Fluorine-free solution

April 17th, 2015

Crypton’s C Zero is a new category of environmentally friendly, non-fluorinated performance enhancements. The finish technology provides resistance to water-based stains, such as sodas, coffee and wine, using an innovative, fluorine-free formula. C Zero is a factory-applied process; the entire fabric is immersed to ensure every fiber is treated, and the chemistry is cross-linked for...

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Productivity paired

April 1st, 2015

Father and son team Stewart and Ross Brown embrace the challenge of change by making the most of their strengths. By Sigrid Tornquist When we implement something new—whether in regard to technology, infrastructure or processes—there’s always some doubt about how well it will work out,” says Ross Brown, vice president of Brown Sales Corp. in...

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Mesh “lasso” rounds up data in space

April 1st, 2015

Astro Aerospace designed the antenna and material to fit “a space not much bigger than a tall kitchen trash can” that unfolded into a surface shape accurate to within about an eighth of an inch. Photos: NASA Space is the final frontier, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) just sent a mechanical cowboy...

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Stretching colorful options

April 1st, 2015

Here is a winning formula for wide-format print shops: Produce vibrant, high-quality graphics quickly and easily on a variety of materials and in a more environmentally friendly manner. What’s the catch? There doesn’t appear to be one, which is why latex printing is increasingly becoming the choice for many commercial and industrial printing applications. Prints...

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At face value

April 1st, 2015

Despite the hype, it isn’t all about social media. By Lena Hewitt Contrary to popular belief, social media isn’t the only way to communicate with the masses. Ed Keller, CEO of the Keller Fay Group LLC, explains why good, old-fashioned face-to-face communication is still king when it comes to marketing. Given the sheer number of...

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Cocktails under the sea

April 1st, 2015

An undersea-themed cocktail party kicked off a Beverly Hills birthday event orchestrated by Revelry Event Designers, followed the next day by a chocolate fantasy theme and (for the children) a Candy Land playground theme. Photo: ©Andrena Photography A birthday celebration at a private Beverly Hills estate became a lush, colorful ocean display for an opening...

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Keeping on top of trucking

April 1st, 2015

Tarp manufacturers stay up to date with the needs of the transportation industry. By Janice Kleinschmidt Some folks see a semitrailer and think of it as nothing more than an object to pass before the next exit. Tyler Birden sees an object of curiosity. “We are always climbing up on trucks and trailers to see...

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Behind the curves

April 1st, 2015

Tensile structures add exciting new dimensions —and distinct engineering challenges— to the commercial shade products market. It could be said, like the mythical Greek lion-goat-snake beast the chimera, that the tensile awning is a creature of blended ancestors. Not long ago, structures with tensile fabric characteristics started appearing in places often reserved for framed awnings...

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Path to success

April 1st, 2015

FiberTect® illustrates a successful strategy for commercializing a new technology. By Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D. “Applied research deserves Nobel prizes,” proclaimed the editorial of Nature Materials in January 2010. Although the Nobels are known to be rewarded only to basic discoveries, there are plenty of examples to showcase rewarding research of applied nature—for example, the 2014...

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Cooped up in comfort

April 1st, 2015

While The Right Angle Marine doesn’t have a website, the company did garner attention on Martha Stewart’s “American Made” web pages for another handy product, a collapsible fabric water carrier. Photo: Juli Woods An article in the New York Times calls the growth of backyard chicken coops a “chicken boomlet,” fueled by self-reliant people spooked...

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