Tension fabric panels mark new rail extension

October 1st, 2015

The Valley Metro Rail Line in Mesa, Ariz., recently expanded its light rail transit (LRT) service to four new stations and a park-and-ride facility along a 3.1-mile route. The Central Mesa LRT Extension went “live” on Aug. 22, but not without a coherent identity and amenities for the four new stations. FabriTec Structures LLC, Dallas, […]

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Spirit on display

October 1st, 2015

Libraries serve as centers of community knowledge and engagement, and the Lee County Library in Ft. Myers, Fla., wanted “the spirit of the library” reflected in decorative banners in the entry to its new facility. Sunmaster of Naples Inc., a Florida business fabricating custom awnings, storm protection and retractable screens, implemented a collaborative project with […]

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High-performance vinyls

October 1st, 2015

Four new vinyls—Ebb, Flow, Fragment and Huckleberry—are designed for heavy duty contract, health care, hospitality and education end-use areas. Fragment and Huckleberry are patterned vinyls featuring a knitted Hi-Loft backing in recycled polyester for a lighter environmental footprint. Ebb and Flow are non-patterned vinyls. Ebb has a textured and metallic effect, and Flow is subtle, […]

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Navigating the seas of social compliance

October 1st, 2015

Keeping a weather eye on your supply chain. Container ships are the life blood of the global apparel and textile trade. Every year, thousands of vessels traverse the oceans loaded with billions of dollars in ready-made goods waiting to be claimed by eager consumers. The process by which these goods are transferred from ship to […]

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Technology and growth

October 1st, 2015

Taking the time now to learn about automated manufacturing processes can save time in the long run, while increasing productivity and revenue. Automated cutting and the associated use of CAD software has been available to those processing textiles since the late 1980s. While technology has matured, price has come down and industry acceptance has grown, […]

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Managing cyber security

October 1st, 2015

Don’t fall asleep at the computer. The recent headlines about Internet hacking and high-profile security breaches have focused on large retailers such as Target, Neiman Marcus and Home Depot, and big banks like JPMorgan Chase & Co. Unfortunately, fraud and financial data losses are not limited to retailers or even to one industry. Small businesses […]

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