Today’s nonwoven sector: an overview

June 26th, 2017

Versatility in fiber content can lead to expanding applications. Nonwoven fabrics have become a mainstay in the textiles sector. Compared to commodity textiles, nonwovens, industrial textiles, smart and wearable textiles are relatively new entrants into the industry. But the nonwovens sector is an organized one and has been established for five decades. This sector has […]

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Collaboration develops wearable exosuit

May 26th, 2017

Virginia Tech and nationwide retailer Lowe’s have collaborated to develop a lift-assisting wearable exosuit, designed to increase safety for store employees as they lift products. The technology uses soft and flexible electronic elements, making the suit wearable. Alan Asbeck, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, with a team of eight […]

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TAPPI meeting showcases innovation and collaboration

May 22nd, 2017

The Technical Association of the Paper and Pulp Industry (TAPPI) hosted the PaperCon International Conference in April with about 1600 attendees and 75 exhibitors gathered in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The unique feature of this event has been the co-location of the nonwovens conference of TAPPI, referred to as NET Inc. TAPPI has been gaining […]

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AATCC conference examines new textile developments

April 24th, 2017

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) held its annual international conference in Wilmington, N.C., March 28–30.  It was the largest gathering in ten years with 280 attendees. Enthusiasm was evident during the daytime proceedings and at receptions held in the evenings, which had 20 exhibitors involving testing instrument makers, and chemical and […]

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Walmart pushes for technology and talent

April 18th, 2017

As part of reviving manufacturing, Walmart has advocated for developing talent and technology. Speaking recently to a standing room only audience at the 2017 international conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) in Wilmington, N.C., Joe Quinn, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Walmart, presented a case for growing talent and […]

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IT techies foray into technical textiles

April 6th, 2017

In what seems to be a surprising reversal of a trend, some engineers are switching from information technology to the manufacturing sector. Over the past two decades, India has gained a reputation as an IT giant, with its skilled IT engineers spread across the globe. Now two IT engineers have combined skills and place to […]

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Innovations in nonwovens to be featured at NET Inc.

March 1st, 2017

New developments in nonwovens technology will be featured at an international event this spring in Minneapolis, Minn. The Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) is organizing the Innovative Nonwovens Conference (NET Inc.), held April 23-26, 2017. The conference provides a mix of market information and technology. Two keynote addresses feature Andrew Willis, technology […]

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Nano 7 launched by Reebok

February 17th, 2017

Athletes wearing the new Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 recently broke 44 Guinness World Records in 24 hours. According to the company, athletes, Reebok brand partners and volunteers gathered in London, Sydney, Los Angeles and New York City specifically to attempt to break fitness-based records, wearing the Nano 7 shoe. Attempts ranged from 10-year-old Milla Star trying for the most burpees in one minute to Eirik […]

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Antibiotic synthetic spider silk using E. coli developed

January 27th, 2017

Interdisciplinary work has resulted in a functionalized, artificial, antibiotic spider silk using E. coli bacteria. Scientists at Nottingham University in the U.K. have utilized a concept called “click chemistry” to synthesize the spider silk. Prof. Neil Thomas of the School of Chemistry collaborated with life scientist Dr. Sara Goodacre and her team in the research. […]

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Medical textiles: what’s next?

December 22nd, 2016

“Health in hands,” is one of the catch phrases that illustrate a new focus in health care today. Proactive health care by monitoring and managing health issues continues to gain broader acceptance, particularly in developed and developing economies. Textiles of many kinds enhance health care products and contribute to the next phase of improvements. The […]

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