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Xennia establishes global distribution networks

August 31, 2010

Xennia Technology Ltd., a leading industrial inkjet solutions provider, has announced its first distribution agreements for its products. Xennia’s distributors will supply Xennia systems and inks to key markets worldwide. Distribution agreements for the Indian subcontinent, Spain, Singapore and South East Asia mark the first step in Xennia’s strategy of using distributors to widen its …

Aptra® lightweight, breathable protective films for medical products

August 30, 2010

Aptra® is a breathable film used as a composite with other materials, manufactured by RKW US Inc. Unique, lightweight film provides an exceptional combination of barrier properties and breathability, and is easily laminated with a wide variety of substrates using several methods. Composite structures utilizing spunbond nonwovens is one of the many configurations possible. Lamination …

Free webinar on apparel markets in Canada and Mexico, Sept. 14

August 27, 2010

On Sept. 14, 2010, at 2:00 pm EDT, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) and U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service will host a webinar on export market opportunities in selected markets in Canada and Mexico for U.S. apparel and textile firms. The focus will be on small and medium sized …

AATCC co-sponsors nonwovens conference, Nov. 10-12

August 26, 2010

AATCC is co-sponsoring the 2010 NET INC. (Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists Innovative Nonwovens Conference) offered by TAPPI and the Nonwovens Institute from Nov. 10-12 in Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A. The sponsorship is part of a commitment to the nonwovens professionals recently included as a subgroup of the association’s materials interest group. The conference coincides with the …

Spartanics Finecut Laser Die Cutting Systems with bar code efficiency

August 25, 2010

For textile manufacturers needing faster throughput, Spartanics systems offer greater line speeds through the addition of bar codes that automate job changeovers in seconds and on-the-fly. Bar code-driven job changeovers allow users to not only run multiple jobs very efficiently from a single roll, but also to integrate job data into a database for complete …

G Tech Vest blends lightweight material and liquid-repellent nanotech coating

August 24, 2010

Since medieval times, armor has protected warriors from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune—at a heavy price. A full suit of armor weighed approximately 60 pounds. Today’s soldiers don’t have it much better, carrying an average of 90 pounds of gear. Conventional modern-day body armor is heavy, in part because fabrics are coated with …

AATCC publishes sustainability monographs

August 23, 2010

Sustainability is a frequent topic at conferences of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), and the not-for-profit organization is sharing the wealth on its website with “Sustainability 2010—AATCC Digital Monograph Series Volume 1.” The papers in the monograph cover the entire textile supply chain from fiber production to final products. The downloadable …

FabricLink network expands textile glossaries

August 20, 2010

The FabricLink online network, consisting of the trade-to-consumer FabricLink.com and trade-to-trade TheTechnicalCenter.com, has just updated its sites with new glossaries to help users negotiate complex areas of the textile business. Among those glossaries on the site or recently added: California Fashion Association’s Glossary of International Trade Terms, including explanations of CAFTA, NAFTA, REACH and a …

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Fisher Textiles expands Enviro-Tex Plus line of fabrics

Fisher Textiles has added three new styles to its eco-friendly Enviro-Tex Plus line of fabrics. The line, ideal for dye sublimation and UV printing, is made from 100 percent post-consumer waste and Repreve yarn, which meets FTC guidelines for recycled products. ETP 9372 Reclaim Soft Knit (FR), ETP 9373 Reclaim Heavy Knit (FR) and ETP …

Gerber Technology’s ideation2010 software conference, Oct. 21-22

August 19, 2010

Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific Inc., will hold its newly rebranded annual software conference, ideation2010, Oct. 21-22 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, La. ideation2010 will now be a two-day event featuring panel discussions, informative breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, strategic executive sessions and case studies from leading industry professionals. Attendees …

Fabric weathering testing resource online from Atlas

August 18, 2010

Atlas Material Testing Technology, a global leader in weathering testing and equipment, has announced that www.textiles.atlas-mts.com is now live, an easily accessible resource for customers searching for a lightfastness testing solution. The page provides convenient, fast equipment and testing services information geared towards meeting the specific needs of the textile industry. The success of a …

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Pre-coated, paper-backed bamboo fabrics for digital fabric printers

August 17, 2010

Jacquard Ink Jet Fabric Systems has added two new 100 percent bamboo fabrics, white twill and white sheeting, to an extensive line of natural and synthetic textiles for the digital printing industry. With a fine “hand” and graceful drape, they accept dyes extremely well with superb color yield and saturation. Both fabrics are available in …

