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Hook and Loop for Orthotics and Prosthetics

Orthotics and prosthetics make up a sizable portion of the textile component industry. With applications ranging from artificial prosthetics to wrist braces, the materials used must not only be durable but also flexible and comfortable for the end users. What are Orthotics and Prosthetics? Orthotics and prosthetics consists of...

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Product Spotlight: Ballistic Fabric

Introduced by DuPont in the mid-1900's, as the primary covering for flak jackets and aircraft coverings during WWII and Vietnam War, ballistic fabric was retired from military applications in the 1970's when lighter weight Kevlar and ceramic plates offered higher levels of ballistic protection. Ballistic fabric has been a staple...

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Injection Molded Plastics: What you Need to Know

Hundreds of manufacturers across the nation utilize injection molded plastics, and more specifically plastic side release buckles, in their supply chain. In everyday products, ranging from backpacks to pet collars, injection molded plastics are used and have become a common commodity part for manufacturers. Injection Molded Manufacturing Process ...

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Understanding Zipper Slider Types

Much like zipper chain, zipper slides are one of the most common and versatile products in the textile component industry. Zipper chain and slides can be found on everything from apparel to outdoor furniture. Read our accompanying blog on Zipper Chain Types Popular Zipper Slider and Zipper Pull Types...

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Understanding Zipper Chain Types

Zipper chain is one of the most common textile products on the market and can be found on everything from boat cushions to gym bags. While the design is simple, the possibilities of zippers are endless. Finding the Right Zipper Style Zippers, also called zipper chain, are widely...

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Guide to IFAI Expo 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo is the nation's most premier industrial fabrics expo - complete with over 12,000 suppliers, manufactures and end users. In 2018, the IFAI Expo will be hosted in Dallas, Texas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Dallas....

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Varieties of Hook and Loop Fasteners

Since its introduction over 70 years ago, by Swiss engineer George de Mestral, the iconic hook and loop touch fastener has not changed much but there have been advancements and improvements made since the original product was developed. Varieties of Hook and Loop Fasteners ...

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Webbing Material Selection Guide

For products such as bags, backpacks, luggage, pet leashes, vehicle tie-downs, and vehicle strapping choosing the correct webbing material is crucial in assuring the life-span, safety and customer satisfaction of your product. Utilizing our 60+ years of knowledge of component textiles, DirecTex has put together this handy selection guide to...

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Product Spotlight: 300D Poly Twill and 600D Poly Duck with UV and FR

DirecTex stocks a large amount of common denier and weight industrial fabrics with various durable water repellent, fire retardant, and UV protectant coatings and finishes. From time to time we are posed with sourcing a custom finished fabric or specialty denier fabric. Click here to read more about available coatings...

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Product Spotlight: Spectraloc 600

Manufacturers who produce products forced to withstand the elemtns know the importance of having a rugged and durable fabric. Introducing Spectralocâ„¢ 600D - Solution Dyed Polyester . Spectralocâ„¢ 600 denier solution dyed polyester fabric offers: durability, variety, and flexibility all with a 3-year No Fade warranty ; ideal for...

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