Textile ceiling panels create ribbons of light

February 1, 2012

[Eventscape Inc.] Toronto, Ont., Canada Eventscape Inc. designed an aluminum-framed, undulating textile ribbon and several framed, textile ceiling panels, wall panels and light boxes for a client that requested a playful, creative office environment. The sinuous atrium ribbon was originally conceived as a metal element, but because the form was so complex to build, it …

Sails for a stadium

[Sail Structures] Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia The architect’s design for a sports stadium was based on a roofing system with a clearspan of 85 by 42 meters with no internal support columns. Due to engineering requirements, the outside could not be fully enclosed and had to let wind blow through, but the client needed weather …

Versatile PET signage line

Value Vinyls, Grand Prairie, Texas, has introduced a new line of PET scrimless signage media designed to create eye-catching graphics. Rio PET Sign Media has a smooth, matte finish, compatible with screen printing, digital printing and pressure-sensitive lettering. Intended for long-term indoor and short-term outdoor display usage, it is engineered to provide low-curl and vibrant …

Grommet-replacing lace

E-Z Lace Supreme from Manart-Hirsch Co. Inc., Lynbrook, N.Y., is a suitable substitution for grommets and is up to 25 percent stronger. Featuring 1.25-inch lacing holes woven into the fabric, the 3-inch spacing is durable enough to secure awnings and flexible enough to protect bimini tops. The 63 percent solution-dyed polyester and 37 percent solution-dyed …

Matching webbing

Cafe Noir #35 Edge Webbing is the latest addition to the line of shade sail edge webbing available from Polyfab USA, Manhattan Beach, Calif., offering an accurate match with Café Noir Polytex®, a fire-rated, knitted HDPE shade fabric for modular shade structures and shade sails. Recommended for residential and small commercial installations with unsupported spans …

Energy efficient blanket

HDT Global’s Expeditionary Energy Efficiency (E2) line includes the Radiant Barrier Blanket, an expeditionary shelter accessory that creates an additional thermal barrier, increasing a shelter’s insulation capability. In hot climates, it helps the shelter cool faster and warm slower, reducing environmental control unit (ECU) run time by 75 percent. In cold climates it helps the …

Geomembranes offer high performance

With the EPT Xtrm Pl geomembranes from Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT), Hillside, N.J., fabricators can reduce the number of seams needed and still maintain high product performance. Suitable for potable water storage and protection, coal ash liners, retention ponds, land fill and solid waste containment, tunnel and canal liners, fuel and water storage tanks, flexible …

Ken Robinson’s commitment to employees pays off

Ken Robinson leverages economics and human resource strategies to increase productivity. By Sigrid Tornquist “One of the most universally disliked classes I took while pursuing my MBA at Tulane University was one about human resources,” says Ken Robinson, president of Engineered Textile Products Inc. (ETP) in Mobile, Ala. “But even while I was taking the …

Fabrics in entertainment

Specialty fabrics play an important supporting role in live entertainment applications. By Jamie Swedberg The world of textiles used in theater applications can seem foreign, even to companies that produce and work with specialty fabrics. Part of what makes it daunting is the jargon: It’s easy to feel like an outsider when you don’t know …

Photovoltaic fabrics add energy in design

Photovoltaic fabric structures add function to form and energy to aesthetics. By Janice Kleinschmidt Power is literally in the hands of today’s fabric structure makers—and the forecast looks bright for any fabric-related business that looks to the sun for advantage. “I think every fabric product manufacturer in the future is going to be selling power …