Snapshot: Learning curves

February 1st, 2014

By Sigrid Tornquist Taking on the more challenging projects is one of the things John Conroy enjoys about running House of Canvas. “Often we get jobs other companies have passed on because they’re just too difficult,” Conroy says. One such project Conroy and his team took on was designing and installing a canopy for outdoor...

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Fleece “fronds” define winning stage design

February 1st, 2014

The World Stage Design 2013 (WSD2013) brief for its design competition, held every four years, challenged the ingenuity and sustainability credentials of participants. “We asked for a venue that was eco-conscious, could seat up to 150 people, host a variety of events and be self-built, all for an outlay of less than £20,000,” said Ian...

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Weaving magic in ‘The Space between Us’

February 1st, 2014

Janet Echelman’s art installations create an almost mystical connection between earth, light and air, appearing over the skylines in venues from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to Sydney, Australia. GLOW 2013, an organization sponsoring a dusk-to-dawn art celebration held in Santa Monica, Calif., commissioned Echelman to help transform the beach into a “playground for thoughtful and participatory,...

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A new meaning for closet cleaning

February 1st, 2014

After a long day of work or play, the active person’s clothing tends to be wrinkled, smelly, germy or damp. It may be time for a laundry load or another visit to the dry cleaners. But wait! A Swiss appliance manufacturer has an innovative shortcut to cleaning clothing: Refresh Butler. The appliance, which can be...

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Federal procurement process and FPI

February 1st, 2014

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 that would remove current language requiring purchasing from Federal Prison Industries (FPI) and bar FPI from receiving contracts reserved for small businesses. Military purchasing of clothing, footwear, tents, protective gear and other fabric products is a lucrative source of business...

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Polymer coating wins technology award

February 1st, 2014

Even after washing, textiles can retain unpleasant odors, the metabolic byproducts of bacteria that survive the laundry cycle. SANITIZED AG of Basel, Switzerland, developed a new technology, Sanitized® Pluma, to coat textiles with a special polymer that retains a thin film of water on the surface of the material. The film prevents bacteria from docking...

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Embedded antimicrobials from PurThread

February 1st, 2014

Eastman Kodak Co. developed proprietary technology derived from its expertise in photosensitive materials that works as an antimicrobial agent in textiles. In November, PurThread Technologies Inc., Durham, N.C., announced an exclusive agreement to use Kodak’s antimicrobial agent in high-performance and medical textiles. The antimicrobial is embedded into synthetic fibers before they are spun into yarn...

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Reshaping hydrophobic textiles

February 1st, 2014

A team of scientists led by Professor Kripa Varanasi from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is testing super hydrophobic materials that work by reshaping the surface of textiles so water droplets can bounce faster and are 40 percent less likely to reach the fabric surface. If less water reaches the fabric, the surface dries much...

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Wearable batteries stand up to folding

February 1st, 2014

Flexible and rechargeable textile batteries developed by a research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology continued to hold 91.8 percent of electricity even after being folded 5,500 times in prototype testing. The flexible solar-recharged battery, which can be mass-produced on assembly lines, will enhance the use of wearable electronic devices in...

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OEKO-TEX STeP webinar online

February 1st, 2014

Earlier this year, the International OEKO-TEX® Association introduced its STeP certification, a voluntary, independent certification that evaluates a textile production facility’s sustainability in six key areas: quality management, environmental management, social responsibility, safety, environmental performance and chemical management. A webinar available for viewing at any time on the OEKO-TEX website describes the new certification for...

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