May 22, 2018
Miami comes one step closer to becoming the stage of Formula 1 racing after receiving unanimous approval from the Florida city commission; however, it is still awaiting approval from the Miami-Dade County officials.
May 14, 2018
Business owners always have to assess the health and safety risks associated with their premises. Fires are one such problem and something that has had serious focus in recent news. Ensuring business spaces have the necessary preventative measures and protective gear is important to protect a business and its employees from danger.
April 25, 2018
Established as the market-leading residential construction application globally, glass wool/fibreglass insulation was estimated to be worth around $3.9billion (USD) in 2017. Predictions see rises over the next couple of years, equating to a worth of $5.1 billion by 2024. This, along with other significant changes, is helping to aid the expansion of the commercial and industrial construction market.
April 19, 2018
Taking effect on April 21st, 2018, a new list of standards for PPE will need to be abided by industries. The Commission of the European Union has updated these minimum requirements to ensure conformity across its member states regarding the Regulation 2016/425 that concerns personal protective equipment (PPE).
March 22, 2018
The primary job of exhaust wrap on any vehicle is to help reduce the temperatures around the exhaust, thus stopping this important part of the vehicle from overheating. The ripple effect? A cooler engine which increases engine efficiency and its ability to gain more horsepower. This is a result of the exhaust wrap keeping the heat within the headers rather than being directed to alternative areas of the engine.
March 15, 2018
Firefighters have not always been protected by the fires they are fighting. It is only the developments in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that has increased the safety levels of the occupation. Adorning modern-day PPE is allowing firefighters more time in burning structures to get the job done, including assisting any potential casualties inside.
March 1, 2018
In industries where PPE is used, such as those including heat-resistant materials, it is often the responsibility of the employer to provide the proper equipment as part of your right to work safely without risking injury. However, this doesn’t mean that all of your safety issues are the responsibilities of others.
We have looked at some responsibilities of the employee when it comes to maintaining PPE: Continue reading
February 8, 2018
Formula One team Mercedes-AMG have announced a new multi-year partnership with clothing company Tommy Hilfiger, who will be responsible for providing the Mercedes team with race and travel wear, as well as factory, office and hospitality clothing. Continue reading
January 17, 2018
Fibreglass is the most common choice for insulation around the globe, being recommended by professionals more than any other method. For many reasons, such as being inexpensive and easily adaptable to work in a variety of different installations, it is likely that you have fibreglass insulation installed in your home or business currently. However, its use as insulation for crawlspaces is up for debate.
January 3, 2018
The latest Automotive Injectors Market 2025 global forecast has found that increasing levels of emissions caused by vehicle exhaust pipes are one of the major factors responsible for the rise of man-made pollution. In an attempt to combat this, government authorities worldwide have begun to take precautions to lower the risk of harmful emissions being released from vehicles. These regulations aim to be strict enough to force change within car manufacturers for them to rethink the way they currently create vehicles.
January 2, 2018
Recent news highlights that Formula One cars could be achieving faster lap speeds in 2018. The simulation data comes from Pirelli, one of the largest international tyre manufacturers, which predicted that the cars could be achieving over two seconds faster per lap.
December 15, 2017
As we quickly approach the festive break, some may have already turned their minds to planning their business objectives for the new year. For some, this may be looking at developing their products, for others, it may be improving their customer or client services; however, one area that shouldn’t be overlooked is workplace health and safety. In this feature, we investigate the areas you can improve workplace health and safety for 2018:
November 27, 2017
Demand for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and safety products in the UK is currently thriving, with the tougher legislation undoubtedly being the driving force. The updates have mainly looked towards the classification of products, with a focus to abolishing imported sub-standard products.
November 10, 2017
A recent report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) found that the global automotive heat shield market’s value is set to increase by around 9.7% by 2024. Currently, the industry is estimated to be worth around 13 billion dollars, with that figure set to rise to $25.3 billion over the coming years.
October 20, 2017
Spending long periods of time in Formula 1 cars means the drivers need to be comfortable and also wear the right clothing. Since 1975, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has required that diver clothing be flame retardant to offer protection in the event of a fire, and every item of clothing is flame-resistant, from the helmet to the boots.
October 16, 2017
The human body is remarkable; able to protect against heat and cold, it can cushion blows and even repair injuries. But there are still some things our bodies have not yet evolved to protect ourselves against. We are not fireproof or bulletproof; we cannot protect against extreme temperatures or pressure, or able to defend ourselves against high-speed accidents.
September 25, 2017
The textile industry is booming, with new technologies being discovered each week that could possibly change the world. If you keep up to date with our blogs, you’ll have heard about some of the most recent innovations such as self-heating clothing, fibres that act like human muscles and a range of other incredible inventions. The evolution of the industry has come a long way over the years, with new fibres being developed and a focus being given to incorporating digital and high-tech aspects into both the textile process, and the finished fibres. We’ve got some fascinating facts to share with you today about the wonderful world of the textile industry which you probably didn’t know:
September 14, 2017
With winter well and truly on its way, we’ve all turned our thoughts to the cold weather that is to come and how we’ll need to invest in a whole new wardrobe full of clothes to make it through. However, this new technology could see the end of bulky layers with a base layer that you can turn up like your very own personal heating device!
