Business innovation throughout the textile supply chain

June 1st, 2017

Pushing, planning and budgeting for innovation relies on creativity, construction, communication and collaboration throughout the industry. It was a tough night for firefighters called out to three major blazes overnight. One exhausted man slogged back to the rig in his soaking-wet turnout gear. When another firefighter touched his shoulder, he screamed. It’s a steam burn—moisture […]

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Composites allow creation of custom materials for unusual applications

June 1st, 2008

It sounds like science fiction: portable airport hangars supported by columns of air, paper that conducts electricity and synthetic mother-of-pearl that can be bent without breaking. We have now entered The Matrix, but don’t expect to see Keanu Reeves in a black coat defying gravity and leading a cyberpunk revolution. The revolutionaries developing composite materials […]

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Positive strategies create competitive businesses

May 1st, 2008

They cut your profits, bid for your jobs and entice your best customers with special deals and useless gimmicks. Those Other Guys. Whether your head-to-head competitors do business across town or across the ocean, their successes can bring you anxious days and sleepless nights if they’re coming at your expense. One nightmare that wakes business […]

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Miller Weldmaster takes its show on the road

May 1st, 2008

Miller Weldmaster, a Navarre, Ohio, manufacturer of hot air/hot wedge welding equipment for industrial fabrics and thermoplastics, landed customers during its frequent trade show appearances. The nagging thought persisted, however, that many customers expressed enthusiasm without following up. How could the company get its impressive equipment in front of customers too busy, preoccupied or overwhelmed […]

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New materials for architectural innovation

March 1st, 2008

A fountain of light-filled fabric is the center of The Soft House, one of 15 architectural innovations created for the 2006 Intelligent Living by Design exhibit at Germany’s Vitra Museum. The futuristic vision by Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA), Boston, Mass., invites visitors to bask in a glowing world of curves, curtains and translucent screens. […]

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