Improved FR elastic

December 1, 2011

Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics introduces FR elastics featuring FR-Flex by Fulflex™ with improved FR capabilities. Well suited for use in garments requiring no-char, no-burn, no-melt or drip performance in firefighter, military, safety, aerospace and specialty applications. Offray’s collection of FR elastics are available in blends of Kevlar®, Nomex® and PBI® in a variety of widths …

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Military tent fabric

Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, Graniteville, S.C., has developed Force FR, a lighter weight, fire-resistant military tent fabric. A polyester with vinyl coating, it’s designed to withstand the harsh impact of wind, rain and sun with water repellency, and UV and mildew resistance. A high-strength and durable product, it’s primarily for use as a liner and plenum …

Chemical barrier solution

Coretech™ from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Kilrush, Ireland, is a new, flexible composite technology platform that enables high performance and less expensive chemical barrier solutions with a variety of materials, including woven and nonwoven reinforcement fabrics, to meet individual requirements for tensile strength, and tear and puncture resistance. The ONESuit® Shield, a Level B hazmat suit, …

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Fabric graphics companies read the signs

Companies in the banner and signage industry adapt to the prevailing business climate. By Janice Kleinschmidt Increasing competition, a volatile economy, new technology, changing standards—just surviving in business these days, let alone flourishing, demands the qualities of a nursery rhyme hero (“Jack be nimble, Jack be quick”). In Jack’s time (the early 1800s), jumping over …

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Exploring aerospace for long-term growth

The aerospace and aeronautics markets can offer long-term rewards for risk-taking fabricators. By Jill Lafferty Following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, astronaut Richard Hauck, commander of the first shuttle flight after the Challenger disaster, explored the idea of risk taking in an article in Air & Space magazine: Given the two disasters, is space exploration …

Keep profitable customers

And let go of those that aren’t By Mark E. Battersby Most business owners or managers know whether the business is profitable. Not all of them, however, are aware that some customers simply don’t make money for them, or not enough money to warrant the amount of services demanded, or provided. The solution is simple …

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Graphics applications expand the potential for nonwovens

By Janice Kleinschmidt Bravo TV celebrity and maternity clothing designer Rosie Pope joined forces with Procter & Gamble to interpret summer 2011’s hottest trends for babies in a line of Pampers Limited Edition prints, and Huggies introduced its own line of denim-look diapers. Both collections are a far cry from the ho-hum white diapers of …

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Temporary basketball arena for the London 2012 Olympics is a winner

By Mason Riddle Faster than you can yell “foul,” sports venues are shooting up in London’s Olympic Park in anticipation of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. This past June, the Olympic Basketball Arena, one of the largest temporary sports venues built, was the fourth structure to be completed more than a year before the …

New agendas for NECPA

Performance fabrics recycling is at the top of the new president’s list. As the new president of the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA, Zone 1), Scott Massey has set performance fabrics recycling at the top of his agenda. He has already begun to pursue this mission through his awning fabrics cleaning business, in cooperation …

Prevailing wage

Compiled by textile professionals I’m in California and need to know what the prevailing wage is for awning installation. Can you advise me? Prevailing wage is something that is used in bidding on public works-related projects, to make sure the wage you’re paying your staff is comparable to what the majority of workers doing similar …