MATERIALS WE USE IN PRODUCTION OF OUR PRODUCTS
CLEAR VINYL– We have purchased our clear vinyl from several sources in the years we have been manufacturing our covers. The prices vary quite a lot from one store to the other. We did find ONLINE FABRIC that sold rolls of the clear 16 and 20 gauge vinyl. We also found Walmart carries rolls of the sizes we need and at a lower cost than most other places but it is not always available. We just this year 2018 found a business in Washington State Achilles USA, Inc, that manufactures vinyl. Thanks to a local store Grover’s Building Supplies in Brewster, Wa who turned me on to this company. Now all of our vinyl will come from them as their prices and availability is what our company requires. And with that, all of our clear vinyl will be the 19 gauge double polished vinyl. MADE IN THE USA
We have used 2 gauges (sizes)of clear vinyl. 16 gauge is a lighter material that is premium double polished and is great for the sleeves and flasher and dodger covers we make. Hooks have more potential to go through this material. 20 gauge material is what we use for the lure covers. Hooks will penetrate this material but not usually in regular use. As stated above, we just started buying the 19 gauge Double-Polished Clear with UVI that is made in America in a factory in Everett WA -Achilles. We were so excited to find this business that actually makes vinyl in the USA. All of our new products going forward that use clear vinyl will be the 19 gauge vinyl. August 2018 USA CUSTOM FILMS ENGINEERED TO PERFORM
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for the solid colored covers, we use Shelter-Rite our main colors are maroon, blue, white and now in red that we order from Sailrite
Shelter-Rite is a tough, waterproof, vinyl-coated polyester fabric with a matte finish on the outer side. This fabric is designed for high performance and flexibility; use for tough applications where high tear strength, high tensile strength, high adhesion and exceptional weather resistance are main applications. With a high abrasion and tear resistance, Shelter-Rite is perfect for chafe protection – protecting and reinforcing worn or stressed areas. Use Shelter-Rite on heavy-duty protective covers, around grommets and trampoline edges, tenting, tailgate curtains, truck and industrial tarps, heavy duty bags, hurricane shutters and gym mat covers.
|Sale Unit:||Sold per linear yard|
|Fabric Content:||100% Vinyl-Coated Polyester|
|Weight:||18 ounces per square yard|
|Care & Cleaning:||Mild Detergent & Water|
|Special Features:||Easy to Clean, Highly Abrasion Resistant, Mold & Mildew Resistant, Stain Resistant, Waterproof|
|Tear Strength:||80 lbs (warp), 80 lbs (fill) ASTM D751|
|Tensile Strength:||375 lbs (warp), 350 lbs (fill) ASTM D751|
|Hydrostatic Resistance:||500 psi|
|Adhesion:||10 lb ft/in (ASTM D751 RF Weld)|
|Life Expectancy:||Estimated 10 years|
|Country of Manufacture:||United States|
- 100%vinyl-coated woven polyester mesh
- Excellent Dimensional Stability
- Flexible in All Climates
- DURABILITY-Functional and durable. The mesh offers excellent performance while withstanding spills, splatters and the bustle of high traffic areas.
- CLEANABILITY- easily cleans with soap and water or 50/50 bleach to water solution
- FADE RESISTANT
- Water and Air can easily pass through
- MICROBAN Antimicrobial Protection-works continuously to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew that can cause stains, orders and protect deterioration
- LEAD-FREE: REACH (EC1907/2006) complaint
- GREENGUARD Select Certified
- FLAME RETARDANCE National Fire Protection Association NFPA No.101, “Life Safety Code” Class A rating. Calif.Technical Bulletin 117,Section E, Commercial Standard CS 191-53 (Classification1). Federal Motor Vehicles Safty Standards, Section 571.302, Standard Number 302(FMVSS 302), Flammability of Interior Materials(December15,2006 Edition)
- PROUDLY MADE IN AMERICA
- Lifetime Guaranteed
- Unique fluoropolymer fiber construction that extends the life of fabric seams
- High Strength and durability that is unaffected by UV rays, cleaning agents, pollution, saltwater, air, rain, and snow.
- Tenara thread will not rot if left outside year around.
- Remains colorfast even in extreme temperatures and frost
- FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY
- Not for use in food, drug, cosmetic or medical device manufacturing, processing or packaging operations
HOOK AND LOOP FASTENERS
We have used several brands since our beginnings. We started with WBC industries and bought both the WBC brand which is imported and very much more low cost and the Velcro Brand made in the USA. We recently purchased hook and loop from Halco that has a store in Northern California. Very fast delivery and every size and color we may need. Their product is all imported and is very low-cost comparatively.
History – How Hook & Loop Was Invented
The amazing discovery of Hook and Loop was first made in 1941 by a Swiss Engineer. During a walk in the country with his dog he noticed how difficult it was to detach the barbs (seeds) of the cocklebur plant from his clothing and his dog. The Swiss engineer also being an inventor took a closer look at this extraordinary plant. From this he observed that the seeds -sac was made up of tiny hooks which attached themselves to clothing fiber, animal hair and even human hair. Thus came about the invention of Hook and Loop, a simple but very effective fastening system now used throughout the world The essential principle of Hook & Loop Fasteners has remained the same. Hundreds of tiny hooks engage with loops to provide a recloseable bond. Today many versions of this original fastener exist providing different strengths, appearances and cycle life for countless applications.
WBC Industries, Inc. is one of North America’s largest distributors of hook and loop fasteners—including VELCRO® brand and Aplix® brand—as well as webbings, elastics, and hardware. We’re committed to providing the excellent service you expect from a supplier:
- Same-day shipping on all in-stock orders placed by 3pm EST
- Rigid quality control & in-house manufacturing
- No minimum order requirements
- Courteous, personalized customer service
WBC Brand Hook & Loop is available in a variety of sizes in 23 different colors. Choose from our sew quality material that is great for all sewn in applications or our material with a pressure sensitive adhesive. We also have hook & loop coins with a rubber-based pressure sensitive adhesive and other specialty hook & loop materials perfect for all your fastening needs. Imported
VELCRO® Brand Hook & Loop is available in stock in Hook 88 and Loop 1000 series materials in a variety of different widths. Choose from white, beige, or black in the sew quality material, with a SPECTRUM 0172 Acrylic-Based Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, or a 0115 Rubber-Based Pressure Sensitive Adhesive. We also have VELCOIN® Hook & Loop Coins and can special order a wide variety of specialty hook & loop materials. MADE IN THE USA
Originally in the adhesives tapes and converting market in the 1990’s Halco was born as a result of manufacturers needing to source hard to find Hook & Loop products. Since day one Halco was able to stay at the forefront of the market by providing a focus on Reclosable Fasteners and adding value by Converting and Fabrication. Halco’s friendly and experienced account executives and customer service agents consult with customers in many industries including Automotive, Aerospace, Medical, Hygiene, Print & Display and General industrial.
Halco strives to provide a great engagement – just like the products we provide – with our Customers, Vendors, Employees and the wider community.
Our core purpose is to help manufacturers succeed by creating fastening systems that improve their products.
BINDING, WEBBING, BUCKLES
We use 3/4 Vinyl black TOPLINE binding around our products as well as 1″Medium Black Nylon webbing for our handles and for the straps along with 1″ side release buckles that we buy from Manart-Hirsch