Ehmke Manufacturing receives award from Boeing

July 19, 2019

The Boeing Company has named Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc. the recipient of the Gold/Silver 2018 Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA). The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance.  Ehmke maintained a Gold/Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from October 2017 to September …

Archroma launches ultra-low VOC polymer coating

July 18, 2019

With the goal of creating safer and more ecological products for the textile industry, specialty chemical manufacturer Archroma has launched a water-based ultra-low VOC polyurethane polymer coating technology, a recent release announced. The company says it has developed Lurapret N5396 & N5392 liq to provide textile manufacturers with an additional water-based option that delivers high performance …

Protecting our protectors

July 15, 2019

Slash resistant clothing can reduce the risk of knife injuries and laceration.  by Robert Kaiser People throughout history have sought and found the means to protect themselves with specially designed and constructed garments. From furs and chainmail, to leather, metals or fabric, a range of materials has been used creatively to protect against injury or …

Toxic gas risk found in burning PTFE

People in low income countries could be exposed to highly toxic gases from the uncontrolled incineration of outdoor clothing made with fluorine-based membranes, says a recently published study, received from Sympatex. Results from the Frankfurt-based independent testing house, Warringtonfire, appear to show that highly-toxic hydrofluoric acid (HF, up to 63 ppm) and hydrochloric acid (HCI, …

Improved graphene production method discovered

A team of researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT University, and the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India, have used eucalyptus bark extract to create graphene, a material touted as the thinnest and strongest material knows to humans.  Graphene’schemical and physical properties give it the potential for applications in many areas, including computer …

Progress in e-textile standards

Organizers push for industry participation in the ongoing process. By Janet Preus Work is well underway, progress has been reported, and new initiatives have been launched. At IFAI’s Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit this spring, presenters Chris Jorgensen, IPC, and Stephanie Rodgers, Apex Mills, provided a comprehensive update on the development of international standards for e-textiles. …

Garments can communicate via vibrations

Imagine not seeing anything, nor hearing anything. Such communication obstacles affect all aspects of life. Many people with deaf-blindness communicate via tactile signing and also haptic signals (touch and movement) on the body. Researchers, led by a team at the University of Borås, are working to digitize and integrate these functionalities into a garment. Haptic …

No shortcuts

by Janet Preus “If you’re going to do it, do it right.” We’ve all heard that saying, and we probably all agree with it, too. But if you’re going to create something that’s never existed before, how do you know that you’re doing it right?  I’m not talking about a new technology, a new material …

The aerospace market

July 12, 2019

As NASA sets a course for Mars and a return to the moon, and private companies engage in a new space race, textile companies find opportunities for high-performance fabrics and products.  by Amy Goetzman When does a single lemon cost $2,000? When it’s in space. NASA reports that it costs about $10,000 in fuel to …

New line of medical scrubs introduced

July 11, 2019

Medical scrubs need to be practical and comfortable, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish. That’s the proposition behind Barco® Uniform’s Grey’s Anatomy™ collection of medical apparel for women and men. Recently, the company upped its game with the introduction of Grey’s Anatomy EDGE, a new line in the globally popular brand.  EDGE’s secret weapon is …