Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category

WTF Roll Rasslers (with Split Bar FirstSpear Tubes)

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Whiskey Two Four are excited to offer an expanding line of workspace management tools for gearmakers.

WTF’s Roll Rasslers (with split bar FirstSpear® Tubes™) will wrangle even the peskiest of difficult to store rolled goods.

WTF’s Roll Rasslers help prevent premature wear of your MultiCam® printed VELCRO® USA brand wide loop.  WTF’s Roll Rasslers help prevent unnecessary depressions in softer, squishier fabrics like tricots and mesh.  WTF’s Roll Rasslers help prevent dust and debris from collecting on expensive rolls of fabric.

ITW 1.5″ Tri Glides and 60″ Texcel solution dyed, milspec, Berry compliant, MIL-W-17337, webbing straps offer a wide range of adjustment.

Sold in pairs. USA SALES ONLY. NO EXCEPTIONS. “FirstSpear® Tubes™” is owned by FirstSpear® LLC.

Polartec Featured Technology | Polartec Alpha

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

When it comes to SOF clothing systems, Polartec has been there since the beginning, providing fleece and baselayer fabrics for the Lightweight Environmental Protection and later, Protective Combat Uniform programs. Although initially SOCOM selected commercial off the shelf fabrics for their environmental clothing, eventually they sought out specially engineered materials.

Enter Polartec Alpha.

Polartec worked to develop an insulation technology that was not only warm, wind-resistant, durable, lightweight, quick-drying and packabe, but also breathable. The current product was not at all breathable, and breathability had become essential to SOF operating in cold mountainous regions with intense stop and go activity. By 2012 Polartec Alpha debuted, and through extensive lab and field testing in extreme environments––including cold weather combat training in Kodiak, Alaska, during which operators fully submerged themselves and then walked themselves dry––the SOF Protective Combat Uniform Level 3A Jacket became standard issue for every Special Forces Operator. It’s still in deployment today.

The hybrid product design of Polartec Alpha combines the performance attributes of base layers, insulation, and outerwear in a single garment.

But you don’t have to be a SOF Operator to use Polartec Alpha. Both it and Polartec Alpha Direct are now also used by consumer brands across the apparel market. In fact, SSD advertiser Beyond utilizes it in their A3 Alpha Sweater as well as other garments.

Light and compressible, the sweater relies on Alpha Insulation to transfer moisture away from the body to keep you dry and warm, while the DWR treated nylon ripstop shell protects you from wind and rain.

Read the entire Polartec Alpha story here.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Technical Woobie

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Today we are getting the first look at an all new garment from the FirstSpear American Merino Wool Line. Meet the Technical Woobie. Constructed with premium USA materials including FS ACM 600 Merino for warmth and FS signature apparel nylon accents which add abrasion and wind resistance. Features a modest tail, high collar with adjustable hood, thumb holes, as well as generous hand warmer pockets lined with FS ACM 100 Merino. The Full length zipper and pockets utilize premium zipper hardware and pulls.

A very cool feature FS incorporated are button holes inside the hand warmer pockets along with cord loops along your internal zipper seams which allow the user to route ear buds or communication cables for discreet cable management.

The Technical Woobie offers great everyday style matched with some of the most high performance material combinations and features available. It will quickly become the one piece you will want to take with you everywhere! 100% made in the USA with 100% USA materials.

Now shipping in Black, Sand, Commando, and Black/Heather Grey. Comes with FirstSpear’s standard lifetime warranty on materials and craftsmanship.

Army Laboratory Tests For Best Homemade Face Covering Materials

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. — Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, and many governors are recommending that people wear face coverings when out in public and unable to maintain proper social distancing, the Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Chemical Biological Center is using its more than 100 years of experience designing chemical and biological agent protective masks to determine the best material to use for making a homemade mask.

Over the last month, the Center has been contacted by more than 30 defense agencies, federal agencies and health organizations to see if its experts can help with the national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). The Center is one of only a handful of agencies that is experienced in performing tests that precisely measure materials’ filtration efficiencies in strict accordance with National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) standards. It is also one of a very few organizations that have the Model 8130 Automated Filter Tester, which is no longer in production. So the Center was the obvious choice to perform this research.

