Spotlight: Exact RPA: 2023 Software Investment of the year

Analyzing Specialty Fabrics

See the original article at Ambitious companies all over the world are choosing Exact RPA to complete their business software experiences. Companies are subscribing to Exact’s Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution as a technology enabler to support their ambitious growth goals in the coming years. One such company is OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics, a […]

Spotlight: “Aerospace textiles: To the moon and back … and beyond”

Composite image of southern Africa and the surrounding oceans was captured by six orbits of the NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership spacecraft on April 9, 2015

See the original article by Kelly Hartog at Explorers may not yet have achieved Buzz Lightyear’s ability to go “to infinity and beyond,” but with innovative aerospace technology we’ve already headed to the moon and low Earth orbit (LEO) and have sights set on Mars. The future of life beyond Earth continues to be […]

Arc Flash Protection Textiles

Line workers fix electrical pole during sunset

The History of Electrical Safety Standards The need for electrical safety began in 1882 when Thomas Edison created the first commercial electrical power system that produced direct current electricity (DC) and later provided electricity for all of New York City. This system generated 100 kilowatts of electricity, lighting 50 incandescent lamps, but had the ability […]

Textiles For The Military

military textiles on a soldier

On average, defense accounts for roughly half of the federal government’s discretionary spending.  Clearly, this is an enormous portion of the budget, but to put this into perspective, last year the government spent 1.8% on agriculture, and 3.5% on energy and water.  While it is difficult to put an exact percentage on how much of […]

Narrow Fabrics For Fall Protection Systems

fall protection system on a man

Working from heights is a necessary requirement for many jobs and many industries.  As such, mitigating the risks associated with these tasks is a priority for both worker and employer.  However, the standards and related protective equipment have been, and continue to be, evolving.  Prior to the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration […]

Performance Fiber Selection Explained

Analyzing Specialty Fabrics

There is no perfect fiber.   Unfortunately, no single performance fiber can do it all – they all have their strengths and weaknesses.  On the other hand, I suppose this is fortunate for me; if there were one perfect textile fiber, my job in Research and Development would be pointless. Therefore, when selecting which material(s) to […]

Specialty Narrow Fabrics for Aerospace and Space Travel

Aerospace Specialty Fabric

From the first flying pterosaurs, who 160 million years ago evolved hollow, low-density skeletons, to the Wright brothers, with their canvas and balsa wood aircraft, to the latest engineering marvels from NASA®, SpaceX®, Blue Origin®, and others, advancements in flight have always hinged on the struggle of performance versus weight.  It is no wonder, therefore, […]

Specialty Narrow Textiles For The 21st Century Firefighter

firefighter turnout gear material

Needing to be prepared for any number of challenging and dangerous scenarios in their work, and often having to carry protective equipment and clothing to address those situations, it is obvious why so many lightweight and highly performing textile solutions are standard component choices. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which consists of fire resistant (FR) clothing, […]

Synthetic Webbing Slings For Crane Rigging

synthetic webbing slings in action

Cranes, hoists, and other types of load-bearing lifting machines utilize an array of different rigging to safely and effectively secure, raise, and deposit an endless variety of objects and cargo.  Where enormous weights are being transported, there are – as one might imagine – very specific, tried-and-true, items for each job. Types of Crane/Lift Rigging […]

Safety Webbing: Choosing The Right Webbing For Your Product

safety webbing being tested in a lab

When most people hear the term “webbing” they likely first think of spiders, or perhaps the skin between a duck’s toes.  What they may not realize is that this category of textile surrounds us in our everyday lives and is among the most broadly applied and useful of all fabric components.  Webbings are so prevalent […]