New filtration media for gas turbines announced

March 30, 2018

Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces the launch of Trinitex® Advance W3200, an E12 industrial filtration media specifically designed for pulse jet gas turbine applications. This is the second product launch from the platform, a range of filtration media designed to purify air for industrial applications. The company reports that the product’s E12 efficiency class may produce up to …

TeXtreme® expands product line with ±45° Grid fabric

March 29, 2018

TeXtreme® is proud to announce their latest addition to their line of Spread Tow products, the ±45° Grid fabric. This new version of TeXtreme Spread Tow fabric will further broaden the ability to optimize Spread Tow solutions for new applications and markets, the company says. TeXtreme Spread Tow Grid can be tailored to meet specific …

Baldwin showcases TexCoat G3

March 28, 2018

TexCoat G3, a precision application technology product from Baldwin Technology Company Inc., enables a sustainable textile and nonwoven finishing process with low energy consumption, reduced water and chemistry waste, and substantial savings of production time and costs. The product will be showcased during the ITM tradeshow, held in Istanbul April 14–17, 2018. Launched in 2017, …

Toray to acquire TenCate Advanced Composites

March 27, 2018

Koninklijke Ten Cate B.V. (TenCate) has reached an agreement with integrated chemicals and materials group Toray Industries Inc. on the acquisition of TenCate Advanced Composites (TCAC). The combination of TCAC and Toray brings together complementary product offerings in high performance composites serving the aerospace, space and communications and high-performance industrial markets. There is strong strategic …

New technologies are redefining today’s textiles

March 26, 2018

From raw materials to manufacturing processes, the word “textile” takes on new meanings. Textile technology is undergoing a revolution, with innovative structures, raw materials and manufacturing platforms creating new fabrics that defy old-school definitions. Introductory textile science classes taught us that textiles were materials that could be woven, knit, crocheted, knotted or felted from yarns …

Digitally woven textiles copy origami paper structures

Studio Samira Boon collaborated with the TextielMuseum’s TextielLab in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and Professor T. Tachi from the University of Tokyo to translate traditional paper folding into digital weaving techniques. The computerized origami structures are able to incorporate smart properties to adapt to their surroundings, including being responsive to light, heat and sound. Archi Folds, …

IFAI, Dept. of Commerce will host Smart Fabrics Summit

Registration remains open until April 23, 2018 The 2018 Smart Fabrics Summit will be held on April 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Co-hosted by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the goal of the summit is to foster greater collaboration …

Harvard researchers personalize soft exosuit devices

Soft, assistive devices, such as the exosuit being designed by the Harvard Biodesign Lab, work best when the wearer and the robot are in sync. But every person moves a bit differently, and tailoring the robot’s parameters for an individual user is a time-consuming and inefficient process. Now, however, researchers from the Wyss Institute for …

Textile printing technology produces high-resistance fabric

Munich-based industrial designer Bastian Müller’s brand Patronace has introduced a unique soft protection jacket created using a new textile printing technology called GRDXKN. This process, according to a Designboom story, can integrate mechanical material performance into the textile, making it possible for two-dimensional colors to become three-dimensional in parts. Color that was once purely decorative has now become …

“State of the U.S. Textile Industry” addressed by NCTO

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) outgoing Chair William V. McCrary Jr. delivered the trade association’s 2018 State of the U.S. Textile Industry overview at NCTO’s 15th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Mr. McCrary’s speech outlined U.S. textile supply chain economic, employment and trade data; the 2018 policy priorities of domestic textile manufacturers; and other NCTO activities. …