Automotive leather cutter

August 1st, 2019

Digital leather cutting solution Versalis® 2019 improves productivity and nesting efficiency performance with an evolution in equipment and software design based on customer feedback. Cutting precision is improved by a large pressure plate that flattens wrinkles before the start of the cutting operation to deliver a higher level of performance and production standardization. Its ergonomic […]

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Radiant barrier

August 1st, 2019

HeiQ XReflex is an innovative radiant barrier technology that allows products such as outerwear, midlayers and sleeping bags to maintain the required level of warmth while reducing bulk by as much as 50 percent. With an ultra-thin reflective surface applied through a high-tech vapor deposition process, the technology reflects the body’s radiant heat, increasing thermal […]

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Prepare now for a future disaster

August 1st, 2019

by Jeff Moravec In a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Irma in 2017, business owners had to deal not only with repairing damage to their shops, but to their homes as well. Tornadoes, as well as the hurricane itself, ravaged the home of Oceanside Canvas’ owners on Cudjoe Bay in the Florida Keys. Photo: Steve […]

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Robots on the wing

August 1st, 2019

Purdue University researchers are building robotic hummingbirds taught to fly using artificial intelligence methods. The robots fly while tethered to an energy source, but the researchers expect that soon they will have the freedom of battery operation. Photos: Purdue University/Jared Pike. Hummingbirds are amazing creatures: They flap their wings as fast as 80 times per […]

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Your trade, your show

August 1st, 2019

by Linden Wicklund This year is the 99th year of IFAI Expo, and like every year, we’ve added new features to keep attendees and exhibitors coming back year after year. Among other things, there will be a fun run, puppies, and classroom and show floor education each day of the show. But the most entertaining […]

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Fabric technologies and livable cities in the future

August 1st, 2019

Sustainability and biodiversity will be key to livable cities, with new technologies leading the way.  by Marie O’Mahony According to the World Bank, city dwellers accounted for more than half the world’s total population in 2007, while the United Nations (UN) warns that by the middle of this century they will account for two-thirds of […]

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Partying in sustainable style: Cannes Film Festival

August 1st, 2019

The “after party” for the colorful, sustainable carpet used at a Cannes Film Festival event includes being reused before being recycled. The worn part will be regenerated, and the rest will be repurposed. Photos: Aquafil. Since 1998, Swiss jeweler Chopard has been an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival. The luxury house crafts the […]

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Durable upholstery fabric

August 1st, 2019

Designed for beauty and strength, Batyline Lounge performance upholstery fabrics for exterior applications hold up under the demands of weather, UV rays and active lifestyles. Its dimensional stability resists sags and tears. With subtle colors that blend with nature, the fabric is low maintenance, quick drying, easy to clean and fire-retardant to IMO standards, the […]

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