Pattern hub now available

April 6, 2020

Sewn products industry organization SEAMS reports that, as it has been engaged with its members in helping to manufacture much needed PPE products for the U.S. Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of this collaboration with the industry, SEAMS has centralized many patterns required to produce PPE products from home creations to approved medical products for easy access. …

Top tips for operating a specialty fabrics business during a pandemic

April 1, 2020

IFAI Division Webinars this week are bringing together diverse members of the specialty fabrics industry to discuss how they are navigating the COVID-19 crisis. For companies that are operational—that is, they have either been deemed essential businesses or they are not currently under a “shelter in place” order—worker health and safety is a major concern. …

Drexel U. works to fill critical need for masks and respirators

Drexel University design professor Genevieve Dion shifted 3D knitting machines from a Dept. of Defense project to the challenge of developing masks and respirators, according to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “This is an opportunity to show what advanced manufacturing can do and rapid prototyping can do,” said Dion, who directs Drexel’s Center for Functional …

ASTM providing free access to COVID-19-related standards

ASTM International is providing no-cost public access to important ASTM standards used in the production and testing of personal protective equipment—including face masks, medical gowns, gloves and hand sanitizers—to support manufacturers, test labs, health care professionals and the general public as they respond to the global COVID-19 public health emergency. Click “Access” below, register if …

Vertilux producing face mask kits: sewers needed!

March 31, 2020

Vertilux, headquartered in Miami, Fla, is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of fabrics, components and automated solutions for the window covering industry. Recently, the company decided to join the fight against COVID-19 and start producing face masks kits for other people and organizations who have the capabilities to sew them in large quantities. …

MMI providing critical supply chain services to medical industry

As a global supplier to the diverse textile market, MMI Textiles, headquartered in Westlake, is often called upon for the products and components needed for medical industry professionals. Today that call is greater than ever. “We’re seeing unprecedented demand,” said Amy Bircher, president and founder of MMI Textiles. “Today alone we are sourcing all sorts …

Supply chains get tripped up due to “essential” and “non-essential” designation

March 30, 2020

The need for more medical textile products, such as face masks and hospital gowns, has been well publicized since the exponential growth of the COVID-19 pandemic. But equally important is a means to get the materials required to make the products, a means of transportation to move materials and end products and getting the final …

IPC to host weekly Zoom meetings

IPC, a global association that serves the electronics industry, has launched an online community and will host weekly Zoom meetings to collaborate and help one another through the COVID-19 crisis. The meetings are open to anyone, including those from the general textile community. More information can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ipc-e-textiles-committee-launches-covid-19-response-open-jorgensen/?trackingId=f6wLL3TfTDuGye0HwEk3TQ%3D%3D. Chris Jorgensen, director of IPC technology …

Taking action

The textile industry moves quickly to provide critical supplies to fight COVID-19. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, the story has changed daily and even hourly. The textile industry has galvanized to respond to the need for medical masks, hospital gowns and other textile applications. In some cases, manufacturing facilities shuttered due to the crisis, were …

FEMA calls for PPE solicitations

March 27, 2020

Lloyd Wood, with the International Trade Administration, U.S. Dept. of Commerce (www.trade.gov) has notified IFAI that on March 26 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) posted a new solicitation for personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies in response to COVID-19. Products identified include (but are not limited to) face shields, gown coveralls, face masks, and …