UL-STR to present textile seminars

July 31, 2012

UL-STR, an independent provider of quality assurance (QA) testing, audit, inspection and responsible sourcing services for the consumer products industry, will present two textile seminars—“An Introduction to Colour Management, Colour Appearance and Assessment” on Aug. 15, 2012, and “An Introduction to Fabric and Garment Testing” on Aug. 22, 2012—at its U.K. laboratory in Nottingham. The …

Geosynthetics industry poised to grow as Gulf Coast restoration ramps up

July 30, 2012

Restore Act will increase environmental remediation, spur economic growth, according to a Duke University report What are geosynthetics and why are they central to the creation of jobs and expansion of coastal restoration projects? A July 26 press release from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) describes a new Duke University study, “Geosynthetics: Coastal Management Applications …

New matte and gloss colors for ORACAL® wrapping film

July 27, 2012

Oracal USA is pleased to announce 57 new eye-catching matte and gloss colors to its top-performing ORACAL® Series 970RA Wrapping Cast Film with RapidAir® technology. Series 970RA is a 4 mil, cast, solid colored wrapping film that is well-suited for applications over uneven or curved surfaces, rivets or corrugations, and requires no additional lamination. This …

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New matte and gloss colors for ORACAL® wrapping film

Oracal USA is pleased to announce 57 new eye-catching matte and gloss colors to its top-performing ORACAL® Series 970RA Wrapping Cast Film with RapidAir® technology. Series 970RA is a 4 mil, cast, solid colored wrapping film that is well-suited for applications over uneven or curved surfaces, rivets or corrugations, and requires no additional lamination. This …

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Uncertainty in EU and U.S. textile and clothing markets

July 26, 2012

Textile and clothing markets are likely to remain subdued in 2012, given the considerable uncertainty in the global economy and the fact that the debt crisis in the Eurozone continues to hit business and consumer confidence, according to Textile Outlook International from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. In the EU economy, the recovery …

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Roland DGA introduces Summer Rebate program

July 25, 2012

Roland DGA Corp. has introduced a Summer Rebate program, offering manufacturer rebates on selected wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters. Now through the end of August, you can take advantage of a $1,000 factory rebate on the purchase of a Roland VersaCAMM VS-540 or VS-640 Printer/Cutter. Even larger rebates of $2,000 and $4,000 are available on …

Q-Lab named a top workplace for 2012

Q-Lab Corp., a worldwide leader in accelerated lightfastness and weathering test equipment, is pleased to announce that The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently named them one of the top 40 best small businesses to work for in northeast Ohio. Employees and community members nominated more than 1000 companies, nonprofits and government agencies to participate in an …

OMNOVA Solutions facilities recognized for safety excellence by the ACC

July 24, 2012

OMNOVA Solutions’ Global Technology Center in Akron, Ohio, and specialty chemicals facilities in Green Bay, Wisc., Fitchburg, Mass., and Calhoun, Ga., were recognized with Certificates of Excellence by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for their safety achievements in 2011. These awards were presented in recognition of each location’s outstanding safety results as part of their …

Run health monitoring devices with knee power

July 23, 2012

A pizzicato sounds like it might be a type of tiny flute or mini pizza; in reality it is a ring the size of a roll of masking tape that may eliminate the need for batteries to run heart-rate monitors, pedometers and accelerometers. The pizzicato knee-joint energy harvester, developed by a U.K. research team from …

Rental Hall of Fame nominations now being accepted

July 20, 2012

The American Rental Association (ARA) is now seeking nominations for the 2013 Hall of Fame induction. The induction will be during the keynote session at The Rental Show in Las Vegas. Nominations are due Aug. 1. To qualify for induction into the Rental Hall of Fame, an individual must be a leader within the rental …

SBA resources: dealing with laws and regulations

July 19, 2012

Whether you are hiring your first employee, formalizing your business structure, or applying for a license, you’ll encounter a hairball of ever-changing federal, state and local rules and regulations. To help business owners unravel the hairball and get answers, SBA.gov offers a variety of helpful tools and resources. 1. Comply With Universal Business Laws SBA.gov’s …

Clariant launches breakthrough sustainable water-repellent technology to outdoor market

July 18, 2012

Clariant opens up a new level of performance to the outdoor gear and equipment markets with the launch of fluorine-free water repellent Arkophob® FFR. The new agent is an exclusive proposition for retailers and brands, bringing together fluorine-free chemistry and long-lasting, high water-repellence performance. Developed through intensive R&D efforts by the global textiles solutions provider, …

