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Bally Ribbon Mills to Highlight Custom Designed Tapes and Webbings at Techtextil North America 2023

Bally Ribbon Mills at Textil America

Visit Booth #2103 as BRM celebrates its 100th Anniversary

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) announces its participation and celebration of its 100th Anniversary at Techtextil North America, which will be held May 10-12, 2023 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA. Visit BRM at booth 2103 to see its standard and custom designed tapes and webbings for a wide range of applications.

Since BRM’s founding in 1923 as a custom textile manufacturer in Bally, PA, the company has provided products for aerospace, defense, medical, safety, automotive, commercial, and industrial applications used around the world.

In booth 2103, see BRM’s range of products:

  • E-WEBBINGS® – woven fabrics of traditional fibers combined with “functional” elements: conductivity, light transmission, and sensors.
  • Composites – fabrics that contain more than one unique fiber for the purpose of utilizing different but inherent properties of each component fiber.
  • Tapes and Webbing with Superior Properties – high strength to weight ratio, , abrasion resistance, low elongation, and many more critical design characteristics.
  • Materials on Mars – engineered fibers and fabrics utilized by NASA, ESA, and commercial contractors for mission success in applications for near and deep space applications.

Techtextil North America is the largest showcase of trendsetting technical textiles and nonwoven products in the Americas. The show assembles all vertical aspects of the technical textile industry: from research and development, through raw materials and production processes and finally ending in conversion, further treatment, and recycling.

For more information on Bally Ribbon Mills highly specialized engineered woven fabrics visit www.ballyribbon.com.

Bally Ribbon Mills Highlights 3-D Weaving Capabilities at JEC World 2023

Film-infused 3-D woven joints

Visit Booth #M73 in Hall 6 to see film-infused 3-D woven joints, Woven Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) and woven composite 3-D structures

BRM will highlight its film infusion capabilities for 3-D woven joints; woven thermal protection systems (TPS); and advanced woven composite 3-D structures, including 3-D near-net shapes.

In BRM’s film infusion process, a frozen sheet or film of resin is infused onto the custom 3-D woven joint. Film-infused 3-D woven joints ship as pre-made assemblies, ensuring consistent quality control from the industry-leading experts in fabrication and saving customers the cost of infusing the resin themselves. BRM has perfected the science and art of 3-D continuous weaving to fabricate such structures as “Pi – π,” double “T,” “H,” and other complex shapes. Offering the optimal blend of strength, durability, and structural integrity, these complex woven structures are used primarily in aerospace applications, often in airframe structural components and subassemblies including stiffeners and joints.

Drop by the booth to see lightweight materials like 3-D woven fabrics and learn about our multifunctional thermal protection systems (TPS) for atmospheric re-entry. BRM has implemented innovative weaving technologies to develop complex webbing for aerospace products. The woven TPS billet to be showcased at the booth is part of a line of products that was selected as the critical component of the heat shield on the Orion Crew Capsule, which helps protect against the extreme temperatures of atmospheric re-entry.

Also on display are lightweight, cost-effective, advanced woven 2-D and 3-D composite structures. Using a multi-dimensional continuous weaving method, BRM produces textiles that can be fabricated into near net-shape structures. These advanced weaving capabilities offer customers new solutions that reduce weight and cost. The technology weaves complex shapes automatically, eliminating many costly, time-consuming, and labor-intensive processes.

Bally Ribbon Mills to Exhibit at the 2023 Parachute Industry Symposium!

Visit booths 817/819 to see new webbing designs for the parachute industry

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) will showcase its high-quality, high-performance webbing designs at the Parachute Industry Symposium ( PIA) taking place February 27 – March 3, 2023 in Reno, Nevada. BRM experts, Joe Melcher, Ted Fetterman, and Jerome Richards, will discuss the company’s new tapes, webbings and specialty textiles, including high-performance webbings, e-webbings and other narrow fabrics for the parachute industry in booth 817 and 819.

As pandemic supply chain issues subside, BRM is seeing signs of production returning to normal in the near future. Stop by the booth to learn about the initiatives that are making a difference. Also, please come to see standard and custom designed tapes and webbings produced for all of the industry groups BRM services:

E-WEBBINGS® – woven fabrics of traditional fibers combined with “functional” elements: conductivity, light transmission, and sensors.

Composites – fabrics that contain more than one unique fiber for the purpose of utilizing different but inherent properties of each component fiber.

