PAMA workshop at NECPA 2016 Expo

January 18, 2016

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association and the Northeast Canvas Products Association are teaming up for a one-day workshop on Friday, Jan. 22 in Springfield, Mass. The workshop will include a full day of awning-related education sessions during the NECPA’s Annual Meeting and Expo. Education sessions include: Principles of Lean Manufacturing 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Joe …

Body dimension data improves safety

January 7, 2016

Researchers at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have recorded and developed a database of firefighter body measurements to improve the design and safety of fire apparatus and equipment. It’s estimated that 100 firefighters die in the line of duty in the U.S. each year and about 72,000 are injured. Working with …

National Small Business Week Awards seek nominations

January 6, 2016

Nominations for the 2016 National Small Business Week Awards are being accepted online until 3:00 p.m. ET on Jan. 11. Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week, May 1-7, 2016. National Small Business Week recognizes entrepreneurs and small business owners for their outstanding achievements through various awards. National Small Business Week award categories …

Serge Ferrari introduces new upholstery material

January 5, 2016

Serge Ferrari introduced its new indoor and outdoor furniture upholstery membrane, Stamskin® One, at Paris Design Week in September. Stamskin One is an elastomer-coated polyester jersey with soft and luxurious feel, similar to worn leather. Its durability makes it ideal for demanding environments like yachts, restaurants, poolside seating, busy waiting areas and massage tables. Stamskin …

Hornshuch Group’s Revl wins best product of the year

January 4, 2016

An innovative vinyl surface, “Revl,” was named 2015 Product of the Year in the textiles/hospitality category at the Best of the Year Awards presented by Interior Design Today magazine Dec. 4 in New York City. Revl (revolutionary vinyl) was created by O’Sullivan Films Inc., a member of the Hornschuch Group, and Crypton, a US-American specialist …

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A continuing thread

January 1, 2016

Fabricators’ needs evolve constantly, and so do the sewing threads they use. Thread is becoming more high-tech by the day—but not necessarily in the ways you might expect. Yes, it’s being made with new synthetic fibers (although the vast majority of thread sold in the world is still cotton-poly or some subset thereof). But the …

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Keep moving

For most businesses, change is an essential part of long-term success. Ongoing innovation, in products, processes, service and value, is the best way to beat the competition. Innovation. It’s the essential ingredient in any company’s ability to thrive and stay viable for the long haul. Innovative companies are restless explorers, constantly searching for and testing …

Light, bright and protected

Precision Custom Canvas Inc.’s client wanted to create a fresh, new space to enjoy on the aft deck of a custom cruiser they were rehabbing. A bimini top and full enclosure would provide privacy and protection from the elements, but the client also wanted to keep things bright and airy, and be able to open …

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Behind the curtain

Geosynthetics make an impact in a large marine construction project near the Golden Gate Bridge. Marine construction projects often come with a unique set of obstacles. In addition to the challenge of building stable structures in and under water, the environmental impact of construction must be limited. Creative and inventive methods for mitigating environmental contamination …

Barbeque cover: touchdown!

When a Cleveland Browns fan requested a custom cover for his new Big Green Egg—an outdoor cooker that is a grill, an oven and a smoker rolled into one—Capital City Awning of Columbus, Ohio, took the opportunity to create a fun, unique design. The customer gave Capital City creative control with one request—the cover needed …