Tent companies reach out to China after earthquake

August 1st

Students at the german School and Jinan District Middle School in Shanghai painted their classroom tent to express sympathy with fellow children in the disaster area. Photo: Losberger Shanghai. May 12 changed everything in the Sichuan province of China. Local radio in Sichuan quoted disaster relief officials as saying a third of the buildings in...

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Suppliers provide polyethylene fabric for printing

August 1st

Compiled by Juli Case We need some polyethylene fabric that is woven and coated on both sides with polyethylene. It needs to be at least 3.2 meters wide and we need to be able to digitally print on it. Any idea who supplies it? We’d always heard that polyethylene was difficult to print on because...

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California changes structural requirements for tents

August 1st

Compiled by Juli Case We’ve heard that there’s a change in the requirements for installing tents in California. What can you tell us about that? One of our IFAI members on the West Coast alerted us to this issue. The state of California recently adopted the International Building Code, but made a key change to...

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Synthetic suede fabric used for variety of applications

August 1st

Compiled by Juli Case We’re looking for a fabric called Clarino; what can you tell us? Clarino is the trade name of a synthetic suede fabric used in automotive interiors, equestrian products and sporting goods. The manufacturer of Clarino is Kuraray America Inc. For more information, contact: SOURCE Kuraray America Inc. Juli Case is IFAI’s...

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New location for Allen Datagraph

August 1st

Compiled by Juli Case We use an old Allen Datagraph vinyl cutter and are in need of some parts. The phone number we have is disconnected; are they still in business? Apparently they are, although it appears they’ve moved since you purchased your equipment. We located Allen Datagraph at: SOURCE Allen Datagraph Systems Inc. Juli...

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Finding fabric for boat reupholstery

August 1st

Compiled by Juli Case I have a client that wants me to reupholster a 1998 Sea Ray boat. Do you have any idea what type of fabric was used? Typically, the best option is to contact the boat manufacturer and ask. In this case, we were directed to contact a local dealer, but the marine...

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Modern technology helps small fabricator shops

August 1st

When you walk the aisles of a trade show, it’s hard not to be dazzled by all the newest high-end equipment. There are systems available with truly remarkable capabilities: high-ply CAD-driven cutters with vacuum compression tables; room-sized fabric welders; vision-guided robotic sewing machines. But these devices seem to be far removed from the day-to-day reality...

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Bringing outdoor fabrics indoors for interior design

August 1st

Sunbrella is made in lush velvet, defying the notion that performance fabrics are stiff and unsophisticated. Photo: Sunbrella Fabrics. Gina Wicker scoffs at the notion that her mother called the place in their house with the sofa the “living” room. “We were never allowed to go in there,” she says. “It was off-limits to the...

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AATCC co-sponsors “Textile Printing: Green & Global”

August 1st

The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) and [TC]2 are jointly sponsoring “Innovative Textile Printing: Green & Global,” September 17–19 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham, N.C., U.S.A. The conference will highlight fresh approaches to textile printing and provide insight into the development and production of textile prints in the global supply chain....

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SHOP introduced to U.S. House of Representatives

August 1st

According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), of the estimated 47 million Americans without health insurance, more than 28 million are small business owners, their employees and dependents. The Small Business Healthcare Options Program (SHOP Act, H.R. 6210) has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) and Phil...

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