TMI LLC expands labor force to meet increased demand for energy-control products

July 30, 2010

TMI LLC, an industry leader in flexible PVC solutions, energy control doors and safety products, recently added six new employees to its Pittsburgh headquarters after experiencing the most successful quarter in company history. The employees will work to enhance sales, marketing, customer service and provide the support needed to meet the growing demand for the …

Universal Fibers celebrates four decades of progress

July 29, 2010

Universal Fibers Inc. hosted more than 550 associates and their families at a special 40th anniversary event at the corporate headquarters in Bristol, Va. Total attendance for the two days was more than a thousand people on the company’s grounds at the Washington County Industrial Park. Production began at the company’s Bristol headquarters in 1970, …

Amicor Breathe fibers have locked-in antifungal properties to kill dust mites

July 28, 2010

Research and scientific studies have proved that 70 percent of all asthma cases can be attributed to Der P1 allergen contained in the excrement of House Dust Mites (HDM), microscopic organisms that thrive in a dark, warm and humid environment. Human perspiration and warm, humid conditions create the ideal environment for the growth of fungi, …

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In memoriam: Roger Gant Jr.

July 27, 2010

Former Glen Raven president Roger Gant Jr. has died at the age of 86. Gant served Glen Raven Inc. for 55 years in a variety of management positions and as president and board member. He also led the Glen Raven team that created Glen Raven’s Sunbrella® brand of performance fabrics in the early 1960s. “It …

Nanofibers spun from melt-blown polymers

July 26, 2010

An innovative new die from The Arthur G. Russell Co. Inc. produces large quantities of nanofibers from PP, PET, PBT and other resins. Typical melt-blown fibers average more than 1 micron in size, but the new die produces fibers averaging as small as 400 nanometers. Unlike standard dies, the patented laminated stainless steel Russell nanofiber …

Dow Corning sponsors Shanghai Sevens rugby tournament

July 21, 2010

Dow Corning Corp., a leading supplier of innovative silicone solutions for the textiles industry, is a main sponsor of Shanghai Sevens—a fully-sanctioned rugby tournament that will take place during the first weekend in September. The event is integrated as part of a larger International Rugby Board Asian Rugby Sevens Series with events in cities across …

Sun control, outdoor fabrics from Phifer Inc.

July 20, 2010

Phifer Inc. is introducing new additions to its Phifertex® Designed Fabrics, SheerWeave® and SunTex® product lines. They will be on display at the Phifer booth (No. 1112) at IFAI Expo Americas this fall. Geobella™ attractive, earth-friendly fabrics for outdoor furniture are made of 100 percent olefin yarns recycled from post-industrial waste. The 100 percent recyclable …

AATCC free seminar August 3: Making performance textiles pay off

July 16, 2010

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and Concept III Textiles International will co-sponsor a free one-hour seminar on “Understanding how performance textiles work: the payoff of added value,” in conjunction with the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. The seminar will be held from 9–10 a.m. on Tuesday, August …

Ecotec yarns receive Global Recycle Standard label

July 15, 2010

FildiUSA, the largest producer of recycled cotton yarn in North America, announces that Ecotec®, the company’s recycled cotton-blend yarn, has been granted Control Union’s Global Recycle Standard. The Global Recycle Standard validates both the yarns’ recycled content and the sustainable and socially responsible manner in which they are produced. Fildi is the first yarn company …

PGI to expand spunmelt capabilities at its Waynesboro, Virginia plant

July 14, 2010

Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) has announced that it has initiated construction and installation of its new state-of-the-art, custom-designed spunmelt machine at its plant in Waynesboro, Virginia. The project, previously announced by Governor Bob McDonnell in March 2010, is expected to create 41 highly skilled jobs at the site and represents an investment of more than …

Aurora launches new website for printable fabrics and canvas

July 13, 2010

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group launches new website for printable fabrics and canvas Aurora Specialty Textiles Group launches new website for printable fabrics and canvas Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has announced the launch of their new website dedicated to the Northern Lights Printable Textiles™ line of printable fabrics and canvas. The website can be accessed …

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Fisher Textiles introduces three new fabrics

July 12, 2010

Fisher Textiles, one of the leading suppliers of fabrics for digital printing, has added three new fabrics to its Grand Format fabric line for dye sublimation and UV printing. GF 8725 Crepe (FR) is a 125–foot, 4.9 ounce, 100–percent polyester fabric that is wrinkle resistant with a canvas like texture. It is excellent for back …

