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The United States is exporting more and more goods each year. Exports in the United States have averaged 51,828.29 (in Millions USD) from 1950 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 200,144 (in Millions USD) in October of 2014 up from 125,000 (in Millions USD) in 2009 and a record low of 772 (in Millions USD) in March of 1950. The US is currently on pace to meet the all-time high again this year. So, what is all this talk about REACH Standards and how does that equate to opportunities? First let’s address the standard. REACH is an acronym that stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). REACH is a European Union regulation established in 2006 and in full force as of 2017 that addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and how they may impact human health and the environment. This standard is the strictest European law regulating chemical substances that affects industries all over the world. Close to 143,000 chemical substances is registered for used and 173,000 substances are on the SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) list. The European Chemicals Agency manages the administrative, technical and scientific elements of REACH and must be notified if there is a presence of SVHC’s in articles if the total quantity used is more than one ton per year and the SVHC is present at more than 0.1% of the mass of the object. Keeping pace with export vinyl materials that are becoming more in demand, Value Vinyls has developed several coated vinyl products that meet REACH standards. Available in 18, 22 and 40 ounce weights these durable products are designed for many general industrial type applications that require outdoor strength and wear ability. These products meet FR standards making them excellent for indoor use as well. Need something different than what is available? Value Vinyls has the capability to provide you with a customized product that will meet REACH standards; be it a special weight, width, emboss, color or top coating requirement. Contact us for more information or to request a sample, click here or contact us at 877-716-6651

You could say that Tammy Glover, in many ways, is the face of Value Vinyls. Her infectious smile and bright personality have been radiant at the company for the last 22 years! Yes, that is not a typo… Tammy has been an important part of Value Vinyls for close to a quarter century and believe me, she knows her vinyl! We have customers that refuse to visit with anyone else! Tammy is a Texas girl born and raised here all her life. She has a golden heart and is always doing something special for someone in the office. Be it making a cake for a birthday or handing out candy at her desk to anyone who walks by, she is always making someone smile. Tammy knows much about the internal mechanics of Value Vinyls and is always ready to lend a hand where needed. She has held down a number of positions but her love for our valued customers has always brought her back to customer service and she wears the title of Sales Support Specialist with honor and conviction. Known for her customer relations, Tammy strives to make certain every order she handles, large or small gets the individual attention to detail and expediant results that will meet her expectations. Everything from what the customer orders to providing the best shipment options available are a priority. Tammy goes above and beyond to arrive at a positive outcome. For example, one day our phones went down and she immediately jumped into action to offer up her cell phone number so we could reroute all our incoming calls to her phone. She was one busy girl that day until the phones were fixed but did it with a smile and was happy to assist in an otherwise bad situation. We are certainly miles ahead of the curve with Tammy being a loyal and important part of Value Vinyls, but to be honest, every customer that crosses paths with Tammy is getting the Gold Star Treatment! Of course it goes without saying that our Customer Service Specialists whom she works with, Kimber Easthom and Amanda Bledsoe have only benefited from their working relationships and are assured to provide that same Gold Star Treatment!

Kevin Boeck is Value Vinyls’ Warehouse Manager with a tenacious attitude that gives him the drive and persistence to always work toward perfection. Kevin’s background comes from the Oilfield industry where providing support was a critical on-time requirement and the demand was now to avoid costly shut downs. He knows the meaning of urgent and the importance of time. Kevin manages 6 distribution warehouses for Value Vinyls across the US and Canada, representing over 250,000 square feet of space and exceeding well over one million yards of stocked inventory. Boeck is quick to comment on this task saying, “we can handle the necessary demands our customers have come to expect”. With specializing in expedited shipment and timely deliveries, Kevin has a work background of on-time results, making his work ethic the right formula for meeting if not exceeding customer service demands. Kevin has the same expectations from his warehouse support team. As Kevin puts it, “Striving to meet our customer’s needs is priority one with how my team and I conduct business and with my team’s attention to detail, our customers will benefit from the correct stock being available and the accurate filling of orders”. Kevin also has a strong history of working directly with trucking companies, negotiating the best possible rates which allows Value Vinyls to provide the least expense in freight costs, yet highest quality service when shipping with us. Known for his outstanding customer relations, Kevin is always available to visit directly with our valued customers. We are proud to have Kevin Boeck as our Warehouse Manager, a true Pro for Value Vinyls!

