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Tolliver appointed at Amada Miyachi America

July 16, 2018

Amada Miyachi America Inc. has appointed Kurt A. Tolliver to vice president of sales. A 20-year veteran of the company, Tolliver previously managed the Southern U.S., Mexico, Central America and European sales networks. In his new role he will oversee worldwide sales of all of Amada products including resistance welding, laser welding, laser marking and …

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Uniquetex adds spunmelt lines

July 13, 2018

Uniquetex, Grover, N.C., has installed its first two spunmelt lines capable of producing more than 10,000 tons of SS and SMS engineered nonwoven fabrics and composite materials. The development allows the company to begin production and start serving its current customer base of more than 100 companies. Uniquetex primarily serves the industrial, home furnishing, packaging, …

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TRSA safety summit

July 13, 2018

TRSA, the global association for the linen, uniform and facility services industry, hosted the seventh annual Safety Summit in May. More than 70 participants shared best practices and received advice from safety professionals in other industries to further decrease workplace risks in large-scale laundries. Progress continues to be made toward a zero-incident goal. Yearly TRSA …

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Secondary flame-resistant clothing standard

July 12, 2018

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for a new voluntary consensus industry standard: The ANSI/ISEA 203-2018 American National Standard for secondary single-use flame-resistant protective clothing for use over primary flame-resistant protective clothing. Apparel covered by the standard is intended for single-use wear in occupational environments where flame …

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Milliken & Company announces leadership transition

July 11, 2018

Milliken & Company’s board of directors has announced the appointment of Halsey M. Cook Jr. as president and CEO effective September 1, 2018. J. Harold Chandler will return to his role as chair of the board of directors. “The board of directors is confident that Halsey is the right leader for Milliken’s next era,” says …

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Nonwovens symposium focuses on sustainability

July 11, 2018

EDANA’s 2018 International Nonwovens Symposium confirmed confidence in the opportunities and strengths of the nonwovens industry. The event included a keynote presentation on IKEA’s global material sourcing strategy followed by a session highlighting steps into the circular economy and use of renewable resources. Other topics included Industry 4.0 challenges and opportunities, recycling, innovation, new filter …

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American Rental Association forecasts growth

July 10, 2018

In its latest five-year forecast, the American Rental Association (ARA) projects the U.S. equipment and event rental industry revenue to grow consistently on an annual basis, resulting in total revenue of $64.1 billion in 2022. While quarterly updates for ARA Rentalytics™ have shown minor up and down fluctuations over the past few years, the May …

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ACMA launches resource website

July 9, 2018

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Arlington, Va., has launched the website DiscoverComposites.com. The new resource is designed to educate end-users about the possibilities of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials. The website is part of the organization’s ongoing effort to help the industry speak with a unified voice about the benefits and possibilities of composite …

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Latten joins Southeast Nonwovens

July 6, 2018

Southeast Nonwovens Inc., a provider of independent, innovative and discreet contract research and development services for the nonwovens and paper industries, has appointed Paul L. Latten to director of research and development. Latten has 30 years of experience in the fibers, polymers and nonwovens industries as well as technical, business leadership and market development knowledge.

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SheerWeave® app available

July 5, 2018

Phifer Incorporated, the Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based manufacturer of sun control fabrics, has unveiled its new SheerWeave app, providing users with access to a wealth of information about the product line. With the tap of a button, users can access the entire SheerWeave portfolio of sun control fabrics including 44 styles, colors, openness factors, technical data and …

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Stop sexual harassment in your workplace

July 1, 2018

Far too often, the process of making bad and/or unethical choices begins with a simple, almost thoughtless decision. How do I know this? Well, I’ve seen it happen far too often. Harassment is not a sexy subject, and ethics are more than words. “The times they are a changing,” and that’s more than just song …

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Tracking supplier compliance for sustainable textile companies

May 1, 2018

The issue of compliance can be complicated for textile companies, which have to comply with various regulatory and voluntary company standards for product safety and restriction of substances. In the United States, for example, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) contains provisions that aim to improve the safety of children’s products. The European Union …

