The challenge of innovating

January 1st, 2023

Hexoskin and Astroskin developments from Hexoskin. Photo: Marie O’Mahony Manufacturing to scale is arguably the most significant challenge facing the smart materials and wearable technology industries—and it’s not just desirable, but essential for growth and survival. Without full commercialization, the drive for new developments and research is in jeopardy. There is no shortage of interest […]

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Sustainable options for functional fabrics

July 27th, 2022

There is a growing interest in bast fibers like hemp, and the woody core of hemp, which can be used as a green building material. A recent report from the Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns about hazards caused by a projected global warming of 1.5 degrees C in the […]

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Textile uses in transportation

June 1st, 2022

Nonwovens earn their place in the transportation sector by saving resources and making vehicles quieter, lighter and more comfortable. Photo: © Péter Gudella, The magic target is 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change) has set an ambitious goal to […]

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Textiles that support energy conservation fill a growing need.

November 1st, 2021

It is estimated that about 6–10 percent of the cost of manufacturing is from energy consumption during manufacture. While the price of raw materials is primarily a fixed cost, to reduce the overall cost of manufacturing, textile businesses can reduce expenses by focussing on manageable and variable costs such as energy use. Photo: © Robert […]

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Mask mandates reduced COVID-19 in about two-thirds of U.S. states

June 1st, 2021

Researchers who concluded that mask mandates contributed to a reduction in cases of COVID-19 in two-thirds of states noted that masks must be worn properly and deployed in conjunction with other mitigating measures for maximum effectiveness. Photo: © Martinmark, An analysis from Texas Tech University’s Department of Environmental Toxicology has affirmed the benefits of […]

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Hemp on the horizon

March 1st, 2021

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of natural products like cotton. As cotton farmers look for new market opportunities, natural fibers such as hemp (at right), flax, coir and jute offer advantages for certain high-performance applications. Photo: ©Leekaomeng, COVID-19 has upended a way of life that we may have taken for granted. With the […]

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New specifications and standards needed for PPE

September 1st, 2020

by Seshadri Ramkumar Drexel University’s Center for Functional Fabrics is among the textile research centers helping to develop and produce new face masks in the fight against the coronavirus. Photo: Drexel University. On June 18, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California issued a statewide order that mandates face coverings in public places and areas where social […]

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Sustainable infrastructure and construction textiles

June 1st, 2019

Infrastructure and construction textiles succeed with a focus on sustainable alternatives. By Seshadri Ramkumar and Marie O’Mahony  The Shed in New York City is an arts center for performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. The building is designed to physically transform to support artists’ most ambitious ideas. Photo: Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Today’s advanced […]

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The protective textiles market

May 1st, 2019

Advanced textiles sector participants can benefit from strong growth predictions.  by Seshadri Ramkumar The Army’s new Soldier Protection System includes a new vest and an Army combat shirt with built-in protection pieces. Photo: Alan Lessig / Staff. The protective textiles sector is expected to grow at an annual rate of 4 percent, according to a […]

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Revitalizing U.S. textiles

April 18th, 2019

In a recent article, Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, explains the reasons why a revival in U.S. textile manufacturing is necessary. His discussion with professor Eric Hequet, a renowned cotton fiber quality expert at Texas Tech, details the steady growth of the advanced textile industry including nonwovens while […]

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