Narrow fabrics industrial evolution

July 1st, 2015

Narrow fabrics are matching the high-performance needs of safety, medical and military markets with their own technological advances. Say “narrow fabric” and the average consumer may think of ribbon and zippers. The markets for narrow fabric manufacturers go far beyond those products, and with ongoing technological advances are broadening even further. Carolina Narrow Fabric proves […]

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Equipment Showcase: Flexibility

July 1st, 2015

Equipment manufacturers weigh in on new trends and technologies. Click on the images for a full slideshow with captions.

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Topcoat specialty films

July 1st, 2015

FLEXcon has introduced a new DigiPRO® topcoat created specifically for use with its 2.4 mil vinyl specialty films for HP Indigo printing—keeping the sparkle, shine and glow in place when printing digitally, and saving a step in the printing process. The first topcoated film now available is SHIMMERcal™ SILVERDG, a topcoated silver special vinyl coated […]

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Beyond the competition

July 1st, 2015

Patty and Charly Smail build their business by learning from each new customer—and finding gaps in what the competition offers. We’ve always been service-oriented people. That’s our style,” says Patty Smail, president of Shelter Structures Inc. in Philadelphia, Pa. “We wanted to find markets where they valued quality over price and where we could provide […]

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Equipment Showcase: Portability

July 1st, 2015

Equipment manufacturers weigh in on new trends and technologies. Click on the images for a full slideshow with captions.

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Let your T-shirt do the talking

July 1st, 2015

The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab, Cambridge, Mass., asked this question: Are current forms of social media making our relationships better? In response, MIT researchers developed the social textile to improve connections among people with common interests. T-shirts often carry written messages, but MIT’s social textile T-shirt carries technology—a capacitive sensor along the […]

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Equipment Showcase: Efficiency

July 1st, 2015

Equipment manufacturers weigh in on new trends and technologies. Click on the images for a full slideshow with captions.

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Cut-resistant fabric

July 1st, 2015

Cut-Tex® PRO is an ultra-high performance cut-resistant fabric, now available in five additional colors: optic white, olive green, navy blue and high-visibility orange and yellow. Comfortable to wear, machine washable, strong and durable, the material is now being used to line uniforms, tactical gear and other corporate workwear where safety is a concern. Cut-Tex PRO […]

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A colorful cocoon with a host of surprises

July 1st, 2015

Every year since 2000, London’s Serpentine Gallery looks to the world’s most innovative architects to commission a design for its Serpentine Pavilion on the lawn of Kensington Gardens. While the design is limited only by the architect’s imagination, a few of the requirements are that it be a flexible social space that includes a café, […]

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Graduating in ‘green’

July 1st, 2015

As students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide received their degrees this spring, they marched across the stage in gowns made of recycled plastic bottles, collectively saving an estimated eight million bottles from becoming a trash-heap inheritance. Oak Hall Cap and Gown, Salem, Va., manufactures gowns for judicial, religious and academic clientele. In […]

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