At two recent graphics trade shows, we asked industry experts about the printing quality of Made in America Bantex®:
Q: Let me ask a question related to imported products – why is made in America really that important?
Mr. Timothy Mitchell, Designjet & Scitex Latex Experience Large-Format Architect, Hewlett-Packard Company, Alpharetta, GA:
A: “I mean, aside from the obvious sentimental connection that manufacturing in America matters because all the people in the sign business and in the manufacture of the equipment business are, in many cases, all in the United States and I would like my media to be sourced from the United States -- provided that the quality makes sense, provided that the reliability makes sense, and provided that I can reliable, consistent rolls that in the long run can save me a lot of money and time. On the more direct side of it, it controls the manufacture of the surface tension of the plasticizers, and of the quality. I don’t wonder whether it’s taken too long to ship or it got overheated in the delivery, or any number of things that could have gone wrong. It’s made here, it has a lifespan that’s pretty short, it shipped directly from the manufacturer to the distributors -- so it’s in the hand of the consumer within a couple of months, and the chances of it having issues of sitting on a boat, or sitting in storage, or being too old or out of expiration are much less likely. I mean it’s just easier to control your chemistry if it’s all being done here -- as well as your distribution and sourcing. Herculite is the last American manufacturer that I know of PVC scrim banner available in the United States. I don’t know of another that’s available in the United States that’s actually manufactured here in the United States.”
Q: Why do you prefer Bantex® 18 Ounce two sided over the competition?
Mr. Micky Rodriguez, Owner, Custom Signs and Graphics, Colona, IL: A: “Because it works. I send it to my client and it just lasts. I have had it on top of a bridge for months, and it’s still there! We are two hours from Chicago and there’s a lot of wind. It is a quality product – the ink dries right away, I fold it, I put in the grommets and it’s done. My clients are happy and that’s what I care about. I have no worries – I know that Bantex means quality.”
Mr. Tom Clarke, Co-Owner, Georgia Printco, Lakeland, GA: A: "We use the Bantex® 18 OZ banner material exclusively for all of our pole banners and street signs. It’s a fantastic product. We’ve been using the product for the past 12 years, and our customers have been nothing but pleased with it."
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You've recently become engaged, and you're planning your wedding day. One of the most important decisions is the venue. A tent rental made with Herculite Tent Fabric is a popular choice, as it gives you lots of scope to plan a personally themed wedding that has a touch of the outdoors.
What Type of Tent?
During your planning, you can choose between a classic canopy or a large multi-roomed tent, or anything in between. You may decide on a single chamber, or you may want to incorporate anterooms for your charming wedding cake and the bar or dance floor.
Types of wedding tents include:
- Push-pole tents - These tents have a high center pole and a series of shorter support poles. Anchor ropes and stakes are part of the design, and you need to allow about seven feet of clear space around the exterior.
- Tension tents - These are similar to push-pole tents, but have fewer poles, and often come in larger sizes.
- Frame tents - These require no interior poles or anchor ropes, and are ideal for smaller spaces and can be placed on concrete or other impermeable surfaces.
- Canopies - They have no sidewalls, interior poles, or anchor ropes, but rest on a roof frame and exterior legs.
Additionally, you can incorporate traditionally shaped windows, a translucent ceiling, or a window wall into your wedding tent.
The Size of Your Tent
To be able to calculate the size of your tent you need to have a good idea of how many guests you are expecting. Your tent rental company will be able to assist you or you can do your own research. The size of the tent is based on the number of people attending, and takes into account the type of meal to be served, the space for the bar, restrooms, dance floor, and band or DJ.
Where to Place the Tent
A number of factors to consider and attend to:
- Are you using a private garden or renting a space? Farms, public parks, and historical sites often rent out areas for wedding tents.
- What is the ground like? Rocky, damp, or muddy ground will dictate the type of floor that you will need. The best option is flat, high ground with no big trees or other obstacles.
- What are the local regulations for a tent wedding? You need to check on the zoning regulations with regard to vehicle parking and loud music at night.
- Does your insurance cover you for liability when you serve alcohol? If you are using unlicensed premises, check out what you're responsible for.