Tapes and Webbing with Superior Properties – high strength to weight ratio, ,abrasion resistance, low elongation, and many more critical design characteristics.

Materials on Mars – engineered fibers and fabrics utilized by NASA, ESA, and commercial contractors for mission success in applications for near and deep space applications. .

Known for bringing together the best and brightest minds in parachuting, the PIA Symposium is the most comprehensive trade show and conference there is. With informative seminars and presentations from key speakers, a wealth of industry contacts, and an exhibition hall filled with interactive displays from the top skydiving manufacturers, the PIA Symposium is the event to attend for skydiving enthusiasts and professionals alike.

For more information, connect with BRM experts in booths 817/819 at the 2023 PIA Symposium. Learn more about the PIA Symposium on their website.

By: Sarah Minhas, Bally Ribbon Mills

Bally Ribbon Mills to showcase its high-quality, high-performance products at the SHOT Show Supplier Showcase!

Bally Ribbon Mills Highlights Performance Webbing Options at SHOT Show 2023

Experts displayed specialty binding tapes, Berry-compliant polyester webbing,
and new pistol belt/sling webbing in booth 51238

 Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) to showcase its high-quality, high-performance products at the SHOT Show Supplier Showcase, January 16-17, 2023 as part of SHOT Show, in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian Congress Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Subject matter experts were on hand to highlight samples of industry-leading specialty binding tapes, 100% Berry-compliant polyester webbing, and new pistol belt/sling webbing to industry manufacturers who attended SHOT Show. Visitors to the booth were also able to see samples of material BRM supplied for tie-downs and structural elements of both the deceleration and landing systems used in NASA’s mission to Mars. These materials are engineered to maintain the highest strength to weight ratio possible while also being resistant to extreme environmental conditions of space and Mars’s atmospheric conditions during entry. These same materials have also been utilized for specialty applications here on Earth.

Showcased at the booth were representative samples of BRM’s highly abrasion resistant specialty binding tapes, ideal for edge binding on load bearing equipment and soft-sided backpacks and luggage. BRM’s materials offer consistent quality and width, optimizing the sewing fabrication process. They also enable significantly better throughput, making them a better overall value than lower quality tapes.

Also on display were samples of BRM’s superior 100% Berry Amendment-compliant polyester webbing, ideal for use by DOD contractors manufacturing aircraft seat belts, retractors, restraining harnesses, and tie-downs. BRM’s Berry-compliant webbing is a good choice for civilian agencies involved in U.S. military procurement activities. Webbing is available in a wide range of widths, from 1-inch to 6-inch and is offered in low minimum runs and custom dye colors.

The new pistol belt/sling webbing that was showcased at the booth is available in small runs with customization of dye color, widths, and weave designs and patterns. BRM experts offer complete design and textile engineering services.

As BRM’s staff is back to 100% full employment, and post Covid supply chain problems are beginning to subside, BRM is beginning to replace depleted finished woven and dyed stock items. Visitors to the booth were able to consult with subject matter experts, who bring a wide breadth of design application and engineering knowledge and can leverage their experience to solve engineering challenges in woven tapes and webbing.

For more information, visit https://www.ballyribbon.com/.

By: Sarah Islam, Bally Ribbon Mills 

Bally Ribbon Mills to Exhibit at the 2022 Industrial Fabric Association’s Expo!

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) will showcase new high-quality, high-performance webbing designs at the Industrial Fabrics Association Expo (IFAI) 2022 taking place October 12-14, 2022. Meet with BRM experts to discuss the company’s new tapes, webbings and specialty textiles, including high-performance webbings, e-webbings and other narrow fabrics at booth A802.

BRM’s new fabrics utilize custom weave designs and high-performance fibers or combinations of fibers. BRM has created these patterns specific to end-use applications and can customize  innovative patterns for new applications. Come see materials in the following categories:

– E-WEBBINGS® – woven fabrics of traditional fibers in conjunction with “functional” elements: conductivity, light transmission, and sensors.

-Composites – fabrics that contain more than one unique fiber for the purpose of utilizing different and inherent properties of each component fiber.

-Tapes and Webbing with Superior Properties – high strength to weight ratio, chemical resistance, low elongation, and many more.

-Materials on Planet Mars – engineered fibers and fabrics utilized by NASA, ESA, and commercial near and deep space contractors for mission success and to keep our astronauts and pilots safe.

