Why socializing is essential, even in a pandemic

September 1, 2020

There has been very little to like about the year 2020. One of the latest disappointments, especially for Review readers, is the cancellation of the in-person IFAI Expo set for November. On top of all the education and new products and networking that industry members look forward to, Expo 2020 was supposed to be a …

Chiki Diki develops fashionable protective gear for fighting contagions

Antimicrobial protective clothing company Chiki Diki is promoting a new line of fashionable protective gear and accessories featuring clever designs and proprietary textile treatments that inhibit the growth of microorganisms. The company’s products include antimicrobial facial masks, safety necks with built-in masks, gloves and travel bags and attire. Susan Hooper and Lisa Coe, founders of …

Blockout blockbuster

Deko-Tex Blockout 7186BBFN is a 100% blockout fabric with a one-sided black-back blockout coating. This optic white fabric is slightly elastic in the length and width with dimensional stability for easier frame installation. Engineered to perform at its best when utilizing UV ink printing processes, a new proprietary coating provides brilliant color and image definition …

Tent rental companies elevate their portfolio with tough installations

Tent rental companies confront challenges—and reap rewards—when they say yes to complex installations. by Pamela Mills-Senn In the tent rental industry, a willingness to tackle tough installations requires steely nerves, can-do attitudes, experienced and talented crews and lots of planning. But when it all comes together, challenging projects bring a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, …

Quick FAQs on IFAI’s virtual Expo

The industry comes together via technology in an unusual year.   What is the status of the 2020 IFAI Expo?The 2020 IFAI Expo will be hosted virtually in November 2020. Is there a new registration process for the 2020 IFAI Expo?All details regarding the event—including registration—are available on IFAIExpo.com. Why is the 2020 IFAI Expo …

Smart textile and e-textile solutions for indoor environments

Technology and fabric advancements are fueling the development of smart textile and e-textile solutions for indoor environments.  by Pamela Mills-Senn As the quest to add more functionality to interior spaces continues, smart fabrics and e-textiles are poised to make their own contributions, serving as platforms that can capture data, heat and cool, adjust lighting, entertain, …

Stryv Medical’s interns launch PPE line while learning about the textile industry

Stryv Medical and its young workforce have launched a new line of medical gowns and masks to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Founded by St. John’s University professors King Mukherjee and Bob Gazich, Stryv Medical’s goal is to provide college students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn about business and the textile industry.   The …

Recycled upholstery fabric

Tessutica’s new Greencare fabric line is a collection of 100% recycled and recyclable upholstery fabrics created from pellets that come from marine plastic waste. The fabrics are engineered with recycled yarns from regular post-consumer PET bottles from the oceans, landfills and upcycled cotton from garments and are certified under the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) label. …

Smarter, safer welding helmet

The Vizor Connect welding helmet communicates with a power source via Bluetooth, allowing it to darken prior to ignition rather than waiting until the arc is lit. This protects the welder’s eyes from the abrupt flash of light that would previously appear before the helmet darkened and reduces tiredness. The helmet also eliminates the problem …

Automated solutions for medical products

JTE Machines’ new line of advanced automation equipment for the medical market allows companies to automate existing RF welding equipment or consider custom solutions. The equipment integrates robotics into an inline or turntable RF welder solution, along with integrating custom unwind and conveyor indexing systems for efficient but flexible production of plastic medical consumables. Features …