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  1. Fire-Resistant Fabrics

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    Flame-resistant and fire-retardant fabrics are essential safety tools in a variety of industrial, commercial, and municipal applications. Technological improvements in these fabrics have facilitated the development flame barriers, coverings, numerous types of personal protective equipment, and more. This blog post will discuss the differences between flame-resistant and fire-retardant fabrics, common applications of these fabrics, and more.

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    Flame-Resistant (FR) Fabrics

    While there is significant overlap in fire-resistant and flame-retardant fabric—both in terminology and physical usage—the two fabric types have distinct differences.

    Fire-Retardant Fabric vs. Fire-Resistant Fabric

    Fire-retardant fabrics and fire-resistant fabrics are two different classes of material. Each class has unique attributes that make them advantageous for intense heat or open flame applications, but they use different mechanisms to do so.

    • Fire-retardant fabrics, also known as chemically flame retardant fabrics, are standard fabrics that have been treated with a special flame-retardant coating. They will burn, but at a much slower rate than untreated standard fabrics. Flame retardancy is classified into three groups: flame retardant (FR), inherently flame retardant (IFR), and durably flame retardant (DFR).
    • Flame-resistant fabrics are made up of typically synthetic fibers that resist ignition under prolonged exposure to flame or heat. Because of this construction, they are also sometimes referred to as inherently flame-retardant fabrics. Instead of burning, these fabrics will eventually begin to melt. The degree of inherently flame-resistant fibers within a flame-resistant fabric can vary widely from a few percent of the fibers to a full construction, depending on the manufacturer.

    Nylon and Polyester Fabric Fire Resistance

    Synthetic fibers comprise most of the top choices for fire-resistant fabrics. While most natural fibers are flammable, plastic-based fibers will often melt due to the heat instead of igniting. Nylon and polyester fabrics have become especially popular due to their high melting points and low thermal conductivity. For additional protection, manufacturers can treat the fibers with a solution of fire-resistant chemicals.

    Adding a Fire-Resistant Fabric Finish

    Certain chemicals can treat natural and synthetic fibers to increase their fire resistance. These chemicals are classified into four different groups based on their effects:

    • Soft Fire Resistant (FR)
    • Medium Crisp Fire Resistant (FR)
    • Medium Soft Fire Resistant (MSFR)
    • Heat Set Fire Resistant (HSFR)
    Polyester Mesh - Soft Fire Resistant (FR)

    Polyester Mesh – Soft Fire Resistant (FR)

    Polyester Mesh - Heat Set Fire Resistant (HSFR)

    Polyester Mesh – Heat Set Fire Resistant (HSFR)

    Nylon Mesh - Medium Crisp Fire Resistant (FR)

    Nylon Mesh – Medium Crisp Fire Resistant (FR)

    Polyester Mesh - Medium Crisp Fire Resistant (FR)

    Polyester Mesh – Medium Crisp Fire Resistant (FR)

    Polyester Mesh - Medium Soft Fire Resistant (MSFR)

    Polyester Mesh – Medium Soft Fire Resistant (MSFR)

    Nylon Mesh - Medium Crisp Fire Resistant (FR)

    Nylon Mesh – Medium Crisp Fire Resistant (FR)

    Common Applications

    Fire-resistant and fire-retardant fabrics are necessary in a wide variety of applications. Many industries regulate the types of fabrics allowed in various settings to ensure that facilities meet minimum application safety standards. Some of the most popular applications for these fabrics include the following:

    • Aeronautical, automotive, and marine applications, which require fire-retardant or fire-resistant fabrics for seating, cargo nets, and interior finishes
    • Hospital uses, such as material for drapes, sheets, and mattress covers
    • Military applications, such as protective military clothing
    • Occupational safety, with applications primarily focused on worker safety and PPE in industrial and outdoor settings
    • Recreation, especially in camping, fishing, golfing, hiking, hunting, and shooting

    fire resistantMore Information on Fire Resistant/Retardant Fabrics

    At Jason Mills, we manufacture a wide variety of knit textiles, including flame-retardant and fire-resistant fabrics. Our materials meet strict industrial and safety standards to ensure every protective fabric is as safe as possible. Our team can research and develop custom fibers to create knit fabrics that target specific operational challenges. Contact us today or request a quote to see how our capabilities can serve your operation.

