PGI invests in nonwovens technology

January 11, 2010

Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) is investing in nonwovens technology in both the U.S. and Asia to serve the hygiene and healthcare marketplace. PGI plans to install new custom-designed spunmelt machines in the U.S. and China. Construction associated with the projects is expected to begin early in the first quarter of 2010 and material is expected …

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Choosing light bulbs for backlit awnings

January 1, 2010

Compiled by Juli Case What kind of fluorescent bulbs should I use for an outdoor backlit awning, and where should I get it? We did a quick survey of awning manufacturers and were cautioned that the fluorescent bulbs you need should be able to withstand outdoor conditions—particularly cold weather. Specifically, you need to look for …

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Retail-size wipes

New 303 Products Aerospace Protectant Wipes™ are available for 2010 in a new retail size containing 40 towlettes. A powerful UV screening surface treatment, the protectant is sold in the automotive, marine, RV, hardware, pool/spa, outdoors and recreation aftermarkets. Regular use provides 100 percent protection against UV-caused fading, according to the manufacturer. SOURCE 303 Products …

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Make your own keder

The new keder machine from Sinclair Equipment Co. allows for fully adjustable keder sizes for single or double flap configuration. The Spec Hem Welder is the basis for the unit that includes the material unrolling device to produce finished keder. The aluminum mounting structure can be a stand-alone unit or can be mounted on a …

Licensed sealing technology

Genesis Plastics Welding is now offering its proprietary ecoGenesis™ plastics sealing technology for license. The process allows RF welding of materials without the addition of toxic plasticizers or additives. Use of the technology enables the elimination of PVC and PU in products within industries such as the military, consumer, automotive and medical sectors. Manufacturers with …

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How to find boat registries for a marine business plan

Compiled by Juli Case I’m applying for a loan, and the lender wants me to submit a business plan for my marine shop. How do I find out how many boats there are registered in New Jersey, so I can show them how many potential customers there are? Boat owners are usually required to register …

Availability of CASmate program

Compiled by Juli Case Is the CASmate program still available? CASmate was a program produced by a company called Scanvec, which has since merged with a company called Amiable and is known as SAi. CASmate was used by awning and sign companies to cut out vinyl lettering. Unfortunately, CASmate was discontinued some time ago, and …

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Geotextile boom in China

After the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) approved the Ministry of Railways’ investment plan of 2 trillion Chinese yuan in 2008, the Ministry of Transport is examining a plan to invest 5 trillion yuan over the next 3-5 years. In the ten measures issued by the Council to stimulate domestic demands, …

To lay off or not to lay off?

The Shared Work program can help answer the question of how to keep employees while reducing labor costs. By Sigrid Tornquist Anyone who’s been laid off from a job knows that the experience is usually accompanied by emotional and financial hardships. And anyone who’s had to lay off a valued employee knows that good employees …

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Equipment and process efficiency

Finding efficiencies in equipment and processes to improve productivity, quality and delivery. By Janice Kleinschmidt In the early 20th century, mass production created not only jobs for assembly-line workers, but also for people to increase productivity. They were called ‘efficiency experts.’ These days, the phrase is ‘lean manufacturing.’ “It’s about much more than production,” says …