The Key to Bladder Tank Excellence for Agriculture Use


Water Bladder Tank

A bladder tank, also known as a pillow tank, is a specialized flexible storage container designed primarily for temporary liquid storage needs. These portable tanks feature a single layer of coated fabric, making them lightweight and easily collapsible when not in use. Pillow tanks derive their name from their distinctive pillow-like appearance when filled with liquid, and they find application … Read More

Collapsible Storage Tanks: Achieve Military-Grade Performance at an Affordable Price

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Collapsible storage tanks

Collapsible storage tanks – Flexitanks – are known for their versatile applications, convenience, and durability. From storing drinking water to fuel, these storage solutions are adaptable and portable. When it comes to collapsible storage tank design for applications that demand resilience in harsh conditions, manufacturers frequently turn to what is considered the gold standard – the US military’s standard. In … Read More

What is Dope-Dyed Fabric? How Erez Uses it to Produce Top Performing Products 

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What is Dope-Dyed Fabric? dope-dyed fabric is an innovative textile dyeing solution that offers exceptional colorfastness and durability. Unlike traditional fabric dyeing methods, where the dye is applied after the fabric is woven or knitted, dope -dyed yarn is colored during the manufacturing process of the yarn. This means that the dye is added to the liquid polymer solution before … Read More

Overcoming Aramid Fabric Limitations: Erez’s Breakthrough in Product Development 


kevlar® fabric

Aramid fabric, renowned for its exceptional strength and durability, has long been recognized as one of the strongest textile materials available. With its high tensile strength and resistance to abrasion, Kevlar® fabric has found applications in various industries, including aerospace, defense, boats, and industrial safety and more. However, despite its remarkable properties, Kevlar® fabric has been limited in its widespread … Read More

Advanced Floating Cover Materials for Reservoir Protection and Sustainability 

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floating cover

A floating cover plays a crucial role in safeguarding potable water, wastewater, and various other reservoirs from environmental contamination and evaporation losses. Floating covers can also prevent environmental contamination from wastewater sources by reducing wind-blown spray or odor pollution. As the demand for reliable and sustainable reservoir protection solutions continues to grow, so do the R&D efforts of coated fabric … Read More

The Importance of NSF 61 Certification for Flexible Water Storage Solutions

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NSF 61 certification

As water scarcity becomes an increasingly pressing issue in many parts of the world, the importance of safe and reliable drinking water storage solutions is more critical than ever. In industries such as agriculture, food and beverage, and municipal water management, flexible storage solutions can offer a practical and cost-effective solution. However, manufacturers of these solutions must ensure that their … Read More

REACH Regulation: What it Means for Products Made of Coated Fabrics

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The European Union (EU) has a reputation for being at the forefront of environmental and safety regulations. For manufacturers of applications using coated fabrics, complying with the REACH regulation is mandatory due to the heavy use of chemicals involved in the production process. The REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) regulations are designed to enhance overall awareness about … Read More

Navigating ISO 14001 Requirements for Coated Fabrics and Benefits of Compliance

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In today’s world, businesses are under increasing pressure to take responsibility for their impact on the environment. One effective way that manufacturers can meet this challenge is by complying with the ISO 14001 requirements. This international standard provides comprehensive guidelines for environmental management systems, and while it is not mandatory, many manufacturers choose to comply with it voluntarily. Why? The … Read More

Uncovering Material Options for Your Next Lightweight Inflatable Kayak

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lightweight inflatable kayak

A lightweight inflatable kayak is a great choice for the avid kayaker looking to expand their capabilities. It provides an ideal combination of portability and performance, making it perfect for weekend warriors and long duration expeditions alike. Popular with kayakers who often travel and/or have limited storage space, lightweight inflatable kayaks are just as durable (if not more) than the … Read More

Is Aramid Fabric The Right Material for My Product?

