Geosynthetics Conference 2021 Call for Proposals and Abstracts Now Open

March 31st, 2020

ROSEVILLE, MN – Proposals and abstracts are now being accepted for Geosynthetics Conference 2021. Submissions include short course, workshop, training lecture, technical session and panel discussion proposals, as well as abstract submissions for technical papers of all types. Submissions will be accepted through May 1, 2020.  The 2021 Geosynthetics Conference takes place Feb. 21–24, 2021 in Kansas...

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Taking action

March 30th, 2020

The textile industry moves quickly to provide critical supplies to fight COVID-19. This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Photo: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky...

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Overcoming expansive soils with Tensar’s TriAx Geogrid

November 13th, 2019

Expansion: it’s a win for communities when roads reach out and connect people to business, resources and formerly rural areas. But another form of expansion—soil that expands when water is added and shrinks when it dries out—can thwart this progress by making it hard to economically build and maintain long-lasting roads. “Expansive soil” is in...

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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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