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TWN Releases Long-Awaited Kryptek Pattern: Universal

Friday, October 16th, 2015

WTP-848 Kryptek Universal-MC

PRINCETON, FL – October 14, 2015 – TWN Industries Inc., the leading Water Transfer Printing supplier, releases “Kryptek Universal.” Fans of the Kryptek line know that up to now all of their designs have required a specific basecoat color to be used in conjunction with their patterns. And while those requirements were put in place to ensure consistency across the brand’s multiple designs, Kryptek Universal is here to spice things up.

At first glance, the pattern seems like a greyscale version of previous Kryptek designs. However, this pattern is far from being lackluster in the color department. In fact, Kryptek Universal was designed to be used with any desired basecoat color. In doing so, Kryptek has essentially given WTP processors the ability to offer their customers a much broader variation of styles. That flexibility opens up the market for hydro dipping experts by giving them the ability to target a wider customer base. Kryptek’s passionate and loyal fans will also be sure to appreciate this new addition.

As always, the Universal pattern was created using Kryptek’s strict quality control procedures. It’s that constant attention to detail and continual improvement that results in top-quality products loved by outdoor adventurers who demand only the best performance from their gear.

The Kryptek Universal water transfer printing film pattern is available exclusively through TWN Industries, Inc. Three-meter accessory packs are available immediately. Place your production roll orders today. The part number for Kryptek Universal is WTP-848. To find a TWN Certified Decorator who can decorate products for you, or to purchase film, call 305-258-9622.

AUSA – Bluewater Defense & Vorbeck Introduce Wearable Antenna

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

I walked up to the Bluewater Defense booth and noticed that they were sharing it with an electronics company named Vorbeck.  Intrigued, I introduced myself to the Vorbeck team and they started to show me what they were up to.  About a minute into the presentation on their flexible 4G LTE antenna I was hooked.  


The technology is a printed graphene broadband antenna on a thin substrate that can be encapsulated between pieces of fabric for concealment into clothing or equipment.  Testing indicates it doubles the range of a cell phone.  

The frequency range is 824-894, 1850-1990, and 2400-2500 MHz.  Additionally, it has 50 Ohms impedance and 2:1 VSWR ratio.  While it’s currently tailored for 4G, the technology offers a great deal of opportunity.  In addition to cellular use for transmitting voice and data, it can also be used for Tagging, Tracking & Locating of friendly, threat and other targets of interest.  I can’t wait to see how Bluewater Defense integrates this technology into clothing and lad carriage. 

BAE Systems – Broadsword Spine

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Broadsword Spine is BAE Systems’ smart textile demonstrator. It offers both power and data connectivity through an etextile that is inserted as a fabric layer in a garment or piece of equipment. Early work in this field centered around cables inserted into webbing or run through a garment. But this new etextile from intelligent textiles limited is woven from conductive yarns.

As you can, see the etextile is extremely versatile and can be adapted to a wide variety of applications. It is not an outer fabric but rather sandwiched in between layers like an insulation material would be.

A wide variety of low profile ports can be integrated into the design to accommodate different cables. They are placed whe they are needed and sandwich the etextile in order to connect to the integrated power and data grid allowing ports to do double duty.

These ports also mean you can hot swap power sources/batteries as well as devices. Additionally, the elimination of cables lowers snag hazards and improves heat dissipation as the power load is carried over a wider surface area. For you guys who are now terrified you will be electrocuted, relax, the fabric is insulated just like a cable.

Pro Tapes – MultiCam Cloth Repair Patch Kit

Monday, September 28th, 2015


Pro Tapes’ MultiCam Cloth Repair Patches are made of 50/50 NYCO with an adhesive backing. Each pack comes with two 3″ circles and two 2″ x 6″ rectangles, which can be applied to gear and garments as needed. The patches can also be sewn directly onto the garment for a permanent repair solution.

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

XGO is introducing a new, proprietary treatment for their fabrics called XGAC for Xover Gear Advanced Cooling.  It’s a cooling treatment that increases comfort the more you sweat, and will be incorporated into their moisture wicking fabric (Phase I).   It will result in a 2-5 degree difference in actual skin temperature.

DSEI – YKK Announces FR/Waterproof Zipper

Monday, September 21st, 2015

During DSEI, YKK announced a new zipper that is simultaneously FR as well as waterproof, combining elements from its Fire and Aqua lines.


They’ve molded their patented VT technology (EN ISO 11612:2008 certification) to a PU flame retardent laminated tape. Currently, the zipper is only available in Black and Green.

National Molding – SJ Lite Buckles

Friday, September 4th, 2015


National Molding’s Duraflex division has just announced the new SJ series of side release buckles and Tensionlocks. They are manufactured in South Florida, and are available in Black as well as a variety of military colors.