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February 2010

The Romo Group, England, has redesigned its upholstery fabric brand formerly known as Kirkby House into Kirkby Design, a modern, high-performance fabric resource library targeted to both residential and contract applications.

Greenville, S.C.-based Safety Components' WeatherMax FR fabric for awnings, tents and other outdoor applications is now available in 10 colors. The solution-dyed fabric is ultraviolet-, water-, and fire-resistant, and features SaturaMax yarns offering dimensional stability and a breathable HydroMax finish offering mold and mildew prevention.

Potomac, Md.-based Lavanta Textiles has launched a new website, located at www.lavantatextiles.com, which presents its Turkish textile products for the U.S. hospitality market.

Jackson, N.J.-based Newson Gale Inc. has redesigned its Bond-Rite™ clamp, a static-electricity eliminator suitable for use with mobile or portable plant equipment. It includes a redesigned electric module to improve battery/working life, and an in-line Quick-Connect feature that facilitates quick and easy field replacement of the clamp and/or retractable cables in case they are damaged in service.

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Newson Gale Inc.’s redesigned Bond-Rite™ clamp

Van Nuys, Calif.-based Cherokee Inc. has signed an exclusive license agreement in the United States with San Fernando, Calif.-based JEM Sportswear to manufacture junior knit tops for JEM's Sideout brand.

Owings Mills, Md.-based Lion Brothers Co. Inc. has received Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification.

Switzerland-based bluesign technologies AG has certified Wakefield, Mass.-based Agion Technologies Inc. for its Agion Active™ dual action odor-elimination textile finish.

The Hohenstein Institute, Germany, has released a publication that charts clothing development from the first primitive clothing to modern functional textiles and describes the milestones in clothing physiology research over recent decades. The publication is available free of charge on its website, located at www.hohenstein.de.

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The Hohenstein Institute’s publication on clothing physiology research

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based X-Rite Inc. has received the top innovation award from the China Fashion Color Association for its ColorMunki™ Design, an instrument/software package that offers color control and color creation tools for digital workflows.

England-based Mudpie Ltd. now offers the following trend books: Baby Graphics -- The Best of Cutiepie; Mudpie Badges -- The Best of Mudpie Badges; Print & Pattern Trends for autumn/winter 2011-12; and MPD Active.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Damco has integrated Madison, N.J.-based Savi Networks' SaviTrak™ wireless tracking technology into its logistics service offerings to provide real-time, automated information on location and status of customer shipments.

Minneapolis-based Turck Inc. has introduced the D-Size 1-3/8 inch powerfast™ modular wiring system for handling high-current applications for machine power distribution and motor control. The complete power distribution system includes 3- and 4-pin corsets, receptacles and tees that supply up to 600 Volts and 30 Amps.

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Turck Inc.’s D-Size 1-3/8 inch powerfast™ modular wiring system

Cincinnati-based Advantech Corp.'s Industrial Automation Group now offers the PCI-1220U two-axis motion control card for stepping and pulse-type servo motors with hardware-controlled linear and circular axis interpolation.

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Advantech Corp.’s PCI-1220U

Switzerland-based Baumer Group has introduced the IFRH series of two-part proximity inductive high temperature sensors designed for sensing applications, including detection of metals, in temperatures ranging from -25˚C to +180˚C. The IP67-rated sensors are available in M8, M12 and M18 designs with chromium nickel steel housings.

The International Trade Centre, Switzerland, now offers an online version of its Cotton Exporter's Guide in English, French and Spanish. The guide offers a comprehensive view of the entire cotton value chain from a market perspective.

NDC Infrared Engineering, Irwindale, Calif., has unveiled the NW710 infrared sensor, a non-nuclear sensor that can simultaneously measure both basis weight and residual moisture of polypropylene spunbond and spunbond/meltblown/spunbond (SMS) nonwoven fabrics. The sensor can measure a variety of basis weights from 8 grams per square meter (gsm) spunbond to 90 gsm SMS.

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NDC Infrared Engineering’s NW710 infrared sensor

Natick, Mass.-based Cognex Corp. has debuted the 3D-Locate™ library of 3-D vision software tools that enables automation equipment to work with a wider range of parts including stacked or tilted items. The company also has introduced In-Sight® 4.4 software for its In-Sight vision systems. In-Sight 4.4 includes new color tools, improved calibration and expanded data access within its EasyBuilder® configuration software; and the InspectEdge™ collection of tools that detect edge defects and inspect edge pairs.

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Cognex Corp.’s 3-D Locate™ software (left) and In-Sight® 4.4 software

East Providence, R.I.-based CleanBrands LLC has launched CleanRest® barrier window treatments, intended to control the natural buildup of household allergens.

Beresford, S.D.-based Sioux Corp.'s 100-percent electric E-Series line of pressure washer and steam cleaners has earned Mark certification, signifying that the products meet European Union consumer safety, health and environmental requirements.

Duquesne, Pa.-based American Textile Co. has received Graphic Design USA's 2010 American Package Design Award in the Home Goods category for its Rest Right™ pillow protectors; and The Public Relations Society of America, Pittsburgh chapter's 2010 Renaissance Award in the Business to Consumer category for its Aller-Ease® "Flip for Fall" media relations campaign.

England-based SDL Atlas Ltd. has redesigned its website -- located at www.sdlatlas.com -- presenting its textile testing equipment, laboratory products, consumables, and service offerings for the fabric, apparel, yarn and fiber industries.

Sweden-based Atlas Copco AG has been listed on The Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable corporations for the fifth consecutive year.

Erie, Pa.-based Eriez 5-Star Service now provides downloadable parts lists for its core products online at http://service.eriez.com.

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, Cary, N.C., and Brussels-based EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries, have released the 2010 edition of Harmonized Test Methods: Nonwovens & Related Industries.

The Germany-based Textile Research Board has released Textile (R)Evolution, a brochure that covers 33 textile innovations that have impacted industry and social history. The brochure can be ordered or downloaded free of charge at www.textilforschung.de.

Florham Park, N.J.-based BASF Corp. has increased prices for Styrofan® carboxylated syrene-butadiene polymers sold to the carpet industry in the United States and Canada by 8 cents per dry pound.

Columbus, Ohio-based Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc.'s North American Dispersions business has raised prices by 5 cents per wet pound in the United States and Canada for all acrylic, styrene acrylic, vinyl acrylic and other polymers used in the adhesives, textiles, nonwovens and construction markets.

Effective March 1, Fairlawn, Ohio-based Omnova Solutions Inc. will raise prices by 5 cents per dry pound on styrene butadiene latex for carpet and related markets.

February 16, 2010

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