Anti-graffiti film

November 1, 2017

Mactac’s PermaColor SAG Anti-Graffiti and Window Protection Films are available in three laminate options designed to prevent graffiti, scratches, acid-etching gouges, UV light damage and tagging on smooth surfaces, graphic images, glass and windows. The films are clear with permanent acrylic adhesive and a smooth polyester lining, engineered for easy graffiti removal. The company says …

Atlanta stadium roof utilizes ETFE panels

On Aug. 26, Atlanta fans got to try out the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time when the Falcons hosted the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason NFL game. The two-million-square-foot facility seats 71,000 for football games and can expand to 75,000 for marquee events. Designed by HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning …

Manufacturing fuels innovation

And I know this happens because I took economics, and I’d explain it to ya, but I flunked that course. Not my fault. They taught it at 8 o’clock in the morning. And there is absolutely nothing you can learn out of one bloodshot eye.   ~Lewis Black When I was in college, I took a …

New IFAI chairman Steve Ellington shares his vision for the Industrial Fabrics Association International

With the geopolitical challenges and opportunities the specialty fabrics industry faces, we, as an association, need to make sure that we continue to educate our members and provide them with opportunities,” says Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, Glen Raven’s distribution and marketing services subsidiary in Glen Raven, N.C. “We need to make sure that …

IFAI Expo 2017: Report from New Orleans

Despite the hurricanes and wildfires of late summer, IFAI Expo 2017 attracted many new first-time attendees to New Orleans in late September. And exhibitors reported that attendees were more likely than previous years to purchase their products, services and equipment. Aside from exhibitor-attendee interaction, the show floor was a hive of lively “campfire” educational sessions …

Color swatch library

Archroma® has introduced the Color Atlas, a six-volume library of 4,320 color swatches. The accordion-fold design allows for quick browsing of the cotton poplin samples. Also available is a compact version which includes the same color options in two volumes for increased portability. A mobile-friendly Color Atlas Online offers features such as “color-on-the-go”, which allows …

Cut-resistant fabric

Cut-Tex® PRO is a cut-and slash-resistant fabric made from a combination of ultra-high performance molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and other technical fibers woven by special high-density knitting machines. U.K.-based PPSS Group says the fabric offers five times the resistance of fabrics made from Kevlar® and is comfortable and fully machine washable. Current applications include uniforms …

Flexible textile sensors for medical use

Researchers at Empa, the materials research institution in Dübendorf, Switzerland, have produced soft optic fibers for sensors that can be embedded in textiles as a thread. Worn next to the skin, the sensors can, for example, monitor whether a hospital patient is developing bedsores. Previously, polymer optic fibers, used in communication technology, weren’t supple enough …

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Fighting pink stain

The work “pink” brings to mind a little girl dressed as a princess, cotton candy at the county fair and plastic lawn flamingos. But for those in the marine industry, the word takes on a sinister connotation as a stain caused by streptoverticillium reticulum. It’s a far greater menace than a never-washed red garment laundered …

Energy storage systems printed onto fabric

One of the downsides of smart wearables has been the need to carry a battery pack to recharge electronics. Researchers at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom have developed technology that could make the cumbersome packs a thing of the past. The team was able to print a flexible battery-like device known as …

Tougher knits

M Plus from Guilford on Maine is a new high-performance polyester knit upholstery textile that is soft to the touch but reliably durable, bleach cleanable and withstands 200,000 double rubs. The line features top-selling colors (black, navy, red and tan) as well as two fresh looking heathered colors; silvery charcoal and dark brown. As a …

Manufacturing for Good demo booth debuts at Expo 2017

A new addition to IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La., was the Manufacturing for Good booth. Workers at the live manufacturing booth made 70 bright red duffel bags from start to finish. The bags were donated to Raintree Children & Family Services, a nonprofit organization that has assisted at-risk children and youth in the greater …

Pineapple pavilion pops up in UK garden

The well-ordered gardens belonging to the grand country houses in Georgian England often included statuary, temples and other architectural details called “eye-catchers,” garden buildings designed to delight visitors. As part of a restoration plan for the walled garden at Great Britain’s National Trust’s Berrington Hall in Herefordshire, it was only fitting to respect that tradition. …

Pigment system reduces fabric surface temperature

What if you could reduce the temperature in a tent or other fabric structure by as much as 30 degrees (F) simply by choice of fabric? A new technology may have the answer. INCA Technology, Atlanta, Ga., has introduced Solar Off-Loading Technology (SOLT), a pigment system that significantly reduces surface temperature. SOLT employs a proprietary …

Liquid storage containers resist Arctic temperatures

Imagine that it’s 50 degrees below zero and there’s an oil spill that needs to be contained. It’s no surprise that the right equipment is critical to success. Enter FASTANK® Arctic, a liquid storage container designed specifically for low arctic conditions. Available from Fast Engineering Ltd., manufacturer of FASTANK portable containment systems, the storage container …

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Tension tents hold their ground while offering an aesthetic edge

One of many crucial questions tent rental providers must help clients planning upscale outdoor events answer is whether they want a tension or frame-supported tent. Several factors influence the decision, from aesthetics to weather and space restraints to pricing. And while more clients are choosing the latter, tension tents are not without significant advantages. Center …

Latex ink-friendly fabric

Top Value Fabrics has expanded its textiles for latex printing with a new line of coated fabrics called Latex Performance Textiles, specifically engineered to create durable, high-quality production graphics utilizing HP Latex Technology. The fabrics are constructed with a proprietary coating that provides a print-receptive treatment for maximizing the beauty of printing with latex ink …

Caffeinated textiles

S.Café® technical composite fiber products from Singtex Industrial contain eco-friendly coffee oil extracted from spent coffee grounds. Both the AIRMEM™ membrane and AIRNEST™ bio-foam are comprised of 25 percent coffee oil, which replaces petroleum-based materials with a more sustainable alternative. The high-performance products are used in home textiles, garments, shoes and many other applications. S.Café’s …

Fabrics go multifunctional

October 31, 2017

Textiles have evolved from being commodity materials to providing an array of benefits, including additional comfort and protection, improved hygiene and support for health care. The innate nature of fibers can provide certain special characteristics—cotton adds breathability and a smooth hand, and wool offers thermal comfort, for example. But due to the growing need for …

Electricity-generating yarns

What if the shirt a patient wears could monitor breathing with no special power-driven applications—because the yarn it’s made of produces electricity? A research team led by scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea are developing these high-tech yarns. The twistron yarns create electricity when twisted and stretched. …

Biomimetics: Fabrics borrow from nature to solve problems

For most people, arriving home from a hike covered in burrs would likely cause aggravation. But for George de Mestral, the burrs became an inspiration. Curious about how they clung so stubbornly to his clothes, the Swiss electrical engineer put them under a microscope, which revealed hundreds of “hooks” that attached to anything with a …