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Why We Love Hook and Loop (And You Should, Too!)

by Annie 9. March 2016 08:42


You may or may not know that a lot of people consider MMI Textiles, Inc. a one-stop shop. We can provide our customers with just about everything they need when making products. Whether it’s woven fabric, hardware, or hook and loop. Speaking on hook and loop specifically, we have numerous great options. We love this stuff, no lie. Hook and loop fastener has been around since 1941 and was developed to stick together much like the burrs of burdock that stick to clothing. One of the biggest pros of hook and loop is the fact that it is easy to use and because of that it can be used in so many different applications. MMI keeps a lot of it in stock, too so chances are we can get it to you quickly. Our lines are both import and domestically produced and we also offer VELCRO® Brand for our military customers and berry compliant needs.

We have hook and loop experts who deal with this stuff daily. So we can break down all the hook and loop fabric options for you. Let’s start with our product categories:

We’re extra proud of our line of military hook and loop. Of course, it’s made in the USA and it will be distributed out of our Ohio warehouse along with our other stock products. We offer this hook and loop in coyote brown, ranger green, black, and on a limited basis we also offer foliage green and wolf gray!

The minimum order for stock products is just one case each of hook and loop – case sizes do vary depending on product and width. We specialize in creating stock programs tailored to individual customer needs to ensure we are able to react to increased needs as our customers grow their business.

We’d love to answer all the questions you have to about hook and loop and help you lay out all of your options. Give us a call to discuss at 440.899.8050 or email us at info@mmitextiles.com with some info and we’ll start gathering all the information we need. MMI is focused on the customer is everything we do and it certainly is true when it comes to hook and loop. 
 

Ripstop: A Really Versatile Fabric

by Annie 2. March 2016 10:06


Ripstop is a popular fabric throughout the textile marketplace. From 1.9oz Nylon Ripstop, 1.1oz Calendared Ripstop, and 420D Nylon Ripstop there is a lot of options to find the right one. For those who may not be familiar with Ripstop, it’s a type of woven fabric, often made of nylon, which uses a special reinforcing technique to make it tear and ripping resistant. Hence, the name “ripstop”. Get it?! During weaving, some reinforcement threads are woven in a crosshatch pattern to give the fabric the appearance it has.

Ripstop is typically used in making products that are used outdoors. Sailing, tents, sleeping bags, flags, banners, just name a few. It can be used as a reinforcing fabric in products or clothes made to be worn in extreme durability or extreme conditions, like firefighters clothing. And it is a great choice for backpacks, sports clothing, and some different kinds of luggage. One reason Nylon Ripstop is a good option for a lot of these different avenues is because it can be water resistant, water-proof, fire resistant, and have zero posterity, which means no air can escape through it. It can come in a wide range of weights and colors and is really just a versatile fabric. This is why it is also used a lot in the military and tactical industry

 

MMI knows Ripstop. So much so we have a whole page dedicated to it. We sell both import and domestic and do our best to try to find the kind and color that you are looking for. Three of our specialties are the 1.9oz Nylon Ripstop, the 1.1oz Calendared Ripstop, and the 420D Nylon Ripstop, as mentioned above. In addition, we are able to get our hands on a lot of different option. If you’re interested in starting to use Nylon Ripstop or if you are looking to change up the kind you usually use, feel free to call us so we can get a sample out to you. We’d love to discuss the project with you, give your some general info, or answer any of your questions. Feel free to email us at info@mmitextiles.com or call us at 440.899.8050 to get all the details on Ripstop. 

3 Proven Ways to Get the Fabric You're Looking For

by Annie 24. February 2016 09:30


We have seen it all when it comes to trying to source and buy fabric for projects. Whether it is a tactical project, a commercial project, a medical project, or something totally different – we can help. It can be overwhelming and sometimes just plain exhausting to spend time trying to find exactly what you need and we want to avoid that at all costs. Our fabric experts have heard all the questions and in most cases found all the answers so I asked around and found out the best tips they have for someone who is trying to find the best fabric for their project.
 

 

Be specific.

If you know exactly what color, kind, and weight of the fabric you need then let whoever you are working with know. It can make the process much quicker if you cut to chase and give the nitty gritty details of the fabric you need. If you aren’t sure, that’s okay, too! You can still be specific by describing the project you need the fabric, hardware, or other component for. It’s also important to know if there is any special qualities like fire resistance or berry compliancy that you need the fabric to be.

Ask for samples.

Our office is filled with samples. They are literally everywhere. And we have them so that we can send them out to people just like you who are looking to find something that works. Our team is extra experienced at getting fabrics out quickly and then following up with you. So if you let us know something you are interested in seeing and feeling than we can get it to you ASAP! After you get the samples…

Ask questions.