August 23, 2017
Protective clothing has been fundamental in developments of the human civilisation and without them, many of the incredible achievements we have reached and discovered would be impossible. From reaching the moon to fighting fires, protective clothing is a necessity for so many roles all around the world, underground and out in space! There are several professions that would be too dangerous to consider without protection including motor racing, science, construction and engineering to name a few. As protective clothing comes in so many forms, it can be difficult to identify what protection is needed for a specific role, but the following handy guide will help you.
August 14, 2017
In any workplace, it is important that there are health and safety guidelines put in place to prevent any potential accidents occurring. Over the years, health and safety guidelines at work have changed dramatically, and it is taken a lot more seriously than it was a hundred years ago.
July 10, 2017
It wasn’t such a long time ago that you would have only seen exhaust wraps on the performance bikes and other vehicles that predominantly professional automotive teams and racers would have access to in order to boost their performance.
July 4, 2017
Here at Textile Technologies, we love all things space. From the fibreglass insulation used on space craft to the never-ending nature of infinity; the mystery, the intrigue, the unknown. We’ve decided to make a list of 37 of our favourite weird and wonderful facts you may not know about space.
June 28, 2017
Firefighting is arguably one of the most dangerous jobs there is. Every day, firefighters may be faced with a life threatening challenge that requires them to think fast and act safely. There are many rules and regulations in place to help fighters to stay safe, as well as a range of personal protective clothing (PPE), and methods and training regimes to keep the entire team as safe as possible. Today we’re uncovering just a few of the ways in which a firefighter stays safe when battling a blaze.
June 26, 2017
Women are still encountering issues with ill-fitting personal protective equipment in the workplace, which is not only uncomfortable, but also puts their safety at risk.
June 22, 2017
With the 2017 Grand Prix in full swing, and shaping up to be an exciting year full of surprises, F1 is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. But despite watching the events for hours and hours on TV, and perhaps even live, have you ever stopped to consider the job undertaken by the drivers? Worlds away from just driving around in circles, drivers have lots to concentrate on throughout the races, with a varying amount of potential problems to consider, from faulty tyres to maintaining cockpit air temperatures. We’ve put together some common problems faced by F1 drivers, in practice, in the event itself and even during their time away from the cars.
June 15, 2017
A new Personal Protective Equipment law is due to come into full force in February 2018, so it’s time for relevant businesses to make sure their practice is up to the standards of new regulation. The current PPE regulations from 2002 adopt a directive implemented by the European Council, which originally dates back to 1992. This is now considered as out of date and in need of serious review to keep up with various changes in the workplace.
June 12, 2017
Fire dancing is an incredible art, one that is quite mesmerising to watch as you see the flames quickly flicker in eye-catching patterns. This dance requires an awful lot of skill and practice to master, and all of this must be done whilst ensuring that your safety is a priority. Our fire dancing safety guide is here to help, ensuring that you can get the most out of your fire poi without causing any damage to yourself or others around you!
June 9, 2017
Despite being the dream career of choice for young boys and girls up and down the country, the actual process of becoming an astronaut is no easy task. A tremendous commitment, usually requiring professionals in their 30s and 40s to leave their existing jobs to apply, the training requires long days and lots of travel – with no guarantee they’ll make it to space at all. Despite that, over 18,000 hopeful Americans competed in the latest round of NASA’s astronaut selection. We’ve looked at some facts that may to surprise you, in the hope to portray what you go through to become a NASA astronaut.
June 6, 2017
A recent study, published in Science Advances, has described a new type of ceramic sponge, that not only can be manufactured quickly and economically, but also comes without any of the fragility of traditional ceramics. Despite being so light it can balance off a blade of grass, this revolutionary material is remarkably heat resistant, and can be ‘squished’ in a way not dissimilar to that of a marshmallow.
May 30, 2017
When working in an environment that poses many risks, it is important to keep on top of the health and safety precautions and procedures to ensure that all the staff are safe. A safe working environment is vital to any work environment for staff retention, happiness and confidence within the company.
Failing to create a safe working environment could result in some detrimental results that leave you in a spot of bother; here are just 5 ways that you can reduce accidents and incidents in the workplace:
May 26, 2017
Leading textile experts are heading to Germany this September for the first Sustainable Textile School which will see them share their expertise on how businesses across the textile industry, such as high temperature textiles, can be transformed towards a sustainable approach. Continue reading
May 24, 2017
The 2017 Techtextil and Texprocess Trade Show proved to be the best event yet, as this year’s bi-annual event broke records, showing the popularity of emerging trends, innovation and one-of-a-kind pieces within the textile industry, such as high temperature textiles for space travel and automotive heat exhaust wraps for high-performance racing. Continue reading
May 17, 2017
Scientists and researchers who as part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have discovered that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialises in the production of toxic compounds that are nearly identical to man-made fire retardants, which could prove monumental for high temperature textiles. Continue reading
May 10, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully developed and tested a water-based, ready-to-use formulation that will allow buildings to be impenetrable from water and fire.
