Fashion can-do with spray-on fabric

November 30, 2010

Nonwoven fabric technology intrigued fashion designer Manel Torres, a student at the Royal College of Art, who worked with chemical engineering Professor Paul Luckham from Royal College London to patent spray-on fabric in 2001. The two men formed Fabrican Ltd. in 2003 to market the technology, which began as a statement on making instant fashion …

Textile testing conference in India

November 29, 2010

An international conference on Textiles–Light and Weatherfastness will be held Jan. 21, 2011, in Mumbai, India. Sponsored by ASTM International, Atlas Material Testing Solutions and DyStar, the one-day conference will be held at the India Textile Committee Auditorium. This is the first textile industry conference that ASTM has sponsored in India. The International Conference on …

Elevated flight suit design from Drifire

November 26, 2010

Heat stress and fire emergencies are top issues for aircrew in the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), who face unpredictable flight conditions in garments that must protect, but are not always comfortable. Drifire Inc., Columbus, Ga. (part of Optimer Brands), a manufacturer of military and commercial apparel, consulted NAVAIR aircrew in an attempt to elevate …

Rhodia investing in rolling solar cells

November 19, 2010

The Eight19, a semi-conducting organic polymer that looks like a photographic film strip and acts as a solar collector, will benefit from an estimated $7.2 million investment from French international chemical company Rhodia and the United Kingdom’s Carbon Trust. The start-up investment signals enthusiasm about Eight19, developed by Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, and named for the …

Texas Tech researcher to receive honorary fellowship

November 18, 2010

A Texas Tech University fabric researcher will receive an honorary fellowship from the world’s largest textile and fiber association. Seshadri Ramkumar, manager of the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), will be given the honorary fellowship in January 2011 by The Textile Association (India), with members topping …

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Moss Inc. acquires assets of Berkeley-based Flying Colors

November 17, 2010

Charles J. Corsentino, chairman, president and CEO of Moss Inc., has announced that effective November 9, 2010, Moss has acquired the assets of Flying Colors, a major player in the world of sports, events and venue branding based in Berkeley, Calif. Flying Colors has nearly three decades of experience in the world of sports, events, …

PrintLat, New Force Magnetics sign distribution agreement for Latin America

November 16, 2010

PrintLat LLC and New Force Magnetics sign distribution agreement for Latin America PrintLat LLC and New Force Magnetics sign distribution agreement for Latin America New Force Magnetics Inc. and PrintLat LLC have entered into an agreement of exclusive representation in Latin America. PrintLat, based in Miramar, Fla., will represent all products from New Force Magnetics …

Maximize energy savings and comfort year-round with fan control

November 15, 2010

The new, patent pending SmartSense365 is engineered to maximize both energy savings and comfort through year-round control of your Big Ass Fan, with the push of a button. With three user modes, winter, summer and manual, SmartSense365 tells your fans what to do depending on the season. Winter mode: Using internal temperature sensors, SmartSense365 takes …

Sportful sportswear to feature Eschler performance fabric

November 12, 2010

Sportful is known for producing uncompromising high-tech sportswear for ambitious athletes. For winter 2010, the brand presents a mountaineering and ski outfit that is exceptionally functional; for the Dolomiti WS jacket and pants, the Italian label has teamed up with Swiss company Eschler. The knitwear specialist provided fabric with an extremely abrasion-resistant coating embedded with …

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Aurora to distribute Stork digital textile inks

November 11, 2010

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. and Stork Prints Group have announced that Aurora will be the exclusive distributor of Stork digital textile inks for direct and transfer sublimation printing in the U.S. and Canada. Size options will include 2kg bulk cans, 2kg cartridges, 1kg bags and 220 ml cartridges. Stork’s acid and reactive textile inks …

Eastman Machine appoints new sales representative in Germany

November 10, 2010

Eastman Machine Co., a U.S.-based manufacturing company specializing in cutting equipment, has appointed RH Schneidtechnik (Solingen), Germany, to represent its line of automated cutting systems, material handling equipment and design software. RH Schneidtechnik specializes in cutting technologies, applications and engineering consultation for the composites, technical textile and apparel industries. Its central European location will enhance …

