IFAI EXPO: past, present and future

June 1, 2019

Some weeks back, my book club was discussing the book “A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression,” which mostly details the government’s sometimes tortuous efforts to convince the U.S. public that they could eat less if they’d just eat more wisely. Results were mixed, but they did sprout 100 years of constantly …

Bermuda shorts with an added layer of cool

Traditionally worn three inches above the knee, Bermuda shorts are quintessential dress on their home island, commonly worn with sport coats for business attire as well as with polo shirts for casual occasions. But it’s not necessary to live on Bermuda to enjoy the island way of life. The Hamilton, Bermuda, men’s clothing line Coral …

Customized, portable cleanrooms

In certain manufacturing situations, the strictest level of cleanliness is necessary. During production, automation components, tools, microchips, space probes or medical devices can be affected by even the slightest contamination. Companies often employ cleanroom environments during the manufacturing and assembly process for contamination-sensitive parts. However, these environments come with their own challenges: they’re expensive, not …

Chic retractable roofing

The trendy London restaurant Chotto Matte recently opened its first U.S. outpost in Miami Beach, Fla. Specializing in Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine, the restaurant has a cool, modern aesthetic that combines an urban Tokyo vibe with the South Florida tropics. Colorful murals created by local street artists splash across the walls and contrast with the graphic …

Versatile cut resistance

PPSS Group’s Cut-Tex® PRO slash- and cut-resistant fabrics are used in clothing for law enforcement, corrections personnel, health care professionals and the glass and metal industry. Other applications include theft-proof beach bags, travel cases, storage protection and animal welfare. The versatile fabrics offer EN388:2016 Level E cut resistance (ANSI Level 5), the highest levels of …

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Cargo control: move it. Ship it. Store it. Contain it.

The global economy is in constant motion. For cargo from consumer goods to dangerous chemicals, a new generation of textile products is helping to get things where they need to go, safely and economically.  by Amy Goetzman Everything’s on the move. As economies expand around the world and gross domestic product rises, more commodities—food and …

Self-piercing grommets

ClipsShop® Self-Piercing Grommet Sets are made from solid brass and feature gripping teeth on the washers that provide extra holding power for a wide range of industrial applications subjected to constant tension, such as awnings, sails, banners, privacy screens, tarpaulins, tents and truck covers. The gripping teeth are ideally suited for multiple layers and thicker …

Setting a high standard: Owens Corning

Owens Corning’s philanthropic efforts, charity work and progressive employee policies have produced impressive results. By Paul Johnson For more than 40 years, Owens Corning, a developer and producer of  insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites, has been a supporter of a wide range of philanthropic endeavors and a key partner assisting charitable organizations across the globe. …

Michele Quadri-Butterfield keeps Al’s Awning Shop up to date and focused on customers

by Jill C. Lafferty The mission of Al’s Awning Shop is to be the leading provider of quality fabric solutions and to be dedicated to providing professional customer service and exceptional products,” says owner Michele Quadri-Butterfield. “Fabric solutions is key for me. It’s about taking a fabric and helping the customer find the solution to …

Sustainable infrastructure and construction textiles

Infrastructure and construction textiles succeed with a focus on sustainable alternatives. By Seshadri Ramkumar and Marie O’Mahony  Today’s advanced textiles offer new forms for use in infrastructure projects and in building design and construction. These “hidden” textiles may be found in small-scale applications such as home furnishings as well as in huge projects such as …