 

For a  century, IFAI Expo has been the industrial fabrics industry’s flagship show. As the premier textiles event, IFAI Expo is the place where industry stakeholders and leaders connect, learn, and make purchases in order to grow their business.

For more information, connect with experts at BRM booth A802 at IFAI 2022 or visit https://www.ballyribbon.com/.

By Sarah Islam, Bally Ribbon Mills 

 

 

 

Bally Ribbon Mills Offers Nylon Cure-Tape for Rubber Hoses and Roller Covers

Bally Ribbon Mills Offers Nylon Cure-Tape for Rubber Hoses and Roller Covers

Manufacturing mill producing both preshrunk/heat set and Teflon®-treated tapes

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) announces the availability of nylon cure-tape for rubber hose and roller cover applications. The tapes are being manufactured in both preshrunk/heat set and Teflon®-treated versions.

BRM offers both plain and twill weave cure-tapes in three styles:

210 denier warp/plain weave is available in 1-inch, 1.5”-inch, 2-inch, 2.75-inch, 3-inch, 3.5-inch, 4-inch and 6-inch sizes
210 denier warp/twill weave is offered in 3-inch widths
420 denier warp/210 denier filling can be provided in 3-inch widths.

For more information or to place an order for nylon cure-tape contact BRM@ballyribbon.com. For more information on BRM’s industrial fabrics, go to www.ballyribbon.com.

By Sarah Islam, Bally Ribbon Mills

Bally Ribbon Mills Highlights Highly Specialized Engineered Woven Fabrics at Techtextil North America 2022

Bally Ribbon Mills at Techtextil North America

Bally Ribbon Mills highlights its creative solutions for product design and development at Techtextil North America, from May 17-19, 2022 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA. Samples of advanced textiles suited for a wide range of industries are on display in booth 2612.

BRM enjoys the challenge of assisting customers in problem resolution and innovation creation regarding material selection in their design and development phases. BRM’s services include development of customized innovations, complete engineering and solutions, sample preparation, and full-scale and specialty manufacturing.

BRM experts are on hand in booth 2612 to show how BRM can design, develop and manufacture specialized, engineered, woven webbings, tapes, and specialty fabrics for the entire range of industries at Techtextil North America. BRM is showcasing tapes and webbings that engineers can use to meet their advanced material needs, including conductivity properties for smart textiles, color requirements, flame resistance, durability, flexibility, chemical resistance, controlled elongation, specific strength, and lightness properties.

Bally Ribbon Mills Highlights 3-D Weaving Capabilities at JEC World 2022

 

Dr. Amir Islam and Ambassador Denise Campbell Bauer

Bally Ribbon Mills highlighted its 3-D weaving capabilities at JEC World 2022, held May 3-5, 2022, in Paris-Nord Villepinte, France. BRM featured its film infusion capabilities for 3-D woven joints; woven thermal protection systems (TPS); and advanced woven composite 3-D structures, including 3-D near-net shapes.

In BRM’s film infusion process, a frozen sheet or film of resin is infused onto the custom 3-D woven joint. Film-infused 3-D woven joints ship as pre-made assemblies, ensuring consistent quality control from the industry-leading experts in fabrication and saving customers the cost of infusing the resin themselves. BRM has perfected the science and art of 3-D continuous weaving to fabricate such structures as “Pi – π,” double “T,” “H,” and other complex shapes. Offering the optimal blend of strength, durability, and structural integrity, these complex woven structures are used primarily in aerospace applications, often in airframe structural components and subassemblies including stiffeners and joints.

Booth visitors learned about BRM’s lightweight materials like 3-D woven fabrics as well as multifunctional thermal protection systems (TPS) for atmospheric re-entry. BRM has implemented innovative weaving technologies to develop complex webbing for aerospace products. The woven TPS billet to be showcased at the booth is part of a line of products that was selected as the critical component of the heat shield on the Orion Crew Capsule, which helps protect against the extreme temperatures of atmospheric re-entry.

Photo: Dr. Amir Islam, Director of Research and Development at BRM with US Ambassador to France Ambassador Denise Campbell Bauer.

 

Dr. Amir Islam at the Bally Ribbon Mills booth at JEC 2022

Also on display were lightweight, cost-effective, advanced woven 2-D and 3-D composite structures. Using a multi-dimensional continuous weaving method, BRM produces textiles that can be fabricated into near net-shape structures. These advanced weaving capabilities offer customers new solutions that reduce weight and cost. The technology weaves complex shapes automatically, eliminating many costly, time-consuming, and labor-intensive processes.

