High-use hospitality

July 1st, 2015

Two new collections from LebaTex are designed to withstand use in high-traffic environments. The Fundamentals collection serves the hospitality, health care and commercial markets, and offers 21 stocked patterns, including five upholsteries (woven bouclés and subtle plaid weaves) and 17 draperies (silky sheers, crushed velvets and linen-like textures) in 136 different colors. The Global Beat […]

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No-slip Kevlar® shears

July 1st, 2015

An ergonomic scissors is specially designed for precise cutting of aramid woven cloth fabric, with tapered cutting blades that have one serrated edge for gripping the slippery fibers and a sharp edge for cutting them. Xuron® Model 9180 Kevlar Shears produce a clean, straight cut, recommended for splicing applications, and feature cushioned rubber handles and […]

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Staying equipped

July 1st, 2015

Equipment manufacturers weigh in on new trends and technologies. Doing a job right the first times takes preparation, experience and the right tools. From printers to sewing machines, textile equipment manufacturers are incorporating new technologies, reaching new markets and adapting their products to help end users do better work more efficiently. Power on The sewing […]

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5 top reasons for using an air-supported structure

July 1st, 2015

Many of the manufacturers interviewed for the air-supported structure feature in the July issue used similar arguments when pitching to clients on the benefits of air-supported structures. The top five: 1. Quick to erect. Air-supported fabric structures are significantly faster to erect than traditional “brick-and-mortar” structures. They do not require permanent foundations and generally need minimal […]

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Suspended showcase

July 1st, 2015

WonderWALL was a temporary exhibit space every bit as creative and compelling as the artwork it housed. Designed by LIKEarchitects of Porto, Portugal, to showcase the art piece “The Pool” by Jen Lewin, the cylindrical space was installed at the Colombo Shopping Mall in Lisbon in Sept. 2014. Made of approximately 20,000 strips of white […]

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Equipment Showcase: Productivity

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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Business and pleasure

July 1st, 2015

Attending trade shows is a valuable part of business strategy—with tax benefits. Self-employed specialty fabrics professionals—the owners, managers and employees of an industrial textiles and products business, even shareholder-employees—have long been allowed to claim an income tax deduction for the expenses of attending trade shows, conventions and meetings. Thanks to federal tax laws, the government […]

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Smaller, “smarter” and versatile

July 1st, 2015

Multidimensional narrow fabrics offer new ways to develop structures in medical and biomedical applications. A narrow fabric is loosely defined as being any non-elastic woven textile having a width of 12 inches or less and a woven selvage on each side. Narrow fabrics found use early on as hat bands, in corsets and lingerie, and […]

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