Gas-detecting threads

August 1st, 2019

Sensing threads prepared with bromothymol blue (top thread), methyl red (middle thread) and MnTPP (bottom thread) are exposed to ammonia at 0 ppm (left panel) 50 ppm (middle panel) and 1000 ppm (right panel). Photo: Rachel Owyeung, Nano Lab, Tufts University. The detection of volatile gases can be critical in public health, workplace safety, military […]

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The right technology can save you money

October 17th, 2018

Trying to figure out which technology can save a business money can be confusing given all the options available. In his Oct. 17 Expo session, “Using Technology to Improve the Bottom Line,” Mark Stiver, manager of ecommerce, strategy and analytics for Trivantage, gave a high-level view of the primary types of technology available to specialty […]

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Digital manufacturing transforms flat knitting

October 16th, 2018

Connie Huffa, president of Fabdesigns Inc., doesn’t see the 4.0 Industrial Revolution as a factor that hurts jobs. Rather, she explains, “Jobs are changing but not being eliminated.” Huffa, a textile engineer, discussed the how the textile industry, like other manufacturing businesses, is experiencing the fourth Industrial Revolution. Her presentation was part of the IFAI’s […]

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From machines to humans: Boost the productivity of your business

September 1st, 2017

Improving productivity depends on a combination of efficient employees, equipment and processes. Driving improvement in all these areas involves examining the current practices in place and making adjustments to systems, employee training, technology, equipment and tools. From small tweaks in communication processes to large technology improvements, companies are using many techniques to boost productivity. Tecsew […]

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Streamlining with software

January 1st, 2016

Today's software and apps help fabricators keep pace and stay competitive, efficient and productive. Few words captivate the software and app sector more than the word change. Software and applications are drastically changing the way we do business, and many specialty fabric end product manufacturers (EPMs) and suppliers have integrated software and apps into their […]

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Arkema expands Kynar® foam extrusion technology to new markets

December 18th, 2015

Arkema is expanding the use of its Kynar® foam extrusion technology into new markets where a chemically resistant, fire resistant and high temperature polymer foam is required. These markets include oil and gas, where chemical and high temperature resistance are key, as well as the transportation market, which requires high temperature/low flame and smoke, and […]

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AATCC committees to discuss wearable technology, static electricity

October 13th, 2015

Two new groups will meet to discuss wearables and static electricity as part of The Association of Textile, Apparel and Materials Professionals’ (AATCC) fall committee meetings in November. All interested parties are invited to attend the free meetings. Nearly 50 research and administrative committees will meet across the three-day event held Nov. 3–5 at the […]

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Mimaki printer cutter line incorporates licensed Gerber technology

September 1st, 2008

Gerber Scientific Inc. has announced that the newly released Mimaki CJV-30 series integrated printer cutter line incorporates licensed technology from Gerber Scientific. In the fiscal fourth quarter of 2008, Gerber granted a worldwide license to Mimaki Engineering Company Limited. The license represented the second nonexclusive license Gerber has granted for its family of computerized “print-to-cut” […]

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Increase in printing on fabrics revives need for sewing equipment

September 1st, 2008

Despite detractors that call sewing a “dinosaur technology,” it remains one that defies extinction. In fact, with the rapid growth of UV, dye sublimation, and solvent printing on fabrics, sewing may be more vital than ever to the banner/display finishing process. Newer technologies, such as hot air and RF welding, have proven capable of fusing […]

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Pantone Inc. approves use of Océ printing systems

September 1st, 2008

Océ, Trumbull, Conn., and Düsseldorf, Germany, announces that the Océ VarioStream 9240 and Océ ColorStream 10000 full color production printing systems, supported by Océ PRISMA workflow software, have been approved by Pantone Inc., Carlstadt, N.J., for use with the Pantone Matching System colors, and the Pantone Goe System colors. Pantone Inc. serves the color communication, […]

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