Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category

Sneak Peek – Tiger Print Velcro from Ocean State Innovations

Friday, January 27th, 2023

Coming Soon! VELCRO Brand products in Vietnam Tiger Stripe will be available in various widths. Ideal for tactical apparel, shelters, load bearing equipment, ballistic protection and more! Made in USA and Berry Compliant.

Contact your OSI Sales Rep for pricing and stocking information.

Spiritus Systems Introduces NIR-Neutral Black Laminate Tegris to Designs

Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Spiritus Systems has released this statement regarding their use of Tegris material.

Our product refinement process never dies. This week we are phasing in updates to a few of our products that use Milliken Thermoplastic Composite Tegris. This ballistic material is used as a semi-rigid framework for a lot of our load-bearing components. It’s the hard carbon fiber-esque material on products like the Thing 2 and MOLLE Back Panel. It’s bomb-proof, light, and easy to maintain.

Until now, we used two color variations (coyote laminate and raw uncoated). Moving forward we’re going to be implementing a NIR-neutral black laminate to replace the raw, uncoated, color variant. This new laminate coating is the first of its kind and was developed in partnership with our supplier. It gets rid of the exposed silver weave and has a NIR signature profile that won’t give you away under NODs.

Spiritus Systems products are always under the microscope, no matter how established they are. We’re constantly poking, prodding, testing, and scrutinizing materials and design choices to find incremental improvements. Over time, these really add up, and it’s a big reason why so many of our systems are the go-to option for people who depend on the gear.

Microelectronics Commons Prototype Giving Much Needed Boost to American Microelectronics Industrial Base

Thursday, January 26th, 2023

January 23, 2023 – The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) has proposed a prototype project to close the gap between microelectronics innovation and market adoption. The prototype project- Microelectronics Commons – will enable lab-to-fab prototyping– that is, evolve microelectronics laboratory prototyping to fabrication prototyping – in domestic facilities.

Currently, over 85% of microelectronics used in the United States are fabricated outside the U.S. Due to the complexity and market value of today’s integrated microelectronic systems and the lack of adequate on-shore prototyping in which intellectual property (IP) can be protected, there is an urgent need to establish a network of domestic prototyping facilities to demonstrate, at-scale, the system-level benefits of innovations in microelectronics materials, processes, devices, and architectural designs. Demonstrating at-scale commercial viability is the missing requirement to close the gap between laboratory innovations and marketplace adoption. The Department of Defense recognizes the security vulnerabilities of off-shored microelectronics and has made it a top priority to expand our domestic microelectronics infrastructure through the Microelectronics Commons prototype.

“In the face of intense competition globally in the microelectronics landscape, a rapid transition from lab-to-fab is imperative to get ahead of the competition,” stated Dr. Dev Shenoy, Principal Director, Microelectronics, OUSD(R&E) and Director of the Defense Microelectronics Cross Functional Team (DMCFT) during the Microelectronics Commons Industry Days in Washington DC on Dec. 7 – 8. “We want to expedite the lab-to-fab prototyping as well as closely couple the R&D innovation with the manufacturing.”

Microelectronics Commons is a CHIPS and Science Act-funded national network for onshore, microelectronics hardware prototyping, lab-to-fab transition of semiconductor technologies and semiconductor workforce training. The goal of Microelectronics Commons is inaugurating a national network of regional innovation hubs distributed across the U.S. to advance microelectronics prototypes across six critical technology areas. These technology areas are Secure Edge Computing/Internet of Things (IoT), Quantum Technology, 5G/6G Technology, Electromagnetic Warfare, Artificial Intelligence Hardware, and Commercial Leap Ahead Technologies.

“Having regional hubs prioritizing one or more technical areas would facilitate the connections required to nurture and grow regional lab-to-fab capabilities,” stated Doug Crowe, NSTXL’s Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S²MARTS) Director, “there is currently a steep drop-off between innovative prototype ideas and the maturation of those technologies that are required to eventually lead to the marketplace.”

