Face masks “critical until herd immunity”

May 6, 2021

by Seshadri Ramkumar Vaccinations and other countermeasures such as face masks and physical distancing are critical to conquer the pandemic, as indicated by the second pandemic wave ravaging India.  A single day recently saw 352,991 new cases, making it a global record since the beginning of the pandemic.  Global infectious disease experts emphasize the importance of …

Protective clothing conference set for May 2021

April 26, 2021

German textile testing, certification and research company Hohenstein will host the 9th European Conference on Protective Clothing (ECPC) May 10-12, 2021, in Stuttgart, Germany. The conference may also be live-streamed.  The ECPC conference is a platform to exchange and discuss research and project development for personal protective equipment (PPE). It aims to foster cooperation and networking between …

Understanding masks – up close

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently studied the masks people have been wearing to slow the spread of COVID-19. The masks work by blocking some of the virus-filled droplets and smaller particles called aerosols that an infected person exhales. They also offer some protection to the wearer …

Organization makes the case for Midwestern reshoring

March 22, 2021

Ohio-based organization Heartland Forward recently released a study titled, “Reshoring America: Can the Heartland Lead the Way?” The organization’s mission is to improve economic performance in the geographic center of the U.S. In the study co-authored by Joel Kotkin, Michael Lind and Dave Shideler it asserts that, although the pandemic has had overwhelming impacts, the …

Herculite acquisition and hiring announcements

March 18, 2021

Emigsville, Pa-based Herculite Products Inc., manufacturer of high-performance and custom fabrics announces it has acquired the Laminated Fabrics Division of Burlan Manufacturing LLC. This acquisition strengthens Herculite’s global position in high-performance reinforced textile composites. Herculite’s President & CEO, Peter McKernan said, “The acquisition advances our mission to help our customers grow their business through innovative …

Partnership launches new RF shielding product

March 8, 2021

Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, and V Technical Textiles Inc. (VTT), Newark, N.Y., have launched a new textile technology for multiple applications. Shelter-Rite® RF™ products offer advanced safety and security in situations that require a more rugged and robust RF (radio frequency) shielded material.  The union of high-performance products and technology provides a solution in situations where …

Drexel University launches new startup initiative

February 22, 2021

Drexel Applied Innovation at Drexel University has launched a program to encourage and support the formation of startup companies based on research at the university. The “Drexel Express Startup License” is a startup- and investor-friendly licensing agreement with pre-set terms. This new licensing tool will be used in cases where the startup is partnering with …

Precision Textiles upgrades chemical-free FR portfolio

February 18, 2021

New Jersey-based, Precision Textiles, a supplier of coated fabrics, nonwovens and laminations is keeping ahead of a growing trend by states to tighten fire-retardant (FR) chemical regulations in consumer products. By constantly upgrading its portfolio of chemical-free FR solutions for quilted mattress panels and borders, FR filler cloth, FR sock, cap and laminated FR solutions, the …

brrr° automates with Texbase

February 16, 2021

Bozeman, Mont.-based Texbase, Inc., a cloud-based data management and collaboration platform for the textile and consumer products industries, announces their continued collaboration with brrr°. brrr° is the creator of a fabric technology that is “Proven to Keep You Cooler.” The company’s patented yarns and specialized manufacturing techniques combine natural cooling minerals, active wicking and rapid …

Texas Tech decontamination wipe finds new use helping animals

February 3, 2021

 Two years ago, Brett Huff, an animal decontamination specialist, was looking for a better solution than the diluted-dish-soap-and-water method he was using to clean animals. That’s when a member of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces asked if he’d heard of FiberTectTM. Invented by Texas Tech University professor Seshadri Ramkumar, FiberTectTM was conceived in 2005 as a low-cost decontamination wipe for the …