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What is Cotton Count?

If you’ve come across the term Cotton Count and were a bit confused, you’re not alone. The terminology of the yarn and thread industry can be tricky.

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Service Thread Recognized with IFF Greater Good Award

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation(IFF) has selected Service Thread for the 2018 Greater Good Award.

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How the Polyester Yarn Supply Chain is Impacted by the U.S. trade war with China

On September 17th the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Office announced additional tariffs of 10 percent on 5,745 items with an approximate value of $200 billion USD. As most of the world is aware, the Trump Administration and China are in a heated economic battle.

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A-A-55195 - The Mil-Spec for Spun Aramid Sewing Thread

Typically Mil Spec sewing thread standards are long and divided into several sections. They define physical characteristics of thread and are a good reference point for manufacturers however, they can be confusing and its important to understand the basics.  Here is a quick guide to the 8 page standard, A-A-55195 (formerly MIL-T-44100) spun para-aramid sewing threads. 

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Standard Tenacity Yarn vs. High Modulus Aramid Yarn – Which Do You Need?

Tenacity and modulus are important characteristics to understand as they relate to industrial thread and yarn – particularly for applications in the wire and cable industry. They differ from one another in that tenacity is the ratio of tensile strength to yarn size. Tenacity is calculated using the ultimate breaking force of the yarn (when a thread or yarn is stretched to its breaking point) and the linear density and can be used to compare dissimilar material or different sizes of material. 

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Thread and Yarn Tension Control - 4 Benefits of Using a Creel

A creel is simply a frame on which the feeding thread or yarn bobbin is fitted. Often, the creel is fitted with a yarn tensioning device which controls tension variation. Proper placement and stabilization of thread and yarn at the beginning of the product manufacturing process is critical. “Think of a creel as the foundation of a building,” states Neal Fournier, Facilities & Maintenance Manager with Service Thread. “It’s likely that process improvement starts after the yarn enters the production process; however, you will be surprised by the gains that can be made by taking a look at using a creel or refining your creel design.” 

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Bonded Polyester vs. UV Treated Polyester: Comparison Results for Industrial Sewing Threads

Manufacturing products for outdoor applications or those that require the product be exposed to UV light, require special specifications to stand up to various environmental conditions. UV degradation of industrial sewing thread is a physical and chemical change that results from irradiation of the base polymers by ultraviolet light. The UV energy absorbed into the thread leads to degradation of the polymeric chain and loss of strength in the thread. It can also affect thread finishes such as bonding as well as causing fading or spotting of thread dye.

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Polyester Yarn Price Update Part One: Understanding Cost Swings

I’ve been in the industrial yarn business for 21 years and haven’t seen anything quite like the current polyester pricing situation. If you buy or sell synthetic yarns, I’m sure that you feel the same way. The fast pace of the modern business environment has impacted every market’s volatility, even the very mature ones (read “old textile businesses”).

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What is Cotton Count?

If you’ve come across the term Cotton Count and were a bit confused, you’re not alone. The terminology of the yarn and thread industry can be tricky.

Read more

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The Industrial Fabrics Foundation(IFF) has selected Service Thread for the 2018 Greater Good Award.

Read more

On September 17th the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Office announced additional tariffs of 10 percent on 5,745 items with an approximate value of $200 billion USD. As most of the world is aware, the Trump Administration and China are in a heated economic battle.

Read more

Typically Mil Spec sewing thread standards are long and divided into several sections. They define physical characteristics of thread and are a good reference point for manufacturers however, they can be confusing and its important to understand the basics.  Here is a quick guide to the 8 page standard, A-A-55195 (formerly MIL-T-44100) spun para-aramid sewing threads. 

Read more

Tenacity and modulus are important characteristics to understand as they relate to industrial thread and yarn – particularly for applications in the wire and cable industry. They differ from one another in that tenacity is the ratio of tensile strength to yarn size. Tenacity is calculated using the ultimate breaking force of the yarn (when a thread or yarn is stretched to its breaking point) and the linear density and can be used to compare dissimilar material or different sizes of material. 

Read more

A creel is simply a frame on which the feeding thread or yarn bobbin is fitted. Often, the creel is fitted with a yarn tensioning device which controls tension variation. Proper placement and stabilization of thread and yarn at the beginning of the product manufacturing process is critical. “Think of a creel as the foundation of a building,” states Neal Fournier, Facilities & Maintenance Manager with Service Thread. “It’s likely that process improvement starts after the yarn enters the production process; however, you will be surprised by the gains that can be made by taking a look at using a creel or refining your creel design.” 

Read more

Manufacturing products for outdoor applications or those that require the product be exposed to UV light, require special specifications to stand up to various environmental conditions. UV degradation of industrial sewing thread is a physical and chemical change that results from irradiation of the base polymers by ultraviolet light. The UV energy absorbed into the thread leads to degradation of the polymeric chain and loss of strength in the thread. It can also affect thread finishes such as bonding as well as causing fading or spotting of thread dye.

Read more

I’ve been in the industrial yarn business for 21 years and haven’t seen anything quite like the current polyester pricing situation. If you buy or sell synthetic yarns, I’m sure that you feel the same way. The fast pace of the modern business environment has impacted every market’s volatility, even the very mature ones (read “old textile businesses”).

Read more