Founder of Pure Filter Solutions to receive 2012 AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award

March 29, 2013

In April, AATCC will honor Nicole Nichols-Wilson, president and founder of Pure Filter Solutions (PFS) as the 2012 recipient of the Association’s Young Entrepreneur Award. Nichols is being recognized for designing, manufacturing and marketing dewatering filtration products that prevent pollution of valuable water resources. Nichols-Wilson was a consultant in the filtration industry during 2006 to …

ORAFOL announces merger of ORACAL USA and ORAFOL Americas Inc.

March 28, 2013

ORAFOL announced the merger of ORACAL USA, of Black Creek, Ga., and ORAFOL Americas Inc. of Avon, Conn. The merger positions the combined company as a leading manufacturer of PSA films, reflective materials and industrial tapes in the America’s. Effective July 1, 2013, both entities will be restructured to form ORAFOL Americas, Inc. with Randall …

Banner Creations’ eco-friendly tote bags garner attention

March 27, 2013

Banner Creations, a Minneapolis, Minn., manufacturer of display products made of Ecophab™ 100-percent post-consumer recycled plastic, takes waste seriously. The company created a division, Scrappy Products, that makes The Green Bag tote from leftover scrap fabric. Each tote contains the equivalent of 10 liter-sized plastic bottles and brags about its earth-friendly characteristics. The slogan on …

Clariant supports water saving efforts in textile manufacturing

March 26, 2013

Clariant supports the textile industry’s efforts toward sustainable freshwater management with the publishing of water-saving tips and technologies in a special edition of its “News Chat” newsletter. Titled “Each Drop Counts – chemical solutions for reduced water consumption”, the publication provides guidance to textile customers willing to join a rising global effort to address water …

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Hemp creates a buzz in new Architecture for Humanity headquarters

March 25, 2013

Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit design services firm, has completed its new headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. Partnering with Gensler for the interior remodel, Architecture for Humanity wanted to provide a flexible, collaborative space for workers who are in constant global communication with their members and overseas offices. Coalesse Bob chairs were selected and upholstered …

My-Villages announces new marine industry Innovation Partners

March 22, 2013

My-Villages, the marine industry’s online collaborative, announced additions to its lineup of Innovation Partners, expanding the company’s program to help marine businesses transform how boating services are coordinated and to enhance customer engagement. Joining The Hinckley Company, the first My-Villages Innovation Partner (MVIP) to come aboard in December 2012 are Marine Professionals Inc. of Fort …

US manufacturing sector energy use and energy intensity down since 2002

March 21, 2013

U.S. Energy Information Administration data indicates a significant decline in the amount of energy used per unit of gross manufacturing output in the U.S. According to the data, total energy consumption in the manufacturing sector decreased by 17 percent from 2002 to 2010. Manufacturing gross output decreased by only 3 percent over the same period. …

Miller Weldmaster sells first T600 Extreme Cover at IFAI Expo

March 20, 2013

TRS Industries, a 30-year veteran tarp repair and manufacturing company, recently purchased Miller Weldmaster’s first T600 Extreme Cover at IFAI Expo Americas 2012 in Boston, Mass. The company cited features such as a bigger machine throat capacity and the same state-of-the-art features as earlier machines as decisive factors for its purchase. Additionally, the oldest of …

Charles Yang to receive prestigious Olney Medal

March 19, 2013

On April 11, AATCC will honor Charles Yang as the 2012 recipient of the Olney Medal for outstanding achievement in the field of textile chemistry. The Olney Medal is the Association’s highest honor. Yang is a world-renowned scholar in the fields of cotton durable press finishing and flame retardant finishing. He has published over 180 …

Sustainable Phifer SheerWeave sun control fabrics

March 18, 2013

Phifer Incorporated has announced its new SheerWeave Style 4000, 4100 and 4400 series fabrics made with sustainable DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers. Phifer is the first and only window coverings manufacturer with exclusive DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ in its fabrics. “Our SheerWeave® interior sun control fabrics were the first to be certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) …

Teijin to exhibit at Eco-Products International Fair in Singapore

March 15, 2013

The Teijin Group announced that it will showcase a range of environmental products and technologies at the Eco-products International Fair (EPIF), Asia’s largest environmental show, which will take place at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, from March 14 to 16. The Teijin Group (booth AB07-1) will present solutions using …