- Do you have a power source? You may be able to use mains electricity for temperature control and lighting or you may need to hire a generator.
It's very important to get your tent rental company to inspect the property you want to use, as they know what to look for when deciding where to place your wedding tent.
Of course, you want your guests to be safe in your wedding tent. Check with your tent rental company what type of fabric they use for their tents. For example, Herculite® manufacture tent fabrics that have undergone stringent testing to make sure that they are safe. Their Showtime® and Architent® fabrics are certified flame resistant and their fabrics have a material safety data sheet (MSDS) that provides ingredients and other important data.
If you're opting to have a tent venue for your wedding, remember to contact the tent rental company as early as possible so that they can view the site and give you a detailed timeline. Then you know you can relax and enjoy your day.
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Herculite Products Inc., Emigsville, Pennsylvania. The leading innovator in performance and custom fabrics, with recognized brands such as SureChek®, Bantex®, Coastline Plus®, Herculite 80® and Herculite 90®, is pleased to announce the addition Herculite Military 20696 to their product line.
Herculite has been a leading supplier of US Manufactured Engineered Textiles for over 40 years with Herculite 80 and Herculite 20 being the flag ship products used by every branch of the US Military both domestically and around the world. Herculite considers it an honor and a privilege to be a part of our Militaries presence around the world and we continue to strive to develop new innovative solutions to serve our troops.
We are proud to announce that we are adding Herculite Military 20696 to our line. Herculite Military 20696 is designed to meet the demanding requirements of Mil PRF 20696 Type II Class 2.
We are stocking this material in three colors;
Tan - 33446
Green - 34094
Olive Drab - 34088
Click Here to Receive Technical Data and Samples of Herculite Military 20696
For more information regarding using the correct Herculite Product to meet your military fabric requirements please contact Herculite at 1-800-772-0036 or e-mail Deichleberger@Herculite.com
Pressure management ulcer prevention as well as prevention of other superficial skin injuries is a vital aspect of inpatient hospital care. 70% of pressure ulcers are manageable by providing pressure management beds. This means that there is an ongoing demand for pressure management mattresses in the U.S. opening up a large growth potential for your company.
Patient care within a hospital must focus on support surface selection and identifying the products available to ensure patient comfort as well as the best possible surface for each patient's needs. It is unrealistic to provide exact support surfaces for each patient, however with the access to choices, such as the availability of various mattress pads, patient's comfort is enhanced. You can identify niche mattress market opportunities by better understanding the challenges hospitals face in providing adequate pressure management beds.
Tissue Load Redistribution
Support surfaces in patient care are designed to redistribute tissue loads allowing for pressure relief. Pressure relief is key in the prevention of pressure ulcers. There are specific requirements to make a pressure management bed effective and the mattress or mattress pad and the materials used in their manufacture work together to provide effective pressure management.
Active Support Surface
An active support surface is powered to allow redistribution through adjustments with or without applied load.An example of an active support surface is an alternating air mattress which contains air bladders that inflate and deflate as the patient changes position. This type of pressure management bed changes the pressure points over their body as they move.
Reactive Support Surface
A reactive support surface can be both powered or nonpowered and changes its load only in response to applied load.An example of a reactive support surface is memory foam which contours to the body as the patient moves and changes position.
Friction and Moisture
Friction resulting from a patient moving in the pressure management bed can cause superficial injuries to the skin's surface such as skin maceration. When combined with moisture, this can lead to further complications such as infection. Sliding down the mattress when raised to an upright position can also cause friction.
Incontinence is an obvious concern for bed ridden patients. Keeping patients clean and dry is of the utmost importance and fabrics for pressure support mattresses must be effective to be easily cleaned as well as protect against moisture.
Pressure Management Bed Fabrics
Hospitals and other medical facilities are always mandated to find effective pressure management beds for their patients. It avoids complications for patients already in ill health. A major component in the design and manufacture of pressure management beds is the fabric. Here are some features hospitals look for in their mattress selection:
- Flame resistance
- Antimicrobial Fabric Protection
- Thermal Conductivity
- Fluid Resistance and Moisture Vapor Transmission
- Stain Resistance, Cleaning and Disinfection
Brands such as Sure-Chek® are developed with the support of the healthcare industry. Fabrics must be comfortable, safe and effective. Sure-Chek® is a thermoplastic fabric composite that is not only strong and durable but that also contains antimicrobial, antistatic and fluid resistant components. Medical fabrics such as these contain a controlled release antimicrobial system to fight bacteria.
