Sheer quiet

March 1, 2018

Designtex Acoustic Sheers drapery collections include three patterns (Baleen, Glace and Lumin) in a variety of colors designed for translucency and engineered for sound dampening. Pairing light transmission and acoustic absorption creates opportunities for window treatments and enclave walls that can help contain noise without blocking light. Installed folded, Baleen has a Noise Reduction Coefficient …

Magical eco-thread

American & Efird (A&E) has introduced Magic® using REPREVE®, a recycled, air-entangled, polyester sewing thread that provides a premium, high-performance eco-alternative to other threads. Incorporating Unifi’s REPREVE® fiber made from recycled plastic bottles, the thread is flat and ribbon-like, which creates a lower profile seam that reduces the potential for surface abrasion. The thread is …

Lighter laser cutter

Laser Photonics has introduced a new large-format fiber laser cutting system, the Titan Express, which gives small to mid-size manufacturers a system that fits a smaller facility and a smaller budget. Equipped with a high-power, energy-efficient fiber laser and an advanced direct drive motion control platform, the lightweight cutting system is suited for industries cutting …

Rugged faux leather

The Mitchell Group’s new high-performance faux leather upholstery collection, Sta-Kleen® Polycarbonate (PC), is designed for health care, hospitality, contract and other commercial markets that require a fabric able to withstand demanding applications yet with a luxurious texture and feel. Engineered with high-quality polycarbonate resins, the fabric has outstanding strength, is abrasion, stain and hydrolysis resistant, …

Tougher transparency

Robeco’s newest flexible transparent vinyl provides another film option for the marine and industrial fabrics industries. GlassClear® adds a scratch-resistant coating to both sides of its one-ply 030 Clear Extruded Vinyl product. Supplied in roll form, this newest product option allows users to unroll only what they need for a specific job. This reduces waste, …

Precise pre-treatment

Exact and even pre-treatment of fabrics for pigment inks is essential for providing added color gamuts and wash fastness. Impression Technology’s GoTx® pre-treatment module, designed to run with any direct fabric printer, has a rotational dosing liquid drum that lays the correct amount of pre-treatment solution to the top surface of fabric without wetting the …

Beefy marine hardware

February 1, 2018

Trivantage has added SolaMesh™ hardware to its shade sail and structure product offerings. The new line of hardware complements SolaMesh fabric with a wide range of D-rings, shackles, stainless steel rope, rope connections and mounting options for all installations. The hardware offers eye-on-eye, jaw-on-jaw and hook-on-hook turnbuckle options to suit a variety of preferences and …

Speedier printing

Epson America’s 64-inch Epson SureColor® F9370 wide-format textile printer is designed to deliver high-speed, reliable productivity for digital dye-sublimation transfers for a range of polyester textile and apparel applications. The printer delivers industrial-level production with speeds up to 1,169 square-feet-per-hour and features an integrated new fabric wiping system coupled with a highly accurate roll-to-roll media …

Hot fabric developments

Teijin has developed SOLOTEX® THERMO, a polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) fiber offering excellent thermal retention and insulation. The company says the fiber offers high comfortability thanks to its softness, form-suitability and stretchability. It absorbs near infrared sunlight and converts it to heat efficiently due to carbon-based inorganic particles mixed into the fiber’s molecular structure. The company …

Stylish upholstery fabric

The Josef and Anni Collection from Designtex is a series of performance luxury textiles that combine and explore the relationship between color, materials and structure. Anni is available in six colors and Josef in 18 colors. All are plush, bleach-cleanable upholstery fabrics with a structured geometry that feature a strong sense of line, shape and …