Flexible hybrid electronics and textiles create possibilities for warfighters

September 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) technology combines the flexibility and low cost of printed electronics technology with the performance of semiconductor devices to create a new category of electronics. No longer constrained by rigid, bulky and nonconforming printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs)…
How are industry codes and standards developed?

September 1, 2021  |  Awnings & Canopies, Fabric Structures, Inflatables, Markets, Tents

When tent, awning and fabric structure installers think of codes and standards, they often envision the building and fire departments of local and state jurisdictions that enforce such regulations on their projects. Enforcement is the very end of the process—the result of many years of code develo…
Marine patterning tech, from beginning to end

August 1, 2021  |  Marine, Markets

For nearly 40 years, Marine Tops Unlimited Inc. has provided custom fabrication for Wisconsin boats. Kyle Van Damme, who runs the company’s operation in Omro, west of Oshkosh, has for most of those years done fabrication the old-fashioned way: designing and measuring by hand, not by computer.
Industrial inflatable improves worker safety

August 1, 2021  |  Inflatables, Markets

When CS Energy, an Australian energy company based in Queensland, needed to create a safer work environment at a power station, it turned to Giant Inflatables Industrial of Melbourne to design and fabricate an inflatable solution.
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Equipment that makes a difference

July 1, 2021  |  Feature, Markets

Countless decisions go into the daily operation of a business, some big, some small, but all part of determining how successful a company is going to be. The decision to purchase equipment is usually one of the bigger decisions—and it also can make the biggest difference. Equipment purchases can h…
A giant leap for technical textiles

July 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

The International Achievement Awards (IAAs) began in 1946 as a photo contest for awning and canopy projects, and 75 years later, the program continues to honor exceptional work in those fields. But as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the IAAs in 2021, we can marvel at the wide range of projects …
Top trade challenges and opportunities in 2021

July 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

The list of trade issues facing Washington policy makers in 2021 is long and complex. How these issues will be addressed affects a range of industries, and the textile industry is no exception. With member companies driving innovation in materials essential to health care, advanced technologies and …
DITF celebrates 100 years of textile innovation

June 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) is the largest textile research center in Europe, with roots that go back 100 years to the first German Research Institute for the Textile Industry, established in Reutlingen in 1921. As the institute expanded to additional locations in Stut…