AATCC hosting textile testing workshop

November 3rd, 2014

Colorfastness tests to include crocking, light, washing and perspiration. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) will host its Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop Dec. 3-4 at the AATCC headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The workshop is designed for textile industry professionals who are responsible for product evaluation, specifications and quality control […]

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FR finished edge trim

November 1st, 2014

Safe Reflections’ high-visibility, flame-retardant finished edge trim is now widely available in two forms: a two-inch-wide, high-visibility, flame-retardant trim that is ready to be sewn to FR apparel, featuring sewn-on 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material–8940 Silver Industrial Wash Flame Resistant Fabric; and a laminated version, featuring 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material–9740 Industrial Wash Flame Resistant Transfer Film. […]

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JV300 printer series

November 1st, 2014

JV300 printer series The Mimaki JV300 Series of production-speed, eco-solvent printers is comprised of two models: the 53-inch Mimaki JV300-130 printer and the 64-inch Mimaki JV300-160 printer. JV300 printers include eight ink channels and a variety of colors, using Mimaki SS21 fast-drying, eco-solvent inks that can print on hundreds of media choices. New technologies, such […]

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Cool on the course—no sweat

November 1st, 2014

Members of the U.S. team at the PGA Ryder Cup held in Perthshire, Scotland, this September may have felt the heat from the pressure of competition, but it wasn’t from the sun, thanks to temperature-regulating hats. Developed by Outlast® Technologies, a Golden, Colo.-based leader in proactive heat management, the hats are the product of a […]

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U.S. equipment rental industry grows

November 1st, 2014

The U.S. equipment rental industry is expected to grow 7.6 percent in 2014 to generate $35.8 billion in revenue and outpace gross domestic product (GDP) by more than four times, according to the American Rental Association’s (ARA) latest forecast from the ARA Rental Market Monitor™. Total equipment rental revenue is forecasted to grow 10.5 percent […]

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Manufacturing for other militaries

November 1st, 2014

Manufacturers can produce non-strategic items for the militaries of foreign governments, but just like any other business venture outside the United States, it takes patience and education. “Every country operates differently,” says Ron Houle of DHS Systems LLC, based in Tanner, Ala. “Like our military, they can move very, very slowly at times.” The first […]

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China commits to greater sustainability

November 1st, 2014

A new report by Textiles Intelligence details the rise in the use of bioresins and biofibers in China’s nonwovens industry in the coming years. Published in the latest issue of Technical Textile Markets, the report credits a commitment to greater sustainability in manufacturing and biodegradable products on the part of the Chinese government. As GDP […]

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The future of structural electronics

November 1st, 2014

Imagine aircraft and cars with “nervous systems” that alert to touch and damage. Or, a smart skin made of insulating fiber composites on vehicles, buildings and other structures that can perform functions like electricity generation and storage, or diversion of lightning strikes. This brave new world of structural electronics is not so distant in the […]

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Development subsidy awarded to Factory of the Future

November 1st, 2014

A consortium including TenCate and Norma was granted 1.5 million euros from the Province of Overijssel in the Netherlands for smart production in the Factory of the Future. The funding will be used to make the production of advanced TenCate materials, such as protective fabrics, even more efficient, sustainable and smart. One of the main […]

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Registered Apprenticeship offers workforce solutions

November 1st, 2014

It may sound like an old-fashioned idea, but in today’s workplace apprenticeships are a thoroughly modern option. Registered Apprenticeship is a national system of industry-driven, on-the-job training delivered through partnerships with individual companies. This “earn-and-learn” training model combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. Registered Apprentice has a network of […]

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