Canopies provide shade for apartment complex roof

November 25, 2009

Retrofitted shade structures screen rooftop views of autos at this Hawaiian luxury condominium tower—the shade itself is extra. Keola La’i condominiums has the quiet good fortune of fullfilling the prime directive of real estate: location, location, location. Occupying an entire block in the Waikiki district of Honolulu, Hawaii, the 43-story apartment complex is tucked away …

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Agfa Graphics to acquire assets of Gandi Innovations

Agfa Graphics has reached an agreement to acquire most of the assets of Gandi Innovations Holdings LLC’s North American operations and the shares of its principal foreign subsidiaries. Since May 2009, Gandi Innovations has been operating under CCAA protection in Canada and Chapter 15 in the United States. The acquisition is subject to regulatory and …

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Strategies for backyard bashes

November 24, 2009

Customers are still throwing parties in their backyards, but tent renters may need strategies to do more with less. By Jamie Swedberg Everyone’s working a little harder for their money these days, and that includes tent renters who do backyard parties. It’s not that customers aren’t throwing parties, for they certainly are. It’s just that …

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Making mass customization personal

Mass customization helps companies meet customers’ real needs—efficiently. By Janice Kleinschmidt There was a time when a fast-food burger always came with mustard and pickles, whether you liked it or not. A special order flew in the face of the whole fast-food concept. When Burger King said “Have it your way,” the burger business got …

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Good media relations can grow your business

November 23, 2009

Free publicity is available when you develop relationships with the press. by Pam Lontos As a business owner, you’ve probably heard media exposure can greatly help your company, especially during tough economic times when marketing budgets are low and competition is high. Learning to leverage the power of the media can help you stand out …

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Auto interior materials offer options for your customers

November 20, 2009

New options abound to offer customers the trendiest—or most traditional—auto interiors. By Shelby Gonzalez The interior of a car, you could argue, is more important to the overall experience of the car than the exterior. After all, the interior is where the driver and passengers spend their time. The customer’s choices in interior materials, colors …

Solar fish dryer helps Nigerian fishermen

November 19, 2009

Nigeria loses 30–50 percent of its domestic fish to spoilage from poor processing, and the National Institute of Freshwater Fisheries introduced a new method to fishermen around Kainji Lake. The solar energy tent fish dryer is a simple but effective method of dehydrating, smoking and drying fish to increase its shelf life. The method can …

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Car coats: Tyvek Transcovers

November 17, 2009

Dealers ordering new cars may receive them gift-wrapped right off the assembly line. DuPont™, makers of lightweight, versatile and recyclable Tyvek®, recently developed the Tyvek Transcover, a two- or three-piece “car coat” that protects painted surfaces during storage and transportation. Transcovers reduce defects and damage to new vehicles, reducing time-consuming and costly repairs or paint …

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Graphics One launches new website

Graphics One LLC, an international distributor of products for digital imaging professionals, launched inkjetfilmpositive.com for screen printers worldwide who need information regarding how to image color separations using inkjet printers. Making film positives using an inkjet printer is one area where screen printers can immediately make their operations more efficient and streamlined. The website aims …

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Dual-purpose printer

November 16, 2009

GO Salsa TX 64-inch printer handles both direct-to-fabric and dye sublimation printing for unmatched versatility. With a variety of applications in soft signage, flags, banners, wall murals and trade show exhibits, it prints with the densities needed for direct-to-fabric use, but can also image dye sub paper for apparel, carpets, rigid materials, POP products and …

A-Screen woven fiberglass fabric

November 13, 2009

Recommended for roller shade, roman shade and panel track applications, Mermet’s A-Screen woven fiberglass fabric features Enduris™ Glass Core technology. Intricate vertical weave pattern, offered in nine designer colors, has a 14 percent openness factor. A-Screen is GreenGuard and Oeko-Tex certified, fire-rated to NFPA 701 standards, and available in a roll width of 98.4 inches. …

Upper South Studio adds three new divisions

November 12, 2009

Upper South Studio, Winston-Salem, N.C., has announced the expansion of its company, adding three new divisions to meet the growing interior design and sourcing needs of commercial and residential designers, purchasing agents and architects. Upper South Studio companies have been known for 30 years for the custom design of fabric for the international hospitality, gaming, …

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Forming partnerships with lighting vendors

