Biodegradable polyester thread

December 1st, 2022

Eco-B thread contains numerous biodegradable spots throughout the matrix of the plastic that aid in decomposition. Photo: Coats Group Industrial thread specialist, Coats Group, based in Kings Mountain, N.C., has launched a new recycled polyester thread featuring an additive that is designed to reduce microplastic pollution in landfills and oceans. The company has introduced Eco-B, […]

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Tribal textiles

December 1st, 2022

The Mahota Textiles team is (from left) Margaret Roach Wheeler, Taloa Underwood and Bethany McCord. When Chickasaw Margaret Roach Wheeler sat down at a loom as an undergraduate in college, she felt an instant connection to her mother and grandmother, who taught her how to weave as a child. Although she began her college studies […]

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Pros and cons of mobile marine shops

December 1st, 2022

When you’re a marine fabricator with a mobile unit, you’re often at a competitive advantage. Not only can you offer customers fast, convenient repairs and service, but you’re often able to recruit business from other boat owners who notice you at their marinas. Vendors who are fully mobile can save money on brick-and-mortar mortgages or […]

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Truly Circular

December 1st, 2022

If they aren’t recycled, discarded textiles are often incinerated or end up in a landfill like this one. Photo: Creative Commons You know the story. Textile waste is one of the largest causes of pollution on the planet.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans alone generate more than 15 million metric tons of […]

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Facing the Arctic

December 1st, 2022

A tactical air control party specialist assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, descends while conducting training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Photo: U.S. Air Force / Alejandro Peña. Dr. Braden Li, a materials research engineer with the Air Force Research Lab, is working on developing clothing for the Air Force designed for protecting […]

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IFAI Expo highpoints and highlights

December 1st, 2022

In 2021, attendees to the IFAI Expo in Nashville, Tenn., were cautious. We were all still wearing masks and practicing social distancing, and for some, the future was a bit uncertain.  In contrast, IFAI Expo 2022 in Charlotte, N.C., was definitely more upbeat. One could sense that attendees were far more energized this year. You […]

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Sensor Thread

December 1st, 2022

A sensor-embedded thread called Pecotex can be used in commercial embroidery machines to monitor breathing, heart activity and gases like ammonia in the breath, which can track liver and kidney function. Image: Güder Research Group Researchers at Imperial College London have embedded new low-cost sensors designed to monitor breathing, heart rate and ammonia into T-shirts […]

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Khalifa International Stadium

December 1st, 2022

When the 2022 FIFA World Cup games arrived at Qatar’s Khalifa International Stadium, viewers saw an innovative and visually stunning roof system built by Birdair Inc. Qatar has the honor of hosting the first-ever World Cup in the Middle East, where the Khalifa stadium is one of eight that will host World Cup matches from […]

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From waste into nonwovens

December 1st, 2022

Berry’s closed-loop recycling ecosystem takes post-industrial waste and turns it into new nonwoven fabric. Photo: Berry Global Group In an effort to reduce waste, Berry Global has formed a closed-loop recycling ecosystem to recycle materials in making its Endura spunbond and meltblown nonwovens product line.  Berry, headquartered in Evansville, Ind., creates Endura products by recycling […]

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Implementing CRM systems

December 1st, 2022

Most businesses use a few different software packages. Email and calendars are typically bundled together in services like Gmail and Outlook. Documents are typically handled with Microsoft Word and arrays of data with Excel. A customer relationship management (CRM) system is like having all these tools under one hood working seamlessly together. In essence, a […]

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