Yep, ask away. It’s better for all parties involved if you ask questions about everything. You can see our most frequently asked questions, right here. Lead times, costs, and where it is coming from are all important things that you deserve to know. Any question that provides value to you if worth asking and we want to make sure we cover all our bases. Call as many times as you need and keep in mind that you making sure you are as knowledgeable about the process as you want to be if the focus. Whether it’s email or phone calls, ask as many questions as you want.

 

After doing these three things, it’s up to whoever you are communicating with to do the rest. Once we get all the necessary information, we can conduct our most thorough search to find the product you want. When dealing with MMI, things are a little easier because we have a lot of stock options and an incredible network of sources that we can contact to get the right thing. Our 19 years of experience comes in handy. If you are new to the textile world, then welcome and I hope these tips are helpful! On the contrary, if are seasoned in the industry then I hope these are a good reminder. Our MMI team is standing by help, so as usual feel free to call at 440.899.8050 or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com
 

Our Commitment to the Military Industry

by Annie 17. February 2016 09:15


MMI Textiles, Inc. is thoroughly committed to serving the military industry and have been for our 19 years in the business. We see the importance of keeping up-to-date with the needs of the military and try our best to do so. All of our military fabrics and textile products are 100% Berry Compliant and usually stocked on the East Coast at our contracted dye houses:

 

We currently offer:

  • PenCott™ Camouflage Patterns
  • 200D Nylon 
  • 400D Nylon 
  • 500D Nylon (Solution Dyed Cordura and Piece Dyed) per Mil-C-43734, Class 4 
  • 1000D Nylon (Solution Dyed Cordura and Piece Dyed) per Mil-C-43734, Class 3 
  • 1050D Ballistic Nylon (Black only) 
  • 1200D Polyester Camo Green 483 (per A-A-59403)

 

Besides the woven fabrics, we offer a number of other textile products so that creating your end product can be as simple and convenient as it can be for you. Or, if you need these components spate from the woven fabrics, we’d be happy to set you up. It is our first priority to make sure that we do everything we can to get you the products you need as quickly as possible. Some of our textile components include:

Getting into the nitty gritty of the military industry, we have numerous (almost too many to count!) military spec fabrics. This list is just a start of what we can sell you, and we do have an established network that we are already to use to find you the right spec.

We carry multiple military spec fabrics. Some of our most popular are: 

 

  • Mil-C-43734
  • Mil-C-43375
  • USPS-C-1260
  • Mil-C-7219
  • A-A-59403
  • CCC-C-419
  • CCC-D-950
  • CCC-C-428
  • Forestry Service (5100-86)
  • Mil-C-3953
  • A-A-55077
  • Mil-C-43128
  • Mil-C-24500/Nomex
  • CO-PD-02-02H/Molle

 

We are proud of our military selection and even more proud that so much of it is Made in the USA. For more information, you can check out our military stock webpage.  Keep an eye out for our line of printed narrow fabrics that will be coming soon. With any questions, you can see our FAQ’s, give our military fabric experts a call at 440.899.8050 or shoot us a quick email at info@mmitextiles.com. We’d be more than happy to chat with you about fabrics and anything else you need. 

Nylon: An Almost Unlimited Selection

by Annie 10. February 2016 10:14


Nylon fabric is a necessity to our diverse textile market and we sell it to serve markets ranging from military, commercial, and military custom orders. Nylon can be used in so many different end products which is one of the main reasons it is so popular. It’s such a staple in our industry, therefore our 19 years of experience has made us quite the experts when it comes to Nylon.

 

MMI Textiles deals with nylon products so often that we could probably chat about them in our sleep. A large portion of our military stock is Berry Compliant. Our full product offering includes:

Commerical

Military

 

Since we are focused on staying current, the best way to find out what we have right now, is to give us a call at 440.899.8050. Our stock is always changing and some things might take a little longer to get as opposed to others. Coating, color, denier, and pattern all come in to play when it comes to this kind of woven fabric so be sure to let us know if you have something really specific in mind or you are just trying to figure out your options. Our job is to make sure that your needs come first and we will work as hard as we can to get you the fabric that you want as smoothly, quickly, and as fairly priced as possible. Along with the fabric, we can provide pretty much everything you need to make an end product. Hardware, webbing, and labels are just a few of the components we can offer you. For the best and most updated information, check out www.mmitextiles.com, call us at 440.899.8050, or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com 

MMI is Your Source for Medical Textiles and Components

by Annie 3. February 2016 08:36


Here at MMI Textiles we serve numerous markets, and the medical industry is one of them. We understand the requirements of the medical device industry and because of that, we are the best choice for your medical textile needs. Our product offerings range from hook and loop to fabric and other various components.  We have also worked hard to have a global network of distributors and production to source your finished product. It is our goal to provide the best customer service and solutions to the medical textiles market. Here’s a few things we offer:

 

Hook and Loop Fastening


Our line of hook and loop fastening is suitable for a number of applications. We offer a variety of options and in addition are an authorized distributor of the VELCRO® brand.

