Clear vinyls that meet ASTM specifications

March 1, 2010  |  Awnings & Canopies, Resources

Compiled by Juli Case We do installations of clear curtains for restaurants who want to extend the use of their outdoor patios in rainy or cooler weather. One city we install in is requiring that we use clear vinyl that meets ASTM E84. Does such a thing exist? It’s not unusual to find a clear …
Where to get flexible solar panels

March 1, 2010  |  Fabric Structures, Resources

Compiled by Juli Case Where can I get flexible solar panels? Photovoltaic technology has been around for years, but offered in rigid solar panels that were rather bulky and not very compatible with fabric products. New innovations have made flexible photovoltaics possible, allowing them to be incorp…
Sample books for automotive interiors

March 1, 2010  |  Markets, Resources, Upholstery

Compiled by Juli Case Where can I get Detroit car books? I’m looking to buy a collection. Companies that do automotive upholstery are familiar with Detroit Car Books; they’re sample books that show the fabrics used in OEM automotive interiors for a particular year. You can purchase them …
Digital printing opportunities for interior fabrics

March 1, 2010  |  Resources

Digitally printed fabrics provide a world of opportunities for home interior applications. By Holly O’Dell Mass production may have been the hallmark of American retail and design, but consumers are ditching what they see as ‘cookie-cutter’ products and using interior designers to …
Offering fabric products to wind farms

February 1, 2010  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case There are a lot of wind farms going up in my area and I’d love it if they were a way for me to bring in new business. Are there any fabric products that I can offer them? The primary fabric used in wind farms is the composite material used in … <div><a href="https:…
Defining accelerated weathering for outdoor fabric

February 1, 2010  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case The sales literature on the boat cover fabric I’m thinking of using has information on something called accelerated weathering. What’s that, and how does it relate to how long the fabric will last? Assessing how a fabric is going to perform outdoors is a tricky busi…
Availability of CASmate program

January 1, 2010  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case Is the CASmate program still available? CASmate was a program produced by a company called Scanvec, which has since merged with a company called Amiable and is known as SAi. CASmate was used by awning and sign companies to cut out vinyl lettering. Unfortunately, CASmate was dis…
How to find boat registries for a marine business plan

January 1, 2010  |  Marine, Resources

Compiled by Juli Case I’m applying for a loan, and the lender wants me to submit a business plan for my marine shop. How do I find out how many boats there are registered in New Jersey, so I can show them how many potential customers there are? Boat owners are usually required to register &hel…
Defining the pass/fail for Title 19 afterflame requirement

January 1, 2010  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case What is the pass/fail for Title 19’s afterflame requirement? One supplier told me two seconds and another said four seconds. Which one is right? Actually, they’re both right; it’s complicated. In California, Title 19 is the regulation that affects textile prod…
Choosing light bulbs for backlit awnings

January 1, 2010  |  Awnings & Canopies, Resources

Compiled by Juli Case What kind of fluorescent bulbs should I use for an outdoor backlit awning, and where should I get it? We did a quick survey of awning manufacturers and were cautioned that the fluorescent bulbs you need should be able to withstand outdoor conditions—particularly cold weat…