FlexIC knowledge transfer to benefit designers

January 31, 2019

Researchers in the Sustainable Electronic Technologies Group are working with industrial partner PragmatIC to devise a process design kit (PDK) that will expand the potential for its mass market uses of flexible electronics. The collaboration is between PragmatIC, which creates ultra-low-cost flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs), and the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at …

Devan fabric promotes deep sleep

January 30, 2019

Devan Chemicals, based in Belgium, has added cannabidiol (CBD) to its R-Vital sleep-promoting range of microencapsulated active ingredients that enhance textiles with anti-oxidative effects. The CBD tincture or extract has a balancing effect that helps facilitate a good night’s sleep, the company reports. CBD is extracted from hemp, a non-psychoactive type of cannabis. Encapsulated substances, …

STOLL contributes knitting expertise to a Guggenheim exhibition

January 29, 2019

STOLL, a German 3D knitting machinery company, co-created and manufactured the textile element of “A Tent without a Signal,” a digitally flatbed knitted tapestry. Stoll reports that the tapestry is part of the Guggenheim Museum exhibition, Architecture Effects, which looks at the Bilbao effect in our culture. According to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s co-curators, Troy Conrad …

Bally Ribbon Mills receives ISO 13485:2016 certification

January 28, 2019

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), which designs, develops and manufactures highly specialized engineered woven fabrics, announces that the company has received ISO 13485:2016 certification, the international standard that governs the design and manufacture of medical devices. BRM passed a surveillance audit with zero non-conformances. For more than 50 years, BRM has been supplying high quality medical …

U.S. Department of Defense awards clothing contracts

January 25, 2019

National Industries for the Blind, Alexandria, Va., was awarded a $13,673,411 firm-fixed-price contract to procure Army combat shirts. Work will be performed in Richmond Hill, New York; Winston Salem, North Carolina; and San Antonio, Texas, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2020. Mount Rogers Community Services Board, Atkins, Virginia, was awarded a $9,415,720 …

Paraxylene plant in Mississippi to close

January 23, 2019

Chevron Phillips Chemicals (CP Chem) has announced it will be closing a paraxylene (PX) plant in Mississippi. PX is the raw material used to produce PTA, which is the major raw material for polyester. There has been little growth in the U.S. polyester market for some years, a recent release said, but a new PET resin …

EPA finalizes amendments on air pollutant standards

January 21, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing minor amendments to the 2002 and 2003 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Surface Coating of Large Appliances; Printing, Coating, and Dyeing of Fabrics and Other Textiles; and Surface Coating of Metal Furniture. The EPA says in a summary of the report that the …

Fire danger!

NC State rises to the challenge of developing the next generation wildland fire shelter. The Textile Protection and Comfort Center at North Carolina State University (NC State) has recently completed a project to develop advanced fire blocking materials for wildland fire shelters. Roger Barker, director of the center discussed the three-year-long project at IFAI’s Expo …

Teijin Frontier launches sensing garments

Teijin Frontier has launched a new line of sportswear and other garments incorporating sensing technologies, a recent release announced. The technology is expected to be applied to sports techniques and to support the progress of physical therapy patients. The company’s new vital sensing wear combines NANOFRONT fibers with vital-sign sensing technology. By sensing heart rates …

HeiQ technology offers increased warmth-to-bulk ratio

HeiQ has launched a radiant barrier technology designed to allow outerwear, mid-layers, sleeping bags and other products to maintain warmth and breathability while reducing bulk by as much as 50 percent, the company says. HeiQ XReflex employs an ultra-thin reflective surface, applied through a vapor deposition process, which reflects the body’s radiant heat. The company claims that by …