Automated solutions for medical products

September 1, 2020  |  Products

JTE Machines’ new line of advanced automation equipment for the medical market allows companies to automate existing RF welding equipment or consider custom solutions. The equipment integrates robotics into an inline or turntable RF welder solution, along with integrating custom unwind and conveyo…
Roland-Garros gets a retractable roof with Serge Ferrari fabric

September 1, 2020  |  Swatches

Like virtually every other major sporting event, the French Open postponed its 2020 tournament, with play now tentatively set to begin in late September. And when the world’s greatest tennis players set foot on the world’s most famous red clay, they’ll play regardless of weather, under a new r…
Hardware and accessory suppliers keep essential components moving through the supply chain during COVID-19

September 1, 2020  |  Feature

by Jeff Moravec The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on corners of the specialty textiles industry that normally operate in the background of daily life. Terms like “N95” and “meltblown” are in the headlines. Restaurants are reopening under event tents. Vinyl dividers are popping up eve…
IFAI Expo 2020 goes virtual

September 1, 2020  |  Expo News, Feature

Get ready to experience IFAI Expo in an exciting virtual environment. The coronavirus pandemic has challenged the entire textile industry to pivot in 2020 and capitalize on emerging opportunities. In a similar fashion, IFAI has taken up the challenge to host its annual Expo in a digital environment …
Breakthroughs in advanced textiles: Interactive auto textile and more

September 1, 2020  |  Advanced Textiles

BMW unveils ByBorre-designed interactive textile interior Dutch custom textile manufacturer ByBorre developed the fabrics for BMW’s future interactive car interior presented at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nev. The concept car cabin module donned the BMW i Interactio…
Lighter printable carpet

September 1, 2020  |  Products

Fisher Textiles’ GF1850 Rebound® Ultra Lite is a lightweight version of its GF2000 Rebound® printable carpet. This resilient, anti-skid, rubber-backed carpet consists of a nonwoven face and a basket weave backing that has been engineered for dye sublimation transfer printers. It weighs 35 oz/yd2…
Geography and climate drive Australia’s technical textiles industry

September 1, 2020  |  World Views

Developments in geotextiles, renewable energy and recreation stem from Australia’s extreme environment.  By Marie O’Mahony Australia’s geographic isolation puts the country and its technical textile industry in a novel position. The country is rich in natural resources, mining and exporti…
Durable PTFE thread

September 1, 2020  |  Products

Austrian-made Profilen® PTFE sewing thread is now being distributed by Polyfab USA. The thread is recommended for long-lasting outdoor items such as awnings, shade sails and marine covers. It is flame retardant, resistant to highly corrosive environments, competitively priced and is covered under a…
Big Span Structures completes covered walkway for Jacksonville transit users

September 1, 2020  |  Swatches

An eye-catching pedestrian bridge with a tensile membrane roof is keeping Jacksonville, Fla., transit users protected from the elements. Jacksonville Transit Authority’s vision of a regional multimodal hub is coming to a reality with the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC). Located …
Rumpl celebrates Apollo 13 with NASA collection

September 1, 2020  |  Swatches

Rumpl, a maker of technical blankets, has launched an exclusive capsule collection of NASA products. The limited-edition line of insulated blankets and ponchos celebrates the 50th anniversary of the safe landing of the Apollo 13 lunar module.  The collectible NASA designs are available in three dif…