Optitex releases Version 12.3 software

July 31, 2014

New PDS features include a design tool and inventory module. Version 12.3 of Optitex Pattern Design Software (PDS) includes new tools to improve the design and development workflow, as well as inventory utilization. The new Printed Fabric Tool simplifies the accurate positioning of style pieces on printed fabric. Designers are able to see how the …

Impulsa Sewing Machines names North American distributor

July 30, 2014

Global Imaging will distribute two machines and multiple work stations. Global Imaging, the leading integrator of wide and grand format printing, has been named the North American distributor of Germany-based Impulsa Sewing Machines. Global CEO Greg Lamb says the addition of Impulsa machines and accessories allows the company to provide a finishing product to its …

Tough but stylish

July 29, 2014

An almost-bulletproof shoe from O.A.M.C. Over All Mastercloth (O.A.M.C.) is a high-end clothing maker redefining men’s workwear. A project initiated by Carhartt Work in Progress, the European licensee of Carhartt Manufacturing, Irvine, Ky., strives to deliver upscale modern workwear that is fashionable and durable. One of O.A.M.C’s newest products is a shoe made by French …

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A new generation of PU-coated fabrics

July 28, 2014

Waterborne PU technology from Bayer MaterialScience replaces solvent-based processes. Bayer MaterialScience announced the launch of INSQIN™, a waterborne polyurethane (PU) technology that allows PU-coated fabrics to be manufactured without solvent while reducing water consumption by up to 95 percent and energy consumption by up to 50 percent in the coating process. Available for a wide …

Sefar Vision wins 2014 Glass Magazine award

July 25, 2014

Glass interlayer named “Most Innovative Decorative Glass Product.” Vision, a metal-coated fabric interlayer for glass from Sefar Architecture, won the 2014 Glass Magazine award for “Most Innovative Decorative Glass Product.” Nominations were submitted by Glass Magazine to a panel of judges representing all segments of the glass and glazing industry. Vision designs can be created …

IntelloCut wins Venture Engine 2014

July 24, 2014

Intelligent material management system for sewn products industry. IntelloCut, the flagship product developed by Threadsol Software Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, won the 2014 start-up funding competition Venture Engine, held July 3 at The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. An enterprise material management system, IntelloCut saves up to 10 percent on material costs for the …

SBA awards $2 million in FAST grants

July 23, 2014

Program support for 22 universities and organizations. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded grants totaling $2 million to 22 state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities. These grants will support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses under SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program. The FAST program …

TenCate expands MiraSpec software

July 22, 2014

Added support for flexible pavement and road design. TenCate Geosynthetics has made improvements and expansions to its MiraSpec Design Solutions Software, a tool for engineers to design cost-effective paved and unpaved roadways by incorporating geosynthetics. New features will allow a designer to perform roadway designs with and without geosynthetics, and to calculate the cost and …

Acacia’s device profiling patent ruled invalid

July 21, 2014

Patent asserted against 32 companies. The U.S. Court of Appeals has confirmed that a device profile patent asserted by a subsidiary of the non-practicing entity Acacia Research Corporation against Electronics For Imaging Inc. (EFI) and 31 other companies is invalid. Digitech Image Technologies LLC filed a patent infringement suit in a California federal court in …

BondCote Corp. launches new website

July 18, 2014

More news updates, product information BondCote Corp., Pulaski, Va., has launched a new website designed to keep customers and potential customers better informed on company products and news. The new site will feature more news updates, product information and access to a company newsletter, with articles from the president and chief executive officer. A newsletter …

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Cotton Inc. wins recycling innovator award

July 17, 2014

Recognition for Blue Jeans Go Green™ program. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the Bureau of International Recycling’s Textiles Division (BIR) and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) held the first International Textile Recycling Summit (ITRS), June 2, in Miami, Fla. Conference attendees discussed trends, concerns and emerging markets in the used clothing …

AATCC offers online training videos

July 16, 2014

Test methods and evaluation procedures explained. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) has launched a selection of test method online training videos featuring visual demonstrations of 11 popular AATCC test methods and six evaluation procedures. They include text and audio narration of step-by-step instruction and demonstrations of correct techniques. Four separate training …

