Durability inside and out

December 1st, 2015

Ultrafabrics’ Indoor/Outdoor collection offers 40 colors of polyurethane upholstery fabric in four collections: Cora, Brisa®, Brisa® Distressed and Promessa. Greenguard certified and designed for maximum durability, the fabrics feature solar endurance properties that withstand extended periods of direct sunlight exposure without fading or spotting, and climate control technology that protects against temperature change. Other properties...

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The age of automation

December 1st, 2015

Coleman’s sewing automation innovations have allowed the Sauk Rapids, Minn., plant to win back the business of manufacturing recreational flotation devices. The plant won the bids on its ability to compete on cost vs. quality and on-time delivery to meet consumer demands. Photo: The Coleman Co. Inc. Sewn or sealed, automation is trending as U.S....

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Advantage, shade, for 2015 U.S. Open

December 1st, 2015

According to a USA Today article, every court at the Arthur Ashe Stadium is tested before, during and after the U.S. Open to assure that playability is consistent. Still, many players suggested that the temporary shade structure reduced the impact of the wayward winds on their performance. Every year, the best tennis players in the...

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Inventing the game

December 1st, 2015

The Last Word Inventing the game Sy Hyman, company founder and retired CEO of Herculite®, is a long-time member of IFAI and became an Honored Life Member in 2014. He shared with us some insights about the challenges of marketing laminated synthetics with a start-up company when no market existed: about learning from customers, production...

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Custom hammocks charm chimps

December 1st, 2015

NICO-FAB® polypropylene tarp fabric, designed for flat-bed and dump trucks carrying garbage, gravel, asphalt or grain, also makes a sturdy hammock for chimpanzees at the St. Louis Zoo who want to nap, lounge or groom at treetop level. Photo: Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structures Inc. When your natural setting is Africa, an enclosure in the...

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Turning green

December 1st, 2015

Repreve® has already become a part of many major apparel brands, including Polartec, Timberland, Dockers and Adidas. The #TurnItGreen campaign seeks to make it a top choice for college athletic programs. Photo: Repreve. The University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels battled the Fighting Illini September 19 in a Kenan Stadium awash with lime green...

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