Tex-Tech Industries is a global supplier of materials science-based solutions for demanding end use markets where performance and reliability are counted upon. We utilize our analytically driven approach combined with our cutting edge advanced development center to create the ideal solution for your specific requirements. We have created solutions for some of the most demanding applications including Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) for space vehicles, fuselage burn-resistant aircraft materials, aircraft seat fire-blocking textiles, and custom fabrics for composite applications.
In addition to developing custom fabrics, we also offer tailored coating services for one or both sides of your choice of fabric. Depending on your specifications, we can add multiple layers of coatings to boost the textile’s performance, durability, adhesion, weldability, and resistance to flame, water, or abrasion.
We partner with U.S. Government agencies and industry leaders to evaluate new high-tech materials and products. These partnerships ensure that Tex Tech is at the forefront of advancing the next generation of high-performance textiles and textile coatings.
Research & Development
Driven by a team of material scientists and PhDs, Tex Tech’s Research and Development department excels because of its innovative focus and unique capabilities. We use our industry leading analytical capabilities and our prototype lines to create a targeted development path that saves time and delivers a superior solution. This solution can be easily replicated on our production lines. Tex Tech also has lab capabilities to perform quality assurance testing according to a variety of standards, including ASTM, FAR, ISO, and EN.
Material Science Capabilities
Tex Tech has a wide range of capabilities to assist our development process and provide our clients with best-in-class products. These are just some of our extensive materials science capabilities:
- Rapid Prototyping for Accelerated Development
- Material Characterization to the Part Per Million Level
- Advanced Microscopy to Understand Textile and Coating Interaction
- Failure Mode Analysis for Root Cause Identification
- Substance of Concern Testing for Chemical Regulatory Requirements
Specialties of Analysis and Corresponding Instruments
At Tex Tech, we have the instruments necessary to perform specialized analysis on high-performance fabrics and coatings. The following are examples of advanced technologies we utilize to provide precise quality measurements and testing capabilities.
With digital microscopy, we can perform advanced surface examinations and measurements, including 3D imaging. We typically use this method to detect contaminants and defects in films, fabric coatings, and fibers.
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analyzer (EDXA)
Our SEM magnifies fabric surfaces at high resolutions to reveal details not detectable through optical light microscopy. EDXA enhances the SEM by identifying any unknown compounds while performing elemental color mapping. These combined tools are useful for determining the geometry of yarns and fibers, coating thicknesses, denier estimates, contaminant identification, and embedded particle distribution levels in coatings and films.
Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
Differential scanning calorimeters measure changes in heat flow as a function of time or temperature. We use this device to measure melting, crystallization, and glass transition temperatures. DSC can also assess heat histories, purity, thermoset curing reactions, the effects of additives and fillers, and heat capacities.
Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)
This device measures material weight changes due to time or temperature adjustments within a controlled environment. TGA allows us to study degradation temperatures, thermal stability, volatile contents, filler contents, composition analyses, and oxidation reactions.
Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA)
We use the DMA to measure the viscoelastic properties of fibers, polymers, films, and composites. It can also determine a sample’s property loss based on temperature.
Thermomechanical Analyzer (TMA)
The TMA analyzes the dimensions of fabrics, coatings, laminates, and other materials as a function of time or temperature.
Atomic Absorption Spectroscope (AAS)
This tool quantifies metal components and contaminants found in process solutions associated with pigment agents and textile additives.
X-Ray Spectrometer (XRF)
The XRF performs SOC (Substance of Concern) analysis and chemical characterization, including elemental analysis of unknown and known metals. An XRF can also identify flame retardants.
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer with Microscope (FTIR w/ ATR & Microscope)
Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometers can perform attenuated total reflectance (ATR), a sampling technique that identifies the unique molecular signature of polymers and organic substances. Our FTIR machine comes with an infrared microscope that can identify microscopic contaminants in finish agents, fibers, and processing additives.
Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscope (UV-Vis)
The ultraviolet-visible spectroscope extracts quantitative and quantitative data about an analyte in solution.
Hunter Lab Ultra Scan Pro (Colorimeter)
This tool measures transmitted and reflected colors and transmission haze, enabling non-destructive testing to preserve color uniformity in camouflage materials.
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spec (GC-MS) with Pyrolysis and Thermal Desorption
This methodology separates organic components in a solution and breaks them down into a spectrum for further identification. The pyrolysis and thermal desorption accessories can use high temperatures to assist in analysis. GC-MS often helps identify polymers, fabric finishes, polymer additives, and contaminants.
Innovation in Action
Tex Tech has delivered innovative, high-performance textiles and coatings to businesses across diverse industries. Explore our case studies to learn how we helped them achieve their unique goals.