The Working Group forms to engage lightweight technologies

January 29, 2016

A German Engineering Federation, Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA), formed a working group on hybrid lightweight technologies. The Working Group Hybrid Lightweight Technologies will be application-oriented and consider a wide range of materials and industries. Multi-material design sees materials increasingly being combined in lightweight applications. The Composite Technology Forum will be replaced with the …

New smart cotton debuts in February 2016

January 28, 2016

Piedmont, Italy-based Marchi & Fildi has introduced Ecotec, the first smart cotton to the market as a new generation of cotton yarns. The product will officially debut during the February 2016 edition of Première Vision Yarns in Paris. Ecotec is made in Italy through a process that transforms 100 percent cotton pre-dyed textile clippings into …

Wehrman to retire from ARA

January 27, 2016

Christine Wehrman, executive vice president and CEO of the Moline, Ill.-based American Rental Association (ARA), has announced her retirement to the ARA Board of Directors after 15 years of service to the organization. Wehrman will continue in the position until her successor is named later this year. Terry Turner, CERP, the owner of All Occasions …

Global Imaging adds technical support

January 26, 2016

Louisville, Colo.-based Global Imaging Inc. has hired Louie Egloso to cover technical service in the company’s southwest region and to meet the needs of a growing customer base with installed printers. Egloso has more than 10 years of technical expertise, with his most recent experience at DigiTech Solutions Group. He has experience on inkjet product …

Mimaki USA rolls out two-year warranty for select eco-solvent, dye-sublimation and UV-LED models

January 25, 2016

Mimaki USA, manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, announced it has implemented a two-year warranty for the JV300, CJV300, JV150 and CJV150 Series models; and TS300P and UJV500 printers. The warranty includes print head replacement (subject to warranty terms) for all included printers after January 1, 2016 in the United States and Canada. The …

“Future of Shade” Design competition call for entries

January 22, 2016

Sunbrella and Architizer announce the fourth annual “Future of Shade” design competition call for entries. The “Future of Shade” design competition invites designers and architects from around the world to envision elegant and pioneering shade designs. Artisans, architects, designers and students are encouraged to push the innovation envelope in their entries. Categories create three distinct …

Briefing to give businesses the necessary tools to succeed in the global marketplace

January 21, 2016

The World Trade Center Delaware is hosting a briefing on Jan. 26 at the University & Whilst Club/Ball Room in Wilmington, Del., to give businesses the tools and confidence necessary to succeed in the global marketplace. The briefing is designed to provide the skills, strategies, insights and network of contacts necessary to expand sales globally. …

Mutoh to host Flexi workshop series

January 20, 2016

Mutoh, wide-format printer and cutter maker, is offering a series of workshops to help clients learn about Flexi RIP Software. The classes will be divided into two sections: design techniques and in-depth focus on advanced topics such as matching monitor to output, enhancing low resolution artwork and printing/cutting options. The workshop is $179 per person. …

Specialty Fabrics Showcase 2016: Call for submissions

January 19, 2016

The April and May 2016 issues of Specialty Fabrics Review magazine will include our special annual showcase of our contributors’ latest high-performance fabrics, for end products ranging from awnings, canopies and tents to medical, military and aerospace products. If you’re an end-product manufacturer, watch for this special feature in our spring 2016 issues! If you’re …

Fisher Textiles stocks GF 8864 at 125 inches

Fisher Textiles’ GF 8864 fabric is now available at 125 inches wide. The new width allows for finished 10-foot graphics with ample room for sewing. GF 8864 wht/wht/wht is Fisher’s three-layered woven fabric for dye sublimation and UV printing that works well for double sided banners and silicone edge graphics. The tight weave minimizes space …

PAMA workshop at NECPA 2016 Expo

January 18, 2016

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association and the Northeast Canvas Products Association are teaming up for a one-day workshop on Friday, Jan. 22 in Springfield, Mass. The workshop will include a full day of awning-related education sessions during the NECPA’s Annual Meeting and Expo. Education sessions include: Principles of Lean Manufacturing 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Joe …

