EU issues new rule on biocides

December 1st, 2012

Substances that act to reduce or eliminate bacteria, viruses or mold—and products treated with such biocides—will be subject to a new European Union (EU) regulation (528/2012) that takes effect on Sept. 1, 2013. The new regulation focuses on improving the safety of consumer products by controlling biocide marketing and use. The three main requirements for […]

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UCR scientists look to shrimp’s club arm for materials and design

November 1st, 2012

A four-inch tropical mantis shrimp with a power-packed punching arm is the newest darling of material scientists at the Bourns College of Engineering, University of California–Riverside. The shrimp, or stomatopod, has a bright orange fist-like club that accelerates faster under water than a 22-caliber bullet and can break open mollusk shells and crab exoskeletons, two […]

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Dow introduces Silvadur™ antimicrobial treatment for textiles

October 11th, 2012

Dow Microbial Control (DMC), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., has introduced Silvadur™ Antimicrobial, a new microbial control technology that provides long-lasting freshness and reliable protection against unwanted bacteria that can cause unpleasant odors, decay, rot and discoloration in fabrics. Silvadur combines the outstanding efficacy and safety of silver—a trusted antimicrobial agent for […]

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Fabric for protective clothing

October 1st, 2012

Ecoshield® fabric, the latest addition to Victor Group’s Eco Intelligence® collection of sustainable products, is fire resistant and environmentally friendly. The fabric will be used in protective clothing for individuals working in hazardous occupations and environments. Created in a closed loop system, Ecoshield is the first fabric to contain post-consumer recycled aramid fabric waste and […]

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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics offers new flexible composites

September 1st, 2012

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics IFAI Expo 2012 Booths: 2348, 2449 What: Coretech composites Why: New flexible composite platform enables high performance and cost-effective barrier solutions. PTFE film and fiber layers for different properties, a range of woven and nonwoven fabrics to meet tensile strength, tear and puncture resistance requirements. Source: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

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New uses for silkworm cocoons

August 1st, 2012

Silkworm cocoons, which are extremely light, tough and plentiful, are “ideal for the development of bio-inspired composite materials,” according to Oxford University researchers David Porter and Fujia Chen. Potential applications for cocoon-based materials are protective armor and fabricated car panels, especially in the booming car markets of China and India. Silkworm cocoons are sustainable, carbon […]

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NanoHorizons announces issuance of U.S. patent for wash-durable antimicrobial textiles and fibers

June 14th, 2012

NanoHorizons Inc., a technology company focused on the development of nanoscale antimicrobial additives for healthcare, textile, and industrial applications, has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent 8,183,167 B1 covering an antimicrobial and antifungal textile substrate with exceptional wash durability and efficacy. Based on proprietary manufacturing using nanoparticles such as […]

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Multiple emergencies, one suit

June 1st, 2012

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) of Illinois stands ready to bring emergency fire, medical and incident command resources anywhere in the state. Teams may be responding to fires, chemical spills, explosions, tornados or terrorist threats, but the protective apparel worn by MABAS’s first responders to hazardous materials incidents will be ONESuit® Pro Level […]

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Nano-silver as antimicrobial: Is it safe?

June 1st, 2012

The Hohenstein Institute is part of the E.U.-based public research project “UMSICHT” (circumspection), and is developing scientific data to measure the impacts of nano-silver technology. Many unanswered questions exist concerning the behavior of nano-silver particles throughout the life cycle of in-market textiles treated with nano-silver, such as: Do the physical properties of the particles effect […]

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Consistent testing in body armor density

June 1st, 2012

Areal density is used throughout the body armor industry to make pound-for-pound performance comparisons of armor systems, and is frequently listed among required attributes of procurement contracts—despite the lack of a standardized test method. H.P. White Laboratory Inc., near Baltimore, Md., is an independent ballistics testing lab and has developed a new Standard Method for […]

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