Antimicrobial use in today’s textile industry

July 24, 2017

Early in the manufacturing process, nonwoven materials can be imbued with additives and masterbatches that deliver antimicrobial performance alongside colorants, flame retardants, strength enhancers, softening agents and more in one pellet. Photo: Americhem. Where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. Increased use of woven and nonwoven textiles,

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Sustainable solutions in antimicrobials

July 24, 2017

With environmental concerns about traditional treatments, the industry works to offer more eco-friendly options. Antimicrobial properties are fast becoming an expected treatment in textiles for applications that range from hospital drapes and linen, to contract and domestic textiles, as well as clothing. While offering protection from germs is a positive,

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Rethinking odor control

July 10, 2017

Body odors are the result of bacterial activity and can be described by their chemical compounds. Graphic by Compound Interest, courtesy of Sensory Spectrum. New antimicrobial technologies focus on treatments for ‘permastink.’ It’s everywhere, and it’s not attractive. Permastink—the unpleasant smell that won’t wash out of textile products—has become a

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Today’s nonwoven sector: an overview

June 26, 2017

FiberTect is an inert, flexible, nonwoven composite substrate for absorbing and adsorbing chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals and pesticides. Photo: First Line Technology. Versatility in fiber content can lead to expanding applications. Nonwoven fabrics have become a mainstay in the textiles sector. Compared to commodity textiles, nonwovens, industrial textiles,

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The new nonwovens

June 12, 2017

Caption: Teijin’s Unisel nonwoven uses a proprietary process to achieve an ultra-fine multi-layered and stretch -expanding material that can be printed. Material and weight are both minimized, which is also good for the environment. Photo: Marie O’Mahony Improvements in performance include more eco-friendly materials and processes. The global market for

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Thermal regulation heats up

May 22, 2017

Ettlin continues to refine its 3D LED lighting panels, offering additional qualities of transparency and thermal control for indoor and outdoor architectural applications. Photo: Marie O’Mahony. Refined materials and improved processes impact climate control applications. New developments in climate control for technical textiles are seeing the emergence of more refined

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TAPPI meeting showcases innovation and collaboration

May 22, 2017

Filtration products are expected to experience exponential growth, particularly in Africa and Asia, with increased demands for higher quality products and standards. The Technical Association of the Paper and Pulp Industry (TAPPI) hosted the PaperCon International Conference in April with about 1600 attendees and 75 exhibitors gathered in the Minneapolis

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Thermal control: beyond apparel

May 9, 2017

A range of industries could benefit from new materials, processes and technologies. This metallic “space fabric” was created using 3-D printed techniques that add different functionality to each side of the material. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Recent advances in thermal control for apparel have “grabbed the headlines” in this type of textile

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AATCC conference examines new textile developments

April 24, 2017

This year’s AATCC Conference brought together a record number of diverse businesses and institutions that work in the textile industry. Photo: AATCC. The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) held its annual international conference in Wilmington, N.C., March 28–30.  It was the largest gathering in ten years with

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IP for innovators

April 24, 2017

Wearable technology faces rising legal questions. Wearable technology is impacting the college and professional sports industry at every level from fitness training to spectator engagement. With the trend set to increase over the next five years, it is worthwhile to ask, “What could this mean for intellectual property (IP) and

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