Flip-flop sandals design contest

May 27, 2010

Condé Systems has announced a SubliSandals™ Design Contest, a result of the SubliSandals’ success as a new product in the dye-sublimation transfer industry. The sandals have become very popular with digital decorators wanting to create fun, unique and stylish photo-quality flip-flops for bridal showers, outdoor weddings, beach parties, proms and other occasions. Design entries will …

New retractable Solair® window awning

Tri Vantage® has introduced the new retractable Solair Window Awning, designed for both residential and commercial applications. The drop-arm retractable awning offers either manual or state-of-the-art motorized operation; users can adjust the awning all the way down for privacy, all the way up for full sun, or anywhere in between. Customizable unit is available with …

Free samples program for 303 Products

May 26, 2010

Free consumer samples at the point of sale are excellent sales drivers, according to Fred Scuncio, vice president of sales for 303 Products Inc. The company has announced their FREE SAMPLES program for retail locations in the U.S. and Canada selling 303 Patio Furniture Protectant™, with the first displays scheduled to reach existing retail locations …

Learn how to make shade sails

May 25, 2010

The Shade Sail Workshop Series, sponsored by Polyfab USA LLC, will assist attendees to learn the techniques of design, fabrication and installation of shade sails, with U.S. industry experts and guests from Australia. The workshops will be held at fabricator shops, to allow participants to experience how to make a shade sail, from start to …

“Improv” collection from Aláxi Sunbrella

May 24, 2010

Silver State Inc. introduces the Aláxi fabrics collection “Improv,” offering an elegant, modern look and the superior performance of 100 percent Sunbrella acrylic. The geometric patterns are fluid, bright and whimsical, inspired by jazz improvisation, using bright, bold color combinations, sophisticated stripes and patterns. There are 60 sku’s and ten new patterns, all of which …

PEEK Drawn Fiber for extreme environments

May 21, 2010

Zeus PEEK Drawn Fiber has excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance, tenacity, and tensile strength. Able to withstand challenging environments, it performs well in extreme temperatures up to 500°F/260°C, produces low smoke and gas emissions, and has high elongation properties. Lightweight material also has superior friction and wear properties when used in abrasive environments. Suitable for …

American Textile History Museum celebrates 50th anniversary

May 20, 2010

On Sunday, May 23, 2010, the American Textile History Museum (ATHM), Lowell, Mass., will have a free open house to celebrate its 50th anniversary: from spinning wheels to space gloves, from hand looms to nanotechnology. The museum’s mission: to tell America’s story through the art, history and science of textiles. In addition to a 2 …

Cleaning up Gulf oil with cotton?

May 19, 2010

The same Texas-Tech-created nonwoven cotton technology that keeps soldiers safe from chemical and biological warfare agents may also serve as an effective sponge for sopping up oil that has polluted the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, supervisor of the Nonwoven and Advanced Materials Laboratory at Texas Tech’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), …

Secant Medical expands manufacturing capacity

May 18, 2010

Secant Medical™, an industry leader in design, development, and custom manufacturing services for biomedical textiles, has announced that it has expanded its manufacturing capacity by adding a 40,000–square–foot facility in Quakertown, Pa., to support current and future business growth as a result of market development trends in tissue engineering and transcather technologies. In addition, the …

Printing frescos instead of painting them

May 17, 2010

With Roland wall print transfer material, users can create beautiful murals quickly and easily. Instead of paint, use prints, made on special transfer material, to decorate a wall. When you press the material against a wall that has been covered with primer, the image transfers onto that wall, resulting in a print that has the …

Knoepfler named recipient of AATCC’s Millson Award for Invention

May 14, 2010

Knoepfler named recipient of AATCC’s Millson Award for Invention Knoepfler named recipient of AATCC’s Millson Award for Invention AATCC has named Nestor Beyer Knoepfler as the posthumous recipient of the Henry E. Millson Award for Invention for his work on developing flame–retardant treatment of cotton batting. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to textile technology. Knoepfler’s …

Software sales solutions

May 13, 2010

Brandwise, a leading technology innovator well known in a growing number of industries for its sales—related software solutions, has introduced its latest suite of technology that gives sales reps and managers the tools they need to effectively compete in today’s competitive environment. Retailers today expect their reps and suppliers to know everything about their products, …