Camira upholstery fabrics achieve European Union Ecolabel certification

July 17, 2012

U.K.-based textile innovator Camira Fabrics has achieved an important environmental certification mark for its premium upholstery fabrics Blazer and Blazer Check: the European Union Ecolabel. The EU Ecolabel helps to identify products and services that have a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle, from the sourcing of raw material (pure new wool in this …

CORDURA brand sponsors Arctic Row’s world-record attempt

July 16, 2012

INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand is sponsoring team Arctic Row on their world-record attempt to row 1,300 miles in 30 days across the Arctic Ocean in July. The nonstop, unsupported row is the first of its kind, launching from Inuvik, Canada, and landing in Providenya, Russia. The four-man adventure crew will be outfitted in gear made with …

Phifer screening products meet elite GREENGUARD Select Certification

July 13, 2012

A host of popular Phifer Inc. screening products—BetterVue®, UltraVue®, PetScreen® and TuffScreen®—have attained the new, elite GREENGUARD Select Certification from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), ensuring healthier air quality. Phifer’s insect screening collection is also certified as meeting the stringent GREENGUARD Children and Schools standards for commercial use. The new GREENGUARD Select Certification ProgramSM is …

Dunmore Corp. expands manufacturing production for thin film products

July 12, 2012

Dunmore Corp. has expanded its U.S. and European manufacturing capacity for high-performance thin film products with major investments in new production lines at its Brewster, N.Y., and Freiburg, Germany, facilities. The two production lines are the centerpiece of Dunmore’s Gemini Series coating and laminating process, designed to make production of the most technically challenging thin …

Repreve featured in swimwear from Eco Swim by Aqua Green

July 11, 2012

Eco Swim™ by Aqua Green™ introduces eco-friendly swimwear made with REPREVE® recycled fibers. REPREVE, made by Unifi Inc., is made from 100 percent recycled materials. “At Eco Swim, our passion is swimwear, but as a family company we also have a longtime passion for reducing our carbon footprint so future generations can enjoy the beauty …

JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences to co-locate with IFAI Expo 2012

July 10, 2012

JEC Composites will further expand its offerings in the Americas this fall with the opening of its inaugural JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Nov. 7–9, 2012. The event will provide a premiere venue for composites designers, manufacturers and suppliers to showcase their technologies, expand their expertise, network …

AATCC Seventh Annual Materials Research Poster Competition winners

July 9, 2012

The winners of the 2012 AATCC Materials Research Poster Competition have been selected. The competition aims to promote innovative product development from a material structures design perspective. Submissions were invited from both graduate and undergraduate students. The three themes/categories of this year’s competition were: Industrial/Technical/Sports Materials, Medical/Biomedical/Protective Materials and Devices, and Functional/Smart/Nano Materials. This year’s …

New “Eco” Tesco store features sculptural Skylar Canopies from Fabric Architecture Ltd.

July 6, 2012

As part of a regeneration of the South Bank area, a new Tesco Extra store has just opened. Designed and built using sustainable methods and materials, and utilizing a range of techniques that reduce the supermarket’s carbon footprint by up to 50 percent (compared to a store built three years ago), the new store is …

Demand for reconstruction materials benefits Japanese technical textile producers

July 5, 2012

Technical textile production in Japan continued to increase in 2011 after growing substantially in the previous year, according to a report in the latest issue of Technical Textile Markets from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Total output was up by 3.1 percent in 2011 following an 18.7 percent jump in 2010, which came …

S.C. Congressman Wilson visits Graniteville Specialty Fabrics

July 3, 2012

Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, a recognized leader in the production of specialty coatings and coated fabrics, has announced that Congressman Joe Wilson, U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s second congressional district, toured their production facility recently and saw firsthand the innovative and historic contributions the company has made that are now used worldwide. “The history of this …

Redefining color and vision with thread

July 2, 2012

“Andante green,” a room-sized installation in the Nevada Museum of Art, consists of fine Egyptian cotton thread and staples—and suggests that these simple materials can evoke a landscape of shifting color, light and shadow that “spans the outer reaches of our peripheral vision,” according to artist Anne Lindberg. Lindberg, artist and former teacher at the …

Duro Textiles to use Alexium FR treatment

July 1, 2012

Duro Textiles LLC, Fall River, Mass., is working on an exclusive commercial agreement with Alexium International Group to license Alexium’s novel flame retardant (FR) treatment for nylon and other synthetics. Duro’s military products include light to heavyweight fabrics used in ponchos, tents and uniforms, and the Alexium FR treatment can add value to these products. …