AATCC sponsors symposium and NTC forum

The latest and most innovative technologies in multi-functional materials will be discussed at AATCC’s Advances in Multi-Functional Materials symposium, with sessions focusing on nanotechnologies, health care, protection and performance materials. The symposium, sponsored by AATCC’s Materials interest group, will take place September 12&endash;14 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, S.C., U.S.A. The National Textile Center …

TouchCAD 3D modeling and shape control

July 9, 2010

TouchCAD software combines very fast free-form modeling with a very high degree of shape control, and delivers ready-to-cut files in most industry standard formats. The inflated tent shown, with a floor area of 1000 square meters and a surface area of approximately 4000 square meters distributed of 987 unfolded panels, was designed from scratch to …

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Commercial-grade sublimation systems for custom decorators

July 8, 2010

Condé Systems, based in Mobile, Ala., is now offering custom decorators the ability to produce unique, stylish and eye-popping all-over printed tee-shirt designs, with commercial-grade systems that provide everything needed to transfer photographic images and designs onto the entire front and back of pre-made tee-shirts, dresses and other apparel. System includes: a professional inkjet sublimation …

DSM Dyneema launches Dyneema Purity BLUE

July 7, 2010

DSM, manufacturer of Dyneema Purity® medical-grade fiber, has announced the availability of Dyneema Purity BLUE, the first 100 percent colored implantable-grade Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber. Purity BLUE can be used in implantable applications to offer surgeons uncompromised strength, better contrast during arthroscopic surgeries and differentiation between multiple sutures on multiple anchors. Purity …

Spartanics laser die-cutting applications laboratory for materials research

July 6, 2010

Textile manufacturers wishing to use rapidly advancing laser die cutting technology for products such as belts, discs, gaskets, nonwovens and other industrial applications can now determine if the materials they use can be handled by modern laser die cutting technology—by sending samples for engineering studies and analyses to the new Spartanics Laser Cutting Applications Laboratory …

Reuseable fluid-resistant barrier fabrics

July 5, 2010

Boca Textiles’ Flo-Shield™ barrier fabrics, fluid-resistant and reuseable, are recommended for medical and clean room applications. Flo-Shield fabrics meet ASTM and AATCC requirements, and are available in 100 percent polyester, polyester/carbon stripes and polyester/carbon grids. The carbon fiber gives the fabrics static dissipation properties. Use for isolation gowns, surgical gowns, surgical drapes, wrappers, bags, lab …

Improving fiber I.D.: AATCC releases “Textile Fiber Supplement”

July 2, 2010

Every day, textile technologists, crime labs and customs agents are faced with identifying fibers from a variety of sources. With more than 30 generic classes of fibers and thousands of trade names, positive and definitive identification can be daunting. AATCC’s “Textile Fiber Supplement” provides new tools and reference data for fiber identification, as a companion …

U.S. imports of textiles down 7.5 percent

July 1, 2010

For the second year in a row, the U.S. imported fewer textiles and less apparel from overseas, according to the report “Trends in U.S. Textile and Clothing Imports, 2010 Update,” published by Market Publishers Ltd., Birmingham, U.K. Despite friction with the U.S. over the trade imbalance, China is still the biggest supplier of textiles and …

Study questions safety of smarter airbags

The newest “smart bag” airbag design, required in all vehicles since 2008, may not provide optimal protection for drivers wearing seatbelts, according to a study performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Drivers wearing seatbelts—an estimated 80 percent of drivers, according to federal figures—have a 21 percent increased risk of death in cars equipped …

AATCC honors Myers for outstanding service

At the annual conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), the organization honored Luther M. Myers with its Technical Committee on Research (TCR) Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service in test method development for the association. Myers, a member of AATCC since 1950, has served on and chaired numerous …

PVC available in large rolls

Spartan PVC from J. Ennis Fabrics comes in larger roll sizes and a 20 x 18 thread count for use in truck tarps, bags and a variety of outdoor applications. Available in 11 colors in 50- and 100-yard rolls to suit the needs of bigger customers, Spartan features mildew resistance, UV resistance and cold crack …

Democrats air concerns about climate legislation

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) led a charge of moderate Democrats with concerns about clean energy and climate change legislation and its impacts on manufacturers. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, in 2008 manufacturing made up 19.5 percent of North Carolina’s economy, with an output of $78 billion and 514,000 employees. Textile industry …