Aurora expands green choices with expanding Weaves of Green™

November 9, 2010

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has announced the addition of Encore FR™ to its Weaves of Green™ line of 100 percent recycled polyester fabrics. Made from post-consumer plastic drink bottles, Encore FR is the most substantive fabric in the Weaves Of Green collection, constructed of spun yarns which give it the drape and hand of …

IFAI announces 2010 International Achievement Award winners

November 8, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the winners of the 2010 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications. The award ceremony took place at IFAI Expo Americas 2010 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., where the annual trade event ran from Oct. 27-29. For more than six …

Super Sign Mart wins T-300 Extremeâ„¢ welder at IFAI Expo Americas

Todd Davis of Super Sign Mart, Ruston, La., placed the winning bid on Miller Weldmaster’s unique pink T-300 Extreme™ welding machine at IFAI Expo Americas 2010 in Orlando, Fla. All of the proceeds from the bid will benefit breast cancer research. “We’re super excited with our winning bid,” Davis says. “The pink color is cool …

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Xennia launches metallic decorative ink for packaging and graphics

November 5, 2010

Xennia has announced the launch of its XenInx Onyx metallic ink for use in a wide range of digital decoration applications. Just-in-time customized digital graphics and package production allows reduced inventories and fast response to market demands; now these benefits are available to users requiring metallic printing. XenInx Onyx metallic silver ink is designed for …

Smith & Wesson Guardian GTX footwear to feature Gore-Tex® fabric

November 4, 2010

Wellco Enterprises has specified GORE-TEX® footwear fabric to provide waterproof, breathable protection in its new Smith & Wesson Guardian GTX series of footwear for law enforcement professionals. The fabric keeps feet drier and more comfortable by preventing exposure to rain and inclement weather, while allowing moisture vapor (perspiration) to escape. The Wellco footwear is among …

Texas Tech’s Fibertect® selected as top innovation by Cotton Incorporated

November 3, 2010

Fibertect®, a decontamination technology developed by researchers at Texas Tech University, was one of seven new innovations selected by Cotton Incorporated to show the versatility of the fiber. To view Fibertect and the other innovations highlighted by Cotton Incorporated, click here. In 2005, Seshadri Ramkumar and his team at the Institute of Environmental and Human …

Pink Phifer bag benefits breast cancer

November 1, 2010

Restoring New Orleans from post-hurricane devastation became a vigorous business concept for Traci Green, founder and “chief gatherer” of REpurposingNOLA Piece by Peace™, located in New Orleans’ warehouse district. The company’s Original Phifer Bag emerged from leftover Phifertex® materials found in the company’s main local production facility, a handbag made from repurposed materials such as …

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80-foot mural features digitally printed adhesives

[B3DigiGrafx] Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., U.S.A. Digitally printed adhesives have made the wall mural a practical form of storytelling once again. Using large-format printing techniques, B3DigiGrafx turned signage on its side and created an 80-foot mural as an historical timeline of the University of California, Riverside (UCR). The bulk of the content was printed on a …

UL specifications

Compiled by Juli Case My clients want me to use a fabric that is tested to a UL specification. Does that have to be done at UL? Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent organization that specializes in writing safety-related specifications. If your client wants a material that is certified by UL to one of their …

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Moss wins design award

Moss Inc.’s EZ Fabric Wall System, launched in September 2009, won a Product Design Award from EXHIBITOR Magazine. The lightweight, modular wall system is designed for fabric graphics. The EXHIBITOR Magazine Product Design Award judges chose the EZ Fabric Wall System for its contemporary look, versatility and practicality. EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Product Design Awards were announced …

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Opaque film removes shadows and image wash-out

SolvoPrint Nolite 175 provides 100-percent opacity, which removes shadows and image wash-out in backlit conditions. The rigid polyester film stays flat and does not curl, and the scratch-resistant coating makes graphics durable. SolvoPrint Nolite 175 is suitable for POP displays, retail signage, trade show graphics and display systems. SOURCE Neschen

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Traveling history in Mexico, under tension

In September 2009, Mexico celebrated its bicentennial with a traveling exhibit of 200 photographs and videos called “Mexico in Your Senses” and housed it in a tensile fabric structure reminiscent of the pyramids of the Great Tenochtitlán. Mexico City’s main square, the Zócalo, is the former location of the ancient pyramids—and the updated version. Mexican …

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Backlit light box display utilizes mirrored images

