Specialty fabric products cover a wide range of products including things like awnings, marine covers, medical fabrics, industrial products, tents and other structures, and graphics and media products like banner signs. But as technology advances and we move into the next age of development we are starting to see more innovation and performance fabrics are becoming more and more versatile.
According to www.textileglossary.com performance fabrics are made for a variety of end-use applications, which provide functional qualities, such as moisture management, UV protection, anti-microbial, thermo-regulation, and wind/water resistance.
So what are some examples and features of performance fabrics? Here are just a few:
- Healthcare fabrics like Herculite Inc’s Sure-Check medical fabrics which are antimicrobial flame, odor resistant and more
- Sports apparel like antimicrobial shirts and moisture resistant clothing
- Mildew and stain resistant upholstery
- Breathable material that allows air flow and is still strong and durable
- Flame resistance
- UV ray resistance
- Shrink resistance
Performance fabrics are everywhere, from the upholstery on your couch to the bedding and sheets you use at the hospital, it’s truly fascinating how far we’ve come in the development of specialty fabrics. Today, performance fabrics are also starting to incorporate technological features which are becoming known as Smart Fabrics.
Smart Fabrics are interesting because they can be performance enhancing or just pretty to look at (aesthetically pleasing). Some aesthetic smart textiles we’ve seen today include clothes that light up or change colors. But what are some features of smart performance enhancing textiles?
- Muscle vibration control
- Body temperature regulation
- Wind resistance
- Radiation resistance
- Interactive clothes where multimedia applications have been incorporated into the fabric
As the performance fabrics industry changes and advances it’s also important to remember that traditionally we’ve seen these textiles in industries that include:
- The military
- Industrial applications like large enclosures
- And other custom engineered products
Herculite Inc’s line of Performance Fabrics offer a variety of uses and applications including agricultural curtains, military applications, recreational products, marine fabrics, and even canopies.
The evolution of performance fabrics is ever changing. One day we might even see performance fabrics that can monitor our health and even incorporate our technology like phones and other apps; who knows what the future holds? For more information about performance fabrics visit www.herculite.com.