New Fibertect wipes prove viable at cleaning harmful gas and liquids

March 14, 2013

A new version of Fibertect®, a nonwoven decontamination wipe created by researchers at Texas Tech University, has proven more viable at cleaning up a nerve chemical surrogate than the decontamination substance currently used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), which is currently being phased out. Seshadri Ramkumar, lead investigator on the project and inventor …

Northeast Recycling Council announces textile recovery symposium

March 13, 2013

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) will hold a one-day symposium on textile recovery entitled “Collecting Textiles: Make It Work for Your Community” on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Nathan Hale Inn & Conference Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. The goal of the workshop is to provide municipalities, recycling coordinators, colleges and …

Phifer introduces new Sheerweave Style 7000 width, colors

March 12, 2013

Phifer Inc. has announced two new colors and a wider width option to the SheerWeave® Style 7000 blackout fabric line. Canvas, a soft taupe, and Cocoa, a rich, deep brown hue, join Style 7000’s lineup of decorator colors. The new 118-inch width option expands the versatility of Style 7000 for fabrication into larger roller shade …

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories enters third phase of Monster Silkâ„¢ pilot production program

March 11, 2013

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories enters third phase of Monster Silk™ pilot production program Kraig Biocraft Laboratories enters third phase of Monster Silk™ pilot production program Phase three launches after successful first two stages. Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. has launched stage three of its pilot production program. The program is designed to run in three stages, each …

SPESA event to focus on manufacturing technology for sewn products

March 8, 2013

Held in conjunction with the Techtextil North America Show, the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) is holding an ‘Advancement in Manufacturing Technology’ conference on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The event is designed to educate and inform sewn products executives and manufacturing managers on the latest and …

Camira’s hemp fabric accredited into Material ConneXion’s library

March 7, 2013

Camira’s hemp fabric has been accepted into the Material ConneXion library of innovative materials. “Camira is extremely proud our hemp fabric has been recognized by the independent judging panel to achieve the environmental credentials required to be successfully accredited to the Material ConneXion Certificate of Excellence,” said Paul Bennotti, director of business development for Camira. …

Olympic Tent makes a change, sells directly to rental companies

March 6, 2013

Olympic Tent’s rental company clients now have direct access to the 76-year-old manufacturing company. The change allows clients to directly order from the factory for the first time since the 1990s. Owner Scott Sutherland said, “This is an exciting change and a tremendous improvement for our clients because we have removed an expensive and cumbersome …

2013 Emerging Leaders Initiative to help businesses in underserved communities

March 4, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration launched its 2013 Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative, formerly known as e200, in 27 cities and communities across the country. Since 2008 the initiative has trained more than 1,300 small business owners in underserved communities and continues to expand its impact helping small businesses grow and create jobs. The city …

Spider silk sings in violin strings

March 1, 2013

Spider silk, a sticky protein combination that creates flexible threads with the tensile strength of steel, is a natural substance fascinating to material scientists, who have investigated possible applications in everything from ballistic protection to medical devices. The problem is that spiders don’t spin commercial quantities of fiber. Silkworms do, and EntoGenetics Inc. (EGI), a …

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Matching thread with performance

Thread manufacturers keep pace with fabric improvements for consistently reliable performance in end products. By Carla Waldemar You come home with the stylish new jacket you’ve had your eye on—perfect color, perfect fit and a fabric that’ll outlive you—only to find that, all too soon, the seams are starting to give way. Disappointing in a …

Aurora adds new styles

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. announced the addition of Sub-Suede and Universal Knit 400 FR to its Northern Lights™ line of sublimation fabrics. Sub-Suede is a polyester suede fabric and is compatible with both dye sublimation transfer printing and dye sublimation direct printing. Transfer printing produces suede-like feel while direct printing results in a plush, …

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Inflatable project rocks the Superbowl

Superstar Beyoncé blasted onstage for the Super Bowl XLVII half-time performance with special effects, huge sound and pyrotechnics that many suspected had blown the circuits of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The live performance setting designed by Tribe Inc. called for an air-powered 120-by-60-foot fabric recreation of the singer’s hair. Doron Gazit of Air …

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2013 State of the Industry

Part II discusses specific market segments and international industry participants. By Jeff Rasmussen Successful specialty fabrics organizations have made significant investments since 2009 to improve efficiencies in their organizations. They have emphasized a culture in their businesses that focuses resources on perpetual innovation in improving existing products and introducing new products. They have also done …

