U.S. House of Representatives passes geosynthetic amendment

November 4, 2015

More than 270 amendments to a $325 highway bill titled the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 are being voted on this week by the U.S. House of Representatives. The amendment to Sec. 1431, “Use of Durable, Resilient, and Sustainable Materials and Practices,” offered by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), includes the addition of …

WeatherMAX 80 earns U.S. patent

Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc., Greenville, S.C., was awarded U.S. patent 9,121,131 on its technical outdoor fabric WeatherMAX™ 80, for which it also holds a Canadian patent. WeatherMAX 80 is made using 100 percent pigment solution-dyed SaturaMAX™ for maximum color retention. The water resistance comes from Safety Components’ proprietary HydroMax™ finish and unique construction. This …

Early registration deadline for Marine Fabricators Conference is Nov. 16

Presented by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), a division of IFAI, the 2016 Marine Fabricators Conference will be held Jan. 14–16, 2016, at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key in Clearwater, Fla. The early bird registration deadline is Nov. 16. The conference will include educational seminars on topics from sewing machines and attachments …

Graphene-coated fabrics detect dangerous gases

November 3, 2015

Scientists from the from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and Konkuk University in the Republic of Korea have developed wearable, graphene-coated fabrics that can detect dangerous gases present in the air, alerting the wearer by turning on an LED light. The researchers coated cotton and polyester yarn with a nanoglue called bovine serum albumin (BSA).

Milliken & Co. donation supports South Carolina flood relief

Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C., recently made a donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support the disaster relief efforts in South Carolina. In addition, Milliken employees in each of the company’s 37 U.S. facilities collected supplies during the month of October to be delivered to the Red Cross. “Over 4,000 Milliken associates …

UMN hosting wearable technology event

November 2, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s current event series, Headliners, will offer “Stronger, Faster, Brighter: Wearable Technology and the Future of Clothing” Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Continuing Education and Conference Center. The series provides opportunities to meet with university experts as they share firsthand knowledge of current topics, from medical breakthroughs to social trends. …

Hohenstein Institute leads new research on protective clothing for welders

In a joint German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) research project, the Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West gGmbH (DTNW) in Krefeld and the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim studied new finishes for protective clothing for welders that would be repellent to splashes of molten metal. The goal was to improve the protective effect and the comfort, while …

Supplying forces

November 1, 2015

The U.S. relies on the domestic industrial base to meet military needs. In enacting the Defense Production Act of 1950, Congress listed eight findings to support its “statement of policy.” The last one states that “the inability of industries in the United States, especially smaller subcontractors and suppliers, to provide vital parts and components and …

Iconic intervals

To connect the city parks along the Hillsborough River, the city of Tampa, Fla., wanted an iconic centerpiece that would attract joggers, bikers and visitors to the area when designing its Riverwalk project. Span Systems Inc., Manchester, N.H., was tasked with bringing the design to life—six tensile fabric canopies and partial tunnels in various configurations …