Tent CARES Day honors pandemic workers

November 1, 2020

Tent manufacturers and rental businesses around the U.S. celebrated the frontline workers of the COVID-19 pandemic on Aug. 29 with barbeques, food truck fare and lots of sweet treats.  Independent Tent CARES Day events were hosted by members of the IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) and other industry organizations. In addition to honoring health-care and …

A tented grocery store meets essential community needs

The summer season for tent rental companies is usually filled with weddings and festivals, but there is nothing usual about 2020. While many rental companies replaced canceled events with medical and restaurant tenting, Traube Tents and Structures, St. Louis., Mo., also took on the job of installing a grocery store that’s helping heal a community.  …

Crafting handbags for addiction recovery

Completing an addiction rehabilitation program is cause for celebration. But maintaining sobriety is a lifelong process that requires additional support. People coming out of rehabilitation often need job training that leads to economic stability. Many have no money or support, and their only option is to return to the same community where their addiction started. …

Netted sculpture billows above St. Petersburg pier

Artist Janet Echelman used 180 miles of twine and 1,662,528 knots to create the ethereal look of Bending Arc, the aerial sculpture commissioned for St. Pete Pier, a 26-acre destination on the waterfront in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Echelman is known internationally for monumental net sculpture installations. Bending Arc was designed to celebrate change as it …

Rainier Industries fabricates and installs massive banner

The call for racial justice in the United States took many forms in the summer of 2020. One of those expressions involved an 8½-story banner produced and installed by Rainier Industries Ltd., Tukwila, Wash. The banner’s artwork, American Rage by artist Shepard Fairey, is based on a photo taken by Ted Soqui during the Los …

Egyptian consortium develops textile palm fibers and reinforcements

October 1, 2020

A consortium of five Egyptian researchers has developed PalmFil, the world’s first high-performance fibers and reinforcements extracted from the byproducts of pruning date palms, such as fronds and fruit stalks, according to a press release from the PalmFil Consortium. PalmFil is sustainable, economical in manufacturing, compatible with textile and composite processing, and even offers the …

Inflatable forest comes to life with human interaction

The Canopy, an inflatable installation that debuted in 2019 at the Light City festival in Baltimore, Md., is designed to bring people together for a greater good. At first glance, it is a forest of tree-like sculptures that are white in the daylight and aglow with neon colors at night. That’s where people come in. …

Realistic bite sleeve for K9 training

Army scientists have designed and developed a realistic canine bite sleeve trainer to improve the performance of military and civilian K9s, according to U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs.  Trainers use bite training on military working dogs to assist in restraining a perpetrator. However, most bite training sleeves are …

Soft, supple leather alternative is made from cacti

Mexican entrepreneurs Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez wanted to find a cruelty-free and sustainable alternative to leather. Velarde, who worked in the auto industry, and Cázarez, who worked in fashion, recognized the adverse environmental impacts of their industries, particularly in animal leather production. The common alternative is made from plastic, but that comes with …

Duvaltex introduces masks with 3D-knit technology

Duvaltex Inc., a North American developer and producer of medical and technical textiles, is using 3D-knit technology to launch an innovative, nonmedical protective face mask. The X7 mask provides maximum comfort while minimizing the risk of contamination and transmission of viruses, according to a press release.  The mask’s air-chamber 3D-knit design ensures that it fits …