“The challenge is to pick a material that effectively blocks the virus particles from going through the material while not being too hard to breathe through,” said David Caretti, chief of the Center’s Chemical Biological Protection & Decontamination Division and leader of the team testing homemade face covering materials. “If the resistance is too high, airflow will simply bypass the covering and go around the edges.”

“We knew that claims about masks and face coverings were exploding all over the internet, and we wanted to make sure that any decisions about materials these agencies make will be based on proven science,” said Caretti.

The Center performs its testing by spraying a salt aerosol at a swatch of material. The suspended salt particles are 0.2 to 0.3 microns in size, which is the hardest size for any material to filter, which is why that size is used in testing. The corona virus is 0.125 microns, making it a very close match. The testing team simply measures the density of salt aerosol suspended in the air on one side and compared it to the density on the other side after it passes through the material.

The team started out by testing materials sent to them by organizations seeking their expertise, then broadened out to testing materials likely to be found in the home that members of the public could use to make their own face coverings.

They found that the best readily available material to use in a homemade face covering is four-ply microfiber cloth which can be found in the cleaning section of most big box stores. It filters out over 75 percent of particles. In comparison, the N95 mask used by healthcare workers in hospitals can filter 90 percent of particles. The team also found that even a polyester bandanna can be reasonably effective if it is used in layers. It will filter out 40 percent of suspended particles.

Thus far, the Center has tested more than 50 materials and continues to test new materials. Armed with this information, the Center is now able to give other agencies the best filtration efficiency information possible for them to pass on to their stakeholders.

By CCDC Chemical Biological Center

Crye Precision Joins Brooklyn Navy Yard Emergency Response to COVID-19 Threat in New York City

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Ask anyone at Crye Precision and they’ll tell you they’re proud to be based in New York City and prouder still to be headquartered at the famous Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Just like the Brooklyn Navy Yard built ships to help win World War Two, the current tenants of the facility have risen to the challenge of facing this nation’s newest threat, COVID-19.

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently put out the call to New York businesses to help with the medical response to the pandemic, which is hitting the Big Apple hard. A natural fit to this response are those engaged in the textile business.

Although Manhattan is an island, the domestic textile industry isn’t. It stretches across this great land and Crye Precision was able to call upon them to provide materials critical to this response. As you’ll see below, the list is long.

In fact, it’s the American textile industrial base which has made this project, as well as similar responses across the country, possible. If it weren’t for the Berry Amendment and its mandate for American made materials and finished goods, our nation would be at the mercy of other countries. Hopefully, this is a wake up call and we see more investment in such capabilities, so that when push comes to shove, America can continue to stand on her own two feet.

In response to the Mayor’s call, Crye and others have begun manufacturing medical gowns for area hospitals.

This hasn’t been easy. Not all of their team is back to work and Crye remains committed to fulfilling military and law enforcement contracts, in addition to their COVID-19 response efforts.

Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio thanked the members of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Emergency Response for their efforts while making a visit to the various facilities.

Crye Precision Executive Director Gregg Thompson put out this statement on Instagram yesterday:

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all. For the past month at Crye Precision, we have teamed up with the @bklynnavyyard & @lafayette148ny to help answer the City’s call for medial PPE.

This week alone, 2.5 million surgical gowns will be used across the City in hospitals and nursing homes. Our combined efforts will hopefully alleviate part of this dire need for medical PPE by manufacturing thousands of protective hospital gowns to supply the City’s health care workers. Our goal is to create 320,000 reusable surgical gowns by the end of April.

This endeavor has been made possible by our U.S. fabric supply chain partners that we have relied on for years to make our military and law enforcement products. Suppliers like @mmitextiles, @tweave_llc , @brookwoodcos , @american_e_thred, @narroflex, @murraysfabrics Fabrics and @VastestLabs have been vital to sourcing the necessary raw materials to make these medical gowns.

