Epson to host direct-to-garment virtual event

March 22nd, 2021

Epson America Inc. will host an upcoming virtual event for direct-to-garment customers on Wednesday, April 7. The event, “Redefining High Production DTG Printing with the Epson SureColor® F3070,” will showcase how Epson’s newest DTG printer is redefining high production printing. Epson textile printing experts will show off the new levels of productivity and efficiency Epson […]

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U.S./international textile trade

March 22nd, 2021

The top five challenges and opportunities facing the industry in 2021.  by Nate Bolin The list of trade issues facing Washington policymakers in 2021 is long and growing. Indeed, from the ongoing U.S.–China trade dispute, to new trade and investment rules for U.S. manufacturers, importers and exporters, there seems to be no end to the […]

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Researchers create a stretchy “biological battery”

March 22nd, 2021

A thermoelectric wearable device worn as a ring. Photo: Xiao Lab.  Researchers at Colorado University (CU) Boulder have developed a new, low-cost wearable device that transforms the human body into a biological battery. The device is stretchy enough that it can be worn like a ring, a bracelet or any accessory that touches the skin. The […]

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Organization makes the case for Midwestern reshoring

March 22nd, 2021

Ohio-based organization Heartland Forward recently released a study titled, “Reshoring America: Can the Heartland Lead the Way?” The organization’s mission is to improve economic performance in the geographic center of the U.S. In the study co-authored by Joel Kotkin, Michael Lind and Dave Shideler it asserts that, although the pandemic has had overwhelming impacts, the […]

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Be encouraged

March 22nd, 2021

by Janet Preus I grew up learning all about the Industrial Revolution, which (I was taught at the time) began in England and spread from there across Europe and beyond to the shores of America. Today that seems like an amazingly simplistic version of our manufacturing history, but that’s the way I remember it in […]

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Researchers develop conductive cellulosic thread

March 22nd, 2021

Researchers have sewn their conductive cellulose threads into a garment to offer it thermoelectric properties. Photo: Chalmers University of Technology.  Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a thread made of conductive cellulose, which can be used in textiles that generate electricity.  “There is a real need for organic, renewable materials for […]

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Soft actuators used to create an insect-sized drone

March 22nd, 2021

https://youtu.be/50_kK9phHy8 Video: MIT.  If you’ve ever swatted a mosquito away from your face, only to have it return, you know that insects can be remarkably acrobatic and resilient in flight. Those traits help them navigate the aerial world, with its wind gusts and obstacles. MIT Assistant Professor Kevin Yufeng Chen has built a drone system […]

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Test results announced for new antiviral chemical

March 19th, 2021

DiOX, a company based in Ireland that develops fabric finishing chemicals, announces successful testing of its new antiviral fabric chemical D4. Due to the pandemic, “an increased emphasis on cleanliness and sanitization will influence purchase decisions above price, environmental impact and performance,” says business unit lead, Dave Evans, responsible for the DiOX’s new anti-viral fabric chemical […]

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Herculite acquisition and hiring announcements

March 18th, 2021

Emigsville, Pa-based Herculite Products Inc., manufacturer of high-performance and custom fabrics announces it has acquired the Laminated Fabrics Division of Burlan Manufacturing LLC. This acquisition strengthens Herculite’s global position in high-performance reinforced textile composites. Herculite’s President & CEO, Peter McKernan said, “The acquisition advances our mission to help our customers grow their business through innovative […]

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New knitting technique adds bulk to WHOLEGARMENT knitwear

March 17th, 2021

The AiryPique knit technique with the right yarn allows for increased heat retention. Photo: © Shima Seiki. Japanese knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki announces a new knitting technique that offers more bulk to WHOLEGARMENT knitwear and offers additional versatility. By combining two different yarns between outside and inside, the company says that it is able […]

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