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Aramid Fabric

  Material manufacturers are always looking for ways to optimize their products’ performance, durability, weight reduction – all while keeping costs low. When researching materials with strong mechanical properties, aramid fabric is likely to come up. Aramid fabric is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional strength, durability, and thermal insulation properties, and used regularly for applications that need to … Read More

The State of the Technical Textile Supply Chain in 2023

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Technical Textile Supply Chain

The Technical Textile Supply Chain in 2023 As a leading supplier of technical textiles for a wide range of applications, we have the unique opportunity to observe ongoing trends and shifts in the industry. From medical equipment and marine safety applications to inflatable boats and flexible storage tanks, we provide essential products that serve as the driving material for these … Read More

5 Technical Textile Additives For Performance Enhancement 


Technical Textile Additives

If your products are made from coated thermoplastic fabric, it’s important to understand what makes a fabric perform the way it does. Technical textile additives are at the defining core of your product’s performance. From inflatable boats to flexible storage tanks and tents, it’s essential that your product is strong, durable, and capable of withstanding the elements. In the technical … Read More

Is Ethylene Interpolymer Alloy (EIA) the Right Coated Fabric For My Product?


Ethylene Interpolymer Alloy

Selecting the right material is one of the toughest jobs in the coated thermoplastics industry. The capabilities and longevity of your product depend directly on the physical and chemical properties of the material you choose. The processing and manufacturing method is also quite important, but still, the importance of the right material can’t be denied as everything else is contingent … Read More

Is Ethylene Interpolymer Alloy (EIA) the Right Coated Fabric For My Product?


ציפוי פולימרי לסירות הצלה

Selecting the right material is one of the toughest jobs in the coated thermoplastics industry. The capabilities and longevity of your product depend directly on the physical and chemical properties of the material you choose. The processing and manufacturing method is also quite important, but still, the importance of the right material can’t be denied as everything else is contingent … Read More

Selecting the Best Tent Fabric for Your Application with Erez


איטום אוהלים

As a tent or air shelter supplier for military, field hospital or even an entertainment event, your challenge is in creating products that meet the qualities needed to create a functional, safe and comfortable space per the application. The fabric you select plays a critical role in determining the reliability of your application, and that’s where Erez can help you.

The Reason Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) Is Growing in Popularity

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thermoplastic polyolefin

In the current industrial environment, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is among the most popular material choices in the industry due to its superior properties. From opaque roofs to industrial liners, and even automobile parts. TPO-lined products deliver the utmost strength and consistency that none other can match at the same cost.  What is Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO)? TPO may be a blend … Read More

Erez Thermoplastics: A Coated Fabric Manufacturer for Top Brands

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יצרני איטום תרמופלסטי

Coated fabrics require highly complex processes and procedures. They have various applications in various fields related to construction, industrial fabrics, defense, medicine, safety and the transportation industry. Today it is technically possible (and relatively simple) to order a coated fabric online from cheap low-cost sources. However, treating your selection of your product’s coated fabric as a commodity, is likely to … Read More

Coated Textile Considerations for Successful Environmental Control Solutions

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Modern industrial processes come with a lot of environmental drawbacks and a significant percentage of them are unavoidable. Businesses have the moral and ethical responsibility of minimizing or containing that damage through innovative means.  On top of that, successfully controlling the environment makes business sense as well. Customers today, are more aware of sustainable practices and prefer to work with … Read More

Hazardous Liquid Storage Company: 10 Years With Zero Fails


ארז מוצרים תרמופלסטיים

Hazardous Liquid Storage Company: 10 Years With Zero Fails Transporting hazardous liquid safely and effectively while maintaining profitability is among the biggest challenges of the logistics industry. Add on the responsibility of ensuring compliance with multiple regulating bodies and insurance coverage, the operations become even more difficult. Flexitank Systems (FTS) is among the leading names in the logistics industry when … Read More

 Spill Containment Solutions: Development Considerations 

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Spill Containment Solutions

Spills and accidents are an associated risk when you deal with hazardous liquids like chemicals, oils, and industrial waste. Pollution is already a global problem and such spills further increase its severity. That’s why it is the industry’s responsibility to ensure appropriate protection against soil and water pollution by having contingencies for spills.   What are spill containment booms? No matter … Read More