May 9, 2017
A new exhibition taking place this week will showcase the high temperature textiles, parts and products that go into a space mission to Mars.
May 2, 2017
Health and safety places an important role in many aspects of day-to-day life, and is an integral part of the work place in many industries. Whilst we might put on our seat belt without thinking and look both ways before we cross the road instinctively, it’s vital to be as vigilant with health and safety within the workplace. Below, we’ve come up with a guide to PPE so you can supply your workforce, safe in the knowledge that they are protected from risk whilst at work.
April 28, 2017
McLaren Racing is hoping to improve their cars, accelerate design modifications and reduce the weight of their 2017 Formula 1 MCL32 race car by using more 3D printed components. According to McLaren Racing, some of these 3D printed components includes a rear wing flap, carbon fibre composite brake cooling ducts, a hydraulic line bracket and a flexible radio harness location boot.
April 27, 2017
With the Formula One season well and truly underway, fans will be eagerly awaiting the upcoming races in Russia, Spain and Monaco. The season so far has seen two wins for Sebastian Vettel and one for Lewis Hamilton. We’ve decided to look at some lesser known facts about Formula One to read up on before the next big race:
April 26, 2017
From providing applications like fibreglass tape or heat exhaust wrap, Textile Technologies have become experts in various fields, and also love learning more about what our products become involved with. We provide materials to a variety of massive industries such as motorsport, commercial aviation, mining and ship building. The latter, the ship building, is a huge industry, not just because of the size of the ships - and there are some simply enormous ones operating across the globe today.
April 25, 2017
The ability of textiles to protect the wearer in a range of different environments is fascinating and with increasingly consistent developments within the industry, the future potential of utilising textile technologies is promising. One of the best examples of how textiles can perform amongst extreme conditions, is the space suit. We have created a helpful guide including everything you’ve ever wondered about spacesuits and how you can create your own!
April 20, 2017
The e-textiles market has steadily grown over the last five years, with key advances leading to early commercial products being released. The market is thought to have grown at double digit rate, to reach around $100 million in annual wholesale revenue today. In the current climate, global giants from a range of industries including apparel and electronics are assessing the sector and strategizing accordingly, leading to forecasters predicting further growth over the upcoming decade.
April 18, 2017
Here at Textile Technologies, we like it hot and everything related to heat resistant materials for that matter. As such, we find the age old tradition of fire poi particularly fascinating! We sell fire poi webbing tape which can be used to make your own set of poi, so we’ve decided to put together a guide of everything you may want to know about the practice, before having a go at it yourself!
April 12, 2017
A technology developed at Purdue University can be woven into specifically designed fabrics to harness body heat and use this energy to power Internet of Things devices, including heart and respiration monitors.
April 11, 2017
The nature of Formula 1 makes it a thrilling and exciting sport for both spectators and drivers alike. The anticipation builds and builds, until suddenly it’s race day, there’s 22 drivers ready to put their foot to pedal and from that moment onwards, anything could happen. Textile technologies offer a range of different kinds of heat exhaust wrap, which is often used by F1 cars, so it’s hardly surprising that we take an interest in the sport. We’ve listed some of the most iconic moments in F1 for all fans to read, enjoy and reminisce:
March 31, 2017
As powerful rocket engines are developed and improved upon, materials which can withstand their heat and pressure must also be created, and the composite fibreglass insulation material used to make them should be fuzzy.
March 29, 2017
At Textile Technologies Europe Ltd, we cater to a wide variety of industries, from commercial aviation and shipbuilding to power generation and wind turbine industries. Our knowledge and expertise on the textiles and materials we manufacture mean we can ensure our customers are receiving the right solution for their problem.
March 23, 2017
Supersonic aircraft first came to be in the latter half of the twentieth century. It was mainly used for military purposes, and the technology was also used for commercial aircraft through the use of Concorde planes. However, these commercial supersonic aircraft were taken out of commission due to political and environmental problems.
March 22, 2017
The wait for Formula One’s bold new era of more dramatic racing and stimulating cars is nearly here, with the Australian Grand Prix just days away. Ten teams are fighting out for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, with cars which have promised to be up to five seconds faster.
March 15, 2017
Fibreglass refers to a group of products which are made from individual glass fibres, combined into various forms. Glass fibres can be divided into two groups: continuous or long fibres used in yarns and textiles and discontinuous or short fibres used as blankets or boards for insulation.
March 9, 2017
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is an essential investment for many businesses, such as foundry work. PPE is equipment which protects the user or wearer against any health and safety risks in the workplace and includes items such as safety helmets, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear, harnesses, and gloves.
March 7, 2017
At one point, heat exhaust wrap was only seen on performance bikes, but it has become more and more of a moto-fashion statement. The wrap does not just look awesome on your header but you will see a reduction in temperatures, as well as more horsepower.