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The economics of fabric structures

Understanding the variables is the key to determining the cost of building a fabric structure. By Samuel J. Armijos, AIA The hardest part of designing and building a fabric structure is determining its cost. There are three major components to a fabric structure—steel, fabric and cables. Other factors, which we may or may not see—such …

Blades produce clean cuts

For cutting anything from fine fibers to futuristic manmade materials, Wilson™ blades combine performance and long-lasting durability. In ISO #8442-5-2004 standardized testing, the blades were shown to be 20 percent sharper than competitive blades, resulting in cleaner cuts and longer blade life. Engineered for use on manual cutting equipment and fully automated CNC controlled production …

Unraveling the mystery of spider silk

Spider silk is flexible, biodegradable and one of the strongest substances on earth. In the spider’s storage gland, the silk protein is liquid; as it passes out of the abdominal canal, it becomes a gossamer thread that can hold the spider’s weight and its unsuspecting prey. What forms the threads from the liquid? Researchers at …

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Fabric-based safety solutions offer opportunities in sports and recreation

Enthusiasts at all levels can focus on their sport with products that assure a safe environment for competition or recreation. By Holly O’Dell In athletic and recreational activities, safety is always an important factor—whether that’s landing properly on a pole-vaulting pit or providing impact protection at the end of a snow tubing hill. Despite the …

Xennia to use Trident inkjet print heads

Industrial textile decoration, coating and finishing requires inkjet technology enabling application of large drops that form uniform layers on textiles, glass, floor and wall covers, furniture laminates and wallpaper. Trident Industrial Inkjet, Brookfield, Conn., makes piezoelectric impulse inkjet print heads that work well with high-speed, rugged printing equipment. Xennia Technology Ltd., Letchworth, U.K., a manufacturer …

Hockey socks reduce risk of cuts

[Intelligent Apparel] Montreal, Quebec, Canada Ice hockey is one of the world’s fastest and most dangerous sports and cuts from skate blades are a constant risk. Several professional hockey franchises have taken preventative action to reduce serious cuts from skate blades just by changing their socks. Tactics Armoured Skate Socks and Armoured Hockey Socks incorporate …

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Tent companies provide disaster relief shelters

The disaster relief tent market is unpredictable, but the rewards can be satisfying—professionally and personally. By Jill C. Lafferty The market for disaster relief shelters is a “good news–bad news’” scenario. A sudden demand for relief tents usually means that in some part of the world, people are suffering. This was certainly true the first …

Flexible edging system

The DES-6 is a compact, flexible edging system that can apply a C profile edging to both straight-edged display boards and die-cut or digitally cut shaped boards from 3/8 inch or 5/8 inch thick. Recommended for edging digitally cut, eco-board structures such as furniture, shelving and display structures for retail displays and trade shows, the …

Thin skin with strong potential

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin transform brittle germanium and silicon into nanowires that can be compressed into flexible, tissue-like sheets with the potential to stop bullets, power electronic devices or even cloak wearers in invisibility. “It’s so neat when people do what nanoscience is supposed to do: cramming these well known materials …

Fabric blocking

Compiled by Juli Case I received some product literature from a supplier and read that the fabric is supposed to be “good” with regards to blocking. What does that mean? We’re guessing that the fabric in question is either coated or laminated. Sometimes these materials can unintentionally stick together while being stored, and that phenomenon …

Umbrellas create a fresh look

A new collection of Solair umbrellas designed by Tuuci is now available from Tri Vantage®, to create a fresh new look in shade for any outdoor dining or lounging area, complementing fixed or retractable awnings. Offered in several different umbrella sizes and a number of fabric color options, each Solair umbrella comes complete with frame …

Hospitals purchase nanotechnology lab coats

Physicians at three Mercy Medical Center hospitals in Knoxville, Tenn., received a gift on National Doctors’ Day (March 25) that will keep on giving throughout the year. Mercy Health Partners purchased its doctors 580 Vestex™ nanotechnology white lab coats that repel blood and body fluids and kill infectious microbes on contact. Not only does the …

“Dutch” weave

Compiled by Juli Case What is a “Dutch” weave? This is terminology most commonly seen in the filtration industry, particularly with fabrics made of woven metal wire. A Dutch weave is one in which the fabric is woven with larger yarns in the warp direction and tightly spaced yarns in the filling direction. This unevenness …

