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Consumers and textile sustainability

June 1, 2018

Consumers around the world are thinking more and more about sustainability, and not just where food is concerned. In fact, thanks to the sustainability efforts in the food industry, consumers are much more aware of and interested in topics like harmful chemicals, third-party certifications and understanding the environmental and social impact of the choices they …

Car of the future becomes extension of the home

Imagine the automobile of the future as an extension of your home: it could be stored in your house and might even match your furnishings. This is the concept the carmaker Renault explored when they unveiled Symbioz, a personal autonomous automobile, at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2017. Designed to be as livable as …

Wider IFR canvas

Gerriets IFR Super Canvas CS is a 40-foot-wide inherently flame-retardant (IFR) canvas woven from high-quality Trevira CS polyester. This means 40-foot-high seamless cycloramas, drops and projection surfaces are now available in a heavy-duty IFR material. The canvas allows even the largest theaters and opera houses to have seamless IFR soft goods with a long working life …

Leaner welder

Amada Miyachi America’s updated LMWS Pulsed Fiber Laser Welding System is a highly configurable, compact unit designed for lean manufacturing. The system features a versatile high-power, high-speed laser available in 20-70 Watt (W) powers for welding metals and plastics. The LMWS is ideal for welding dissimilar metals, including copper to aluminum, aluminum to stainless and …

Fabric backdrop complements interactive exhibit

The Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Wiess Energy Hall recently underwent a renovation that more than tripled the space from 8,500 square feet to 30,000 square feet. The new gallery, dubbed Wiess Energy Hall 3.0, features exciting, interactive exhibits on the science and technology of energy. Conceived and created by Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design & …

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Playing it safer: performance and protection for sports and recreation

Today, people of all ages are embracing active lifestyles: playing team sports, hitting the slopes, biking, climbing and hiking in all kinds of weather conditions, testing their mettle in boxing rings and martial arts classes or going for the gentler forms of exercise, like yoga. People are on the move, including retiring baby boomers who …

Friendlier faux

Mitchell’s high-performance faux leather, Sta-Kleen Silicone, is designed especially for health care applications. The fabric is engineered to be environmentally friendly using a solvent-free manufacturing process and very little water. It is resistant to stains, chemical disinfectants, mildew, hydrolysis, UV and denim dye, and delivers superior cold crack performance. The fabric is VOC free and …

Geoff Kilmer at PhotoWorksGroup matches technology with clients to stay successful

We focus on identifying industries versus just finding customers to generate new business,” says Geoff Kilmer, founder and CEO of PhotoWorksGroup, Charlottesville, Va. “When we specialize in an industry, we become better known within it, which results in more references so we don’t have to sell as hard—and we can concentrate on doing a good …

A tent for the trees

Hammocks are popular once again as people realize they provide a great way to relax effortlessly outdoors. For hikers and campers, they offer a lightweight way to rest with ease. But how about a hammock that is also a tent? Tentsile, the London, England-based manufacturer of tree-camping tents, has introduced a solo tree tent that …

Lifelike labels

Franz Barta’s Digital Fusion heat transfer labels allow for full photographic quality, randomized QR codes for variable information that open a world of design possibilities. The labels are applied directly to almost any substrate in a matter of a few seconds, making them a cost-effective and efficient solution for permanent branding and safety instructions. Once …