Printing applications from Mimaki USA

July 15, 2014

Wide format printing applications displayed at ISA 2014. Mimaki USA displayed its product line for applications in the sign and display, textile and apparel, and industrial printing markets, at the 2014 ISA International Sign Expo, held in Orlando, Fla., April 25-27. Its featured product, the Mimaki JFX200-2513 LED UV-curable flatbed printer, offers the same operational …

Larson Electronics releases 300-watt LED light fixture

July 14, 2014

Explosion-proof fixture for recessed mounting. Larson Electronics has released a 300-watt, Class 1, Division 2 hazardous location lay-in LED light fixture designed for recessed panel mounting. The aluminum body and LED lamp give the HAL-LI-48-2X150LED durability and resistance to vibration and impacts. The housing is specially designed to dissipate heat, which increases the efficiency and …

Stay safe with window film

July 11, 2014

Tips from IWFA. The International Window Film Association (IWFA) has offered tips to protect drivers and homeowners, specifically during summer months. Windows around a home’s entryway can be an inviting target for thieves to break into, and FBI reports have shown increased break-ins during the months of July and August. According to Darrell Smith, IWFA …

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Birdair lands Arthur Ashe Stadium contract

July 10, 2014

Retractable roof to be installed by 2016. Birdair Inc. was selected by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and architectural design and planning firm Rossetti to supply a 210,000-square-foot, PTFE membrane, retractable roof for the Arthur Ashe Stadium, with expected installation by 2016. The roof is part of a five-year transformation of the USTA Billie …

Banker Wire updates catalog

July 9, 2014

Several new products introduced. Banker Wire, leading manufacturer of woven wire mesh, has released an updated catalog showcasing its new products. The catalog focuses on architectural products and includes more than 60 of Banker Wire’s most popular specifications. It also explains the various ways in which the products can be customized and manufactured for almost …

World-renowned color management experts to speak at AATCC workshop

July 8, 2014

Color management workshop will be held Aug. 26-27. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) will hold a color management workshop Aug. 26-27 at the AATCC Technical Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Color management experts will discuss color principles and the effect of lighting; factors to consider when developing a color palette …

GIZ and Huntsman Textile Effects partner

July 7, 2014

GIZ Chemical Environmental Management for Competitiveness Program to raise chemical management industry standards for textile mills in Bangladesh. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a German federal agency that promotes sustainable development around the world, and Huntsman Textile Effects, a leading global provider of high-quality dyes and textiles chemicals, are cooperating to raise chemical …

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Infection prevention

July 4, 2014

The Hohenstein Institute puts antimicrobial products and hygiene precautions to the test. Antimicrobial products can play an important role in preventing hospital-acquired infections. The Hohenstein Institute, Boennigheim, Germany, tests products that incorporate antimicrobial technologies for their compliance with international standards and certifies their effectiveness on the basis of type testing. Products come from a range …

“Green” shade fabrics from Phifer

July 3, 2014

Eco-friendly shading solution offers responsible light management and energy savings. Phifer Inc. SheerWeave® 4000 series fabrics are now made with Dow Ecolibrium™ bio-based plasticizers, combining the durability of vinyl-coated polyester with the latest in green vinyl technology for an eco-friendly shading solution that offers responsible light management and energy savings. This green technology is exclusive …

New high-performance fabric from Teijin

July 2, 2014

Delta 2000 designed for use in outerwear. Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber products converting company, has developed Delta 2000, an advanced, high-comfort, high-density fabric suited for use in outerwear. As the latest addition to Teijin Frontier’s Delta series of high-performance materials designed for sporting applications, Delta 2000 has a distinctive structure comprising …

Protect your people

July 1, 2014

And keep workers’ compensation costs under control. By William J. Lynott If you’re a typical specialty fabrics business owner, workers’ compensation costs—or the threat of them—can quickly become a major expense burden. Almost every business in the United States that has employees must deal with the cost of workers’ compensation; it’s a perennial issue, but …

INSIGHT + VISION for consumer nonwovens

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, hosts the VISION Consumer Products Conference each year, focusing on the absorbent product and disposable hygiene market segments. In May, INDA purchased the INSIGHT International Conference from Marketing Technology Service Inc. (MTS), Kalamazoo, Mich., combining the two events into the largest event of its kind. The INSIGHT …

