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Outside expertise: how to find affordable, professional help when you need it

March 1, 2018

While most owners of small- and medium-size businesses know the details of their companies intimately, there are often highly technical matters of law, accounting, management and marketing that are best handled by outside experts. Attorneys, accountants, and management and marketing advisers have specialized knowledge about niche areas that few business owners can hope to duplicate. …

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Some of the most innovative uses of fabric in entertainment environments are found inside

Fabric and lighting have an ages-old relationship that elicits something visceral, and when done skillfully there’s a quality to backlit fabric that nothing else can provide,” says Eric Bury, director of project development for the Toronto, Canada-based custom architectural fabrication company Eventscape. Bury acknowledges that of all the construction materials his company uses to create …

Gerber produces costume replicas for “The Greatest Showman”

Telling the story of the “greatest showman on earth” requires exceptional sets and designs to convey the drama and excitement of P.T. Barnum and the birth of show business. For the film “The Greatest Showman,” 20th Century Fox wanted 50 sets of replicas of the costumes needed for every scene, which included elaborate performances. To …

Sheer quiet

Designtex Acoustic Sheers drapery collections include three patterns (Baleen, Glace and Lumin) in a variety of colors designed for translucency and engineered for sound dampening. Pairing light transmission and acoustic absorption creates opportunities for window treatments and enclave walls that can help contain noise without blocking light. Installed folded, Baleen has a Noise Reduction Coefficient …

Magical eco-thread

American & Efird (A&E) has introduced Magic® using REPREVE®, a recycled, air-entangled, polyester sewing thread that provides a premium, high-performance eco-alternative to other threads. Incorporating Unifi’s REPREVE® fiber made from recycled plastic bottles, the thread is flat and ribbon-like, which creates a lower profile seam that reduces the potential for surface abrasion. The thread is …

Illuminated pajamas treat jaundice in newborns

Babies born with jaundice begin their lives in an incubator, receiving irradiation with a blue shortwave light to counter toxic decomposition products of the blood pigment hemoglobin deposited in their skin. It’s hardly the way parents want their newborn babies to start out—alone, naked and with their eyes covered for protection. Researchers at the Biomimetic …

Lighter laser cutter

Laser Photonics has introduced a new large-format fiber laser cutting system, the Titan Express, which gives small to mid-size manufacturers a system that fits a smaller facility and a smaller budget. Equipped with a high-power, energy-efficient fiber laser and an advanced direct drive motion control platform, the lightweight cutting system is suited for industries cutting …

Rugged faux leather

The Mitchell Group’s new high-performance faux leather upholstery collection, Sta-Kleen® Polycarbonate (PC), is designed for health care, hospitality, contract and other commercial markets that require a fabric able to withstand demanding applications yet with a luxurious texture and feel. Engineered with high-quality polycarbonate resins, the fabric has outstanding strength, is abrasion, stain and hydrolysis resistant, …

Two in one: double-duty textile could warm or cool

Imagine one jacket that could keep you warm or cool, no matter the weather. Scientists at Stanford University have developed a reversible fabric that does just that, depending on which side is facing out. The research team, led by Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering, was interested in developing ways to promote energy …

IPC committee seeks comments on e-textiles industry standard

In July 2017, IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) hosted the first web meeting of the IPC E-Textiles Materials Subcommittee. Formed by volunteers from the e-textiles community, the group had approached IPC with interest in developing industry standards for e-textiles. IPC was chosen because it is a developer of consensus-based international industry standards for electronics. It …