Climashield makes bow at Paris’ trade show

November 30, 2015

Clinton, Tenn.-based insulation developer Climashield® made its inaugural appearance at Milipol—the world’s largest specialist homeland security exhibition with visitors representing approximately 150 countries—staged at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. Climashield, with more than 35 years of service to the U.S. military, offers a variety of products for applications including jackets, pants, sleeping bags, gloves …

bluesign introduces productivity calculator blueXpert

November 27, 2015

bluesign Technologies SA, St. Gallen, Switzerland-based developer of sustainable textile manufacturing, has introduced the blueXpert “productivity calculator.” In a press release, bluesign says the web-based application will enable textile manufacturers to save resources, time and costs while also reducing the impact on the environment. Conditions existing in the textile factory as well as the specific …

Oerlikon debuts upgraded production-monitoring system

November 25, 2015

German textile manufacturer Oerlikon’s Manmade Fibers Segment has introduced the next stage of its modular Plant Operation Center (POC), which can now capture and digitize all the steps of yarn production and processing, including plant technology from third-party suppliers. In addition, it can be linked to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. The networking of several …

IFAI, Dept. of Commerce to host smart fabrics summit

November 23, 2015

UPDATE: Date has been changed. The Smart Fabrics Summit will be on April 11, 2016. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to host the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit on April 11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will provide a forum for public and private …

Covestro and ISOTEX partner on waterborne PU technology

November 20, 2015

ISOTEX Engineering and Covestro have entered a partnership to develop textiles using Covestro’s waterborne, solvent-free INSQINâ technology. The companies will jointly promote environmentally friendly solutions for polyurethane (PU)-coated fabrics, addressing the emerging requirements from the sportswear, fashion and automotive industries. A new line of ISOTEX Engineering machines will use the INSQINâ technology to produce waterborne …

Printed Electronics USA focuses on top trends

An article by Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, has identified what they say are the top trends, and the ones on which their Printed Electronics USA 2015 event focuses. Wearable technology is right at the top of their list, specifically, as a strong driver for the development of stretchable electronics, which enables devices that can …

Giant flowers respond to passersby with shading

Created by HQ architects, ‘Warde’ is an urban installation in Jerusalem that is comprised of four nine-meter square-shaped inflatable flowers. These flowers, however, are not just striking with their bright color and impressive size. They are uniquely useful, since they offer city dwellers some welcome shade. They also actively respond to the presence of people …

Temperature control breakthrough?

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a new high-volume production method for hot embossing microscopic channel structures onto large areas of plastic film at a low cost for use, for example, in wearable technology and cosmetic applications. One of VTT’s goals is to engineer a smart fabric adjustable with a mobile app for …