Body dimension data improves safety

January 7, 2016

Researchers at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have recorded and developed a database of firefighter body measurements to improve the design and safety of fire apparatus and equipment. It’s estimated that 100 firefighters die in the line of duty in the U.S. each year and about 72,000 are injured. Working with …

National Small Business Week Awards seek nominations

January 6, 2016

Nominations for the 2016 National Small Business Week Awards are being accepted online until 3:00 p.m. ET on Jan. 11. Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week, May 1-7, 2016. National Small Business Week recognizes entrepreneurs and small business owners for their outstanding achievements through various awards. National Small Business Week award categories …

Serge Ferrari introduces new upholstery material

January 5, 2016

Serge Ferrari introduced its new indoor and outdoor furniture upholstery membrane, Stamskin® One, at Paris Design Week in September. Stamskin One is an elastomer-coated polyester jersey with soft and luxurious feel, similar to worn leather. Its durability makes it ideal for demanding environments like yachts, restaurants, poolside seating, busy waiting areas and massage tables. Stamskin …

Hornshuch Group’s Revl wins best product of the year

January 4, 2016

An innovative vinyl surface, “Revl,” was named 2015 Product of the Year in the textiles/hospitality category at the Best of the Year Awards presented by Interior Design Today magazine Dec. 4 in New York City. Revl (revolutionary vinyl) was created by O’Sullivan Films Inc., a member of the Hornschuch Group, and Crypton, a US-American specialist …

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A continuing thread

January 1, 2016

Fabricators’ needs evolve constantly, and so do the sewing threads they use. Thread is becoming more high-tech by the day—but not necessarily in the ways you might expect. Yes, it’s being made with new synthetic fibers (although the vast majority of thread sold in the world is still cotton-poly or some subset thereof). But the …

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Keep moving

For most businesses, change is an essential part of long-term success. Ongoing innovation, in products, processes, service and value, is the best way to beat the competition. Innovation. It’s the essential ingredient in any company’s ability to thrive and stay viable for the long haul. Innovative companies are restless explorers, constantly searching for and testing …

Light, bright and protected

Precision Custom Canvas Inc.’s client wanted to create a fresh, new space to enjoy on the aft deck of a custom cruiser they were rehabbing. A bimini top and full enclosure would provide privacy and protection from the elements, but the client also wanted to keep things bright and airy, and be able to open …

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Behind the curtain

Geosynthetics make an impact in a large marine construction project near the Golden Gate Bridge. Marine construction projects often come with a unique set of obstacles. In addition to the challenge of building stable structures in and under water, the environmental impact of construction must be limited. Creative and inventive methods for mitigating environmental contamination …

Barbeque cover: touchdown!

When a Cleveland Browns fan requested a custom cover for his new Big Green Egg—an outdoor cooker that is a grill, an oven and a smoker rolled into one—Capital City Awning of Columbus, Ohio, took the opportunity to create a fun, unique design. The customer gave Capital City creative control with one request—the cover needed …

Backlit fabric

Fisher Textiles’ DD 6788 MoJo® is a wrinkle-resistant backlit fabric for dye sublimation, UV and latex printing. Engineered for light dispersion, the fabric has a slight stretch for a tight fit in SEG systems and presents vivid print that is amplified when backlit. DD 6788 MoJo was awarded Product of the Year for Media-Textiles-Framing Systems …

Showing off the showroom

The best place for a manufacturer of outdoor canvas products to show off is its showroom; shade sails positioned over the main entrance should be—entrancing! Transport and Marine (TM) Covers Ltd., Nelson, New Zealand, houses its factory and showroom in an edgy, modern building featuring two shade sails in bright green and blue, one emerging …

Changing office landscapes

Inspired by high-fashioned plaids, the Landscape Collection launched by Camira reflects the changing office landscape and the new era of collaborative working where modular furniture systems are used to define open-workspace environments. Its three refined worsted wool patterns—Balance, Contact and Synergy—include two oversized plaids with highlight color accents and a plain mélange coordinate. Created under …

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Streamlining with software

Today’s software and apps help fabricators keep pace and stay competitive, efficient and productive. Few words captivate the software and app sector more than the word change. Software and applications are drastically changing the way we do business, and many specialty fabric end product manufacturers (EPMs) and suppliers have integrated software and apps into their …