March 1, 2017
Although smart textiles have only recently emerged, the latest market report shows that it could be one of the fastest growing textile sectors globally. The new innovations are enabling many other sectors to develop new and exciting products that could revolutionise the future. From safety wear for military personnel to on-trend fashion items, the textile industry is ever-changing for the better. Read on to find out more…
February 28, 2017
The pre-season Formula 1 got off to a shaky start last weekend when McLaren’s car stopped because of an oil system issue after one installation lap. Even though the team had successfully completed a 100 kilometre filming day at Barcelona on Sunday, ahead of the proper start to testing which took place on Monday.
February 20, 2017
The chances are that most, if not all of us, have seen a glass used to drink out of develop a crack as a result of having water that was too hot, poured into it. So, the fact that there are products that can come into direct contact with a naked flame and not shatter is, therefore, that much more surprising; but they do exist.
February 13, 2017
Exhaust bandages were something that was once only seen on high-performance bikes, however, with the advances in textile technology and the latest trends, it is something that is seen more and more frequently in today’s motor world. Aside from aesthetic purposes, these bandages do have an important purpose, find out about why exhaust bandages are important here:
February 9, 2017
Poi is a form of art dancing that originated in New Zealand with the Maori people; it was first used as a way to improve their fitness and endurance levels. However this cultural exercise has much progressed since then, spreading all over the world as an exciting and engaging performance form that has developed into the use of fire poi, for an adrenaline inducing and capturing form of entertainment.
February 7, 2017
Textile innovation is at the forefront of the market, constantly creating new and exciting inventions that will help to improve our lives and that of others around us. This next textile creation aims to help those with an impaired level of mobility to gain back some of their independence and strengthen their bodies for a better, more mobile, future.
January 30, 2017
The US Navy has approved a new uniform to be rolled out later in the year and would be an end to the four-year effort to finding high-quality fire-retardant clothing that would be worn by all shipboard sailors.
January 19, 2017
There was a time when great big hulking computers and mobile phones the size of a brick were considered advanced technology, yet today every laptop, tablet and smartphone needs to be thinner, lighter and sleeker than the previous design. It is about having the best tech, and companies catering to the high expectations.
January 16, 2017
Formula One (F1) is the world’s most famous motor racing sport, with around 10% of the world’s population following the races and teams. There is fierce competition within the sport too, along with the remarkable physical strain the cars go through during a race, hitting speeds of 350km/h (217.5mp/h).
January 11, 2017
Researchers have set the new world record for the most heat resistant materials. The tantalum carbide and hafnium carbide materials can withstand a sweltering 4000 degrees Celsius. These materials and the new discoveries about them could have many applications.
January 10, 2017
Space suits are garments worn as protective wear, to keep humans alive in the harsh environment of outer space, which has severe temperature and vacuum pressures. Space suits are also worn by astronauts and cosmonauts as they travel into space as a safety precaution in case of loss of cabin pressure. And they could soon become the protective wear of the future.
December 29, 2016
You might not know too much about it, but the UK is positively thriving with civil engineering projects to help take Britain to the next level right now. Both the government and civil engineering industry have spent significant amounts of money to help make the country’s infrastructure suitable for the 21st century. With London having the main crux of their works completed, the rest of the UK is now getting the same treatment.
December 28, 2016
December 14, 2016
This may seem a slight deviation from what we here at Textile Technology specialise in, but in fact, the textiles we use to supply companies is being used in a similar vein as part of the battle to keep the skies under control from drones.
December 5, 2016
BAE Systems has officially unveiled a new £15.6 million training facility in Lancashire, a move which marks the biggest single investment in UK aerospace skills to ever be made.
November 29, 2016
A leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens has opened its Textile Structures for New Building competition, aimed at students and young people. Techtextil invite students across the board from disciplines such as civil engineering, architecture and product design amongst others, as well as young professionals (born after 1 March 1988) to enter their ideas. The competition is in its 14th consecutive year and has an impressive €8,000 up for grabs for the winners. The contest is sponsored by the international TensiNet network and for the first time medially accompanied and supported by media partner Architonic.
November 25, 2016
Fabrics can provide a whole host of uses alongside thermal insulation. Otherwise known as electronic textiles, the term refers to the use of electronics in textiles to provide functional or decorative uses.
November 24, 2016
Textile Technologies have been supplying the wind turbine industry with various high temperature textiles, predominantly unidirectional tape to use to help them run effectively for years, and we understand the effects and benefits well. However, there are many people who don’t have that understanding and are curious to discover how those big white futuristic-looking windmills in the fields work.
November 15, 2016
A collection of final designs from a student project, with the aim of producing a fresh range of functional workwear as protective personal equipment (PPE) has recently been on display at the Expoprotection work safety exhibition in France.
November 11, 2016
For the last 46 years, since 1975, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) has made it mandatory for all driver’s clothing to offer flame retardant facilities, so that, in the event of a fire on the track or in a pit-stop situation, they are protected for long enough to get out safely.
November 10, 2016
TissueGen, a US pharmaceutical polymer manufacturer has unveiled its latest creation - ‘bioresorbable fibres’ – which are materials that are embedded with chemical compounds.