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Eastman offers JetPRO inkjet system

Eastman Machine Co.’s latest automatic cutting system accessory, JetPRO™ inkjet printing system is an optional gantry-mounted upgrade for Eastman’s CutPRO conveyor and static table systems. It allows full-speed character printing with an ink color and formulas available for most surfaces, offering fast throughput printing compared to more traditional pen or airbrush marking options. A variety …

Dow and Klean Industries to collaborate on recycling

Dow Chemical Co. and Klean Industries Inc., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, have signed a three-year letter of intent to combine their proprietary technologies and expertise to provide “best in class” recycling for mixed plastic wastes. Dow staff recently toured the world’s largest plastics-to-oil recycling plant in Japan, which operates using Klean Industries intellectual property. “This is …

Learn the rules of the Affordable Care Act

Is your alarm going off? By Wayne Mertel Time is ticking away until the next (and most important) date for implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as health care reform. On Jan. 1, 2014 (on Oct. 1, 2013, employees must be notified), many of the most impactful requirements regarding the mandates, …

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Epson introduces dye-sub printers

Epson America announced two roll-fed dye-sub printers—a 44-inch SureColor® F6070 and the 64-inch SureColor F7070. The new SureColor F-Series printers are not only the first dye sublimation models from Epson, but also the first on the market in which every component—from ink and print-head to printer chassis and bulk ink delivery system—is designed and manufactured …

Stretchable conductive wires heal themselves

Researchers at North Carolina State University are exploring ways to prevent the major shut-downs, accidents and safety risks that happen when someone, somewhere, snaps or cuts the wrong electrical wire. The elastic, self-healing wires have a commercially available polymer in which microfluidic channels are cut. The channels are filled with a liquid metal alloy of …

Tackling heavy duty projects

IAA award-winning safety and protective projects tackle unique challenges and succeed. Imagine a 41,000-ton U.S. Navy vessel traveling at seven knots in choppy three-meter-high seas. It is carrying a heavy load of vehicles and container freight. Because of an emergency, the vehicles and containers need to be transferred from this vessel to a supply ship, …

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Prismatic reflective film

Oralite® Series 5900 High Intensity Prismatic Grade Reflective Film is designed to provide superior visibility, day and night, for use on traffic control, guidance, warning and informational signage. The 9-mil, 10-year film features a clear, permanent adhesive for long-term reflectivity, which meets ASTM D 4956 specifications for Type IV, Class 1 retroreflective sheeting, and offers …

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Thrace Linq geotextiles certified by AASHTO

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), in conjunction with the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program, developed an audit program in March 2012 for geotextiles to ensure uniform standards for geotextiles used in transportation projects. Thrace Linq, Summerville, S.C., supplier of woven and nonwoven performance fabrics, successfully complies with the new standards …

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Walking atop the O2 Dome

A walkway above a fabric structure offers an adventurous experience—and a spectacular view of London. This is no walk in the park. The “Up at The O2” adventurer is 53 meters above the ground—safely tethered to the structure—but still, on a walkway only 3 meters wide and 350 meters long, suspended in the air over …

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Global Imaging debuts Orange and Violet

Global Imaging’s PrinterEvolution Evo33 dye sub printer had its color range expanded recently with the introduction of Orange and Violet ink, the first in the industry according to the company. “Orange and Violet colors provide metric accuracy that discerning customers require for Pantone® matching,” says PrinterEvolution CEO Greg Lamb. “This has been important for exhibit …

Source Outdoor adds custom awnings

Outdoor seating, dining and lounging furniture has been the core business of Source Outdoor, Miami, Fla., but the company recently introduced a new division, Source Awnings, to custom design awnings to shade those furnishings. “Many property managers and customers … have mentioned the need for awnings,” says Gerald Shvartsman, CEO. Source Awning can custom design …

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OEKO-TEX planning sustainability program

The Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) program by OEKO-TEX®. The International OEKO-TEX® Association, Zurich, Switzerland, is currently working on an optimized, independent certification for environmentally friendly and socially responsible companies. The objective is to provide globally operating textile brands, retail companies and manufacturers along the textile value chain with trustworthy and transparent documentation of their sustainable …

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After printing: finishing

For excellent finishing of color textile printing, Multi-Plot offers the Ares Plus welding machine, an automatic impulse welding machine with an integrated folding unit for finishing banners, roller blinds, awnings and other similar products. Pneumatically controlled edge guides ensure exact alignment and facilitate welding up to 5 meters in a single operation. SOURCE Multi-Plot

New CEO of Alexium Intl.

