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DAF Products Inc.
Advanced Textiles Source
August 2014
The expanding layers of the flexible composites market
Photo: First Line Technology.

Commercializing new technologies: The FiberTect® experience


by Sheshadri Ramkumar

When research delivers products for which there is a need at a price the stakeholders are willing to buy, it will lead to technology transfer. FiberTect®, a nonwoven substrate for absorbing toxic substances, is an example of this “translational research.” [More]

"Clean Ganga Projec" underway

When is a fabric a fabric?


This month, our featured material is not about a specific market area, but rather about the challenge of commercializing new technology in any segment of the industry, and the importance of adjusting our comfort level with new definitions in the business of fabrics. [More]

Oxidized Polyacrylonitrile Fiber Properties, Products and Applications


Alan Handermann, Zoltek Corp.

Oxidized polyacrylonitrile (OPAN) fiber, such as Pyron® fiber, is designed for cost-effective, flame- and heat-resistant solutions in the textile, industrial, aircraft and automotive markets. Performance features include: Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) values between 45–55; unsurpassed flame and heat dimensional stability; easy processability into yarns, wovens, knits and nonwovens; soft, comfortable fabrics; electrically nonconductive and excellent chemical resistance; no halogens and very low toxic gas emissions upon flame exposure. [More]
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Synthetic fibers: A growth market in filtration


Edward C. Gregor

Synthetic fibers have played a significant role in the growth of a number of segments in the filtration industry. Over the last 20-plus years, the filtration and separation industry has grown at a steady rate of 2–6 percent per year above the GDP, regardless of the condition of the economy. Some market segments have had a historical rise of 10 percent and more. You only need to look at what Fortune 500 and private equity firms have been paying for filtration, separation and producers of coalescing filters in terms of EBITDA premiums over the last 15–20 years to understand the magnitude and future promise of the industry. [More]
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A temporary tattoo can monitor glucose levels

A temporary tattoo can monitor glucose levels


Nanoengineers at UC San Diego, Calif., have tested a temporary tattoo that both extracts and measures the level of glucose in the fluid in between skin cells. This could be a promising step forward in noninvasive glucose testing for patients with diabetes. [More]
Mesh “lasso” rounds up data in space

Mesh “lasso” rounds up data in space


NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite will orbit the earth to round up data about the planet’s soil moisture. [More]

Photo: NASA
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Partnership to provide fire-retardant denim


Westex by Milliken of Oak Brook, Ill., and Greensboro, N.C.–based Cone Denim have announced a partnership to provide flame-resistant denim fabrics, featuring the same comfort and style of everyday denim clothing, for apparel in industrial environments. [More]

Textile Effects extends dye lots


Huntsman Textile new TERASIL TC disperse dyes provide economical, robust and reliable exhaust dyeing of polyester, polyester/cotton and microfiber and elastane blends. The dyes fulfill OEKO-TEX 100 requirements and are bluesign® certified. [More]
Dress made with 4D printing

Dress made with 4D printing


The “Kinematics” dress created by design firm Nervous System is a 4D printed garment made as a single, folded piece. Patterned from body scans, thousands of triangular panels and hinges were used to fabricate the custom-fit garment. [More]

Photo: Nervous System
 
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