     

  2. Antimicrobial Fabric: What Is It?

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    Antimicrobial FabricAntimicrobial fabric is designed to fight the growth of bacteria, mold, fungus, and other microbes. These microbe-fighting properties come from a chemical treatment, or antimicrobial finish, that is topically applied to textiles during the finishing stage, granting them the ability to inhibit microbial growth.

    Antimicrobial textile is ideal for many commercial, residential, and industrial applications. However, in regards to stopping the spread of viruses, it is important to understand what this type of fabric can and can’t do.

     

    What Is Antimicrobial Fabric?

    Antimicrobial fabric refers to any textile that protects against the growth of bacteria, mold, mildew, and other pathogenic microorganisms. This is achieved by treating textiles with an antimicrobial finish that inhibits the growth of hazardous microbes, creating an added layer of defense and prolonging the life of the fabric.

    Common Applications

    The pathogen-fighting capabilities of antimicrobial fabric makes it suitable for a wide range of applications across diverse industries, including but not limited to:

    • Medical. Hospital scrubs, medical mattress covers, and other medical fabric and upholstery often utilize antimicrobial textiles to reduce the spread of disease and infection.
    • Military and Defense. Used for chemical/biological warfare garments and other equipment.
    • Activewear. This type of fabric is suitable for athletic wear and footwear as it helps to prevent odors.
    • Construction. Antimicrobial textile is used for architectural fabrics, canopies, and awnings.
    • Housewares. Bedding, upholstery, curtains, carpets, pillows, and towels are often made from antimicrobial fabric to prolong their life and defend against bacterial growth.

    Can antimicrobial fabric stop the spread of viruses?

    While antimicrobial fabric works great to slow the growth of microbes, it does not kill pathogens on contact, meaning it is not completely effective at stopping the spread of viruses. Even the fastest acting antimicrobial textiles take several minutes to kill microbes, while others only stop or slow their growth. Instead of using them as a substitute for hygiene and other health and safety precautions, they should be thought of as an extra layer of defense against harmful microorganisms to use in addition to your regular sanitary protocol.

     


    antimicrobial polyester meshAntimicrobial Fabric Solutions from Jason Mills

    As an expert manufacturer of mesh materials, fabrics, and textiles, Jason Mills keeps up with the latest technology and innovations in antimicrobial textiles to ensure high performance materials for our customers. Our antimicrobial polyester mesh is designed to meet the ever growing requirements of industries such as healthcare, recreation, and more, and it is suitable for products ranging from patient slings and medical curtains to camping materials and pool/spa upholstery.

    Contact Us for More Information on Antimicrobial Fabrics 

    Although antimicrobial textiles are not effective at completely stopping the spread of viruses, they serve as an added layer of protection by slowing or stopping the growth of harmful pathogens and other microbes. At Jason Mills, we research and develop fabrics to meet the needs of various industries, including healthcare, recreation, automotive, industrial, and more. Our commitment to innovation and approach to quality customer services makes us the ideal manufacturer for your textile needs. To learn more about our products, or to get started on your antimicrobial fabric solution, contact us or request a quote today.

     

  3. A Complete Guide to Polyester Mesh Fabric

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    One of the pillars of Jason Mills’ knit fabrics product line is polyester mesh. This versatile material is used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications, ranging from the aerospace and automotive sectors to the marine and medical sectors as well as the indoor and outdoor recreational trade.

    The following article provides an overview of polyester mesh, discussing its properties, advantages, and applications. It also outlines the differences between polyester and nylon mesh and the importance of fabric finishing and treatment in achieving a particular end-use outcome or performance.

    Polyester mesh fabrics

     

    An Overview of Polyester Mesh Fabric

    The term “knit mesh fabric” is a general expression used to describe material that is constructed with an open hole structure through the process of knitting (as opposed to weaving which is separate operation). Beyond this broad characteristic, the design of a specific knit mesh material can vary from others in regard to yarn, material weight, aperture opening, width, color, and finish. Polyester yarn is one of the most commonly used fibers in the manufacture of knit mesh fabric.

    Polyester consists of flexible, synthetic polymer fibers created through a chemical reaction between alcohol, carboxylic acid, and a petroleum byproduct. The resulting fibers are then stretched and oriented together to form a strong yarn that naturally repels water, resists staining, ultraviolet degradation, and holds up to frequent use. (Please note, water-resistance and other properties inherent in polyester yarn must be enhanced within the finishing process if it is necessary for the performance of the material. This is discussed in greater detail below.)