November 11, 2009

Even if you stock lighting equipment, a relationship with a lighting vendor will help you take advantage of everything fabric has to offer. By Jon Weingarten A continuing trend in the tent rental industry is the “one-stop shop” business model in which rental companies offer party rental products and decor services along with tents. It’s …

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New Roland DGA Creative Center

The Roland DGA Creative Center opened at the company’s headquarters in Irvine, Calif., joining an international network of Roland Creative Centers located in Japan, Belgium, Italy and Germany. The U.S. gallery master plan is divided into five themed sections: Roland @ Play, Roland @ Work, Roland @ the Movies, Roland @ Home and Roland on …

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NAUE: Fight is not over in anti-dumping case

November 10, 2009

In a press release dated Oct. 27, 2009, NAUE GmbH & Co. KG, a German manufacturer of geosynthetic materials, including geosynthetic clay liners, said it is appealing a recent decision by Australian Customs that imposed anti-dumping measures on NAUE products. Based in EspelkampÐFiestal, Germany, NAUE said it is an internationally active company with a long-standing …

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UFS expands and re-brands

November 6, 2009

Universal Fabric Structures (UFS) has announced the launch of its new custom architectural division, Fabritecture. UFS’s goal is for Fabritecture to set a new benchmark in fabric structure design and construction, providing solutions for developers, builders, governments and private contractors who require custom projects. Fabritecture will operate in tandem with UFS, which will remain active …

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Turn awnings into eye-catching signage

November 1, 2009

Use the latest digital graphics innovations to turn your awnings into eye-catching signage. By Sigrid Tornquist It used to be that an awning was an awning was an awning. And a sign was a sign was a sign. Then, in a way that rivals the meeting of peanut butter and chocolate, commercial awnings and signage …

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Novacron dyes offer economical dark shades

Responding to the constant market demands for fresh colors that provoke emotions and effects, the latest innovations in the Novacron S range of reactive dyes from Huntsman Textile Effects deliver economical dark shades with unprecedented depths. Thanks to strong chromophores and multiple and complementary reactive groups, ultimate concentrated formulations Novacron Deep Orange S-4R, Deep Cherry …

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Growing demand for floor graphics

By Tim Greene Have you ever noticed the special insignias on the court during the NCAA basketball tournament or the NBA finals? I have always liked the idea of using floor graphics as both a wayfinding tool and a promotional tool. For a reasonable price (less than $10 per square foot) retailers, museums, theatres, hospitals, …

Where to find reproductions of antique upholstery fabric

Compiled by Juli Case We used to buy reproductions of antique upholstery fabric from a company called Full Swing. They were located in Rhode Island, but the phone number we have doesn’t work. Are they still in business? We found them in Massachusetts; it appears that they had moved since you last contacted them. The …

Fabric barn offers cheaper, customized protection

[Harnois Industries] St-Thomas de Joliette, Quebec, Canada A fabric barn shelters the herd for a dairy business in Tradewell, Ontario, Canada. The 60-foot by 168-foot building includes ventilation, side curtains and a peak vent. A pre-fabricated steel structure, the MegaDome® from Harnois Industries is designed by engineers to meet building code standards and provide reliable …

Agion Technologies receives Gold environmental certification

Last year, Agion Technologies, a Wakefield, Mass., leader in silver-based antimicrobial technology, received a Silver Cradle-to-Cradle certification, which recognizes achievement in environmental design, processes and standards throughout the lifecycle of a company’s product. This year, Agion went for the Gold certification and received it. The certifications signal that companies adopt renewable energy, use energy efficiently, …

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The benefits of color management systems

Color management systems help printers achieve first-quality products quickly and with less wasted material. By Janice Kleinschmidt In 1903, Binney & Smith introduced eight Crayola crayons. While the list has grown to 120 colors, including such esoteric shades as “unmellow yellow,” “sunglow,” and “neon carrot,” there’s no “McDonald’s golden arches.” The arches (Pantone 123) set …

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New website for graphics quotes

The Fabric Graphics Association has added a business-to-business sourcing website for businesses that need fabric graphics, such as a new banner, tradeshow graphics, custom wall covering, theater curtain, promotional bags, or a company logo on a boat cover, tent panel or truck cover. The site, www.fabricgraphicsquote.com, invites customers to add value to their products with …

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Four-step sustainability from SGIA

