Walking again with a brain-controlled exoskeleton

October 21, 2019

A 65 kilogram robotic suit has helped a paralyzed man walk again. The suit uses advanced computer software and two brain implants that read and transmit information from the part of the patient’s brain that controls motor function. As reported on designboom.com, the patient had surgery to place the implants on the surface of his brain, …

Hohenstein implements new 4D body scanner

The Hohenstein Institute has a new 4D body scanner that will be used in a series of research projects aimed at developing a standard method of analyzing how a clothing item restricts movement. Scanning in 4D shows body shape and size for the intended customer, helping to determine the impact of movement on the garment, …

Understanding your obligations with Prop 65

“Prop 65 is a warning law, not a ban,” said Jeff Post, vice president/general manager, CGPC America/Enduratex™, in his presentation “Proposition 65 and Coated Fabrics” at IFAI Expo. Prop 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  A manufacturer is liable, …

More than a perfect fit

Startup focuses on functional intimate apparel for breast cancer survivors. by Marie O’Mahony Intimate apparel size and fit is a challenge for manufacturers and consumers alike, but for double mastectomy survivors there are additional problems to be overcome. Susanne Wroblewski is the Research Lab Coordinator at Central Michigan University and a co-founder of Elemental, a …

The waiting game

Businesses are challenged with making decisions in an uncertain trade environment. by Marie O’Mahony Editor’s note: The issue of U.S. trade is unusually dynamic and evolving today. This article represents information available when the speaker presented at IFAI Expo in early October. With international trade in a state of flux, it’s understandable that the advanced …

Global yarn and fabric production figures released

Global yarn production has increased by 17 percent between the final quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, according to the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), a recent article in knittingindustry.com said. Higher output levels were observed in Asia (+18 percent), Brazil (+18 percent), the U.S. (+3.2 percent) and Europe (+1.6 percent). The …

Lenzing pilots new blockchain technology

October 18, 2019

About 80 percent of consumers want brands to disclose their supply chain, the Lenzing Group reported recently. That data is based on a survey conducted by Ipsos MORI in October 2018 on EU consumer attitudes toward sustainability and supply chain transparency in the fashion industry.  Lenzing’s new blockchain technology pilot was presented at the Fashion …

E 2 coated textiles company formed in new partnership

October 17, 2019

Israeli company Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT) and Erez Technical Textiles, based in Hillside, N.J., have announced the launch of E2, a joint venture that combines U.S. manufacturing capabilities and Israeli ingenuity, an Erez press releases says. The joint venture, operating under the new name, will allow the companies to focus on innovation and expand capabilities. The …

SMX develops textile recycling technology

October 16, 2019

Security Matters (SMX), an Australian-listed Israeli technology solutions company, believes it can help keep some textiles and garments from being incinerated or placed in landfills.  Sorting materials so they can be recycled is the fashion industry’s greatest hurdle when it comes to creating a circular economy, a recent Knitting Industry article reported. To address this issue, SMX has …

Schoeller launches biodegradable textile line

October 15, 2019

Schoeller Textil AG has introduced its new PROEARTH™ collection of biodegradable textiles.  The company says that the new collection is composed of bluesign® approved fabrics using biodegradable polyester; it debuted as part of the company’s FTC line, a joint venture between Schoeller Textil and the Taiwanese Formosa Taffeta. The company says that the PROEARTH line as a continuation …