Examining antimicrobial performance in textiles

November 4th, 2016

Textile testing was front and center at IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference and on the Expo show floor. Testing to be assured that a product will perform as expected is an important step in the development of any application; in antimicrobial performance, this is getting even more complex. Whatever the goal in testing, “The key is […]

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Expo keynoter addresses business ethics

October 19th, 2016

Expo Keynote luncheon keynote speaker, Chuck Gallagher, told his audience,” Every choice has a consequence.” He speaks from experience, having served time in prison for a embezzlement. But it was a crime that started small and grew incrementally, once he was on “that slippery slope.” Gallagher’s point in speaking to an audience of business people […]

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Naturally brilliant

October 7th, 2016

If nature has figured out a pretty good way to do something, it would make sense to try and copy it, right? Lizards that change color for camouflage … moisture that beads up and rolls right off a lotus leaf … the aerodynamics of a humpback whale, pirouetting under water … tree frogs that climb […]

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Priorities change

September 9th, 2016

I am writing this while visiting at an army installation; I’ve visited others, as well. I didn’t grow up around the military, so it’s all a little new to me, and it’s impressive. I don’t get to see the inner workings of the Army, but I’ve met quite a few soldiers and I’ve learned a […]

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Small scale, big ideas

August 5th, 2016

The Minnesota Vikings football team now has a new $1 billion stadium that boasts the largest transparent ethylene-tetraflouroethylene (ETFE) roof in the nation. This relatively new structural fabric doesn’t degrade under UV light, atmospheric pollution or extreme temperatures. It’s expected to last as long as 50 years with minimal maintenance. This is a more sophisticated […]

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June 10th, 2016

This month our featured articles are about standards and testing to those standards. This is a big topic. No, it’s huge. There are so many ways to approach this—and so many individual performance requirements—that we could easily have dozens of articles, each one covering a different requirement. I’ve chosen instead to take a broad approach, […]

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Smart fabrics: Getting down to business

May 20th, 2016

“You absolutely have to have industry partners,” said Claire King, president of Propel LLC, which develops textile-related technologies for protective applications. “Fashion should find good partners for R&D,” said wearable technology expert Despina Papadopoulos, founder of Principled Design/ Studio 50/50. The theme of partnerships and collaborations was repeated often in the Smart Fabrics Summit’s panel […]

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The movement of continents

May 6th, 2016

Have you noticed how many people are wearing Fitbits? Have you noticed, too, how they are not all plain black anymore? How attractive they are, or are not, has nothing to do with the product’s function, but it has quite a bit to do with who will wear them, and that means commercial success—or not. […]

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Just how big is the smart fabrics market?

April 25th, 2016

As IFAI’s market research manager, Jeffrey C. Rasmussen has been a closer observer of textiles markets. His presentation opened the one-day Smart Fabrics Summit held April 11 in Washington D.C. This article summarizes key points from his presentation. The growth of smart fabrics technologies and applications is no longer a curiosity; it is the new […]

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Smart Fabrics Summit draws key industry participants

April 12th, 2016

Government and industry players gathered in Washington D.C. on April 11 to discuss the “nascent smart fabrics market,” as described by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, who moderated the final session at the one-day event. “This room is buzzing with energy,” said David Lauren, executive vice president of global marketing and communications for Ralph Lauren […]

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