Barco hits sustainability milestone

September 1st, 2021

Barco uniform fabric incorporates five to seven plastic bottles into each garment. Lined up end to end, the 40 million plastic bottles the company has recycled would stretch approximately 4,875 miles. Photo: Barco. With record sales of its scrubs during the pandemic, health-care apparel brand Barco® has reached a sustainability milestone of 40 million plastic […]

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Artificial skin could detect injury in prosthetics

September 1st, 2021

Researchers have developed an artificial skin that senses force through ionic signals and changes color, like a bruise, providing a visual cue of injury. Scientists have previously developed electronic skins (e-skins) that can sense stimuli through electron transmission; however, these electrical conductors are not always biocompatible, which can limit their use in some types of […]

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Second IFAI Virtual Market Showcase to focus on medical textiles

July 13th, 2021

The second IFAI Virtual Market Showcase, set for Tuesday, Aug. 10., from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature medical textiles, showcasing the latest materials and manufacturing solutions for medical products. The event will offer attendees the opportunity to connect with the industry on the latest trends and challenges. With in-person education being cancelled or delayed […]

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Overcoming Murphy’s Law yields pain-relieving yarns for socks

November 6th, 2020

“Lather, rinse, repeat. Lather, rinse, repeat,” became the mantra of Matt Komes, CEO at VOLT, when his company took on the challenge of making CBD-infused socks for pain relief. Komes presented the VOLT product development process Oct. 5 at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020. VOLT, a division of Supreme Corp., has expertise in military and medical […]

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Medical textiles market forecast

June 5th, 2020

According to Technavio, the medical textiles market and is poised to grow by USD 2.99 billion during 2020–2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers and the overall market environment. The market is fragmented, and the […]

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EU regulation threatens medical textile market

November 4th, 2019

Growth in the medical textiles market has the potential to be threatened by a new EU regulation for medical devices, according to a report in issue 114 of Technical Textile Markets from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Under the new regulation, known as Medical Devices Regulation, the time required to design and develop […]

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The value and limitations of medical device master files

November 1st, 2019

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 […]

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Worth the weight: an invention designed to help one child transformed into a company primed to help everyone

June 1st, 2019

By Holly Eamon CapeAble founders Marna Pacheco and Susan Hickok became friends when their families adopted daughters from the same orphanage who both experienced severe early childhood trauma. They became official business owners in 2016. Photo: CapeAble. Whether they’re being touted by a celebrity, promoted by major retailers or recommended by a friend, weighted blankets […]

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Medical textiles keep evolving

October 15th, 2018

Fitzroy Brown, product manager of Bard Peripheral Vascular, discussed the evolution of medical textiles for vascular surgical applications on October 15 at IFAI’s 2018 Expo Pre-Conference in Dallas, Texas. Attendees at the presentation learned that implantable fabrics were first experimented with in World War II and the Korean War. According to Brown, the first applications […]

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Textile-based robots

September 1st, 2018

A Harvard collaboration develops soft, wearable robotics for hands. Soft, wearable robotics is an emerging field that looks at methods of enabling functional, powered support to assist human movements using lightweight, low-profile and flexible materials such as textiles. A diverse team of researchers in the Harvard Biodesign Lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired […]

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