Noise-reduction panels

October 1, 2016

SoundCheck™ acoustic panels are wrapped in acoustically transparent fabric that can be custom printed with artwork or design. Noise is trapped inside the panels by insulation that absorbs 95 percent of sound waves. The panel frames, hand-crafted in Britten’s woodworking facility, are recommended for use in office spaces, reception areas, conference rooms, restaurants and shopping …

Punch power

DOT Common Sense/Lift-the-DOT® Fastener Tool comes with two interchangeable dies—machined out of 4140 hardened steel—to prepare fabric for use with both Common Sense and Lift-the-DOT fasteners. Created by a marine fabricator, the tool was designed to save time and money by allowing fabricators to properly place fasteners and make small repairs without having to remove …

Speedy printing

The ValueJet 1638UH hybrid printer features a staggered dual print head design for print speeds up to 220 square feet per hour, and dual UV lamps for decreased cure time and higher production capacity. It can print on roll material or rigid substrates up to a half-inch thick and can be managed remotely with Mutoh’s …

Flame-resistant fabrics

New additions to the Resilience® line of flame-resistant fabrics feature cotton blended with high-tenacity nylon or Kevlar® for increased durability. Arapaho R is a 7.5-oz. cotton, nylon and Kevlar blend recommended for industries requiring flame-resistant garments that can stand up to intense wear and tear. Hopi N2X and Navajo N2X fabrics are cotton blends with 25 …

Lush and vibrant

September 1, 2016

Inspired by the lifestyle of Miami, Fla., South Beach is Silver State’s latest Sunbrella® collection distributed through Alaxi. The hand is soft to the touch, colors are vivid but cool, and patterns are bold and forward. The Avenues pattern is geometric in design and multi-directional, Fontainebleu features railroaded stripe with a modern take on traditional …

Rough and tough

Vaquero is a supple, faux leather with a soft suede-like feel. With ranch-inspired names like Apple Jack, Night Rider, Mesquite and Lariat, the color line evokes a western aesthetic and is available in 13 warm-toned SKUs. It can sustain extreme temperature and exceeds 100,000 cycles on the Wyzenbeek durability test. Enduratex™ Mira Loma, Calif., USA …

Visible protection

Teijin’s high-visibility aramid fiber fabric is suited for use in high-visibility protective apparel. Along with its extra-vivid coloring and resistance to fading, it is fully compliant with ISO 20471:2013, the international standard for high-visibility clothing that enables others to see the wearer in a variety of lighting conditions. Teijin developed the fabric in collaboration with …

Flexible testing

The air permeability tester is compact, easy to transport and can be operated without external power supply. It allows for non-destructive testing on the finished product and caters for various air permeability tests across a wide measuring range. Operators can choose between more than 100 units of measure and, in addition to textiles, the TX15 …

Sustainable fabrics

INSQIN® waterborne polyurethane (PU) technology enables material sustainability for PU-coated fabrics. PU brings functionality to a range of coated, finished or printed textile materials used in fashion, sports and outdoorwear. Examples of PU fabrics are the synthetic materials used by the fashion industry (shoes, garments), the sportswear industry (footwear) and the outdoor industry (waterproof and …

Striking backlit film

Illumi-Pro UV BL Film™ is 100 percent PVC-free, PET Film designed for high-speed UV printing. The 7.4 mil backlit film has an enhanced white point for a pure backlit image; the material is recommended for banners, light box applications and backlit display systems. It is printable with UV inks and available in widths from 40 …

FITScrubs® set to launch

August 1, 2016

Developing fibers and fabrics to help keep health care workers safe. During his 12 years as an emergency department paramedic, Arthur Lucero had to purchase his own scrubs. He thought he could make a better product, and tried bamboo fabric for its organic nature, antimicrobial properties and comfort. But the drape was too heavy, it …

Futuristic fabrics

Emana® technology is now enhancing two collections by Myshapes, an Italian company. Emana smart yarn was developed by Fibras of the Solvay Group and manufactured and distributed in Europe exclusively by Fulgar, an Italian company that produces nylon and covered yarns worldwide. The two collections are Active for women and S-Man Fire for men. The …

High-grade leather substitute

Teijin Cordley Limited, the Teijin Group’s manmade leather business, has developed Maestley™, a new high-grade leather substitute. Maestley has a texture and richness equivalent to natural leather. The company plans to expand the Maestley lineup by leveraging its production technologies for high-end shoes and bags with improved comfort, durability, breathability and moisture permeability. It will …

