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September 2, 2008 - Volume 3 Issue 9
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Advanced Textile Research, Innovation Center Launched

Advanced Textile Research, Innovation Center Launched Philadelphia University has won a nearly $1.3 million grant to establish the Pennsylvania Advanced Textile Research and Innovation Center (PATRIC). The center's aim is to provide expertise in research, development, and testing of advanced material systems — primarily textiles — that support industrial growth in a range of biomedical and human protection applications. The center will promote development of technologies and commercialization through applied research driven by the needs of an initial group of eight industry partners.

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Find the UL Mark
Underwriters Laboratories

Find the UL Mark The UL Mark on a product means that UL has tested and evaluated samples of that product and determined that they meet UL's requirements. Products are then periodically checked by UL at the manufacturing facility to make sure they continue to meet UL requirements.

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Screen Printing
Jelliff Corporation

Screen Printing Jelliff Corporation can provide you with all of your screen printing specifications and applications — whether you are a printing or graphics printer. We supply white or dyed. Most items are in stock for immediate shipment. Large or small orders are accepted. Go here for more product information.

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Fabric Shapes BMW Future Car

Fabric Shapes BMW Future Car BMW has unveiled what is arguably the world's coolest car concept to date, its GINA Light Visionary Model. Instead of traditional body parts made of plastic and steel, the GINA uses a nearly seamless textile shell stretched over a frame of carbon fiber and wire.

Knee Airbag Deployed

Knee Airbag Deployed Just when you thought the auto industry had deployed all interior uses for nylon airbags, parts supplier TRW Automotive develops a knee airbag. This airbag works together with standard frontal airbags and seatbelts to help balance occupant loading across the body. The module combines performance with reduced weight and dimensions.

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Flying High with 3D Weaving

Flying High with 3D Weaving The next generation of aircraft bodies and engines could be flying high with the help of 3D woven textiles. Engineers at the University of Ulster, UK, are working on a project that involves weaving carbon fibers to specified thickness and shape, then injecting the material with resin to produce the composite part. The researchers will also devise a computer system to create and test the woven materials in a virtual environment.

Soft on Fabrics and Environment

Soft on Fabrics and Environment Today's challenge for textile finishers is adding luxurious softness to fabrics without using environmentally harmful chemicals. Dow Corning believes it has created a solution with its OP-8800, a silicone hydrophilic softener that is virtually VOC free, yet gets the results of fluorocarbon-based solutions.

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Military Fabrics
Apex Mills

Military Fabrics Keeping warm, dry, and protected are just a few of many concerns for the military. Manufacturers for the military have important decisions to make that will directly affect thousands of people. Apex's knowledge of the most effective fabrics and fabric specifications will make those key decisions easier.

Special Purpose Machines
Cole's Machine, Inc.

Special Purpose Machines Cole's Machine, Inc. is a multi-generational, family owned business founded in 1967. Their company provides a complete solution to your needs, whether its prototype R&D, automated assembly and test equipment, precision gauges, hydraulic/pneumatic machining fixtures, molds, replacement tooling, or short run production.

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Forest of Fibers and Fabrics

Forest of Fibers and Fabrics U.S. Forest products giant, Weyerhaeuser, and Austrian cellulose fiber producer, Lenzing, have teamed up to develop wood-fiber based nonwovens. The companies aim to devise a technology for the large-scale production of sustainable, cellulose-based materials. These wood-fiber alternatives to petroleum-based materials will be used in industrial and personal-care applications.

Spunlace Nonwoven Process Wins Patent

Spunlace Nonwoven Process Wins Patent China's Winner Medical Group has won a U.S. patent for its method of producing spunlace PurCotton™ products. The patent covers Winner's X-ray detectable element process. PurCotton is said to have advantages over both woven cotton and synthetic nonwoven fabric, and the patented manufacturing process permits lower-cost production compared with woven cotton products.

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Giving WINGS to Polyester Production

Giving WINGS to Polyester Production Sales of a next-generation yarn spinning machine are literally taking WINGS (Winding INtegrated Godet Solution). Introduced less than a year ago, fiber machinery maker Barmag has already sold 1,000 units of its new POY winder, called WINGS, which integrates the godets and winding unit into one system. Result: higher productivity and efficiency of POY spinning machines.

New Machines Will Spin Their Future

New Machines Will Spin Their Future Yarn spinner Parkdale Inc. is ramping up production in a major way, installing 48, 500-position Rieter R 40 rotor-spinning machines, the largest order ever placed for the machine. These machines give Parkdale a whopping 24,000 positions. The R 40 is the world's longest rotor-spinning machine and among the fastest running.

