Don’t overlook overhead

October 4th, 2019

Gary Westlund, of Awning Tracker, knows what he’s talking about when he says, “Overhead is a real cost. Unless you properly account for overhead on job bids, you are just guessing.” Westlund gave a straight-talk presentation on Oct. 3 at Expo 2019, telling attendees he owned and operated his own awning business for 25 years,...

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Solar encompasses endless possibilities

October 4th, 2019

“The building block is fabric, but there are a million possibilities to utilize solar,” says Pvilion founder and CEO Colin Touhey. Touhey gave an introductory presentation October 3 at Expo 2019 on cases for energy generation in fabric products. One of his first projects using solar cells in fabric was architectural in nature when he...

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The technology behind shade sails

October 3rd, 2019

The technology behind shade sails is often misunderstood and underestimated, and this causes many shade sails to fail long before their normal life expectancy. This was the message from Alan Stewart, vice president of MPanel Software Solutions LLC, and Timothy Akes, software representative, during a highly-detailed classroom education session at Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla....

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2019 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition winner announced

October 3rd, 2019

Vertex Pavilion won a first-place award in the 2019 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition. The project was created by Omar Fabrisio, Avellandea Lopez and Ramon Sastre, students the Manufacturing Laboratory of the School of Architecture, Art, and Design at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Barcelona Spain. ​The Fabric Structures Association, a division of IFAI, recently...

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2019 Show Stoppers at IFAI Expo

October 3rd, 2019

All the best from Florida: Thursday morning, Oct. 3, at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The eighth annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services...

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2019 Advanced Textiles Student Design Competition Winners Announced

October 3rd, 2019

The Advanced Textile Products and Narrow Fabrics Institute, divisions of IFAI, recently selected recipients of the 2019 Advanced Textiles Student Design Competition. Association representatives announced the winners at IFAI Expo 2019, held Oct. 1-4 in Orlando, Florida.  First Place First place: Emergency Avalanche Transceiver Garment created by University of Minnesota–Twin Cities students Ian Harris, Warda...

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2019 International Achievement Award winners announced

October 3rd, 2019

Transformit, Gorham, Maine, won a Best in Category 2019 IAA Award for Serpentine. Photo: Tranformit. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, announced at the awards breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 3 at IFAI Expo 2019. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty...

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IFF Innovation Award winners announced at IFAI Expo 2019

October 3rd, 2019

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) has awarded Propex GeoSolutions, Chattanooga, Tenn., first prize in the 2019 IFF Innovation Award competition. The company’s PETROMAT® Enviro engineered paving fabric won in the category of End Products. Propex GeoSolutions was awarded a prize of $5,000, presented at IFAI Expo in Orlando, Fla. Propex GeoSolutions took first prize in the 2019...

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Puerto Rico pups steal hearts at IFAI Expo 2019

October 3rd, 2019

Four puppies are hoping to find their lifetime human companions on the show floor of IFAI Expo 2019. Amid the latest fabrics, equipment, technology and services for the specialty fabrics industry, Lorenzo, Lilo, Lolo, and Lulo stole hearts, and, according to some dog lovers—the show—at IFAI Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla. For this Expo, the...

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Better software, better service, faster growth

October 2nd, 2019

Bob Fatahee, owner, and Mike Falahee, president, of Marygrove Roll Screens, discussed the importance of software technology for the manufacturing industry at Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla., during a pre-conference education session.  The presenters explained how technology has helped their company grow significantly and has allowed it to better compete with companies that offer quick...

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