  • ·         Sew On
  • ·         Rubber adhesive
  • ·         Stretch Loop
  • ·         Heat activated / RF Weldable
  • ·         FR Tape
  • ·         Low profile and Molded Hook
  • ·         VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP®

 

   Labels

Your labels make a statement about your product and we are well aware of that fact. Our state-of-the-art printing capabilities can produce labels that represent your brand with integrity. We have many different options when it comes to labels and for the rest of the details I recommend you check out this page dedicated to everything labels.

Fabric

Our line of high-quality, medical suitable fabrics is large. We offer woven, non-woven, and knitted fabrics with the capabilities to do custom programs such as quilting, lamination, and specialty coatings. For a complete list of fabrics that we have your best place to start is probably our website. Then give us a call to discuss specifics.

Elastic and Webbing

Continuing on, we have a wide selection of elastic and webbing options. Polyester or nylon elastic is available both in knit and woven form. Webbing options include Polypropylene, Polyester, Nylon and Cotton in widths of 1/2” up to 12”.
 

Hardware

We can supply hardware for all your fastening needs. From D-rings and slides 

to side release buckles and custom produced hardware items. We have       partnered with ITW Nexus the leading manufacturer in closure components   giving you access to even more options. We can send samples or a catalog   with ease, just reach out and let us know you are interested.

 So it’s clear that we can offer many options for you and whatever you are  making and whatever you need. We offer this large portfolio of fabrics and  components, supply chain management that provides on time delivery, global  distribution with many products available in domestic and import, custom stock  programs that are available with blanket orders, and experienced textile  consultants that will work with you from research and development to the  production of your product. We have lots of textile experts who are working on new and exciting as well and the things that have been our bread and butter. And if you are not in the medical industry, then check out what we offer to the military and commercial industries. Visit www.mmitextiles.com or give us a call at 440.899.8050 to get all the answers you need.

MMI Attends SHOT Show 2016

by Debbie 26. January 2016 15:10

 

 Another year of SHOT Show is under our belt. The MMI team traveled to Las Vegas for the annual show focusing on all things shooting, hunting, and outdoors. We enjoy coming together with people from our industry, learning new things, and getting to tell the rest of the world about the exciting things going on in the MMI offices. Not to mention, getting out of Cleveland in January is not something we usually pass up.  This year at SHOT, we focused on showing off a few different things including:

Wolf Gray
Unequal® Military
PenCott™ Camo 
Our vast line of military fabrics 

 

All of these things are widely popular throughout the industry and we were even able to spot a few items at SHOT Show 2016 that we had a hand in producing. These boots were made with PenCott™ Camouflage that we provided. It's pretty exciting for us to see end products that we had a part of like these boots. Additionally, we can provide hardware, labels, and rope and cord


If we didn’t get the chance to see you at SHOT, we would love the opportunity to get the chance to talk with you about the new, exciting, and innovative things happening at MMI Textiles, Inc
. As you may know, our first priority is customer service and getting you the best product as quickly and as simply as possible. Call us at 440.899.8050 or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com to get in touch or find out how we can help you. 

Here's the Deal with Hook and Loop

by Annie 20. January 2016 08:36


Here at MMI, we know practically everything there is to know about Hook and Loop. The variety of kinds, colors, sizes, and types can make Hook and Loop more complicated than it needs to be. And that’s where we come in. It is our job to make it less complicated for you and we are determined to do so. Let’s break down hook and loop to its simplest form.

We carry both domestic and import hook and loop – including VELCRO® Brand- to serve all of our customers, military, and 
medical, and commercial.

Our most popular product categories include:

  • Sew-on-Hook and Loop (up to 6” widths)
  • PSA (Sticky Back) and Heat Sealable, including Coins
  • Molded Hook
  • Back-to-back and VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP®
  • Wide Circular and Warp Knit (50” to 60”)
  • Cinch Straps and Custom Strap Assemblies
  • Die Cut and Slitting Capabilities
  • Military Hook and Loop
  • QuietLoop®
  • Specialty
     

Our hook and loop products are stocked in our Ohio warehouse and can potentially be shipped within 24 hours of confirmed sales receipt. Not to mention that we would love to create a customer specific stock program tailored to whatever your needs are.

 

If what you need isn’t on that list, chances are that we still have it or can point you in the right direction. As always call us 44.899.8050 or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com

How to Find the Right Vinyl

by Annie 13. January 2016 09:56


We know more about vinyl than we ever thought we would. MMI Textiles, Inc. is very proud to be partnered with BondCote as a manufacturer’s representative. Offering a wide array of high quality domestic and import, reinforced vinyl fabrics, BondCote is one of the very few manufacturers’ in the world that can state that all of their products are 100% lead free. We value this partnership and want you to know that all of our customers can feel confident that if our product is Made in the USA or imported, it will meet your lead free requirement.
 