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California Community College Makerspaces offer work-based learning for students

April 10, 2018

The CCC Maker Initiative, administered by Sierra College (www.sierracollege.edu), is offering internships and work-based learning experiences for students through 24 California Community College makerspaces, where students gain technical, entrepreneurial and work-ready skills sought by employers. California Community Colleges participating in the CCC Maker (cccmaker.com) initiative to build makerspace communities are preparing students for careers through …

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Outside expertise: how to find affordable, professional help when you need it

March 1, 2018

While most owners of small- and medium-size businesses know the details of their companies intimately, there are often highly technical matters of law, accounting, management and marketing that are best handled by outside experts. Attorneys, accountants, and management and marketing advisers have specialized knowledge about niche areas that few business owners can hope to duplicate. …

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Savvy cash management helps your bottom line

January 1, 2018

Cash flow—the amount of money flowing into and out of your shop—is an easy concept to understand, yet not always well managed. Not every owner is aware of the impact skillful cash management has on net income, probably because the importance of managing revenue is far easier to recognize in some types of businesses than …

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New IRS accounting method changes

October 1, 2017

The tax returns of many businesses in the specialty fabrics industry have been—and will most likely continue to be—extra thick. Thanks to newly issued “repair regulations,” tax return filings for last year included more work on “Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method” than usual. Fortunately, the IRS recently made it easier for small …

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Smart documentation is key to selling your business

September 1, 2017

No matter where in the world we run our businesses, we aspire to be successful, profitable and happy. We have either started the business from nothing, purchased an existing enterprise or taken the reins of the family business. Often, we begin with limited skills, have minimal formal industry training and largely “learn by our mistakes.” …

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How to attract and hire exceptional employees

August 1, 2017

In the buyer’s market of recent years, it was probably easy for you to attract top-notch job candidates. Not so much today. With new job creation being healthier than expected in 2016, and further increases so far this year, finding and hiring the best candidates for your shop will no longer be a slam dunk. …

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Understand your customers’ personalities for better sales

July 1, 2017

Elemental keys to staying in sync and making the sale. The first thing you need to know is that your customers are different—from each other, and from you. You may feel that you already know that, but I can tell you that many business owners and professionals have lamented to me that the client they …

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Sustainability: good business

June 1, 2017

Rainier Industries succeeds with a light footprint and a firm handshake. For Rainier Industries Ltd., sustain-ability is more than just a buzzword—it’s a way of doing business. Although often associated with high expenses, Rainier president and CEO Scott Campbell considers sustainability an initiative that makes business sense. “It’s actually pretty easy and saves money,” he …

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Brenda Hagerty and Porcupine Canvas: sales and customer-focused marketing

July 1, 2018

“Cold calls are a thing of the past,” says Brenda Hagerty, co-owner and president of Porcupine Canvas Manufacturing Ltd. in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada. “Calling someone out of the blue to try to sell them something just doesn’t work in today’s industry. What clients want are our feet on the ground.” Hagerty’s history with Porcupine Canvas …

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Enhancing workplace (and worker) performance: automation and technology, equipment ROI and the new workforce

July 1, 2018

Canvas Innovations in Holland, Mich., focuses on custom marine canvas and upholstery products, says owner Chris Ritsema. The company also has a smaller portion of the business dedicated to other textile-related products, such as porch enclosures, shade sails, awning recovery, furniture covers, golf cart enclosures and a wealth of other custom projects. “We continue to …

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Stressed? Interactive textiles monitor humans and structures for potential damage

July 1, 2018

During the evening rush-hour traffic, the eight-lane 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis suddenly collapsed on August 1, 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The bridge was a continuous truss design, and an overstressed gusset plate at a critical joint was later determined as the weak point that contributed to its …

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Sign language: the fabric sign and banner market is hotter than ever

July 1, 2018

Ask average consumers what springs to mind when they hear the words “signs and banners,” and they’ll likely describe wayfinding placards and lengths of logo-imprinted fabric hanging from street poles. And although placards and pennants have their place in the sign and banner arena, this is a market segment with innovative and expanding applications in …

