Coated polyester fabric protects rafts and inflatable kayaks

August 1st, 2008

Problem: Commercial whitewater rafting exposes materials to extreme conditions: rock and sand abrasion, daily use, high UV light, constant high pressures and tensions. Manufacturers of rafts and inflatable kayaks want a premium material that performs better than existing PVC boats. Solution: The new generation Hypalon® coated polyester fabric benefits from new technology for bonding the...

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Hydrostatic resistance provides breathability

July 1st, 2008

Problem: Marine covers develop mildew because urethane-coated, solution-dyed polyester lacks breathability. Solution: WeatherMax 80 has a hydrostatic resistance twice that of acrylics and remains naturally breathable. It provides a balance of water resistance, breathability and color retention equal to acrylics. SOURCE Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc.

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Coil zipper resists moisture and rust

July 1st, 2008

Problem: In products exposed to rain or salt, zippers rust and stick. Solution: The RainDefyer™ #10 coil zipper features a three-mil-thick polyurethane coating that provides a moisture-resistant barrier. The slider and pin/box of marine-grade 316 polished stainless steel are corrosion-free in the most demanding outdoor environments. SOURCE Lenzip Manufacturing Corp.

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Affordable vinyl seats resist UV and mildew

July 1st, 2008

Problem: Customers want high-quality marine seating vinyls at competitive prices. Solution: The new Midship Marine Vinyl, Midship Neutrals, combines 1500 hours UV resistance, mildew resistance and very competitive pricing in the most popular marine colors. SOURCE J. Ennis Fabrics

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Erickson values employees in creating a successful business

June 1st, 2008

Photo: Mark Elias Photography. “I believe that as responsible corporate citizens, we must provide living wages for our employees,” says Mike Erickson, MFC, president and owner of Canvas Designers Inc. in Riviera Beach, Fla., who, in fact, pays his staff above the industry standard. “I want employees who stay on long term.” And that’s exactly...

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Photo-catalytic fabric retains color on canvas surfaces

May 1st, 2008

Dynastar photo-catalytic fabric, developed by Kanbo, and made with titanium dioxide, enables the canvas surface to keep its original color for years. The titanium layer acts as a photo-catalyst when exposed to UV rays, oxygen and water, renewing the surface. The fabric is hot air and RF weldable. SOURCE Kanbopras Corp.

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Marine shops sail with CAD systems

May 1st, 2008

Speed. Accuracy. Replication. This is what you hear when you talk to marine fabricators about CAD (Computer-Aided Design) systems. The time from concept to finished product is faster than ever before. Modification is minimal, if not completely eliminated. Fit is perfect the first time, repeating a product requires little or no preparation, and there is...

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Next-generation fabricators

January 1st, 1970

The economy has not been the biggest problem for marine fabricators; it’s the lack of qualified workers to carry on the craft—this and the need to incorporate new equipment that can speed up the process and help small shops run more efficiently. “These are the two ‘evils’ of our industry that no one has been...

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