The Working Group forms to engage lightweight technologies

January 29, 2016

A German Engineering Federation, Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA), formed a working group on hybrid lightweight technologies. The Working Group Hybrid Lightweight Technologies will be application-oriented and consider a wide range of materials and industries. Multi-material design sees materials increasingly being combined in lightweight applications. The Composite Technology Forum will be replaced with the …

Uster Technologies issues limited-edition yarn clearer

Uster, Switzerland-based fiber-producing monitor Uster Technologies Ltd. has introduced the USTER® QUANTUM 3 Anniversary Edition yarn clearer to mark 50 years of yarn clearing on automatic winders. Released in November 2015, only 300,000 of the clearers are available, on a first-come-first-served basis. The anniversary edition includes extra defect classes, correlated to the USTER CLASSIMAT 5. …

CONWED celebrates 50 years

January 28, 2016

Minneapolis, Minn.-based Conwed plastic-netting manufacturer, is marking its 50th anniversary in 2016 with a campaign theme “Celebrating Our Past, Engineering Our Future.” Since 1966, Conwed has developed netting solutions for hundreds of industrial and consumer products worldwide, and now has five manufacturing locations on two continents, more than 400 employees and a global distribution network. …

Specialty Fabrics Showcase 2016: Call for submissions

January 25, 2016

The April and May 2016 issues of Specialty Fabrics Review magazine will include our special annual showcase of our contributors’ latest high-performance fabrics, for end products ranging from awnings, canopies and tents to medical, military and aerospace products. If you’re an end-product manufacturer, watch for this special feature in our spring 2016 issues! If you’re …

OEKO-TEX sets new Standard 100 test criteria

At the start of 2016, the Zurich, Switzerland-based International OEKO-TEX Association published updated test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with OEKO-TEX Standard 100. The new regulations take effect April 1, 2016, for all certifications, following a three-month transition period. Supplements or changes in the criteria catalog affect: Perfluorinated compounds, organotin compounds, …

Interactive garment responds to another’s gaze

An interactive, 3D-printed wearable has been developed that can detect the gaze of another person and respond accordingly with life-like behavior. The developers of “Caress of the Gaze” say it opens the possibility of a radical new approach to interactive clothing, inspired by nature and the behavior of human skin. Our skin expands, contracts and …

Applied DNA Sciences, USDA enter R&D pact

DNA-security developer Applied DNA Sciences, Stony Brook, N.Y., and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have entered a cooperative research and development agreement to identify cotton species and cultivars (subspecies), using Applied DNA’s fiberTyping®. FiberTyping will genetically verify multiple types of individual cotton cultivars and assist the cotton industry in protecting quality, traceability and economic investments, …

LifeThreads has a new line of antimicrobial apparel

New York-based LifeThreads® LLC has launched the Contego Collection, a second-generation line of antimicrobial medical apparel. The new line, which follows last year’s introduction of the Classic Collection, is treated with an EPA-registered active ingredient that protects the fabric from harmful pathogens found in institutional medical environments. All LifeThreads garments are fluid-resistant, offering healthcare employees …

Invista to launch ‘Embrace the Elements’ campaign

January 21, 2016

Invista will launch a new “Embrace the Elements” marketing campaign for its Coolmax and Thermolite fiber brands in early 2016. The fibers are used within both the Wichita, Kan.-based company’s apparel and non-apparel segments. “The campaign centers on the notion of welcoming surroundings, without fighting the elements, whether it is the heat of the gym …