Raven offers BioFlex PE film for disposable isolation gowns

August 13, 2020

Raven Engineered Films is manufacturing a new Berry Amendment compliant plastic film to help meet the high demands for personal protection equipment (PPE). Raven BioFlex™ I270C is a high-strength polyethylene film used in the manufacturing of nonsurgical disposable medical isolation gowns. BioFlex™ film is manufactured with premium quality colorless polyethylene for the production of high-demand …

Closca offers washable masks with disposable filters

May 11, 2020

Spanish company Closca Design has launched an innovative protective mask. Initially conceived to protect from smog, pollution, microorganisms and pollen, the Closca Mask has found an even more urgent use and has been adapted to be effective protection against coronavirus.   The six disposable filters included are the same as those used in FFP2 masks, which …

Polygiene’s new ViralOff pairs with global brands

Polygiene AB, solution provider in odor control and stay-fresh technologies continues to advance the development and production of ViralOff® technology, which the company says reduces over 99 percent of viruses in two hours on treated fabrics. Polygiene partner and sportswear brand Maloja was able to adapt their EU production facility and make available a consumer …

OEKO-TEX® offers no-fee certification for face masks

April 20, 2020

With immediate effect, the OEKO-TEX® Association will waive the license fee for STANDARD 100 certification of mouth and nose masks. With the current demand and expert recommendations to wear mouth and nose coverings in public, OEKO-TEX® wants to support continued safety of the population. “We need to stay together in this extraordinary situation: now and …

AATCC offers free test methods to aid in the pandemic response

April 16, 2020

AATCC is has made available Test Method TM42 Test Method for Water Resistance: Impact Penetration and TM127 Test Method for Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure. These methods are offered at no cost in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are available as a download from the organization’s website: https://www.aatcc.org/testing/methods/. These methods are often referenced in product development requirements for protective medical …

Battelle deploys decontamination system for reusing N95 masks

April 8, 2020

Science and technology research organization Battelle has received an emergency go-ahead from the FDA to deploy its decontamination system for personal protective equipment (PPE), allowing healthcare workers to clean and reuse N95 respirator masks. The system is currently operating at Battelle’s Ohio facility—capable of processing up to 80,000 masks per machine, per day, within what looks …

AAPN Coronavirus Sourcing Center views exceed 10,000

April 7, 2020

The Americas Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN) online Sourcing Center continues to produce for the medical community during the coronavirus crisis. Within 10 minutes of launching the center on March 22, the Center had its first post. As of April 3, it has had more than 10,000 views, more than 3,500 are now registered users, and there …

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. …

Top tips for operating a specialty fabrics business during a pandemic

April 1, 2020

IFAI Division Webinars this week are bringing together diverse members of the specialty fabrics industry to discuss how they are navigating the COVID-19 crisis. For companies that are operational—that is, they have either been deemed essential businesses or they are not currently under a “shelter in place” order—worker health and safety is a major concern. …

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

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 …