    Properties and Advantages of Polyester Mesh Fabric

    Compared to other mesh materials, polyester fabric exhibits a number of advantageous properties that make it suitable for use in a variety of industrial, commercial, and recreational applications, such as:

    • Ease of use and accessibility. Polyester is a common fiber available at most textile manufacturing facilities. When treated with a light resin the mesh material is easy to install (sew) and clean, thus reducing excess time and labor required for its integration and maintenance.
    • Dimensional stability. Polyester fibers demonstrate good elasticity, which allows the material to return to its original shape after it is stretched by up to 5–6%. It’s important to note that mechanical stretch is different from fiber stretch. One can design hi-stretch material using dimensionally stable yarns.
    • Durability. Polyester mesh fabric is highly resilient, offering inherent resistance to damage and degradation stemming from acidic and alkaline chemicals, corrosion, flames, heat, light, mold and mildew, and wear. Factors such a yarn weight (denier), entanglement, and filament count all are critical in determining durability.
    • Hydrophobicity: Polyester mesh is hydrophobic—i.e., tends to repel water—which translates to superior pigment absorption (meaning easier dyeing operations- as opposed to type 6 or 66 nylon) and drying times (meaning better moisture-wicking properties).

    Altogether, these characteristics suit the material for use in a wide range of applications, including ones involving outdoor and demanding environmental conditions.

    Fabric Applications

    Polyester mesh fabrics

     

    As indicated above, polyester mesh fabric is highly versatile. Some of the industries that regularly employ the material for their parts and products include:

    The exact properties exhibited by the polyester mesh fabric employed depend on the needs of the application and industry.

    Polyester Mesh vs. Nylon Mesh

    Knit mesh fabric is most commonly made from either polyester or nylon yarns. While the two synthetic polymers share some properties—e.g., lightweight, durability, and tear resistance—there are several key distinctions that make them suitable for different applications.

    Polyester mesh fabrics

    • Nylon has a smoother and softer feel than polyester, which in some situations makes it more ideal for use in applications requiring high aesthetic quality or user comfort. But, as noted above, other factors such as a high filament count can make polyester just as drapey as soft nylon.
    • Nylon is hydrophilic (absorbs water), while polyester is hydrophobic (repels water). As such, the former is more likely to be bogged down with water in high-moisture or high-humidity environments, while the latter dries quickly in marine and aquatic settings.
    • Nylon fibers are innately resistant to wear from bending and stretching, while polyester fibers are inherently resistant to heat and UV rays. These qualities make nylon mesh more suitable for applications where the material will be regularly subjected to bending and stretching, and polyester mesh more suitable for end uses where stability is key and for environments exposed to heat and sunlight. And again, it needs to be noted that these inherent qualities are basic at best. Finishing and treatment are key to performance. See below.

     

    The Importance of Fabric Finishing and Treatment

    The functional and aesthetic properties demonstrated by a polyester mesh fabric are dependent upon many factors. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on the final stages of textile production, otherwise known as “the finish”. The finish is typically a topically applied chemical that is set by heat during the process called framing. Once completed, these processes can affect the texture, weight, firmness, colorfastness, and resistances (UV, fire, etc.) of the final material.

    As indicated above, the properties exhibited by a fully finished and treated polyester mesh fabric vary depending on the needs of the application and the industry. Some examples include:

    • Antibacterial finishesTopically applied anti-microbial finishes eliminate bacterial growth on the surface of the fabric. Bacteria growth creates odor and is also responsible for various healthcare-associated infections. This makes the need for these types of finishes essential for equipment used in the medical and healthcare industries. They are also suitable for sporting equipment as they minimize the spread of odor-causing bacteria.
    • Anti-static finishes: In operations involving sensitive electrical and electronic components, it is important to minimize the buildup of static charge. Fabrics with anti-static coatings reduce the risk of employees and equipment producing static discharge that impacts the integrity of the components.
    • UV resistant finishes: Untreated material exposed to UV rays fades and degrades over time. As such, polyester mesh intended for use in outdoor environments (e.g., recreational equipment) requires the addition of UV inhibitors to the fabric finish or dye formulation to retain the original integrity.
    • Fire Resistant finishes: One of the most commonly used finishes; used to achieve FR compliance in the automotive industry, aeronautical industry, and architectural interior industry (think curtains and indoor rec areas).