Medical fabrics used in pressure management beds must also be free of metals such as lead, chromium, cadmium and molybdenum. Moisture barrier fabrics can also protect from pest infestation, a nightmare for any facility. Elasticity is also an important feature of fabrics used on pressure management beds as this allows the fabric to stretch allowing the patient to sink into the mattress, but also allowing it to return to its original shape when the patient is removed.
New technology today continues to benefit the awning markets. When using vinyl awning fabrics, you can now reduce heat gain by 65 percent on south facing windows simply by using awnings for decks and window shading.
Energy savings is also measurable by 77 percent on west-facing windows. Awnings have a cooling capacity of up to 15 degrees when placed properly, which reduces air conditioning costs as a result by as much as 25 percent. This is due to new vinyl technologies that support its unique ability not to trap heat or moisture.Breakthrough Technologies Benefit Function and Eye AppealHerculite® Natura™
awning fabric utilizes breakthrough technologies that have revolutionized high-performance vinyl. This means our fabrics use textile features to duplicate the look and feel of natural woven cloth. It does this while supporting technological advantages such as:
- Fire Resistance
- Water Proofing
- Dimensional Stability
- Heat Seal-able (without needing tape)
Natural fabric beauty augmented by exterior design-supporting colors can enhance the look and feel of any outdoor setting while providing the comfort, protection and savings that are measurable for businesses. This makes them ideal for outdoor settings such as patios and decks for sidewalk cafes and restaurants featuring outdoor seating.
New Commercial Vinyl Awnings for Decks Provide Added Protection
New technologies that are benefiting the vinyl fabric industry are also supporting the delivery of commercial canopy and awning fabric designed to protect furnishings and people from intensified weather. They protect both outdoors and near windows from the sun’s harsh UV rays-- this happens while delivering the beauty of the woven natural-design elements.
Patio covering and awnings made with Herculite's® awning fabric
provide much more than just reduced energy costs, extra outdoor living space, and superior protection from the sun. Vinyl awning fabrics can now remain tight on the frame and when kept clean and dirt free, they are mold and mildew proof as well.
All our brands now provide new technologies such as specialized film formulations, adhesive systems and our core stabilized process
designed to deliver the greatest possible performance. Flame, Mildew, Stain, Dirt Resistance: Unquestionable Superior QualityHerculite®, Inc
. is the innovator of awning fabrics. Our company has been specializing in high-performance laminated and coated fabrics for over 60 years. We are founders of the synthetic fabrics industry simply because Herculite® pioneered the usage of laminated fabrics.
Today this means that the Herculite® fabric company provides vast arrays of:
- technical expertise
As always, we innovate in order to create improved quality for the benefit of our customers. Herculite® Natura awning fabrics are a polyester-reinforced PVC fabric. Our specialized processes and technologies are designed to deliver many years of exceptional service.
Herculite’s Rain Kleen® surface treatments are designed to augment and enhance longevity as well as ease of maintenance--especially for our awnings for decks.
Enjoy Special Pricing and Our Superior Quality Brands
Herculite is proud to be able to offer selections of advanced-quality awnings for decks as well as marine fabrics at very special rates. Our superior awning products include; Coastline Plus® Canopy® and Vanguard®
Our Coastline Plus® brands are fabrics presented in four attractive categories- Solids, Linen and Stripes
For any big commercial awning projects requiring extended life expectancy--our Vanguard® brand awning fabric delivers 15 solid colors and also provides an 8-year manufacturers warranty.
Consider these advantages and choose Herculite's superior technology, convenience, natural attractiveness and dependable affordability today.
To stay at the very top of the competition, companies have to use different innovative ways to reach out to their customers. One of the tested and proven channels of advertising lies in the use of Herculite banners. A creative banner will turn heads, and capture the attention span needed to deliver that deal sealing information. This however means that the banner should not only be attractive to the eyes and versatile to endure the weather but also be well structured so that its audience gets the message at a glance.