November 7, 2016
The global coatings market is set to expand from £4.44 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach £5.49 billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Rate Growth (CARG) of 3.5%, according to one of the newly published reports released via MarketsandMarkets, a leading market research firm.
November 4, 2016
Workrite, a company known for designing and producing flame retardant workwear has recently announced that it has developed a new line of fire resistant denim jeans using a flame-resistant fabric, which will offer ideal standards of thermal insulation from the heat, it has been stated.
October 28, 2016
Mining, its resources and the industry as a whole is something that has an influence on all of our lives. Here at Textile Technologies we are fortunate enough to be able to help this sector with our heat resistant fabrics, among other specifically designed textiles, but how much do you know about the mining industry and some of its best facts from around the world?
October 27, 2016
The Clothworkers’ Company, The Drapers’ Company, The Weavers’ Company and The Campaign for Wool, came together for a third consecutive year to put on a conference for final-year textile degree students looking to take the next step into the industry beyond their studies.
October 21, 2016
The global ceramic textile market size has been given a global value of £61.1 million last year, and a new estimation has forecasted a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.94% in terms of value, from this year to 2021.
October 20, 2016
DuPont announced the winners of the third annual DuPont Kevlar Glove Innovation Awards this week, with several deserving nominees being awarded.
October 18, 2016
While many of us use products from metal fabrication companies, lots of people have little or no idea of where it came from or indeed how the metal fabrication industry has been involved in significant aspects of people’s lives on a worldwide scale.
October 14, 2016
If you have previously been wanting to apply your heat wrapping to your exhaust manifold, but haven’t been 100 per cent sure on exactly how to do it, help is at hand. We understand that it’s a precarious project to undertake and you want to get it right first time. Thanks to our friends, The Demented Monkeys, you can now watch exactly how it’s done.
October 13, 2016
Messe Frankfurt a textile trade show organiser has announced the launching of Texworld, Apparel Sourcing and Texprocess exhibitions in East Africa as part of the Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW) in 2017, which will be a first for the exhibition.
October 7, 2016
What would you use to make the perfect space suit or spacecraft? Instead of dreaming up far-off sci-fi inventions, let’s take a look at the materials already out there in use, or at beta-testing level, for creating the ideal suit or craft for a life in space.
October 6, 2016
Superhero costumes have to be more than a costume, but also a tool to help them. In comics, it is easy to draw a suit and list its uses and not have to think too much about how it works, but when the suit appears on the screen, there are certain things it needs to make it look real.
October 4, 2016
A group of researchers from Kashan University, Iran, recently succeeded in the production of fireproof coatings, by synthesising a type of magnetic nanoparticle, and using it in a nanocomposite structure.
September 28, 2016
Asbestos has been a known health concern since the 1970s, and ever since then there has been widespread movement to find replacements for it in every industry where it was commonly used. Of course, asbestos saw a lot of use as a material used as a heat resistant product, but in more modern times, we have found other materials that do the same job in a much safer capacity. Here are a few of the best and most commonly used asbestos alternatives.
September 23, 2016
Technological breakthroughs that have centred around low cost sustainable products are said to guarantee a steady PPE market price trend and maintain industry expansion as well as penetration, experts have said.
September 22, 2016
The industry is forever changing, moving forward with new ideas and technology, and one example of this has come from a designer and researcher who has recently pioneered a new form of fabric.
September 21, 2016
People have been using fireproof clothing in its variety of forms for centuries now. As far back as can be reliably documented, the use of high temperature textiles as a form of fireproof clothing has been around for centuries. Originally used in twelfth century Arabia, ancient warriors would sport silk undergarments, a cotton tunic daubed with a sticky fireproof substance, and a barrage of fireworks. But there is, for no documented reason, a large gap through the ages that saw the technology forgotten. That was, however, until humans started embarking on missions to space and setting fire to themselves on the race tracks of various motorsports.
September 16, 2016
The U.S. military is hoping to enlist the help of fashion designers and textile experts as part of their redesign of the protective suits that their soldiers wear against biological and chemical attacks.
September 15, 2016
Yamaha's “Yard Built” programme works in conjunction with a number of custom builders across the globe to revive and re-envisage the company's fleet of Sport Heritage motorcycles.
September 7, 2016
There’s more to high temperature industrial manufacturing than the high temperature materials themselves. When thinking about health and safety requirements, it’s very important to consider the other factors at play in your work environment, and how all of them pose a potential risk.
August 31, 2016
Iconic motorbike manufacturer Harley Davidson has just unveiled its latest new engine – the first in 15 years.
August 26, 2016
Experts have predicted that the worldwide market for technical textile chemicals is set to exceed £3.26 billion by the time we reach the end of 2016.
August 25, 2016
Following the insightful and riveting Discovery Channel series, named the World's Biggest Shipbuilders, we decided to delve a little deeper and discover more about what it takes to put together this gigantic vessel - the Maersk Triple-E.
August 22, 2016
The picture below shows some of the team of welders working inside a large liquid hydrogen tank as part of NASA's Space Launch System at the Michoud Assembly Facility located in New Orleans.
