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

April 1, 2020  |  COVID-19, In the Industry, News

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

March 30, 2020  |  COVID-19, In the Industry, News

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 …
FEMA calls for PPE solicitations

March 27, 2020  |  In the Industry

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 …
AR Tech to produce the Patient Isolation Transportation Unit

March 27, 2020  |  In the Industry

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 sta…
Decontamination wipe could help coronavirus cleanup

March 23, 2020  |  In the Industry

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 i…
Israeli startup produces anti-pathogen fabric

March 23, 2020  |  In the Industry

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. “Son…
Apparel brands and textile companies unite to produce medical masks

March 23, 2020  |  In the Industry

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 a…
Hologenix announces collaboration with Designtex

March 19, 2020  |  In the Industry

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, wh…
AATCC launches new Testing Resource List

March 18, 2020  |  In the Industry

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 user…
Beaulieu Fibres International at INDEX 20

March 16, 2020  |  In the Industry

Beaulieu Fibres International will announce at INDEX 20 the completion of its pilot line in Terni, Italy, the start-up of the multifunctional production line in Terni, and the new BICO line in Belgium, according to a news release from the company.  The company expects the pilot line to off…