Thermal control: beyond apparel

May 9, 2017

A range of industries could benefit from new materials, processes and technologies. Recent advances in thermal control for apparel have “grabbed the headlines” in this type of textile technology, but there are highly sophisticated materials and technologies that are less obvious, but at least as impressive. Depending on what the desired outcome is, an approach …

Project recycles to create new raw material for textiles

The TeKiDe project is a collaboration between VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University with the goal of transforming wood fibers and discarded cotton textiles, such as used sheets and towels, into viscose-type fiber to be used as raw material for textile products. The project focuses on the carbamate, BioCelSol and Ioncell-F technologies, …

“Kitty Hawk” makes flying over water accessible

May 5, 2017

An new electric aircraft, designed to be flown over fresh water, has been introduced by Kitty Hawk Corp. Dubbed the Kitty Hawk Flyer, the aircraft has been tested and is legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the ultralight category of FAA regulations. Users won’t need a pilot’s license to operate …

Sympatex partners with Lenzing on laminates

May 4, 2017

Sympatex Technologies recently presented the first results of its new cooperation with Austrian fiber manufacturer Lenzing AG. The companies are producing functional laminates based on botanic TENCEL® fibers. The laminates are intended to provide clothing with breathability and comfort while protecting the wearer from wind and water. According to Lenzing, TENCEL fibers are produced using …

Samil Spinning closes deal with Buhler Quality Yarns

May 3, 2017

Switzerland-based Hermann Bühler AG has successfully completed the sale of its U.S. subsidiary, Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., to South Korean Samil Spinning Co. Ltd., as of March 20, 2017. Final closing was the end of April. Further details of the transaction were not disclosed. As a key player in the North American yarn market, and …

Portable bridge responds to emergencies

May 2, 2017

Simeon Ortmüller’s portable bridge may provide crucial minutes to emergency responders who need to access areas cut off from transportation routes. Ortmüller is a young German industrial designer. The bridge, named ACCESS, is anchored to both sides of the moving water. Then the bridge rolls out across the water, led by a flexible floating jetty …

Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc. receives Boeing award

May 1, 2017

Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc. has been named 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award Winner. The Philadelphia, Pa.-based company was recognized for its support of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security Division, specifically the Boeing H-47 Chinook and V-22 Osprey programs. Ehmke provides engineering, manufacturing and installation support for the design and fabrication of the acoustical insulation …