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“Quilted box” house wins in Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

October 31, 2012

Students from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) came to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon with a CHIP on their shoulders. The Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The SCI-Arc/Caltech team won first place …

Bast fiber processing large-scale trial

October 30, 2012

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), Vancouver, B.C., Canada, developed the CRAiLAR® enzymatic technology for processing bast fibers (including flax, hemp, jute and kenaf). Working under a third-party manufacturing agreement with Barnhardt Mfg. Co., Charlotte, N.C., NAT has completed its final large-scale production and commercialization trial. Barnhardt, a global supplier of bleached and chemically enhanced cotton …

Clariant makes sustainability measurable for textile mills and brands

October 29, 2012

The Swiss specialty chemicals group Clariant has announced the introduction of a new service called ONE WAY that helps textile mills, brands and retailers measure the impact of their textile solutions on the environment, resource and climate. The company wishes to help its customers to develop textile solutions that are both more ecologically and economically …

Shade sail design capability added to Awning Composer by Tri Vantage®

October 26, 2012

Tri Vantage®, in collaboration with Meliar Design, has added elements of MPanel Shade Designer software to Awning Composer, enabling users to create 3-D shade sail models for visualizing the effects of shade sails on outdoor spaces. “Connections between our two programs will allow users to easily create designs in MPanel Shade Designer and transfer them …

T.E.A.M. Inc. acquires Elite Carbon assets

October 25, 2012

Textile Engineering and Manufacturing Inc. (T.E.A.M.), a weaver of 2-D and 3-D fabrics and net shape preforms for composites applications, has acquired certain assets of carbon fabric weaver Elite Carbon Fabrics LLC, including equipment and some raw material. Separately, T.E.A.M. has hired key personnel, including Andrew Hickson, and leased Elite’s former manufacturing facility located in …

Dow lab enhances elastomer research

October 24, 2012

Dow Europe GmbH, Horgen, Switzerland, has enhanced its formulation and testing lab at the Performance Plastics Innovation Center to respond to extensive growth in use of elastomers for adhesives and flexible membranes. New capacities include a hot melt adhesive coating and lamination unit and a direct extrusion line for flexible membranes. According to Pierre Burelli, …

Rainier Industries acquires The SEC Group to expand offerings

October 23, 2012

To satisfy increasing demand for their tent products in the event rental business, Rainier Industries has completed the acquisition of The SEC Group in Wilsonville, Ore. “This is a great marriage of two of the tent industry’s leading players,” said Rainer President Scott Campbell. “Spencer and I have worked together for decades, so combining our …

Ultra-secure paper shredder exceeds high-security requirements

October 22, 2012

Security Engineered Machinery (SEM) has introduced the Model 344 High Security Paper Shredder, which exceeds current government requirements for the destruction of top secret and classified data. Already evaluated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and listed on the NSA/CSS 02–01 Evaluated Products List for high-security paper shredders, Model 344 reduces paper to miniscule 0.8 …

Rainier Industries opening East Coast manufacturing facility

October 19, 2012

The former John Boyle Co. facility will be used to provide better service and quicker delivery time to Rainier’s expanding East Coast dealer network. To satisfy increasing demand for their retractable awning and screen products, Rainier Industries has completed the acquisition of a new 220,000 square-foot manufacturing facility from Glen Raven Inc. Located in Statesville, …

ACW consolidates for “lean manufacturing”

October 18, 2012

For two years, American Cord and Webbing (ACW), Woonsocket, R.I., has worked toward bringing its three manufacturing facilities under one roof. The company’s expansion into a single-site “lean manufacturing” facility is complete, and now ACW can take a product from concept to production to custom packaging to assembly. The business custom-designs plastic and metal fasteners, …

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The Custom Shop’s Cuda convertible, sporting Enduratex upholstery modifications

October 17, 2012

Enduratex, Mira Loma, Calif., and The Custom Shop have teamed up to turn out what is sure to be a show stopper at the SEMA Show, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2012, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Custom Shop will display the Pro Touring 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible, a pro-built street car with street performance, …

Unifi Inc. takes active role in sustaining manufacturing in the Americas

October 16, 2012

After working diligently with government trade officials for the past five years, Unifi Inc. and U.S. trade representatives have announced legislation providing a technical correction to the sewing thread provision in the United States Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The bill was passed in Congress on Aug. 3, 2012, and took effect on …