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Playing it safer: performance and protection for sports and recreation

June 1, 2018

Today, people of all ages are embracing active lifestyles: playing team sports, hitting the slopes, biking, climbing and hiking in all kinds of weather conditions, testing their mettle in boxing rings and martial arts classes or going for the gentler forms of exercise, like yoga. People are on the move, including retiring baby boomers who …

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Geoff Kilmer at PhotoWorksGroup matches technology with clients to stay successful

June 1, 2018

We focus on identifying industries versus just finding customers to generate new business,” says Geoff Kilmer, founder and CEO of PhotoWorksGroup, Charlottesville, Va. “When we specialize in an industry, we become better known within it, which results in more references so we don’t have to sell as hard—and we can concentrate on doing a good …

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Selling shade, comfort, health and weather protection-in style

June 1, 2018

Who could have predicted, even 10 years ago, that Amazon would have driven shade and awning companies, let alone everyday retail stores, into changing their operations to meet the demand for overnight response rates? Yet today, more than we’d like to believe, sales behemoths like the online portal Amazon and similar services have taught consumers …

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How to succeed in the health care market

June 1, 2018

It’s probably safe to say that producing fabrics for the health care industry involves challenges unmatched by any other market. To start with, protective properties obviously need to be a key component of all medical fabrics, given the presence of pathogens in health care settings. At any given time, one out of 25 hospital patients …

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Help wanted: the next generation of manufacturing workers

May 1, 2018

The dearth of skilled labor is an increasingly common lament heard from manufacturers of all stripes. It’s not a sudden or inflated complaint. According to recent data provided by the Manufacturing Institute (the Institute, or MI), an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) based in Washington, D.C., 364,000 manufacturing jobs are going unfilled. …

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Mike, Joe and Dan Reilly: leadership transition for Miami Awning

May 1, 2018

“A lot of what I’ve accomplished in this industry was about survival—being able to have what I need to get the job done,” says Mike Reilly, owner and CEO of Miami Awning Co. in Miami, Fla. “Now, my aim is to convey what knowledge I can to my sons to make it easier for them …

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Future architecture: Nicholas Goldsmith and the journey from mass to membrane

July 1, 2018

Nicholas “Nic” Goldsmith, FAIA, has been a major player for more than 40 years in the development of fabric architecture in North America and around the globe through his leadership of the innovative architectural/engineering firm FTL Design Engineering Studio, based in New York City. I’ve known Nic for more than 20 of those years, and …

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New technologies make textiles interactive and smarter

July 1, 2018

Textiles are well established as passive materials offering comfort and protection, as well as design and fashion choices. With strong interest in promoting textile manufacturing and enhancing the utility and performance of textiles, academia and government researchers have initiated efforts to enable them to be active as well. Textiles that can provide functional performance properties, …

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How to use the H-2B program to hire legal temporary guest workers

June 1, 2018

For tent and event rental companies, the busy season not only brings the promise of more work, it also ups the need for more workers, a worry for businesses facing potential labor shortages. In response, some U.S. businesses turn to the H-2B program, hoping to fill their seasonal needs by employing legal temporary immigrant labor, …

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Redefining textiles

June 1, 2018

New materials and manufacturing processes give the word “textile” new meaning. Textile technology is undergoing a revolution, with innovative structures, raw materials and manufacturing platforms creating new fabrics that defy old-school definitions. Introductory textile science classes teach that textiles are materials that can be woven, knit, crocheted, knotted or felted from yarns spun from cellulose, …

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Zipper tricks: tips and techniques

May 1, 2018

Providing an excellent end product is paramount to marine fabricators, and zippers play a vital role in the long-term functionality of everything from covers to cushions. But zippers can be tricky. Choosing the right one can be confusing, and working with zippers in difficult situations takes both expertise and patience. Important features For Rebecca Tarockoff, …

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Developing NASA’s next-generation spacesuit

