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New materials for architectural innovation

March 1, 2008

A fountain of light-filled fabric is the center of The Soft House, one of 15 architectural innovations created for the 2006 Intelligent Living by Design exhibit at Germany’s Vitra Museum. The futuristic vision by Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA), Boston, Mass., invites visitors to bask in a glowing world of curves, curtains and translucent screens. …

Reduce stretch on boat covers

Problem: Boat covers with fabrics that stretch too much sag, pool, leak and eventually develop mold and mildew. Solution: The patented finish on Nautex Premium, which is both breathable and waterproof, dramatically reduces stretch (less than 0.5 percent), prevents growth of mold and mildew, and reduces rust and corrosion. SOURCE Sattler North America Corp.

First Choice Armor migrates to textile belt

In September 2007, First Choice Armor opened its new operation in Spindale, N.C., announcing that it would relocate from Brockton, Mass., and create 398 jobs during the next three years. After hearing about the business climate in Rutherford County, N.C., from one of their suppliers, First Choice Armor, manufacturer of protective body armor for military …

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Wayfinding attracts sign companies

From high profile sports, to airports and hospitals, sign companies thrive in this niche architectural market. By Jamie Swedberg The word “wayfinding” means exactly what you’d think it might mean: it’s the process people go through when they’re orienting themselves in an unfamiliar environment. Today, wayfinding is a much-discussed topic among architects and designers. It …

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Gandinnovations prints billboard campaign for Vodafone

Mississauga, Ontario based Gandinnovations printed an extensive billboard campaign for telecom giant Vodafone on the Jeti 3312 printer. Avery, 3M, StarFlex, and Hanwah were the substrates used for the Vodafone branding campaign. Founded in 2000, Gandinnovations offers several models of UV flatbeds, Roll-to-Roll Solvent, and UV Roll-to-Roll printers for a variety of applications.

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Tailor your Web presence to bring in customers

Stephen Sibbald’s 15-year-old nephew washed boats for his uncle one summer, but he really wanted to work on the computer. Sibbald made him a deal: One boat-washing day earned one computer day. By the end of the summer, Scottie’s Canvas & Marine Outfitters in Fort Myers, Fla., had a Web site selling a $120, French-made …

Banners create canopy effect for church

These three 75-foot-long banners create a canopy effect that respects the linear nature of this church in Milwaukee, Wis., yet introduces curved elements, which help to create a sense of movement. Visually lowering the 40-foot high ceiling, and attempting to help humanize the scale of this expansive space was the initial design objective. Each banner …

Going green with bluesign in China

Environmental issues with goods made in China may be one reason why Ho Yu Textile Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan, signed up with bluesign technologies ag, St. Gallen, Switzerland, for its screening and consultation services. A bluesign screening includes detailed on-site evaluation of the environment, resource and workplace circumstances of textile manufacturing sites. The five bluesign …

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The finesse of post-print finishing

Proficiency in post-print finishing is a balance of art and science. By Jeff Sanders with technical assistance provided by Mike Sanders It has often been said that digital fabric printing is 50 percent science and 50 percent art. It is in the area of post-production finishing that this maxim is most evident. Frequently, in the …

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Westar Systems releases ink test results

Westar Systems, Colorado Springs, Colo., has just released new test results. The Color Strength Comparative Analysis measured three leading sublimation ink brands against Westar Systems’ Vibrant Wide Format (VWF) sublimation ink. VWF ink proved to have 18 percent to 31 percent more color strength. Westar is licensed to distribute sublimation ink for use on Epson, …

How to do better business online

Your business is about making custom fabric products, not creating a Web site to sell custom fabric products. So, dismiss his ideas on forming canopies, if you will, but listen to Bob Filipczak when he talks about conducting business on the Internet. Don’t let his long title—site content and experience specialist in interactive marketing for …

Banners save space and provide privacy in a salon

Banner Creations used opaque and transparent fabrics for this salon’s window in the Minneapolis skyway system. The original signage used up too much valuable retail space, and did not shield clients from being viewed by passers by. In contrast, the new banners, manufactured with a combination of double-sided poly-knit banners and 10 Celtic cloth double-sided …

Environmental certification for U.S. foam makers

The Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) recently introduced a “Platform on Sustainability” outlining seven “green” principles and voluntary performance, environmental, health and safety standards for qualified foams used in upholstered furniture, bedding and automotive seating. “The problem is there are currently no standards in the U.S. for foam cushioning in the area of environmental safety,” says …

