Crafting shade at Auvents Ombrasole Awning

April 1st, 2019

Ombrasole designs, manufactures and installs awnings of all types for North American climates—many of which feature Emilio Petrongolo’s custom and patented motors. Emilio Petrongolo can trace his fascination with canvas and sewing back to his childhood in Italy, where his grandmother made jute bags for storing wheat. Petrongolo, director of R&D and marketing at Auvents...

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Rebuilding roads, replacing transmission lines damaged during Hurricane Michael in Florida’s Panhandle

March 1st, 2019

Hurricane Michael caused extensive damage to Florida’s power grid network, leveling more than 100 transmission towers in a 34-mile (55-km) right-of-way from Port St. Joe to Callaway. This right-of-way crosses swampy, remote and hard-to-reach areas, making rebuilding the grid even more challenging. This extremely wet, muddy ground prevented Duke Energy repair vehicles from accessing the...

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Extreme sports, tough textiles

March 1st, 2019

Fabric, including these aerial silks, played a starring role in Circus Juventas’ 2018 performance of “Steam” in St. Paul, Minn. Circus Juventas is a nonprofit performing arts circus school for young people. Photo: Bill Raab. Fabricators go to great lengths to make sure every piece of material they produce or distribute will be up to...

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Thread technologies breaking through barriers

March 1st, 2019

Close-up bobbins with blue colored thread for industrial textile machines. The future of fabric or any manufactured product boils down to the components that make it up. For fabric that means yarns and threads—the building blocks of fabric possibilities. It’s an exciting time to be a part of yarn and thread innovations—innovations that include conductivity,...

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Complete comfort

January 9th, 2019

Paratroopers jump with the 517th Airlift Squadron during airborne training over Malemute drop zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 9, 2018. The Soldiers are trained to execute airborne maneuvers in extreme cold weather/high altitude environments in support of combat, training and disaster relief operations. Photo: U.S. Air Force by Alejandro Pentildea. A systems approach is...

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A dazzling duo: indoor fabrics and lighting

December 1st, 2018

Cooledge Lighting creates luminous ceilings, supplying the primary lighting for architectural spaces. Shown here is the stunning Conagra corporate lobby in Omaha, Neb., which recreates the immersive feel of being outdoors through the use of a luminous “cloud” of knitted polyester fabric for the ceiling. Photo: Cooledge Lighting Inc. Fabrics have always been an essential...

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Going the distance: Rob Kotowski rebuilds the family business

December 1st, 2018

Photos by Carlson Productions LLC “We don’t anticipate that the completion of a project is the last time we talk with our clients,” says Rob Kotowski, owner and president of Lake Shore Boat Top Co., St. Clair Shores, Mich. “We typically follow up with them a couple of weeks after they’ve taken delivery of their...

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Managing urban water issues with geosynthetics

November 19th, 2018

Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded Phylway Construction a contract to rebuild the Lake Pontchartrain levees in Louisiana. After extensive testing, high-performance turf reinforcement mat (HPTRM) products were approved, with Phylway using East Coast Erosion Control’s T-RECS product on the east side of the causeway. Photo: East Coast Erosion...

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GMA/IGS-NA to present webinar on geosynthetic-stabilized roads

November 2nd, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and IGS North America (IGS-NA) will sponsor a free webinar entitled “Recent Developments in Geosynthetic-Stabilized Roads: Introduction and Mechanisms,” on Dec. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Geotextiles, geogrids and geocells have been used widely in roadway stabilization works throughout the world. In this webinar, Dr. Jie Han will...

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A commitment to growth: Don Alhanati uses automation and lean manufacturing to ensure market diversity and growth for CustomFab USA

November 1st, 2018

Photos by Reza Allahbakhshi One of the keys to our success is our investment in advanced automated equipment,” says Don Alhanati, founder and president of CustomFab USA in Garden Grove, Calif. “That, and the fact that we have a creative staff. We are always looking at ways to do things smarter.” Alhanati had worked 12...

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