Landrieu holds roundtable on young entrepreneurs’ role in U.S. economy

August 16, 2010

United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, hosted a roundtable in August entitled “Entrepreneurship for the Next Generation: Harnessing the Power of Young Entrepreneurs in a Changing Economic Landscape.” “With a lower average net worth and arguably less real-world experience, young entrepreneurs can easily be …

Book your Everyday Color Beginnings in the latest styles

August 13, 2010

Begin your home décor style with the new 4 color book collection from J. Ennis Fabrics: Everyday Color Beginnings. Lush, Bloom, Root and Fresh are full of all the latest styles: traditional, transitional, contemporary and solids. An assortment of weights and construction—jacquards, chenilles, textures and ribs—are all in easy-to-find coordinating color books with patterns in …

“Challenges for a Sustainable Textile Industry” seminar in Taiwan, Oct. 14th

August 12, 2010

Taiwan is to host an international seminar under the theme “Challenges for a Sustainable Textile Industry,” to run alongside the Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (TITAS), which will be held on October 13-15, 2010. The seminar, organized by the Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), will take place on October …

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Pre-coated, paper-backed bamboo fabrics for digital fabric printers

Jacquard Ink Jet Fabric Systems has added two new 100 percent bamboo fabrics, white twill and white sheeting, to an extensive line of natural and synthetic textiles for the digital printing industry. With a fine “hand” and graceful drape, they accept dyes extremely well with superb color yield and saturation. Both fabrics are available in …

Federal Signal introduces ATEX/IEC safety products

August 11, 2010

Federal Signal, providing critical communications products and systems around the world, has introduced three new product lines specifically designed and engineered to meet international safety standards. The new ATEX/IEC-rated products include three new status indicators, three new dual-function beacons and a trio of newly designed call points. The intrinsically safe status indicator line includes a …

Senators Hagan and Graham introduce Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2010

August 10, 2010

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauded Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for their introduction of S.3741, the Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2010, in the U.S. Senate yesterday (Aug. 5th). The House version, H.R. 5393, was introduced in May 2010 by Congressmen Kissell (D-NC), Jones (R-NC), Spratt (D-SC), …

On-demand web-based marker making (nesting) optimization service

August 9, 2010

MarkerMaker.com offers manufacturers of various industries such as apparel, upholstery, aerospace, automotive and other industrial fabrics access to Plataine’s (formerly Nester Software) best of class optimization algorithms with no upfront costs. Plataine, providing production optimization solutions for manufacturers of textile, wood, metal and composite fabric cutting industries, is pleased to announce the release of the …

New ultra-lightweight fabric from Everest Textile Co. uses NILIT yarns

August 6, 2010

In part due to global warming, lightweight and thin fabrics have become a very strong apparel trend. To fill this demand, Everest Textile Co. has invested in researching and developing ultra-lightweight fabrics. The new product, Ever Ultra Light Weight 5 denier, has been nicknamed “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” highlighting its extreme light weight-it literally feels …

New NIJ. 06 body armor for law enforcement

August 5, 2010

Outlast Technologies has announced that the newest generation of its Outlast® Adaptive Comfort® solution is now exclusively available in select NIJ .06-certified ballistic systems sold by Point Blank Body Armor and Protective Apparel Corp. of America (PACA), wholly-owned subsidiaries of Point Blank Solutions Inc. The enhanced fabric technology with thermo-regulating properties gives officers true comfort …

OMNOVA Solutions recognizes employee innovations with 2009 Technology Awards

August 4, 2010

OMNOVA Solutions recently announced its 2009 Technology Award recipients. The annual award program recognizes exemplary technology-based contributions by associates in OMNOVA’s research and development, sales and marketing, technical service, operations, product management and LEAN SixSigma organizations. Technological innovations in new product development and process improvements were recognized in virtually all of OMNOVA’s served markets: coated …

Oeko-Tex® to present free textile certification webinar on August 11

The International Oeko-Tex® Association will offer an encore presentation of its online seminar that overviews the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification and recent enhancements to the International Oeko-Tex Association’s global Restricted Substances List (RSL). The free one-hour webinar will be presented on August 11 at 12:00 noon EST, as part of the popular “Oeko-Tex® Connects” series …

Americhem hires new director of global manufacturing

August 3, 2010

Americhem Inc., a global provider of custom color and additive solutions for polymeric products, recently hired Jim Milk as its director of global manufacturing. Milk comes to Americhem with three decades of manufacturing experience, including various senior roles at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Most recently, he served as vice president of global manufacturing …

