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Five-story wrap dresses up parking structure

March 1, 2009

By Abbie Yarger The project. To create and hang a five-story wrap to dress up Orlando’s Dynetech Centre parking structure. “The parking structure had a raw, unfinished appearance that the facility manager wanted to hide with sophisticated artwork,” Ivan Bermudez, a graphic designer for the project, says. The 30-story center on the outskirts of the …

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Fabric art to be featured at 2010 Winter Olympics

The 2010 Winter Olympics will host world-class athletes and fabric art worthy of the event. By Jake Kulju Janet Echelman likes a good breeze. Her massive fabric sculptures pepper the world—from Phoenix to Portugal, Bombay to Hong Kong—often designed specifically for engaging the wind elements that surround them. Her last project, “She Changes,” a 160-foot-tall …

How fabrics can pass NFPA 701

Compiled by Juli Case. Our fabric meets CPAI-84. What do we have to do to it to make sure it passes NFPA 701? Both CPAI-84 and NFPA 701 are methods that assess the flammability of fabric. CPAI-84 is a specification written especially for materials used in tents, whereas NFPA 701 is a more general test …

TenCate offers Baycor

Compiled by Juli Case. Where can I find the agricultural shade fabric called Baycor? Baycor is now part of the Nicolon family of fabrics from TenCate. The materials are polyolefin, and include woven and knit structures. Contact: SOURCE TenCate Industrial Fabrics North America Juli Case is IFAI’s information and technical services manager.

Defining composites

Compiled by Juli Case What is a composite? Technically, a composite is simply a material that is composed of disparate components that are combined in such a way that the finished product has different properties than each component could achieve on its own. Therefore, a vinyl-laminated fabric is a flexible composite. Composites use a textile …

Company offers curtain tracks for airplane interiors

Compiled by Juli Case We’ve been asked to repair a curtain, and need some curtain track. The thing is, it’s in an airplane. Where can we buy some? In the United States, materials used in an airplane interior must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. We contacted a number of curtain track suppliers and …

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Innovation helps fabrics industry expand

Processes that spark innovation are just good business By Barb Ernster Most people agree that innovation is the key to growth and expansion, but some innovative business practices are truly inspired in their creativity and utility. Innovation is a widely used term, but not readily understood, says Louis Foreman, founder of Enventys, a full service …

Nonwovens partnership promotes development of textile functionality

The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University has announced a partnership with Enercon Industries Corp. designed to combine each organization’s expertise to develop technology to advance the functionality of nonwovens and technical textiles. Associate professor Seshadri Ramkumar says that the partnership will explore the opportunities of commercializing atmospheric plasma technologies …

VDMA awards junior engineers

The Walter Reiners Foundation of the German textile machinery industry has honoured three successful junior engineers for research projects that “respond to the new textile reality.” Dr. Uwe Köckritz, TU Dresden, was honoured for his dissertation dealing with the fiber reinforcement of concrete. Fabian Schreiber, RWTH Aachen, won the award for the best diploma thesis, …

Rental industry supports economic stimulus

The American Rental Association (ARA) advocates an economic stimulus package that provides tax relief to spur investment in the rental industry, along with significant spending on infrastructure that will help lift the declining equipment rental industry. More than 4,000 equipment rental businesses and 1,100 equipment manufacturers in the U.S. make up this $35.3 billion industry, …