Sustainability imperatives drive textile innovation

December 22nd, 2016

Sustainability in textile development and manufacturing is an ongoing conversation, much of it revolving around processes that conserve energy, water and natural resources. But beyond manufacturing processes, sustainability issues are driving true technical innovation, resulting in new products offering a host of advantages. Replacing PFCs in DWRs The search for alternatives to perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) […]

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The technology incubator

December 9th, 2016

IFAI Expo showcases the best of advanced textiles developments. Walking the Advanced Textiles section of IFAI Expo in Charlotte this fall was a bit like touring a food market where an array of ingredients is on display, waiting for a chef to choose, combine them and create a dish whose value is above and beyond that […]

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IFAI Expo highlights textile testing’s growing relevance

November 18th, 2016

Most of us are familiar with the basics of textile testing for comfort, aesthetics and durability in apparel textiles. But the development of textiles for technical and industrial end uses requires an understanding of existing and new criteria for measuring and evaluating textile attributes. These and other aspects of textile testing were included in the […]

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Expanding textile testing to meet today’s technical requirements

October 21st, 2016

The expectations of today’s technical textiles are changing rapidly, requiring the creative use of textile testing to validate the functionality of protective clothing and active wear, as well as establishing new standards for wearable electronics and textile products with unique functional characteristics. The Advanced Textiles Testing Track at IFAI Expo examined textile testing in light […]

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In textile testing, little things matter

October 19th, 2016

The comprehensive tutorial on textile testing delivered at an Oct. 18 session by Dr. Jan Pegram Ballard of NCSU's College of Textiles to attendees at IFAI's Advanced Textiles Conference should be a required refresher course for anyone in the business. By highlighting the “little things” that can affect test results, the three-hour class exposed many of the difficulties […]

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Work safely

July 22nd, 2016

Protective textiles provide innovative solutions in countering workplace hazards. Protective apparel and safety gear for today’s industrial workers are evolving at a rapid pace as technical advances in fiber, fabrics and comfort move beyond the traditional focus on fire and flame retardant (FR) properties. Personal protective equipment (PPE) for firefighters and military personnel may now […]

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A new kind of protective textile

July 8th, 2016

Auxetic materials find their way into new applications and markets. Auxetic materials, which exhibit counter-intuitive properties known as a negative Poisson’s ratio, are inspiring textiles with applications in the fields of wound care, personal protective equipment, and industrial safety. Developments in the field of auxetic textiles were the subject of a symposium this year at […]

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The revitalized North American textile market

May 20th, 2016

A vibrant North American market for industrial and protective textiles is evident at Techtextil/Texprocess. Techtextil/Texprocess N.A., which finished its three-day run May 5, brought North American performance and protective apparel and industrial product manufacturers together with some 519 exhibitors of the latest textile materials and manufacturing processes. The Messe Frankfurt GmbH show took place in […]

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What’s in a Name? A New Look at Smart Textiles

April 8th, 2016

The market for smart textiles is expanding at an exponential rate, with predictions of its potential value ranging from USD$1.59bn to $4.72bn by 2020. As coined in 2009, the term “smart textiles” is defined as textiles that can sense and react to environmental conditions or stimuli from mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical or magnetic sources. In […]

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Safety first: A closer look at environmentally-preferred DWRs

December 4th, 2015

With the growing emphasis on multiple functionality and comfort in safety apparel, breathable durable water repellency (DWR) has become an important attribute of most safety clothing and workwear. Uniforms and workwear coated with PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or its greener alternative, polyurethane, successfully repel water, oil, dirt, chemicals, blood and airborne pathogens; but they are hot, […]

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