Apex Mills

ENGINEERED INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCE

Innovation is not simply dreaming up new ideas. It’s in the ability to transform new ideas into actual products. Apex Mills is asked to truly innovate all the time. A customer contacted Apex Mills with the idea of treating wastewater using a fabric that allowed water-purifying bacteria to multiply in quantities that could eat the impurities from the water. Apex Mills engineers fully evaluated the problem and implemented a highly unconventional manner of knitting that produced a fabric with large loops and a uniquely textured surface to accelerate bacteria growth. After much research and testing, Apex Mills delivered the textile solution, which today is patented and widely used in the treatment of wastewater. [+][-] Apex Mills innovates across industries. A medical company approached us with the challenge of improving a patient feeding device, which allowed lubricating liquid to seep through to the throats of incapacitated or unconscious patients enabling a less irritating delivery of the nutrition. Our engineers created a quarter-inch diameter, fine mesh tube solution which met the challenge and satisfied FDA requirements. The existing lining fabric in the IOTV vest worn by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan caused discomfort, skin abrasions and rashes. Drawing upon our deep pool of knowledge and experience, Apex Mills created a smooth comfortable mesh that promoted air circulation-and weighed an ounce lighter per linear yard than the previous liner. Apex Mills doesn't dream up new products and limit our customers to them. We listen to your challenges then collaborate to develop what you need. As soon as we understand your vision, that's when we start innovating.
INNOVATIVE TEXTILES CASE STUDIES |
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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