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CLAF® — The Versatile Reinforcement Mesh
Atlanta Nisseki CLAF, Inc.

CLAF® — The Versatile Reinforcement Mesh CLAF® is a unique, flat mesh made of cross laminated polyethylene strands. Combinable with materials such as nonwovens, films, papers, and many other substrates, CLAF offers significant benefits:

• Strong in both the TD/MD
• Light, open, heat sealable
• Superior laminating characteristics

Now also available in polypropylene.

Web Coating Dryer
MEGTEC Systems

Web Coating Dryer MEGTEC is the recognized leader in providing drying technologies for web coating, flexible packaging, coil coating, converting, nonwovens, and other industries. Our experience includes in-depth knowledge and understanding of specific industrial web coating drying processes, so we can design and engineer the optimal web dryer for your industry.

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Conference Tackles Energy Concerns

Conference Tackles Energy Concerns U.S. textile and nonwovens executives cited rising energy costs as their top concern when surveyed recently by the trade group INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. In response, the association and North Carolina State University's Industrial Energy Service have inaugurated a first-ever conference to focus on short- and long-term solutions. The New Energy Technologies & Sustainability (NETS) conference gets underway next month.

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Mother of All Inventions

Mother of All Inventions Leave it to a mother to invent this. A Kansas woman has patented and now produces a nonwoven towelette with built-in indicator that informs the user when his or her hands are clean. Turning off the tap with the soap impregnated, disposable wipes, called Soaptoels™, prevents recontamination of the hands after use.