Leister and Premsco announce partnership

October 15, 2012

Leister Technologies AG and Premsco Inc. announced in an Oct. 10 press release the selection of Puerto Rico-based Premsco as Leister’s sales and distribution partner in the Caribbean. Premsco will serve as master distributor of Leister’s industrial heaters and blowers, and also has non-exclusive rights to distribute Leister’s line of plastic welding equipment used in …

Fundraising gala for the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Nov. 14

October 12, 2012

Meryl Streep and Susan Sarandon will be among the luminaries honoring William McDonough at a fundraising gala for the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco, Calif. The gala is being held during the week San Francisco hosts Greenbuild. The purpose of the event is …

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Scott Miller recognized as outstanding entrepreneur

TiE Ohio, the Ohio chapter of The International Entrepreneur, has named Scott Miller of Miller Weldmaster, Navarre, Ohio, the recipient of its Global Entrepreneur Award. The Global Entrepreneur Award recognizes an entrepreneur, either foreign born or local born, who started his or her company in Ohio and has a global presence today. Award criteria considered …

Dow introduces Silvadur™ antimicrobial treatment for textiles

October 11, 2012

Dow Microbial Control (DMC), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., has introduced Silvadur™ Antimicrobial, a new microbial control technology that provides long-lasting freshness and reliable protection against unwanted bacteria that can cause unpleasant odors, decay, rot and discoloration in fabrics. Silvadur combines the outstanding efficacy and safety of silver—a trusted antimicrobial agent for …

Assess your company’s disaster readiness: free SBA/Agility webinar, Oct. 16

October 10, 2012

When it comes to emergency planning, the mind set of many business owners often falls somewhere between being proactive or reactive. Taking the first step—determining your risks— is a good start towards developing a business continuity plan best suited for the needs of your organization. Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will …

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Leister and Premsco announce partnership

Leister Technologies AG and Premsco Inc. announced in an Oct. 10 press release the selection of Puerto Rico–based Premsco as Leister’s sales and distribution partner in the Caribbean. The release said that Premsco will serve as master distributor of Leister’s industrial heaters and blowers. Premsco also has non–exclusive rights to distribute Leister’s line of plastic …

Campaign for Wool launched in Manhattan for U.S. markets

October 9, 2012

In late September, midtown Manhattan’s historic green space, Bryant Park, was transformed to launch the Campaign for Wool into the U.S. interiors market. The fountain became a fantastic wool sculpture; trees were wrapped in wool felt; carpets, upholstery and bedding brought a riot of color; and the stars of the show were the real-life sheep, …

Business4Better invites nonprofits to apply for free exposition space

October 8, 2012

Business4Better invites nonprofits to apply for free exposition space at inaugural event in May 2013 Business4Better has opened the application process for qualifying nonprofit organizations interested in fostering deeper and more impactful relationships with businesses to secure a free exhibit space at their inaugural event. Nonprofits that can offer businesses ways to dedicate employee time, …

Futurotextiles 3: on the ultra-light, at CETI

October 5, 2012

Futurotextiles 3 brings together science, technology, design, fashion and art, all used in innovative textiles in sectors such as clothing, transport, sport, housing, architecture, geotextiles, health and safety. Presented as part of the Fantastic festival, in Tourcoing, France, its inauguration will coincide with the opening of the European Center for Innovative Textiles (CETI), with an …

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Cooley Group awarded 2012 EcoPrint Europe Great Innovation Award

October 4, 2012

Cooley Group, Pawtucket, R.I., was named winner of the Great Innovation Award at the inaugural 2012 EcoPrint Europe event, held in Berlin, Germany. Bryan Rose, vice president and general manager of Cooley’s Commercial Graphics division, spoke about its newest innovation, EnviroFlex™ PE—a lightweight, 100 percent recyclable print media that offers a 60 percent lower carbon …

Energy forum on solar building skins in Italy

The use of photovoltaics (PV) is not only limited to generating electricity but can, in fact, also play a major part in energy-saving strategies. With respect to daylight control, in particular, semitransparent photovoltaics provide a wide range of building façade applications. The transparency of crystalline-based solar modules is determined by the distance between each cell: …

Cooley Group awarded 2012 EcoPrint Europe Great Innovation Award

October 3, 2012

Cooley Group, Pawtucket, R.I., was named winner of the Great Innovation Award at the inaugural 2012 EcoPrint Europe event, held in Berlin, Germany. Bryan Rose, vice president and general manager of Cooley’s Commercial Graphics division, spoke about its newest innovation, EnviroFlex™ PE—a lightweight, 100 percent recyclable print media that offers a 60 percent lower carbon …