Prototyping capabilities for these six technology areas will be supported with initial projects that meet national security and commercial needs. These projects will also serve to partially offset prototyping facility operation and sustainment costs while the hubs fully mature their user-base and execute their access models. One of the goals of Microelectronics Commons is for the technology hubs distributed throughout the regional U.S. become self-sustaining innovation nodes in their core technology areas while leveraging regional strengths to address DoD and commercial needs.

“Fostering the pipeline of microelectronics talent will bolster the microelectronics economies across the U.S.” stated Dr. Shenoy, “the ecosystem that the Microelectronics Commons is going to set up is going to sustain this manufacturing base going forward.”

The Microelectronics Commons is a first-of-its-kind opportunity and is the first major program to erect from the CHIPS and Science Act.

“The Department of Defense is the first agency to move forward with funding from CHIPS,” highlighted Senator Todd Young during his address to industry at the Microelectronics Industry Day event, “[Microelectronics Commons] will maintain and grow our nation’s capabilities to produce the next-generation of semiconductor technology right here at home.”

The Microelectronic Commons Other Transaction Authority (OTA) prototype Request for Solutions (RFS) was released through S²MARTS, managed by NSTXL. To promote this RFS and expand the opportunity to universities, small businesses, and non-traditional defense contractors, S²MARTS consortium led and moderated a Microelectronics Awareness Day that resulted in over 800 industry participants. S²MARTS also hosted Microelectronics Commons Industry Days in Washington D.C. on December 7 – 8, 2022, and is also hosting Capabilities Pitch days for each technology area from January 9-20, 2023. These events encourage all defense contractors, non-traditional defense contractors, small businesses, and universities to participate to showcase their capabilities in one or more of the six technical areas within the RFS.

Speaking during the Microelectronics Commons Industry Days, White House Coordinator for CHIPS Implementation Dr. Ronnie Chatterji said, “We are going to build on the capabilities we already have to reach greater heights.” Encouraging widespread participation in this opportunity, Dr. Chatterji also emphasized “Working together is how we got a man on the moon in 1969 and working together is how we are going to achieve these American dreams on research and development.” 

The Microelectronics Commons project is expected to be executed within a 60-month period. All the advancements derived in the six technology areas will be dual-use technology, benefiting the DoD and commercial sectors, as well as create a resilient microelectronics supply chain in the U.S.

“Semiconductors underpin our economic and national security, and they support our Warfighter,” said Senator Todd Young. “We have communicated to the world that we are going to lead in the next era of chip innovation.”

The Microelectronics Commons project solutions are due February 28, 2023 and the official RFS can be accessed here:

SHOT Show 23 – OTTE Gear

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

OTTE Gear has developed a new low-profile attachment system for placards and other pouches in lieu of a QASM buckle.

This as-yet-unnamed clip is a two-piece design and hinges on one axis.

With the split ring design they can be adapted to existing webbing or quickly employed if a repair is needed. So far, I’ve seen them in Coyote and Black, but as they are injection molded, they could be made in virtually any color.

SHOT Show 23 – XGO Lightweight Assaulter Shirt

Friday, January 20th, 2023

Made from FR Phase 1 which is one of the lightest most durable FR fabrics on the market, the ling sleeved Lightweight Assaulter Shirt joins the short sleeved version already on the market.

The fabric also features Acclimate Dry Moisture Management to wick sweat away from the body and dry rapidly as well as AG47 Silver Anti-Microbial to fight and eliminate harmful bacteria from your sweat, leaving you odor free.

Noble Biomaterials Expands It’s Noble Defense Technology to Military Applications in Eastern Europe

Thursday, January 19th, 2023

Noble’s multi-spectral shielding and antimicrobial technology supports modern era of warfare 

SCRANTON, PA. (January 10, 2023) — Noble Biomaterials, creator of conductive energy textiles and advanced antimicrobial systems, announces today that its Noble Dfense™ technology is expanding into European countries as the war in Ukraine continues and combat troop demands become increasingly technical.