AATCC’s 2010 Materials Competition winners

August 2, 2010

AATCC has announced the winners of their fifth annual student AATCC Materials Competition. The AATCC Materials interest group invited graduate and undergraduate students to submit innovative product development ideas from a material structures design perspective. The winning concepts both focused on human health and safety-a growing market for textile innovations. 1st Place: Anti-Microbial Tactical Boot, …

Auxetic material technology used for ballistic protection fabric

August 1, 2010

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 821 Advanced Fabric Technologies now offers Zetix™ in association with Auxetix Ltd. Zetix uses auxetic material technologies to create blast and ballistic protection material for use by military and public safety blast containment and ballistic protection. Zetix creates blast curtains, anti-ballistic vests and soft body armor, as well as a range …

Shears specially designed to cut Kevlar materials

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1606 Clauss’ 8-inch Bent Kevlar® Shear is specially designed to cut Kevlar materials as well as plastic, fiberglass, canvas and upholstery. Micro-serrated blades allow for true “grip and cut” performance. Blades are high carbon alloy steel with Molybdenum and Vanadium for industrial strength and hardness. Ergonomic handles ensure comfort. SOURCE Clauss

Machines feature impulse welding and ultrasonic cutting

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 106 Asco machines from Forest Group feature impulse welding and ultrasonic cutting. Automatic fabric handling process improves quality and increases productivity up to 60-percent. Cut and weld fabrics including sunscreen, solar and PVC. SOURCE Forest Group USA

Outdoor products for commercial and building applications

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 119 KL&C Corp. supplies shade netting and sun protection with two brands, Santina® and Shade Protector. 100-percent polyethylene. Sun blocks available from 30 to 95-percent. Commercial and building applications use 95-percent shade net FR treatment. Certified by California Fire Marshall and AWTA testing. SANTINA weed control mat is made from 100-percent …

UV and chemical-resistant PTFE thread for outdoor uses

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 401 SolarFix® PTFE thread is used in a wide array of outdoor applications, including retractable awnings and marine enclosures. UV and chemical-resistant. Available in three sizes of clear PTFE in white and black. SOURCE The Quality Thread & Notions Co.

New line of finished blankets for hospitals, hotels and dorms

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1530 Top Value Fabrics introduces a new line of finished blankets. The imported blankets are soft, durable and washable. Ideal for hospitals, hotels, prisons, dorms and camps. The 100-percent cotton blanket is 66 inches by 90 inches, weighs 2.5 pounds and is fire retardant to Cal. Tech 117, Section E. The …

HDPE basics

Compiled by Juli Case We were looking at some shade fabric that said it was made from “HDPE.” What does that mean? HDPE is the abbreviation for High Density Polyethylene. From a chemical standpoint, that means there is less branching that occurs in the molecular composition of the compound, resulting in a higher density. What …

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Mesh canopy elevates Arizona museum

The sun stays hot and bright at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Ariz., and the museum store’s floor-to-ceiling glazed windows needed a canopy with an aerodynamic look. W.S. Tyler, Mentor, Ohio, used the company’s DOKAWELL-MONO architectural wire mesh to provide an uplifting look, the illusion of transparency, light reflection and durability. The …

Vicar to distribute Renolit PVC sheets

Kal Glas Pressed-Polished PVC sheets, manufactured by Renolit AG, Worms, Germany, are popular in the automotive aftermarket for use in convertible tops. Vicar Intl., Union, N.J., providing products to the automotive, marine, awning and RV industries, has been representing the product to convertible top manufacturers and distributors. Recently Vicar entered into partnership with Renolit AG …

Roll-down exterior shutters provide storm protection

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 154 Alutech United supplies solar and security solutions using roll-down exterior shutters and solar screens, and offers a variety of products that provide storm protection, added security or increased energy efficiency. In addition to many traditional shutters, the Studio Star Designer Series is capable of covering most openings no matter their …

Waterproof and flame resistance in a lighter weight fabric

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 830 Weathertyte® Lite incorporates the waterproof properties and flame resistance of Weathertyte as well as the architectural fabric look and feel in a lighter weight material. The 11-ounce material offers easier handling than the original while providing protection from environmental elements. Ideally suited for awnings, boat covers, bimini tops, flags, and …

Radio frequency welding machine available from 16 to 45 kW

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 130 Forsstrom’s new traveling radio frequency welding machine for flexible PVC and PU material, the TDW Mega model, is available from 16 to 45 kW. The TDW Mega is similar to the standard TDW model and is able to weld with sealing bars as large as 16 inches wide. TDW Mega …

PVC products ranging from industrial fabrics to sun protection

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1212 LDM Group offers a wide range of materials for the production of a number of products, ranging from industrial fabrics such as PVC tarps, shade cloths, printing and acrylic canvas to sewing threads, eyelets and awning systems. LDM Group also provides manufacturing and production of sun protection products. Canopies are …

Design and manufacture of clothing and home textiles

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1654 Rahat and Co. design and manufacture clothing and home textiles, specializing in home textiles, kitchen apparel, casual and seasonal wear. SOURCE Rahat and Co.

