HERCULITE BLOG

ISO 9001 Certification In Textile Manufacturing Explained

Posted by Craig Zola on Nov 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Lots of companies manufacture textiles - but how can you be sure that their goods are manufactured to a higher standard, consistently? That's where the certification of quality management systems  can help to give you trust that a company is manufacturing with consistent quality. The gold standard of quality manufacturing system certifications is  ISO 9001. You may have seen the ISO 9001-certified claim made by companies as diverse as Nestle and DHL. 

But what is ISO certification? It's become ubiquitous, we see the logo at the bottom of manufacturers, suppliers, and other company web sites. But what does it really mean for you, the customer? Let's explain exactly what ISO 9001 certification stands for and what it means when you buy products from one of our Herculite brands.

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Topics: Performance Fabrics, Herculite Innovation, ISO 9001 Certification, About Herculite, Fabrics 101

American Manufacturing: Why it Matters

Posted by Jeff Sparks on Sep 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

As the world’s second-largest manufacturer, the United States has historically benefited from a robust manufacturing market, boasting plentiful manufacturing jobs and competitive power in the global economy.

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Topics: Tent Fabric, Awning Fabrics, Military Fabrics, Marine Fabrics, About Herculite, Fabric Industry

Herculite Named ‘Best Tent Fabric Supplier’ By Readers of InTents Magazine

Posted by Matt Brommer on Apr 15, 2019 2:01:29 PM

Herculite, Inc., a leading provider of flexible composite textiles, has been selected by the readers of InTents magazine as the industry’s “best tent fabric supplier.

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Topics: Party Tents, Tent Fabric, About Herculite

PVC Vinyl Fabrics: What You Need to Know

Posted by Chad Twombly on Nov 28, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Choosing the right type of industrial fabric for your specific use can be challenging given the specific requirements of your desired use. Fortunately there are a a number of options, all with specific strengths and weaknesses. Some fabrics are highly durable, while others offer flexibility, others are inherently fire resistant, while others offer good abrasion resistance. Those inherent qualities might me that a fabric is good for the specific demands of the marine environment but not for aerospace.

However, off all the industrial fabrics currently available on the marketplace, only PVC vinyl fabrics offer the ability to have a variety of these characteristics making them suitable for a much wider range of different applications than other fabric options. 

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Topics: Performance Fabrics, About Herculite, Fabrics 101

The History of Synthetic Fabrics

Posted by Chad Twombly on Oct 11, 2016 8:28:00 AM


For about as long as humans have worn clothes and needed shelter, fabrics have been in use. Natural fabrics -- including but not limited to silk, cotton, wool, and linen -- are made from natural materials and were the only fabrics available for many years. As technology grew and advanced, people began to search for new options and attempted creating fabrics rather than using the ones that had always existed.

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Topics: Performance Fabrics, About Herculite, Fabric Industry, Fabrics 101

Interview with Sy Hyman, Herculite Founder and Retired CEO

Posted by Craig Zola on Mar 11, 2016 1:02:36 PM

Sy Hyman, company founder and retired CEO of Herculite®, is a long-time member of IFAI and became an Honored Life Member in 2014. He shared with us some insights about the challenges of marketing laminated synthetics with a start-up company when no market existed: about learning from customers, production mistakes, and inventing sales techniques for new materials. These are some tips garnered from 60 years of practical experience.

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Topics: About Herculite, Fabric Industry

Fire Retardant Fabrics 101

Posted by Chad Twombly on Sep 22, 2014 2:46:55 PM

Let’s take a look at inherently fire resistant fabrics. Before we get started, it’s important to note that no fabric is actually fireproof; given enough time, they will burn. That being said, there are some fabrics out there that resist fire more than others. For example, we all know that cotton burns easily and rapidly. However, fabrics like wool and Kevlar resist flames inherently because of the structure of the fiber. A tightly woven wool fabric will take longer to burn than cotton or linen.

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Topics: Awning Fabrics, Flame Resistant Textiles, Healthcare Fabrics, About Herculite, Fabrics 101

5 Risks of an Off-Shore Fabric Dealer

Posted by Leslie Haddad on Apr 9, 2014 12:13:00 PM

While the initial costs can be lower, and tempting, there are many hidden costs that make purchasing from an off-shore dealer not worth the risk.  A fabric product dealer is a company that looks worldwide for "buy low, sell high" opportunities. Here are 5 risks that could lead to increased total cost of ownership buying through a fabrics dealer.

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Topics: Healthcare Fabrics, About Herculite, Fabric Industry, Fabrics 101

Herculite On Demand® New Curtain Builder

Posted by Chad Twombly on Sep 6, 2013 2:07:00 PM

Innovation can take many forms. Herculite tries to evaluate our products from our customer’s perspective, asking questions and interacting with our customer partners to find ways to help our customers increase their bottom line. We use three different measures to determine the value of an innovation; does the solution reduce the cost of our customers finished product, will it increase efficiencies, or will it increase sales.

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Topics: Curtain Fabric, Agriculture Fabrics, About Herculite

Stepping Away from the Fiscal Cliff

Posted by Chad Twombly on Jan 15, 2013 11:23:00 AM

In 2011, my family and I had the opportunity to go to the Grand Canyon on vacation. For those of you that don't know I have a mischievous side. My then 13 year old son and I decided to play a little trick on his mother (luckily she's still my wife). We went on a little hike and attempted to find a safe location to take the picture to your right. At first glance it looks pretty frightening, especially for Mom. If my wife didn't know my propensity for childish humor she would have thought that I put our eldest son in life-threatening danger. Frankly, it could been bad had our son moved four steps to the left.

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Topics: About Herculite, Fabric Industry