We are honored to partner with companies like Lafayette 148, Stitch NYC, @kaiminofficial , @kingbridgenyc , Kustin Paul, NY Ortho, Accurate Knitting, Martin Greenfiled Clothiers, Skillset, 1947LLC, Honeywell, Tencate, Lion Apparel, Matinal Safety Apparel, Milliken, Invista, @textilenetwork, Inkcups, UFP, Flextech, Mikan and the rest of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Emergency Response cooperative during this unprecedented time, bringing the highest ingenuity to work toward a common goal to help workers on the frontline of the crisis.

Milliken Pivots Textile Manufacturing to Produce Advanced Medical PPE

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Focused on engineering textiles into medical-grade fabrics using anti-microbial and fabric barrier coatings

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Global textile manufacturer Milliken & Company is leveraging its materials science expertise to manufacture much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for the healthcare industry amid the current COVID-19 global pandemic. Milliken’s new advanced medical fabrics and barriers are currently available and complement Milliken’s breakthrough BioSmartTM antimicrobial technology used in scrubs, lab coats and hospital privacy curtains, harnessing the power of bleach to kill up to 99.9% of common bacteria on contact.

Milliken is manufacturing critical barrier protection fabrics to be used in gowns and headcovers for healthcare professionals. Milliken is also researching and developing materials for incorporation into N95-grade masks. These new innovations complement our existing range of products that can be used for temporary shelters in situations where it’s deemed necessary to set up transitory field hospitals. 

“We have focused our development and manufacturing processes to help fight the battle against COVID-19,” said Halsey M. Cook, Milliken & Company president and CEO. “We began by engineering our existing textiles into medical-grade fabrics for PPE, and we will continue to seek critical solutions as we navigate this uncharted territory as a company, a nation and a world.”

These new advanced medical textiles and barriers are made in the USA and a result of the company applying deep knowledge in material science to modify fabrics that would meet the critical requirements for garments worn by healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 virus.

“Our team of scientists and developers is fully engaged, uncovering solutions to address critical medical and protective needs for those fighting on the front lines of this pandemic,” stated Chad McAllister, president and EVP, Textile Division.

Categorized into Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3, Milliken’s advanced medical fabrics and barriers tested to the ANSI/AAMI PB70 Standard and suit multiple medical environments and usage situations.

• Level 1 Medical Textile, Milliken PerimeterTM: Suitable for minimal risk situations, including basic care settings and standard hospital medical units, this gown textile provides a slight barrier to small amounts of fluid penetration. Tested to the ANSI/AAMI PB70 standard.

• Level 2 Medical Textile, Milliken PerimeterTM: Designed for low risk situations, including suturing and the pathology lab, this gown textile provides a barrier to larger amounts of fluid penetration through splatter and some fluid exposure through soaking. Tested to the ANSI/AAMI PB70 standard.

• Level 3 Medical Barrier, Milliken PerimeterTM: Designed for moderate risk situations, including hospital emergency rooms and trauma care, this PPE gown textile provides a barrier against larger amounts of fluid penetration through splatter, and more fluid exposure through soaking than Level 2. Tested to the ANSI/AAMI PB70 standard.

Milliken has a storied, 150-year legacy in American textile manufacturing and is known worldwide for industry-leading performance and protective textiles, including fabrics for first responder PPE, flame-resistant workwear, military uniforms, airbags, commercial and residential interior environments, napery and more.

Gerber Technology Creates PPE Task Force Resource Page

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Gerber Technology, the makers of Gerber cutters used by the textile industry, has created a resource page for companies wishing to transition their production line to manufacture medical PPE. It includes Patterns, Markers and Tech Packs. A special thanks to On Point Manufacturing for providing many of the Tech Packs.

Updated regularly, you can access it at

Vibram Wrap Tech

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

At Outdoor Retailer Sole manufacturer Vibram showcased their Wrap Tech sole system.

This shoe from Brandblack features their Wrap & Go sole which eliminates material waste, beinging the sole up and over the sides of the shoe. It is heated and applied to the shoe.

Due to its properties, Wrap & Go ends up being a custom application for every shoe it’s applied to. This makes it great for use by cobblers.