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The Cutting Room

May 9, 2018

June 12, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$79.00 for Nonmembers The presenters will cover four components used in a cutting room: digitizing, cutting, material handling and ROI. Learn what applications are best suited for full automation and how to implement them and increase your product volumes. Presenters Truy Pham Autometrix Inc. Truy “Tree” …

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Selling Quality Over Price

May 9, 2018

June 20, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$75.00 for Nonmembers Learn about increasing your bottom line and how to encourage your clients to upgrade to better quality materials. Find out how upselling reflects company image, leads to future referrals and produces long-lasting products.   Presenter Dave Callahan Granite State Cover & Canvas Inc. …

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IFAI’S Student Design Competition: Deadline is May 15, 2018

May 4, 2018

Each year, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) sponsors a Student Design Competition for students enrolled in a post-secondary college or university program studying textiles, apparel, engineering or design. The annual competition offers students a valuable opportunity to build their portfolios and advance their career opportunities—and first-place winners also receive a $6,000+ Prize Pack with …

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IFAI reboots industrial sewing to bolster manufacturing

May 1, 2018

Reprinted with permission from insidefashiondesign.net Industrial sewing has reached a critical point. An aging workforce combined with a lack of incoming talent has created a worker shortage that threatens to shutter long-standing American businesses and stifle growth in a billion-dollar industry. We spoke with someone on the front lines of the battle to save industrial …

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IAA submissions due June 30

May 1, 2018

The International Achievement Awards (IAA) are an annual competition with a goal to promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications ranging in size and shape. For more than six decades, the awards have recognized innovation, technical skill and design excellence. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors, architects, educators …

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Academia and textile businesses forge fruitful alliances

May 1, 2018

Early in 2018, Greensboro, N.C.-based VF Corp. and North Carolina State University (NC State) announced a strategic, multi-year partnership to “support student development at NC State and advance apparel and textiles innovation within VF,” the company says. It will also bring $1 million to the campus in the form of a gift from the VF …

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Savvy cash management can boost bottom lines

May 1, 2018

Cash flow—the amount of money flowing into and out of your shop—is an easy concept to understand, yet not always well managed. Not every owner is aware of the impact skillful cash management has on net income, probably because the importance of managing revenue is far easier to recognize in some types of businesses than …

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OSHA-compliant programs can improve employee engagement

May 1, 2018

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded that 2.9 million workplace injuries occurred in 2016, more than half of which resulted in time away from the job. The cost to business? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), workplace injuries and subsequent absenteeism amount to well over $200 billion per year. One …

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Manufacturers find new ways to enhance product performance with textiles

May 1, 2018

As the demands made on textiles have increased, the nature of what is defined as “textile” has greatly expanded, often including non-textiles or treating them in a textile manner. Hybrids that bring together different materials and processes can offer the benefit of conventional textiles with additional characteristics of materials such as glass, ceramic, wood or …

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Call for candidates: IFAI Board of Directors

May 1, 2018

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International is now accepting applications to fill two (2) Director positions on the IFAI Board of Directors. Both of these positions are for three-year terms. All of IFAI’s volunteer leadership openings are being announced at this time, as well, in an effort to highlight the range …

Case Studies

Acoustical fabric updates arts facility in Toronto

March 1, 2018

Built more than 20 years ago, the Toronto Centre for the Arts’ underused main theater needed updating. The solution involved reducing the overall size and upgrading the systems to create a more efficient facility. Designers of the retrofit, Diamond Schmitt Architects, brought Eventscape into the project to engineer, fabricate and install over 3,000 sq. ft. …

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Job costing: the art of realizing your true profits

February 1, 2018

It’s a fairly safe bet that not many business owners started their operations because they wanted to work on spreadsheets. But like it or not, when you hang out a shingle, only part of your work will be designing a custom awning or fabric structure. Figuring out how to charge for those jobs accurately is …

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Glen Raven’s solar commitment boosts sustainability

February 1, 2018

For textile manufacturers that operate energy-intensive machinery, solar-generated energy provides a way to save on energy bills and reduce carbon footprint. Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, best known as the makers of Sunbrella® fabrics, recently debuted a 3,076-panel solar array at its flagship manufacturing facility in Anderson, S.C. The one-megawatt project was designed to power …

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Retractable awning offers clear ocean views

January 1, 2018

The Cane & Canoe, an exclusive hotel restaurant known for its unique blend of Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine, is located in the Montage Hotel at the Kapalua Bay resort, one of Hawaii’s premier oceanfront resorts. Kapalua Bay, a 22,000-acre former pineapple plantation on Maui, has developed into a popular resort that includes two award-winning championship …