Waterproof, breathable fabric uses advanced flocking techniques

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1360 Transhield, Inc. introduces ArmorDillo™ waterproof, breathable fabric. Working with DuPont Co. and Spectro Coatings, Transhield has developed a new fabric that is 100-percent waterproof, yet breathable, using smart Ionomer technology and advanced fabric flocking techniques. This technology allows moisture out but repels outside moisture. Fabric is anti-condensation and will not …

Decoding UV protection claims

Compiled by Juli Case My company makes temporary shelters and I’m wondering, when the product literature on a fabric says that the material has been UV protected, does that mean the fabric’s been protected, or that it offers protection from sunlight? Sunlight tends to degrade a lot of fabrics, so it’s most likely that the …

Oil and vapors absorbed by nonwoven wipes

There is no better testing ground for Texas Tech University’s Fibertect®, a cotton nonwoven wipe with an activated carbon core, than Grand Isle, La., where crude oil washing up on pristine white sand beaches is destroying tourism and making cleanup workers ill. Fibertect’s first field test showed that it successfully absorbed up to 15 times …

SunSetter energy upgrades

SunSetter Products, Malden, Mass., has completed an energy efficiency upgrade in its 64,000-square-foot facility for manufacturing retractable residential awnings. Improvements include energy-efficient lighting and installation of two solar photovoltaic systems on the roof. The solar systems should generate approximately 138,000 kW of energy each year, allowing SunSetter to reduce utility purchases by 35-40 percent, reduce …

Specialty yarns made specifically for webbing products

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1430 American Cord & Webbing produces a number of specialty yarns for use in webbing products including those used in Kevlar®, Nomex®, Spectra®, Vectran® and Dyneema®. Specialty yarns offered include high strength, flame retardant, high heat resistance and cut resistance. SOURCE American Cord and Webbing

Knitted-fiber fabric allows for breathable mesh

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1338, 1439 DAF introduces spacer mesh, a three-dimensional knitted-fiber fabric that allows for a breathable, air circulating mesh. Made of 200- to 500-denier, spacer mesh is a substitute for foam applications. Other applications include mattresses and yoga pads. Because it reduces pressure between patients and products, spacer mesh is recommended for …

Permanent transfer labels for a range of applications

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1509 Franz Barta GmbH manufactures permanent transfer labels with a range of industrial applications including awnings, gym mats, life rafts, webbing products, and neoprene products. The labels can be heat applied or solvent applied to both finished and unfinished products. UV and abrasion resistant, labels provide substantial stretch to prevent cracking …

Molded plastic zipper is 100-percent corrosion resistant

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1619, 1621 Lenzip introduces BIGZIP®, a #15 molded plastic zipper. The new zipper offers durability and is 100-percent corrosion resistant to salt and atmospheric environments. BIGZIP is offered with a slider made of marine grade 316 polished stainless steel while the teeth of the zipper are injected molded from DuPont Delrin® …

Two new colors in solution-dyed acrylic

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 354, 1548 Recasens USA announces two new colors to its 47-inch Recacril® line. R-133 Desert is a neutral shade ideal for summer awnings and market umbrellas. R-135 Ocean Cruise is a cool blue and white blend. Recacril is 100-percent solution-dyed acrylic available on 66-yard rolls. SOURCE Recasens USA

New fabrics and related solutions from Tri Vantage

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 418 Tri Vantage now offers version 4.12 of Canvas Link Awning Composer, an update of the popular awning-design software. Among the enhancements to the new software is a casual furniture component, which allows users to customize casual furniture with specific fabric styles. Awning Composer allows fabricators to design 3-D awning models …

NFPA 701 for indoor vs. outdoor fabrics

Compiled by Juli Case My local fire marshal is rejecting the fabric I’m using because it’s certified to NFPA 701. He says it’s because 701 doesn’t account for the fabric being used outside. I’ve never had a problem before; is he correct? NFPA 701 is a commonly quoted flammability specification in our industry. Titled “Standard …