A rocking good time

January 1, 2015

The Wover, a gigantic woven rocker, was a favorite exhibit at the 2014 Seattle Design Festival in October. Created and installed by a team of volunteers, it was designed with two guiding principles in mind. The first, fittingly, was the theme of the festival, Design in Motion. The second was to juxtapose architectural tectonics with …

STS signs Sawgrass agreement

Sawgrass Technologies Inc., Mount Pleasant, S.C., has entered into a long-term license agreement with Boca Raton, Fla.-based STS Refill Technology, under which STS will sell digital inks for sublimation imaging as an authorized Sawgrass licensee. Sawgrass owns a patent portfolio of more than 160 patents issued globally and continues to expand with substantial investment in …

Top form

The first of its kind, the Carnegie Hall Airtent, designed by Pvilion and fabricated by Anchor Industries, is a high-pressure airbeam structure for easy and rapid deployment. The composite airbeams are engineered to meet New York City’s stringent building codes, and the custom PVDF-coated polyester fabric skin is manufactured to be beautiful and functional. The …

Q&A with Sadao Izumi

December 1, 2014

By Sigrid Tornquist Q: How did you come up with the total heating system for roofs? A: Every winter there are accidents where snow accumulation from roofs falls onto people and they die. My wife is from Osaka where it is not snowy. When we moved to Toyoma, which is snowy, she declared she would …

Snapshot: Puffer fish playland

By Sigrid Tornquist When Izumi Co. Ltd. was contracted for this March 2014 installation at the FukuFuku Kids hall in Shimonoseki, Japan, Mr. Izumi knew his crew was in for some challenges. The client wanted a children’s play area on the building’s third floor themed after the fugu (pronounced “fuku” locally) puffer fish that the …

How to tap into the military market

November 1, 2014

Where does a company turn when it has technology that could solve a problem for the military? How does it go about making the proper contact? Can it find government funding for a project or does it have to find its own financing? Carole Winterhalter, textile technologist for NSRDEC (Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering …

Manufacturing for other militaries

Manufacturers can produce non-strategic items for the militaries of foreign governments, but just like any other business venture outside the United States, it takes patience and education. “Every country operates differently,” says Ron Houle of DHS Systems LLC, based in Tanner, Ala. “Like our military, they can move very, very slowly at times.” The first …

Snapshot: Layered protection

By Sigrid Tornquist Providing bomb blast solutions isn’t only for situations when a bomb is identified and a bomb tech is sent in to disarm it. There are people searching for bombs, engaged in possible shooting/combat while at risk of explosive devices. There are people walking dogs looking for explosives, people in mine fields looking …

Q&A with Aris Makris

By Sigrid Tornquist Q: What is involved in working with suppliers to source materials that meet the demanding needs of PPE systems? A: The threads of fibers that go into making, weaving or knitting some of the textiles we use undergo a lot of engineering. Med-Eng does not make the fabrics, so we need to …

Snapshot: Nostalgic and relevant

October 1, 2014

By Sigrid Tornquist Taking a cap that is more than 100 years old and making it relevant for today’s consumer was Stormy Kromer’s goal when it introduced its Hardware Caps last year. The original cap was developed out of necessity, and the story of how it came to be is at the foundation of the …