New display hardware line from Moss Inc.

April 30, 2010

Moss Inc. has announced substantial improvements to the display hardware line of products, focused on quality and durability, while maintaining the look of the product line so that old and new products can be used side by side. Many items are also offered at lower prices, and most offer a lifetime Hassle Free Guarantee. Each …

Hohenstein offers free UV textile protection webinar

April 29, 2010

Hohenstein Institute America will present a free online seminar on UV protection testing and certification for textiles on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 12:00 noon EST. ”Sunlight: Important but a Risk” will focus on the methods to evaluate UV protection and share certification best practices for apparel, outdoor and home textile applications. Textiles that provide …

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IFAI Certification Program: Submit your Intent to Apply

April 28, 2010

On January 15, 2009, the IFAI Professional Certification program was put on hold. Since that time, the IFAI Certification Committee has been diligently working to update the Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC) and Industrial Fabric Manager (IFM) certification programs. The MFC and IFM certification recognizes individuals for superior knowledge, skills, experience and dedication to excellence in …

OptiTex technology to be demonstrated at Research@Intel Europe Day

Intel will demonstrate the OptiTex Implicit cloth simulation engine, resulting from cooperation with OptiTex over the past few months, at the first Research@Intel Europe Day to be held May 4-5 at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel in Belgium. The demo will address the technical challenges of accurate physical simulation of clothing, which yield high degrees of …

Spray-on UV protection

April 27, 2010

The Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, will introduce a new product within the year—the NanoZT Coating Kit, a spray-on coating that transforms umbrellas, canopies and fabrics into UV radiation blockers. The product inventor, Dr. Shahrom Mahmud from the NanoOptoelectronic Research and Technology Lab, tested the product according to the international AATC standard; UV transmission was …

Air Force prioritizes uniform improvements

April 26, 2010

Rapid developments in fabric technology and the ongoing need to protect airmen in extreme environments are two factors spurring the Air Force Uniform Board (AFUB) to develop a seven-year strategic plan to set priorities for future purchases. The AFUB is looking for feedback from airmen on its IDEA Program website and will review suggestions from …

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IFF announces Innovation Award

April 19, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) announced the development of the Innovation Award, a new award program created to inspire imagination and innovation within the specialty fabrics industry. Any company that has developed and manufactured an innovative product related to the industry is eligible in one of three award categories: fabric, hardware and machinery; end product; …

Summer Bling! winners announced by AATCC

AATCC launched its sixth annual design competition in August 2009, and received 70 entries from 16 schools and universities. The Summer Bling! theme gave students the challenge of creating fabric or product designs for pool and beachwear, based on color palettes from Pantone. Prizes included first-place cash awards of U.S. $1,000 (and a copy of …

Mermet and RollEase announce distribution program

April 16, 2010

RollEase launched a collection of Mermet fabrics in March, including a wide variety of transparent, translucent and blackout fabrics for solar screening. Many of the fabrics feature Enduris™ Glass Core Technology: a combination of superior quality coatings and glass yarn at the core to enhance sustainability while reducing energy costs. Fabrics in the RollEase collection …

Global Organic Textile Standard online database

April 15, 2010

According to the online database of companies certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), just re-launched, approximately 1,500 companies with a total of 2,811 facilities in 55 countries were certified to the organic apparel and textile standard in 2009—a 40 percent increase over 2008. GOTS is a stringent voluntary global standard for the entire …

Inkjet technology in printed electronics

April 14, 2010

Xennia Technology Ltd. has launched the latest version of its precision inkjet development dispenser, the XenJet™ 4000, with innovative software specifically designed for the deposition of printed electronics and other functional materials. The proprietary software is designed to suit a range of demanding functional and nano-material applications; benefits include an increased degree of control of …

IFF announces Innovation Award

April 12, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) announced the development of the Innovation Award, a new award program created to inspire imagination and innovation within the specialty fabrics industry. Any company that has developed and manufactured an innovative product related to the industry is eligible in one of three award categories: fabric, hardware and machinery; end product; …

IFAI seeks candidates for board positions

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now seeking candidates to be considered for three director positions on the IFAI Board of Directors. All candidates must be employed by either an End Product or Supplier member who is in good standing. Interested parties must submit written confirmation of their wish …

Fisher Textiles launches new website

Fisher Textiles, a leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has launched a new and improved website that showcases over 145 of their fabrics. The new website suggests uses for each style and provides a swatch image of the fabric. Filters have been added to display the fabrics by fabric line or suggested applications. A …