May 1, 2018

Human space exploration is one of the most ambitious and exciting endeavors upon which we’ve ever embarked, and it has always been an integral part of the U.S. space program. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent our first astronaut, Alan Shepard, on a suborbital flight in 1961, and eight years later landed a …

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Academia and business forge new alliances

April 1, 2018

From small startups to global companies, academia and business forge alliances. Early in 2018, Greensboro, N.C.-based VF Corp. and North Carolina State University (NC State) announced a strategic, multi-year partnership to “support student development at NC State and advance apparel and textiles innovation within VF,” the company says. It will also bring $1 million to …

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Space, stability and technical expertise enhance the new Tennessee Titans facility

April 1, 2018

The Tennessee Titans debuted a new practice facility in the summer of 2016, replacing their former air structure with one much brighter, bigger and sturdier. After more than 17 years of use, the original facility, located at Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tenn., was showing signs of deterioration, including dirty fabric, poor lighting, inconsistent …

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IPC committee seeks comments on e-textiles industry standard

March 1, 2018

In July 2017, IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) hosted the first web meeting of the IPC E-Textiles Materials Subcommittee. Formed by volunteers from the e-textiles community, the group had approached IPC with interest in developing industry standards for e-textiles. IPC was chosen because it is a developer of consensus-based international industry standards for electronics. It …

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Engineered geosynthetics offer riverbank erosion protection

March 1, 2018

The Río La Antigua flows through a low-lying region in the Mexican state of Veracruz, which has the historical importance of being one of the first regions where Hernán Cortés landed in the early 1500s. The Casa de Cortés is a popular tourist attraction, and the village of La Antigua has significant historical importance; as …

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Tolliver appointed at Amada Miyachi America

July 16, 2018

Amada Miyachi America Inc. has appointed Kurt A. Tolliver to vice president of sales. A 20-year veteran of the company, Tolliver previously managed the Southern U.S., Mexico, Central America and European sales networks. In his new role he will oversee worldwide sales of all of Amada products including resistance welding, laser welding, laser marking and …

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Uniquetex adds spunmelt lines

July 13, 2018

Uniquetex, Grover, N.C., has installed its first two spunmelt lines capable of producing more than 10,000 tons of SS and SMS engineered nonwoven fabrics and composite materials. The development allows the company to begin production and start serving its current customer base of more than 100 companies. Uniquetex primarily serves the industrial, home furnishing, packaging, …

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TRSA safety summit

July 13, 2018

TRSA, the global association for the linen, uniform and facility services industry, hosted the seventh annual Safety Summit in May. More than 70 participants shared best practices and received advice from safety professionals in other industries to further decrease workplace risks in large-scale laundries. Progress continues to be made toward a zero-incident goal. Yearly TRSA …

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Secondary flame-resistant clothing standard

July 12, 2018

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for a new voluntary consensus industry standard: The ANSI/ISEA 203-2018 American National Standard for secondary single-use flame-resistant protective clothing for use over primary flame-resistant protective clothing. Apparel covered by the standard is intended for single-use wear in occupational environments where flame …

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Milliken & Company announces leadership transition

July 11, 2018

Milliken & Company’s board of directors has announced the appointment of Halsey M. Cook Jr. as president and CEO effective September 1, 2018. J. Harold Chandler will return to his role as chair of the board of directors. “The board of directors is confident that Halsey is the right leader for Milliken’s next era,” says …

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Nonwovens symposium focuses on sustainability

July 11, 2018

EDANA’s 2018 International Nonwovens Symposium confirmed confidence in the opportunities and strengths of the nonwovens industry. The event included a keynote presentation on IKEA’s global material sourcing strategy followed by a session highlighting steps into the circular economy and use of renewable resources. Other topics included Industry 4.0 challenges and opportunities, recycling, innovation, new filter …

Industry News

American Rental Association forecasts growth

July 10, 2018

In its latest five-year forecast, the American Rental Association (ARA) projects the U.S. equipment and event rental industry revenue to grow consistently on an annual basis, resulting in total revenue of $64.1 billion in 2022. While quarterly updates for ARA Rentalytics™ have shown minor up and down fluctuations over the past few years, the May …

