Kevlar® vs Nomex®: Aramid Comparison

nomex vs kevlar on a test dummy

Kevlar® vs Nomex® Of all the high-performance fibers used to manufacture specialty fabrics, the name Kevlar® is likely the most recognized by textile insiders and laypersons as well.   Developed by Stephanie Kwolek at DuPont® in 1965, Kevlar is an extremely strong, heat-resistant synthetic fiber, first used commercially in the early 1970s as a replacement for […]

Product Highlight: Technora® Webbing

spools of technora webbing fibers

When it comes to specialized webbings, whose high performance is critical to safety, longevity, and the durability of a final-product application, yarns constructed from para-aramid fibers are among the most common and most popular.  Of the brands and variations available, there are three names that dominate the market.  While Kevlar® – produced exclusively by DuPont® […]

High-performance Comparison: Vectran Vs Kevlar

kevlar vs vectran

If you’re looking for a high-performance fiber for your next project, you’ve probably come across Kevlar and Vectran as potential options. But which one is the best choice for your needs vs the many other performance fibers? Both materials have unique properties that make them ideal for various applications. However, there are important distinctions to […]

Flame Resistant Vs. Flame Retardant Webbing, Tapes, & Elastics

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In the world of specialized artificial materials for fire resisting personal protective equipment (PPE), there are materials that offer flame resistance and materials that are flame retardant. The difference between the two is about more than just vocabulary, and it’s important to know what distinguishes each. With this knowledge, you can effectively procure the materials […]

Textile Flood Protection-Floodproofing With Deployable Flood Walls

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There are several types of floods, and the damage each can do to your home or business can be quite different. Understanding the different types of floods and which could impact you is crucial to understanding what to do to floodproof while ensuring that your family or employees remain safe. There are five different types […]

The Core Differences Between UHMWPE & Kevlar

uhmwpe vs kevlar

When it comes to manufacturing with specialty narrow fabrics, there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for tape, elastic, or heavy-duty webbing, it’s important to pick the right material for the job. UHMWPE and Kevlar are two of the industry’s most commonly-used fibers; though they are not interchangeable. Below you’ll find a […]

Berry Compliant Webbing | Why Is It Important?

berry compliant webbing

Did you know that Berry compliant webbing has been crucial in curtailing the COVID-19 pandemic? The New Jersey governor’s office even lauded it as a “life-sustaining product.” Our webbing is in the manufacture of many forms of medical PPE, essential for hospital staff and others. So what exactly is Berry compliant webbing, why is it important, and […]

Custom Webbing Straps At OTEX – Our Options

custom webbing straps

No matter how simple or complex, any project can be done with the right materials. OTEX offers custom webbing straps that are designed for any occasion and come in a variety of different features to suit your needs. Whether it’s industrial rigging, cargo tie-downs, car safety harnesses, or something else entirely – OTEX has you […]

The Future Of Ultra Strong Specialty Fibers

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While people don’t often associate the textiles and fabrics industry with cutting edge or crucial technological developments, it is in fact a hugely important area for both. If anything, advances in textiles are some of the most important innovations used by a modern society at nearly all levels. After all, the fabrics and textiles developed […]

Our Types of Arc Flash Protection Fabric And Their Uses

engineer with arc flash protection

Whether you work as an electrical engineer or simply in an environment where electrical flashes are a risk, it’s important to stay protected. Failure to do so could make you one of the 30,000 arc flash injuries that happen every year. To keep yourself safe, it’s important to have clothing and protection gear made out of a sturdy […]