Finding shelter in fabric

May 1st

Military shelters from Alaska Structures® are able to provide solutions for rapid deployment operations, warehousing and storage facilities and machinery or automotive worksites. Photos: Alaska Structures. Alaska Structures® Inc. recently completed a contract for 365 new and improved U.S. Air Force Medium Shelter Systems. The United States Air Force (USAF) is no slouch when it...

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Innovation on the water

April 1st

WeatherMAX® 80 was the fabric of choice for this yacht, to provide shade for both comfort and UV blockage of 99.98 percent. The fabric needed to be light,  yet strong and stable enough to handle tension and high winds, as well as compact for stowing when not in use. Photo: Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc. Adding...

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Full coverage

April 1st

Dubbed “Little Red Riding Hood,” this is a four-part, full-cover system: the top; the bow and pulpit area ending at the midpoint of the boat; the midpoint to the transom area; and the engine covers. The project won an Outstanding Achievement Award for Canvas Experts of Ocean City, Md., in the 2014 MFA Fabrication Excellence...

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Sailing the ocean blue

March 1st

Leo Pohlmann, owner and designer of Uncharted Marine Canvas, Gulf Breeze, Fla., has been serving the Gulf Coast’s boat canvas and marine upholstery needs for more than 25 years. Recognized by the Marine Fabricators Association for his achievement in design, Pohlmann’s business objective of providing customers with cutting-edge material and design products has been a...

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Powering up

September 1st

Students attend Brunswick Safety Town in Ohio to learn about fire safety practices in the inflatable Fire Safety House. Inflatable Images developed this interactive inflatable in 2006 after a request from the local fire department, seeking an alternative to the classroom trailers they’d been using—one that would make learning fun. Photo: Inflatable Images The demand...

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Estimating for profit: Where to begin

September 1st

A job that requires working high above the ground may require added safety precautions and equipment, which need to be figured into expenses. Keeping good records allows the company to bid more accurately and maintain expected profit margins. Photo: Baraboo Awning Understanding the customer’s unique wants and requirements goes to the heart of successful custom...

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A healthy living

September 1st

Inflatable products need not be oversized to have a big impact; small can be mighty, especially when it comes to inflatables designed to provide relief on an individual basis, such as those popping up in wellness centers, hospitals, nursing homes and even on clothing racks and in closets. Here’s a quick overview of three companies...

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Shade sales: Just add water

March 1st

The resurgence in boating and the concern over sun safety have been a boon for marine fabricators offering products that protect and beautify without spoiling the fun, or the view. People are taking to the water in record numbers, encouraged in part by plummeting gas prices. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, approximately 89...

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Beds of stone

February 1st

Case studies highlight marine mattress applications. Marine mattresses are rock-filled containers constructed with advanced UV-stabilized co-polymer geogrid materials. Geogrid panels are laced together to form mattress-shaped baskets that are filled with small stones similar to the construction of gabions. They can also be filled with recycled concrete aggregate to form an effective protective layer against...

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Riding a wave

June 1st

Marine fabricators are swamped with projects for boat owners, from vintage renovations to custom upgrades for new boats. The boating market has always been a good indicator of economic health and consumer confidence in the U.S. Nearly 90 million Americans participate in recreational boating, generating some $83 billion in annual spending. Even while sales of...

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