International flair

Home décor authority Joe Ruggiero’s latest collection of Sunbrella® fabrics is titled “Exotic Lands.” Persian influences can be seen in Delhi and Delhi II, which feature large-scale, floating “buta,” or “paisleys” as the Persian droplet-shaped motif is called in English. Persian flair can be seen in the bold colors of Berry, Indigo, Pesto, Wren and …

For leather and webbing

The 70TT is a butane-powered handle that burns for approximately 30 minutes on mid-setting and is refillable; it comes with a hole-burning tip that works on synthetic materials and is useful for trimming close threads. Eight additional attachments are available. Slightly smaller, Model 25TT burns about 20 minutes on its mid-setting, and comes with a …

Smooth stretching

The Rosebud Stretcher Frame System is designed to fix the extreme hour-glassing and puckering often encountered with scrims, bobbinettes, vinyl, projection screens and muslin backdrops. Hour-glassing naturally occurs when fabrics stretch vertically, causing the sides to pull in, and in some cases, puckering occurs. Key features of the frame include fast and easy attachment to …

Ultimate PremiumPlus Gloss Effects colors

Eight new Ultimate PremiumPlus Gloss Effects colors have been introduced: Daytona Blue, Thundercloud Metallic, Hornet Metallic, Gunmetal Metallic, Bronze Metallic, White Metallic, Black Metallic and Metal Gear Blue. Line features superior gloss retention upon stretch, improved repositionability during installation and guaranteed conformability into deep channels. Arlon’s Low Profile X-Scape Technology allows for easier repositionability and …

American Hospital Association endorsement for medical textiles

July 29, 2016

AHA endorsement begins with the identification of hospitals’ most significant market challenges. Insurance, data-driven services and management software comprise the bulk of the 32 “solutions” endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA). Among the field, only one company, Vestagen Protective Technologies Inc. of Orlando, Fla., manufactures textile products. In 2015, the AHA issued an endorsement …

ISO updates for medical applications

July 28, 2016

Certification and regulatory compliance verification can be key for medical field customers. Organizations involved in the production of textiles used in medical applications may wish to become certified to ISO 13485 in order to ensure the effectiveness of their processes and demonstrate to customers their commitment to safe products, as well as compliance with regulatory …

Color connections

June 29, 2016

Colorlink is A&E’s first mobile app with a focus on thread color. It connects teams across design and production channels, offers an array of digital color choices and provides more control of thread color selection from design inception to the manufacturing floor. Colorlink also supports a companion device called COLORCATCH NANO, a hand-held tool that …

Bright simplicity

The Sunbrella® 2016 Upholstery Collection emphasizes design simplicity with bright colors and natural-inspired neutrals. The collection includes: Stripes (classic stripe patterns in bold colors), Wisteria (delicate shifts in color and texture), Regatta (seaside feel), Mist (textural neutrals), Emerald (modern and classy), Meridian (subtly textured solid) and Cast (heathered yarns in eight muted colors). The 2016 …

Comfortable turnout gear

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material—Series 5600 Fire Coat Comfort Trim is a segmented, stitch-free trim designed to offer greater flexibility and mobility for firefighters. The new trim laminates onto fabric, creating a flatter surface with minimal catch-points. Because the reflective material is segmented, it is more flexible and better able to conform to the gear’s fabric …

Protective finish

LUX Shield zips have teeth and sliders that are resistant to corrosion caused by tanning chemicals and exposure to atmospheric elements. The protective finish and precisely formed teeth enhance the zip’s durability and appearance; zip model sizes range between 4, 6 and 8 mm. Main uses include leather garments, leather accessories, footwear, stone-washed garments and …

Tape for latex or dye-sub media

Designed to make hems on woven and knitted textile banner media without sewing, Banner Ups TexTape™ bonds permanently to most textiles and is durable for both outdoor and indoor use. It is made of premium grade modified double-sided acrylic adhesive and available in ⅜-inch and ¾-inch width. TexTape is applied like ordinary double-sided banner hem …

Automatic foam analysis

The Ross Miles Foam Analyzer (RMFA) is an instrument that measures foam height electronically. An LED bar and sensor bar are fitted along the intake vessel, and foam height is detected based on the difference in brightness at the foam-air boundary. The electronic height detection provides repeatability of the measurement and, with a resolution of …