    Jason Mills: The Experts in Polyester Mesh Fabric Solutions

    Polyester knit mesh is a material solution that finds use across a wide range of industrial, commercial, and recreational sectors. Its strength, stability, and durability make it well-suited for many applications. For customers looking for high-quality polyester mesh fabric, the team at Jason Mills is here to help.

    At Jason Mills, we specialize in the manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution of industrial polyester and nylon knit mesh. We offer a broad selection of standard textiles and custom-tailored fabric solutions for customers with highly specific or unique needs. For additional information about our standard and custom textiles, contact us or request a quote today.

     

  4. Nylon Mesh Fabric: All You Need to Know

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    Nylon mesh fabric

    At Jason Mills LLC, we offer superior knitted mesh fabrics in a variety of weights, sizes, colors, and finishes. Our mesh fabric is comprised of polyester, nylon, or polypropylene fibers and yarns. Most materials are mesh in orientation for enhanced breathability. These fabrics are useful for a variety of applications including industrial, occupational safety, recreational, aeronautical, automotive, medical, and more.

    Most of our fabrics are warp knits produced on both tricot and raschel machines. We also on occasion will manufacture circular knits. To understand the difference between these types of machines and the fabrics they produce you need to look no further than the yarn. Tricot styles are exemplified by finer yarns and higher needle counts per inch to produce lighter material and tighter construction. Raschel knitting employs larger industrial yarns for a heavier, rugged look and feel. The mesh itself can be thicker with a more open (mesh) construction. The knitting style used depends largely on the application for which the material is being manufactured. For example, the tricot knits are used to create fabric for lining, lightweight substrates, and fine mesh filters. Raschel is used in the manufacture of sports netting, cut resistant fabrics, golf simulator impact screens, and full-body patient slings.


    Nylon Mesh Benefits and Properties


    Nylon Mesh Properties and Benefits

    Nylon mesh fabric propertiesNylon is a plastic-based synthetic fiber that can be extruded into strands of various sizes and thicknesses. Nylons are actually a family of materials created through the extraction and heat treatment of carbon-based molecules from organic resources. Nylons are wholly synthetic and have a wide range of useful properties, depending on the variety of nylon produced. Properties of nylon include:

    • Wear resistance
    • Lightweight
    • Temperature resistance
    • High tensile strength
    • Acid resistance
    • Alkali resistance
    • Corrosion resistance
    • High elasticity and flexibility
    • Easy to cut, dye, and clean
    • Dust resistant
    • Soft feel
    • Hydrophilic
    • Antimicrobial (when combined with silver ion fibers)

    Knitted nylon mesh features construction with openings that can be round, rectangular, honeycomb, etc. Fabrics can range from thin, lightweight marquisettes like mosquito netting or shear drapes to thick and heavy durable materials such as automotive cargo nets and scrub pads.

     

    Industrial Applications of Nylon mesh fabric

    The unique properties of nylon mesh make it particularly useful for a range of industrial applications, including:

    • Filtration: Nylon mesh screens for filters, mops, and squeegees
    • Marine: Fishing nets, boat covers, and tarps
    • Automotive: Filter screens, seat materials, substrates, mesh pockets, cargo netting
    • Healthcare: Privacy curtains, slings, and braces, IV mesh support
    • Recreational equipment: Safety harnesses, sports goals, and enclosure netting, shoes and sportswear
    • Aerospace: Cargo nets, mesh passenger seat supports, and seat pouches

    nylon mesh applications

    Nylon mesh can easily be manufactured with varying densities by adapting the sizes of spacing (by machine type) and yarn. It all depends on the needs of the application. In addition, nylon is easy to clean and highly chemically resistant, which gives it a particularly long service life. types Nylon can withstand moderately high heat (temperatures in the range of 340° F) making them particularly useful for industrial or safety applications.


    Nylon mesh fabric

    Knitted Mesh Fabrics from Jason Mills

    With more than 40 years of experience in the fabric and textile manufacturing industry, Jason Mills specializes in industrial fabrics, specialty textiles, apparel, and home furnishings. We maintain a sizable stock of more than 100 knitted mesh fabrics to meet every industrial need and offer customized manufacturing services for applications that entail unusual or specialized requirements. We have recently added innovative technical materials to our product line, including anti-microbial fabric, spacer mesh, fire-resistant textiles, and UV resistant textiles.