Secondary Containment Requirements and The Role of Coated Textile Manufacturers

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Secondary Containment Requirements

Dealing with hazardous liquids is challenging. Multiple stringent safety conditions must be met. Businesses dealing with hazardous liquids are responsible for both minimizing the chances of an accident and implementing contingencies based on the risks involved. When it comes to storing facilities, fulfilling the secondary containment requirements to prevent environmental damage from accidental spills is a basic condition under all … Read More

Abrasion Resistance Performance Testing

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Abrasion Resistance

When it comes to coated textiles, one of the most significant parameters to check is abrasion resistance. Abrasion resistance is essential in maintaining coated textile’s long-term durability and performance. It’s why determining the proper performance tests to ensure the suitability of coated textiles for your application is a crucial step for manufacturers. Here’s everything you need to know about this … Read More

5 Most Common Fabric Defects that Affect Technical Textile Applications

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ארז מוצרים תרמופלסטיים

You might choose the perfect material, but fabric defects can significantly impact your products. Learning how to identify and avoid them is the best way to ensure consistent performance. When it comes to technical textile applications, the materials you use play a huge role in ensuring that everything works exactly as it should. That’s why many experts recommend staying extra … Read More

7 Potential Complications in Your Coated Fabric Procurement Process 

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coated fabric Procurement Complications

  Your coated fabric based products depend on the quality and reliability of the fabrics you get from your supplier. What you start with has a direct impact on the overall performance of the coated fabric in your application. That’s why product qualification plays a vital role in the procurement of your coated fabric products. In this article, we look … Read More

The 7 Most Critical Technical Fabric Performance Factors

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technical fabric

The wide range of functionality in technical textiles is due to extensive research and development and innovation in the industry. Today, we can engineer a technical fabric to possess the precise characteristics and qualities for optimal performance in its specific application. This article takes a look at the most important technical fabric performance characteristics that can be determined in the … Read More

Polyurethane Recycling Methods Used For Technical Textile Thermoplastics

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Polyurethane Recycling

The world generates almost 250 million metric tons of plastic waste every year, yet only a small percentage of it is recirculated through recycling. At this rate of negligence, plastic waste will grow exponentially and soon become an unmanageable global issue. That is why waste disposal has become a significant environmental concern and why we at Erez see our selves … Read More

REDUCE/ REUSE/ RECYCLE – How to effectively Reduce your Product’s Environmental Footprint

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Recycle Trash

Plastics are an environmental menace. As of today, a staggering 250 million metric tons of plastic waste is generated globally and most of it ends up in the ocean or in landfills. Given how damaging it is for the environment, you’d expect plastics to be removed wherever possible and rarely used. Sadly, however, the convenience, functionality, and versatility of plastics … Read More

Copolymer EIA Coating and Its Common Applications: An Introduction

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eva alloy coating

PVC-based coated fabrics play an essential role in many industrial and commercial applications because of their superior chemical and physical properties. However, they come with their fair share of issues as well. PVC and its plasticizers are toxic and have several durability issues that affect your product’s performance in the long run. PVC/Ethylene Interpolymer Alloy is a copolymer alloy that … Read More

How to get the best suited coated fabric for your application –The Erez Value delivery process


Erez quality coated fabric

When it comes to choosing a coated fabric for your application, many factors determine the performance and best value.  This is a combination between the raw materials characteristics and other key parameters such as fabric type, compliance, total cost and application usage profile. Thus, the most suitable fabric is that which best serves your application needs while offering the best … Read More

The Advantages of Customized Coated Fabric vs Generic


Customized coated fabric

In the modern industrial world, coated technical textile applications play an essential role across many industries ranging from the energy sector to agriculture, the military and more. Due to the nature of such applications, the coated fabrics they rely on require consistent and reliable performance. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of consulting a manufacturer who can offer you … Read More

