Do you think you know narrow fabrics?

July 10, 2015

It’s not hard to picture a “narrow fabric.” After all, the name describes it. Well, that’s true to a point. Although ribbons, ropes, straps, slings, elastics and webbing are all narrow, for those who make high performance products for particularly demanding markets, that’s just the beginning. (See “Narrow fabrics’ widening markets.”) It is a part …

When is a fabric a fabric?

February 10, 2015

This month, our featured material is not about a specific market area, per se, but rather about the challenge of commercializing new technology in any segment of the industry. There’s enough to talk about here to fill a shelf of encyclopedias (remember those?), so the challenge was to manage the topic, given the expanse of …

The sum of its parts

January 12, 2015

There are layers and layers (so to speak) to the flexible composites story. We’re going to start with architectural applications in this issue and move on to additional applications throughout this month. Bruce Wright offers up-to-date information on this topic in his article, “Flexible composites = Innovative structures.” Advances in composite textiles have been important …

Green is growing

December 8, 2014

Each month Advanced Textiles Source features a topic of interest in the industry. It’s a useful way for us organize our publication and ensure that we continue to provide you with interesting unique content in our “Featured” section. This month the topic is sustainability. We always cover news relevant to sustainability issues in our “Eco …

This is a different kind of fight

November 24, 2014

The military is used to deploying to dangerous locations around the globe, but these are generally combat missions with a foe whose ideology threatens our security. There is another foe with which U.S. troops will do battle; its name is “Ebola.” What’s needed in this fight against a clearly dangerous “foe” are bases from which …

Disrupt or be disrupted

November 11, 2014

At IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Expo in October, Dr. Benham Pourdeyhimi from NCSU’s Nonwovens Institute concluded his presentation with this admonition: “Disrupt or be disrupted.” (See “Keynotes offer overviews” on this site.) Nonwovens markets are growing, but they are also undergoing significant change, with new engineered products making an impact in the nature of growth in …

Implantable drug delivery with extruded fibers

October 27, 2014

Extruded fibers, loaded with precise dosages of drugs can be made into various implantable drug delivery platforms that can provide healing with more precision and efficacy than other methods now used. This is the premise of Dallas, Texas-based TissueGen Inc., the developer of the absorbable polymer technology. In a presentation at IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Expo …

What today’s medical textiles can do

October 14, 2014

[lightbox link=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2014/10/Secant-Medical-Nitinol-Blue-Braid-Merged-Small-sRGB.jpg” thumb=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2014/10/Secant-Medical-Nitinol-Blue-Braid-Merged-Small-sRGB-940×350.jpg” width=”940″ align=”center” title=”Secant Medical Nitinol Blue Braid Merged-Small sRGB” frame=”true” icon=”image”] IFAI Advanced Textiles Conference medical track covers innovations in textile engineering. The first day of IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 13-14 covered a range of innovative new technologies and products in the field of medical and biomedical textiles. It may take …