It ain’t heavy … it’s composite

The world’s largest solar car race was held in Australia this year from Oct. 18–25. Forty-three teams from 20 countries competed in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge on a 3,000 km (1,864 mile) course. The race is not just about speed: Energy management is key. Based on the concept that a 1000W car would …

Robust coated fabrics

The Check-Up Collection of coated fabrics delivers robust performance for demanding health care environments. Collection offers a range of high performance polyurethane, nylon microfiber and vinyl seating fabrics, all of which achieve 100,000 Wyzenbeek double rubs in abrasion testing. Bleach-cleanable with stain resistance and durability, most allow the use of germicides typically used in health …

Pneumatic conveying systems

AirTrim pneumatic conveying systems collect labeling, matrix and packaging waste components and also trim waste and dust removal systems for various printing, converting and packaging line applications. Detailed in a new four-page, color brochure, options include continuous stream or chopped systems, which can be developed to suit any application, as well as complete systems that …

Reading the client right

Buckeye, Ariz., is one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, and the city wanted its new Coyote Branch Library to excite and attract growing families and stay true to its western culture. Moss Inc., headquartered in Chicago, Ill., read the city’s intentions perfectly, designing a 40-by-30-foot canopy for the central children’s reading area that resembles …

Payroll perils

The Internal Revenue Service may be relentless about collecting income taxes, but mistakes in withholding and paying payroll taxes to the IRS can mean real trouble for a business. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be tough on collecting income taxes, but mistakes in withholding and paying over-withheld payroll taxes can be even more painful, …

Back to shore

Jeff Schmitt balances the reality of off-shore manufacturing with how to bring production back to the U.S. “At the end of the day we’ve got to figure out ways to be competitive,” says Jeff Schmitt, senior vice president of operations for The Coleman Company Inc., Golden, Colo. “As the person responsible for both the U.S. …

Consistent cutting

The I-Table optimizes fabric spreading and cutting through simplified operation and consistency across multiple configurations, ensuring ease of material movement and long-term durability in a variety of environments. Precision-molded strips connect table units and allow fabric to move smoothly across multiple sections. Laminate top and chipboard substructure prevent chipping and table wear; construction grade steel …

Reaching for the stars

Durham’s Infinite Air extreme trampoline park gets a jump on the competition. Rubb Buildings Ltd., Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, U.K., helped bring Infinite Air extreme trampoline park and freerunning facility to life at Durham’s Soccarena, New Ferens Park. The £600,000, 35,000 sq. ft. centre officially opened its doors in July 2015 and welcomed visitors to …

A glaring need for temperature control

Ten years ago, Sotheby’s International Realty was looking to update what was a tired-looking commercial building in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. The stucco and single pane glass design, constructed in 1963, was sorely outdated. It was also far from energy efficient, making the 30,000-square-foot building an uncomfortable place to work. The south side was always …

Of tents and integrity

Gary Feuerborn, vice president of All Seasons Event Rental, Kansas City, Kan., began working with the owners of the company in 1982 as a way to work his way through college. After graduation, he went into business with his cousin, but in 1997, he returned as general manager to All Seasons—which manufactures party tents, rental …

Flying splice tape

ARclad® 0082 splicing tape for bonding low surface energy films and other substrates in high-speed applications is an 8-mil, double-faced tape featuring a high-performance, rubber-based adhesive coated onto a conformable paper carrier. The tape’s blue color allows for easy splice detection and is recommended for splicing low- and high-density polyethylene films, polycoated films, foils and …

A flag with a tale to tell

A nation’s flag is not a static symbol. As the United States of America added states to the union, the number of stars increased. The break-up of the Soviet Union into member nations revived a number of flags. However, Nadeem Haidary, an independent graphic designer, wondered whether a flag could represent a nation and provide …

R&D for everyone

Gaston College Textile Technology Center offers its equipment and expertise for hire. Autocoro, MDTA Rotorring, Spectraflash, Statimat. If you don’t have one of these, know how to operate one or even know what it does, don’t feel bad. That’s why there’s a place like Gaston College Textile Technology Center in Belmont, N.C. The facility has …