Komar products allow easy cutting of Kevlar thread

August 1st, 2008

Problem: Kevlar® thread works well in sewing operations, but it can be tough to cut cleanly. Solution: Komar Alliance has designed a complete line of nippers, scissors and shears to cleanly and efficiently cut Kevlar or other tough threads. The products, made with hardened stainless steel blades, have a special serrated edge, last two-to-four times...

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Japan’s ‘hidden treasure’ forms furniture line

August 1st, 2008

Sugi trees, or Cryptomeria japonica, make up 13 percent of Japan’s land mass, planted throughout the country during post-World-War-II reconstruction. Its Latin name means “hidden treasure of Japan,” and furniture manufacturer Hida Sangyo Co. Ltd., Hida-Takayama, Japan, and Italian designer Enzo Mari hope to make sugi the next wave in sustainable furnishings. Hida Sangyo developed...

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Color Selector allows users to preview products

July 1st, 2008

The 2008 Color Selector from Avery Dennison, available at no charge to sign shops and digital printing facilities, allows users to see actual product samples, to help distinguish color selections, feel the quality of the vinyl and compare durability and gloss levels. This latest version includes four new specialty films (hammered gold leaf, shimmer, silver...

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Design software allows remote, real-time communication

July 1st, 2008

3D Runway Designer 10 design software from OptiTex now incorporates remote collaboration tools, including an open chat room that allows production and image files in 2D and 3D to be sent between partners participating in the design process. The images can be modified using the new chalk tool, allowing design and production staff to draft...

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Developing sustainable products and practices

June 1st, 2008

From magazine articles to seminars to trade show floors, the topic of sustainability has worked its way into business consciousness. And most manufacturers and distributors are starting to realize that implementing a few green elements here and there is not enough. Is it possible for a business to be a responsible steward of both the...

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Polyurethane skin keeps furniture germ-free

June 1st, 2008

Problem: Seating fabric used in public areas can allow indirect transmission of bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew among users. Solution: Millions of naturally antimicrobial silver ions released gradually from the surface of AgUARDIAN™ polyurethane skin eliminate the majority of bacteria and other microbes on contact. The patent-pending process is safe, effective and guaranteed for the...

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Curtains conceal elevator mechanics

June 1st, 2008

[ Coastal Canvas Products Co. ] Savannah, Ga., U.S.A. The glass elevator shaft in this upscale residence was visible from all four floors, allowing a clear view of the elevator’s mechanics. Coastal Canvas was enlisted to design curtains to conceal the mechanical apparatus, and move up and down with the elevator car without inhibiting the...

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Designer creates complementary fabrics

May 1st, 2008

The design approach of correlating fabrics by color and texture has been extended to the newest generation of performance fabrics for home interiors. To help consumers visualize correlation possibilities with his ever-expanding collection of Sunbrella® performance fabrics, Joe Ruggiero, an internationally acclaimed home furnishings designer, has created several correlated sets of Sunbrella fabrics that illustrate...

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