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Rental industry actively trending upward, reflecting industry optimism for 2011

March 31, 2011

Attendance at The Rental Show 2011 displayed a marked increase over 2010, reflecting a renewed optimistic attitude throughout the rental industry. The show was held Feb. 27–March 2 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. According to Christine Wehrman, American Rental Association CEO, “Attendees demonstrated they were here to buy equipment, strengthen their …

Australia invests US $100 million to set up advanced fibers research center

March 30, 2011

By Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, U.S.A. Cotton, wool, nanofibers, carbon fibers and composites will soon get a research boost in Australia. The Australian government and other funding partners will invest US $100 million over a period of three years (July 2010–June 2013) to set up the Australian Future Fibers Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) …

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Miller Weldmaster partners with Global Imaging

Global Imaging is now Miller Weldmaster’s U.S. sign industry distributor of the 112 Extreme, Impulse Extreme and the T-300 Edge. The distribution agreement strengthens the partnership between Miller Weldmaster and Global Imaging, benefiting end-user customers by providing the finishing equipment they need to keep their complete jobs in-house. “Our partnership with Global Imaging is going …

Conductive fiber manufacturers to form trade council

March 29, 2011

Conductive fibers occupy their own unique niche in the wire and textile marketplace, but the industry’s identity is not distinctive, with conductive fibers treated as another wire or textile. These manufactures are now joining together to form a trade council, the Conductive Fiber Manufacturers Council. Conductive fibers have a long history: The filament in Thomas …

ASTM Intl. Textiles Executive Subcommittee appoints new chairman

March 28, 2011

Shreyaskar Chaudhary, CEO and managing director of Pratibha Syntex Pvt. Ltd. in Madhya Pradesh, India, has been named chairman of ASTM International Subcommittee D13.40 on Sustainability of Textiles. The newly formed subcommittee was formed after extensive discussion within ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles, a committee that oversees more than 300 international standards related to …

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Thrace-LINQ releases Product Finderâ„¢ mobile app for geosynthetics

March 25, 2011

Thrace-LINQ, a supplier of woven and nonwoven geosynthetic technical fabrics, has released the Thrace-LINQ Product Finder™ mobile application for BlackBerry®, Android™ and Apple® mobile devices. Within seconds, it helps users identify geosynthetic products to meet specific project needs. Version 1.0 of the Thrace-LINQ Product Finder is a free, easy-to-use app that allows users to search …

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Environmentally friendly casual furniture fabrics now available from Tri Vantage®

March 24, 2011

GeoBella®, a line of outdoor cushion fabrics combining performance, comfort and recyclability, has been added to furniture fabric offerings from Tri Vantage®. Woven by Phifer Inc. using post-industrial olefin yarn wastes, GeoBella fabrics are PVC-free and 100 percent recyclable. Available in 78 solid colors, stripes and patterns, GeoBella fabrics offer a soft hand and are …

Teijin joins U.N. Global Compact

March 23, 2011

Teijin Limited announced that it has joined the United Nations Global Compact as part of the company’s commitment to socially responsible sustainability. The U.N. Global Compact is a set of principles for self-conduct that participating organizations worldwide follow in their independent efforts to achieve sustainable growth. Participants are required to support and implement 10 basic …

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) updated

March 22, 2011

The International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS IWG) has announced the release of Version 3.0 of its organic fiber processing standard. Revisions include a prohibition on garment finishing methods considered harmful to workers (such as denim sand blasting), a requirement that any polyester in GOTS-certified products be made of post-consumer recycled material …

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Production Digital Imaging installs Durst Rho Printers

March 21, 2011

Owing to a relatively strong national economy and astute business planning, commercial imagers and digital print providers across Canada made sizable investments in capital equipment—specifically, wide-format digital imaging platforms—over the last 12-15 months, evidenced by the significant number of Durst Rho UV production inkjet printers installed during that period, Durst Image Technology US LLC said. …

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IFAI Report: North American Geosynthetics Market Snapshot

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has released its “Market Watch: Geosynthetics Market Snapshot” for 2011. The report’s chief focus is on the U.S. geosynthetics marketplace, particularly as it relates to market size and growth, predominate materials/polymers; applications used in the U.S. market, trends, opportunities, threats, and market outlook. IFAI Market Research Manager Jeff Rasmussen …

Industry organizations address AWP Personal Fall Protection (PFP) safety education

March 18, 2011

The American Rental Association (ARA), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) have once again joined forces to develop a new educational document, which focuses on personal fall protection for users of AWP equipment. The result of this joint …

