Walking atop the O2 Dome

March 1st, 2013

A walkway above a fabric structure offers an adventurous experience—and a spectacular view of London. This is no walk in the park. The “Up at The O2” adventurer is 53 meters above the ground—safely tethered to the structure—but still, on a walkway only 3 meters wide and 350 meters long, suspended in the air over...

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OEKO-TEX planning sustainability program

March 1st, 2013

The Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) program by OEKO-TEX®. The International OEKO-TEX® Association, Zurich, Switzerland, is currently working on an optimized, independent certification for environmentally friendly and socially responsible companies. The objective is to provide globally operating textile brands, retail companies and manufacturers along the textile value chain with trustworthy and transparent documentation of their sustainable...

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New test criteria for OEKO-TEX Standard 100

March 1st, 2013

New test criteria for Standard 100 effective April 1. The applicable test criteria and limit values for OEKO-TEX Standard 100 product certification have been updated. After a three-month transitional period, the following new regulations will come into force for all certification procedures on April 1, 2013. With these limit values, OEKO-TEX supports the “Zero Discharge...

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Updated styles of direct disperse fabric

March 1st, 2013

Fisher Textiles has added updated styles in its digital printable fabric line for direct dye sublimation printing, all available 122 inches wide. DD 7866 Vistatex (FR) passes NFPA 701 and Title 19, is bright white and stable in both directions, often used in aluminum framing applications. DD 7817 Soft Knit (FR) is now stocked flame...

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Detect flaws in leather

March 1st, 2013

Suitable for use with both conveyor and static cutting systems, the LeatherPRO system helps customers working with leather where detection of flaws in the hide is required. Digital defect marking allows up to two operators to mark imperfections simultaneously, allowing the marking of an entire hide in approximately 2.5 minutes. System handles up to six...

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Fabrics withstand winter temperatures

March 1st, 2013

Most coated fabrics will stiffen and crack when exposed to winter weather; WeatherMax undergoes no change in its properties even at –40 degrees, remaining pliable through punishing weather. A recommended choice for boat covers, enclosures, tents and tops where both appearance and performance matter, it can also be used in applications such as portable ice...

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Stretchable conductive wires heal themselves

March 1st, 2013

Researchers at North Carolina State University are exploring ways to prevent the major shut-downs, accidents and safety risks that happen when someone, somewhere, snaps or cuts the wrong electrical wire. The elastic, self-healing wires have a commercially available polymer in which microfluidic channels are cut. The channels are filled with a liquid metal alloy of...

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Inflatable project rocks the Superbowl

March 1st, 2013

Superstar Beyoncé blasted onstage for the Super Bowl XLVII half-time performance with special effects, huge sound and pyrotechnics that many suspected had blown the circuits of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The live performance setting designed by Tribe Inc. called for an air-powered 120-by-60-foot fabric recreation of the singer’s hair. Doron Gazit of Air...

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FlexPhone features a flexible display

March 1st, 2013

New technologies are stretching the boundaries for fabrics and films. Christian de Poorter, a designer based in Milan, Italy, predicts that 2013 will be the year of flexible displays: a technological revolution, to be sure, and one that could “open new unexplored possibilities,” he believes. Two ends of a rigid FlexPhone aluminum case are connected...

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Sawgrass and Epson sign license agreement for sublimation technology

March 1st, 2013

Sawgrass Technologies Inc. and Seiko Epson Corp. of Japan announced they have entered into a long-term license agreement whereby Epson, as an authorized Sawgrass licensee, will sell inks for sublimation imaging. Sawgrass is an industry leading developer of innovative printing technologies as well as the world’s largest supplier of dye sublimation inks. Seiko Epson is...

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