The testing issue

April 1st, 2016

CTT Group uses its proprietary Flash Fire Man™ for some of the many hundreds of tests it performs on textiles. Testing the finished garment is particularly important for protective and safety clothing. Clothing designed to protect against fire needs to be checked for the fabric itself but also to ensure that seams, fastenings and openings...

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Smarter every day

April 1st, 2016

The wearables market builds customer relationships with new products and high-tech expertise. The speedy acceptance of wearable technology by health and fitness enthusiasts has supported impressive growth in this market. This growth reflects today’s larger culture, in which people expect ready access to information. Consumers can even monitor and evaluate their health and fitness goals...

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Clothing makes the competitor

March 1st, 2016

The Condition Black Jacket is extra rugged to enhance an athlete’s physical and cognitive performance in extreme conditions. Athletes are always looking for new ways to push the limits of endurance and test their physical and psychological mettle. It’s no secret that the right clothing can affect performance, protect against the elements and help prevent...

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Safety first

March 1st, 2016

Schoeller ecorepel® technology is a PFC-free textile finish that is water repellent, ecological and wash resistant. Photo: Schoeller Technologies AG. A closer look at environmentally preferred DWR finishes. With the growing emphasis on multiple functionality and comfort in safety apparel, breathable and durable water repellency (DWR) has become an important attribute of most safety clothing...

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Connecting the threads

February 1st, 2016

Tips for obtaining strong patent protection in textiles. Imagine that a research scientist developed a new woven fabric that could potentially have a significant impact as an implantable medical device to replace damaged tissue. Excited about the potential of this breakthrough technology, this scientist now grows concerned about the next steps. How does she protect...

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Textiles in space

February 1st, 2016

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra is seen floating during a spacewalk on Dec. 21, 2015. NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra released brake handles on crew equipment carts on either side of the space station’s mobile transporter rail car so it could be latched in place ahead of a docking of a Russian cargo resupply...

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R&D for everyone

January 1st, 2016

The center’s extrusion lab creates fiber from raw materials and can produce continuous filament and staple filament. Photos: Gaston College Textile Technology Center. Gaston College Textile Technology Center offers its equipment and expertise for hire. Autocoro, MDTA Rotorring, Spectraflash, Statimat. If you don’t have one of these, know how to operate one or even know...

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Comfortable, versatile—and smart

December 1st, 2015

Sensoria is already expanding its line of smart garments beyond its first product, the Sensoria Sock. Photo: Sensoria Inc. Interest, investment and applications in wearables show robust growth. With wearable technology continuing to thrive, IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in October offered attendees a variety of opportunities to learn about the current and...

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Determining relevance

November 1st, 2015

A process for choosing standards and testing for your products. Standard test methods characterize goods and services so that communication between buyers and sellers is facilitated across the global marketplace. Manufacturers may be motivated to test their products according to published standards to communicate their quality or function, to enable specific advertising claims to be...

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Thriving on innovation

October 1st, 2015

Success in medical and biomedical textiles markets requires established expertise and a long-term commitment. If you want to talk about today’s medical textiles markets, it’s necessary to go beyond the end product—and even the finished textile—and look at what goes into making that textile. And as much as highly engineered materials are now well established,...

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