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has recently updated its 4-Step Sustainability Action Plan with additional resources to help imagers develop a successful Sustainability Management System (SMS) in their printing businesses. The program—made up of Plan, Do, Check, Act—uses member-exclusive resources to provide a straightforward, effective process of incorporating sustainable initiatives based on corporate social …

How to comply with European standards for hazardous materials

Compiled by Juli Case I’m making a bag strap for a customer in Europe and am told that it has to be made of materials that are ROHS compliant and are certified as such. What does that mean? Most countries have a list of restricted substances. The European Union adopted the Restriction of Hazardous Substances …

HDPE geomembranes assist shrimp farmers in Indonesia

[GSE Lining Technology Inc.] Houston, Texas, U.S.A. Although traditional shrimp farming first practiced in small, brackish coastal ponds is still used, farmers in Indonesia have also succeeded with semi-intensive and intensive methods. A 30-million-square-meter shrimp farm in Indonesia uses high density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembranes from GSE Lining Technology to line the aquaculture ponds, providing a …

New name for Genesis Plastics Welding

Genesis Plastics Welding, the new name for the combined companies Genesis Manufacturing and Plastics Welding Technology, launched a new logo and web presence in August. The company’s proprietary radio frequency (RF) heat sealing technology helps customers reduce use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Its ecoGenesis processes can be used to engineer products from polyethylene, polypropylene and …

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Troubleshooting color management problems

A print shop encounters a spell of color management problems on a theater project and learns to troubleshoot for a solution. By Chelan David The Flag Loft, housed in a 23,000-square-foot facility in St. Louis, is a custom manufacturer of banners and flags that also distributes flags, flag poles and flag accessories. Founded in 1990 …

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New wage survey report from SGIA

SGIA.org’s Survey & Statistics study reviewed salaries for 76 specialty imaging positions based on location, product specialty, annual sales revenue, and number of employees in the company. The 2009 report includes a special section on sales compensation detailing the type of compensation scheme used, average commission percentages, average annual bonuses and average base salary. The …

Personal Protective Technology Program

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Personal Protective Technology (PPT) Program will host the 3rd Annual Stakeholders’ Meeting on March 2–3, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh Airport, Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A. This year’s meeting will center on user-oriented discussions structured from PPT-related information and training, guided by user input. Topic areas identified …

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Easing the squeeze

Fabric graphics manufacturers and suppliers look forward to market improvements in 2010. By Jeff Rasmussen Sales and profit margins for U.S. and Canadian fabric graphics suppliers and end product manufacturers have been severely squeezed in 2009. The anemic economy has been the driving force behind tight credit conditions and a significant lack of customer demand. …

Horse trainers work in all weather under fabric shelter

[FarmTek] Dyersville, Iowa, U.S.A. The owner of Zen Horsemanship in Hatfield, Ark. specializes in clicker training, which focuses on the best possible relationship between horses and humans. Riding and training lessons, held in an outdoor pen, had too frequently been delayed or cancelled due to rain, or wet and muddy conditions. A 60-foot ClearSpan™ High …

Schurz to join Rowley Co.

As the owner of Tavern Hill, a custom drapery workroom, Susan Schurz has hands-on experience working with fabrics and textile technologies. Now she’ll expand that expertise to a wider audience as brand experience manager for Rowley Company, Gastonia, N.C. Schurz has published educational videos and a book of original window treatment designs, and holds a …

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Defining sustainable inks

By Janet Preus In order to keep up with today’s demand for sustainable processes and products, manufacturers of digital printing inks are creating products that have labels attached to them like “safe,” “green” and “eco-friendly.” The question is, just what are they calling safe, green and eco-friendly, and what exactly do those terms mean? Graphics …

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INX International earns excellence award

INX International Ink Company received the Rexam BCE Award for excellence in innovation for its work on the ink system for Rexam’s Fusion bottle can project. Rexam is the world’s second largest consumer packaging group and the world’s leading beverage can maker. INX worked with Rexam to reformulate a system to be compatible with a …

Smart fabrics, e-textile solutions

Although still in its infancy, the market for smart fabrics and interactive textiles is expected to grow to $1.13 billion in 2010. Participants in the one-day technical symposium “Smart, e-textile solutions” heard from nine speakers about how the textile and electronics markets are working together to bring commercial applications to this growing market. The military …

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Sunbrella View now available in marine colors