Custom made vinyl banners get the message across, at a lower cost
The other expensive option of advertising is the use of the mass communication. This includes normal TV and cable TV. While this gives your company the chance to reach out to a huge number of people, it might be confined to those who have the time to sit down and watch TV. In addition to this, mass communication advertising is much more expensive than using 13 oz banner material to make banners that sit in strategic places waiting to pry on passer by and people who actually have no time to seat down and go through the commercial.
Vinyl banners are versatile; they will serve you for a while
One of the benefits of vinyl banners comes from the fact that they can take a lot of mishandling and still remain in a presentable condition. This means that you can transport them from one place to another without damaging them or leave them out in the scorching sun to no bad effect. Actually, the only thing that might harm your vinyl banners would be a vandal or extremely high wind.
Since they are custom made, they stand out of the crowd and demand for the attention they deserve
Human beings have the inherent behavior of identifying with things that stand out of the crowd. Needless to say, venturing out into the world of vinyl banner advert will add you to loads of other companies and brand names that got there before you. What creates the rift between success and failure in vinyl banner advertising is actually what you have printed on the banner. With custom made banners, you can not only come with different messages but also designs that guarantee you of getting the eye time you need to pass the information about your brand to the masses.
Easy to install, you just need to get on location and hang it up
This is one of the most notable benefits that Bantex vinyl banners give to their customers. Since they can be created to suit your specific target advertising areas, it is easy to come up with designs that will snugly fit into the intended space without any hassle. For instance, you can design small banners from Bantex 13 oz banner material that will be useful indoors, or go for huge banners with hanging hardware to take the space between two trees.
In the optimization of production, customer awareness and cost of production play a major role. Most markets have a free and informed customer base meaning that much has to be invested in sending the right messages to them and also cancel out any stereotypes about a specific product. However, companies should ensure that the advertising part does not go beyond their financial means and end up as a stale investment. This calls for the need of efficient and versatile advertisement options- custom made vinyl banners
You have always wanted to enjoy the outdoors without having to be scorched in the hot sun especially during warm summers. To begin thinking about awnings, it is necessary for you to understand which house direction has shade and how the trees help in creating shades. This is important because you can then determine where you want to place awnings. Awnings can be very helpful in saving you air conditioning energy costs from the sun’s rays heating up the inside of a home. Awning energy savings can be influenced by the type of fabric that is chosen.
The type of awning fabric matters because it can determine the cooling or warming effect felt by people indoors. The Herculite Natura is a waterproof vinyl awning that has the look of woven fabric on both sides. This gives it a designer quality look and maintains its fire resistant and water proof qualities. This type of awning is also ideal for outdoor restaurants as they can enable people to sit outside enjoying warm weather but still not under the direct rays of the sun. Dining outside then saves management of the establishment the need to turn on air conditioning units or heaters which saves electricity.
The sun’s rays on average increase temperatures inside your home by more than 20 percent. You can lower your electricity bills as much as 35 percent when you use awnings made of Herculite fabrics. The awning energy savings may even be more in the summer especially if one places them on west facing windows. This can eliminate a lot of dependency on air conditioning units for cooling the inside of the home and save you hundreds of dollars annually. If all homes used awnings to help lower the load on ACs, the overall cost of power usage in all the houses would be greatly reduced.
Heating the home in the winter can be very expensive but if you use roller shade awnings, then they can lower the amount of electricity power that goes into warming your home. The retractable awnings can allow the direct sun rays to heat the home naturally so that you may only use other sources of power for few hours. Between 10:00AM and 3:00PM, you can have the sunlight take care of heating you and even after these hours, the heat may still be felt.
Awning energy savings may also be realized if you choose fabric that is light in color such as white so it can reflect back the rays of the sun and at the same time reduce the need to turn on the air conditioner. Awnings that are dark in color absorb heat which may be ideal for areas that are cold but still get a lot of light through the windows
You can experience awning energy savings that go a long way to reducing your energy costs. A good source to find professional awning contractors is www.awningstoday.com Contact your local awning manufacturer or contact us and we can send more information including fabric samples.
A key accessory that you or your boat customers will want to obtain is a bimini top.
