Portable press

June 1, 2019

C.S. Osborne’s portable grommet press works well for brass grommets and fasteners. The portable press with screw action is constructed of lightweight aluminum and is easy to move and carry. It effectively sets snaps, self-piercing grommets, ventilators and rivets, plain grommets up to size 4 and spur grommets up to size 3. Dies are interchangeable …

Outdoor yarn

ESG RA Outdoor is a new generation of solution-dyed acrylic yarns designed for outdoor applications. The yarn, powered by Durashine™, is suitable for awnings, outdoor furniture, carpets and marine applications. Developed so that color brilliancy, durability and performance characteristics remain unchanged year after year, the yarn resists UV fading for up to five years, and …

Metal framework deserves more of a starring role

It’s time for metalwork and framing to move from being bit players to getting top billing. by Jeff Moravec Fabric is typically the star of the show in any fabrication project. What often gets overlooked, however, is the role supporting metal frameworks play—often behind the scenes—in fabric structures. The metal framework may frequently be an …

China is working to increase technical fabric exports

by Eugene Gerden The technical textile and industrial fabrics industry in China may receive a massive impetus for further growth this year, thanks to the recently announced plans of leading local producers and the national government, who are working to create a significant increase of exports in this market. At present, China remains the world’s …

Curtains that combat indoor air pollution

As air pollution continues to be a serious issue, particularly in urban areas, the quality of indoor air is also a concern. The World Health Organization estimates that about 90 percent of people worldwide breathe polluted air, resulting in an estimated eight million deaths each year. With these statistics, mitigating air pollution in homes is …

Organic cotton, happy vegetables

Sometimes the old-fashioned way is best. That’s what Sally Erickson, founder of Vejibag, discovered when she looked for a way to keep vegetables fresh from the time they were picked in her greenhouse in Eastport, Maine, until the time customers took them home from the local co-op.  What Erickson learned is that the old-fashioned method …

Tougher marine zip

Sunbrella® SunZip zippers for marine environments feature tape made using 100 percent Sunbrella fibers, known for their UV and fade resistance, mold and mildew resistance and bleach cleanability. The zippers have Delrin teeth with high UV resistance, and are well-suited for marine applications with large or difficult areas such as boat covers and windows. Backed …

Gain and retain: creating a rewarding culture for employees

Today’s tight labor market can turn employees fickle, posing challenges for companies that need to maintain a strong and skilled workforce. But with the right approach—and good benefits and wages—employers can keep ‘em coming back. by Pamela Mills-Senn After spending 18 years as an employee, Chris Ritsema, owner of Holland, Mich., Canvas Innovations LLC, knew …

Soul-shifting fashion

Fashion designer Iris van Herpen is known for pushing boundaries. The Amsterdam-based designer exploits symbiotic relationships, using highly technical methods, including 3D printing and laser cutting, to create expansive, even tumultuous designs that seem to flow from her imagination. For her latest collection, Shift Souls, van Herpen found inspiration in celestial cartography, Japanese mythology and …

Flexible geosynthetics

EPT’s string-reinforced linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) offers better flexibility and layflat than high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Formulated for high resistance to chemicals and UV, LLDPE has a puncture- and tear-resistant scrim for applications such as solid and hazardous waste landfills, mining and industrial, and municipal water and wastewater treatment. Available in widths up to 10 feet, …