Integrated, modular cutting systems

June 1, 2016

Maximum productivity and reliability, along with simple integration in automated production workflows, offer a competitive advantage in working with composites; with the G3 M-1600 cutting system combined with a collaborative UR robot, Zünd offers an automated solution for cutting and off-loading prepreg materials. Cut parts are automatically stacked and can be removed at any time …

Fight stains and mildew

Apply Iosso’s Mold & Mildew Stain Remover to soiled areas to remove stains quickly from tents, awnings, signs, tipis, yurts, boat covers, outdoor upholstery, carpeting and other fabric surfaces. Nonchlorine, biodegradable formula is safe on fabrics and colors, including solution-dyed acrylics such as Sunbrella®, and vinyl and vinyl-coated fabrics. Solution cleans mold, mildew, leaf stain, …

Fluorocarbon-free, water-repellent finish

Sciessent, a provider of antimicrobial and odor-adsorption solutions for the textile and apparel industries, now offers CURB™, a fluorocarbon-free durable water-repellent (DWR) fabric finish. Able to provide enhanced, breathable protection from rain and moisture, CURB delivers the same water-repellent performance as existing technologies, without the use of harmful fluorocarbons. Functional finish adds liquid-shedding properties to …

Eco-solvent printer/cutters

TrueVIS VG Series 54-inch and 64-inch printer/cutters combine innovative imaging technology with top production capability to create an advanced tool for producing vehicle graphics, banners, posters and displays, labels and decals, packaging prototypes and apparel heat transfers, among other products. Equipped with four newly developed FlexFire™ print heads, which offer a higher firing frequency, precision …

Versatile multi-layer fiber

Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber-product converting company, has developed Octa™ Neo, a multi-layer fiber that combines the company’s proprietary Octa hollow, eight-fin polyester fiber with various chemical and natural staple fibers for performance in a variety of applications, including sportswear, uniforms, bedding and industrial use. Octa Neo combines low weight, high bulkiness, …

Sunbrella Open Air

Robert Allen has introduced a whimsical collection of Sunbrella® textiles featuring chic motifs inspired by exotic destinations, with on-trend patterns and vibrant colors to enliven outdoor spaces as well as interiors. With designs ranging from classical to funky in a range of scales, the fabrics are made of 100 percent Sunbrella yarns, with the durability …

2016 Exhibitor Product Preview: Call for entries

May 23, 2016

IFAI Expo Exhibitors: Tell us about the products and services you’ll be exhibiting at IFAI Expo 2016. Product descriptions are featured in the August issue of Specialty Fabrics Review. The August issue of Specialty Fabrics Review will include an advance look at new products and services to be exhibited at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, …

Home shade solutions

April 1, 2016

The Solair® power screen is a motorized exterior vertical shade that extends from ceiling to floor, enclosing any outdoor area to provide protection from insects, UV rays and glare. Available in two models—Side Retention System (SRS) and cable guided system—the screens block 50 to 99 percent of UV rays. In addition, Solair awnings are now …

Textile testing

The next-generation Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester is versatile and delivers exact abrasion or pilling movements required by all international and retailer standards. Four configurations—9-head, 8-head, 6-head and 4-head—feature an improved touch screen controller with common functions accessible in one or two touches. The design incorporates a storage rack for the motion plate, stronger base …

Increased efficiency

Rolandprintstudio™ (RPS) software, specially designed for the Mac OS X operating system, makes it possible to control a Roland printer, printer/cutter or stand-alone cutter with a Mac. RPS software enhances the capabilities of Roland’s inkjets and cutters, allowing for quick, simple and effective management of the entire print production process. It was developed in response …

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Fluorescents that pop

Mimaki™ USA now offers Sb410 fluorescent pink and yellow, and light black dye sublimation ink. Fluorescent inks produce bright colors beyond the range reproducible by process color printing, while light black ink creates smooth gradations. Popular for athletic and fashion apparel and soft signage, the original Mimaki inks are for use in the TS300P production …

Coatings for fabrics and leather

A new line of coatings and finishes is now available for specialty fabric and leather hide applications. The VYNGUARD® line includes seven base chemistries custom-formulated for each customer. VYNGUARD Polycarbonate features improved abrasion resistance and improved surface tension for a softer and smoother finish. VYNGUARD chemistries provide a clear protective layer that can mitigate 100 …

