In search of the next generation of military textiles

October 1st, 2020

The U.S. military continues the hunt for breakthrough textile products. by Glenna B. Musante In March of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic began sweeping the globe, the search for vast amounts of textile personal protective equipment (PPE) became a major focus of the United States government and its military. In response, the U.S. textile industry […]

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Economical, robust CNC

October 1st, 2020

Koike’s FiberPro CNC laser cutting machine offers robust capabilities at a competitive price with Flashcut Pro Controller software that efficiently cuts materials like brass, copper, stainless steel, mild steel and aluminum. For precise and consistent cuts, it comes standard with a Precitec cutting head, as well as a direct-drive helical rack and pinion. This machine […]

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IFAI Expo 2020: Plan your virtual experience

October 1st, 2020

Since the first show in 1918, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo has been the textile industry’s flagship event for buying, selling, networking, learning and having fun—all designed to help participants grow the bottom line of their businesses. This year, for the first time, IFAI Expo will take place as an online-only virtual event.  […]

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High-strength gown film

October 1st, 2020

Raven BioFlex™ I270C is a high-strength polyethylene film used in the manufacturing of nonsurgical disposable medical isolation gowns. The film is manufactured with premium-quality colorless polyethylene for the production of high-demand personal protective equipment (PPE) materials that meet the barrier protection and physical property requirements for single use isolation gowns under the AAMI level 1 […]

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Realistic bite sleeve for K9 training

October 1st, 2020

Army scientists have designed and developed a realistic canine bite sleeve trainer to improve the performance of military and civilian K9s, according to U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs.  A bite sleeve comprised of a silicone product, a mesh support system, pressure dissipating foam and layers of Kevlar is […]

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Less wasteful finishing system

October 1st, 2020

The TexCoat™ G4 non-contact textile finishing system delivers zero chemistry waste and minimized water and energy consumption. It provides one of the most advanced applicators of any high-tech finishing chemistries to fabrics and other surfaces, including DWRs and antimicrobials used for face masks and protective gear. Unlike traditional finishing methods, the system sprays the exact […]

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Disinfecting fabrics for COVID-19

October 1st, 2020

Expert advice for eliminating a deadly virus while keeping employees and end users safe.  by Pamela Mills-Senn Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers of textile-based products like gym mats and pads, soft seating and bounce houses faced the usual questions from their customers about how to clean and disinfect these items. But there is nothing […]

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Tough, versatile PVC

October 1st, 2020

Featuring a buttery soft hand, Challenger PVC is treated with Endurepel Armour performance finish and offers excellent durability. This versatile PVC is a strong performer across multiple markets including marine, awning and industrial. It has the soft feel of leather and demonstrates both durability and strength. It is offered in numerous style options featuring single […]

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Soft, supple leather alternative is made from cacti

October 1st, 2020

A vegan leather made from cacti, Desserto lasts up to 10 years. Meant to be an environmentally friendly alternative to animal or plastic leather, it’s partially biodegradable and sustainable along its production value chain. Photos: Desserto. Mexican entrepreneurs Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez wanted to find a cruelty-free and sustainable alternative to leather. Velarde, […]

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Duvaltex introduces masks with 3D-knit technology

October 1st, 2020

The X7 mask is comfortable for all-day use while preventing virus transmission. Photo: Duvaltex. Duvaltex Inc., a North American developer and producer of medical and technical textiles, is using 3D-knit technology to launch an innovative, nonmedical protective face mask. The X7 mask provides maximum comfort while minimizing the risk of contamination and transmission of viruses, […]

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