Category Archives: Specialty Chemicals

What’s behind the badge?

I am not talking about the police officer, the soldier or the firefighter. I am talking about what is right behind the badge or more accurately what is holding the badge: the uniform. We all have different feelings when it …
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Antimicrobial Activewear – What is the real Purpose?

Introduction An antimicrobial inhibits the growth of or even kills micro-organisms such as bacteria.  There are many different types: in the medical field you may hear of antibiotics treating bacterial infections or antifungals treating fungus; disinfectants and antiseptics are also …
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Activewear – More Complex than You Expect!

About a decade ago when people were asked about textile, they were thinking about white cotton t-shirts or their favorite pair of jeans. No functionality, simply interlaces of yarns. But now if you ask the same people, you will hear …
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Choices for Third Party Textile Environmental Certification

There are many third party textile environmental certifications available. Since each requires significant costs to become certified, your company can’t afford to certify in all of them. The question then becomes, which certification to use? Sometimes the answer is easy. …
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NICCA USA at ISPO 2015

ISPO is the biggest gathering of sportswear and the outdoor industry in the world. The exposition features over 150 events from technical discussions to a fashion show and innovation contests. ISPO is a great opportunity for actors of the textile …
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SAVE THE DATE!

AATCC is having its 2015 International Conference in Savannah, GA on March, 25 and 26 2015.  NICCA USA has been selected to present its latest results regarding the Compatibility between C6 Water Repellent and Fire Retardant for a One-step Treatment. …
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5S Tool for Efficient and Safe Operation

    In the manufacturing industry, a lot of tools are used to implement process improvement, monitor production, and maintain safe operations.  Some of these tools are industry specific, while others can be applied to any industrial process.  A few …
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Quality Circle: Another Approach to Quality Enhancement

The manufacturing of chemicals is an astringent process. It needs a strong team in the plant and in the lab to be able to assure customers with constant quality products. The role of each employee, from the operator, the Quality …
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Blue sign: A Blue Label for a Blue Planet

The textile industry is always trying to become more environmental friendly. It is a major concern from chemical manufacturers to the brands to provide consumers with products that are safe for them but also safe for the Earth. Blue Sign® …
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How the Textile and Nonwoven Industries are Affected by New Regulations Against Hospital-Associated Infections?

Hospital Associated Infections (HAIs) are a major issue in Hospitals worldwide.  In America about 1 out of 25 patients who stay in a hospital will develop a HAI. These infections cost insurers billions of dollars every year.  As a result, …
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