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Choosing a Fiber for Your Nonwoven Products

Posted by Kyle Lawrence

The base fiber used to create a nonwoven fabric is extremely important. The choice is dependent on a variety of factors, including the final use of the nonwoven fabric, the overall cost factor and demands on the fabric during any additional processing. Your nonwoven manufacturing partner will be able to inform you of all the special properties of each type of fiber and will work with you to determine the appropriate fiber needed for your projects.  

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Nonwovens News: 2015 Manufacturing Survey Looks Promising

Posted by Kyle Lawrence

The 2015 ASQ Manufacturing Survey Outlook indicates that manufacturers, on the whole, are feeling positive with revenue numbers up in 2014. 83% of manufacturers surveyed expect things to look even better in 2015.

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Nonwoven Manufacturing Issues: Manufacturing Trends for 2015

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Technology is changing our world at an ever-increasing pace. The manufacturing industry is not immune and, in fact, has already begun to be revolutionized. But what are the coming trends in 2015 to look out for?

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3 Reasons Why Converters Should Choose ISO 9001 Certified Nonwoven Manufacturers

Posted by Kyle Lawrence

Let’s be honest: there are a variety of nonwoven manufacturers converters can choose as suppliers. Project specs are obviously a key factor in narrowing the field of contenders, but, without focusing solely on price, how do you choose your final supplier?

An argument can (and should) be made for choosing a manufacturer with an ISO 9001:2008 certification in place. Here are the top three reasons why:

  1. Improved consistency. Have you ever worked with a manufacturer partner who produces a great product one time and then a shoddy product the next? Working with an ISO 9001:2008 manufacturer will help you rest easy on your next product delivery date. Because of the quality management systems they have in place, you should receive final products with minimal variations.
  2. Improved efficiency. If you’re working with an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, you know that they are focused on delivering a quality product to you as efficiently as possible. This means that you shouldn’t have to be concerned about your manufacturing partner meeting deadlines or excessive waste in your product production.

  3. Improved product quality. After all, if a company has an ISO 9001: 2008 certification, it means that they have an entire system in place focused on quality. You’ll be getting premium nonwoven fabrics that will work in your end-use product as expected or, perhaps, even better. That means, as a bonus, your customer satisfaction levels may increase as well.
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Nonwoven Manufacturing Partnerships: 5 Ways to Get Customer Service Right

Posted by Kyle Lawrence

You’re heard the sayings:

  • The customer is always right
  • Follow the Golden Rule
  • Everyone is responsible for customer service

A lot of companies talk around customer service without ever quite getting there. They attempt to convince customers how important customer service is while avoiding your calls or missing your product deadlines. They talk the talk but they don’t walk the walk.  

There are, however, a few things your manufacturing partners can do to ensure that you receive fantastic customer service and inspire your loyalty.

 

  1. They will learn your name quickly. You might be surprised how many people you work with don’t get this first rule down. They might call you “Dave” when your name is Brad. People who are truly interested in doing business with you will work hard to remember, and use, your name from the start.

  2. They will be ready for you. If you’re walking into a scheduled meeting and your product manager has to scramble to get a chair for you, you might sense that they aren’t prepared. You may start wondering if they’ll be prepared for other, bigger things that may be in store during your project.

  3. They won’t point fingers.   You may have made a huge error in calculating the amount of product you needed. A company with great customer service will not look at you and say, “It’s YOUR fault!” Instead, they will say, “OK, how can we work with you to get the amount of product you need in a reasonable time frame?”

  4. They will tell all. If a project hits a snag, you can rest assured that a company with terrific customer service will let you know if anything will affect your project deadlines. And, even better, they’ll let you know that they have a solution in mind.

  5. They will listen.   They’ll ask questions about your product challenges and then they will listen to your answers. They want to truly understand what you need for superior product performance.

There are many facets to extraordinary customer service and a terrific nonwoven manufacturing partner should embody most (if not all) of them.  Is the customer service you’re getting meeting your expectations?

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Nonwoven Filtration Products: The Marketplace

Posted by Kyle Lawrence

To get a grasp on exactly how big the nonwoven filtration market it, one has to consider that INDA will be holding a three-day conference in Baltimore in November focused only on the filtration industry. The Freedonia Group reports that the global market is expected to be worth $65.9 billion by 2015.   Air applications comprise up to 70 percent of the nonwoven filter media while liquid uses consumer the remaining 30 percent. And the industry is only expected to grow more in the coming years.

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5 Ways ISO 9001 Certification Helps Nonwoven Manufacturers Focus on Quality

Posted by Kyle Lawrence

Without customers and customer needs, businesses would not exist. Sometimes, however, as business expands, the focus on the customer is lost and other priorities take precedence. Manufacturers who implement ISO 9001 practices often ensure that their focus is sharply driven to customer satisfaction with high quality products.

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5 Reasons to Choose Nonwovens for Your Air Filtration Products

Posted by Kyle Lawrence

Indoor air quality is listed as one of the EPA’s top five risks to public health. According to the American Thoracic Society, respiratory problems like asthma, COPD, lung cancer and sleep apnea affect millions of Americans. One of the most important ways to improve air quality is through air filtration systems. According to a Nonwovens Industry article by Tony Fedel, there are a few benefits to consider when determining why synthetic nonwoven fabrics may be best for use in your air filtration products.

1.   Nonwoven fabrics can work mechanically and with electrostatic charges.  Unlike non-synthethic fabrics that capture particles via straining or by forcing the particles to collide and attach to the media, nonwoven fabrics can also be electrostatically charged which will increase the efficiency of the filtration without impeding airflow.

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Topics: Nonwoven Filtration Products

Filter Talk: Trends in the Nonwoven Filtration Industry

Posted by Kyle Lawrence

According to a recent Nonwovens Industry article by Tim Wright, the sales of filter elements exceeded $34 billion in 2013. It only makes sense that the market is so huge because filtration is used almost everywhere: in homes and office buildings, in manufacturing and pharmaceuticals for purification for air and liquid, and in transportation.

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Nonwoven Fabrics for Baby Products

Posted by Kyle Lawrence

According to a recent article on Inc.com, by 2018 there will be more than 6,000 businesses selling baby products online. And, according to BabyCenter.com, there are almost 4 billion babies born just in the United States each year. That means that there is an enormous market aimed at moms, dads, grandparents and family friends to buy baby products. This market includes everything from toys to food to baby fabrics. When you think of baby fabrics, you probably envision soft, cuddly fabrics in various shades of pastel pinks and baby blues. But did you know that babies are surrounded by a variety of nonwoven materials that are both soft and baby friendly?

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Nonwoven Manufacturing Is Our Business

We're interested in finding solutions for manufacturing problems in the nonwoven arena.  We view challenges as an opportunity to assist a manufacturing partner when no one else can.  If you're looking for tips on the nonwoven manufacturing business, you've come to the right place.

Things to consider:

  • More products are using nonwoven fabrics than ever
  • As technology improves, so does nonwoven manufacturing
  • You should always partner with a manufacturer interested in solutions

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