By: Marc Shellshear / Dr. Shade Typical testing for shade cloth is as important as the fabric itself! The reason is evident; when you spend the time and money to build an expensive structure that holds the shade cloth itself, you want the fabric to withstand all elements. In this article, we are going to discuss typical testing for commercial shade cloth. There are several tests that are considered standard tests. Australia leads the globe in shade cloth protection so their standards are the benchmark for testing shade cloth, most companies test to Australian standards. Value Vinyls is the sole distributor and stocks a full color line of Monotec 370 Shade Cloth, manufactured in Australia. First is a simple test used to determine the weight of the fabric however, weight doesn’t always equate to strength. There are many fabrics in the market that are lighter than others, but still out perform in the field of overall strength. It has everything to do with the way in which they are knitted. Monotec 370 shade cloth is one of the highest in weight and later in this article I will discuss the strength factors. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 Next is a breaking force test; because knitted fabrics are opposite of woven fabrics, the warp yarns are traditionally the weaker of the two yarns. Breaking force tests are performed in both the warp and weft directions of the fabric. The Monotec shade cloth outperforms other products in both the warp and weft fibers in terms of breaking force. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 Another test is elongation, which is important because it determines how much pre-stress you can put on the fabric and determines the difficulty involved with patterning the fabric as you must account for the stretch factor when patterning. When it comes to elongation, the lower the number the better as that means less patterning concerns and the ability to tension on-site without possibilities of fabric stretching once it conforms to the environment. The closer the numbers are between the warp and weft also determine dimensional stability in the knit pattern itself. The Monotec product has a 24.4% differential in warp and weft. Monofilament yarns unlike tape yarns, have memory and do return to their original shape and size if stretched. Monotec 370 is one of the few all round monofilament fabrics on the market today and can stretch over 50% under load (IE: snow) and still return to its original shape and size. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 Then there is the tear resistance test, which is just as it states; the ability to resist tearing and nothing in the market today resists tearing like Monotec 370 Shade Cloth. Tear resistance is also measured in both the warp and weft directions. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 A final test looks at bursting pressure and bursting force which is the ability to resist impact tested in two different methods and again nothing will outperform the Monotec 370 product. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 There are other important standards relating to shade cloth such as flame retardancy where fire codes would be involved with the structure. Monotec is one of the few products available that passes multiple fire ratings and has a California State Fire Marshall Title 19 approval, this is important when permitting projects as fire codes are becoming more stringent on fabric structures. Finally, one of the most important factors to consider when evaluating shade cloth is the Warranty it carries. Monotec offers the best warranty in the industry and has an award-winning reputation internationally. The life of the shade cloth depends on the construction and more importantly the quality of the UV stabilizer in the material of the shade cloth. Because the shade cloth absorbs some of the UVR, a shade cloth with less UV stabilizer may break-down, or fail in sunlight faster than other fabrics. This is the primary reason Monotec offers a 15-year warranty against UV failure on its Non-FR shade cloths as well as a 10 year on the FR shade cloth as flame retardants offset UV stabilizers. If you want to learn more about Monotec 370, contact me, Dr. Shade at marc@valuevinyls.com or call us at 877-959-7902, as we have the published data for most of our competitors and can provide you with the tools to compare Monotec to any of the competitors.

It is in our nature to be aware and become educated on what can and cannot harm us. This is a process which we live by and encounter everyday. We all have concerns about what will harm us and the steps we must take to keep us from danger. Value Vinyls understands this and through our dedicated research & development we seek out the answers up front in providing material that is going to keep you safe and meet the most stringent safety standards. Do you want to know more? We have developed an informative educational brochure about our Engineered Protection Fabrics available to fabricators who build products for the athletic, medical and daycare industries. Value Vinyls has spent a great deal of research time in providing quality materials that will combat the growth of bacteria and mildew on our products that may come in contact with human skin. The Engineered Protection Brochure will provide to you a full understanding of how our Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Microbial and Anti-Mildew Treatments will combat some of the toughest staph growths including one of the toughest, the MRSA bacteria strain. If you would like your own copy of this valuable brochure, along with other materials about how you can protect your customer, simply click here and we will immediately mail it to you. You may also view a digital PDF version of our Engineered Protection Brochure. Contact our Sales Support team at 877-716-6651 or info@valuevinyls.com and we’ll answer any additional questions that you may have.

There are four basic performance factors that need to be balanced to engineer the right product for the right application. Tongue Tear, Tensile Strength, Adhesion, and Abrasion. While these are not the only performance factors that we use to measure the strength of a product, they are the most common. We test for each of these parameters using a defined set of guidelines set by ASTM International (formally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials). Each of these factors, when manufacturing a product can impact one another. For example; if you want to maximize the tear or tensile strength of a product (based on the fabric construction used to meet the product’s manufacturing style, weight, use, etc…) a lower heat setting is required during manufacturing. A low heat setting will result in a lower adhesion result. This also applies if you reverse the process to increase adhesion with more heat, which will impact the integrity of the base fabric lowering your tear or tensile strength. Value Vinyls has a full department dedicated to the proper engineering of each and every product to maximize the quality, value, and strength best suited for each application. Below is a breakdown to further clarify each of these performance factors. Tongue Tear (ASTM D2261) is a measurement of the tearing strength of a textile fabric with a single rip (tongue) procedure that is performed by cutting the edge of the fabric before initiating the test. The results are measured in pound force at a failing point of both the warp and weft direction of the fabric. Tensile Strength (ASTM D5034) is a measurement of breaking strength used to determine the pound force within one inch in both the warp and weft direction of the fabric. The test is performed after cutting the center of the fabric (simulating a puncture or tear in the material). Adhesion (ASTM D751) is a measure measurement of the strength of the film or coating to the base fabric measured typically in pound force by two inches. Two strips of fabric are adhered face to back either by weld or by adhesive. There are other performance criteria that also fall within the ASTM D751 standard. Abrasion (ASTM D3884) is a test designed to evaluate the rate in which the coating will abrade or wear away on the face or backside of a material. It uses a rotary platform in conjunction with two abrasive stone wheels with the addition of a determined amount of weight. This test is measured in cycles in a range of styles depending on the purpose of the test (whether by a set number of cycles; at the point the base fabric begins to show; at the point the base fabric is fully exposed; etc.) If you have more questions, or need further clarity on these or any other performance factors, we welcome the inquiry. Josh Propp Business Development Manager 800-406-8845, x 108 josh@valuevinyls.com

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