IFAI Expo: The industry in person

September 1, 2021  |  Feature

Celebrate textile innovation—in person!—at IFAI Expo, the leading show in the textile industry for sourcing, education and networking. Join thousands of industry stakeholders on the show floor, in valuable education sessions and at long-awaited social gatherings. Reconnect with your industry and…
How are industry codes and standards developed?

September 1, 2021  |  Awnings & Canopies, Fabric Structures, Inflatables, Markets, Tents

When tent, awning and fabric structure installers think of codes and standards, they often envision the building and fire departments of local and state jurisdictions that enforce such regulations on their projects. Enforcement is the very end of the process—the result of many years of code develo…
Flexible hybrid electronics and textiles create possibilities for warfighters

September 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) technology combines the flexibility and low cost of printed electronics technology with the performance of semiconductor devices to create a new category of electronics. No longer constrained by rigid, bulky and nonconforming printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs)…
For the win: Leopard 39 enclosure

September 1, 2021  |  Marine, Markets

This project by Charlton’s Marine Canvas of Yorktown, Va., involved designing, fabricating and installing a full upper and lower enclosure on a Leopard 39 boat to give its owner more living space when the weather is iffy.
Industry and academia: Partners in innovation

September 1, 2021  |  Feature

Red Solo® cups are synonymous with a good time—“barbeques, tailgates, fairs and festivals” according to the hit song by country star Toby Keith. But they are also a single-use plastic with few recycling options. As a student majoring in material science and engineering at Johns Hopkins Unive…
Avenue of opportunity: Streetscapes

September 1, 2021  |  Feature

The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up tens of thousands of public gathering spaces by forcing proprietors to move their services outdoors and onto sidewalks and street fronts. While it is unclear how long these outdoor public sheltered spaces will remain in place, reports across the U.S. indicate that…
Bioservo updates exoskeleton glove

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

With work-related hand injuries on the rise in Europe and elsewhere, Swedish medtech company Bioservo Technologies AB is releasing an updated version of its exoskeleton glove, Ironhand® 2.0, offering improved activation, better grip and advanced data collection. The glove is designed to reduce the …
Bio-based textile treatment made from crab shells

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Tidal Vision, based in Bellingham, Wash., is intent on creating a positive and systemic environmental impact by advancing chitosan chemistry solutions as a replacement for toxic synthetic chemicals. Its textile treatment Tidal-Tex™ is a natural, clean, water-based chitosan solution, ready to use f…
HeiQ launches antiviral surgical mask

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Global materials manufacturer HeiQ has launched HeiQ MetalliQ, a surgical mask technology that destroys the viruses and bacteria tested with as much as 100 percent efficacy. The mask contains an ultrathin, pure copper coating applied via a vapor deposition process, which converts a minute amount of …
Artificial skin could detect injury in prosthetics

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Researchers have developed an artificial skin that senses force through ionic signals and changes color, like a bruise, providing a visual cue of injury. Scientists have previously developed electronic skins (e-skins) that can sense stimuli through electron transmission; however, these electrical co…