3M, DOE reduce N95 costs

February 1st, 2023

Cutting the cost of N95 mask-making The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has collaborated with multinational tech company 3M to develop a technique to reduce the amount of energy required for melt-blowing the materials needed in N95 masks and other applications. The melt-blowing process is also used for other products like furnace […]

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Hardware prevails through travails

June 1st, 2022

A vast array of fasteners is on display in Lowy Enterprises’ showroom. The company stayed open during COVID as an essential business, sourcing components for masks and related medical items and supporting many ancillary areas at that time as well. Photo: Lowy Enterprises Inc. COVID-19 battered economies and companies worldwide, with few industries spared its […]

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Coating for hospital fabrics and activewear kills COVID and E. coli

April 1st, 2022

Coated material undergoing antimicrobial testing. Photo: University of British Columbia by Taylor Wright Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a coating for almost any fabric that decreases the chances of spreading bacteria and viruses. Their work was highlighted in a study published in the January issue of American Chemical Society Applied Materials […]

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Riding out the crisis

November 1st, 2021

Select Event Group built this semi-permanent structure for the Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. Photo: Paul Corgan, Select Event Group. Tent and event rental companies have weathered tough times before. Most recently in 2008 when the economy tanked, the industry dug deep to keep afloat as clients cut back expenditures and events were […]

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Booming business of self-care technologies

October 1st, 2021

AlignMed® NeuroBand® technology is designed to help correct posture and improve alignment. Photo: William Fregoso. The idea of caring for our health and wellness is no longer confined to New Agers or the self-obsessed. According to “Feeling Good: The Future of the $1.5 Trillion Wellness Market,” a report by global consulting firm McKinsey & Co., […]

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Pandemic demand drives shade market

February 1st, 2021

While 2020 started as a disaster, pandemic-related business picked up substantially as the year went on. Fabric manufacturers such as Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC were among companies providing shade products, like the Sunbrella® fabric for these shade structures in Miami, Fla., as restaurants moved to outdoor dining. Photo: Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC. For […]

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