Photo: Dr. Amir Islam at the Bally Ribbon Mills booth at JEC 2022

Inflatable Space Habitats Use Sensors Embedded in Webbing for Structural Health Monitoring

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) is working on a novel approach to structural health monitoring (SHM) for potential use on inflatable habitat structures being developed for NASA space missions. The new method uses sensors embedded in the flexible structural restraint webbing layers to capture data on stress, strain, creep, and micrometeoroid impacts.

Luna

The work is being done in partnership with Luna Innovations, Inc., an American developer and manufacturer of fiber-optics and terahertz-based technology products for aerospace.

BRM has been working with Luna since 2007, when Luna’s NASA contact suggested the partnership to provide a sample that could be used to demonstrate Luna’s technology capabilities. Undertaken as part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, the project aimed to demonstrate the integration of optical fiber sensing technology into composites to monitor the vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) process.

BRM successfully wove the material and passed it along to Luna. Fast-forward 15 years, and Luna came back to collaborate with BRM on a NASA multistage grant award examining whether the embedded sensor technology could survive all the required manufacturing processes for use in inflatable habitat structures being developed for upcoming space missions. The long-term goal was to be able to measure stress, strain, and temperature, as well as pinpoint the location of strain. For example, if a micro meteorite hits the shell fabric and causes point source stress, scientists could know where it hit and be able to gauge the potential for failure.

BRM successfully produced the material, overcoming two key webbing manufacturing process challenges along the way: ensuring that the sensor is not damaged during the weaving; and ensuring that the weave design is precise enough to place sensor ingresses and egresses in the proper locations within the weave structure’s surface.

Luna Innovations then tested the fiber optic sensors woven into the flexible structural restraint layer webbings on an inflatable test article with a diameter of 0.61 meters (2 feet) fabricated from Vectran®, a manufactured filament fiber with a liquid-crystal polymer chemistry. Experiments successfully demonstrated creep sensing, pressure sensing, and detection of damage location and magnitude. NASA has also been conducting hypervelocity impact tests on the inflated habitat.

Currently, a one-third scale, 2.74 meter diameter (9 feet) inflatable with embedded structural health sensors is being used for creep and burst testing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to validate the bench-top engineering and design of the habitat’s structural components. The plan is to build four one-third scale models and one full-scale model to validate the system for human space flight.

While the goal is to complete the project by 2023, the final schedule will be based on successful orchestration of raw material supply, component procurement, manufacturing, assembly, testing, test-facilities scheduling, and funding. Based on previous success with the prior phases and benchmarks, BRM is currently contracted to produce the next set of sensorized webbing.

The new sensor-based technique for monitoring the health of the flexible softgoods restraints on inflatable living structures shows great promise. If the embedded sensing technology proves to be successful, it could be included in future space mission habitation structures, including the Lunar Gateway or Mars missions.

Bally Ribbon Mills to Highlight Highly Specialized Engineered Woven Fabrics at Smart Fabrics Summit 2022

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) announces it will highlight its creative solutions for product design and development at the Smart Fabrics Summit which will be held March 28-29th, 2022 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Samples of advanced textiles suited for a wide range of technical requirements will be on display.

BRM enjoys the challenge of assisting customers in problem resolution and innovation creation regarding material selection in their design and development phases. BRM’s services include development of customized innovations, complete engineering and solutions, sample preparation, and full-scale and specialty manufacturing.

Experts will be on hand to show how BRM can design, develop and manufacture specialized, engineered, woven webbings, tapes, and specialty fabrics for the entire range of industries highlighted at Smart Fabrics Summit. BRM will showcase tapes and webbings that engineers can use to meet their advanced material needs, including conductivity properties for smart textiles, color requirements, flame resistance, durability, flexibility, chemical resistance, controlled elongation, specific strength, and lightness properties.

BRM will also showcase its work with Luna Innovations, an industry leader in optical sensor technology. BRM worked with Luna to embed their sensors into high strength webbing material used in the construction of inflatable habits for the moon and beyond.  The sensors are used to measure stress, strain and long-term creep of the textile materials used as structural components of the shelter habitat.

BRM looks forward to meeting you at Smart Fabrics Summit 2022! https://smartfabricssummit.com

By Sarah Islam, Bally Ribbon Mills

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