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Matching fabrics to printers for eco-conscientious customers

Partnerships make for profitability in the recycling loop. By Jon Weingartner and Paul Maddrell There are today a number of fibers used for fabric substrates that can be considered environmentally friendly. The most common ones are bamboo, organic cotton, corn-based fibers, and recycled polyester fibers. Each of these fibers has a net positive impact on …

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Eureka develops new printing technology

A new printing technology developed by Eureka project E!3285 factory Copritex hopes to help Europe compete with Asia’s low production costs, making short print runs cheaper and more ecological. French inkjet specialist, Imaje, and Dutch textile printing system developer, Osiris, have developed a continuous ink jet printing method with several advantages over conventional printing methods. …

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New shades and screens offer efficiency and beauty

The days of Grandma’s stiff, vinyl rollup shades and the heavy-duty bug screen you could hardly see through are gone. Today’s shades and screens are made from an array of energy-efficient fabrics and designed with not just functionality but aesthetics, sustainability and even a little fun in mind. These high-tech fabrics can turn a parking …

Banner options

Color X created these dye sublimated, silk banners for more than 30 Bloomingdales’ locations across the country. Along with the banners, Color X designed custom stretch frames that store employees could wrap with fabrics in a quick three-step process, allowing store managers the flexibility to hang the banners over apparel selections or lean them against …

Color and coatings: comprehensive finishing

Huntsman Textile Effects, Basel, Switzerland, offers a broad range of textile chemicals and colorfast dyes. Brückner-Group, Leonberg, Germany, specializes in woven and knitted fabric technology, technical textiles and coating technologies. An alliance between the two will give textile finishers comprehensive solutions for continuous dyeing of woven fabrics and cost-and-energy-saving production technologies. Among the technologies brought …

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Sustainable soft signage leads to profit

By Lynn Krinsky and Patti Williams The digital printing of textiles has been going on since the mid-90’s with electrostatic (e-stat) and ink jet printers, either by direct printing (in the case of ink jet) and via dye sublimation transfer (ink jet and e-stat). Today, advances in ink jet printers, (direct to fabric sublimation printers), …

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Colortech Direct expands production with Spitfire

Colortech Direct, Houston, Texas, formerly known as Colortech Printing, has now expanded its production capabilities to include signage, banners, vehicle graphics and more, since the recent addition of the Mutoh Spitfire Extreme Printer. The first Spitfire Extreme to be installed in the U.S. has produced high output for Colortech Direct. Colortech has been in the …

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Multi-year event contracts

Because tent rental companies cater to a fluid and unpredictable industry, they value services and practices that can bring stability to their business. One such element that provides security and peace of mind is the multi-year contract. While they certainly aren’t foolproof, multi-year contracts offer plenty of advantages. One significant benefit of the multi-year contract—which …

Banner chic

When this kitchen and bath design studio moved to its new location in Chicago, Ill., the company wanted to stand out without overwhelming the area. The studio hired Evanston Awnings to replace the building’s existing awnings with 18 banners, featuring advertising graphics of two of the studio’s major brands on both sides. Though the substrates …

SmartSilver partnership

NanoHorizons Inc., State College, Penn., and Piedmont Chemical Industries Inc., High Point, N.C., have joined forces to bring SmartSilver™ antimicrobial and moisture-management finishes and additives into a new line of polyester, cotton and nylon products. The strategic alliance between the two companies will bring NanoHorizons’ technology into a water-based compound that will be applied by …

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New product line designed for event market

Moss, Inc., Chicago, Ill., has launched Moss Events!, a new product line designed specifically for the event market. The new line includes columns, walls, arches, themed backdrops, and functional décor, all available for rent or purchase. Themed photographic backdrops, available in 26 different graphics from beach scenes to cityscapes, are printed on wrinkle-resistant recycled Moss …

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Huntsman and Brückner cooperate to offer comprehensive consulting

Huntsman Textile Effects and the Brückner Group will cooperate more intensively in product development and customer service. The aim of the alliance is to offer more comprehensive consulting in the field of machinery technology, process engineering, and dye/textile auxiliary recipes. Huntsman Textile Effects offers a broad range of textile chemicals and dyes to improve the …