Innovative Solutions for Marine Pollution Control Systems

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Marine pollution

For many years, the oceans have been our dumping ground for all sorts of waste. From harmful chemical substances to plastics and oil products due to spills, there has been a lot of damage in the form of marine litter. Today, it is a major environmental problem that can only be solved through innovative and effective marine pollution control systems. … Read More

Case Study: New Naval custom-made oil boom

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new naval

Oil spills can be catastrophic events with far-reaching detrimental effects on the environment. Dealing with oil spills on land is a difficult task, but it’s a different story when it comes to spills in a marine environment. Each facility or client can have several different requirements depending on the location, the prevailing weather conditions in the area and the associated … Read More

Seamtek W-900 AT by Leister: A Welding Machine to Enhance your Production Capabilities


welding machine

Erez promises to be more than just a technical textile supplier. We aim to help you develop the best version of your product by providing expertise and support during the development process. From material selection to the manufacturing process and the right equipment, Erez will be available to guide you throughout the process and help accomplish your vision. The process … Read More

Marine Safety Equipment: 5 Key Characteristics for Coated Textiles

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marine safety equipment

Marine safety equipment needs to meet stringent criteria and comply with regulations to be used on the field. Several new technologies and processes introduced in the recent past can help improve the functionality of marine equipment and improve durability. TPU coated textiles are among the many versatile options that have specific properties required for marine safety equipment. Today, end-products like … Read More

Case Study – Why an Inflatable Boat Manufacturer Transitioned From Glue To Welding


Sea Runner

Transitioning from glued to welded seams allowed Sea Runner to meet customer expectations with on-time delivery and quality products. The quality of the seam is detrimental to the performance of any inflatable raft or boat. If the seam fails during use, air will immediately start escaping and endanger the users. Glued and welded seams are quite popular in the industry, … Read More

Water Bladder Tank – The Ideal Temporary and Long-Term Solution for Agriculture

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Water Bladder Tank

Water is an essential requirement for many industrial processes. The Agriculture sector, especially, uses a significant quantity of water and requires a timely supply. IWMI estimates that over 70% of all water withdrawals are used in agriculture, and this number is set to increase more by 2050. Effective water storage facilities have a huge role to play in ensuring a … Read More

5 Essentials of Designing a Flexible Diesel and Fuel Storage Tank

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fuel storage tank

Fossil fuels like Petrol and Diesel are among the most versatile compounds on the planet as there is hardly an industry that does not rely on them for its day-to-day operations. From Agriculture to Transport and the Aerospace sector, all kinds of machinery require fuel to operate. Fossil fuels still dominate the energy market and are a major driving force … Read More

How Temporary Liquid Containment Solutions Can Help Your Business

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Temporary Liquid Containment Solutions

Sustainable liquid containment poses a significant challenge for numerous industries. Businesses have a legal and ethical responsibility to comply with environmental standards and safely handle their hazardous liquid substances. Even non-hazardous liquids like milk, juices, or even water have crucial safety protocols for proper storage. That is why companies pay special attention to liquid containment solutions and are always looking … Read More

Coated Fabric Welding for Manufacturers: ROI Considerations

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Coated Fabric Welding

Manufacturers of products made of coated fabrics and materials in the technical textile industry need to be informed of the various technologies and their relative advantages and disadvantages for their specific applications. Welding for coated fabric is a widely used form of material joining that must be looked at very carefully. In this article, we take a look at the significant … Read More

How Aliphatic TPU Gives Your Product an Advantage Over the Competition

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Aliphatic TPU

Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is widely used in manufacturing for all sorts of outdoor equipment. Compared to other types of plastics, TPU offers excellent performance at low temperatures, extremely high impact strength, and resistance to weather, UV radiation, and a wide variety of chemicals. Plus, TPU can be welded, which makes it much more versatile for products like inflatable boats and … Read More

How to Determine if Welding is Right for Your Application


Welding application

Did you know that nearly all thermoplastics can be welded without difficulty? When it comes to joining two fabrics together – you have to make sure you are choosing the right method to do so. As a general rule, only identical thermoplastic materials can be welded homogeneously. But what else do you need to know if you wish to make … Read More

