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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Patent law for innovators

April 7, 2017

Protecting the technologies and products that drive growth in the textile industry. Is innovation a key component of your business plan?  Will you distinguish yourself with unique product offerings? Whether protecting our men and women in uniform, advancing the treatment of medical conditions, or adding to a more sustainable tomorrow, innovation

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Are smart textiles ready for the real world?

March 24, 2017

Eurojersey and Directa Plus have joined to create Sensitive brand fabrics laminated with functional membranes containing G+ graphene. Photo: Directa Plus. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a slow but sure evolution of wearable electronics, including smart textiles, designed primarily to monitor body functions and communicate with the Internet of

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Better together

March 10, 2017

Collaborative efforts support growth in the smart textiles industry. The more high tech an industry is, the greater the range of expertise it may need. Advanced textiles, particularly smart materials, are a prime example of this. Textiles often undergo a variety of processes requiring specialized skills and equipment, so collaboration

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Energy harvesting steps up

February 24, 2017

Recent university and scientific lab research from around the world has focused on the potential of kinetic energy harvesting methods, but it may be too soon to see wide-spread commercially viable production. “We set out to answer the question of whether you can get useful amounts of electrical power out

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