As you know, one of the risks of whiling away the hours on the water is getting too much direct sunshine. A small investment in a marine fabric bimini top can eliminate this risk and at the same time increase your boating enjoyment by providing a comfortable shade while still allowing that cool breeze off the water to flow through.
The quality of the bimini top fabric is crucial to how it will look on your craft and also to how long it will last over time without deteriorating. When looking for the right one, you should have a checklist of important elements the fabric should have.
Key elements to look for in a good marine fabric are:
- Soft Texture - Is it easy to handle?
- Lightweight - These fabrics should be able to stow.
- Controlled stretch for ease of fabrication - You need to be able to shape it to the frame easily.
- Environmentally friendly coating - Everyone has to keep the environment in mind!
- Easy to clean and maintain - You want something hassle-free to clean (why make more work for yourself?)
- Mildew resistant - You are surrounded by moisture and mildew is a challenge you need to keep under control.
- Colorfast - If you take the time to pick a color, you don't want it to fade and make your boat look old!
- Waterproof - You want it to be a rain shelter as well as a sun shade!
- UV resistant - Sunburns can happen even through fabric - it is necessary to have UV protection built into it as well.
- Matching Color Palettes - You want to have a large range of colors to pick from to allow the best match and creative design possible for your boat. Remember to keep in mind that white tops reflect heat, and dark fabrics absorb heat.
- Easy to Store - You want to be able to put the top away just as easily as getting it out
- Excellent Warranty - Any good fabric product will come with a great warranty - be sure to check into this before deciding on which one you invest in.
Fabrics that are made of a Vinyl and Polyester Composite are on the market and meet ALL the above requirements.
You can find these fabrics at companies that specialize in high performance laminated and coated fabrics like Herculite Inc. (herculite.com). Herculite offers a selection of marine fabric products that are special vinyl and polyester composites such as Herculite Riviera Marine Fabric™ or Regatta® Marine Fabric with exclusive Rain Kleen® finish; and Herculite are also able to make custom fabric material to your specifications if need be.
Regardless of where you go for your fabric, if you can confirm that the above criteria is met, you will get a bimini top that will enhance and protect your marine craft for years to come.
A hospital bed can either be useful piece of medical equipment or a patient’s worst nightmare. When properly cleaned and maintained, patients can comfortably rest on it and are better able to recover. The problem starts when risk managers fail to check healthcare facilities such as medical beddings. Not having the right fabric on a hospital mattress, for instance, can cause preventable pressure-related ulcers or bedsores.
Medical mattresses shouldn’t be a problem. They’re easy to install, clean and maintain. You only need to consider what materials to use, from choosing hospital mattress fabrics to types of chemical for disinfecting them. Here’s how.
Use the Right Fabric for Your Hospital Mattress
Taking care of your hospital beds start with choosing an appropriate fabric for your mattress. Unlike your regular fabrics, specialized ones designed for healthcare facilities ensure proper patient care. There are many types to choose from but there’s one that’s increasingly becoming popular: antimicrobial mattress fabric. Not only are antimicrobial fabrics best in preventing the spread of of germs, bacteria and other dangerous elements, they are also easier and cheaper to maintain since they use a lot less cleaning chemicals.
Choose from among the industry’s leading brands. There’s Herculite’s Sure-Chek™ hospital mattress fabric, if you’re looking for one that’s not only comfortable, but also resistant to stain, fluid, moisture and flame and thermally conductive to ensure patient comfort. It’s a trusted brand and market leader in the antimicrobial fabric industry for a long time so you’ll never go wrong with it.
Make sure to choose only hospital mattress fabrics that exceed industry standards. Caring for your patient starts here.
Use Approved Chemicals to Clean Hospital Mattress
Hospital mattresses, no matter how well-engineered they are, will wear with use and not properly function. You can easily avoid these by regularly disinfecting and washing your hospital mattress with ideal cleaning solutions. Make sure that each disinfectant or cleaner is compatible with or safe to use on your fabric. If you’re using vinyl fabrics on your hospital mattress, it’s best to apply phenolic disinfectants, the same kind found in disinfectant soaps, mouthwashes and hand washes. For urethane materials, quaternary ammonium compounds (or quats) are most ideal. And if you’re using both vinyl and urethane fabrics, industry experts strongly suggest the use of hypochlorite and chlorine oxide for cleaning. Remember, more is not always better. Disinfectants applied at full concentration or in highly concentrated solutions may damage the fabric. Laundering of thermoplastic fabrics is not recommended.