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Parking structure complements Atlanta market

December 1, 2017

The Ponce City Market on the eastern edge of Atlanta, Ga., has aggressively aspired to become the fourth nationally recognized food hall in America after Chelsea Market in New York, N.Y., Pike Place in Seattle, Wash., and Ferry Building in San Francisco, Calif. The location for the market is the revitalized historic 1926 Sears, Roebuck …

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Malaysian light rail features an inspired ETFE tunnel of air

December 1, 2017

Odds are, most architects have seen the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the capitol of Malaysia. Built in 1998, the Petronas towers remain the tallest twin towers in the world at 1,482 feet (452 meters). Architects are less likely to know that Kelana Jaya is a rapidly-urbanizing suburb located on the southwest edge …

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ETFE roof panels inspired by a camera aperture

November 1, 2017

On Aug. 26, Atlanta, Ga., fans got to try out the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time when the Falcons hosted the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason NFL game. The two-million-square-foot facility accommodates 71,000 fans for football games and can expand to 75,000 seats for marquee events. Designed by HOK, a global design, architecture, …

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French gallery blends effortlessly into vineyard landscape

October 1, 2017

What could be more agreeable than a glass of French wine while viewing French art in the landscape of southern France, a landscape made famous by the 19th-century Impressionist/proto-Cubist painter Paul Cézanne? This conflux of ideal conditions melds perfectly in the recently completed Château La Coste Art Gallery, a new venue for viewing artworks while …

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Restructing an awning company results in positive results—for employees and the bottom line

August 1, 2017

Mike Peterson restructures an awning company’s culture by asking hard questions, collaborating on the anwers and fearlessly changing the rules. “Our old philosophy was to focus on profitability and the end result—and in order to get there we did our best to take care of our customers, and our employees came last,” says Mike Peterson, …

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Streetscape shading encourages outdoor shopping and entertainment

July 1, 2017

Outdoor entertainment and shopping spaces are popular in temperate climates for good reason. Everyone loves outdoor settings to listen to music, window shop and eat in open-air environments. Under the sometimes-sweltering California sun, however, open-air facilities need shaded areas for UV protection. Former IFAI Award of Excellence winner Jim Miller, of Jim Miller Canvas Inc., …

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Manufacturers find new ways to enhance product performance with textiles

May 1, 2018

As the demands made on textiles have increased, the nature of what is defined as “textile” has greatly expanded, often including non-textiles or treating them in a textile manner. Hybrids that bring together different materials and processes can offer the benefit of conventional textiles with additional characteristics of materials such as glass, ceramic, wood or …

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Tensile fabrics make a cultural statement in Mexican structure

May 1, 2018

The power of suggestion is one of an architect’s most eloquent tools. With a meaningful combination of shape and material, a design can meet physical expectations as well as create the suggestion of ideas, symbols and traditions. With the strategic use of high-tensile fabric panels, the structure known as the Fachada Foro Chiapas suggests time, …

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Upscale shade options complement outdoor living trends

April 1, 2018

While many manufacturers concentrate on making smart products that give people convenient and luxurious control over functions in their homes and businesses, others are finding ways to make the outdoors equally responsive and comfortable to lifestyles in the Internet of Things age. A robotics company in Pasadena, Calif., is, in fact, throwing all its weight …

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Pacific Yurts reflects customer-driven innovation

April 1, 2018

“I never had an interest in going into business to just duplicate a product that already existed,” says Alan Bair, founder and owner of Pacific Yurts Inc. in Cottage Grove, Ore. “But early on I realized the yurt is a unique warm space that is limited only by the imagination. When you go into that …

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Textiles add mood and character to entertainment spaces

March 1, 2018

Fabric and lighting have an ages-old relationship that elicits something visceral, and when done skillfully there’s a quality to backlit fabric that nothing else can provide,” says Eric Bury, director of project development for the Toronto, Canada-based custom architectural fabrication company Eventscape. Bury acknowledges that of all the construction materials his company uses to create …

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Architectural shading systems find new markets

February 1, 2018

Ever since the 1970s back-to-earth, energy enlightenment era of oil embargoes and the beginning of the environmentalism movement, architects and government officials have acknowledged the importance of making ever more energy-efficient buildings. It has been proven that buildings (the construction of them and the manufacturing of all the materials that go into making and operating …

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Working with architects: How fabricators can forge productive partnerships

