FGI is making free six-part short course available to public

October 16th, 2018

The Fabricated Geomembrane (FGI) is releasing the presentations from the Aug. 3 “Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications” short course as a six-part webinar series. Three webinars have been released, and three more will be released in the next few weeks. The webinars and release dates are: “Service Life of Geomembranes” by R. Kerry Rowe (9/11/18) “Testing...

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Useful social media for companies of all sizes

October 15th, 2018

Should you bother with social media? Most definitely yes, says Luke Gusman, marketing manager for Sta-Lok Inc., a longtime manufacturer of marine and architectural rigging hardware. Gusman says that no matter how large or small your company, there are five social media platforms that can increase engagement with your product or service and raise your...

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LEAN manufacturing can transform your company

October 15th, 2018

The journey to LEAN manufacturing started back in 2005 for Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc., and Ehmke CEO Bob Rosania says it transformed the company more significantly than he ever imagined. LEAN is a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste through continuous improvements in systems and processes. The LEAN model started in Japan with Toyota...

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Productivity for small businesses

October 15th, 2018

Randy Westlund, founder and CEO of Awning Tracker, presented a session on productivity for small businesses on October 15 at the Expo 2018 Pre-Conference in Dallas, Texas. According to Westlund, if productivity is not managed closely, small businesses can lose money. Three key areas that Westlund discussed during the session included communication, workflow and teamwork....

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Successful multigenerational workplaces

October 15th, 2018

This is the first time in history that five distinct generations are working in a single workplace, says J. Karl Sherrill Jr., a certified risk manager with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, in his 2018 Expo session “Leading Successful Teams in a Multigenerational Workplace.” “It’s a trend affecting every business,” says Sherrill. “You have people...

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Sewing tips and tricks

October 15th, 2018

One of the trickiest things facing the sewing industry is finding qualified workers. Many new employees may be unfamiliar with the basics of sewing machine operation, says Faith Roberts, owner of Banner Canvas in Ham Lake, Minn. In her IFAI Expo session “Sewing Tips and Tricks,” Roberts points out that many young people didn’t grow...

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Shade market basics that deliver

October 15th, 2018

The shade market keeps growing, according to Marc Shellshear, general manager of Value Vinyls Inc., and customers are more concerned than ever about preventing skin cancer. Shellshear was among the first presenters October 15 at IFAI’s 2018 Pre-Expo Conference in Dallas, Texas. Shellshear explained that there are three types of HDPE fabrics for shadecloth: tape/tape,...

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Medical textiles keep evolving

October 15th, 2018

Fitzroy Brown, product manager of Bard Peripheral Vascular, discussed the evolution of medical textiles for vascular surgical applications on October 15 at IFAI’s 2018 Expo Pre-Conference in Dallas, Texas. Attendees at the presentation learned that implantable fabrics were first experimented with in World War II and the Korean War. According to Brown, the first applications...

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Leister introduces SEAMTEK W-900 AT low-voltage wedge welder

October 12th, 2018

Leister Technical Textiles has released the SEAMTEK W-900 AT low-voltage wedge welder, an energy efficient and safe welder with direct transmission of power to a thin welding wedge. The W-900 welds at a speed of 98 feet (30 m) per minute, uses no energy when in standby mode, can reach the desired target temperature in...

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European Spinning Group and Thai Acrylic partner to create outdoor yarn range

October 12th, 2018

European Spinning Group (ESG) has partnered with Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd., to develop solution dyed acrylic yarns designed for outdoor applications. The yarn range is marketed under brand name ESG RA Outdoor powered by Durashine™ fibre. ESG is a specialty yarn producer for weaving and knitting fabrics for various markets and applications such as...

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