Welder uses RF energy to create accurate seals

How can I…Easily create pockets and hems, join panel sections and weld clear vinyl to reinforced fabric? Here’s how: Using RF energy to create a seal, the 10 KW Deep Throat R.F. Bar Welder uses real-time power control for accuracy and repeatability. The programmable logic controller (PLC) notifies the operator if the process didn’t fall …

Cutting technology saves floor space

How can I…Use less power, save floor space but increase throughput? Here’s how: Rapid Rotary cutting technology “rolls up” the cutting table with a multispeed feeder to pull the material from the roll and guide it into the machine at low tension, allowing long patterns to be completed in one continuous cut. Especially for: Performance …

Cradle-to-Cradle certification for Mermet fabrics

Cortina and Siena, two PVC-free, 100-percent recyclable solar-protection fabrics manufactured by Mermet, Cowpens, S.C., have received Cradle-to-Cradle silver certification. Cradle-to-Cradle CertifiedCM products meet criteria for human safety, environmental health, design for future use and sustainable manufacturing. Certified products are recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building …

High-frequency welder provides easy-to-use interface

How can I…Boost production speed and maintain top-quality welds? Here’s how: Featuring a SIEMENS TP Comfort Panel, the FIAB 900 high-frequency welder provides an easy-to-use, menu-guided user interface with unlimited storage capacity. Outputting anywhere from 10-26 kW, the full line of FIAB 900 machines can weld surfaces between 400-1040 cm2. Especially for: Tarpaulins, tents, pool …

Cutting table makes precision cuts

How can I…Make precision cuts at low cost? Here’s how: The BasicManual cutting table can cut single or multiple levels of industrial fabrics. A bi-directional blade and inlay rotary-scissor cutting method insures edge quality, and a full-width squaring arm helps get accurate squaring and cutting. Especially for: Shades, posters, billboards, signs and banners. SOURCE Novaseal …

Supplemental seatbelt designed by Autoliv

Seatbelts save lives, and the conventional three-point seatbelt reduces the risk of serious head injury in frontal crashes by 45-75 percent. Other crash types, such as side impact or rollover accidents, pose different problems, so Autoliv Inc., Stockholm, Sweden, has developed a two-point shoulder seatbelt that helps hold the shoulder not restrained by the three-point …

RF heat sealers feature continuous rotary movement

How can I…Use less energy to heat seal large products that can’t be easily moved? Here’s how: Hall Dielectric’s Continuous Rotary RF heat sealers use a patented combination of RF and continuous rotary movement to make seamless RF seals without stopping or overlapping. Staging the material to limit handling issues and defects, the continuous rotary …

Laser processor features optional automated unwind and rewind

How can I…Save money on laser processing of rolled materials? Here’s how: Based on a belt drive motion system, The PGL Inspire 180C uses a 70W laser to cut parts before advancing them to the unload area. Optional automated unwind and rewind stations can fully automate the cutting process, or parts can be removed manually. …

Leister wins red dot: honorable mention

The red dot product design competition gathers more than 14,000 participants from 70 nations to vie for the approval of design experts. Leister Technologies AG, a Swiss manufacturer of plastic welding and hot air equipment, submitted the TRIAC AT, a hot air tool, to the competition. Product criteria include innovation, creativity, functionality, ease of use …

Heat gun makes quick, remote repairs

How can I…Make quick, remote thermoplastic repairs in environments where 1600 W power is unavailable? Here’s how: Capable of reaching 968 F, the BAK RiOn 700W heat gun can be paired with a Honda EU 1000 inverter generator to make quick repairs and operate up to four hours on less than one gallon of fuel. …

Multifunctional machine automates several tasks

How can I…Automate several tasks at once? Here’s how: A multifunctional machine, the HC-51 series of hot and cold automatic strip will replace manual labor by automating repetitive work in cutting, sealing, line marking and hole punching on webbing. Features a programmable counter and touch screen control panel, and accommodates special shapes. Especially for: Bullet-proof …

EPA recognizes OMNOVA plant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 office recently honored the OMNOVA Solutions Fitchburg, Mass., specialty chemical facility with an Environmental Merit Award. The Fitchburg facility reduced its consumption of natural gas, electricity and water by one-third in five years, while also reducing its own emissions. The plant also donated more than $27,000 annually …

Lightweight welder and shrinker for indoor and outdoor use

How can I…Weld and shrink plastic as effectively outdoors as indoors? Here’s how: The TRIAC AT combines ergonomic design with an e-Drive operating unit and display for intuitive and flexible welding and shrinking power. With easy-to-clean air filters and a protective tube and casement, the TRIAC AT is a clean, lightweight tool well-suited for both …

Textile software integrates with mobile apps

The issue: Mobility is essential. Resolved: with the Software ToolSet that enhances ERP Textile/Enterprise Software and integrates mobile apps with Apple, Android and BlackBerry smart phones and tablets to provide real-time, mobile information for interaction anytime, anywhere. SOURCE Jomar Softcorp Intl.