AATCC honors Prof. Martin Bide with Chapin Award

May 12, 2010

AATCC will honor University of Rhode Island professor Martin John Bide as the 2009 recipient of The Harold C. Chapin Award in recognition for his outstanding service to the association. Bide will receive the Chapin Scroll at an awards luncheon on May 19, during the association’s 2010 International Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center …

VistaMaxâ„¢ propylene-based elastomers add value to flexible films

May 11, 2010

ExxonMobil Chemical’s Vistamaxx™ propylene-based elastomers create new opportunities for customers to add value to their flexible film applications across the value chain. The combination of benefits offered by Vistamaxx provides a new level of performance potential: enhanced sealability, improved adhesion, inherent elasticity, notable toughness and broad polyolefin compatibility. Applications include cast polypropylene (cPP), stretch hood, …

Proposed new ASTM textile standard to cover elastic/stretch properties

May 10, 2010

A proposed new standard from ASTM Intl. Committee D13 on Textiles will be useful to those involved in the design and evaluation of garments that are meant to fit tightly on the body. The proposed new standard, ASTM WK27572, Test Method for Elastic/Stretch Properties of Textile Materials, is being developed by Subcommittee D13.59 on Fabric …

Brighter white textile coating for printing

May 7, 2010

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has introduced a brighter white version of its VC Poly Oxford. Improving upon the popular VC coating, this new coating now reaches a CIE L value of 97 on a scale of 0–100, and also has a decreased CIE b value yielding a whiter look. VC Poly Oxford is compatible …

AmSafe acquires assets of Hoffmann ACE

May 6, 2010

AmSafe® Inc., a leading provider of highly engineered restraint systems, today announced that the AmSafe Bridport Ltd. unit has completed the purchase of certain intellectual property and other assets of Hoffmann Air Cargo Equipment (Hoffmann ACE), a privately held company specializing in the manufacture of ULD pallet nets. AmSafe and Hoffmann ACE have been leading …

Descente Avanti bikewear with Eschler Flash material

May 5, 2010

Descente’s new Avanti outfit integrates a high-tech ‘Flash’ fabric engineered by Swiss knitwear specialist Eschler. The double-layered knit (polyester on the inside, polyamide on the outside) offers excellent moisture management and cooling properties. It also utilizes the unique coldblack® technology, which reduces heat absorbency in dark colored textiles, cools up to 5°C and guarantees a …

Xennia Technology wins Queen’s Award for International Trade

May 4, 2010

Rapid growth in international sales, based on Xennia Technology Ltd.’s strategy of using inkjet printing technology to galvanize industrial markets, has resulted in the Hertfordshire-based firm being presented with a 2010 Queen’s Award for International Trade. According to Xennia’s managing director, Dr. Alan Hudd, ”For the last decade we have been making a real difference …

Cover Express Program from Tri Vantage is expanded

May 3, 2010

Tri Vantage®’s Cover Express Program, which offers prefabricated covers for all the Solair® Select and Solair Comfort retractable awnings, now includes all Sunbrella®, Sunbrella Mayfield Collection and Dickson® fabrics. With these additional prefabricated cover options, sun control professionals can deliver a more customized awning quickly and efficiently, even during peak season. The expanded fabric choices …

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IIS to distribute WeatherMax

May 1, 2010

Innovative Industrial Solutions Inc. (IIS) is a full-service distributor that serves the awning, marine, sign, billboard and banner markets. IIS now carries Safety Components Fabric Technologies WeatherMax 80, WeatherMax LT and fire-retardant WeatherMax FR. WeatherMax FR meets California State Fire Marshall Title 19, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-701), Canvas Products Association International (CPAI-84) and FMVSS …

Fashion meets function with conductive threads

Fashion design took a technological turn at the 26th Annual Cornell Design League Fashion Show in March at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Student Abbey Liebman combined coated cotton threads with proprietary nanotube technology to created an e-jacket that charges cell phones, iPods and other hand-held electronic devices. The pink, southwest-inspired jacket has ultra-thin solar panel …

President Obama supports export initiatives

U.S. President Barack Obama wants to double exports of American goods during the next five years, the goal for an ambitious National Export Initiative outlined in March. The executive order calls for financial assistance to companies that want to export, eliminating overseas trade barriers and encouraging countries with a large trade surplus with the U.S. …

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Military tent fabrics with more polymer

KMP military-specified tent fabrics use a knit fabric, which offers 6 percent more polymer than competitive tent fabrics of comparable weights for an especially abrasion- and weather-resistant product. SOURCE Cooley Group

