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Recyclable wood foam provides better insulation than conventional foam
AZoM
Foam materials are light, inexpensive insulating materials used for preventing damage to fragile goods at the time of shipping, insulating buildings and developing lightweight structures. These materials are, however, not eco-friendly as they are obtained from natural gas or petroleum. Considering the long run, it is necessary to replace these petroleum-based products with materials derived from renewable resources.
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2 studies track incontinence products
Nonwovens Industry
The analysts forecast the adult diapers market in the Americas to grow at a CAGR of 5.31 percent over the period 2014-2019. According to the report, modern adult diapers and other incontinence products have brought a significant contribution and have changed the quality of life of millions of people. Pervasive in the acceptance and availability of adult diapers have provided better convenience, comfort, and skin care benefits for people affected by urinary incontinence.
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US factory activity improves in April, but hiring declines
Manufacturing.net
U.S. factories expanded in April at the same pace as in March, but manufacturers are starting to curtail hiring in a possible sign of weakness. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said that its manufacturing index was unchanged at 51.5. The index had dropped in the prior five months. Still, any reading above 50 signals expansion. U.S. manufacturers have faced a drag in recent months from falling oil prices and a stronger dollar. The drop in oil prices has cut into demand for pipelines and equipment used by drillers and energy companies.
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Natural fiber fabric saves weight in composite structures
Plastics Today
A technology based on the concept of leaf-veins can be applied to strengthen synthetic fiber-reinforced composites and reduce overall weight. Based on flax fibers, powerRib fabrics can be used to reinforce thin-walled structures, resulting in a "pseudo mini sandwich," since no core material is involved. The fabrics can readily be processed with standard vacuum molding techniques.
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Thinking outside the rectangle
Specialty Fabrics Review
Tent manufacturers, rental companies and event planners are stretching their boundaries with new tent shapes and flexible materials. Consider, if you will, the Pythagoreans, who dissected a sphere as early as 600 B.C. Latecomers like Plato and Buckminster Fuller took the ball and ran with it, so to speak. But in 2015, Platonic polyhedral/geodesic domes are still fresh on the scene when it comes to tented events. After all, rental tents are typically peaked rectangles — except in certain circles.
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American FDA approves PyroTex specialty fiber to be used in food related areas
Innovation in Textiles
PyroTex, an inherently flame and heat resistant fiber developed by PyroTex Fibers, has been approved by the American FDA to be used in food related areas. PyroTex is an engineered acrylic fiber that is not comparable to any of the other FR fibers on the market, according to the company, due to its inherent properties. The fiber is flame (LOI is 43 percent), acid and alkaline resistant, UV resistant, heat resistant (up to 250°C), and is also resistant against solvents, hydrolysis and oxidizing agents. PyroTex also neither melts nor drips, doesn’t produce toxic fumes, and is dyeable (also available in dope dyed).
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Conwed brings netting innovation to Techtextil 2015
TextileWeb
Conwed, the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world, will display its co-extrusion netting portfolio at Techtextil Europe 2015, in Frankfurt, Germany. Co-extrusion is a multi-layer extruded netting than can be subsequently oriented where different polymers can form different layers on the same netting configuration. It is a square netting construction and Conwed has the ability to build netting with A/B, A/B/A, and A/B/C layer combinations.
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Mom entrepreneurs pitch flavored kids face wipes on ABC's Shark Tank
Nonwovens Industry
Any parent knows that the simple task of wiping a child's face after dinner can turn into flailing arms and tears. That's why two Colorado moms came up with a solution to make kids actually enjoy getting cleaned up — flavored face wipes. The co-creators of NeatCheeks created facial wipes flavored with stevia, a natural plant extract. The wipes are also infused with purified water, aloe and honeysuckle.
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