Making connections

Providing superior fastening products and trim to a global marketplace, American Plastics, established in 1986, supplies products to North and South America, Europe, Russia, Asia and Australia. Products include zippers, webbing, narrow binding tape, hook and loop, cordage, elastic, thread, fabric and mesh; used on backpacks, truck covers, swimming pool covers, garments, hunting and the …

Marine specialties

Manart-Hirsch is a direct mill distributor, converter and importer of marine and recreational fabrics, hardware, fasteners and supplies. Company stocks all sizes, ranging from ¾- to 1 ¼-inch hardware. Specializing in the marine markets, all the fittings and fasteners needed to do the job right are kept on hand. Fittings are made from high quality …

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Lesson plans

Recycling Rangers program a success; NCTO meets with EURATEX. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) is well on its way to the goal of reaching more than one million students within the first three years of its elementary student educational project. For the second consecutive school year, SMART provided no-cost lesson plans to …

Solar power: you wear it well

Dephotex, a project funded by the European Union to develop solar-powered clothing, has been at the forefront of methods to make photovoltaic material light and flexible enough to be worn. “Flexible, light and durable solar cells embedded in fabrics are expected to be available in the very near future,” says Dephotex project manager Fanny Breuil …

Leave ’em hanging

American Keder’s most popular products include nylon Crocodile Hangers®â€”an easy, quick, secure and cost-effective curtain/fabric wall hanger system. The one-piece design eliminates the need for a separate back plate and is available in ball, calotte and bar slider forms, straight and bent hooks, and rollers for regular and keder track rails. The company’s new Pelikan …

Metal components

Linal Inc. is a supplier of custom components for a wide variety of industries and markets, specializing in metal components such as castings, wire forms, stampings and machined parts. A commodity hardware line is also available, comprised of buckles, snap hooks, D-rings and other components for webbing, strap and rope applications. Markets served include tents, …

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Designer protection

From t-shirts to suits, antiballistic garments go high-fashion. By Janet Preus, senior editor When President Barack Obama strolled down the street following his inauguration in 2009, it was a bold move in the eyes of many. Although details of the President’s attire were not made available to the press, we do know that he was …

Wired for hound: animal wearables

Wearable technology is the buzz among global corporations vying to produce the jacket that charges a cell phone, helmet that becomes an airbag or sports bra that measures heart rate. A new report from IDTechEx, a Cambridge, U.K., business research firm, suggests that wearable technologies are also going to the dogs… cats… and other domestic …

Asphalt Anchors

Unique BoltHold™ Anchors are specifically designed for asphalt. The anchors are flush-mounted to the asphalt and specially designed to overcome the asphalt’s weakness in two ways—they are unusually long, and they bond with a hard grout that fills the crevices in the asphalt and the gravel below it, to distribute the forces over a large …

Worth the weight

Tent weights are the very foundation of outdoor display booths; Happifeet™ Weight Systems provide a solid-steel tent weight designed to secure and stabilize 10 x 10 foot and 10 x 20 foot tents in windy conditions. Happifeet allows for precise distribution of weight on the ground, making it nearly impossible for the tent to move …

A sleeping (bear) bag

Bruno the brown bear became a bit of a celebrity when he roamed from his home in the Italian Alps into Bavaria—the first bear sighting in Germany in around 170 years. Unfortunately, the government determined that he was a threat and saw it necessary to shoot him in 2006, despite opposition from animal lovers. Netherlands-based …

Martex Fiber installs reclamation line

Martex Fiber recently expanded its Spartanburg, S.C., plant capacity by more than 20 percent by installing a fiber reclamation line to produce additional value-added fibers for use in the automotive, upholstery and yarn sectors. The expansion is part of the company’s “No Fiber Left Behind” program, which saves textile waste from landfills by ensuring that …

Field-tested fasteners

Rome Fastener provides a broad variety of fastener products to diverse industries, including snaps, rivets, rings, grommets, eyelets and buckles. The company’s products are used in everything from everyday items like jeans or baby clothes to more complex products such as automotive materials, medical ECG/EKG monitoring pads, NASA space suits and military applications. Based in …

