HERCULITE BLOG

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

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

How are Conductive Fabrics Used?

Posted by Chad Twombly on Apr 21, 2015 9:36:04 AM

We’ve all heard of cotton, wool, and silk fabrics and with technological advancements we’ve also know about moisture, mildew and ultraviolet ray resistant materials. But, do you know what conductive fabrics are and how they are used?

Lets take a quick dive into conductive fabrics, what they are, how they work, and ideal uses for them.

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Topics: Healthcare Fabrics, Fabric Industry, Fabrics 101

Antimicrobial Textiles in the Specialty Fabrics Industry

Posted by Leslie Haddad on Dec 30, 2014 2:49:00 PM

Specialty performance fabrics are ubiquitous in our daily life. From boat covers, to awnings, from tents, to banner signs, we often forget how much these specialty fabrics are a part of our daily lives. However one of their original, and best uses, is as antimicrobial textiles for healthcare and indoor environments where control of disease and cleanliness are crucial.

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Topics: Antimicrobial Fabrics, Healthcare Fabrics, Fabric Industry

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

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

Medical Fabrics and the Real Total Cost of Ownership

Posted by Craig Zola on Sep 20, 2012 3:57:00 PM

No matter what you set out to buy today, you are almost always faced with a choice—price versus quality. Whether you’re buying medical bedding, medical equipment or privacy curtains for a hospital, you have a decision to make: Do you forgo a bit of quality and save on the purchase price or do you spend a little bit more upfront and get the better quality product?

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Topics: Antimicrobial Fabrics, Medical Curtain Fabrics, Healthcare Fabrics, Fabric Industry

A Five Minute Guide to SDS

Posted by Chad Twombly on Sep 11, 2012 8:19:00 AM

With roots reaching back to ancient Egypt, safety data sheets (SDS), formerly known as Safety Data Sheets (or MSDS) have been a required part of commercial record keeping and safety standards at Herculite Products and all US Manfacturers since 1986.

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Topics: Performance Fabrics, Healthcare Fabrics, Fabric Industry, Fabrics 101

Phthalate Law in Medical Bedding Fabrics

Posted by Craig Zola on Jun 27, 2012 11:34:00 AM

Introduced into Congress as H.R.4040, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 became Public Law 110-314 when President George W. Bush signed it in August 2008. The law followed similar legislation enacted in 2007 in California.

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Topics: Medical Bedding, HR4040, Healthcare Fabrics, Fabric Industry