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Turning the tide: Outsourcing, quality control and consumers
By Alan Kelsky
Manufacturing companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and increase profits. One method often used is to outsource manufacturing and product assembly to countries with low labor costs. Outsourcing does lower production costs, but in many instances it lowers quality and diminishes the customer base. While cost per unit is lower, often so are sales. Companies lose quality through outsourcing because they lose control. Consumers are aware of these mistakes, and perhaps they have had enough.
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Oxide armor offers Kevlar better stab resistance
Innovation in Textiles
According to an article published recently by The Royal Society of Chemistry, U.S. scientists have synthesized an ultrathin inorganic bilayer coating for Kevlar that could improve its stab resistance by 30 percent and prove invaluable for military and first-responders requiring multi-threat protection clothes.
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  EasyWeb™ Torque Controller Holds Tension

Use the EasyWeb torque controller to maintain tension during unwinding or winding operations on printing and web finishing lines. As a lower-cost alternative to the high-precision transducer-based tension controllers DFE offers, the EasyWeb works from a diameter calculator signal to continually adjust winding torque and achieve roughly consistent running tension throughout the process. MORE
 


New repair line from ECHOtape
Specialty Fabrics Review
ECHOtape recently launched a new line of repair tapes, offering an alternative to duct tape. The three new products-all-purpose repair tape, all-weather repair tape and heavy duty all-leak repair tape-are each designed to provide solutions for repairs, sealing and waterproofing needs.
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RAMI Act Passes US House of Representatives
Manufacturing.net
On Sept. 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. Viewed as a critical piece of legislation in America's renewed effort to preserve and recapture manufacturing jobs, the RAMI Act focuses efforts to spur innovation and capitalize on emerging manufacturing technologies.
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Dyneema succeeds in trademark action
Innovation in Textiles
DSM Dyneema, the leading producer of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fibers, has succeeded in its action against a third party application for a Chyneema trademark. Following two years of procedures, the official trademark authorities in South Korea, Canada, EU and the USA have all accepted DSM Dyneema's opposition and rejected the application, the Netherlands headquartered company reports.
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Oxide armor offers Kevlar better stab resistance
Innovation in Textiles
U.S. scientists have synthesized an ultrathin inorganic bilayer coating for Kevlar that could improve its stab resistance by 30 percent and prove invaluable for military and first-responders requiring multi-threat protection clothes.

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PrimaLoft launches technical knits for high output activities
Innovation in Textiles
Mitsui Bussan Techno Products has collaborated with PrimaLoft, leader in comfort solutions and high-performance insulations, to introduce PrimaLoft Performance Fabric Dry, a collection of technical knits for high-output activities.

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Flat PET microfiber for stronger and highly uniform nonwovens
Innovation in Textiles
New product possibilities are on the horizon for manufacturers of wetlaid nonwovens and specialty papers with the addition of a flat PET fiber to the Cyphrex microfibers portfolio, specialty chemicals producer Eastman reports.

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Brazilian cotton trade turns cautious
Fibre2Fashion
The Brazilian cotton trade has turned cautious in the just concluded fortnight, mainly from price volatility in Brazil, rise in global prices in early September and the dollar valuation against Brazilian currency real, which has also led to low liquidity in the spot market.
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Ahlstrom introduces new filtration media products for indoor air portfolio
Innovation in Textile
Ahlstrom, a leading high performance fiber based materials company, has introduced Ahlstrom Pleat2Save, a new portfolio of products targeted for residential, commercial and healthcare HVAC (heating, ventilation and air condition) applications.
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