Price and value in the agricultural markets

October 11th

Gale’s recent advancements include the use of diamond lock-stitch with four-yarn crossover in its knitted and netting products. Quad Crossover also promotes plant growth by creating micro-climates and helps save water by reducing evaporation and spray drift. Photo: Gale Pacific Ltd. Profit margins are tight for a lot of industries, but this is especially true...

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New technology and management strategies can prevent targeted cyberattacks

October 1st

Modern, targeted cyberattacks can take any organization by surprise. And these targeted cyberattacks are increasingly widespread. CBS “Money Watch” reported in June 2015 that more than 80 percent of U.S. companies have been successfully hacked, according to a Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey. According to the CBS report, “Successful attacks by hackers involved...

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Shading for land or sea

October 1st

Whether on land or at sea, Marine Tech caters to the SuperYacht market as well as the shading industry. Photo: Marine Tech. Sandy Sturner is the managing director of Marine Tech LLC, a St. Thomas, Virgin Islands-based sail and canvas shop that thrives on challenging and unusual projects. Established in 1999, Marine Tech focuses during...

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Coating tests that evaluate five types of durability

September 1st

Matthew Logan (left), product application engineer at APV Engineered Coatings, closes a gallon pail with a mallet, while Gregory Marty, chemist and QC manager, tests Pencil Hardness on a sample of coated material using graphite pencils. The test allows him to evaluate the value of hardness of a particular coating formulation. Photo: APV Engineered Coatings....

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Blair Belluomo brings a strong and appreciative management style to the family business

September 1st

Photography by Marvin Shaouni I went to school with many kids whose parents had businesses, and they thought that just because their parents ran a successful business, they could just step in and be successful as well,” says Blair Belluomo, owner and president of Belle Isle Awning in Roseville, Mich. “So many of them failed because...

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Test of time

September 1st

Owner of Jefferson Tent & Awning Co.IFAI member since 1985 Bea Heinz, owner of Jefferson Tent & Awning Co., St. Louis, Mo., has a bit of experience in the custom canvas industry—51 years to be exact. Established in 1911, the majority of Jefferson Tent & Awning’s business consists of the custom manufacture of commercial and...

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Canada is putting a new emphasis on developing smart textiles and wearable innovations

September 1st

Myant & Co. recently introduced a line of athletic apparel with smart textiles that uses electroluminescent technology to glow, enhancing the wearer’s visibility (and safety) at night. Photo: Myant & Co. Textile is rapidly becoming the most effective wearable technology form factor,” says Tony Chahine, CEO of Myant & Co., a member of the Canadian-based...

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Bold predictions: What’s realistic for smart textiles

August 1st

Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanowebs with fibers of about 250nm can be functionalized with metal oxides to create smart self-cleaning filters. Photo: Dr. Uday Turaga, Texas Tech University. The words smart textiles have generated much discussion in the industry and the media recently. India-based market research firm Markets and Markets has estimated that the value of...

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Providing “shady deals” since 1972

August 1st

The House of Canvas manufactures and installs residential and commercial window awnings, patio awnings, shade screens, roll curtains and retractable awnings. Photo: The House of Canvas Inc. Debbie Lacy, general manager of The House of Canvas Inc., Glendale, Ariz., takes pride in her family owned and operated custom awning business. From residential and commercial window...

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Reinforcement of seismic proportions

July 29th

Textile manufacturer Komatsu Seiren applied its own fiber-reinforcing products to its former office building to stabilize the structure against future earthquakes, linking roof to ground via cables made of carbon fiber composite. Photo: Takumi Ota. A Japanese fabric manufacturer reinforces its showroom against future earthquakes, making a provocative visual statement. With the four main islands...

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