“Quilted box” house wins in Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

October 31st

Students from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) came to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon with a CHIP on their shoulders. The Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The SCI-Arc/Caltech team won first place...

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Bast fiber processing large-scale trial

October 30th

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), Vancouver, B.C., Canada, developed the CRAiLAR® enzymatic technology for processing bast fibers (including flax, hemp, jute and kenaf). Working under a third-party manufacturing agreement with Barnhardt Mfg. Co., Charlotte, N.C., NAT has completed its final large-scale production and commercialization trial. Barnhardt, a global supplier of bleached and chemically enhanced cotton...

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Clariant makes sustainability measurable for textile mills and brands

October 29th

The Swiss specialty chemicals group Clariant has announced the introduction of a new service called ONE WAY that helps textile mills, brands and retailers measure the impact of their textile solutions on the environment, resource and climate. The company wishes to help its customers to develop textile solutions that are both more ecologically and economically...

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Shade sail design capability added to Awning Composer by Tri Vantage®

October 26th

Tri Vantage®, in collaboration with Meliar Design, has added elements of MPanel Shade Designer software to Awning Composer, enabling users to create 3-D shade sail models for visualizing the effects of shade sails on outdoor spaces. “Connections between our two programs will allow users to easily create designs in MPanel Shade Designer and transfer them...

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T.E.A.M. Inc. acquires Elite Carbon assets

October 25th

Textile Engineering and Manufacturing Inc. (T.E.A.M.), a weaver of 2-D and 3-D fabrics and net shape preforms for composites applications, has acquired certain assets of carbon fabric weaver Elite Carbon Fabrics LLC, including equipment and some raw material. Separately, T.E.A.M. has hired key personnel, including Andrew Hickson, and leased Elite’s former manufacturing facility located in...

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Dow lab enhances elastomer research

October 24th

Dow Europe GmbH, Horgen, Switzerland, has enhanced its formulation and testing lab at the Performance Plastics Innovation Center to respond to extensive growth in use of elastomers for adhesives and flexible membranes. New capacities include a hot melt adhesive coating and lamination unit and a direct extrusion line for flexible membranes. According to Pierre Burelli,...

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Rainier Industries acquires The SEC Group to expand offerings

October 23rd

To satisfy increasing demand for their tent products in the event rental business, Rainier Industries has completed the acquisition of The SEC Group in Wilsonville, Ore. “This is a great marriage of two of the tent industry’s leading players,” said Rainer President Scott Campbell. “Spencer and I have worked together for decades, so combining our...

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Ultra-secure paper shredder exceeds high-security requirements

October 22nd

Security Engineered Machinery (SEM) has introduced the Model 344 High Security Paper Shredder, which exceeds current government requirements for the destruction of top secret and classified data. Already evaluated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and listed on the NSA/CSS 02–01 Evaluated Products List for high-security paper shredders, Model 344 reduces paper to miniscule 0.8...

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Rainier Industries opening East Coast manufacturing facility

October 19th

The former John Boyle Co. facility will be used to provide better service and quicker delivery time to Rainier’s expanding East Coast dealer network. To satisfy increasing demand for their retractable awning and screen products, Rainier Industries has completed the acquisition of a new 220,000 square-foot manufacturing facility from Glen Raven Inc. Located in Statesville,...

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ACW consolidates for “lean manufacturing”

October 18th

For two years, American Cord and Webbing (ACW), Woonsocket, R.I., has worked toward bringing its three manufacturing facilities under one roof. The company’s expansion into a single-site “lean manufacturing” facility is complete, and now ACW can take a product from concept to production to custom packaging to assembly. The business custom-designs plastic and metal fasteners,...

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