European Center for Innovative Textiles opens

October 2, 2012

The European Center for Innovative Textiles (CETI) will officially open on Oct. 10-11 in Roubaix (Northern France), and has introduced the CETI International Forum to be held on Oct. 11, 2012: New Technologies for New Markets. The CETI International Forum will give an overview of the new technologies available (extrusion of mono-, bi- and tricomponent …

Silkworms step up fiber production

October 1, 2012

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc., Lansing, Mich., produces a proprietary fiber, Monster Silk™, that incorporates features of spider web material into a silk base. The transgenic silkworms, which have had spider genes spliced into their DNA, produce the fiber. The genetically engineered silkworms produced silk that was still 96 to 98 percent silkworm, with only 2 …

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Turning competitors into partners

Marine fabricators discover how working together has benefits for both. By Maura Keller Working with a company that meshes perfectly with your vision—one that’s organized, effective and delivers on promises every time—can be downright startling. That company is the one you turn to time and time again because of its exceptional products, services and business …

Sinclair acquires PWT International

Frank Sinclair formed his own company, Sinclair Equipment Co., Diamond Springs, Calif., in 1987, developing success in the flooring and industrial fabrics market. In 1979, Sinclair was general manager of Columbine Intl., which developed a strong presence in geosynthetics and rigid plastic fabrication. In March 2012, Sinclair Equipment combined with Columbine’s successor, PWT International, to …

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Fabric roof transforms Bries beach club

A double-layer fabric roof helps solve the seasonal issue for a beach club on Holland’s coast. By Mark Zeh Recently a new type of trendy nightclub and restaurant has appeared on the coast of Holland: the beach club. The words beach club normally evoke thoughts of summer heat, light dress and casual eating fare, so …

Secant Medical performance recognized

The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies for outstanding achievement and superior performance in leadership, technologcal innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Secant Medical Inc., Perkasie, Pa., won the 2012 North American Award for Enabling Technology for its cutting-edge biomedical textiles, widely used by medical device manufacturers for implantable technology. Secant Medical’s …

Conferences feature textile innovations

The TCL2012 International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, Spain; Innovation for Textile Resource Efficiency conference, Brussels. TCL2012, the original international conference on the coating and laminating of textiles, will be held on Nov. 15–16, 2012, in the beautiful and historic city of Valencia, Spain. Over nearly 20 years, the International Conference on Textile Coating …

Textile technology books covers multiple industry aspects

Woodhead Publishing, based in Cambridge, England, publishes textile technology books for an international audience. The company recently published three books that focus on different aspects of the industry. > The Global Textile and Clothing Industry: Technological Advances and Future Challenges, edited by Professor Rashan Shishoo, former director of the Swedish Institute for Polymers and Fibers …

Visual aids for tasks where vision sensors are limited

Cognex Corp. has introduced the In-Sight® 7010, an entry-level vision system developed specifically for inspection tasks where vision sensors are too limited and a standard system may not be cost effective. Self-contained system includes autofocus optics and integrated lighting in a compact housing. The built-in autofocus capability is recommended for production situations requiring regular part …

New hires at Integrated Textile Solutions

Integrated Textile Solutions (ITS), a leading provider of cutting, sewing, packaging and distribution services, is expanding its market reach by recruiting Dan Swift to a newly created business development role. With more than 35 years of industry experience, Swift will focus on sales of the company’s product development, production, inspection, repair, warehousing and order fulfillment …

Polyester filament yarns made from recycled plastic bottles

Newlife™ is a complete and certified system of recycled polyester filament yarns coming 100 percent from recycled plastic bottles, processed into a polymer through a mechanical (not chemical) process and spun into yarn. The flexible Newlife platform allows for a vast number of applications and performances with levels of quality at least equal to virgin …

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LED belt merges safety and style

Two designers in San Francisco have merged safety, fashion and culture into an article of clothing. Their idea: to create the world’s first multipurpose illuminating LED safety belt that also looks good. HALO looks like an ordinary, everyday belt. Within the premium quality nylon of the belt, an LED emits lighting through a thermoplastic polyurethane …

Promotion at Arlon

Arlon Graphics has promoted Chad Russell to the director of business development, based in Arlon’s headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif. He will be responsible for the product management team, new product commercialization, product strategy and pricing for all graphics product lines. Russell worked in Arlon’s sales organization for eight years and most recently served as …

Fabric for protective clothing

Ecoshield® fabric, the latest addition to Victor Group’s Eco Intelligence® collection of sustainable products, is fire-resistant and environmentally friendly. The fabric will be used in protective clothing for individuals working in hazardous occupations and environments. Created in a closed loop system, Ecoshield is the first fabric to contain post-consumer recycled aramid fabric waste, and offers …