2010 Rowley home décor catalog

April 9, 2010

More than 400 new products, many with new lower prices, are featured in the Rowley Company 2010 catalog. The product line aids consumers in the design, creation and installation of custom window coverings and soft furnishings. New items include the EZ-Rig Shade System, easy to assemble, install, and operate, as well as a full line …

Decorative window fashions from Tri Vantage®

April 8, 2010

The Shade Inspiration Collection, a new line of decorative window shades for both interior and ‘outdoor room’ applications, is designed to meet consumer demands for high style and efficient function. Choices range from bright and airy to blackout, offering aesthetic variety and performance to achieve the dramatic environments coming into vogue. Many fabrics in the …

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Neschen chooses Microgeo for South American sales

Neschen Americas, which manufactures and markets Seal® and Neschen® brand products in laminating and wide-format textile and PVC printing, has appointed Microgeo USA as its sales agent in South America, Latin America and the Caribbean. A division of the publicly traded Chilean IT holding company Sonda S.A., Microgeo has a solid reputation of offering superior …

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Neschen chooses Microgeo for S.A. sales

April 7, 2010

Neschen Americas, which manufactures and markets Seal® and Neschen® brand products in laminating and wide-format textile and PVC printing, has appointed Microgeo USA as its sales agent in South America, Latin America and the Caribbean. A division of the publicly traded Chilean IT holding company Sonda S.A., Microgeo has a solid reputation of offering superior …

5-Star Service™ from Eriez®

April 6, 2010

The newest section of the Eriez website is dedicated to the company’s 5-Star Service program, which includes a 24/7 hotline, original OEM parts, on-site field service, equipment remanufacturing and full “as new” warranties. The new 15,000-sq. ft. 5-Star Service center, located in Lake City, Pa., is completely equipped to remanufacture even the most complex systems, …

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Awning design software online

April 5, 2010

Tri Vantage® now offers version 4.12 of Canvas Link Awning Composer, an updated version of the popular awning design software with enhanced functionality to make it more powerful, versatile and easy to use. The new package also includes a casual furniture component, allowing users to fully customize standard casual furniture with specific fabric styles. Awning …

Cover-All Building Systems closes

Cover-All Building Systems Inc., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has halted production and laid off hundreds of workers after being granted protection from its creditors by the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta on March 25. Most of the company’s 483 employees work in Saskatoon, with the rest located in Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta, the United …

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Tri Vantage offers new Canvas Link Awning Composer software

April 2, 2010

Tri Vantage offers version 4.12 of Canvas Link Awning Composer, an updated version of its popular awning design software that includes many new and enhanced features to make the program more powerful, versatile and easier to use. Among the enhancements to the new software is a casual furniture component, which allows users to fully customize …

New line of vinyl-laminated polyester fabrics

April 1, 2010

ABC Industries Inc. has introduced the new Packa-Tex™ line of vinyl-laminated polyester fabrics for use in the automotive returnable packaging industry. The double-polish, clear curtain material with open 2.6-inch scrim is joined by the GM-approved double-polish, clear curtain material, and the GM-approved 13-ounce translucent pouch fabric. Custom products can be engineered for specific needs. SOURCE …

Casual furniture fabrics line offers 20 new options

Phifertex for casual furniture has been expanded with 20 additional fabrics in its Designed Fabrics line. The Beach Brights Collection offers clean, refreshing colors, patterns and stripes from relaxing neutrals to more intense shades. The Cape Cod Collection delivers a calming palette and sophisticated patterns. Phifertex fabrics are resistant to mold and mildew, durable, fade …

Pliable, lightweight roofing material offers heat resistance

Problem: Strong fabric roofing materials tend to be heavy and more rigid. Solution: Skytop permanent membrane roofing material is a fluoroplastic-coated, glass fiber B yarn cloth with excellent pliability and endurance. Lightweight and durable, it’s also transparent, UV and heat resistant, and self-cleaning. Well-suited for spaces from large domes and stadiums to gymnasiums and pools. …

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Geotextiles protect shipwrecks from shipworms

Approximately 100 shipwrecked vessels in the Baltic Sea are infested with shipworms, a species of bivalve mussel often called the “termites of the sea” because they break down wood structures immersed in water. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, estimate that 100,000 well-preserved shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea—many of them studied by archaeologists who …