    For more information on our high-quality knitted mesh fabrics, contact us today or request a quote.

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  5. Fabric Finishes: Treatments, Types, and Considerations

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    When talking about textiles, the “finish” refers to the functional and aesthetic characteristics of the fabric achieved after all production and processing operations are complete. Depending on what finishing and treatment processes are employed, the final fabric can exhibit properties that vastly differ from the raw fabric, including in regard to color, texture, and performance.

    The following article provides an overview of common fabric finishing and treatment processes and fabric finishes.

     

    Types of Fabric Finishing and Treatment Processes

    Textile manufacturers employ a wide range of finishing and treatment processes to attain different fabric finishes. Some examples include:

    Fabric finishing and treatment processes

     

    . Mending and Burling

    Prior to finishing operations, textiles are often rough around the edges, with loose threads and knots that must be removed and smoothed. Depending on the fabric, various mending, burling, and scouring processes may be required to rid the fabric of any imperfections.

    . Washing and Drying

    Once smoothed and repaired, textiles are washed in a variety of chemicals. Bleaching, as the name implies, uses chlorine bleach and other chemicals to whiten and brighten. Similarly, scouring uses chemical detergents and heat to remove contaminants left over from the manufacturing process.

    Textiles may be dried several times throughout the finishing process, using air or heat to ensure that there is no excess moisture remaining in the material. Since temperature, drying time, humidity, and tautness differ depending on the desired textile, specialized equipment is used to dry the fabric and closely monitor these conditions.

    . Stabilizing

    After washing, textiles must be stabilized to ensure consistency and structural integrity. Calendering—one of the most common stabilizing processes used for fabrics—entails the use of heated pressurized rollers to condense the fibers within the fabric. Depending on the fabric, different rollers are used to create different surface finishes.

    . Coating and Glazing

    Textiles can be treated with a variety of coatings and glazes, including waxes, oils, and plastics or starch, glue, and shellac, respectively. These compounds further enhance the appearance of the fabric (such as by adding glossiness), alter existing characteristics (such as changing the texture), and/or add new properties (such as flame retardance or UV resistance).

     

    Types of Fabric Finishes

    Once finished and treated, textiles can have a variety of different finishes. For example:

    Types of fabric Finishes

    • Texture can range from soft to coarse
    • Weight can range from light to heavy
    • Firmness can range from soft to firm
    • Colorfastness can range from weak to strong
    • Various resistances (e.g., water, UV, fire, etc.) can range from low to high

    The final properties of a textile depend on its intended use.

     

    Technical Textile Finishing and Treatment Considerations

    Technical textiles are designed and manufactured for specific non-decorative purposes. During the finishing and treatment stages for any technical textile, it is important to keep the intended function in mind to ensure the finished fabric performs as expected.

    Some of the most common types of fabric finishes for technical textiles include:

    Technical textiles fabric finishes

    • Antibacterial: retards the growth of odor-causing bacteria
    • Anti-static: prevents the buildup of static charge
    • Chemical resistant: minimizes damage from chemical compounds
    • Fire resistant/flame retardant: reduces the risk of fire starting and spreading
    • UV resistant: withstands exposure to UV radiation without damage or degradation

     


    Choose Jason Mills for All Your Knit Textile Needs

    At Jason Mills, we are a preeminent manufacturer of knit textiles suitable for use in a wide range of residential to industrial applications. We offer an extensive selection of stock styles as well as research and develop custom fabrics to meet unique needs. Equipped with decades of industry experience, we have the knowledge and skills to provide a textile with the right finishes for any application.

    For more information on our textile product and service offerings, contact us or request a quote today.

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  6. Golf Impact Screens: Choosing the Best Fabric

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    The impact screens used in golf practice simulators represent a growing market with many unique challenges. They must show a clear image of the simulated fairway while remaining durable enough to stand up to thousands of impacts over time. Ultimately, the performance of the simulator hinge on the quality of the fabric used to create the screen. Choosing the appropriate fabric to meet these challenges is vital to the production of a quality screen.

    Golf Impact Screens – An Overview

    The market for impact screens is actually fairly new. It began emerging within the past decade, leading to many experiments and innovations within the industry as manufacturers tried to determine the best fabrics for the job.

