Miller Weldmaster at work for Olympics

September 1st, 2012

Sign and graphics specialist Hollywood Monster, Birmingham, England, produced banners and signage for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games—with the help of some efficient new equipment. Hollywood Monster installed a Miller Weldmaster 112 Extreme at its production facility before the games began. The combined welding, eyeletting and cutting solution allows businesses to work with a wider...

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Nontoxic treatment promises a cleaner way to dye

September 1st, 2012

Textile dyeing has been known to discharge pollution into waterways. Old practices die hard, but the two men who formed ColorZen LLC have set out to make the industry sustainable. Tony Leonard, a textile chemist, and Michael Harari, son of a New York City apparel maker, founded their startup in 2010 to commercialize Leonard’s improvements...

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Architec 400

September 1st, 2012

Polyfab USA LLC IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1120 New: 400gsm HDPE knitted shade cloth. Advantages: Designed for up to the largest shade sails and shade structures, it incorporates the latest in UV stabilizers from CIBA Specialty Products to extend the life of the fabric. Architec 400 is made from a combination of monofilament yarn and...

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Bantex 10 oz. two-sided curl-free media

September 1st, 2012

Herculite Products Inc. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 528 New: Curl-free media for latex printers. Advantages: At 10 ounces per square yard, the newest product in the Bantex® line features no edge curl, no distortion and no heat-related issues when printing with latex printers. Images print the same on both sides of the product, and it’s...

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Recycled banners become ‘upcycled’—and upscale

September 1st, 2012

The core business of Banner Creations Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., is banners, but the company recently launched an e-commerce initiative making use of banner scraps, misprints and overruns. Scrappy Products bags are fashioned from waste fabric, and some are made from 100 percent recycled water and pop bottles, giving the custom products sustainability street cred and...

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EF-200 laminated membrane

September 1st, 2012

Chukoh Chemical Industries Ltd. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1940 New: PTFE-coated, open-mesh membrane material laminated with ETFE film. Advantages: EF-200 unites high light transmission and industrial-strength properties for small- to mid-scale membrane structures. Conventional welding method for PTFE membrane possible.

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Ennis 1974

September 1st, 2012

J. Ennis Fabrics IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1344 New: PVC-coated polyester with PVDF/acrylic finish. Advantages: Treated with a thin acrylic/fluorinated PVDF blend on one side and an acrylic lacquer coating on the other, Ennis 1974 provides thermal insulation, sound proofing, superior chemical aging resistance, fire resistance, UV and gamma radiation stability and exceptional properties in...

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Enviroflex PE

September 1st, 2012

The Cooley Group IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 512 New:Printable polyethylene substrate. Advantages: EnviroFlex® PE offers high-quality graphic images and durability in a lightweight, fully recyclable product. Requires less raw material to manufacture, resulting in a lower carbon footprint than heavier industry standard substrates. Can be recycled or shipped back to Cooley Group for recycling. RF...

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New product lines from Erez USA

September 1st, 2012

Erez USA IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1212 New: EVA/PVC blend products and inflatable boat polyurethane membrane. Advantages: A new line of EVA/PVC-blend products designed for enhanced environmental performance and chemical resistance in the inflatable, oil boom and geomembrane markets. In addition, a new inflatable boat polyurethane membrane line designed for rigid inflatable boats, whitewater rafts...

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Branded tent shades video gamers

September 1st, 2012

People sat on couches and gamed—but not in their living rooms. Contestants gamed for more than 26 hours in a tent at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo to set a new Guinness world record for longest video gaming experience using tablets. The contest was created by Qualcomm in celebration of the release of its gaming...

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