August 18, 2016
A new research study has highlighted UK online buying trends, with one major factor being that a staggering three quarters of people in the UK who make purchases online wanting to find reassurance from someone else before they commit to buying.
August 16, 2016
There are hidden health benefits behind the practice of poi, experts claim.
August 15, 2016
Heat stress is a genuine issue that concerns employers and their workforce on a global scale. There’s no getting away from it, it’s a matter that shouldn’t always be addressed and there’s plenty of evidence, along with common sense, to back this up.
August 11, 2016
It’s a decision that people often um and ah over, and for those who are also finding themselves in this predicament of choosing exhaust wrap or ceramic coated exhaust parts as your preferred option, we’ve got a nice and easy to read pro/con breakdown for you.
We’ve tried to be as fair as possible so you can get the best idea of what would suit you best.
August 8, 2016
The American protective apparel manufacturer National Safety Apparel (NSA) has announced the addition of a safety and military apparel brand from technical textile manufacturer Optimer Brands. The range of ‘DRIFIRE’, used as a high temperature textile for flame resistant protection can be used for personnel in various protective and construction industries.
August 4, 2016
After there was an annual rise of six per cent in production reported, a set of new figures from a number of European textile trade bodies suggest that our friends over in Germany are having a positive effect on the technical textiles market across Europe.
July 27, 2016
Experts working at the American Chemical Society (ACS) have successfully developed a strong, lightweight carbon foam as a bi-product of…. Baked bread!
July 25, 2016
In the past few months, the European Commission has traded its existing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC with Regulation 425/2016/EU.
July 21, 2016
Chomarat, the French textile reinforcements specialist has announced it is set to expand its Coatings & Films business with a €2.5 million outlay at its Paris manufacturing facility centre.
July 20, 2016
The welding industry carries a list of hazards that need to be protected against if you are in the trade. There are a host of risks, including sparks, spatter, heat, hot metal, fumes and gases, radiation, and slag. Due to the fact that these threats carry obvious risks, it’s vital that welders wear adequate protective equipment at all times.
July 18, 2016
Tech experts, BAE Systems have produced a lighter and easier to use set of wearable tech that military personnel can use, which they have produced in partnership with Intelligent Textiles Limited, creating the Broadsword Spine.
July 14, 2016
If you use arrow welding magnets, then you will be more than aware of how handy they are when it comes to holding steel together at 90 degrees during the welding process.
July 13, 2016
American industrial apparel and chemicals manufacturer Mount Vernon Mills recently unveiled a fresh new range of cotton-nylon flame resistant high temperature textiles, to deal with what the company has described as the sector’s biggest challenge to date.
July 11, 2016
The University of South Australia (UniSA) has teamed up with Centrex Metals, an Australian iron ore mining and exploration company, to create a research funding partnership as they aim to develop molten salt technology that will cut energy and water usage significantly, which would therefore reduce the cost of the mineral processing using molten salts.
July 8, 2016
The wheel HAS been re-invented by a Canada-based inventor who has developed his new product that could potentially alter motorsport as we know it, develop new adaptations of certain auto sports and also… make parallel parking easier!
June 27, 2016
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have, this month, confirmed that output in the British industrial sector grew at its fastest pace since 2012.
June 22, 2016
If you are doing restoration work or maintenance on your vehicle, then you’ll be working on the exhaust pipes at some point, no doubt. If you’ve been applying high temperature textiles, such as heat wrapping, to enhance the performance of your vehicle, then it’s important to maintain the upkeep of parts to ensure optimum performance (and peace of mind).
June 21, 2016
It’s recently been announced that the UK government is set to put aside £1.79 million in funding that will go towards supporting the ‘Breakthrough Aerospace Materials’ project.
June 15, 2016
In 2014 London’s Central Saint Martins College sponsored a new research project that set out to break down preconceptions about materials, which included high temperature textiles.
June 13, 2016
A recent report has been published that has allowed people in the industry to see the forecasts for the automotive heat shield market, with some promising news to come, it has been announced.
June 10, 2016
Welding high-strength metals by way of regular methods can pose as a challenging prospect as a result of the extremely high temperatures and the re-solidification process, which can weaken the metal along the bond. However, help has come in the form of a group of researchers in the U.S.
June 8, 2016
The U.S. Military is looking at ways to improve and evolve its uniforms for all its staff, and while many may not have thought that it makes too much of a difference, it can be the difference between life and death, says Mary Roach, author and expert of people in war situations.
June 3, 2016
If you are considering using some of our basalt knitted sleeving, but need more information on its benefits and various uses then we have compiled an informative factsheet for you, meaning hopefully you’ll see that it’s the high temperature textile for you!
May 27, 2016
Textile Technologies specialise in creating bespoke, fabricated high temperature textiles for a number of reasons, but sometimes we’re still surprised by the amazing uses that people find for the products we manufacture. One such pair of people contacted us about our Quartz Sleeving, last year.
May 26, 2016
Ever since the human race started to build structures with wood rather than stone, fire has played a major role in the rise and fall of civilisations.
