Packable bowl doubles as food carrying case

October 7th, 2009

[The Last US Bag Company] Vancouver, Wash., U.S.A. LUSB Bluefig is about to unleash a dog dish on the market that’s as packable as your own gear. Created from scrap material, the Ultralight GoBowl! Combo doubles as a food carrying case and zips shut as one compact piece. The pleated construction and lightweight 200d Oxford...

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Camper provides comfort without boundaries

October 7th, 2009

[Safety Components] Greenville, S.C., U.S.A. Exploring the outdoors, hunting in remote settings and fishing in secluded ponds just got easier. Designed primarily for ATV towing, the Paiute from Evergreen Off Road Campers provides comfort without boundaries. Made of durable WeatherMax fabric from Safety Components, the all-season, impact-resistant camper offers strength, breathability, and abrasion, impact and...

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Atkins focuses on fabrication

October 7th, 2009

Chris Atkins minimizes his company’s scope to maximize quality. By Sigrid Tornquist “I thought, if we specialize in an area that we can control and do well—surely my life is going to be a lot easier,” says Chris Atkins, president of Atkins Fabrication in Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia. “And it has worked out that way.”...

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Device accurately measures principle types of fabric strain

October 7th, 2009

Problem: Manufacturers need a cost-effective means to test fabric performance. Fabric Testing Utility (FTU) is designed to advance the OptiTex system’s ability to recreate the dynamics of fabric movement on fully adjustable, lifelike, virtual mannequins. The lightweight, briefcase-sized device accurately measures the four principal types of fabric strain: bend, stretch, shear and friction. The machine...

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Moisture management test produces objective measurements

October 7th, 2009

Problem: Moisture properties in fabrics are difficult to describe with consistency. A standardized moisture management test method from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) produces objective measurements for the liquid moisture management properties of knitted, woven and nonwoven fabrics. The results are based on water resistance, water repellency and water absorption characteristics...

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Tester measures fogging characteristics of automotive interior materials

October 7th, 2009

Problem: A method is needed to minimize harmful contaminants found in automobile interior materials. The FT-F1 Fogging Tester is designed to test the fogging characteristics of automotive interior materials, which measures the tendency for plastic or elastomeric materials to volatize substances that can condense and collect on interior surfaces. It features wide temperature range and...

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Calibration tailors monitoring instruments for fabric industry needs

October 7th, 2009

Problem: Inaccurate monitoring instruments could provide misleading data about supplies. Supplies that are particularly sensitive to temperature or humidity can have their storage conditions monitored with data loggers or chart recorders that are specifically tuned for accuracy in the targeted range for quality control. A Custom Point calibration will help ensure that monitoring instruments are...

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Geotextile fabric monitors changes within levees

October 7th, 2009

Problem: Water leaks in levees are the main cause of their internal erosion. GeoDetect® is the first commercially available sensor-enabled geotextile fabric on the market. Fiber optics imbedded in the fabric provide data on changes that are occurring within a levee, measuring strain and temperature changes in soil structures. It can be used for long-term...

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Color sensor guarantees correct color matching

October 7th, 2009

Problem: Color matching often involves inefficient, labor intensive and subjective manual inspection. Subtle differences in some colors can make visual inspection unreliable. EMX Industries Inc. has developed the Colormax color sensor with multi-channel discrete outputs uniquely suited for integration into automated systems. Colormax can guarantee correct color matching in the manufacturing process at a fraction...

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Experts give advice on keeping fabric and equipment clean

October 5th, 2009

Industry experts tell their procedures for keeping fabric and equipment clean and functioning properly. Compiled from industry experts Quality-conscious fabricators demand top-quality components for their end products. Boat owners will insist that fabricators use high-quality, durable materials. The weakest link in any marine product is the quality of the materials that go into making it....

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