    As time has passed, however, the market has drastically grown-and the technology has evolved right along with it. Impact screens need to be smooth and light to maintain a clear projection image. However, since golf balls can reach startlingly high speeds, it is absolutely vital that the screen be made from fabric that can safely absorb the impact without damage or tearing.

    At Jason Mills we produce a good, better, best line of materials designed to meet your specific impact screen needs. We offer varying degrees of material density – created by a combination of needles per inch and yarn weight – to produce fabrics for standard and high definition imagery.

    Impact screen

    Impact Screen Material-Choosing the Best for Your Application

    A golf impact screen is only as good as the fabric it is made from. There are a variety of factors to consider when creating impact screens:

    • The fabric should allow the ball to hit the screen with minimal bounce back or puckering.
    • The screen should absorb the sound of the impact.
    • The impact screen should be durable.
    • The fabric must be capable of displaying a bright, high-contrast image.

    Polyester mesh fabrics are excellent choices when seeking a fabric for impact screens, as polyester is made from a powerful synthetic resin often utilized to create fibers used in industrial textiles.

    Another important consideration for impact screens is their size. Wider screens will, generally speaking, provide a more satisfactory experience. This is where we really stand apart from the competition at Jason Mills—our textiles for golf impact screens are always a minimum of 120 inches wide, offering an ideal choice for most simulator needs.

    Golf impact screen simulator

    Case Study-Golf Impact Screen Manufacturer

    Recently, our composite fabrics were tested by an industry-leading manufacturer of impact screens used in commercial golf simulators. Our Premium and Preferred models were both analyzed, both of which utilize our knitted composite textiles.

    Testers practiced their golf swings, landing approximately 34,000 shots in total. Even after this intense usage, both screens held up well. In fact, the Premium screen exhibited hardly any stretching, and maintained a particularly clear image throughout the testing phase.


    Knitted Textiles From Jason Mills

    At Jason Mills, we are the knit textiles experts. No matter your needs, we can research and develop an appropriate knitted composite fabric that meets all of the challenges of your application. To work with us on your next project, contact us or request a quote today.

  7. Medical Textiles: Properties, Classifications

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    Medical textiles are versatile fibrous fabrics designed to safely treat wounds and medical conditions. You will generally find one of two main groups of fibers utilized within medical textiles: commodity fibers and specialty fibers.

    Commodity fibers are fairly standard and are often made out of materials such as cotton, polyester, or nylon. Specialty fibers, on the other hand, are more unique. Also known as high-performance fibers, specialty fibers are specifically designed to have a wider range of technical uses when compared to commodity fibers. These small-batch fibers each fill a niche within the industry and can be sorted into three groups: high strength, heat resistant, and chemical resistant.

    Medical textiles differ from other types of fabrics in that they are designed with medical use in mind. As such, they have a number of properties that make them ideal for use in this field. Medical textiles are typically:

    • Non-toxic
    • Non-carcinogenic
    • Non-allergenic
    • Fully biocompatible
    • Anti-microbial

    Classifications

    Since there are such a large range of applications for medical textiles, they are categorized into four different categories :

    . Implantable

    These medical textiles are biocompatible and designed to be used within the human body. Implantable materials have a wide range of restorative uses—for example, they may be used to replace damaged blood vessels, suture wounds, stand in as artificial skin, or replace damaged heart valves. Since it is absolutely vital that implantable materials pose no biological risks, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) performs vigorous testing to ensure the biocompatibility of these textiles.

    . Non-Implantable

    While non-implantable textiles are safe for use on the skin, they are never implanted within the body. Some examples of non-implantable materials include bandages, surgical dressings, and gauze—essentially, any type of textile that comes into direct contact with a wound but is not absorbed into the body.

    . Extracorporeal Devices

    This type of medical textile is used as a stand-in for essential organs that aren’t functioning correctly. Generally, these devices are made from hollow fibers. Examples include:

    • Mechanical lungs
    • Artificial kidneys
    • Artificial livers

    . Healthcare and Hygiene

    This category makes up a large portion of the medical textiles market. Healthcare and hygiene products are designed to either be washable or discarded after a single use. Some examples include:

    • Patient lift systems/body slings
    • Surgical gowns
    • Masks
    • Bedding
    • Mattress covers
    • Wipes

    These textiles help to prevent infection and contamination in a broad range of healthcare applications.