In fact, fires have been so common that almost every city in the world has, at some point or another, experienced a large fire which has caused large parts of it to be burned to the ground – and some have been burned repeatedly, like Constantinople, now known as Istanbul, which found itself alight five times between 406 and 1204.
May 25, 2016
Say the word ‘Kevlar’ to most people, and the immediate image conjured up is one of an American action hero wearing a bulletproof vest, probably tearing off his shirt to reveal that he wasn’t really dead, the Kevlar vest saved him. In any case, Kevlar is most famous for its bullet-stopping properties, which most of the time are overestimated, but very rarely thought of as the tough, all-purpose material that it really is. Textile Technologies have done a lot of work with Kevlar, and we can think of much more uses for it than a Schwarzenegger knock-off sporting an invincibility suit.
May 24, 2016
It has recently been confirmed by ITV’s Press Editor Joel Hills that a deal between Excalibur Steel UK and Liberty House to buy the Tata Steel UK operation is not factual and that there are certainly more than the two companies named looking to invest in the takeover.
May 23, 2016
Glass production has existed for thousands of years, and has been used for complex shapes since at least Roman times. Recent centuries, particularly the 20th and 21st centuries, have seen a huge increase in both the quality and quantity of glass products compared to our predecessors, however, and this all comes down to the advanced manufacturing methods we use.
May 18, 2016
Kornit Digital, the digital textile printing (DTP) company based in Israel, has recently confirmed a distribution deal with Sabur Ink Systems, a Yorkshire-based company, in what’s been described as an effort to aid the push for global digital textile printing market dominance from the UK.
May 13, 2016
US embroidery company Madeira has, in recent months, produced a new colour card, that represents its popular and highly-regarded flame resistant embroidery thread, called Fire Fighter.
May 12, 2016
As wearable tech and smart clothing seems to be very much the ‘in thing’ at the moment, Adidas won’t ever be ones to be left behind and as such has officially launched the world's first smart race suit.
May 10, 2016
We like to keep our eye on the race for space exploration given the amount of excitement that surrounds it, along with the possibilities it could open us up to here on Earth in the future. So when we got wind of the news that Elon Musk, CEO of the SpaceX manufacturing company had enlisted the help of a Marvel franchise costume designer for help, we instantly became interested!
May 6, 2016
Heat may not be the first hazard that comes to mind for workers in the petrochemical industry, but due to the high temperature production processes that are common in the industry, burns should be a concern to many employers. Whether it's accidental contact with hot equipment or steam, the temperatures involved are incredibly dangerous, and you can't always rely on a safety shower to prevent your workers from getting a burn.
April 27, 2016
Depending on the industry you work in, COSHH is either something you've never had to deal with, or as it is for companies who deal with high temperature textiles, something which can cause you to have to do some extra paperwork. Whatever you think of it, though, it is vital that you understand how to use COSHH, and why you're using it, in order to ensure the safety of your facility, your workers and your business.
April 26, 2016
Renowned race car driver Daniel Ricciardo, who is a much-respected Formula 1 driver for Red Bull Racing, has recently been captured on video taking on a race with a driver who has fewer years’ experience under his belt than Daniel does... Williams Racing Felipe Massa’s son!
April 19, 2016
Recent news coming from the United States has confirmed that the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) will be taking control of the development of new technologies in order to predict the strength and life expectancy of composite-based rotor blades used in aircraft.
April 15, 2016
Globe Manufacturing Company, who are the American firefighter garment supplier, are set to unveil its ‘Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform’ system at an upcoming Smart Fabrics Summit conference, held in the country’s capital, Washington DC.
April 12, 2016
In today’s modern world there are always useful collaborations across genres happening, and one such collaboration involving Cordura, the nylon fabrics brand owned by synthetic textile fibre producer Invista, has announced a new partnership with a Parisian fashion school.
April 11, 2016
Californian motorbike magazine, Cycle World, recently proclaimed: “Don’t let the EPA choke out aftermarket exhausts on your track machine!” You might well be wondering, what’s all this about?
April 8, 2016
Atlas Knowledge Group, a specialist Learning Technology Services business, offering learning solutions to safety critical industries, has announced it will be working in conjunction with a UK science skills body to open up Atlas’ portfolio to more than 1 million prospective new users in science based industries.
April 6, 2016
With the start of the F1 championship recently getting underway, and Bahrain just passing in which Nico Rosberg took the spoils, we often forget about some of the other elements of the sport, such as the race suit that the drivers don when they climb into the cockpit of their performance cars.
March 31, 2016
On Easter Monday, the adrenaline junkie, Guy Martin, was successful in completing his Wall of Death record attempt.
March 24, 2016
Some of the articles we write are serious, and rightly so, but there are times when we are able to take a step back and enjoy some of the more trivial things that surround our industry. With this in mind, we have decided to serve up 9 fun facts about heat for you:
March 21, 2016
If you don’t take advantage of the benefits exhaust wrap and other heat insulation tape provides your vehicle, then you should be looking at this video to see the profits first hand.
