The urgent call for PPE

April 9th, 2020

Manufacturers new to PPE face challenges in supply chains and specs. by Janet Preus The rapid spread of the coronavirus was accompanied by an urgent call for personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly face masks. There were plenty of manufacturers who wanted to join the effort to provide PPE, but they had never made these products […]

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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

Fabricators go to great lengths to make sure every piece of material they produce or distribute will be up to difficult tasks. But sometimes the task is so specialized—or so extreme—that production requires a truly exceptional level of care, expertise and, often, regulation. Products such as the ropes that firefighters use to rappel from helicopters […]

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Thread technologies breaking through barriers

March 1st, 2019

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, protection, sustainability and comfort. Imagine that yarns and threads can […]

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Complete comfort

January 9th, 2019

A systems approach is needed to meet all the requirements of high-performance garments. Comfort for the human body needs to be comprehensive. This complicates the technologies that are available to reach the ultimate goal of providing physiological, environmental and psychological comfort. A definition that fits technologically well to clothing is a “feeling of relief.” In […]

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A dazzling duo: indoor fabrics and lighting

December 1st, 2018

Fabrics have always been an essential component in commercial interior spaces. But, historically, their inclusion has been limited to more conventional roles, such as draperies and curtains, or flexible room dividers. With some exceptions, fabrics were not intended to serve as a focus in and of themselves. That has changed—decidedly. Fabrics are now looked to […]

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