Nike introduces Hyperwarm Flex for cold weather

November 28th, 2014

Sports-apparel manufacturer Nike has released Hyperwarm Flex, its “warmest and most flexible” base layers for athletes training and competing in cold climates. The product is a top-and-pant combination that uses seamless-knitting manufacturing technology and advances in materials science to deliver base-layer protection. Both the pant and top feature breathable mesh and seamless knit engineering; distinct knitted panels in […]

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Teijin Aramid announcements

November 27th, 2014

Teijin Aramid of Arnhem, the Netherlands, a subsidiary of the Tokyo-based Teijin Group, has announced it will raise prices for its synthetic heat-resistant fiber Twaron products. The across-the-board price increase will be 7 percent as existing contracts allow. Twaron products are used worldwide in such applications and markets as automotive, ballistic protection, marine and protective […]

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Linde Canada introduces new line of safety clothing

November 26th, 2014

Linde Canada Ltd. of Calgary, Alberta, introduced its new line of Linde-branded safety pants and shirts at the Le Grand Rendez-Vous santé & sécurité au travail, a tradeshow and conference focusing on health and safety in the workplace, at Montréal’s Palais des Congrès. Linde safety specialists presented the line of safety products, hazardous-gas detection instruments, […]

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PPE manufacturers in high gear to help in the fight against Ebola

November 24th, 2014

Ebola virus disease, or Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a potentially fatal disease that was first identified in 1976. Since then, outbreaks have happened every couple of years, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. However, none of these outbreaks has been as serious as the current epidemic in West Africa. Until 2013, there had been a total of 1,716 […]

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Combatting counterfeiters

November 24th, 2014

No supply chain is safe from counterfeit activity. “To the counterfeiter there is no risk; they can keep doing it all day long,” MeiLin Wan of Applied DNA Sciences, Stony Brook, N.Y., said in her presentation at Advanced Textiles Expo in October. “But what happens to your product? The quality of your product? And the […]

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Smart fibers: past, present and future

November 24th, 2014

From spider silk to bio-fabrics, the future of fiber has endless possibilities, according to Trenton Horinek, business development manager, Hologenix LLC. In a presentation, “Fibers of the Future,” at IFAI Advanced Textiles Expo, Horinek first offered a look back at the history of manmade smart fibers, focusing on what he deemed the forefathers: GORE-TEX®, a […]

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This is a different kind of fight

November 24th, 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 […]

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E-textile ballet shoes trace a dancer’s movements

November 24th, 2014

What if a ballerina could visually follow her movements in order to better focus on her technique and style? An e-textile pointe shoe called E-traces, designed by Lesia Trubat, makes it possible to capture the dancer's movements and transform them into a visual representation by embedding the technology inside the sole of the shoe and on […]

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FLOR saves used carpeting from landfills

November 24th, 2014

FLOR Inc. collected approximately 3,000 pounds of Denver, Colo. residents' used rugs and carpets on America Recycles Day. During the November 15 initiative, FLOR collected carpeting that would have otherwise ended up dumped in a landfill, helping to minimize the estimated 4 billion pounds of carpet that is discarded in the U.S. every year. The […]

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“emBrace” will make spinal braces more bearable

November 24th, 2014

A French-Danish consortium is developing a T-shirt with textile pressure sensors that will increase the comfort and effectiveness of spinal braces worn by teenagers suffering from scoliosis. Proteor SAS, the St. Apollinaire, France, maker of spinal braces, is collaborating with Texisense of Montceau les Mines, France, and Ohmatex ApS of Aarhus, Denmark, to improve the […]

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