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Advanced Textiles Source
August 2014
Advances in low-pressure plasma coatings offer environmental benefits

Advances in low-pressure plasma coatings offer environmental benefits


by Eva Rogge MSc

Low-pressure plasma nanocoatings are used in a variety of applications in the textile market. A key driver of low-pressure plasma technology is the reduced environmental impact compared to wet chemical processing.  [More]

Rethinking cotton in nonwovens

Rethinking cotton in nonwovens


by Paul Sawhney

The words “cotton” and “advanced textiles” have not, typically, been used in the same breath. There are some good reasons for that, including the price tag. But new processes for integrating small amounts of cotton into engineered nonwoven fabrics could bring cotton back into the fold. [More]
Power from the people

Using what we have, better


Sometimes a whole new textile is not required to meet specific performance requirements. Techniques for modifying the surfaces of textiles have become so sophisticated that many materials can be effectively enhanced to meet a specific need. [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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Engineers create stretchable, super-tough structures

Engineers create stretchable, super-tough structures


Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) have created a material made from nanofibers that can stretch up to seven times its length and still remain tougher than Kevlar®. [More]

FabricLink honors 2015 innovators


FabricLink Network has announced its Top 10 Innovation Award winners, recognized for producing exceptional textile-based materials and technologies that were launched in the past year. [More]

Fibertec® introduces room-air drying agent


German waterproofing developer Fibertec® has introduced GreenGuard RT, a self-activating fabric protectant that does not require mechanical drying. The unique patented PUR active ingredient is biodegradable (no PFCs) and bluesign® approved. [More]
In someone else’s shoes

Smart-shoes system designed for performance


No New Folk Studio Inc., a Japanese hardware startup, has created a smart-shoes system named “Orphe,” which is designed for performance that functions both as a customizable lighting system and a musical instrument/audio-visual controller. [More]
 
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