Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category

Propel LLC showing innovative Electronic Textiles at Navy FST, April 10-11, 2019, UMASS Lowell Tsongas Center

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

To set up a meeting, email jdlong@propel-llc.com.

Tiger Stripe Products Opens Webstore

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Toger Stripe Products has opened a webstore and you can purchase finished goods direct.

Now, if they’d just offer some fabric, particularly 500D Cordura.


FirstSpear Friday Focus – Beanies and Neckies

Friday, March 1st, 2019

This Friday we are taking a look at the FirstSpear all American wool Beanies and Neckies. Constructed from FirstSpear ACM BASE 100, a merino, poly, and modal blend. Featuring flat seams for maximum comfort under helmets and just enough material to double up over the ears when temperatures drop.

The heather grey beanie / neckie color option is now a non-stocking non-standard option and will be available only while supplies last and will not be available for re-order. 100% American made.


Polartec Commits to 100% Recycled Materials and Biodegradability

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Polartec Eco-Engineering™ to set new standard for sustainable textiles including the creation of the world’s first fully recycled and biodegradable fleece, other knits, insulation fills and breathable waterproof fabrics

(Andover, Mass.) – Polartec, the premium producer of innovative and sustainable textile solutions, introduces its Eco-Engineering™ initiative to use recycled and biodegradable materials across its entire product line.

The effort joins other industry leaders and pioneers in sustainable textiles: Unifi and Intrinsic Advanced Materials. The collaboration combines a revolutionary CiCLO® technology with Unifi’s innovative yarn products to promote biodegradation of polyester and nylon, as well as applications in polyurethane, in sea water and landfill conditions. The goal is to create the world’s first fully recycled and biodegradable fleeces and breathable waterproof membranes, as well as other knits and insulation fills.

“By collaborating with the best in the business, Polartec is committing to the pursuit of a future where everything is eco-engineered to use recycled inputs and to be biodegradable,” says Gary Smith, Polartec CEO. “This is the culmination of over 25 years of Polartec investment and innovation.”

Polartec created the very first performance fabrics made from post-consumer recycled plastics in 1993, and began collaborating with Unifi in 2006.

“We are proud to be a part of progressive collaborations that seek to find solutions, through textile innovation, for some of the world’s most significant challenges,” says Kevin Hall, Unifi CEO. “By working with leaders from our industry, we strive to create innovative products that are synergistic with key technologies like recycling. We look forward to this journey towards developing biodegradable materials and for more industry partners to join the sustainable pathway.”

“After years of R&D to create a solution for biodegradability, we’re thrilled to partner with the inventor of technical fleece and leader in performance knits to bring CiCLO to market as part of Polartec Eco-Engineering,” says Andrea Ferris, Intrinsic Advanced Materials CEO.

The collaboration is an extension of Polartec Eco-Engineering™, a process that deploys recycled inputs, advanced production techniques, logistical efficiency, and rigorous testing and certifications to create an unrivaled innovation pipeline devoted to producing sustainable fabrics with elite performance characteristics. This includes OEKO-TEX® and bluesign® certifications across all Polartec facilities worldwide. The Polartec Eco-Engineering™ effort seeks to set a new, higher ‘triple bottom line’ standard for the textile industry: fully recycled inputs, fully recyclable fabrics, and complete biodegradability.

Duraflex Consolidation Announcement

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

February 12, 2019

     National Molding will be consolidating the Duraflex production from both our Miami Lakes, FL and Ambridge PA. into our Largo, Florida facility.  Currently, the Largo plant manufactures medical products and they are well equipped to handle the attention to detail that the Duraflex line requires.   The equipment (presses and molds) from both facilities will be relocated to our Largo, FL plant.  We believe by consolidating all Duraflex production in one location we will be able to better serve our commercial and military customers. 

    We anticipate this transition to be completed mid-year 2019.  The Largo, FL plant is well equipped and staffed to handle the complexities of our Duraflex line.  We are excited to have all Duraflex production in one location and look forward to serving your plastic hardware needs in the future.

ORSS 19 – P1G-TAC Frogman Range Shirt

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

During my visit with Polartec I saw an interesting shirt. The Frogman Range Shirt from Ukrainian company P1G-Tac. Granted, the shirt has some interesting features like padded shoulders and elbows as well as a shawl collar, but the real magic is in the Polartec Delta fabric.

Intended to keep you cool, I fully admit was skeptical when I first heard about Delta. But then I bought a t-shirt from Triple Aught Design and it works. This is thanks to the fabric’s construction.

Delta’s specialized knit construction uses both hydrophobic and hydrophilic yarns for more advanced control of moisture dispersal. These patent-pending radiating knit structures keep you cooler in hot conditions by increasing airflow to dissipate heat.

The inside of the Delta fabric has what looks like a raised structure and where it contacts the skin is how the moisture is pulled away.

That structure also means that the entire shirt won’t get soaked and it won’t stick to your skin.

By the way, Polartec is on the verge of releasing a No Melt-No Drip version of Delta, very soon.

SHOT Show 19 – Auto-Lock Mojave Gen 2 Buckle by National Molding

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

You’ll probably recognize the original Auto-Lock Mojave Buckle (left) from Mystery Ranch Packs. In fact, it was MR founder himself who drove the development of the Gen 2 Buckle (right) in order to provide a more low profile alternative. Both versions provide positive retention of the 1″ webbing they accommodate.

Male and female ends from either generation of the buckle are compatible with one another as well as with other National Molding 1″ SR buckles.


SHOT Show 19 – Velcro USA

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Velcro USA informed us that four new items have been added to the mil-spec.

First up is Type IV Class 4 & 6 (top) which is a sewable plastic hook and Type 1 Class 8 (bottom) which is the popular One Wrap with hook on one side and loop on the other.

Next is Class 6, a low profile loop.

Finally, is Class 7, a nylon circular knit.