Marine grade

DOT® Durable 316 Marine Grade Stainless by Scovill includes a heavy-duty 316 grade stainless steel construction of all components. Snap fastener is non-magnetic with a bright, shiny finish, recommended for saltwater conditions. It resists harsh chemicals and cleaners, and offers improved performance and corrosion resistance in the most severe environments. Heavy-duty construction assures a firm …

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“Skinning the box”

The challenge is finding the right materials in architectural applications. Is the building cladding going to be massive and highly insulated, or is it going to be layer upon layer of thin insulating materials? Will the south and west sides be completely glazed or mostly opaque? The most important challenge in designing and constructing a …

REPREVE Recycling Center to expand

Unifi Inc. has announced the expansion of its REPREVE® Recycling Center, which opened in Yadkinville, N.C., in May 2010. Capacity at the center will increase from 42 million pounds to 72 million pounds annually, driven by demand from new customer adoptions, with companies such as Ford, The North Face, Nike, Volcom and Patagonia. “As we …

Patio awning support

To keep retractable patio awnings secure when extended, a well-constructed and sturdy patio awning brace is used as a retractable awning support. While there are many awning accessory choices available, Awning Assist Brace provides a product that will not only be supportive, but also help reduce wear to the awning caused by wind. It also …

Tough nylon

SP-35 HT Nylon Snaps are certified to NFPA 2112 demanding specifications. Made from a unique HT nylon formulation, the SP-35 is designed for long-term durability under normal conditions, but also works when exposed to temperatures of 500 degrees (F) for up to 5 minutes. Available in 20 and 24 ligne sizes, it makes an attractive …

Trust the process

James Gallagher manages projects from conception to completion–by paying attention to detail and practicing transparency. By Sigrid Tornquist At the end of the day our work isn’t only about making a sale; it’s about engaging in relationships where we understand client application, identify and capture projects’ needs and then see them all the way through,” …

DAP America is exclusive Pfaff importer

DAP America Inc., Norcross, Ga. (formerly Dürkopp Adler America Inc.), has been named the exclusive importer of Pfaff Industrial machinery and spare parts for the Western Hemisphere. With this new relationship, Pfaff intends to accelerate response times and improve service levels for customers of its sewing and seam welding technology in the Americas. DAP is …

Smooth sailing

In the marine hardware industry, Coletech specializes in stainless steel rings, adjusters, webbing hardware and wire forming. Used in everything from sails to heavy lifting springs to life-saving equipment, Coletech’s hardware has been used in a variety of applications. The CamberSpar®, which was originally developed and patented by Bierig Sailmakers in 1981, gives variable shape …

Quality fasteners

Leading resource of engineered thermoplastic and metal fasteners offers the highest quality and workmanship, with a complete line of buckles, loops, hooks, cord locks and other fasteners. The plastic side-release buckle is the most popular seller, for web belts, pet products, outdoor straps, backpacks and more. An updated reflective plastic buckle is also becoming popular. …

Snapshot: If you build it…

By Sigrid Tornquist In the town of Kenora in northern Ontario, Canada, a waterfront initiative to create a space for people to gather and attend events became a memorable collaborative effort for James Gallagher and Tensile Integrity Inc. Using city, federal and community funding, Tensile erected the Harbourdome Project in the spring of 2011, since …

TenFab offers limited lifetime warranty

As a maker of tensioned fabric displays, TenFab Design LLC, Lincolnwood, Ill., strives to make rugged and long-lasting products. In May, the company put its confidence in writing, offering a limited lifetime warranty that protects purchasers from any defects in workmanship or materials in TenFab products for 10 years. “We’ve always gone the extra mile …

Smarter grommeting

Edward Segal Inc. offers customers a range of sizes and capabilities, and in some instances, an option of new or rebuilt machines. Model 3P5 is a portable pneumatic press specifically designed for grommet applications. At only 22 pounds, 17 inches tall, 4 inches wide and 11 inches deep, the powerful compact press is capable of …

Corrosion-resistant zippers

YKK Marine Mates® UV Vislon® zippers are designed to last four times longer than standard zippers. With resistance to corrosion and damage that can be caused by direct sunlight, Marine Mates zippers are highly recommended for marine applications. Created with better water repellency than standard zippers, Marine Mates can handle any outdoor application, and feature …