Awnings encourage natural light and offer shade protection

June 1, 2023  |  Markets, Product Trends

Natural light can help reduce energy usage in our buildings. This is a lesson known for centuries but seemingly forgotten after the 1940s with postwar technological advances in air conditioning (coupled with the Modernist design movement that declared “ornament is a crime”). These stripped-down …
Smart textiles for health care and reducing accidents

May 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Smart textiles for health and well-being are becoming both more diverse and interconnected. Three key market segments—home health care, health care facilities and work environments—are especially worth noting. Home health care has come to dominate the wearable medical device market globally, wit…
Tips for keeping warehouses safe, organized and profitable

May 1, 2023  |  Business, Markets

Today’s warehouses are no longer just for storage. From being a showroom of products to providing a space for drying operations to housing all facets of inventory, today’s warehouses are multipurpose spaces that require well-defined organization and management to keep processes streamlined and e…
Exciting innovations in textile research at U.S. schools

May 1, 2023  |  Industry in Focus, Markets

New textile products and processes are constantly being developed to meet the needs of the textile industry and other related industries, including aerospace, medicine, robotics, defense and more. Where do these new products and techniques originate?
Fabrics finishers need new processes, products

April 1, 2023  |  Markets, Product Trends

These days in the fabric finishing world, many of the biggest tasks don’t even involve the latest and greatest advancements in fabric protection. There’s just as much effort, if not more, being made to improve the methods by which that finishing is accomplished.
Textile industry leaders discuss 2023 market challenges

April 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

The Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) board chair, Amy Bircher, and the ATA first vice chair, Roy Chism, responded to questions about the industry in 2022 and where it may be going in 2023.
Leadership and management: Both are necessary for success

April 1, 2023  |  Business, Markets

Leadership and management are closely related; however, despite often being spoken of in the same breath, they are certainly not synonymous. If we use those terms interchangeably, we tend to behave as if these roles are interchangeable and equivalent. Doing so means we miss critical components of ex…
Sustainable medical textiles

March 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

IT’S A SOBERING statement: “The U.S. health care system is responsible for an estimated 10% of national greenhouse gas emissions, which cause extreme weather events and contribute to worse health outcomes.” That’s the start of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee repo…
Makers’ mark

March 1, 2023  |  Markets

Whether it be automation, dealing with workforce issues or managing supply chain difficulties, fabricators large and small continue to face a number of challenges.
Out of this world inflatables

March 1, 2023  |  Inflatables, Markets

When you hear the phrase “inflatable structure,” the first image that comes to mind is likely to be a brightly colored bounce house or maybe the temporary buildings that were used for COVID testing or administering vaccinations during the pandemic.