Pop-up factory with a purpose

November 1, 2019

IFAI’s Manufacturing for Good booth assembles three-ring pencil pouches for A Gift For Teaching. By Sammi Jones IFAI’s Manufacturing for Good booth made its third appearance on the show floor at Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla. The booth, which debuted at Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La., and also appeared at Expo 2018 in Dallas, …

Animal-free warmth

Featuring the look and feel of natural down feather materials, nDown™ technology matches the performance of down without animal-based ingredients. Consumer benefits include easy home washing (no dry cleaning), no odor and durability. For products including apparel, sleeping bags and home furnishing textiles (blankets, pillows, etc.), the technology offers significant environmental benefits and lower manufacturing …

The fabrics of modern food production

Textile products for the agricultural market help to protect livestock and grain, improve yields, and make a farmer’s job a little easier and more profitable. by Darcy Dougherty Maulsby Call them the unsung heroes of modern food production.Today’s durable agricultural fabrics combat wind, sun, mud, moisture and other threats, helping farmers protect their grain and …

Dye textiles the natural way with the Onion Society

Onions are great on burgers, in spaghetti sauce and, of course, in French onion soup. But this vegetable possesses qualities beyond being tasty: A group of students at the Parsons School of Design harnessed the power of onions to dye textiles the natural way. The students worked with New York fashion designer Maria Elena Pombo …

Efficient printing

The SureColor F6370 44-inch dye-sublimation printer features speeds up to 680 square feet per hour, quickly and efficiently producing high-quality images for promotional products, soft signage and cut-and-sew fabrics. Designed with ease-of-use in mind, the intuitive printer comes equipped with new Epson Edge® Print workflow software, featuring an Adobe® PostScript® 3™ engine, as well as …

Recycled biodegradable polyester

Designed for the commercial interiors heavy duty upholstery market, Clean Impact Textiles™ represent a step forward in establishing an advanced bicircular economy model for textiles. Under this model, polyester fabric at the end of its useful life can flow through either a biological or technical cycle. This technology is used to create high performance fabrics …

New board chair Kathy Schaefer: meeting industry challenges

New IFAI board chair Kathy Schaefer shares her vision for an organization that helps its members navigate a changing industry landscape. by Jill C. Lafferty I walk into IFAI Expo every year and say, ‘Wow. What’s new?’ There’s always something really ingenious,” says Kathy Schaefer, IFM, chief operating officer of Glawe Awnings and Tents, Fairborn, Ohio. …

The value and limitations of medical device master files

by Elaine Duncan Medical device master files, known as MAFs, have value for textile contract manufacturers and the medical device developer in many ways, but there are some practical limitations. Most medical device manufacturers that incorporate a medical textile into their products will seek a knowledgeable textile contractor who can address the quality system needs …

Anti-stink athletic wear

Your daily exercise routine doesn’t have to include smelly T-shirts: That’s the idea behind a new line of exercise gear designed to be anti-stink and pro-environment. Launched by Megan Eddings, a chemist who was tired of athletic wear that retained odors even after multiple washings, Accel Lifestyle offers an eco-friendly answer to a smelly problem. …

Versatile software

With the latest update, Easy Cut Studio software for vinyl-cutting applications supports all the latest models as well as legacy vinyl cutters. Version 4.1.07 features added support for Mutoh Kona and Mutoh SC series cutters, for the Gerber FasTrack cutting plotter, and for Liyu SC-A, TC-A, TC-AA and HC-AF Series machines. The popular sign-making and …