With so many options, the right vinyl can be easy to find. We are vinyl pro’s and can help you with all your questions to narrow it down. We are determined to do that hard part for you. From stock laminated and coasted vinyl to vinyl coated mesh, BondCote and MMI serve countless industries and countless customers. In talking about vinyl, we can tell you about some of our options below. But if you don’t see what you are looking for, we are good at tracking just about anything down so give us a call. Some of our stock products include:

 

Some of our stock products include:

PVC Coated Polyester: (Both Domestic and Import)

·         Standard weights of 10oz. up to 40oz. in several stock color

·         61.25” width on 110 yard rolls

Flame Retardant PVC Coated Polyester (Import)

·         Our flame retardant PVC coated fabrics meets the stringent requirements imposed by the State of California Fire Marshall, NFPA 701, ASTM E84, FAR 25.853, and FMVSS 302.

·         Standard weights of 18oz. in 61.25” and 20.5oz. in 61.25” and 123”

·         Put up on 110 yard rolls

PVC Laminated Polyester:

·         BondCote manufactures a line of flame retardant PVC laminated fabrics. These products meet the stringent requirements imposed by the State of California Fire Marshall, NFPA 701, FAR 25.853, and FMVSS302.

·         Standard weights of 10oz., 13oz. and 18oz. in several stock colors

·         61” width on 100 yard rolls

TufMesh- PVC Coated Woven Polyester Mesh

·         Tufmesh is PVC coated woven polyester especially designed for the truck cover and tarp industry. Also suited for other markets like fencing and recreational / athletic applications. Stocked in 10oz./sq.yd. with a construction of 11 x 11, 840 denier in various colors and widths up to 120" wide.

PVC Coated Weft Inserted Polyester Mesh

·         BondCote manufactures a line or weft inserted mesh products for tennis windscreens, tarps, playground equipments and various other applications.

·         Available in: 1000D 9x9 in 60” and 72”widths; 1000D 9x12 in 57” and 75” widths; 1000D 18x12 in 57” widths

·         Many stock colors available and are put up on 100 to 150 yards per roll

Pool Covers

·         BondCote manufactures a line of 12oz./sq.yd. solid vinyl laminated fabrics specifically formulated for pool cover applications and have high UV and mildew resistance. We also manufacture superior 10 oz. vinyl coated polyester designed to have better dimensional stability and much higher tear and tensile strengths than laminated fabrics.

·         12/13oz. Laminated Blue and Green in 73” width on 100 yard rolls

·         10oz. Coated Green in 61.25” and 73” widths on 100 yard rolls

Easy Patch

·         Easy Patch™ is a line of fabrics for “NO HASSEL” patching and repair. Made out of BondCote's PVC coated and laminated fabrics, the products utilize a self adhering, peel off adhesive.

·         Stock Colors: White, Gray, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Black

Slitting

·         Slitting is available for any BondCote products. Capabilities include slitting as narrow as 1” wide up to the full width of the fabric. BondCote is ISO 9001 certified and is headquartered in Pulaski, VA. For more information, please feel free to visit them at www.bondcote.com

 

 

Our products don’t stop with vinyl. We’ve got everything from woven fabrics, to sourced finished products and zippers. Give our team a call at 440.899.8050 or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com to get the information you need. 

A Guide to Picking to Picking the Right Hardware

by Annie 6. January 2016 11:43

MMI is proud to offer both metal and plastic hardware options for your fastening needs. Additionally, we have the ability to produce custom hardware for you out of stainless steel, brass, zinc, metal, and different grades of plastic and colors. With all the options, it can be hard to figure out what hardware you need. Let’s break it down for you.

The first question you need to ask yourself is, metal or plastic?

Obviously, this will depend on what kind of end product you are making. MMI carries some of the best ITW Nexus options that give you almost endless possibilities. Some of our standard products include:

  • Side Release Buckles
  • Pet Collar Buckles
  • Dee Ring/Tri-Rings/Loops (basically any wire form)
  • Snaphooks (standard and swivel)
  • T-Buckles
  • Footman’s Loops
  • J-Hooks/Bungee Hooks
  • Triglides/Slides
  • Ladderlocs
  • Shoulder Pads 
  • Specialty Products


The second question you should figure out the answer to is, what color do you need?

Options vary depending on the material. Plastic hardware comes in TAN 499, Black, Coyote Brown, and Foliage Green. Metal comes in different finishes like stainless steel, brass, zinc, metal. Whether your needs are commercial, military, or medical we have the hardware for you. From Dee rings and die case  buckles to side release buckles and custom produced hardware items, we are always most concerned about how to get you the products you need as quick as possible. Call us at 440.899.8050 or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com

 

 

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