Hot glue gun assures quick, safe application

Problem: A more responsive hot glue gun would offer higher efficiency. Solution: Designed for polyamides, polyesters and other high temperature adhesives, the updated HB 710 HT hot melt applicator has a short response time between the trigger release and hot melt discharge, assuring quick and safe application. Useable in dot or bead applications, high temperature …

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Inflatable kayak built for two

[The Innova Group] Burlington, Wash., U.S.A Innova inflatable kayaks make getting on the water a simple, one-person task—even for a two-person craft. The Helios inflatable double kayak (Helios II EX) is made of 1200-denier polyester, rubber-coated fabric on both faces (inside with a blend of natural rubbers, and outside with nitrile synthetic rubber) offering a …

Matching fabric colors

Compiled by Juli Case One of the fabrics we use has a PMS number of 1788C 2X. I know the 1788C refers to a specific color number, but what does the 2X stand for? How do fabric suppliers and their clients talk about color and remain confident that they are referring to shades and hues? …

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Stoett to market Libart enclosures

Libart Enclosure Systems, Delta, B.C., Canada, designs and manufactures swimming pool and patio enclosures with retractable roofs for hotels, restaurants and other commercial and residential buildings. In March, it signed an exclusive licensing and manufacturing agreement with Stoett Industries Inc., Defiance, Ohio, for marketing the retractable enclosures in the U.S. and Canada. Stoett plans to …

Tents deployed for disaster relief

After 35 years of producing tents for the U.S. military, Alaska Structures Inc. is pitching tents to a whole new audience—homeland security and disaster relief agencies. Blu-Med Response Systems, Kirkland, Wash., a division of Alaska Structures, deployed a 25-bed emergency response unit in St. George, Utah, to demonstrate its capabilities for triage, isolation, surgery, mass …

Bleeder fabric

Compiled by Juli Case We’ve received a couple of requests for “bleeder” fabric, but that’s a material we’re not familiar with. Any ideas? A bleeder fabric is typically part of a composite material and is used in applications such as vacuum bagging. A “breather” will evacuate air, while the “bleeders” absorb excess resins so that …

Automatic cutting machine saves time

Problem: Drawing and cutting can involve multiple processes that are time-consuming. Solution: Once all the information has been supplied, the LCT-F210-M automatic cutting machine from Sankei Corp. draws the lines and cuts fabric, working both vertically and horizontally. Designed for all media. SOURCE Sankei Corp.

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Portable shelter provides solo camping convenience

[Hennessy Hammock] Galiano Island, B.C., Canada No need to find a level campsite, or set up to avoid roots, rocks or puddles. The Hennessy Hammock™, now available in side-entry or double-bottomed models, provides comfortable, lightweight and portable shelter with virtually zero impact on the camping environment. It can be suspended off the ground as a …

Defining radiolucent

Compiled by Juli Case I’m replacing the pad on an X-ray table and my client has specified that the material we use be “radiolucent.” What does that mean? Radiolucent is a medical term and is used for any item that permits X-rays to shine right through it. This would be important for a pad used …

Awning software produces accurate renderings

Problem: Customers need to be able to visualize their end product. Solution: Tri Vantage now offers version 4.12 of Canvas Link Awning Composer. With its casual furniture component the enhanced software makes it a simpler and more powerful tool for fabricators to produce customized renderings of awnings and outdoor living spaces. Users can now more …

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“Skylar” structures commemorate fallen soldiers

Every U.S. Navy aviator, flight officer and enlisted air crewman trains at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., and many who served made the ultimate sacrifice. To commemorate military personnel lost in battle, NAS Pensacola commissioned Fabric Architecture, Gloucestershire, England, to design a symbol of soaring flight that would inspire trainees and visitors. The …

Specifications for base fabric

Compiled by Juli Case Our company makes fabric structures, and we’ve noticed that, in some fabric specifications, the fabric manufacturer will use “EC3,” “EC6,” or “EC9” to describe the base fabric. What is this? Upon discovering that the fabric in question was PTFE-coated fiberglass, we were able to clear this mystery up. This abbreviation is …

Machine consistently applies pre-treatment to garments

Problem: Hand-sprayed pre-treatments can be difficult to apply consistently. Solution: The new DTG PreTreat-R Gen. II machine consistently sprays pre-treatment on every garment for quality direct-to-garment prints. Variable speed controls allow the operator to select how much pre-treatment is applied. SOURCE SWF East Inc.