Noble Biomaterials has been a major supply partner to the United States military for over two decades. Noble’s Dfense™ technology has recently been adopted by government agencies in Israel, Asia, The United Kingdom, and now the product portfolio is expanding to Eastern European countries as the conflict in Ukraine continues.  

“Noble Dfense™ has proven highly effective in mission-critical military and aerospace applications,” said Joel Furey, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Noble Biomaterials. “Noble Biomaterials has spent years developing multi-spectral energy management systems for security and protection. Whether the objective is to transfer energy, shield energy, or add antimicrobial technology, our portfolio of products embeds capabilities that provide a measurable combat advantage for U.S. forces and our allies.”

Noble Dfense™ products include fiber, fabric, and foam textiles used in soft or hard surfaces for fixed and mobile applications. Commercial products include apparel fabrics, tents, shelters, tapes, wallpapers, and medical devices. Noble Dfense™ was originally developed to permanently mitigate bacteria build-up. The silver technology quickly transitioned into solutions in EMI/RFI shielding, thermal and electrical conductivity, IR signature, biometric monitoring, and static control.

Noble Biomaterials is a registered FDA medical device facility, an essential sole-source technology supplier of medical components to the US military, and a US EPA–registered antimicrobial manufacturer. Noble products are EPA, FIFRA, BPR, and CE conforming.

The silver technology used in Noble Dfense™ provide a mechanical antimicrobial benefit that removes bacteria on fabric. The technology is permanent and never washes out of the fabric. Noble Dfense™ uses passive and active mitigation systems with the ability to counter directed energy attacks in fixed and mobile locations. The technology utilizes proprietary material technology that scatters and shields energy waves by reducing the power of the wave up to 100dB. This level of protection, deployable within soft and hard surface applications, is far above industry commercial standards and is currently utilized by the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of State.

Noble Dfense™Conductive Material from Noble Biomaterials

For more information on Noble Biomaterials and to view their full range of fabric applications, please visit

Milliken & Company Partners with MMI Textiles to Offer Tegris Thermoplastic Composites

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

BROOKLYN, OH – January 13, 2023 – MMI Textiles and Milliken & Company announced today a commercial market partnership that allows MMI to supply Milliken Tegris® Thermoplastic Composite fabric. MMI will be able to offer Tegris® at less than case quantities, effective immediately.

Milliken Tegris® Thermoplastic Composite fabric is designed for heavy-duty, often dangerous work. A breakthrough material that provides excellent protection against fragment, projectile or blast threats, it is engineered specifically for applications that need high stiffness, like plate carriers and belts. The fabric features a lighter total weight than traditional thermoplastics and composites without sacrificing protection.

“We are thrilled to partner with an iconic, global, textile supplier in Milliken and offer their proven Tegris® product line to our vast customer base. Our team looks forward to a growing partnership with Milliken to provide the very best solutions to our warfighters and many other markets that we serve.” Amy Bircher, CEO & Founder of MMI Textiles.

“Being able to offer Tegris® and partner with a leader in the textile industry like Milliken further illustrates MMI’s commitment to provide innovative products to the end customer, especially those that protect our warfighters. We continue to focus and expand our range of products to support customer needs and participate in new market segments.” said Director of Business Development of MMI Textiles, Joey Smith.

Milliken worked closely with MMI to provide a comprehensive education on the product that positions the distributor as an expert on Tegris®. The partnership is uniquely designed to improve customer experience and provide an opportunity for partners to access Tegris® at quantities that were not previously offered.

“Our commitment to the military industry means that we’re always on the lookout for ways to better serve and bring opportunities to advance the market,” said David Smith, president of Milliken’s Textile Business.

“We’re excited to partner with MMI and know they’re an ideal partner to help us ensure that anyone looking to develop the next generation of performance protection has the best materials, like Tegris®, at their disposal,” Bruce LaFlam, vice president of sales and marketing for Government Defense at Milliken.