Air curtains for comfort

Curtron Products’ 2-Go Pro is a new air curtain designed for drive-through and pick-up windows. The compact unit accommodates openings 24 inches wide by up to 42 inches high. It blocks insects, temperatures and car exhaust from entering a facility with a solid stream of air that keeps a drive-through attendant comfortable even when the …

Digital textile production

March 1, 2016

The Alpha series is a new generation of super multi-pass inkjet printers for the digital production of home textiles and fashion. It offers print widths of 190-330 cm and can be configured with up to eight colors and 64 Alpha-S print heads that achieve a native resolution of 600 dpi and a print speed of …

Inks for high traffic areas

ES3 eco-solvent inks are now available for Mimaki’s JV300, JV150, CJV300 and CJV150 Series printers. Compatible with a wide range of media types from indoor posters to outdoor signs, the fast-drying inks offer superior media adhesion and color reproduction. The scratch resistance also makes the inks useful for high traffic applications such as transit advertising, …

Mix and match fabrics

Phifer has expanded its current stock line of indoor and outdoor furniture fabrics to include an additional 30 cushion and sling fabrics. This new collection features styles in bold, rich and fresh tones and soothing neutrals that mix and match for a host of color-coordinated options. GeoBella® cushion and pillow fabrics are made of 100 …

Colorful durability

Stamskin® One is a Swiss-made upholstery membrane for indoor and outdoor furniture. Similar to worn leather, the elastomer-coated polyester jersey is insensitive to water and UV radiation, useful for demanding environments such as restaurants, poolside seating and yachts. Stamskin One outperforms traditional PVC products in bagging and folding tests and provides exceptional tensile and tear …

Textiles for brilliant printing

Samba Fabric Elite is the latest generation in Samba fabrics. Versatile for numerous applications in advertising and environmental graphics, the eight new textiles feature two sets of ink compatibility on the same fabric by offering two face sides. The uncoated face is used for dye sub transfer printing and the opposite face offers a print-receptive …

Body climate control

Moisture-tech® Apparel offers an optimal body climate for changes between high-demand activities and resting phases. Due to a vertical suction effect, moisture is transported from the skin to the inner functional layer where it is stored temporarily and spread over a large surface. The hydrophilic membrane is activated by the high moisture concentration and allows …

Larson Electronics releases mini crank up tower for electrical equipment

February 4, 2016

Larson Electronics released a 7- to 12-foot crank-up mini antenna cart equipped with a wheeled base to allow for maneuverability throughout a work space. The WAL-ML-SAWC mini tower features a fold over and extendable tower assembly that can be adjusted from 7 to 12 feet in height. A single pin locks the mast in a …

Heavy-duty light tower

February 1, 2016

The EPL-LQP-2X150RT-100 is a heavy-duty, 300 watt explosion-proof quadpod-mounted LED light tower. Designed to withstand inclement conditions and harsh construction environments, the aluminum and stainless steel unit provides 15,000 square feet of work area coverage with 26,000 lumens of light. The tower has a removable LED light head mounted on top of a four leg …

Neutralize static

Ionizing Air Knives neutralize static that can attract dust and contaminants and stop static discharges that can damage equipment and shock personnel. A static neutralizing bar generates positively and negatively charged ions that are carried to the target by a uniform sheet of amplified air. Recommended for moving webs, film, sheets, strips, auto bodies and …

Acoustically absorbent

Carnegie has expanded its Acoustic Textile Solutions with two new acoustically absorbent sheers and one new silk-inspired acoustically transparent panel fabric. Deltacoustic and Zetacoustic lightweight sheers have the strength and performance of an opaque sound-absorbing fabric and achieve Noise Reduction Ratings (NRC) up to .6 NRC when draped. Deltacoustic’s soft-hued color pallete has a cotton-like …

Flame-resistant fabrics

MY•FR custom yarn-dyed stripes and plaids and Nanuq CWI (Cold Weather Insulation) are two new cotton-rich flame resistant fabric collections. MY•FR fabrics use the brand’s 7.25-ounce AMTEX® PLUS 88 percent cotton/12 percent nylon FR fabric and are ASTM F1506 compliant, NFPA 70E category 2 and NFPA 2112 component recognized. The new line of quilted FR …