Fibers improve performance capabilities in fabrics

Kingwhale fabrics incorporate CuTEC™ copper fiber and NanoGLIDE™ PTFE fiber, dramatically improving performance capabilities, such as odor control, hygiene, skin wellness, resistance to abrasion and moisture management. SOURCE Next Fiber Technology

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“Snap-in” vent features aerodynamic design

Airlette Corp., manufacturer of specialized vents designed specifically for use with flexible boat coverings, now offers an improved “snap-in” model using a much more aerodynamic design with a low–profiled hood. The modified vent model is now offered in bulk form and in a black color to accommodate a greater variety of boat covers and colors. …

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Multifunction wide-format printer

Océ North America launched the ColorWave 300, a single footprint multifunction system that can print, copy and scan wide-format documents. The true single footprint machine prints, copies and scans, making it ideal for businesses with limited space. It offers architects, engineering, construction and commercial printing companies an ideal alternative to conventional wide-format toner systems. Unique …

Sculpted fabric screen gives Guggenheim a new feel

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum became the spinning center of the New York cultural elite in December 2009, as the next generation of art collectors (the Young Collectors Council, or YCC) hosted its annual Artist’s Ball. The museum, designed by architectural legend Frank Lloyd Wright, features an atrium that forms a sweeping helix shape, but …

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New inks for soft signage

By Udi Nachmany In the current economic climate, many print service providers (PSPs) are looking to diversify their application offerings in order to acquire new customers and become a one-stop shop for existing clients’ signage and marketing needs. As part of this trend, PSPs are increasingly turning to fast-growing soft-signage applications printed on polyester, cotton, …

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Geotextile tubes provide hurricane protection for Cancun beach

{TenCate™ Geosynthetics} Pendergrass, Georgia, U.S.A. Cancun on the Caribbean coast is the most important beach resort in Mexico and famous worldwide for its magnificent beaches. In 1988 Hurricane Gilbert destroyed the natural balance of the area, modifying the offshore sand banks and damaging the famous beaches, which have since had severe erosion problems. In 2005 …

Unbroken loop fabric provides softness and strength

Fasten-Air™ stretch unbroken loop (UBL) fabric is a strong but soft material that pairs stretch with hook receptive durability. Colorfast, washable, wicking, anti-odor and economical, Fasten-Air is available in varying degrees of power. SOURCE Darlington Fabrics

Spunlace nonwoven for industrial and military applications

Komanda®, a durable, spunlace nonwoven for industrial workwear and military applications, offers high tensile and tear strength, and abrasion resistance, but is still soft, lightweight and drapable. Also offers excellent flame retardancy, and it can be washed many times without losing performance properties. SOURCE Norafin

Accelerated exposure testing

The Xenotest® 220+ uses an air-cooled xenon light source with a rotating rack, and is equipped with an intuitive, user-optimized control system featuring European and Asian languages. Designed for lightfastness testing under standard conditions, and for applications such as ISO 105 B02 and AATCC TM16. Users may select from a basic model Xenotest 220 or …

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Pressure-sensitive papers

Ideal for photographers, advertising agencies and design professionals, Museo Fuse and Foto Fuse adhesive-backed matte and glossy inkjet papers from Museo Fine Art combine professional-quality paper with a pressure-sensitive adhesive. A 170 gsm premium matte inkjet paper with a permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive and a release liner, Museo Fuse captures fine details and bold, vivid colors, …

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Pre-owned equipment options

GEI WideFormat launched its pre-owned equipment program, “Taking the Risk Out of Pre-Owned Equipment,” giving businesses a way to afford a wide-format solution that meets their budget, while providing peace of mind with a nationwide service program. “Customers may be apprehensive about buying pre-owned equipment,” said Roger Ilgen, president of GEI WideFormat Inc. “They can …

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Shade canopies keep California students safe

Recess takes the edge off rambunctious elementary school students, but officials for the Pasadena Unified School District want the bright California sunshine tempered with shaded play areas that block UV rays and cool temperatures to keep youngsters safe. Southern Hemisphere Shades (SH Shades), Sacramento, Calif., installed high density polyethylene shade canopies recently in three Pasadena …

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Target Center retrofitted green roof

{Tecta America Corp.} Skokie, Ill., U.S.A. The Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., retrofitted the first green roof on an arena and the largest extensive green roof on an existing building in the world. The 2.5-acre project will capture about a million gallons of storm water, preventing its runoff into the nearby Mississippi River. It’s also …