Introduction to High-Frequency Welding


introduction to High-frequency welding

This article will serve as an introduction to High-Frequency Welding. HF Welding, also known as radiofrequency (RF) or dielectric welding, is the process of fusing materials together by applying a rapidly alternating electric field, applied between two bars, in the joint area. HF welding only works with thermoplastics that have a high dielectric constant, a factor determined by the molecule’s … Read More

7 Production Advantages of Welding


advantages of welding

When it comes to thermoplastic-coated materials – Welding is one of the most common ways to join the technical textile industry. When it comes to joining technical fabrics, you should know about the production advantages of welding – here in this article we list the top 7.   1.    Design Thermoplastic welding presents many substantial benefits for the technical textile … Read More

9 Inflatable Boat Accessories to Consider in 2021

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inflatable boat accessories

Almost any time spent on the water is time well spent. But sometimes adding the right inflatable boat accessories can take your experience to the next level. Inflatable boat accessories can be anything from electronic gadgets to safety gear to stylish necessities. If you’re thinking about what improvements you can make to your boat for 2021, check out these top … Read More

6 Environmental Advantages of Flexitank Storage

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collapsible storage tanks

As any industrial practice grows in popularity it is only expected that we question the level of its environmental sustainability. The increasing rate of industrial use of flexitanks otherwise known as collapsible storage tanks or bladders, in a variety of different applications leads us to ask that very question. If you’re unfamiliar with fleixtanks and what they are used for you … Read More

Case study: Why SOTAR uses Erez TPU to Build Premium Rafts

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inflatable boat

As river rafting transitioned from an unusual hobby to a mainstream outdoor sport in the 1970s and 1980s, Glenn Lewman recognized the need for better boats. At the time, nearly all rafts were made from PVC simply because it was inexpensive. But Lewman saw the potential of another material – TPU – that would offer superior durability and raft design. … Read More

Hypalon (CSM) vs. TPU Coating for RIBs – What Builds a Better Boat?



Rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs) are built with inflatable or foam-filled collars that enable stability and better floating. RIBs are commonly used for rescue, military, and commercial applications. RIBS can also be used as dinghies for larger vessels, as well as leisure crafts. As for size, RIBs are generally built to be compact and lightweight for increased speed and versatility. Although, … Read More

3 Essential Considerations for Selecting Your PVC and TPU Coated Fabrics Manufacturer

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sourcing pvc fabric

Coated textiles such as PVC fabric and TPU are used across a wide range of industries. Medical products, boating supplies, industrial processes, and everyday things like pool liners and hospital mattresses. The advantage of these coatings is that they enable your products to last longer, confer water resistance, and increase durability in harsh conditions. If you are sourcing PVC alloy … Read More

The Top Welding Techniques for Industrial Thermoplastic Fabric


welding thermoplastics

Welding is one of the most common ways to join thermoplastic-coated materials used in the technical textile industry. Fabric welding is straightforward, relatively inexpensive, and offers unparalleled flexibility and strength when it comes to joining technical fabrics together. While not all types of fabrics can be easily welded, virtually all thermoplastics exhibit excellent weldability. The process of thermoplastic welding consists … Read More

Coated Textiles for Your Spill-Containment Applications

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spill containments

THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL  If your company deals with environmentally hazardous liquids, there’s a good chance you’re required by the government to have a response plan in the event of a spill. Your plan might need to include contingencies for spill prevention and control, as well as appropriate countermeasures. Often, meeting spill containment requirements involve placing physical barriers around … Read More

Flexitanks for Oils: 4 Specifications to Consider When Storing Oils

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Flexitanks—also referred to as flexibags, collapsible tanks, or bladders—are safe even for storing hazardous materials like crude oil if they’re built to the proper specifications. That’s especially important in today’s volatile oil market, when producers are scrambling for any space available to store their crude. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s very large crude carriers, tanker ships, pipelines, and … Read More

How Much Do You Know About Your Options for Life Jacket Material?