What about stubborn stains and spots on medical fabrics? These shouldn’t be a challenge. You can apply pre-soak them for a minute or two before brushing them clean with neutral soaps diluted in lukewarm water. Neutral soaps are those that don’t contain lye or potash.
If you’re using Sure-Check, which is a vinyl-laminated and polyurethane-coated fabric, don’t launder it to extend its antimicrobial properties. In case you decide to wash it anyway, launder it in warm water (maximum of 120 degrees Fahrenheit), and dry it at a low temperature (maximum of 140 degrees Fahrenheit). This procedure will help keep the fabric’s antimicrobial properties.
Taking care of hospital beds requires a system. There should be proper collection, maintenance and laundering of linens, in addition to regular maintenance schedules to avoid costly repairs. It’s a system that relies on team effort, from competent managers to qualified healthcare professionals. In such a busy environment as a hospital, communication is key for teams to be effective. For instance, information regarding the proper use of disinfectants for each material must come directly from the manufacturers or distributors. If there’s anything unclear, managers should take the initiative to get their expert advice and discuss it with their staff.
Choosing the right fabrics and recommended cleaning routine will maximize not only the performance of the hospital mattress but also the comfort and safety of the user.
Can Banner Media Help Your Business?
Banners are one of the simplest, lowest cost, yet most versatile ways to call attention to a business, trade show booth, or new product. Retail shops utilizing banners can communicate with humor, creativity and effectiveness - using a medium that can often be reused continually with proper care. Printing logos, sayings, and product announcements add visual creativity that communicates your point and can be delivered in vibrant colors, shapes and sizes.
Banners are both cost-effective and quick to create and produce. Vinyl banners, for example, represent the most cost-effective approach. Simply find a company offering banner design services – you can pick one of their templates or make your own. Submit your designs to a laminate banner printing shop and they will have your banner material digitally printed and ready for you in a matter of hours or days. Effectively designed banners can turn your message and company name into a constant presence in your viewers mind.
Mobility is another reason banners are very popular. You can place them almost anywhere for the amount of time it takes to hang one. Banner materials generate a product that is easy to handle and lightweight to transport.
Herculite Media Banners Are Colorful, Creative and Cost Effective
Quality counts when looking for longevity and brilliance of color to make for high-impact advertising. Herculite®, Inc. is an innovative fabric manufacturing company, and we have been specializing in high performance laminated & coated fabrics for more than 60 years. Bantex® banner fabrics from Herculite offer a pliable approach to advertising that can be rolled up and stored from season to season. Grand opening banners, way finding signs, and on-sale banners hung above racks of sale products are some very common examples.
Advertising banners are abundant because they work. Striking visual banners are directly responsible for increased sales. Most people do not realize that 65% of in-store purchase decisions are made at the last minute, and are usually triggered by a form of dynamic advertising located nearest a product - such as a banner. And today’s digitalized printing processes make for extraordinarily dynamic advertising at amazingly low costs to produce.
Bantex® Banner Media: Digital Printing using a variety of ink types
Bantex® is the premier digital print media is for all solvent, eco-solvent, UV curable and latex digital inkjet printers. Bantex® Banner Media graphic fabrics are manufactured from the highest grades of polymer films in order to deliver ease of profiling with extremely high resolution. These light weight banner fabrics for the graphic fabrics industry are micro-textured for super smooth, highly consistent surfaces. Economical 10 OZ. and 13 OZ. banner versions are available for printing on two sides, and provide exquisite color clarity and dot gain control. Bantex® is the digital printer's choice for both performance and economy.
As one of the founders of the synthetic fabrics industry, Herculite® pioneered the use of laminated fabrics in many industries. Today, the Herculite® fabric company provides a vast array of brands, products, marketing, design, manufacturing, consulting and technical expertise for the benefit of each individual customer's need. So, remember to specify Bantex® from Herculite for your next advertising launch today.