Apex Mills

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  • Style: ALTO

    Design Goal:
    INNOVATIVE

    Weight: 0.28

    Aerospace/Composite Materials

    PROBLEM SHARED

    A manufacturer of composite materials for aerospace structures was experiencing shrinkage in the netting substrate that carried an adhesive used to join aircraft components.

     

    PROBLEM SOLVED

    Apex analyzed the directional tensions used in applying the adhesive to the current netting substrate. The solution to the shrinkage problem was eliminated when we modified the temperatures and finishing tensions applied to the fabric.


    RESULTS REALIZED

    The newly improved fabric no longer shrank and the customer no longer was faced with potentially failing composite parts.

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  • Style: PL85

    Design Goal:
    INNOVATIVE

    Weight: 4

    Aquaculture

    PROBLEM SHARED

    A clam farmer was suffering a significant loss of clams he was growing in bags placed on the sea floor. Predatory animals were chewing through the mesh in order to feed on the immature clams. Prior attempts to strengthen the mesh, while successful, were not environmentally compatible.

     

    PROBLEM SOLVED

    Apex analyzed the strength of the current mesh the clam farmer was using, with a special attention paid to the tenacity of the yarns being used.

    Apex then created a fabric identical to the one being used, however, incorporated a high tenacity monofilament yarn into the mesh.

     

    RESULTS REALIZED

    With this newly developed fabric, strengthened by a yarn similar to fishing line, the customer is now positioned to employ clam bags offering significantly lower clam loss.

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  • Style: Bioweb

    Design Goal:
    INNOVATIVE

    Weight: 11.5

    Environmental

    PROBLEM SHARED

    The City of New York's water treatment facility was using a technology that was limiting the ability to remove nitrogen from waste water, a process which allows the water to return to streams and rivers.


    PROBLEM SOLVED

    Understanding that the effectiveness of the media was first and foremost dependant on the amount of bio-mass given opportunity to grow, we concluded that the fabric must at the same time balance a maximization of surface area and porosity for water flow.

    After several different designs were evaluated, we developed and created an innovative, highly fibrous fabric, exhibiting more surface area than any it had previously produced, that more effectively removed nitrogen from waste water.


    RESULTS REALIZED

    Apex's patented Bioweb system not only achieved the customer's target effectiveness and was environmentally safe, but also offered the added benefit reducing the sludge bi-product. The Bioweb system addresses the needs of growing population centers. It can be installed in existing water processing facilities without the need for plant expansion.

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  • Style: NK47A

    Design Goal:
    INNOVATIVE

    Weight: 2.6

    Filtration

    PROBLEM SHARED

    The fabric used by a manufacturer of a reverse osmosis filtration system was limiting the efficiency of the process due to the water being dispersed in multiple, unrestrained directions.

     

    PROBLEM SOLVED

    The construction of the fabric used in the filter did not control the dispersion of water in a single direction. A new construction was needed to guide the liquid flow.

    The fabric was redesigned to create a channel system that funneled the water in a single direction.


    RESULTS REALIZED

    By controlling the direction of water dispersion, the new fabric considerably increased the filter's efficiency.

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  • Style: PV57

    Design Goal:
    INNOVATIVE

    Weight: 21 +

    Consumer Products / Electronics

    Problem Shared

    A leading designer of high-end woven vinyl accessories and home furnishings wanted to augment their product line with an alternative to woven goods. Intrigued by the durability of the knitting process, they sought to reduce the amount of fraying and fabric loosening that sometimes occurs in weaves.


    Problem Solved

    Using a variation of the vinyl yarn currently used by the designer, Apex Mills engineers were able to modify the knitting machines and process to accommodate the heavier and less pliable vinyl yarn. Working together, we were able to maintain the unique fabric properties in which the company has built their reputation.

     

    Results Realized

    Not only was this luxury home accessories and furnishings manufacturer able to extend the depth of their existing product line, they were able to expand the breadth of products offered because of the increased strength and stability provided by the custom tailored warp knit process.

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