INVISTA Launches New Navy Blue CORDURA TrueLock Fabric at SHOT Show 2023

Saturday, January 14th, 2023

In partnership with HLC Industries, CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics will debut new nylon 6,6 Navy Blue Solution Dyed (SDN) CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric that provides unparalleled lot-to-lot color consistency plus long-lasting color durability and Stewardship benefits for Military, Tactical and Law Enforcement Markets

Kennesaw, GA, USA –January 13, 2023 Set to propel and underscore its commitment to best-in-class solution-dyed nylon 6,6 fiber technology innovation and its commitment to developing the durable, sustainable fabric solutions of tomorrow, the exclusive new Navy Blue CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric offered by Pennsylvania based HLC Industries, a premium long-term supplier of CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics will debut at SHOT Show Supplier Showcase in Las Vegas (January 16-17, 2023).

This new CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric offering leads the pack of the brand’s next generation of solution-dyed nylon 6,6 (SDN) colors and answers the call for expansion of navy colorway options into Military, Tactical, and Law Enforcement applications. If you are visiting the show, stop by both the CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics (#52400) and HLC Industries (#51700) booths.

CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric is engineered with high-tenacity nylon 6,6 multi-filament fiber that locks in the color at the molten polymer extrusion level to create deep, durable color throughout the entire fiber structure. CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric has excellent color fastness, UV-fade and abrasion resistance, extended UV strength stability, and long-lasting color vibrancy.  Color consistency is crucial when pairing fabric with other materials such as webbing and elastic to create uniform garments and gear.

A summary of the fabric’s tangible benefits include:

• Excellent resistance to abrasion, tear, and tensile strength 

• Lot-to-lot and multi-component color consistency (fabric, webbing, cordage, and trims)

• Locked in color – resists “frosting” under abrasion 

• Dull Matte – non-shiny appearance

• Inherent low NIR reflectance capability

• Resists color loss after UV exposure or washing 

• Retains strength after extended UV exposure 

• 100% high tenacity nylon 6,6 filament fiber

Additionally, compared to conventional level acid piece dyeing to SDN, the process used to make CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric uses less water, energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases*.

“Throughout our 55-year brand journey, we’ve worked to establish a foundation built on durable and long-lasting fiber technologies, including our legacy of solution dyed, high-performance nylon 6,6 offerings. As we advance on this journey, we continue to invest and expand our capabilities to include solutions that are not only durable but step lighter on the path to sustainability”, explains Cindy McNaull® brand business development director.

“The launch of our latest Navy Blue CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric is a testament to the strength of supply chain collaboration between INVISTA and HLC Industries – together listening to the voice of our customers, identifying unmet needs, solving problems and inventing cutting-edge solutions; designing with true purpose,” explains Tina Rogers, CORDURA® strategic military account manager.

HLC Industries Marnie Landau, Executive Vice President added: “Navy Blue is one of the most commonly used colors in law enforcement, military, tactical, and workwear applications. This new addition to the CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric portfolio offers shade uniformity across the components of apparel and gear, and durable enough to stay true after exposure to the elements and intense military/outdoor missions.  Partnering with the CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics team to develop a crucial high tenacity, solution dyed nylon 6,6 navy blue offering was the natural choice.”

“The launch of CORDURA® Navy Blue TrueLock™ fiber is a major milestone for INVISTA’s Camden, S.C. facility which we have expanded with new equipment in recent years to increase U.S. capacity of high-tenacity, nylon 6,6 specialty fibers for Military, Tactical, Law Enforcement, Workwear and Outdoor end-uses,” explains Erik Walker, Global Military Segment Leader.  “Together with HLC Industries we are dedicated to meeting the evolving needs in critical protective applications such as ballistic vest covers, bags, packs, and outerwear.”

In addition to Navy Blue, Berry Compliant CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabrics are also available in Desert Sand, Tan-499, Coyote-498, Ranger Green, Camo Green-483, Wolf Gray and Black**.

Learn more at CORDURA® – TrueLock™ Fabric.  

 *2013 LCA study based on the average comparison of conventional level acid Piece Dyeing to SDN at 3 independent/3rd party dyeing and finishing mills.

** Numbers denote US Military color specification.