[Signs By Tomorrow] Bloomingdale, Ill. Typical backlit light box displays are produced on polycarbonate or plexiglass rigid substrates. When the size of the display exceeds the available size of the plastic, it is not uncommon to produce these displays on translucent backlit flex-face material. The sign cabinet typically has to be set up for this …

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Cordless lifts for shades

Patented lift system for roman-style window shades features a completely cordless construction to eliminate potential strangulation risks for children. Lite Touch™ uses a liner to raise and lower the shade, with a spring mechanism to replace operating cords. The system works on almost every style of roman shade, including woven woods and woven grass shades. …

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Aurora launches new website

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. launched a new website dedicated to its line of printable fabrics and canvas. The new site features easy-to-navigate buttons, application suggestions, data sheets and fire certificates. Visit www.auroranorthernlights.com or www.auroratextile.com.

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A.T Inks adds sales rep

A.T Inks added Ian Reynolds as technical sales representative to its team in the United States. He will be based in the Houston, Texas area. Reynolds has nearly 14 years in the graphics and print industry. His most recent position was technical account manager and color specialist at Teckwin International, and prior to that he …

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Sediment: in the bag

Construction activities in watery environments stir up sediments that can release stored pollutants; clog waterways; and are expensive to store, treat or remove. Blue Boar Contracts, Midlands, England, had a national dredging contract with British Waterways to deepen canals—and extract tons of sediment slurry for removal. The company called on Sedi-filter, a dewatering solution manufactured …

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Creating the future of textiles (part 4)

Nanomaterials offer unlimited potential for creative application in specialty fabrics. By Brian Korgel Part IV of a series by speakers at the Advanced Textiles Conference 2010. Part I covers developments in advanced textiles, Part II addresses developments in auxetic materials, and Part III discusses electrical conductive nanocoatings. Part V examines the push for sustainability. What …

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Workflow control for printers

ReelPRO is an affordable, easy to install and easy to use take-up system that allows wide-format printer users to take better control of workflow: reducing the number of damaged prints, improving efficiency when printing longer jobs and allowing the operator to run the printer unattended. Unit helps to avoid dust and dirt on printed images, …

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Ultraflex debuts Descor website

Ultraflex Systems Inc. launched a new website exclusively for Descor, a textile used primarily for decorative wall and ceiling applications. The Descor website is linked through the Ultraflex home page and includes material descriptions and specifications, galleries of applications, installation services and an image library. Visit www.ultraflexx.com and click the Descor link.

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INX increases prices due to shortage

INX International Ink Co. announced a price increase effective Sept. 1. Ongoing raw material supply shortages have a serious effect on printing ink production. Solvent based white inks and water based white inks will increase in price from 4 to 6 percent. Inks containing Violet 23 and water coatings will each increase 8 percent. Water …

Body armor based on cornstarch

A composite polymer material that is fluid at rest but hardens on impact, like a cornstarch solution, is being explored by scientists at the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) for use in body armor and sports padding. The material dissipates the impact of falls, injuries …

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Tony Marsh creates a package deal

Tony Marsh bundles products to offer clients valuable versatility. By Sigrid Tornquist One of the benefits of packaging product lines is that you can offer value and continuity to clients,” says Tony Marsh, managing director and owner of L.H.Woodhouse & Co. Ltd., Nottinghamshire, U.K. “We’re not the cheapest, but at the end of the day …

Vinyl laminate offers excellent resistance

Sun & Sea from Vicar Intl. is a 15 osy waterproof vinyl laminate that offers excellent resistance to mildew and UV rays, recommended for us for awnings, canopies, boat covers, sail covers and other commercial installations in sunny, humid climates. For banners, it accepts graphics and heat transfer films. Matte-embossed PVC vinyl is laminated with …

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American Ink Jet opens online store

American Ink Jet Corporation (AIJC) opened its new online store at http://store.americaninkjet.com. AIJC offers its cartridges and bulk inks for use in HP, Canon and Epson printers. All cartridges are filled with inks manufactured by AIJC at its facilities in Billerica, Mass. All of AIJC’s inks and cartridges are designed to be “plug and play” …

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Eco-friendly fabric options

By Jeff Leagon It can be argued that using fabrics for graphics applications is more “green” than other media options. It’s especially true when making a comparison to rigid print media, since fabrics are more lightweight and compact and therefore easier and less expensive to transport. The durability of fabrics means they can be reused …