Solar screen products are NFPA 701 certified

For awnings, canopies, window coverings and architectural applications, Alkenz USA offers a combination of styles and colors in the SunShadow and Solarview solar screen product lines. SunShadow products are Greenguard, NFPA 701, and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. A full inventory of vinyl-coated polyester fabrics in a variety of colors and openness factors is available. SOURCE …

Weather-resistant outdoor fabric developed for graphics projects

Sunprint, a new acrylic, weather-resistant fabric with a digital print-receptive finish, was developed for awnings, canopies and other outdoor graphics projects. Made from high-quality Sattler-brand acrylic yarn with TEXgard® finish, it’s highly stable, allowing for vivid colors and excellent print results. With the combination of flame retardancy, UV resistance and a waterproof finish, FireMaster Plus …

Warrantied fabric offers color fastness and strength

Problem: Customers often have to choose between color fastness and strength in a fabric. Solution: Top Notch from Rochford Supply comes with a five-year warranty against premature fading, and with some of the highest abrasion-resistance ratings of any solution-dyed fabric on the market, customers also get an especially durable product. SOURCE Rochford Supply

Expanded workspace at A&R Tarpaulins Inc.

Even during a lingering recession, it’s business as usual for A&R Tarpaulins Inc., which recently expanded its facilities in Fontana, Calif., to add new workspace and renovate buildings. Business remains robust for the engineered fabric product manufacturer; the company recently passed its ISO 9001 and AS9100 certification reviews with zero corrections, certifying that A&R operates …

Grand format canvas offers look and feel of artist canvas

Malibu Canvas GF is a grand format canvas with an acrylic gesso coat for inkjet solvent or UV-cure printing. Made of polyester spun yarn in a tight-weave pattern, it has the look and feel of fine artist canvas. For high-end art reproduction, wall murals, and in-store signs and graphics. Brighter White VC Poly Oxford, offering …

Large-format billboard material provides print clarity

Large-format billboard material from Top Value is a PVC-laminated polyester fabric that offers excellent ink compatibility with solvent, eco-solvent or UV printing with optimum print clarity, top to bottom. Available in widths up to 197 inches. SOURCE Top Value Fabrics Inc.

High-tensile aramid fibers boost resistance of protective fabric

Problem: The cuffs on performance and protective garments are especially vulnerable to damage. Solution: Schoeller-keprotec is a protective fabric originally developed for motorcycle racing. High-tensile aramid fibers, such as Kevlar®, ensure durability and temperature stability for extreme performance requirements in clothing. Abrasion and fall proof, tear and temperature resistant, keprotec garments also offer fit and …

New Itochu president wants China-ready staff

Employees hired at the Japanese trading company Itochu Corp., Tokyo, Japan, will spend their first year on the job in China studying the language, and in the U.S. learning business fundamentals. Masahiro Okafuji, named president of Itochu in February 2010, modeled his training program after a successful program that helped boost the company’s textile business …

Vinyl products and woven polyester mesh designed for marine applications

The MarineOne MV line of vinyl products for marine applications—such as protective covers, tops and enclosures—offers strength, dimensional stability, and high UV and mildew resistance. Tufmesh Plus, a PVC-coated, flame-retardant, woven polyester mesh, is specially designed for marine, screen and shade structures, and recreational and athletic applications. WeatherTuf, a new flame-retardant, UV-resistant, high-density polyethylene shade …

Printable fabric has improved inkjet receptive layer

Main Street Digital Plus has an improved inkjet receptive layer, a wider color gamut and better color saturation. For printed awnings, banners and displays, it has excellent tear and tensile strength, and is printable on both sides. The Ultra Lifestyle Collection of simulated leather fabrics for marine interiors and casual furniture has added Promessa Outdoor, …

Gelcoat sealer creates dirt-repellent, UV-resistant shield

Problem: Gelcoat looks beautiful when it’s new but it’s a challenge to make it last. Solution: Gelcoat Sealer from TCNano Technologies uses chemical nanotechnology to clean, seal and protect gelcoat above the waterline on marine craft. Gelcoat Sealer is durable and transparent, and creates a dirt-, oil- and water-repellent, UV-resistant shield. SOURCE TCNano Technologies

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World Cup fans to be tented

South Africa hosts the World Cup soccer tournament in 2010 and expects to be inundated in June and July by die-hard fans cheering on their home teams. Two of the country’s largest cities, Johannesburg and Durban, plan to erect huge tent campsites to accommodate visitors who can’t afford hotels during the tournament. Approximately 40 tents …