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Zeppelin stars in NASA mission

Astronomers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have stars in their eyes—and that starlight interferes with views of distant planets. This spring, NASA will test its first starshade, a disk-shaped screen that blocks light from the atmosphere to give scientists a better look. To lift the starshade to a sufficient height and allow …

Dogsled bag provides extreme sport support

[CYA Canvas] Helena, Mont. For a wilderness dogsled race, a musher and team of 16 dogs traveled more than 100 miles a day over wilderness mountains, rivers, tundra and sea ice. A dogsled bag by CYA Canvas was designed to carry a specified amount of food, water, supplies and survival gear for the musher and …

Welder equipped with adjustable tubing guide

How can I…Weld together tubes without using different tubing guides for every diameter? Here’s how: Equipped with an adjustable tubing guide, the T-300 Extreme Flex™ can be incorporated into a filter system, enabling the operator to feed nonwoven fabric through the machine and weld together filter tubes or bags without investing in extra guides. Especially …

Alternative financing options for equipment purchases

Friends, investors, vendors, finance companies and the U.S. government can all make good business partners. By Mark E. Battersby Purchasing equipment is one of the most important tasks facing specialty fabric professionals. Obtaining financing, especially the right type of financing at an affordable cost, can be difficult—but it’s not impossible even in today’s economy. For …

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Designing with folded fabric pyramids

Students at Parsons The New School for Design in New York spent a semester investigating the properties of textiles as “soft structures.” They wanted to work with Xorel, a paper-backed woven textile created by Carnegie Fabrics, Rockville Center, N.Y., to develop an exhibit for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in May 2012. “The project …

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Beautiful, functional reupholstered chairs

[Buckminster Upholstery] Falls City, Neb. A customer of Buckminster Upholstery wanted to redo three old chairs to use in a home theater. The company set about a complete restoration by refinishing exposed wood, including the beautiful grooved and curved trim over the arms and on the front of the chairs. New springing and padding were …

Fast welder eliminates need for generator

How can I…Ditch the generator and cut my set-up costs in half? Here’s how: Up to five times faster than a hand welder, the Walkable Welder only requires a standard 110-volt power source, eliminating the need for an expensive generator. Designed to be compact and engineered for optimum airflow, the Walkable is capable of welding …

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Building flexibility: Dynamic membrane structures

Dynamic membrane structures can change in form, surfaces, size and shape to adapt to a desired outcome. By Mark Zeh One of the enduring visions in the use of membranes and fabrics in architecture is that structural volumes can dynamically respond to people and the environment. This vision is of buildings that can expand, contract …

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Canopies create outer space for school

Tania Cantoni, marketing and fund-raising manager for St. Peter’s Catholic School in Surrey, England, knows that many schools across the United Kingdom struggle to find adequate space in outdated buildings. More than 1,200 St. Peter’s students press into cramped corridors and a small dining hall, and Cantoni could see that the school was running out …

Customizing a classic chair

[Kipe’s Upholstery] Hagerstown, Md. Updating a well-built, quality piece of classic furniture proved to be an ideal focal point for Kipe’s Upholstery at a local home show. The chair, purchased at a used furniture store for $50, took on a contemporary, custom look created by a striking black and white sunburst pattern. The black and …

Direct-to-fabric printer with production-style speed

The d.Gen Teleios Grande is a direct-to-fabric printer with production-style speed. Best used on 100 percent polyester fabrics for digital imaging of display frame and roll-up systems, banners, wallpaper, light boxes, inflatables and pop-up displays. SOURCE Media One USA

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The state of the Australian outdoor textile industry—and what’s needed

Industry endures struggles; explores possibilities for growth. By Christopher Nolan Editor’s note: Since this article was published in the July issue of Specialty Fabrics Review, updated industry data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has been issued. Christopher Nolan supplied us with the new figures in July 2012, which are reflected in this copy. In …