March 18, 2016
Chances are that you’ve seen the gripping space movie starring Matt Damon, The Martian. One of the main talking points of the film was the ‘trendy’ state of the art space suit that Damon sported and which has led to many questions being raised over its integrity and functionality.
March 15, 2016
Safety precautions for the molten metal processing industry are incredibly demanding, especially when it comes to personal protective clothing with insulating materials. The clothing has to shed molten metal, in order to prevent it from sticking, be incombustible and prevent the intense heat from causing a secondary hazard to the worker. Simultaneously, the clothing must be heat resistant to protect the employee from the high temperatures that they are working with, while also being flexible and wearable enough to allow the worker to continue performing their job correctly. Combining all of these elements into one piece of protective equipment requires incredibly specialised materials and more so for different plants, job requirements and particular industries.
March 11, 2016
A recent report has outlined the forecast for the high performance insulation materials market with an analysis and prediction in terms of types and applications by volume as well as value for the next four years.
March 10, 2016
Pat Symonds, the chief technical officer for Williams has recently stated that the new exhaust systems set to be used for the 2016 season will make engines 12% louder compared to last year’s builds.
March 9, 2016
A new video was uploaded on to YouTube courtesy of the account called Gumbal, and has been blowing the minds (and ears) of many a high performance car fan!
March 7, 2016
Marvel is renowned for its strong history of heroes within science. Lots of Marvel heroes are the result of accidents through science or the product of a scientific endeavour, and one of the finest example of this is Tony Stark and his Iron Man suit. We decided to delve into what makes up this scientific masterpiece in terms of it specially-designated metals, and materials, which even features and exclusive ‘ingredient’ you’ve probably never heard of!
February 26, 2016
If you are in love with the world of motorsport, perhaps you are making your own sports bike and you’ve already purchased your exhaust wrap from us, but you needed that little bit more inspiration, we thought we would remind you of the world five fastest motorbikes.
We’ll get straight to it, so we are, in ascending order:
February 19, 2016
The making of a tasty pizza is dependent on several factors. First, and most importantly of all is a really hot pizza oven. The Pizzacraft PC0601 Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven will get you to the premium 600F/315C ‘hotspot’ in 15 minutes flat, that is providing that you’ve got a gas stovetop. It’s worth noting that not many conventional ovens can get to that temperature. But, say you do have a gas stovetop, once the temp is reached, your delicious pizza will be baked and ready to go in a mere 6 minutes!
February 16, 2016
A welding competition is providing the chance for a host of bright young sparks in Burton and South Derbyshire the opportunity to showcase their talents in the welding department and walk away with £1000 prize money.
February 12, 2016
Experts based at Northeastern University have recently developed a new method for welding and soldering that requires no heat.
February 11, 2016
The Electrical Contractors’ Association's (ECA) latest development to be launched is a new series of ‘Health and Safety Focus Forums'.
February 9, 2016
3D-printed metal bicycle frames are now being made, in case you weren’t aware. Typically constructed using a sintering process, in which a laser is utilised to selectively melt steel powder, building it up in consecutive layers. That was until a team of students in the Netherlands at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) decided to take another approach, opting to create the world's first stainless steel bike made via a welding-based 3D-printing technique.
February 5, 2016
People have been using fireproof clothing in its variety of forms for centuries now. As far back as can be reliably documented, the use of high temperature textiles as a form of fireproof clothing was originally used in twelfth century Arabia, whereby ancient warriors would sport silk undergarments, a cotton tunic daubed with a sticky fireproof substance, and a barrage of fireworks. But there is, for no documented reason, a large gap through the ages that saw the technology forgotten. That was, however, until humans started embarking on missions to space and setting fire to themselves on the race tracks of various motorsports.
February 4, 2016
In what resembles something that a cool Hollywood actor would wear in a space-epic style movie, Adidas has announced that it is joining forces with Virgin Galactic to produce what could be an iconic space suit for future astronauts.
January 29, 2016
If you enjoy motorsport as much as we do, then you will surely love seeing the beautiful sight of well-executed exhaust wrapping! As it’s the end of the week and also the end of the month the team here at High Temperature Textiles thought that we could treat our blog readers with some fine examples of exhaust wraps done to perfection. So we trawled Instagram and found five that caught our eye.
January 28, 2016
Russian cosmonauts are soon set to undertake an essential spacewalk, which will take place on February 3, in order to get some practice at fixing screen-vacuum thermal insulation onto the exterior of the International Space Station.
January 25, 2016
In recent news, astronomers in the United States have stated that they have located a new planet in the solar system, situated behind Pluto.
January 11, 2016
Here at Textile Technologies we like to think that we can help people with all of their needs when it comes to topics such as exhaust wrap in motorsport. If this is something you are looking to gain some more information on, then why not take a look at our helpful guide?
December 16, 2015
With the news that NASA is aiming to have humans land on Mars by the 2030s, and the fact that they are beginning to recruit astronauts for the mission, it’s exciting to know that the experts working for NASA have been developing a new kind of revolutionary spacesuit.