    Medical textiles

    Jason Mills Medical Textile Offerings

    At Jason Mills, we strive to meet the healthcare industry’s constantly evolving needs. We research, design, and engineer each of our medical textile products to ensure that they are of the highest quality. Our product offerings include anti-microbial fabrics, water repellent finishes using the latest chemical technology, and mesh for IV infusion bag support. We also offer extreme load-bearing fabrics that can be used as patient slings.

    To make these products, we offer a range of medical textiles in various fiber types and finishes to ensure the broadest application reach. Our offerings include:

  8. Mesh Fabrics: Knitting and Finishing Nylon and Polyester Mesh and Netting 

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    Knit mesh fabrics are materials comprised of evenly spaced openings that create a breathable effect in the textile. Mesh fabrics offer a versatile solution for a broad variety of industrial, commercial, and recreational applications.

    Jason Mills specializes in the design and fabrication of knit mesh fabrics for all types of industries, including materials for general industrial applications, recreational, occupational safety, aeronautical, automotive, marine, healthcare. We have more than 100 existing stock mesh fabrics to choose from, and we create new mesh fabric solutions to address unique needs.

    Ready to get started? Contact our team with questions!

    While all mesh fabrics share the same basic principle of an open-hole structure, there are multiple varieties in the market. Variations can include weight, width, color, finish and fiber content.

    Two of the most common fibers/yarns used in the manufacturing of knit-mesh fabrics are nylon and polyester. These fibers and yarns have significant overlap, so it can often be difficult to determine which is most suitable for a specific case. Examining the properties of these materials can help designers determine the appropriate option for their application.

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    Mesh Fabric Properties

    Nylon and polyester are both viable options for knitting mesh fabrics, and each is used to produce knitted mesh solutions for many different purposes. As synthetic fibers, nylon and polyester share several similar beneficial properties such as:

    • Durability
    • Lightweight
    • Easy to clean
    • Resistance to mildew
    • Tear resistance

    Nylon vs. Polyester Mesh

    While nylon and polyester share some traits, they are created in different ways:

    • Nylons are formed by extracting carbon-based molecules from organically formed resources such as petroleum or coal. These are combined into a larger polymer molecule using heat, resulting in a polyamide. The family of polyamides created in this way is known collectively as nylon.
    • Polyester is one of the most commonly used plastics. It is made by facilitating a chemical reaction between alcohol, a petroleum by-product, and carboxyl acid in a vacuum. This creates a polymer that can be stretched and made into fabrics.

    When knitted into mesh fabrics, advantages include:

    • Nylon. Nylon mesh fabrics are used for applications that require versatility, durability, and strength. The innate chemical properties of this polyamide make its fibers resistant to wear from bending or stretching. Nylon has a smoother, softer feel than polyester, making it ideal for applications where comfort or aesthetics are essential. Both materials stretch, but the elastic properties of nylon are greater than those of polyester. Nylon is also hydrophilic, which means that it absorbs water. View all Nylon Mesh materials >>
    • Polyester. Polyester mesh fabrics can be more easily dyed because they are hydrophobic—they repel water. As such, the material absorbs the pigments in the dye while expelling the water. This property also means polyester dries faster than nylon, making it ideal for marine environments. Polyester is also more naturally flame resistant than nylon, and also features a higher resistance to UV degradation. View all Polyester Mesh materials >>

    Applications for Knitted Mesh Fabrics

    Mesh fabrics are used broadly for varying purposes. The following industries rely on mesh fabrics:

    Recreation

    RecreationMesh fabrics are used to create products for activities such as sports, camping, hunting and fishing, and more. Examples of products and industries that incorporate this material include:

    • Golf simulator/impact screens and nets
    • Aquaculture
    • Tents and camping supplies
    • Pool/spa nets and filters
    • Protective sports netting (baseball, hockey, lacrosse, golf)

    Occupational Safety

    Occupational safetyPolyester and nylon mesh fabrics have broad applications for safety equipment. These materials can also be designed to meet ANSI, ASTM, and AATCC requirements for specific uses. Examples of safety equipment made from mesh fabrics include:

    • Safety flags
    • High-visibility safety vests
    • Cut-resistant safety garments

    Aeronautics, Automotive, Marine

     

    Air, land, and water vehicles all rely on mesh fabrics for a range of purposes. Many of these applications require a material that can resist moisture, heat, sunlight, salt, or chemicals. Polyester and nylon mesh fabrics are found in equipment such as:Aeronautic polyester mesh