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life jacket material

Life jackets, or personal floatation devices (PFDs), play a critical role in the safety and survival of those who play and work on the water. PFDs are required by law to meet stringent performance criteria, and this includes the life jacket material they are constructed from. Most PFDs are constructed using nylon or polyester fabrics of varying weights (measured in … Read More

Inflatable Boat Fabrics: The Benefits of TPU


benefits of TPU

The technical coated-fabrics that are used to construct inflatable boat bladders require strength, flexibility, wear resistance, puncture resistance, and, of course, ease in welding and handling, among other attributes. Most modern, certified options are nylon or polyester fabrics coated with either Hypalon (CSM), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), or Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU). However, TPU-coating dominates the market for good reasons. Let’s explore … Read More

How a Dutch Flexitank Company Introduced a Game-Changer to the Olympics

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Wiefferink Case Study

Wiefferink, a European leader in processing flexible synthetic materials, was approached by an entrepreneur to develop flexible storage tanks for drinking water at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Wiefferink had limited time to come up with a solution that would be suitable for governmental standards at the Olympics and that would reflect the large-scale and transitory nature of the event. … Read More

Why Calculating Accurate Flexitank Capacity Is Vital

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Flexitank Capacity

Successful flexitank manufacturing involves a lot of parameters, some less obvious than others. Quality aspects for flexible storage tanks run the gamut, from materials selection, chemical compatibility and strength considerations to safety, economic and environmental sustainability. This article focuses on the importance of accurate flexitank capacity calculation, and its potential implications on safe and efficient flexitank usage. Calculating Flexitank Capacity … Read More

Top 5 Uses for Flexitank Storage

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In today’s world of fast commercial activity, disaster relief needs, challenging droughts, and other environmental conditions, there is an increasing need for safe and economic storage of all types of liquids. In this article, we take an introductory look into flexitanks, also known as flexibags. Flexitank storage is a relatively new and efficient way of storing liquids for various applications. … Read More

Fuel Bladder Material: TPU vs Hypalon

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fuel bladder material

Flexible fuel bladders are a preferred alternative to steel and composite tanks for fuel storage, especially in situations where critical infrastructure is compromised or non-existent. The wide range of applications and extreme environmental conditions result in very demanding material specifications; Endurance, safety, and ecological considerations, all come into play. In this article, we will take a dive into the specifics … Read More

Introducing the Latest Erez Venture: E-Squared

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Introducing E-Squared

We are excited to announce that Erez-USA has combined forces with our local North American partners Engineered Polymer Technologies, and together we are launching a joint venture. Introducing E²: A World of Possibilities. We believe that by combining the manufacturing capabilities and ingenuity of EPT and Erez, E² will allow us to go further and cover a wider spectrum of … Read More

Rising Demand for Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) Collars Made from Polyurethane Fabric

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polyurethane fabric

Photo courtesy of SAFE Boats International The Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) construction market has traditionally been driven by factors such as boat lifespan, endurance, durability, ease of manufacture, field repair, and cost. In this article, we are looking into factors that have come into play during the last decade, shifting interest towards Polyurethane fabric for RIB construction, in place of … Read More

Hot Air Welding and Other Methods for Manufacturers


Hot Air Welding

Image courtesy of Miller Weldmaster Thermoplastic product manufacturers often use welding to seal technical textiles during product manufacturing. This enables the creation of all kinds of coated textiles products involving complex shapes, large surfaces, and waterproof constructions of high durability.  In this article, we present the considerations manufacturers should make when choosing a welding method, depending on their needs and … Read More

Enhancing the Durability of Your Products With Hot Melt Coating Method

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Hot Melt Coating Method

Technical textiles are produced by combining a Polyester, Polyamide, Kevlar or others base fabric with specialized coatings thermoplastic polymer such as Vinyl, TPU, Polypropylene, and alloys. This results in a composite material with new properties, which neither of the materials can achieve on its own. This has led to the development of various coating methods, used in the production of … Read More