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Custom-blended QuietLeigh recycled fibers help reduce noise and waste

March 17, 2011

Without making a lot of noise about it, some automotive suppliers have embraced sustainability for years by producing sound-attenuating components with shoddy made by Leigh Fibers Inc., Wellford, S.C., from recycled denim and other textile materials. QuietLeigh™ recycled fibers have become an industry standard for acoustical padding, contributing to quieter rides while helping to keep …

Heightened interest for nonwovens exhibition, Index 11, April 12-15

March 16, 2011

Index 11 will take place at the Geneva Palexpo, Switzerland, April 12-15. EDANA, the international association representing the nonwovens and related industries, and the sponsor of Index 11, says that innovation and sustainability are the drivers at this year’s event. More than 12,500 visitors from over 100 countries are expected to attend the 2011 event, …

Lectra releases new Leather Suite V3R1 for leather cutting solutions

March 15, 2011

Lectra, a leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composite materials—is pleased to announce the release of the new Leather Suite V3R1, specially designed for leather cutting and aimed at manufacturers in the automotive and furniture markets. The new software suite integrated into Lectra’s leather cutting solutions …

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Arlon offers new printable, pressure-sensitive film

March 14, 2011

Arlon Graphics LLC has announced the launch of DPF 4560MTX, a 3-mil digitally printable matte white calendered film with X-scape Technology. The film has a tinted, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive, featuring the X-scape technology, assures fast and easy installation and doesn’t compromise on adhesive strength. Recommended for POP displays, tradeshow graphics and medium term signage. Arlon, …

FabricLink to host seminar at L.A. Textile Show

FabricLink Network, an educational resource for textile fiber and fabric information, will host the “Technology Driven Fashion” seminar at this month’s L.A. Textile Show. The panel event is scheduled for March 28th, 2011, from 3:30–4:45 p.m., in the Penthouse, 13th floor suite 19, California Market Center. New fashion textiles often come through advancements in manufacturing …

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Now accepting entries for the 2011 Upholstery Awards

March 10, 2011

Get your leopard print lounge chair and gold-glittered vinyl seating to strike a pose; it’s time to enter the 2011 Upholstery Awards. We welcome your upholstery entries into what was formerly the Upholstery Journal Design & Craftsmanship Awards and now is a part of the International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition. You’ve not heard of IAA? …

Thrace-LINQ expands Quality Assurance Department, adds process improvement

March 9, 2011

Thrace-LINQ™, a supplier of woven and nonwoven geosynthetic technical fabrics, has announced the expansion of its Quality Assurance Department to include Process Improvement, ensuring the control of all manufacturing processes and the highest quality products for its customers. Leading the Process Improvement team is James H. Brown, quality assurance manager. With more than 15 years …

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Mark Sonder Productions owner recertified as CSEP

March 8, 2011

The national headquarters of Mark Sonder Productions Inc. has announced that owner and Chief Entertainment Officer Mark Sonder has just received the official notification that he has been recertified as a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP). Sonder, a pioneer in the meeting and event industry, was in the first group to achieve this professional designation …

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Drytac to sell Visual Magnetics graphic system

March 7, 2011

Drytac Corp., Richmond, Va., has become a direct sales provider for the Visual Magnetics Graphic System™ in the United States, Canada and the U.K. The Visual Magnetics Graphic System can be combined to meet an array of changeable graphic needs utilizing three major components: high quality MagnaMedia™ digital print films with a patented magnetic-receptive coating; …

Multi-Media, Multi-Material Color Control Symposium from AATCC, April 28-29

AATCC and the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC) will jointly sponsor the 4M Color Management: Multi-Media, Multi-Material Color Control Symposium. The program will be held April 28-29, 2011, at the Hilton University Place in Charlotte, N.C. Presentations will focus on online and multi-material color control, developments in digital color management in the supply chain, and color …

German Technology for the Vietnamese Textile Industry, April 6-7

March 4, 2011

Sponsored by the VDMA Textile Machinery Association, the conference and exhibition “German Technology for the Vietnamese Textile Industry” will take place in the New World Hotel in Ho-Chi-Minh City on April 6-7, 2011. The symposium is officially supported by the German Ministry for Economics and Technology as well as by AGTEK, the Association of Textile …

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Arlon offers new printable, pressure-sensitive film

March 3, 2011

Arlon Graphics LLC has announced the launch of DPF 4560MTX, a 3-mil digitally printable matte white calendered film with X-scape Technology. The film has a tinted, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive, featuring the X-scape technology, assures fast and easy installation and doesn’t compromise on adhesive strength. Recommended for POP displays, tradeshow graphics and medium term signage. Arlon, …

