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Advanced Textiles Source
September 2013

Protection from an unseen foe

By William C. Smith

Because the inherent makeup of textile structures provides an attractive environment for microorganisms, antimicrobial technologies are an important consideration for many textile applications. Protecting from harmful microorganisms, while not hurting the beneficial ones, is a daunting task, but it offers real opportunity in the advanced textiles industry.

The polymer approach

by Robert A. Monticello, Ph.D.

Polymer-based technologies, which function differently from other antimicrobials, offer new opportunities for microbial control on textiles.

New product label: “Skin flora neutral”

The Hohenstein Institute has a new, proven test system for textile manufacturers to gauge the effect of antibacterial finishes on skin flora. [More]

My Take
Janet Preus
Copper coins, moldy bread
The use of what we now call antimicrobials has been around for centuries, although our understanding and ability to make use of the technology is dramatically more sophisticated than the ancient Greek’s (and other cultures’) method of applying moldy bread to a wound. The gods, rather than disease-killing chemicals, were likely credited with this treatment’s efficacy. But it was a start.
What's New?

Zorflex® enhances wound recovery

Two new products from Chemviron Carbon’s Cloth Division, Zorflex® VB and Zorflex® VB Plus, have been tested by the U.K.’s Health Protection Agency, and have been proven to be both antiviral and virucidal. [More]

Innovative yarn solutions: copper ion release yarn

We’ve all heard about yarn solutions containing copper properties, but what about copper plated yarn products? Imagine a technology that allows an intelligently-designed copper ion release formulation to be permanently placed on the surface of an otherwise standard fiber or yarn. This special “plaiting process” happens at the microscopic level with special micron-sized particles. [More]

Sustainable alternatives to flexible PVC

Sustainability and health concerns about PVC have pressured vendors to find alternative products. Many companies in diverse industries have already transitioned to PVC-free materials in many of the products they offer, particularly in packaging, labeling, contract interiors, automotives, products for children and healthcare industries. [More]

ELastolite enters online
distribution network

Oryon Technologies, Dallas, Texas-based developer and manufacturer of electroluminescent (EL) lighting technology, marketed under the ELastoLite® brand, announces a marketing agreement with Sparkfun Electronics, Bouldar, Colo.
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