Ticona Wins Best Paper Award

August 26, 2013

Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese® Corp., announces that David Sheridan, senior design engineer, will receive a Best Paper Award in September during opening ceremonies of the 13th annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition. He will present the paper “Integrated Anisotropic Simulation for Components Made from Glass Fiber Reinforced …

Ph.D. studentship opportunity

August 21, 2013

There may be an opportunity for a suitably qualified candidate to undertake a Ph.D. studentship (scholarship) within the Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG) at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, U.K. A first degree is required and a background in electronics or mechatronics would be advantageous. The concept developed by ATRG is a new technology whereby semiconductor …

Verseidag offers duraskin® in the U.S.

August 19, 2013

Verseidag US, Randolph, N.J., has introduced its line of duraskin® architectural materials to the North American market. This includes PTFE coated glass and PVC/polyester material with PVDF weldable topcoat. These high-quality technical fabrics are available in several weights and widths. See Verseidag Seemee.

Auxetics advances

August 13, 2013

An engineering and design company, Advanced Fabric Technologies focuses on developing material solutions for military and commercial applications that incorporate auxetic architecture. The unique characteristics of auxetic geometry, a negative Poisson ratio, allow a fabric to become thicker under stress rather than thinner as experienced in most fabrics. The ability to move or expand under …

Bulletproof backpacks hold a viable market segment

Ballistic protection in backpacks has been available for several years. A tragic event, such as occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, creates renewed interest among the target market group: parents with school children. The BackpackShield™ made of DuPont™ Kevlar® has been on the market since 2007, offering a lightweight, bullet-resistant product (N.I.J. …

Beyond the flak jacket

With today’s high-performance fiber technology, soft body armor offers improved ballistic protection. The technical textiles industry that focuses on ballistic protection has made impressive technological advancements, but as much as the label “bulletproof” is in common use, when used with textiles, it’s simply not accurate. There are no bulletproof fabrics. A better phrase is “soft …

Same technologies, new markets

It sounds easy, doesn’t it? You already have this fantastic technology that’s been tested, prototyped and the first product launched. There’s quite a lot you can do with that one product, if that’s what it is: once it’s on the market somewhere, there’s the potential to find new markets elsewhere. But at some point, you …

PurThread wins technology award

August 12, 2013

PurThread Technologies has been awarded the 2013 American Technology Award in Advanced or Technology Manufacturing by the TechAmerica Foundation. This award recognizes the best products and services from across the technology industry, as evaluated by industry experts. PurThread’s category win singled out excellence in a product or service dedicated to the integration of technology in …

Internet access via balloon

Raven Aerostar and Google are collaborating on a project to provide balloon-powered Internet access for rural, remote, and underserved areas of the world. Raven Engineered Films is participating in “Project Loon” by manufacturing and supplying ultra-thin film to Raven Aerostar for the balloon envelope assembly. The pilot project is still in its early stages, but has …

Kite™ Mosquito Patch offers 48-hour protection

August 11, 2013

A company in Riverside, Calif., is on a mission to save us from … mosquitos. Kite™ Mosquito Patch claims that it can offer 48-hour protection against the insects, which are, at the very least, pesky. Far worse, they spread diseases that too often prove fatal. The “breakthrough scientific discovery,” as stated by the company, is …