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‘Demountable’ theater caters to ever-changing educational demands

Student populations rise and fall based on factors such as birth rate, the state of the economy, availability of grant funding, school reputation and more, giving facility managers fits trying to match building capacity to student enrollment. The popularity of portable classroom structures, also called bungalows, t-shacks, trailers, terrapins, huts, t-buildings or, in Australia, demountables, …

New president for Verseidag

Eric Tischer now serves as president of Verseidag Seemee U.S., and will be responsible for handling all day-to-day business aspects of VSUS’s North and South American markets. In his previous roles at the company, Tischer was instrumental in positioning the company into the printable textile market; with 15 years of experience. Tischer replaces Garland Drew, …

Separator removes metal particles

Model CF Metal Separator from Eriez® can be installed directly above the material feed throat of an extruder, injection molding or blow molding machine. It removes both magnetic and non-magnetic metal contaminants from a slow, downward moving column of material, reducing machine downtime and costly repairs, and improving product purity. Unit features automatic self-calibration and …

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Unique rug-making process combines beauty and practicality

Although Liora Manné planned a life in the theater, a textile design class at North Carolina State University changed her career path. Intrigued with the dependence of design on cutting-edge technology, Manné completed a master’s degree in both textile design and textile engineering and headed for New York City. She found her passion in home …

In memoriam: Baird Gray Holker

Baird Gray Holker, 80, of Englewood, Fla., passed away on Aug. 27, 2012, following an extended illness. Holker, who served as president of several companies throughout his career, including Central Fabric Engineering Inc., H/H Marketing and Business Management Concepts, was president (chairman) of the Industrial Fabrics Association International in 1988–1989, and became an Honored Life …

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Save money with inkjet rental program

Roland DGA Corp. offers a new rental program for its line of inkjet printers and printer/cutters, available to customers in the United States only. Program provides flexible financing options for customers with short-term equipment requirements, as well as businesses that do not qualify for traditional financing programs. Available exclusively for Roland VersaCAMM, VersaArt and VersaStudio …

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Multitasking umbrella tested by concertgoers

At the Isle of Wight Festival in the United Kingdom in June 2012, some of the people carrying umbrellas were beta testers for a new product: the Booster Brolly. Vodafone U.K., Berkshire, England, created a multitasking prototype with the University College London that works like an umbrella—and an eco-friendly mobile phone charger—and a wireless cell …

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Chattanooga Tent quickly responds to disasters

[Chattanooga Tent Co.] Chattanooga, Tenn. Chattanooga Tent Company’s location helps it to respond quickly to disasters, such as hurricanes on the Atlantic, Gulf and Florida coasts. Hurricane Katrina was so devastating that temporary shelters formed base camps which housed hundreds, or even thousands, of relief workers and emergency employees for weeks or months. The tents …

Smaller rolls of Fisher’s dye sublimation fabric available

Fisher Textiles, a supplier of fabrics for digital printing, now stocks 7110 X-Out in a 54-inch width, previously only available in 110 inches. It is compatible with dye sublimation, UV and latex printing, 6.7 ounces per yard. The base fabric is polyester with viscose/rayon flocking; it is flame retardant and meets Section 13115 of the …

Until bags fly free, garment bag allows tight packing

Now that airlines charge fees for luggage, packing space for frequent flyers is at an all-time minimum. Luggage manufacturer Sea to Summit, Boulder, Colo., selected INVISTA’s Ultra-Sil CORDURA® Ultralite fabric to lighten up travellers’ loads. The company’s new line of travel accessories, Travelling Light™, features a lightweight, durable and modern solution to luggage organization. The …

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Tents provide off-site medical facilites during disasters

[Traube Tent & Structures] Columbia, Ill. Sherman Hospital is a Regional Hospital Coordinating Center (RHCC) with the responsibility for providing disaster preparedness assets for the Elgin, Ill., region. Acknowledging a need to provide better off-site medical care during disasters, Sherman RHCC made an investment in rapid deployment tents that will allow it to provide field …

Clariant expands capacity for next-generation fluorochemicals in Germany

As one of the leading companies in the production of fabric repellency treatments, Clariant has increased its capacity to produce next-generation fluorochemicals at its plant in Gendorf, Germany. With an investment of 8 million euros supporting C6 chemistries, the plant will support new lines of Nuva® products and expand options for customers who are increasingly …