    • Seat-mounted literature pockets
    • Seat support/substrates
    • Safety harnesses
    • Cargo nets
    • Tarps
    • Aviation curtains

    Healthcare

    Healthcare fabricThe inherent antimicrobial properties in some of Jason Mills’ polyester fabrics facilitate the usage of mesh fabrics in a broad spectrum of medical products. Some examples include:

    • Slings/patient lift systems
    • Mesh curtains
    • IV bag support mesh
    • Orthopedic braces

    Jason Mills also has proprietary water repellent finishes available for medical equipment that will come in contact with exposed patient skin.

    Filtration and Substrates

    These fabrics are often useful in laminating and coating processes. Jason Mills offers fabrics specifically designed for this purpose ranging from 1.5 – 15 ounces per square yard. In a similar vein, we offer a full range of screen filters.

    Industrial

    The term “industrial” covers mesh fabric products used in applications ranging from transportation to cleaning. Examples include:

    • Mops and squeegees
    • Tarps
    • Bags
    • Conduit sleeves
    • Industrial filtration

    Quality Mesh Fabrics from Jason Mills

    Jason Mills has been providing industrial strength knitted mesh fabrics for more than 40 years. We support industries ranging from manufacturing to sporting goods and everything in between. If one of our stock fabrics doesn’t work for you, we’ll gladly research and design a mesh specifically for your application.

    For more information on our mesh fabrics or our capabilities, please contact us.

  9. TECHTEXTIL: Exploring Technical Textiles in Spring 2013

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    While technical textiles may not be a topic that’s top of mind for all right now, with spring breaks approaching for many, the topic is integral in the measures taken to ensure traveler safety. From our vehicles’ airbags; to the fire-resistant mesh seat pockets for safety literature we find on planes; to the hotel drapes, those polyester and nylon knit textiles are carefully selected to meet federal motor vehicle and aviation requirements and industry specifications. Although these are details that we at Jason Mills are invested in year-round, we’re particularly interested now with this year’s North America edition of TECHTEXTIL coming up next week.

    We’ll actually be welcoming in the spring season at this unique event from March 19-21, held in Anaheim, CA for the first time. TECHTEXTIL shows bring together all aspects of the global technical textile and nonwovens industry, including R&D, raw materials, production processes, and even recycling. As a U.S. manufacturer of technical mesh for a range of end uses, this is a promising opportunity for us to learn about new technologies and products from fellow exhibitors, presentations, and Q&A sessions. Our materials continue to make their way into the finished work of major aerospace manufacturers, top automakers, and leaders in the healthcare industry, so we take every effort to stay at the cutting-edge of the textile industry.

    We understand and fully meet fire resistant codes and technical regulations, including FAR 25.853 and FMV SS302, but we also are eager to stay connected with the industries we serve to ensure our quality standards are unmatched; we’ll be at Booth #412 (and can always be contacted via our website) to discuss specialty, safety knits and mesh for your commercial or institutional application.

  10. Made Smart in America

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    For years, companies, especially companies in the textile industry and those that rely on textiles, fled the U.S. for cheaper labor and sweetheart deals- first to Latin America and then to Asia. It appeared that this trend would only end when the U.S. had been drained of every last high-paid manufacturing job. Then a funny thing happened, the exodus not only slowed, but also started to move in reverse.

    Over the past few years, the concept of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., referred to as reshoring, has become a hot button topic. For a long time, Americans were just happy to access cheap clothing and TVs, but the novelty wore off when these same consumers lost their jobs. Even the undisputed champion of low-cost, outsourced retail, Wal-Mart, recently pledged to buy an additional $50 billion in U.S. made goods over the next decade.

    Amidst this great news, we must understand that this positive movement is not a result of protectionist policies but a combination of economic cycles plus a bit of economic nationalism. It’s too soon to tell if the recently passed U.S.-Panama TPA can eliminate obstacles to trade and boost our own manufacturing base.

    At Jason Mills, we firmly believe that there is a strong future for the American textile industry. We will continue to proudly manufacture cost-effective, environmentally compliant and technically superior nylon and polyester mesh textiles in the US, all the while attempting to push into markets across the globe. We are living proof that it is possible to not only survive but prosper as an American-based textile company.

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