Jason Mills Unveils New Fabric for Golf Simulators Screens

When it comes to golf simulators the impact screen fabric plays a critical role in the quality and performance of the unit as a whole. Although the electronic components in the simulator play a vital role in projecting the image, the image quality will only be as good as the screen it is projected on. Investing in a high-quality fabric will ensure that the screen won’t break apart and will display a high-quality image that looks like the actual fairway.

At Jason Mills we offer fabric that is ideal for everyday use and now we’re preparing to debut our new high-end fabric. Jason Mills Style 501 will show incredible HD/Blu-ray quality images.  The new addition is 120 inches wide, stocked in white, fire-resistant, impact-resistant, and displays beautiful imagery. The screen fabric also has minimal bounce back and low noise which makes it ideal for use in indoor golf facilities.

This new fabric style is by far one of the best options for impact screens for the golf simulator industry and we encourage golf industry professionals to visit our website to learn more. We are also active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ where we post more technical textile news and company updates.

Technical Textiles Expect Continued Growth

At Jason Mills we’re always excited to come across positive industry news and share it with our readers. Recently, we read in Textile World that technical textiles continue to see growth. Technical textiles, like the ones we manufacture, can be used across a variety of industries, including automotive, medical, personal safety, and sanitation supply; using finishes such as anti microbial, fire resistance and ultra violet resistance. With such a range of applications it’s no surprise to us that this sector of the textile industry is one of the main areas of growth for the western hemisphere.

According to research from the Gherzi Textile Organisation 25% of fibers were used in technical textiles in the 1990s and today that number is over 55% and the use of textiles in industrial applications is only expected to go up. The research also found that from 1990-2012 fiber processing moved more towards technical textiles with the number of man-made fibers increasing from 68% to 91%.

Our company specializes in the sourcing, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution of polyester and nylon knit mesh fabrics for industrial use. To find out more about our products and services and how we can help provide technical textiles for your application, visit our website. We also actively post about the textile industry on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Medical Textile Innovations

Recently Textile World hosted an Innovation Forum in Atlanta, GA which focused some of the innovations in the textile industry, including those in engineering, processing, and R&D. At Jason Mills we are always paying attention to latest technology in the industry and right now we’re really excited about some of the innovations in moisture management and antimicrobial finishes.

An antimicrobial finish’s purpose is to kill any microbe that comes in contact with the material before it can harm the end user. Antimicrobial finishes are incredibly important in the medical and healthcare sector, but what is exciting is it can be applied to a variety of other industries as well such as use in military applications or even keeping sweat off a gym treadmill.  Similarly moisture management finishes are designed to repel water and can be applied to other industries such as outdoor goods.

While both of these may be found naturally in a yarn, more often than not the finish is a chemical agent that is applied topically to the fabric at the end of production. Some of the chemicals used as antimicrobial agents include quaternary ammonium, triclosan, and metallic salts, which can be applied to polymer surfaces, cotton, and other textiles.

We’ll continue to follow the textile trends and keep you updated on the latest in the industry and you can follow us on Twitter for more textile news.

Jason Mills Exhibiting at the IFAI Expo

At Jason Mills we strive to attend and exhibit at trade shows throughout the year to allow us to learn about the latest advances in our industry and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at the IFAI Expo this October. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on October 14-16th. The event focuses on advanced and specialty fabrics and provides educational sessions in addition to networking events, meetings and of course walking the exhibit floor. The IFAI Expo boasts more than 400 exhibitors and brings in thousands of attendees from all around the world.

Jason Mills with be at booth 2549 where we will be showcasing all of our products. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with our company president, sales director, production coordinator and sales associate. As a forward thinking firm we’re always on the lookout for more and more technical materials and are excited to discuss some of the innovations in our field with attendees. We’re especially focused on some of the advances in the healthcare field including antimicrobial materials, antistatic materials and polypropylene materials. We encourage attendees to stop by to meet our team and discuss some of these advances. Attendees can learn more about our product offerings before the show visit our website and follow us on Twitter to see our tweets from the expo.

Fabrics for Outdoor Sporting Products FAQs

Jason Mills, LLC offers a variety of technical and commodity textiles that can be used across a wide array of applications. The nature of fabrics as technical products usually leads to questions of end use and production processes.  So we wanted to take a moment to address some of the frequently asked questions we receive.  With summer upon us we thought we’d start with outdoor sporting products.