Alexium International Group, Greer, S.C., has been successful in product development for its reactive surface treatment technology, calling for a need to build its operational headquarters. Nick Clark, chief financial officer and company secretary, has been appointed CEO to work on building Alexium in the U.S. Clark is a chartered accountant in the U.S., U.K. …

New test criteria for OEKO-TEX Standard 100

New test criteria for Standard 100 effective April 1. The applicable test criteria and limit values for OEKO-TEX Standard 100 product certification have been updated. After a three-month transitional period, the following new regulations will come into force for all certification procedures on April 1, 2013. With these limit values, OEKO-TEX supports the “Zero Discharge …

3M adds colors

3M Commercial Graphics expanded its line of Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080 with the new colors Satin White, Satin Pearl White, Matte Royal Purple, Matte Red, Matte Yellow and Matte Apple Green. SOURCE 3M Commercial Graphics

Marketing team additions at Miller Weldmaster

Jeannette Hendrickson and Anne-Sophie Dorey increased their profiles on the marketing team at Miller Weldmaster, Navarre, Ohio, to help the company meet the growing demands of its international clientele. Both were promoted from within the Miller Weldmaster ranks. Hendrickson has a B.A. in business management from Walsh University and has worked at the company for …

Updated styles of direct disperse fabric

Fisher Textiles has added updated styles in its digital printable fabric line for direct dye sublimation printing, all available 122 inches wide. DD 7866 Vistatex (FR) passes NFPA 701 and Title 19, is bright white and stable in both directions, often used in aluminum framing applications. DD 7817 Soft Knit (FR) is now stocked flame …

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Managing (machine) assets

By Dara Syrkin Operating efficient, effective shops resembles putting together a gigantic jigsaw puzzle: every piece is integral. Your assets—people, equipment and a vision for the future—play vital roles. How will your staff shape the future of your shop? How do you make the most of the equipment you own? Where do risk and progress …

Arlon appoints Torres

Lisandra Torres has been promoted to logistics coordinator at Arlon Graphics LLC, a Santa Ana, Calif., manufacturer of pressure-sensitive cut vinyl, flexible substrates and print media films for digital imaging and printing industries. Torres will manage customer delivery, freight vendor and outside warehouse logistics. She served previously as Arlon’s customer service representative for Asia and …

Detect flaws in leather

Suitable for use with both conveyor and static cutting systems, the LeatherPRO system helps customers working with leather where detection of flaws in the hide is required. Digital defect marking allows up to two operators to mark imperfections simultaneously, allowing the marking of an entire hide in approximately 2.5 minutes. System handles up to six …

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Matching the ink to the job

By Mason Riddle The best printer and fabric in the world will not produce acceptable results if the ink doesn’t match the job and the specifications. This new column is designed to find out what best practices are found in the industry and what advice can be gleaned about inks and their applications. We asked …

Herculite promotes Sparks

Jeff Sparks, an avid supporter of the industrial fabrics industry, will manage the custom fabrics and general purpose fabrics segments of Herculite’s Performance and Custom Products Division—in addition to the Tent and Structures Products Division. Sparks has worked with Emigsville, Pa.-based Herculite for seven years, bringing a wealth of knowledge in product development and applications, …

Fabrics withstand winter temperatures

Most coated fabrics will stiffen and crack when exposed to winter weather; WeatherMax undergoes no change in its properties even at –40 degrees, remaining pliable through punishing weather. A recommended choice for boat covers, enclosures, tents and tops where both appearance and performance matter, it can also be used in applications such as portable ice …

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Fabric graphics cover the outdoors

Fabric graphics dress up everything from buildings to construction sites in outdoor applications. By Holly O’Dell When it comes to fabric graphics applications for outdoor use, the guiding principle is this: If you can envision it, you can create it. Projects have moved beyond the realm of digitally printed awnings—still a profitable venture for many …

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Cockpit enclosure offers maximum visibility

[Bennett Custom Canvas Inc.] Toronto, Ont., Canada A very tall client wanted a redesign of a full center cockpit enclosure on a 46-foot steel ketch to provide maximum height inside for visibility. He also wanted a waterproof fabric for the roof, sturdy framework and easy functioning panels for the front window, entry points to the …