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Past Issues of this eNewsletter
Volume 4 - Issue 8 - 08/03/2009
PTFE Tapes and Fibers; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles; Carbon Fibers; Textile Testing; Textile Conditioning Unit; Textile Color Sensor
Volume 4 - Issue 7 - 07/06/2009
Aluminum Wire Cloth; Custom Dryers/Ovens; Textile Machinery Parts; Taconic TFE-GLASS Fabric; Win-Shield Mesh 50 and Mesh 80; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance
Volume 4 - Issue 6 - 06/01/2009
Quality Control Sensors; Industrial Infrared Heaters; Zdesign PLM for Material Suppliers; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles; Carbon Fibers; Zirconia Bulk Fiber; Textile Conditioning Unit
Volume 4 - Issue 5 - 05/04/2009
Textile Testing; Textile Color Sensor; VICOTE Coating Technology; Milling Fabric; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance; High-temp Silica Cloth
Volume 4 - Issue 4 - 04/06/2009
Zirconia Bulk Fiber; Carbon Fibers; Industrial Infrared Heaters; Fabric Laminating; Filtration Netting for Spacers and Pleat Support; Textile Conditioning Unit
Volume 4 - Issue 3 - 03/02/2009
Hyde Provides the Edge You Need; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles; Ultra Press Die Cutting Press; Textile Testing; Textile Color Sensor; Nonwoven Wave Ring Buff
Volume 4 - Issue 2 - 02/02/2009
VICOTE Coating Technology; Contract Laminating Services; Fabric Laminating; Aviation Interior Products; Filtration Netting for Spacers and Pleat Support; Milling Fabric
Volume 4 - Issue 1 - 01/05/2009
PTFE Fiber; Industrial Sewing; Alumina Insulation Blanket; TFE-Glass Roll Covering; Safety Kneeling Pads; Spacer Fabrics
Volume 3 - Issue 12 - 12/01/2008
Textile Color Sensor; PTFE Sewing Thread; Industrial Sewing; Textile Testing; Screen Print Cloth; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance
Volume 3 - Issue 11 - 11/03/2008
Aviation Interior Products; Fabric Laminating; VICOTE Coating Technology; Textile Conditioning Unit; Textile Color Sensor
Volume 3 - Issue 10 - 10/06/2008
Consistency Measurement Solutions for Pulp and Paper Applications; Custom Wire Cloth; Fluorofab Fabrics; TETRAGLAS 3000 Twisted Rope; Taconic TFE-GLASS Fabric; Aluminum Wire Cloth
Volume 3 - Issue 9 - 09/02/2008
Find the UL Mark; Screen Printing; Military Fabrics; Special Purpose Machines; The Versatile Reinforcement Mesh; Web Coating Dryer
Volume 3 - Issue 8 - 08/04/2008
Find the UL Mark; Textile Process Drying/Curing; Carpet and Textile Color Sensor; Ceramic Fiber Textiles; New Milling Technology on Display; Precision Masking
Volume 3 - Issue 7 - 07/07/2008
Specialty Composites; PTFE Tapes and Fibers; Drylaid, Wetlaid Nonwovens; Laser Cutting and Engraving System Ot-Las Way; Textile Conditioning Units; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles
Volume 3 - Issue 6 - 06/02/2008
Integrated Exact Software Solution Suite; Heating and Drying Solutions for Industry; Filtration Netting for Spacers and Pleat Support; Ceramic Fiber Textiles; The Versatile Reinforcement Scrim; Fabric and Film Processing Techniques
Volume 3 - Issue 5 - 05/05/2008
Solus® Architectural Fabrics; Infrared Predryers for Fabric and Nonwovens; Process Dryers Custom Made to Your Application; MotionCode ToolKit; New Fabric Technology Improves Filter Media Performance; Ultrasonic Cutting Systems
Volume 3 - Issue 3 - 03/03/2008
Sleeve Web Netting; Ovens for Infrared Heating; Roll Gap Control/Web Thickness Measuring System; PTFE Skived Films, Fabrics and Composites for FPD; Industrial Dryers and Ovens; BCON 2000 MK-II series 100% Web Inspection System
Volume 3 - Issue 2 - 02/04/2008
Modular Baghouse Dust Collector; Fabric Cutters; Textile Processing; Vacuum Lifting System and Custom Lifting Systems; Metering, Mixing, and Dispensing; Drylaid, Wetlaid Nonwovens
Volume 3 - Issue 1 - 01/07/2008
Endurium Tow-Cutting Blades; Finish Application Pumps; Programmable Color Sensors; Vacuum Lifting System and Custom Lifting Systems; Quality Power is Essential; Textile Processing
Volume 2 - Issue 12 - 12/03/2007
Textile Processing, Metering, Mixing, and Dispensing, Carpet and Textile Color Sensor, Modular Baghouse Dust Collector, PTFE Skived Films, Fabrics, and Composites for FPD, Humidity and Temperature - Textile Conditioning Unit
Volume 2 - Issue 11 - 11/05/2007
Wire Cloth, Endurium Tow-Cutting Blades, Finnish Application Pumps, Compressor Filtration, XP 05 Pad Print Machine, Programmable Color Sensors
Volume 2 - Issue 10 - 10/01/2007
XP 05 Pad Print Machine, Finnish Application Pumps, Custom Converting Services, Commercial Sewing, CL Cantilever Load Cells for Narrow Web, Heating and Drying Solutions for Industry
Volume 2 - Issue 9 - 09/04/2007
Web Tension Control, Versatile VNW (Very Narrow Web) Tension Transducer, Custom Coated Fabrics, Enhancing Online User Experience, Specialty Composites, Wide Web Laminating
Volume 2 - Issue 8 - 08/06/2007
Proprietary Hydrophilic-Formulation, Hafnia Fibers and Textiles, Engineered Contract Manufacturing, Roll Gap Control/Web Thickness Measuring System, Humidity and Temperature Textile Conditioning Unit, PTFE Skived Films, Fabrics, and Composites for FPD
Volume 2 - Issue 7 - 07/02/2007
Custom Textile Machinery, Supercritical Fluids Revolutionize Your Processes, Tension Transducer, Process Dryers Custom Made to Your Application, A Better Job Search by Design
Volume 2 - Issue 6 - 06/04/2007
Nanoalumina Filter Technology, The Ultimate Scrim, Commercial Sewing, Precision Engineered Coated Fabric Products, Custom Printed Personalized Notebook Covers, Pad Print Machine
Volume 2 - Issue 5 - 05/07/2007
Web Air Turns, Fluorofab Fabrics, Contract Laminating Services; Fabric Laminating, Baghouse Dust Collector, Drive and Motion Solutions, Custom Converting Services
Volume 2 - Issue 4 - 04/02/2007
Proprietary Hydrophilic-Formulation, Nanoalumina Filter Technology, Engineered Contract Manufacturing, Carpet and Textile Color Sensor, Laminating Services, Process Dryers Custom Made to Your Application
Volume 2 - Issue 3 - 03/05/2007
Endurium Tow-cutting Blades, Proprietary Hydrophilic-Formulation, Finish Application Pumps, Specialty Products, Surface Hardener, Custom Coated Fabrics
Volume 2 - Issue 2 - 02/05/2007
Coated Fabric Products, Custom Textile Machinery, Pad Print Machine, Laser Cutting and Engraving System Goal, Surface Inspection Systems, Thermal Transfer Overprinters
Volume 2 - Issue 1 - 01/02/2007
Dryer Technology, Heat Activated Dry Films, Bobbin Baskets, Precision Engineered Coated Fabric Products, Load Holding Torque Limiter
Volume 1 - Issue 1 - 12/04/2006
Ceria Felt and Cloth, Textile Process Drying/Curing, Guide to Sensing Technology, Drive and Motion Solutions, Pleating Machine