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Drytac to sell Visual Magnetics graphic system

March 2, 2011

Drytac Corp., Richmond, Va., has become a direct sales provider for the Visual Magnetics Graphic System™ in the United States, Canada and the U.K. The Visual Magnetics Graphic System can be combined to meet an array of changeable graphic needs utilizing three major components: high quality MagnaMedia™ digital print films with a patented magnetic-receptive coating; …

Testing inhalation toxicity from nanoparticles

March 1, 2011

The explosion of nanotechnology-based products and industries has raised increasing questions about the safety and environmental impact of nanoparticles, and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has a published a new international standard to support inhalation toxicity testing of nanoparticles. Entitled “Nanotechnologies—characterization of nanoparticles in inhalation exposure chambers for inhalation toxicity testing,” ISO 10808:2010 establishes …

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Fabric welder reduces finishing time

With its fast and accurate seaming capability, the 112 Extreme™ fabric welder is a natural choice for pre-printed or printed media. Miller Weldmaster, Navarre, Ohio, has added to the 1112 Extreme’s versatility with the Easy Slide Grommet option, eliminating the need for multiple finishing stations and reducing finishing times, while keeping graphics off the floor—all …

U.S. Forest Service specifications

Compiled by Juli Case We’re interested in supplying fire hoses to the U.S. Forest Service and have been told that USDA 5100-187 is the specification to meet. Where do we get a copy of it? We contacted the Forest Service and found that their San Dimos Technology and Development Center is the office that handles …

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New Mutoh marketing manager

Mutoh America appointed Kimber Johnson its marketing manager. Johnson is responsible for creating advertising material, maintaining the Mutoh website, expanding Mutoh Business Builder and managing trade show and advertising budgets. Prior to joining Mutoh, Johnson was creative director for Lamb Creative.

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Eco-friendly media

EnviroScape Mural Plus! from Neschen Americas is an FSC-certified media that is made from 10-percent post-consumer waste. The covering can be easily removed from walls, windows and virtually any media with a rigid surface. Available in 6 mil thickness and weight of 4.87 ounces per square yard, EnviroScape Mural Plus! is compatible with solvent, latex …

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Anaerobic digester produces energy from animal waste

A South Carolina farmer approached the Santee Cooper electric utility with an idea for turning his hog farm into a green power source. Four years later, with help from Clemson University and Environmental Fabrics Inc. (EFI), a Gaston, S.C., manufacturer of geosynthetics, the Burrows Hall Farm’s anaerobic digester is ready to produce energy. An anaerobic …

Invisible seam protection

Seam Sealer from Iosso, Elk Grove, Ill., protects against seam leakage without changing the look, color or feel of the fabric. Just apply to the seam and let dry, and the invisible sealer protects against water, soil and oil. Seam Sealer is recommended for use on cotton, cotton blends, polyester and synthetic woven fabrics; water …

Bontex fiberboard products

Compiled by Juli Case We’re making a luggage-type bag and our client is requesting that we use a fabric stiffener called Bontex. What is this and where can we get it? Bontex is the name of both the company and the product. Bontex makes a family of fiberboard products, one of which is also called …

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gBc earns G7 designation

greatBigcolor, a Denver, Colo., based printer, achieved G7 Master Printer designation from IDEAlliance for its commitment to consistent and accurate results in its digital print workflow. greatBigcolor has more than 12 years of experience producing printed products, including traditional out-of-home advertising, in-store point-of-purchase graphics and national campaigns.

Textured laminating film

AGL’s Cover-Rite textured vinyl laminating film protects graphics displayed in high-traffic areas. The surface of the film eliminates glare and minimizes the visibility of fingerprints and other damage. The 6 mil PVC film is flexible, with a clear acrylic adhesive that produces a strong, permanent bond between the laminating film and the graphic. SOURCE AGL

Ametek acquires materials testing firm

Ametek Measurement and Calibration Technologies (M&CT), Berwyn, Pa., designs, manufactures and distributes material testing equipment for tension, force, hardness, temperature, pressure and other material properties. In November, Ametek added to its capacity by acquiring Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC, Chicago, Ill., provider of outdoor and laboratory material-testing facilities. Atlas facilities test for weather exposure, corrosion, …