There are two questions we frequently encounter when it comes to outdoor sporting goods: What is UV resistance and what is fire resistance? Oftentimes when people think of UV or ultraviolet protection they think of protecting the skin, however in the textile industry UV resistance refers to protecting the fabric from fading or weakening.

Once a customer has established that they truly want UV resistance, the level of UV resistance must be decided. Most polyester fabrics can be certified with minimal fade through 20-40 hours without having to add an enhancer to the finishing mix. However, if a customer wants beyond 40 hours we would need to add a UV inhibitor to the finishing or dye mix. For customers who require 200 hours to 2,000 hours of UV resistance we must choose a yarn that is inherently UV resistant. (In the outdoor industry it is very rare to have requests of that nature. Usually a request for that many hours comes from the automotive or aeronautical sectors.)

Similarly, a request simply for fire resistant fabric is too generic. We need to know what the application and end use will be to ensure the correct FR level is chosen. In many cases for the outdoor industry the fire resistance standard is CPAI 84 Original State, (standard spec for tenting and camping equipment) which means we are testing the fire resistance of the fabric as though it is being taken out of the box for the first time.

Bottom line is that customer’s need to know and be willing to share end use information so that we can truly fill the role of supplier-partner; camping, outdoor protection apparel, regional wear (fabric destined for Arizona will fade quicker than Minnesota), bicycle accessories are just a few of the end uses and issues that are popularly considered.

These are just a couple of the questions we encounter, for more information about our fabrics, visit our website or if you have more questions fill out a request for information.

Global Cotton Usage and the Synthetic Market

Jason Mills, LLC is a manufacturer of knit textile products. Although our fabrics are derived exclusively from synthetic fibers, the global usage of cotton can still play a large role in our costs as many factors are inter-related. Chief amongst them is supply vs. demand. Cotton being a natural fiber is prone to huge shifts in costs as global climate change can wreck havoc on the crop. This of course can create a spike in cotton prices as was seen in 2011. Manufacturers that normally used 100% cotton began using synthetic blends to reduce expenses. Consequently this lead to higher demand for synthetic fibers, and thus costs were driven upward.

This can especially be seen in America now. The US has recently seen an increase in demand for synthetic fabrics as the price for cotton remains unstable. Additionally, companies discovered that buyers didn’t necessarily have a preference for cotton or synthetic fibers. Even though cotton prices have once again dropped, the demand for synthetics is still high. Hanes (a huge global user of cotton) Brand T-shirts recently announced that it would shift away from 100% cotton to a blend synthetic fiber.

To learn more about Jason Mills and our selection of industrial textiles, visit our website. And follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the textile industry.

Jason Mills Announces Its Attendance at Techtextil North America

Jason Mills is excited to announce that we’ll be showcasing our product line at this year’s Techtextil North America. The show is dedicated to technical textiles and nonwovens, covering industries as diverse as agriculture, home furnishings and sports equipment. This year’s show will be held from May 13th – 15th at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

We’ll be located at booth #1918 and featuring some of our latest products for the automotive, medical, and safety apparel industries. For the automotive industry, we’ll introduce Jason Mills’s style 415. This is a shade screen material that is fire resistant and highly resistant to UV fading and degradation. With exposure ratings of over 2,000 hours this material is ideally suited for vehicle interiors.

Additionally, we have two new styles for the healthcare materials industry designed for excessive load bearing to be used in patient slings.

Also in development are enhancements to our cut resistant line. Designed for the safety apparel industry these fabrics are being designed to meet ANSI level 4 standards.

To see all the items we’ll be showing stop by our booth and for those who’d like to attend for free follow this link. And be sure to follow Jason Mills on Twitter as we tweet about the show using the #TechtextilNorthAmerica. To attend the show for free, register here.

Specialty Textiles: Spacer Mesh

Industrial knit textiles are an incredibly diverse range of fabrics with complex construction designs for the specialty and advanced material industries. These fabrics are produced on machinery as varied as circular, raschel, tricot, and double needle bar. It is from the double needle bar machine that we derive spacer mesh

Some of our Spacer Mesh
Some of our Spacer Mesh

Spacer mesh, also called 3D mesh and sandwich mesh is essentially 3 separate layers of fabric knit together – a face and a back connected by a monofilament yarn to produce the “connecting cushion”.  Each layer is knit simultaneously by a single machine. The end product is akin to laminated neoprene, but with superior durability, breathability and cost savings.