Sunbrella® View, a light-filtering version of Sunbrella fabrics excellent for privacy screening onboard ship, is now available in Pacific Blue and Captain Navy colorways, in response to requests from customers for a version of the fabric with traditional marine colors. Sunbrella Supreme, a two-sided, waterproof fabric with a flocked underside for biminis and boat covers, …

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Suzhou sky canopy features multimedia projection surfaces

In Suzhou, China, Harmony Times Square, next to Suzhou Industrial Park Jinji Lake, is a new landmark for the city, including office buildings, retail streets, riverfront cafes and a state-of-the-art shopping mall. Its urban design and open canal-side streetscape create a cultural center for the city, and also serve broader needs by integrating expansion and …

Frisch joins Springs Creative Products Group

Scott Frisch, former president of a textile and mattress industry consulting firm, has been named sales and merchandising manager for the specialty fabrics division of Springs Creative Products Group (SCPG) LLC, Rock Hill, S.C. Frisch’s new division provides unfinished fabrics and components to manufacturers of mattresses and furniture. He brings 10 years experience in fabric …

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Ultraflex anniversary product launch

In conjunction with its 25th anniversary, Ultraflex Systems Inc. launched new products. Strip Mesh Plus is available up to 3.2M wide with a PVC backing. An unlined version is available called UltraMesh Plus. SuperPrint Plus Eclipse is a 13 oz. black-backed economy front-lit banner vinyl, available up to 5M wide in matte and gloss finishes. …

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Sustainable Green Printing Partnership takes on new members

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) added HP and INX International to the SGP Patron program. HP is the first company to join as a Platinum Patron, the highest patronage level, and INX International joined as a Bronze Patron. HP and INX International join numerous other companies that have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability by …

World trends and innovations

By Isa Hoffman Four lifestyle megatrends can be identified that will have an immediate impact on business in the smart textiles area. Neo ecology. When it comes to consumer decisions, values like social responsibility, respect for the environment, respect for nature and honesty have high priority. The LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) community is …

Preprogrammed unit assists with basic burst testing

The innovative PnuBurst from SDL Atlas offers the convenience of a preprogrammed unit for basic burst testing for customers who do not need the extended range of the company’s regular AutoBurst model. Economical tabletop model features a pneumatically operated diaphragm, a color touch-screen controller preprogrammed for major test protocols, and automatic bell size and clamp …

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Sewage cover system allows for biogas collection

Living downwind of a wastewater treatment plant or settling pond can be a fragrant experience. Natural bacteria break down sewage, but before they finish the job, neighbors often cry “Foul!” Geomembrane Technologies Inc. (GTI), a Canadian company that custom designs and fabricates cover systems, recently installed covers for two 65-foot-diameter wastewater settling tanks near Columbus, …

From supplier to market: consider the source

A new report, “Geographical Proximity May No Longer Be a Critical Factor in Textile and Apparel Sourcing,” is now available from Research and Markets, Dublin, Ireland. The report, developed by Textiles Intelligence, discusses the importance of proximity between the source and seller as fashion cycles have become shorter, lead times compressed and complications during transportation …

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GO all-fabric inks

Graphics One LLC (GO) launched FabInkTX inks, an “all fabric” ink that features advanced SuperBinder and NanoColor technology, which can adhere and produce saturated color range on fabrics without a coating or precoating. NanoColor technology indicates that pigments are manufactured on a nano-scale level, eliminating the printhead clogging of printers left unused for one week …

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Ultraflex selects Proveer as strategic partner

Proveer, a provider of sign and graphic supplies, equipment and services, was selected as a strategic partner and North American distributor for Ultraflex Systems Inc., a supplier of wide- and grand-format digital media products. Proveer is authorized to sell Ultraflex’s full product portfolio of substrates for digital, UV, screen printing and dye-sub applications throughout the …

Embedded technology

A major focus of IFAI Expo was the latest high-tech innovations in specialty fabrics. The final frontier? Fabricators in the aerospace market face a host of unearthly challenges. Jinny Ferl of ILC Dover shared some issues facing developers of fabrics for spacesuits and extraterrestrial habitats: They must protect against punctures, orbital debris, extreme temperatures, radiation …

Three-pedal sewing machine improves efficiency

Unicraft Corp. has added a three-pedal, heavy-duty long arm sewing machine stand to its current line. It can be used with 25- and 30-inch long bed walking foot sewing machines, and features a newly redesigned mechanism for pedal operation: one pedal engages the motor, one lifts the machine presser foot, and one is used for …