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Eco-solvent silver ink

Silver ES3 ink from Mimaki USA, Suwanee, Ga., is now available for its JV33 and CJV30 series of large format printers. Creating eye-catching effects on print products, this new silver ink can be used with compatible printers without having to buy new devices or equipment. With Mimaki’s RIP software Raster Link Pro5 for simplified output, …

Xuron split ring pliers

Compiled by Juli Case We are looking for Xuron split ring pliers for our tent supply kits. Any idea where to find it? We traced the Xuron split ring pliers to the Xuron Corp. They told us that the split ring pliers are mostly used in the jewelry industry to attach small rings. An example …

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SGIA Business Conference

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association will host a Business Development Conference, May 11-12 in Denver, Colo. The conference will focus on opportunities to move up the supply chain and improve competitive position in the retail sector. Opening speaker Carol Spieckerman, president of consulting firm Newmarketbuilders, is scheduled to discuss strategies for achieving success in today’s …

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Estimating programs

Estimator unveiled two programs for offset and wide-format estimating. The “Advanced Job Costing” feature allows immediate analysis of the full estimate. Users can instantly view total and item differences in order to adjust cost changes. More than 10 years of concept and design went into creating the programs, which include set-up and installation in two …

Expanding Ascend facility in South Carolina

Ascend Performance Materials LLC, a Houston, Texas, manufacturer of nylon and other manmade fibers for carpet, apparel, tires and agricultural products, will invest $3.25 million to expand its Greenwood, S.C., facility to add capacity and meet market demands. The Greenwood plant produces nylon fiber for airbags, tire cord and military products, and the expansion will …

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Mark Mordecai discovers new business opportunities

Mark Mordecai engages customers and employees in the process of creating high-performance products. By Sigrid Tornquist “Keeping product lines relevant is really a question of how we can harness the energy and talent of our whole team to make that happen,” says Mark Mordecai, director of business development for Globe Manufacturing LLC, Pittsfield, N.H. “It’s …

Defining freeze cloth

Compiled by Juli Case What is freeze cloth? Freeze cloth is defined more by a purpose than by a particular material. It’s a term used for fabric that’s put over vulnerable plants when a frost is expected. We’ve seen a range of materials used for this purpose, including knit shade cloth and needlepunched nonwoven materials. …

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White paper explains how to make the most of scrap

In a free white paper, Leigh Fibers explains ways manufacturers can turn scrap into useful raw materials, benefiting both the environment and the company’s bottom line. “Waste Should Not Be Wasted—The Top 10 Ways To Make It Work For You,” looks at material reclamation, disposal costs, product development, marketing and liability issues.

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Metallic printing systems

Color-Logic Process Metallic Printing System enables licensed printers to produce metallic effects. Compatible with certain digital presses from Hewlett-Packard Indigo and Xeikon, users with industrial machines capable of five-color printing and running metallic substrates can utilize the Color-Logic process to produce as many as 250 different metallic hues. The system’s software incorporates the metallic substrate …

Electronic edge for athletes

Athletic wear giant Reebok International Ltd., Canton, Mass., announces a new research and development agreement with MC10 Inc., a Cambridge, Mass., company that makes “skin-like” flexible electronics, to develop apparel that monitors and improves sports performance. The intelligent sports apparel could help monitor cardiac status, respiration, sweat or temperature, giving athletes an edge while providing …

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Performance plus: Coatings on demand

On demand: collaborating on fabrics, products and value-added coatings. By Janice Kleinschmidt Just as Clark Kent flexed his super powers when he emerged from a phone booth, fabrics take on high-performance properties when they emerge from today’s high-tech coating processes. In what appears to be a sleight-of-hand trick, a video by P2i shows two boots …

Performance cushioning

Poron® ReSource Cushioning uses a soy polyol that replaces more than 45 percent of the petroleum-based polyol typically used in urethane foam manufacturing. The new-generation cushioning is not only more environmentally friendly, but retains superior cushioning and performance benefits, with an open-cell, breathable technology that is naturally resistant to fungal growth and does not contain …

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Mutoh web resource

Mutoh America Inc. released Mutoh Business Builder (MBB), an online tool that provides market specific information, education and application-driven training. The first module will focus on the Carwrap business and include access to a training video library, a FAQ section, live webinars, reduced rates on training and discounted templates. Customers can gain free access to …

Printable textile line

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group’s Triple White FR is a polyester fabric with a triple layer construction that is compatible with sublimation transfer and UV-cure printing. Ideal for backlit or frontlit applications, trade show graphics, retail point-of-purchase and window graphics, Triple White FR meets the NFPA 701 small-scale flammability standard. It is offered in widths of …