End applications of the spacer mesh are diverse; they include uses in personal safety (harnesses), apparel, automotive, aeronautical, healthcare, outdoor accessories and healthcare applications.  At Jason Mills, we offer a stock line of multiple thicknesses for optimal use for these applications, within a thickness range of 3/32 to a ¼ of an inch.

The complex construction of spacer mesh allows it to be quite effective as a cushioning fabric for many of these different applications, where before the technology was available, less effective materials were often implemented.  It’s exciting to be a part of an industry that is experiencing such growth in the implementation of advanced technology, and we’re proud to offer the latest materials that result from these processes, and will continue to be on the cutting edge of our industry.

The Past, Present, and Future of the Textile Industry

Textile manufacturing is a fascinating and diverse industry, with a long and complex history, and exciting advances in modern technology that are continually being modified and improved.  To have an appreciation for the industry, we’d like to explore some of the roots of the textile industry, and then discuss some of what we’re anticipating for the future of textile fabrication.

Humankind has been interlacing threads and fibers for a very long time to make a variety of things, ranging from baskets and rugs to clothing and tapestries.  Textiles can have both practical uses and artistic value, and often both.  Several historical examples come to mind, such as the famous and desirable hand-woven Persian rugs, or the iconic Greek togas and tunics.  Textile trade flourished on the famed “Silk Road” where different dyes and materials made their way across Eurasia, disseminating different styles and practices, and contributing to the interdependence we see across ancient, medieval, and early modern culture, a phenomenon currently being showcased at the “Interwoven Globe” Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Today, synthetic materials and automated looms have modernized the industry from the organic materials and hand-craftsmanship of its past.  The range and capability of modern synthetic materials and processes has vastly increased the type and capabilities of textiles, with applications as diverse as medical mesh, automotive textiles, and protective abrasion-resistant materials.  As technology moves forward, advances like 4D printing may have significant implications for a whole new scope of industries, as we are increasingly able to create materials that respond to external stimuli and adapt or change in specific ways based on what is around them.

Jason Mills has both a fond appreciation for the things that have brought the textile industry to its current place, and an eye on the future, as we see technology progress in exciting new ways and directions.  Make sure to visit our blog again to get our latest opinions and insights into the vast and interwoven world of the textile industry.

The Fundamentals of Global Textile Trade and the TPP

The textile industry has seen extensive news coverage recently for a number of reasons, especially as it relates to the ongoing negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on international trade policy between some 12 countries, and several more key interested observers.  The effects of these negotiations for textile trade between these countries are significant.  For the purposes of this blog, we’ll only examine an overview of the issues, and perhaps expound upon our findings in a follow up blog as the negotiations develop, so our readers can come to appreciate some the subtlety and the stakes of these talks.

Foremost among the concerns for the textiles industry in the TPP is the reaffirmation of a version of the “yarn-forward” rule, which has been present in most U.S. Trade agreements since NAFTA.  The yarn forward rule outlines rules of origin for textiles manufacturers, and specifies that in every stage “from the yarn forward” of the manufacturing process, the materials and processes must be sourced from a member of the partnership agreement.  This “puts the spotlight” on Vietnam, which, if the negotiations move forward without the yarn forward rule, could act as a conduit for duty-free Chinese access to the U.S. Textile market.

This opens the door to another, highly contentious debate about global trade policy: fair trade vs. free trade.  To avoid the risk of becoming too much of an economics lecture, we’ll note that generally, Jason Mills falls on the side of fair trade, which we see as taking advantage of the ideal that is a robust and healthy global trade network, and seeking to account for the fundamental imbalance in working conditions, wage scale, and economic and environmental responsibility of participating nations.  Having said that, global trade is an increasingly complex machine, and we think that attitudes and positions need to be accordingly complex.

As policy discussions like the TPP and similar initiatives from the WTO and other organizations emerge, we think it’s a part of our job here at Jason Mills to be informed and aware of the implications of pending discussions not just for our business, but for our industry as a whole.  We’ll be sure to continue to give our readers a window into the textile manufacturing world, and provide our perspectives here on our blog, so make sure to stop back soon!