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Smaller carbon footprints save money and satisfy customers

August 1, 2008

Should you measure your carbon footprint and try to reduce it? This isn’t about a sooty trail around the office. It’s about how much carbon dioxide your company pumps into the atmosphere as a result of its electricity consumption, motor vehicle fuel use and other business daily goings-on. Whatever your opinion about global warming, reducing …

SHOP introduced to U.S. House of Representatives

According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), of the estimated 47 million Americans without health insurance, more than 28 million are small business owners, their employees and dependents. The Small Business Healthcare Options Program (SHOP Act, H.R. 6210) has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) and Phil …

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AATCC co-sponsors “Textile Printing: Green & Global”

The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) and [TC]2 are jointly sponsoring “Innovative Textile Printing: Green & Global,” September 17–19 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham, N.C., U.S.A. The conference will highlight fresh approaches to textile printing and provide insight into the development and production of textile prints in the global supply chain. …

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Bringing outdoor fabrics indoors for interior design

Gina Wicker scoffs at the notion that her mother called the place in their house with the sofa the “living” room. “We were never allowed to go in there,” she says. “It was off-limits to the kids.” Today’s living rooms justify the name, thanks to the transition of outdoor fabrics to interior aesthetics. “I think …

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Modern technology helps small fabricator shops

When you walk the aisles of a trade show, it’s hard not to be dazzled by all the newest high-end equipment. There are systems available with truly remarkable capabilities: high-ply CAD-driven cutters with vacuum compression tables; room-sized fabric welders; vision-guided robotic sewing machines. But these devices seem to be far removed from the day-to-day reality …

Finding fabric for boat reupholstery

Compiled by Juli Case I have a client that wants me to reupholster a 1998 Sea Ray boat. Do you have any idea what type of fabric was used? Typically, the best option is to contact the boat manufacturer and ask. In this case, we were directed to contact a local dealer, but the marine …

New location for Allen Datagraph

Compiled by Juli Case We use an old Allen Datagraph vinyl cutter and are in need of some parts. The phone number we have is disconnected; are they still in business? Apparently they are, although it appears they’ve moved since you purchased your equipment. We located Allen Datagraph at: SOURCE Allen Datagraph Systems Inc. Juli …

Synthetic suede fabric used for variety of applications

Compiled by Juli Case We’re looking for a fabric called Clarino; what can you tell us? Clarino is the trade name of a synthetic suede fabric used in automotive interiors, equestrian products and sporting goods. The manufacturer of Clarino is Kuraray America Inc. For more information, contact: SOURCE Kuraray America Inc. Juli Case is IFAI’s …

California changes structural requirements for tents

Compiled by Juli Case We’ve heard that there’s a change in the requirements for installing tents in California. What can you tell us about that? One of our IFAI members on the West Coast alerted us to this issue. The state of California recently adopted the International Building Code, but made a key change to …

Suppliers provide polyethylene fabric for printing

Compiled by Juli Case We need some polyethylene fabric that is woven and coated on both sides with polyethylene. It needs to be at least 3.2 meters wide and we need to be able to digitally print on it. Any idea who supplies it? We’d always heard that polyethylene was difficult to print on because …