Right and light

April 19th, 2014

Hazmat protection needs to be exactly right for its use—and as lightweight as possible. Protecting people from hazardous materials is serious business—and it’s complex. Fabric designed for use in hazmat suits and gear undergo careful research and rigorous testing before they are ever made into an application. Once a garment or tent is assembled, more […]

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IFF Scholarships available

April 19th, 2014

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) awards 10 scholarships each year to students interested in a career in the specialty fabrics industry or who are otherwise associated with the industry. The scholarships assist with tuition expenses at an accredited college, university or technical school. One Advanced Textile Products (ATP) Student Scholarship is available. To qualify for […]

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Vestagen urges “Keep the Coat”

April 19th, 2014

Orlando, Fla.-based Vestagen Technical Textiles has launched “Keep the Coat,” a campaign to build awareness that technological advancements have improved the ability of protective clothing in health care to be a line of defense for care providers, their patients and their families. Scientific evidence shows traditional healthcare worker attire—such as a lab coat or scrubs—can […]

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May 23 deadline for Student Design Challenge

April 19th, 2014

The Advanced Textiles Products division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) invites submissions to its Student Design Challenge. This annual contest was established to encourage college and university students of design, textiles, engineering and allied curricula to solve safety and protection problems using technical textiles and narrow fabrics in functional designs. The students must […]

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Thermore launches ARIA

April 19th, 2014

ARIA, Thermore’s alternative to down is now available in a new blend with 50 percent recycled fibers for a more sustainable offering. ARIA mimics down insulation in every aspect, from its luxury look to its lightweight. But it is also chemical free and hypoallergenic, and offers as much as 80 percent cost savings over real […]

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Radiation protective textiles for earth and beyond

April 7th, 2014

With close to $1.46 billion in investments since 2008, the commercial space industry is blasting ahead at speeds close to their supersonic vehicles. Key players include former Paypal co-founder Elon Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Virgin’s own celebrity Sir Richard Branson. Promises of breathtaking views of Earth’s curvature and the adrenaline rush from six […]

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MIST methodologies

April 7th, 2014

NCSU lab rethinks chemical/biological hazard protection testing and derives important new conclusions. When you ask first responders if they are more concerned about having enough protection against flash fire exposures, ballistic and physical hazards, heat stress, or chemical and biological threats, more times than not they are going to say they are most concerned about […]

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Cool-jams fosters valuable sleep

April 7th, 2014

San Diego-based Cool-jams has introduced Performance Sleep Products, a new moisture-wicking sleepwear and temperature-regulating bedding that helps athletes’ bodies achieve optimal sleep temperature. The fabric regulates body heat while minimizing energy expended to keep the body cool. The moisture-wicking properties carry away built-up heat while an antimicrobial agent fights odor and bacteria. Stanford University research […]

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S+TP becomes Advanced Textile Products

April 7th, 2014

As of April 1, 2014 the IFAI division Safety + Technical Products (S+TP) has been changed to the Advanced Textile Products (ATP) Division. The ATP Board unanimously voted to change the name and the feedback received from members was all positive. The goal of the name change is to increase engagement in and the relevance […]

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Interactive “sky painting”

April 7th, 2014

Janet Echelman is known for her large-scale aerial sculptures, but a recent installation in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, topped her previous work both in size and scope. This one spanned 745 feet between the 24-story Fairmont Waterfront and the Vancouver Convention Center. The occasion was the TED Conference’s 30th anniversary in March. The sculpture was constructed […]

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