New technology and management strategies can prevent targeted cyberattacks

October 1st

Modern, targeted cyberattacks can take any organization by surprise. And these targeted cyberattacks are increasingly widespread. CBS “Money Watch” reported in June 2015 that more than 80 percent of U.S. companies have been successfully hacked, according to a Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey. According to the CBS report, “Successful attacks by hackers involved...

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Coating tests that evaluate five types of durability

September 1st

Matthew Logan (left), product application engineer at APV Engineered Coatings, closes a gallon pail with a mallet, while Gregory Marty, chemist and QC manager, tests Pencil Hardness on a sample of coated material using graphite pencils. The test allows him to evaluate the value of hardness of a particular coating formulation. Photo: APV Engineered Coatings....

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Canada is putting a new emphasis on developing smart textiles and wearable innovations

September 1st

Myant & Co. recently introduced a line of athletic apparel with smart textiles that uses electroluminescent technology to glow, enhancing the wearer’s visibility (and safety) at night. Photo: Myant & Co. Textile is rapidly becoming the most effective wearable technology form factor,” says Tony Chahine, CEO of Myant & Co., a member of the Canadian-based...

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Bold predictions: What’s realistic for smart textiles

August 1st

Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanowebs with fibers of about 250nm can be functionalized with metal oxides to create smart self-cleaning filters. Photo: Dr. Uday Turaga, Texas Tech University. The words smart textiles have generated much discussion in the industry and the media recently. India-based market research firm Markets and Markets has estimated that the value of...

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Reinforcement of seismic proportions

July 29th

Textile manufacturer Komatsu Seiren applied its own fiber-reinforcing products to its former office building to stabilize the structure against future earthquakes, linking roof to ground via cables made of carbon fiber composite. Photo: Takumi Ota. A Japanese fabric manufacturer reinforces its showroom against future earthquakes, making a provocative visual statement. With the four main islands...

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Equipment purchasing: price and value

July 18th

Today’s advanced sewing equipment offers a host of cost- and labor-saving advantages. In addition to energy-efficient motors, the machines incorporate sophisticated features like auto back-tacking, under-thread trimming devices and (shown here) parachute line cord feed—hot cut, fold, place and sew. Photo: Henderson Sewing Machine Co. ROI is still an important factor in buying decisions, but...

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Projects and prototypes

June 29th

Solar Cloth Company and Base Structures recently merged and will focus on the deployment of solar carports in the U.K. Photo: Solar Cloth Co. Industry breakthroughs are proving the viability of photovoltaic fabrics. The University of Wisconsin–Madison may not be the first research institution you would think of for solar textiles research, but a relatively...

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Working smarter, from fabric to product

June 29th

4-Options Studio helps tech companies integrate smart textiles into the latest styles, finding the right balance between knowledge of the market, technology and creativity. Photos: 4-Options Studio. Amsterdam-based studio works with manufacturers to bring a design sensibility to smart fabrics. The theme for this year’s Met Gala, the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art style spectacular...

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Streamlining with software

January 1st

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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Hazardous duty

December 1st

How fabric technology is protecting rescuers against ever-more-dangerous situations. On the hot summer day in 2013 when 19 experienced firefighters lost their lives, the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix, Ariz., spanned 8,400 acres. The trees were dry, the humidity was low and the wind suddenly turned, cutting off escape and creating an inferno. The...

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