New fabric lines creates maximum visual impact

The new Global Voyages FR fabrics line was developed for maximum visual impact in retail, theatrical, event and architectural applications. The collection includes Paris, for old-world charm in subtle colors, Hollywood for illusionist effects, Orient that blends jewel tones and high-tech imagery, and Outer Space, using multi-dimensional surfaces. SOURCE Dazian Fabrics

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Ad Shades market with mesh

By Kelly Morris Rainier Industries has a long history of providing its customers with high-quality graphic products, and an even longer history in shelter and shade solutions. Our digitally printed Ad Shades are a unique blend of these two products, designed to maximize brand identity with the benefits of interior and exterior screens. Our Ad …

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Conformable cast film

The Avery Dennison Graphics & Reflective Products Division North America launched the MPI 1005 Supercast Series line of conformable cast vinyl films. Supercast films conform and stay down over complex curves and rivets with no tenting or lifting. Key features include enhanced conformability, expanded color gamut capability, high gloss, smooth face, consistent printability and enhanced …

Resources from Oeko-Tex®

The International Oeko-Tex® Association has announced the creation of a free webinar series entitled “Oeko-Tex Connects,” designed to provide textile, apparel and retail executives with critical information on textile safety, testing and global regulations. The seminars will be presented by textile scientists with specific expertise in each particular topic. The first installment of the webinar …

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3M expands performance guarantee

3M continues to grow its roster of OEM piezo inkjet printer and ink combinations qualified to receive the 3M performance guarantee when used with a wide range of approved 3M media. New to the list of printers are the HP Designjet L25500, Seiko ColorPainter H-74s/H-104s and DURST Rho 320R.The 3M performance guarantee continues to cover …

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How to buy dye-sub equipment

By Steve Urmano Purchasing equipment for your shop can be a complex routine, but it can be broken down into specific tasks. An equipment budget should consider the wide-format equipment and be based on the print size desired and the number of printers required. Wide-format printer widths, like 60-inch, 74-inch and 98-inch to 128-inch, are …

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Geosynthetic reinforcements help typhoon-proofing in Taiwan

{ACE Geosynthetics Inc.} Houston, Texas, U.S.A. On August 7, 2009 Typhoon Morakot struck Taiwan with unrelenting rain and wind that proved to be the deadliest typhoon ever to strike the island nation. More than 600 people were killed, and damage is estimated to be $3.3 billion. One of the lessons learned from this typhoon is …

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Polyester and printable fabrics for a variety of applications

Lazer 600D polyester is durable, waterproof, high value PVC that meets all lead standards as set by Proposition 65. Suitable for school and travel bags, ATV and personal watercraft covers, gun cases, banners and silk screening. Available in 28 colors. Printable fabrics for flags and banners are fire resistant, have UV protection and are available …

Sun-control fabrics reduce heat and glare

SheerWeave Styles 7300, 7350, and 7500 are new PVC-free, sun-control fabrics that reduce heat and glare at the window to improve air conditioning efficiency and protect interior furnishings from fading. Style 7300, with a flocked backing, offers total light blockage; Style 7350 is light-filtering, allowing outward visibility; Style 7500 is a more economical blackout fabric. …

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Brighter white VC coating

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. released a brighter white version of its VC Poly Oxford. Improving the company’s VC coating, the new coating reaches a CIE L value of 97 on a scale of 100. It also has a decreased CIE b value yielding a whiter look. VC Poly Oxford is compatible with solvent and …

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Acrylic-coated polyester

MarChem CFI reintroduced its Holiday line of flame-retardant acrylic-coated polyester fabric. The custom fabric, available since the late 1990s only in orders of 4,000 yards, is now offered in quantities as small as 50-yard rolls. Holiday is third-party certified to meet California State Fire Marshal, Section 1237.1; NFPA-701, Method 2; and CPAI-84. The fabric, which …

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Greenguard revamps website

The Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) unveiled its redesigned website, which offers manufacturers a roadmap for certifying products and materials for low chemical emissions. The site provides an outline of the various certification programs that GEI offers, as well as a list of sustainable credits that architects and designers can earn by using Greenguard Certified products. …

Nonwovens help North Carolina economy

Since 2003, 226 companies making synthetic fabrics have moved to or expanded in North Carolina, in part because of research technologies that are creating nonwoven fabrics for the filtration and healthcare markets. The College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., is one of the bright spots, as researchers develop new fibers from …