Composite vinyl offers woven look for awnings

Weathertyte® Lite awning fabric, with the look and feel of a woven fabric, now offers rich color on both sides. A high-performance composite vinyl, it is well suited for awnings, boat covers, bimini tops, flags, banners and other applications where protection from the environment is key. Waterproof, inkjet printable and heat sealable, it offers easy …

Exterior screen fabric options in a range of densities

Shadeview exterior screen fabrics offer durability and shade with a view. Available in stock from a variety of densities ranging from a 5-15 percent openness factor, these fabrics are suitable for use in architectural applications, awnings, canopies, marine fabrication, and tents and tensile structures. LeisureTex II casual fabrics with moisture barriers present greater design freedom …

Flexible bonding agent repairs fabric permanently

Problem: Fabric repaired with glue isn’t as strong as the fabric itself. Solution: Mighty Mendit™ fixes minor fabric problems, such as rips and tears, using a flexible bonding agent rather than glue. The bonding agent grabs, adheres and interlocks the fibers of many fabrics for permanent repair. Mighty Mendit dries clear and is safe for …

Printing with nanotechnology-based inks

Xennia Technology, a subsidiary of Royal Ten Cate, Almelo, The Netherlands, recently demonstrated a process of printing with nanotechnology-based inks that add function to textile substrates. Xennia markets the digital print engines, software, ink systems and special inks; Reggiani Macchine, Bergamo, Italy, will design, build, sell and service machinery that makes use of the new …

Stretch fabrics treated for fire retardancy

No need to send fabric out for post treatment with new Warp-Knit Stretch fabrics with fire retardancy. Made of polyester and spandex, they come in a range of weights and widths for a variety of applications that include dramatic arts, display, military, flags, industrial protection and safety. SOURCE Darlington Fabrics

Biodegradable, recyclable fabric is naturally fire-retardant

Descor, for decorative wall and ceiling applications, is printable with UV, screen or dye sublimation processes. A solvent printable version, Digital Descor, is also available. UltraGreen textiles are certified according to the Oeko-tex® Standard 100. UltraTex Organic for solvent printing and uncoated for UV and dye-sub only is a woven textile that is biodegradable, recyclable …

Branis seeks no-limits approach to problem-solving

Marcel Branis takes a collective approach to developing products and improving processes. By Sigrid Tornquist “I love developing a new product or improving a product we already have,” says Marcel Branis, vice president, manufacturing for DHS Systems in Orangeburg, N.Y. “What will happen if we challenge ourselves to do better and to have different points …

ASTM subcommittee takes up reinforcement

Changes in reinforcing fibers and fabrics for tires, belts, flaps, floor mats, hoses, pipes, tarps and concrete have spurred changes in how the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) evaluates standards for those and other items. The ASTM subcommittee D13 on Textiles has updated its title and scope of work, becoming the D13.19 Industrial …

Opaque banner material is 100 percent recyclable

Blox-Lite™ is a 100 percent opaque, grommetable banner and sign material that is printable on two sides and 100 percent recyclable. Available in 10-, 12- and 14- point media, it is suitable for hanging in windows and from ceilings. Applications include digital, screen, offset and flatbed UV printing. SOURCE DaVinci Technologies

Eco-friendly nonwovens suitable for agricultural uses

The main ingredients in Terramac are annually renewable resources such as corn, providing a more eco-friendly plastic material used as a film, sheet, fiber and nonwoven. Terramac nonwovens are long lasting with flexibility, high-strength and stable dimensions. Suitable for agricultural uses, such as plant pots and covers, soil stabilizers and anti-weed sheets, where degradation in …

Researchers test expandable cushion to lessen crash force

[ NASA Langley Research Center ] Hampton, Va., U.S.A. NASA aeronautics researchers at Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., recently dropped a MD-500 U.S. Army helicopter from a height of 35 feet (simiulating a relatively severe crash) to see whether an expandable honeycomb cushion called a deployable energy absorber could lessen the destructive force of a …

Hungary’s Szefo patents antibacterial fabric

Szefo, a nationally-owned textile firm that employs primarily disabled workers, collaborated with the Szeged University of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary, to develop an antibacterial fabric incorporating silver nanotechnology. The process and fabric, patented in December 2009, will be used in orders executed for Italy, the company’s main export partner. Szefo receives subsidies from the Hungarian government …