New ASTM textiles standard proposed

October 20, 2014

Test method will be useful in measuring thermal properties of textiles. A proposed new ASTM International standard will test the thermal effusivity of materials. Thermal effusivity is a measure of how a material exchanges heat with another material with which it is in contact. Measuring this will reveal the rate at which a fabric absorbs …

Top Value Fabrics launches new print media website

October 17, 2014

Redesign is more engaging, makes searching easier. Top Value Fabrics, Carmel, Ind., has launched a new print media website, with the goal of showcasing its product lines while keeping the customer at the center. The website is designed to be more engaging and easily searchable. Three new search methods are available, allowing printers to search …

Teijin’s CFRTP technology transforms manufacturing

October 16, 2014

New, recyclable thermoplastic resin helps speed up production. In 2011 the Japan-based Teijin Group built the body structure of a four-seat concept car using its carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP). The body was formed in one minute and weighs only 47 kilograms, a fifth of a comparable steel structure, achievements that represent a new world …

U.S. Department of Labor awards 2014 WIF grants

October 15, 2014

Eleven organizations in nine states awarded $50,744,449. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $50,744,449 in Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) grants to improve federal job training programs. The grants will be used to deliver services more efficiently, facilitate cooperation across federal and state workforce programs and funding streams, and expand partnerships with specific employers …

BeA Fasteners USA debuts new website

October 14, 2014

Redesign delivers cleaner look, easier navigation. BeA Fasteners USA, Greensboro, N.C., has launched its new website. The redesigned site allows visitors to easily find the appropriate tool for their fastening application. In-depth information about pneumatic tools, including product sheets, high resolution and 360 degree images, videos and spare part schematics, as well as information on …

IDTechEx forecasts energy storage market through 2025

October 13, 2014

Wearable tech and IoT to drive $300 million market. The energy storage industry is being driven by the emergence of new market categories such as wearable electronic devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), which demand thinness and flexibility. These needs add a new force to current market drivers such as cost reduction and power …

Apprion partners with BASF Corp.

October 10, 2014

Real-time information application installed for emergency situations. Apprion, Mountain View, Calif., has partnered with the BASF Corp. site in Freeport, Texas to further enhance safety, security and operational excellence at the BASF manufacturing facility by deploying the Apprion ION Mustering Application. The application provides real-time information and communication about the status of employees and contractors …

AATCC announces new L2 lightfastness control fabric

October 9, 2014

Updated lightfastness test methods available immediately. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) has announced the availability of L2 lightfastness control fabric. The AATCC Blue Wool Lightfastness Standard is “one of a group of dyed wool fabrics distributed by AATCC for use in determining the amount of light exposure of specimens during lightfastness …

SDL Atlas responds to ASTM revision

October 8, 2014

Modified automatic gas controller available immediately. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International has revised the D6413/D6413M Standard Test Method for Flame Resistance of Textiles. This test method determines the vertical flame resistance of a textile in response to a standard ignition source, deriving measurement values for afterflame time, afterglow time, and char …

SBA awards $1.12 million to resource partners

October 7, 2014

Funding will sustain entrepreneurship training for transitioning service members. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has entered into a cooperative agreement with America’s Small Business Development Centers, SCORE and the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) to provide a combined $1.12 million of funding to sustain and expand the resource partners’ participation in SBA’s Boots …