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. …

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

April 1, 2020

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 …

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 …

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 …

AR Tech to produce the Patient Isolation Transportation Unit

AR Tech, an aerospace and medical equipment manufacturer, announces that its Patient Isolation Transportation Unit (PITU) is now ready for production. The unit encloses individuals suffering from highly contagious diseases like Covid 19, providing a secure barrier between the patient and medical staff.   “The PITU is a negative pressure isolation enclosure that provides protection from …

Decontamination wipe could help coronavirus cleanup

March 23, 2020

A decontamination wipe invented by a Texas Tech University researcher to clean up toxic agents also could clean surfaces contaminated with the coronavirus. FiberTect™ is a three-layer, nonwoven wipe that features an activated carbon core, sandwiched between absorbent top and bottom layers. “It is widely used as the primary dry decontamination method in hospitals and …

Israeli startup produces anti-pathogen fabric

An Israeli start-up company that developed an anti-pathogen fabric that could be used in masks to stop the spread of coronavirus is donating its first product – some 120,000 masks – to Israeli hospitals, medical professionals and coronavirus patients, the Jerusalem Post reports. “Sonovia Ltd. is determined to use its novel technology for the good of the …

Apparel brands and textile companies unite to produce medical masks

A coalition of iconic American apparel brands and textile companies, responding to the urgent call from the White House for medical supplies, have come together to build a supply chain virtually overnight and fast-track the manufacturing of medical face masks to help hospitals, health care workers and citizens battling the spread of the COVID-19 disease. …

Hologenix announces collaboration with Designtex

March 19, 2020

Hologenix LLC has announced a collaboration with Designtex to launch Designtex Celliant upholstery. Celliant, invented by Hologenix, is a blend of naturally occurring, thermo-reactive minerals that are applied as a nonwoven backing. The minerals capture and convert body heat into infrared energy, which, according to the company, has been clinically shown to increase local circulation …

AATCC launches new Testing Resource List

March 18, 2020

A new benefit is available for AATCC corporate members and users of AATCC standards. The organization has introduced the Testing Resource List, a free addition to the AATCC Buyer’s Guide, according to a news release from the organization.  The Testing Resource List is intended to connect users with corporate member suppliers. Lab managers can be …