Insider Highlight: What Erez Does With PVC Coated Fabric Scrap

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PVC Coated Fabric Scrap

Companies today increasingly turn to environmentally friendly practices. By utilizing sound recycling and upcycling practices, they aim to reduce their carbon footprint and create cost savings. PVC coated fabric scrap is a necessary evil associated with the mass production process. That’s why as a specialized manufacturer, Erez has made it a priority to work towards sustainable product end of life … Read More

The importance of retro reflection on different coated textile applications

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Glow Spot

Retro reflection is a property used with various products and applications, providing increased visibility in low lighting conditions by means of passive illumination. From sheets and paint used in road signs, to critical applications like marine safety equipment, it is clear that retro-reflective materials enable the creation of a wide array of effective products. For many industry sectors using retro-reflective … Read More

Case Study #1: Gaining competitive edge with the Glowspot technology

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A particularly significant milestone in the development cycle of any new technology, is its use in a real life product or application. Rightfully so, as it is one of the best ways to demonstrate its usefulness, showcase its potential, and spark imagination for new applications of the technology. In this case study, we will be taking a detailed look into … Read More

The State of the European Coated Textile Industry

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fuel bladder material

The European coated technical textiles industry is enjoying a strong market presence, as well as deep technical know how. The EU coated textiles and thermoplastics market is in lockstep with the overall technical textiles sector, which is projected to expand and grow with a compound annual growth rate of 4.5% for the next five to six years. This growth is … Read More

Trends to Watch at Techtextil2019

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Trends to watch in Tech Textil

Techtextil2019 is a leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, taking place in Frankfurt from 14 to 17 of May 2019. This international exhibition hosts more than 1,400 technical textiles companies of all sizes and from the industry’s entire spectrum. Manufacturers showcase products to more than 33,000 visitors, for a full range of applications including architecture, automotive, construction, … Read More

All you need to know about pvc welding technique


pvc welding process

Image courtesy of Miller Weldmaster   Erez offers a wide variety of PVC/PU-coated, polyester-based technical textiles that can be used in wide array of applications.  These materials stand up to extreme weather conditions, chemicals, abrasion and punctures, as well exhibit high flexibility and UV stability. This makes them ideal for rescue boats, pontoons, ribs, flexible storage tanks suitable for most … Read More

Is it Possible to Recycle TPU-Coated Textiles – And is it the Best Option?

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Recycle TPU

Technically,  thermoplastic-coated textiles can be recycled. Chemical processes exist that can retrieve the coating, base material, additives, glues, as well as the chemical solutions used in the dissolution process. And, recycling has many advantages. It can reduce scrap waste by 90-96%. This can save you disposal costs and help conserve valuable raw materials. However, there is still a shortage of … Read More

Sustainable Manufacturing and What it Means to Your Company

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Beautiful view

What is Sustainable Manufacturing? Sustainability means more than using environmentally friendly products. Often, it is broadly defined using the Three P’s—People (social), Planet (ecological), and Profit (economical). For the manufacturing world, these mean        being a good community citizen through job creation and investment,        creating product and community safety, and        following the law and paying taxes — all while generating minimal … Read More

What is Hot Wedge Welding and is it Right for My Application?


Hot Wedge

Image courtesy of Miller Weldmaster   Hot Wedge (HW) Welding Hot wedge welding, also known as bar welding, uses a heated metal wedge to provide the required heat for melting the thermoplastics. The wedge is precisely positioned at the weld point as two sheets of fabric or film are pulled across the heated wedge. The material is moved across the … Read More

Improving Welding Thermoplastic Coated Fabrics


Textile Manufacturing Machines

The process for all thermoplastic textiles welding consists of the same basic elements: heat, pressure, and cooling. These three elements are controlled based on the materials being welded, the welding method, and the speed of the manufacturing process. However, many other factors affect the strength and seal quality: Tooling layout Weld thickness Material thickness Machine controls Operator experience In the … Read More

