Fashion design with reflective fabrics

November 1st, 2019

With a fashion-forward design, student Anna Schmidtke stretched the boundaries of how reflective material can be used in apparel. Photo: Safe Reflections Inc. Apparel design and development student Anna Schmidtke knows you don’t have to sacrifice style for safety. She demonstrated this principle in a design for the annual spring WEAR Fashion Show at the […]

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Animal care and protection

July 1st, 2019

As awareness heightens over the contribution that pets and other animals make to our lives, more attention is being paid to their comfort and well-being. by Pamela Mills-Senn Nobody ever really thinks about how swimming pools might affect frogs, toads, snakes, squirrels, mice and other small critters. Rich Mason, owner of Crownsville, Md.-based FrogLog®, didn’t […]

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Beanie hardens into a safety helmet

May 1st, 2019

Available in multiple styles, the revolutionary cap-helmet means snow skiers don’t have to sacrifice comfort and style for safety on the slopes. Photo: ANTI Ordinary. One of the quickest ways to get hurt downhill skiing is to skip the helmet. In fact, 88 percent of all snow sport-related deaths are due to head injuries, yet […]

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Growth in the inflatables market is coming from safety and protection

November 1st, 2018

Everybody knows about inflatables. They’re the bouncy houses rented for kids’ birthday parties, or the big blow-up gorilla that the local car dealership uses to attract customers. The real growth in the use of inflatable technology, however, is in much more serious (and practical) applications—even if they aren’t nearly as visible to most of us. […]

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Basic training principles for new and long-time tent installers

October 1st, 2018

Labor is a problem everywhere, with tent rental companies experiencing constant turnover and the need to train new installers. Desperate to fill out their crews, tent renters will often send new employees on the road for installations right off the bat, with training coming on the job from long-time employees. But just because a crew […]

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Secondary flame-resistant clothing standard

July 12th, 2018

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for a new voluntary consensus industry standard: The ANSI/ISEA 203-2018 American National Standard for secondary single-use flame-resistant protective clothing for use over primary flame-resistant protective clothing. Apparel covered by the standard is intended for single-use wear in occupational environments where flame […]

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MIT develops new technique for ultrafine fibers

April 1st, 2018

They may be ultrafine, but fibers produced using a new process developed by researchers at MIT are strong and tough enough for use in applications including protective armor and nanocomposites. The process, known as gel electrospinning, is a variation of the traditional method of gel spinning, but with electrical forces. It creates ultrafine polyethylene fibers […]

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Globe Manufacturing Company helps volunteer fire departments stay safe

March 1st, 2018

Many fire departments across the U.S. are under-funded and volunteer-based. This lack of funding often means many firefighters lack the needed on-scene safety equipment. In response, the world’s leading manufacturer of protective clothing for firefighters is putting its expertise and resources to good use. Globe Manufacturing Company LLC, Pittsfield, N.H., recently awarded 13 volunteer-run fire […]

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Fabric performance tested and approved

February 1st, 2018

That we live in a litigious society is evident to anyone who has spent even a little time in front of the television, where commercials touting the services of personal injury or product failure attorneys are pervasive reminders about how precarious life can be. Consumers have become ever more demanding in their expectations of what […]

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How textile innovator Milliken & Co. became one of America’s safest companies

December 1st, 2017

Milliken & Co. is known around the globe for its innovations in the manufacturing of specialty chemicals, floor covering, and performance and protective textiles. It’s also one of America’s safest companies. The Spartanburg, S.C.-based company was recently named as one of 13 companies featured in the 2017 America’s Safest Companies list, which recognizes companies that […]

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