The greening of outdoor fabrics

May 1st, 2022

Batyline Elios from Serge Ferrari is an outdoor upholstery fabric that holds the Greenguard label, is UV and mold resistant, extremely cleanable and provides abrasion resistance of more than 50,000 cycles. Photo: Serge Ferrari ©Marie Allain Green. Sustainable. Environmentally friendly. These issues are top of mind for manufacturers of all kinds, and outdoor fabric manufacturers […]

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Performance upholstery fabrics meet myriad consumer demands

June 1st, 2020

High-performing upholstery fabrics offer more features than ever, without sacrificing style and comfort.  by Maura Keller Consumers don’t want to choose between beauty and durability, nor do they want to sacrifice performance for sustainability, according to LeAnne Flack, marketing manager for Milliken Specialty Interiors. “Just as [consumers] are more closely examining the food they eat, […]

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Animal care and protection

July 1st, 2019

As awareness heightens over the contribution that pets and other animals make to our lives, more attention is being paid to their comfort and well-being. by Pamela Mills-Senn Nobody ever really thinks about how swimming pools might affect frogs, toads, snakes, squirrels, mice and other small critters. Rich Mason, owner of Crownsville, Md.-based FrogLog®, didn’t […]

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Extreme sports, tough textiles

March 1st, 2019

Fabricators go to great lengths to make sure every piece of material they produce or distribute will be up to difficult tasks. But sometimes the task is so specialized—or so extreme—that production requires a truly exceptional level of care, expertise and, often, regulation. Products such as the ropes that firefighters use to rappel from helicopters […]

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2017 Equipment Showcase

October 1st, 2017

With technology taking over and automation ascendant, manufacturers are reinventing themselves and their operations to maximize efficiency, effectiveness, safety, reliability, productivity and profitability. The equipment they choose, especially when skilled labor is in short supply, doesn’t replace craftsmanship—it enhances it. We asked our equipment suppliers to tell us about the advantages of their latest innovations […]

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Coating tests that evaluate five types of durability

September 1st, 2016

The right coating chemistry can make the difference between a fabric that has long-lasting durability and one that fades, degrades and fails before its expected lifecycle. This is especially true of fabrics used in awnings, tents, flexible decking, outdoor furniture, marine upholstery and automotive seating, where exposure to harsh environments can hasten the product lifecycle. […]

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Q-Lab’s Doug Grossman receives ASTM G03 Warren Ketola Memorial Award

February 8th, 2016

Q-Lab, producer of weather equipment and outdoor exposure test services, announced that Doug Grossman, Q-Lab president, received the Warren Ketola Memorial Award on Jan. 25 at the ASTM G03 committee meeting in San Antonio. The Warren Ketola Award is given in memory of Warren Ketola, a pioneer in weathering testing at 3M. Ketola was responsible […]

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Neutralize static

February 1st, 2016

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 […]

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Acoustically absorbent

February 1st, 2016

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 […]

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Flame-resistant fabrics

February 1st, 2016

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 […]

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