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ACMA launches resource website

July 9, 2018

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Arlington, Va., has launched the website DiscoverComposites.com. The new resource is designed to educate end-users about the possibilities of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials. The website is part of the organization’s ongoing effort to help the industry speak with a unified voice about the benefits and possibilities of composite …

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Latten joins Southeast Nonwovens

July 6, 2018

Southeast Nonwovens Inc., a provider of independent, innovative and discreet contract research and development services for the nonwovens and paper industries, has appointed Paul L. Latten to director of research and development. Latten has 30 years of experience in the fibers, polymers and nonwovens industries as well as technical, business leadership and market development knowledge.

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SheerWeave® app available

July 5, 2018

Phifer Incorporated, the Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based manufacturer of sun control fabrics, has unveiled its new SheerWeave app, providing users with access to a wealth of information about the product line. With the tap of a button, users can access the entire SheerWeave portfolio of sun control fabrics including 44 styles, colors, openness factors, technical data and …

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Faster printer

July 1, 2018

The Mutoh ValueJet 1948WX is recommended for everyday and high-production sublimation printing. With its staggered four-head design, it prints at speeds up to 2,199 sq ft./hr., with applications for trade show graphics, promotional items, flags, interior decor, apparel and more. Designed with advanced features such as a rear media feed lever for easy material handling, …

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Durable health care upholstery fabric

July 1, 2018

KnollTextiles’ Between the Lines collection offers performance, bleach-cleanable upholstery, privacy fabric and wallcovering for the health care and industrial markets. The collection includes coated upholstery fabrics such as Brigadoon 21, a phthalate-free vinyl upholstery fabric priced at less than forty dollars per yard. Ribbon Stripe is a certified Healthier Hospitals Initiative-compliant privacy fabric stocked with …

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High visibility striping

July 1, 2018

World Emblem’s high-visibility striping can be applied to work apparel, vests and many other clothing items to increase visibility and safety. Appropriate for construction workers, firefighters, police officers and others who need as much visibility as possible while working in low light or potentially hazardous conditions. Offered in 10 different trims and 48 standard placement …

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Ultra-light composite grid fabric

July 1, 2018

TeXtreme® has added ±45° Grid fabric to its Spread Tow line of ultra-light composites to further optimize solutions for new applications in advanced aerospace, industrial and sports product markets. Used alone or in combination with other TeXtreme products, the Grid fabric helps reduce the weight of products without sacrificing mechanical properties. The new grid fabric …

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Flame-resistant stretch fabric

July 1, 2018

Teijin Aramid’s Teijinconex Coolnex Stretch is a flame-resistant, durable stretch fabric that is also highly comfortable for workwear applications. The unique single-layer, high-performance textile combines FR protection with Solotex® stretch technology, which offers excellent fabric memory, elasticity and flexibility. Current workwear fabric using polyurethane is susceptible to reduced stretch and recovery over time, has poor …

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Slide-in-wire canopy

July 1, 2018

The patented Infinity Canopy is a dynamic and versatile slide-on-wire canopy. Its modular design allows it to adapt to any space, be configured in one or multiple colors, and change within minutes to create new designs and patterns—even on existing pergolas. It uses readily available parts and shade panels, which eliminates production time and simplifies …

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Wider IFR canvas

June 1, 2018

Gerriets IFR Super Canvas CS is a 40-foot-wide inherently flame-retardant (IFR) canvas woven from high-quality Trevira CS polyester. This means 40-foot-high seamless cycloramas, drops and projection surfaces are now available in a heavy-duty IFR material. The canvas allows even the largest theaters and opera houses to have seamless IFR soft goods with a long working life …

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Leaner welder

June 1, 2018

Amada Miyachi America’s updated LMWS Pulsed Fiber Laser Welding System is a highly configurable, compact unit designed for lean manufacturing. The system features a versatile high-power, high-speed laser available in 20-70 Watt (W) powers for welding metals and plastics. The LMWS is ideal for welding dissimilar metals, including copper to aluminum, aluminum to stainless and …