A New Retro Reflective Fabric Technology

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Retro Reflective Fabric - glowspot

In today’s increasingly competitive market, technical textile product manufacturers constantly try to differentiate their products in order to stay ahead of the competition and gain a market advantage. GlowSpot, a patented retro reflective fabric material can be applied in the external layer of any technical textile, manufacturers can now differentiate their products and offer game-changing, and possibly life-saving, advantages for … Read More

Marine Safety Trends to Watch at METSTrade

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Man Talking

The METSTRADE show is the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine related equipment, featuring more than 16,000 exhibitors in three different Pavilions. At this year’s METSTRADE show visitors will discover trends for specialized raw materials and composites for the marine construction industry, such as advanced retroreflective materials, for use in boating & safety applications. One of the central trends to … Read More

Trends in Coated Technical Textiles to Expect at IFAI Expo

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trends to expect at IFAI expo 2018

IFAI Expo 2018 is the largest and most anticipated technical textiles expo in North America, featuring more than 350 exhibitors. It is the annual gathering of over 12,000 suppliers, manufactures and end users in the Industrial Fabrics industry. This year’s visitors will learn about industry trends and be exposed to new products and technology, stemming from safety, transportation and environmental … Read More

The State of the Coated Technical Textile Market in the US

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The State of the Coated Technical Textile Market in the US

The current state of the coated technical textiles market in the US is very positive, which is due to several converging factors. For one, the increased rate of US GDP and the overall optimistic state of the US economy have positively affected the coated textile market as well. Moreover, the US government has announced “The Bipartisan Budget Act”, an act … Read More

5 Things to Consider When Looking for an ISO-Certified Supplier

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iso certified supplier

The world is increasing global, particularly when it comes to B2B trade. Marine safety products are no exception. To be profitable, manufacturers must be able to sell their products in multiple countries. To do this, you want to procure materials of the highest quality, at a reasonable cost, and meet internationally accepted standards. Here are 5 things to consider when … Read More

If Your Factory Works with Marine Textiles – Consider These Top Technologies for 2018

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marine textiles

Whether you use coated textiles to manufacture marine safety equipment such as life jackets ( PFDs)  or life rafts, or boating products like foam- or inflatable-collar boats, your product lines evolve and so do the requirements for the materials you use. Erez understands that you are always looking for new, precision, high-quality coated textiles. So, we constantly invest resources into … Read More

The Most Common Uses of Waterproof TPU Fabric – Is It Right for Your Product?

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waterproof tpu fabric

Waterproof TPU fabrics bond a thermoplastic polyurethane membrane to a base textile, such as nylon or polyester fabric, to create a wide range of high-performing materials that maintain their flexibility yet are durable and waterproof. TPU has a long list of excellent material properties. It is abrasion resistant, tear resistant, has excellent bending and tensile strength, large elongation break, low … Read More

Insider Highlight: Understanding ISO Test Methods for Textiles

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iso test methods for textiles

The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) sets standards for a variety of different industrial products and processes. These standards are drafted by a worldwide federation of national standards bodies and then adopted by the ISO. Different countries and groups have the responsibility for setting different standards that are then reviewed and adopted internationally. Understanding ISO test methods for textiles is … Read More

4 Questions to Ask When Looking for a New Marine Fabric Supplier

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marine fabric supplier

Sourcing coated textiles for your marine products means you’re certainly considering different companies and potentially considering different varieties of coatings that are applicable to your end product. While you probably have a good idea exactly what you want, here are five questions you should consider to make sure your product will work as desired and the marine fabric supplier is … Read More

The 5 Most Important Characteristics of TPU Coated Nylon Fabric for the Marine Industry

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tpu coated nylon fabric

When sourcing fabrics for marine safety end products, many manufacturers look to textile suppliers for various types of TPU coated nylon fabric and TPU coated polyester fabric. TPU coated nylon and polyester textiles are primarily used for inflatable life jacket bladders and for inflatable life rafts. Within the marine industry, the technical and regulatory specifications required for the end product … Read More