity and talent to create one-of-a-kind fabric sculptures. By Sigrid Tornquist “I never thought I couldn’t work in a space 200 feet tall,” says Maureen Kelly, owner of The Design Loft (TDL) in St. Louis, Mo. “I always thought there would be a way to construct these pieces—I didn’t always …

Burlington Technologies brings 100 jobs

Defying a depressed economy, Burlington Technologies, Burlington, N.C., will bring 100 new jobs to the city with its affiliate VitaFlex LLC, a manufacturing facility for nonwoven elastic fabric. The plant will manufacture face masks and stretchable painters’ hoods, but applications for breathable, durable and elastic VitaFlex include medical supply items such as masks, coverings and …

Defining accelerated weathering for outdoor fabric

Compiled by Juli Case The sales literature on the boat cover fabric I’m thinking of using has information on something called accelerated weathering. What’s that, and how does it relate to how long the fabric will last? Assessing how a fabric is going to perform outdoors is a tricky business. Not only is there sunlight …

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Tarps keep trees cool during transport

[Harp’s Tarps] Tucker, Ga., U.S.A. The transport of live trees comes with a unique set of challenges. The trees and root systems are prone to overheating and windburn if not properly covered, meaning tree-transport haulers need a product that will protect the trees while in transport and be manageable at the same time. Harp’s Tarps …

Organic flame retardant from Albemarle

Environmental concerns about flame-retardant chemicals surfaced when compounds were discovered in soil and ground water at fire training sites. Now Albemarle® Corp., Baton Rouge, La., is unveiling a new organic flame retardant suitable for use in textile, electronic and transportation products made of durable plastic resins. GreenArmor™, part of Albemarle’s Earthwise™ family of sustainable solutions, …

Offering fabric products to wind farms

Compiled by Juli Case There are a lot of wind farms going up in my area and I’d love it if they were a way for me to bring in new business. Are there any fabric products that I can offer them? The primary fabric used in wind farms is the composite material used in …