January 1, 2018

Fabrics and architecture have been partners for millennia and have worked together to create some of the most iconic, useful and beautiful structures in the world—from traditional Mongolian yurts to arena domes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Indeed, fabric is a critical element of our built environment. It’s still a process of education about fabric …

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Smithsonian installation combines design and fabrication

December 1, 2017

Nine ceilings represent notable American buildings. Since the 17th century (with the debut of the French École des Beaux-Arts), drawing has been the first basic skill taught to architects. This still holds true, despite the advent of computer aided drafting (CAD) and sophisticated rendering software. And today there is a segment of the architecture community …

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Ellington looks to advance industrial textile industry

November 1, 2017

“With the geopolitical challenges and opportunities the specialty fabrics industry faces, we, as an association, need to make sure that we continue to educate our members and provide them with opportunities,” says Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, Glen Raven’s distribution and marketing services subsidiary in Glen Raven, N.C. Ellington, who was named IFAI’s board …

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Choice and innovation drive architectural fabric market

October 1, 2017

What spurs innovation? Does the kernel of a new idea spring forth fully formed from the brow of a genius, or does it gestate over a long, arduous path involving sweat and heavy lifting? Maybe a bit of both, if you dig into the histories of new materials or processes. Often you will find that …

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The Cutting Room

May 9, 2018

June 12, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$79.00 for Nonmembers The presenters will cover four components used in a cutting room: digitizing, cutting, material handling and ROI. Learn what applications are best suited for full automation and how to implement them and increase your product volumes. Presenters Truy Pham Autometrix Inc. Truy “Tree” …

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Selling Quality Over Price

May 9, 2018

June 20, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$75.00 for Nonmembers Learn about increasing your bottom line and how to encourage your clients to upgrade to better quality materials. Find out how upselling reflects company image, leads to future referrals and produces long-lasting products.   Presenter Dave Callahan Granite State Cover & Canvas Inc. …

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IFAI’S Student Design Competition: Deadline is May 15, 2018

May 4, 2018

Each year, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) sponsors a Student Design Competition for students enrolled in a post-secondary college or university program studying textiles, apparel, engineering or design. The annual competition offers students a valuable opportunity to build their portfolios and advance their career opportunities—and first-place winners also receive a $6,000+ Prize Pack with …

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Fair trade: imports, tariffs and the textile industry

April 24, 2018

In August 2017, the President formally instructed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to determine whether to launch a 301 investigation of “laws, policies, practices, or actions of the Government of China that may be unreasonable or discriminatory and that may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development.” After deciding …

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IFAI names Schiffman new president and CEO

April 20, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has named Steve Schiffman, the association’s vice president of media and sales, the new president and CEO of IFAI. He will replace Mary Hennessy, who is retiring June 1, 2018, after holding the position for the last six years. Schiffman had a long and successful career in publishing before …

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Immigration art in Minnesota skyways

April 20, 2018

More than 30,000 skyway pedestrians as well as thousands of street-level commuters and motorists are expected to view St. Paul, Minn., through new Americans’ eyes as they pass an exhibit dedicated to immigrants’ experiences. Photos: Peter Von De Linde. The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. The call to “huddled masses, yearning to breathe free” …

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AmazonSmile promotion

March 22, 2018

If you shop on Amazon, be sure to take advantage of the AmazonSmile promotion. From March 12–31, 2018, AmazonSmile will triple the donation amount to 1.5 percent to Industrial Fabrics Foundation. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/52-2164483. For additional details about the promotion, click here

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BAT USA announces GIANT, a retractable awning

March 14, 2018

BAT USA’s GIANT is a retractable awning on 2″ square steel bar. The aluminium brackets grant resistance and compactness, while the aluminum covers give it a great elegance, reinforced by style and Italian-made quality. Volume, design and big projections make this awning a perfect cover for public and private spaces and a great upgrade for …

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Sattler hires Hans Schwieger as Northeast Sales Manager

March 14, 2018

Sattler has hired Hans Schwieger as Northeast Sales Manager. Hans’ career in the performance textiles industry spans 20 years, having served as a sales manager in the outdoor market. Hans joined Sattler on February 24, 2018 and will serve in a key role for the Sattler sales organization. “Hans has outstanding knowledge and experience in …

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UMASS Lowell partners on buildings and bridges research

March 14, 2018

A University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMASS Lowell) research team is working to create sensor-laden fabrics that monitor the structural health of buildings, roadways and bridges. The university has partnered with a research and development company to create new, cost-effective, sensor-laden textiles that can be used to monitor the structural health and integrity of vital infrastructures, …