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

A Beginner's Guide: What is Antimicrobial Fabric?

Posted by Leslie Haddad on Feb 16, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Antimicrobial fabric, what is it? What’s it made of? Why is it effective?

What do you need to know about this specialty fabric and why is it great for use in so many products?

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Topics: Antimicrobial Fabrics, Healthcare Fabrics, Fabrics 101

Opaque Fabric Uses: What Are they?

Posted by Chad Twombly on Dec 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Opaque materials do not allow light to pass through or penetrate them. For textiles, the measurement of opacity in the fabric refers to the percentage of light it blocks out. Think about completely opaque materials like blackout fabrics -- these provide absolute coverage from light. You might see these kinds of specialty fabrics used in wedding or party tents. But did you know that fabrics come in varying levels of opacity?

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Topics: Tent Fabric, Fabrics 101

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

Mold and Mildew Resistance and Why it Matters

Posted by Chad Twombly on Nov 4, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When you with think of mold and mildew, you probably think about wet, cold places. But did you know that both types of fungus can grow on any surface? This means curtains, tent fabrics, awning fabrics, glass and even materials used indoors are vulnerable.

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Topics: mold & mildew prevention, 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

What are Healthcare Fabrics?

Posted by Leslie Haddad on Oct 14, 2015 1:42:49 PM

Ever wonder why and how specialty fabrics are designed for the healthcare industry? Or even how healthcare fabrics can be antimicrobial? Flame resistant? Stain and odor resistant? Mildew and mold resistant? Well, there’s a lot more to healthcare fabrics than meets the eye!

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Topics: Healthcare Fabrics, Fabrics 101

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

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