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Friendlier faux

June 1, 2018

Mitchell’s high-performance faux leather, Sta-Kleen Silicone, is designed especially for health care applications. The fabric is engineered to be environmentally friendly using a solvent-free manufacturing process and very little water. It is resistant to stains, chemical disinfectants, mildew, hydrolysis, UV and denim dye, and delivers superior cold crack performance. The fabric is VOC free and …

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Lifelike labels

June 1, 2018

Franz Barta’s Digital Fusion heat transfer labels allow for full photographic quality, randomized QR codes for variable information that open a world of design possibilities. The labels are applied directly to almost any substrate in a matter of a few seconds, making them a cost-effective and efficient solution for permanent branding and safety instructions. Once …

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3-D knitting with custom flair

July 1, 2018

What if you could use a knitting machine much like a 3-D printer to produce a sweater for a customer tailored to fit her perfectly? Not only that, what if she could choose the color and pattern as well? That’s the idea behind technology developed by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, who have developed …

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Fabric artwork targets gun violence

July 1, 2018

A medium that is soft, warm and welcoming might just be the ideal outlet to discuss the cold, hard facts about gun violence in America. This is the thinking behind the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles exhibitions, “Guns: Loaded Conversations,” created in conjunction with Studio Art Quilt Associates and “Generation of Change: A …

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Siren Socks for foot health

July 1, 2018

A side effect of diabetes can be numbness in the feet, causing people with the disease to be at risk for serious foot conditions including ulcers that can get infected and even result in amputation. It’s important for diabetics to monitor their feet daily. Typical tracking methods include therapeutic footwear, education and regular foot exams. Now the …

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Double Vision exhibition explores spaces with thread

July 1, 2018

Artist Jeongmoon Choi is known for creating dramatic installations that draw the viewer into a transformed environment. Born in Seoul and based in Berlin, Choi often explores the contrast between eastern and western culture in her art. She works with thread as her primary medium, creating otherworldly spaces with rooms and locations as her canvas. …

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Polymer bike spokes offer lightweight durability

July 1, 2018

If you think steel is the strongest material for the wheel spokes of a cycle, think again. Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWP) has it beat. In fact, UHMWP is the strongest material available on a per-weight basis. It’s that quality, plus the fact that UHMWP is extremely lightweight and durable, that inspired Minneapolis, Minn.-based Berd LLC to …

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New brewery serves up shaded comfort

July 1, 2018

When Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. decided to expand east from its Chico, Calif., headquarters, the company settled on Mills River, N.C., near Asheville. A 320,000-square-foot brewery was built, including a warehouse and bottling facility, taproom and restaurant, amphitheater and an indoor music venue. Sierra Nevada worked with architects and engineers at R.G.A., the firm that …

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Car of the future becomes extension of the home

June 1, 2018

Imagine the automobile of the future as an extension of your home: it could be stored in your house and might even match your furnishings. This is the concept the carmaker Renault explored when they unveiled Symbioz, a personal autonomous automobile, at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2017. Designed to be as livable as …

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Fabric backdrop complements interactive exhibit

June 1, 2018

The Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Wiess Energy Hall recently underwent a renovation that more than tripled the space from 8,500 square feet to 30,000 square feet. The new gallery, dubbed Wiess Energy Hall 3.0, features exciting, interactive exhibits on the science and technology of energy. Conceived and created by Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design & …

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A tent for the trees

June 1, 2018

Hammocks are popular once again as people realize they provide a great way to relax effortlessly outdoors. For hikers and campers, they offer a lightweight way to rest with ease. But how about a hammock that is also a tent? Tentsile, the London, England-based manufacturer of tree-camping tents, has introduced a solo tree tent that …

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Textile sculptures detail beauty and fragility

June 1, 2018

Textile artist Jannick Deslauriers takes delicate fabrics and creates detailed sculptures of objects that seem to be lost in time, broken and decaying. Her work evokes a sense of the ephemeral nature of commonplace items that we assume are solid and unchanging—telephone poles, an apartment building or a piano, for example. The Montreal-based artist’s recent …