Integrated printer and cutter

The 2008 Soljet Pro III XC-540 printer/cutter features Roland’s new Intelligent Pass Control technology, a white ink configuration option, and other enhancements that deliver higher levels of speed, print quality and versatility. System enhances image quality through better dot placement, improved media feed compensation and better light ink control. Serves a wide variety of applications, …

That sinking feeling…

The recently opened USS Monitor Center at the Mariners’ Museum of Newport News, Va., depends upon some engineered and fabricated fabric components from tension-fabric experts Transformit, Gorham, Maine, to help theater visitors experience the sensation of being underwater in a sinking ship. Part of a larger 18,000-square-foot educational exhibit, the theater environment tells the story …

African manufacturers join forces

Facing fierce competition from Chinese textile operations, manufacturers from Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia joined forces at the Agadir Agreement Region Economic Forum in Tunis, Tunisia, to develop strategies to hold on to their markets. Textile and clothing account for almost 50 percent of all exports and four million jobs in the region, and the …

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DuPont showcases Artistri inks

DuPont Digital Printing, Wilmington, Del., showcased its full line of DuPont Artistri inks for digital direct-to-textile printing at the Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS), Jan.18–20, 2008 in Long Beach, Calif. As announced in October 2007, Artistri digital ink technology, previously available only as part of the DuPont Artistri digital printing for textiles system, will now be …

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Road Rage Designs expands

Chicago, Ill. based Road Rage Designs enters the large-format printing and building wrap markets with the purchase of the HP DesignJet 10000s, a super-wide durable signage printer, from Grimco Inc. In October 2007 Road Rage installed more vehicle wraps in one month than in all of 2006. “Road Rage has experienced tremendous growth, and with …

UV-curable inks

A new range of Jeti Premium UV-curable inks has been developed by Gandinnovations, in collaboration with OEM partners worldwide, for use in the Jeti Flatbed Series Printers. The new inks exhibit excellent flexibility and superior adhesion to polymeric substrates such as polystyrene, different grades of PVC, polyolefins, polyesters and many others. The inks will help …

Tyvek faces up to artist concept

The Arlington Arts Center’s staid brick façade transformed overnight into the backdrop for a disturbing image of hordes of shouting faces 15 feet high and 300 feet long. The fine art museum in Arlington, Va., wrapped itself in artist Rosemary Feit Covey’s creation, part of “The 0 Project” exhibit. Covey first considered DuPont™ Tyvek® as …

Clean green at Mermet

3G Mermet, Cowpens, S.C., manufactures solar-protection fabrics from high-quality coated fiberglass yarns, primarily used for window screens. In January, the company received two certifications from GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, Marietta, Ga., that demonstrate that it makes those products to high environmental standards. “Mermet coated fabrics meet or exceed the field-validated standards for products and materials with …

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IJ Technologies unveils 64-inch wide-format canvas

In response to market trends and new printer offerings, IJ Technologies, St. Louis, Mo., has unveiled a 64-inch wide-format canvas for pigment and Ultrachrome K3 inks for use in the fine art/giclée and photographic/portrait markets. The increased capability enables fine art/giclée and photographic/portrait publishers to achieve maximum efficiency by utilizing the entire width of their …

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Designtex appoints co-creative leaders

Design and product development company, Designtex, New York, NY, announces that Rich Morrow and Kimberle Frost have been appointed co-creative leaders. Morrow joined Designtex in the fall of 2003. After becoming executive creative director in 2006, Morrow played a key role in the launch of more than 200 new products during the past two years. …

COLORIP Upgrade for Roland printers

The Wasatch COLORIP Upgrade offers additional capabilities and compatibility to Roland owners, providing users with the latest file formats and operating systems, third-party media profiles and premium features such as 16-bit color, direct-to-layout workflows and pre-RIP nesting. The new color pipeline maintains color data to produce more output that’s more faithful to the original image, …

Lincoln Fabrics contributes $1 million for cancer center

Niagara Health Systems, Ontario’s largest multi-site hospital system, called its $40-million fundraising campaign for the Walker Family Cancer Centre “It’s Our Time.” The Howes family, owners of Lincoln Fabrics Inc., St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada, decided it was their time, donating $1 million to the campaign. Lincoln Fabrics, led by David Howes, has been in the …

High-performance solutions defend fabric

The Defense™ line provides protection from harmful manmade and environmental threats such as UV rays, mildew, stains and wear. Consisting of five individual solutions that can be used alone or in any combination, it maximizes performance and minimizes impact to the fabric’s hand and appearance. Solar Defense provides printed fabrics with outstanding sun exposure resistance …