High-performance fabric for wind turbine blades

As wind turbines spring up across the world, the search is underway to make sustainable wind power sources more efficient. Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio, launches a high-performance fabric for wind turbine blades in January 2011 that will allow designers to remove a metric ton of weight from a 2.0 megawatt wind turbine that normally would …

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Accessories that work

Leading-edge accessories attract customers to fabric structures—and LED lighting leads the charge. By Maura Keller Check out some of the more sophisticated fabric structures gracing events and adorning buildings and you might be impressed at the kinds and technical sophistication of the add-ons that are making them stand out to customers. From lighting to heating, …

Fabric collection features eclectic patterns

Transitional collection features eclectic patterns that can be mixed and matched to create unique and luxurious indoor style, with clean lines, clear colors and a durable Nanotex® finish. Fabrics include an elegant Epingle velvet stripe, jacquard wovens, a sateen ground crocodile jacquard, metallic textures and Silhouette, a refined and classic pattern with a hint of …

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Multi-ink platform fabric

By Tim Greene One of the important trends we’re seeing in the wide format digital printing market is the development of materials that are digitally printable using a variety of ink platforms. One of the coolest multi-ink platform media products I have seen recently is a product called PhotoFab Ultra by Perception from DigitalSource1. PhotoFab …

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Three new banner products from Arlon

Three new banner products from Arlon are now available. DPF 303 is a super smooth, blockout, double-sided white scrim polyester banner that comes in both matte and satin. DPF 308 is a white fine-hole mesh that is available with or without a PVC liner. DPF 310BB is a white, black-back flexible polyester scrim blockout banner. …

Shedding light on solar technology

Atlas® Material Testing Technology LLC, Chicago, Ill., and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Camas, Wash., will host a technical conference in Shanghai, China, on December 7-8 on new development in the use of photovoltaic (PV) cells for solar power. PV Durability Asia will focus attention on environmental durability, performance and service life of materials, components and PV …

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Industrial “diamonds” drive market growth

Technology breakthroughs drive growth areas in industrial applications and may provide manufacturers with their “diamonds in the rough.” By Julie Young With the nation’s manufacturing industries still feeling the effects of a tentative economy, companies that supply state-of-the-art specialty fabrics products are working hard to diversify their wares and re-envision their product lines to stay …

Marker making software cuts waste

SMARTmark, a highly advanced marker making software application that works as a TUKAcad module, uses advanced algorithms to assure the most efficient use of material possible. The nesting software works automatically to produce markers in minutes that minimize the use of fabric; the software can also queue many markers at a time, do ratio or …

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Moisture-resistant board from DaVinci

Enviroboard MR from DaVinci Technologies is a rigid, moisture-resistant, muti-ply board for flatbed UV printing. Enviroboard can be printed on both sides and is suitable for indoor POP displays, upright sign and hanging sign applications. Enviroboard is made with 10-percent post consumer waste, is 100-percent recyclable and is FSC-certified. SOURCE DaVinci Technologies

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Pour-over ink

Jet Set Eco Ink from Inkjet Set can be easily poured over the original OEM ink with no ink compatibility problems. The ink can be color matched and produces saturated colors. Jet Set Eco Ink has superior dot gain control and is designed for high-speed digital printing. SOURCE Inkjet Set

Trützschler Nonwovens new management team

The Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach, Germany, has restructured the management team for Trützschler Nonwovens, blending new and established leaders in a move to offer successful technologies to producers of nonwoven and technical textiles worldwide. The new CEO, Leen Osterloh, assumed the lead role in September 2010 after serving as chief financial officer at …

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Outdoor signage goes high-tech

New opportunities in billboards and building wraps combine specialty fabrics with dazzling digital effects. By Holly O’Dell Outdoor advertising is big business. In 2009, advertisers spent $5.9 billion on signage—and more than $3.8 billion of that was on billboards alone. As businesses seek new opportunities to make their brands stand out, the sign industry is …

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Arlon launches new banner products

Arlon Inc. has launched three new banner products. DPF 303 smooth, blockout, double-sided banner is a 13-oz. white scrim polyester available in both matte and satin. DPF 308 is an 8-oz. white fine hole mesh banner that comes with or without a PVC liner, used for indoor merchandising, film or theater displays, outdoor advertising or …