Bulwark, Milliken turn up the heat on new flame-resistant work wear

February 27, 2014

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bulwark and Milliken & Co. of Spartanburg, S.C., have partnered to develop a new line of flame-resistant apparel that offers new levels of comfort along with safety. The Bulwark iQ Series featuring a proprietary polyester blend fabric offers protective garments that are light, breathable, fashionable and comfortable to wear for workers and linemen …

Trützschler introduces equipment

Mönchengladbach, Germany-based Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers introduces a pair of new components: the Streamliner, an air-trough dryer, and the automatic surface winder BWT 203-30, which is designed for spunlacing lines. The Streamliner drum dryer features high evaporation and a production speed of 400 m/min in hydroentangling lines. The dryer ensures increased productivity by lowering …

CRAiLAR Flax gets U.S. nod

February 26, 2014

Canadian-based CRAiLAR Technologies Inc. has received a favorable customs classification and tariff ruling that could provide substantial duty savings on imported products blending CRAiLAR Flax. Earlier this year, the U.S. Customs Service ruled CRAiLAR Flax a natural fiber that is neither synthetic nor man-made. The ruling provides for potentially significant duty savings on imported products …

Zünd offers new cutting system

February 25, 2014

Zünd Systemtechnik AG, Swiss manufacturer of digital cutting systems, introduces an advanced modular G3 cutting system configured with an automated sheet feeder for continuous and virtually unattended cutting of various sheet, board and roll materials. The system is designed for continuous operation, and its automated loading system provides manufacturers with a fully automated workflow and …

Stoll taps Schellmammer for CEO

February 21, 2014

German knitting-machine manufacturer H. Stoll GmbH & Co. KG has named Andreas Schellhammer CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2014. He replaces Heinz-Peter Stoll, who recently announced his retirement. Schellhammer joins Ralf Fritschi, Günter J. Raitbaur and Dr. Sven Wünsche on Stoll’s executive board. For the preceding year, he was Stoll’s chief technical manager for development and …

Pillpack rethinks pharmacy convenience

February 19, 2014

Remembering to take just the right medication, and at the right time, can be a challenge – particularly if there are multiple medications to keep track of. PillPack is a full-service pharmacy that ships medications in a two-week roll of individual packs, right to the customer’s door. It was the founder’s mission to focus their …

The “face” of the Sochi Olympics

February 18, 2014

The pavilion of the Russian telecom operator MegaFon, general partner of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, has its name on what may be the most unusual building at this year’s Olympics. During the Winter Olympics, 3D portraits of visitors and sport fans from all over Russia will appear on the facade of the pavilion …

Silkworms spin a colorful yarn

February 7, 2014

Chemists in India have cut a step in the silk-dyeing process by developing an eco-friendly method that allows silkworms to spin fluorescent, colored silk: they feed the worms dyed mulberry leaves.

Fashion and function

When Mercedes-Benz runs a commercial featuring a special suit that lights up to reflect the emotions of the driver, in real time, during his driving experience, we may think “silly” or “spectacular.” But the fact is, the technology that powers the suit is not substantially different from the technology that could power a warfighter’s gear …

Cool Black helps carpet beat the heat

Specialty chemicals maker Clariant, Charlotte, N.C., has introduced black masterbatches specially formulated to reflect heat-generating near-infrared light rays to keep carpeting cooler. At the same time, light in the visible spectrum is absorbed so color development is comparable to that of standard pigments.