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Solara ion now available in Midwest

St. Paul, Minn. based Midwest Sign & Screen Printing Supply Co. has announced that Gerber Scientific’s new Solara ion has been added to its product offerings. The Gerber Solara ion is a roll-to-roll and flatbed printer designed for durable, vivid outdoor graphics. Equipped with GerberCAT Cationic Inks, the ion offers vibrant colors, a greater adhesion …

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Astrup president retires

The Astrup Co., Cleveland, Ohio, announces the retirement of Jeffrey W. Kirk, Astrup president and chief operations officer of the newly created distribution division of Glen Raven. Kirk, a fourth-generation member of the founding Astrup family, served more than 32 years with the company. He was named president and secretary in 1999. In October 2005, …

Solutions for daily printing

3P InkJet Textiles Corp.’s media solutions facilitate your daily printing business, offering premium lines developed for particular ink technologies. Collection of TruColor media was specially designed for optimizing output with solvent and eco-solvent printers to achieve the highest possible printing results. 3P also offers the economical Value line, recommended for either direct or transfer sublimation …

Eco-friendly tubing keeps displays fresh

Tension fabric displays that have lost some of their pizazz can mutate into new life forms—if they are part of a KSK Tension Fabric System. KSK Digital Printing Solutions, Troy, Mich., introduced the new product line in January. It features eco-friendly aluminum tubing and extrusion frames with grand format dye-sublimated printed fabric graphics that are …

Tools, fasteners and accessories

The newly redesigned catalog from Rowley Co. for 2008 features approximately 2500 items, including grommets of all sizes, setting tools and presses, and a wide variety of items for the upholstery, marine and interior decorating industries. SOURCE The Rowley Co.

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Roland releases eco-solvent ink and new printer/cutter

Roland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., has introduced white ECO-SOL MAX ink, the company’s most advanced eco-solvent white ink to date, into its product line. Formulated specifically for use with Roland’s high-performance 54-inch SOLJET PRO III XC-540 ink jet printer/cutter, White ECO-SOL MAX ink prints provide improved highlights, graphics and text, and can be printed as …

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NECPA announces 2008 officers

North East Canvas Products Association announces its 2008 officers. Serving as president, first vice president, and second vice president, respectively, are David Randa, owner and co-president of ViewPoint Sign & Awning in Marlboro, Mass.; Tonya Ricketts, owner and president of The Canvas Lady in Warwick, R.I.; and Scott Massey, owner and president of Awning Cleaning …

Communicating color

Colors are difficult to describe because everyone visualizes them differently—but critical to the design and creation of any material. Acrylics USA LLC, a manufacturer of cell cast acrylic sheets, has developed a new, patented tool to make colors easier to create and share: the Peacock Color Creation Tool™. Contained in a small binder, it contains …

Snap-on panels improve hospital privacy

Recuperating patients at the Palm Beach, Fla., Veterans Affairs Medical Center won’t have to watch out for falling housekeeping staff. Health regulations require facilities to change and wash privacy curtains if even a small portion is soiled. Unhooking the curtains from ceiling tracks can be treacherous, and endless washing is expensive. Woman-owned Cubicle Curtain Factory, …

Textile transmitter

Textronics Inc., manufacturer of the NuMetrex brand of sports and fitness apparel, has designed a new transmitter that improves accuracy and applicability of the heart-rate monitoring system. The transmitter snaps into a tiny pocket in the NuMetrex sports bras and shirts, where it receives the heart rate signal from textile sensors located across the chest …

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KSK introduces tension fabric systems

KSK Digital Printing Solutions, Solon, Ohio, has announced a new product line to complement its existing graphic imaging and installation services. KSK’s Tension Fabric Systems combine eco-friendly aluminum tubing and extrusion frames with grand format dye-sublimated printed fabric graphics to create unique display structures. “This new product line is a logical complement to KSK’s dye …

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Shepherd Color Co. and Shepherd Chemical Co. form legal entity

The Shepherd Color Co. and The Shepherd Chemical Co., Cincinnati, Ohio., have jointly formed a legal entity, Shepherd Europe Ltd., to serve as an only representative for Reach pre-registration and registration of its non-European manufactured products. This new service company is backed with proficiency in Reach compliance and expertise in the pigment and chemical industries. …