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Cornering the home shade

June 1st, 2024

Anyone who has spent time on a racing sailboat (and New Zealanders are noted for putting up challengers to the America’s Cup sailing competition, with four wins out of five attempts) knows that a tightly furled sail does not flap uncontrollably. A recent addition to a private home in Queenstown provides comfortable protection from sun […]

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Innovation drives opportunities for inflatable structures

June 1st, 2024

Designed by Pneuhaus for NASA, this Mars Simulation Environment consists of 200-denier translucent fabric for the sky, with the Martian landscape printed on a flexible blackout nylon. Image: Pneuhaus The first image that springs to mind when inflatables are mentioned is likely bouncy houses or holiday decorations tethered on people’s lawns—unsurprising, since these are typically […]

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Rian True connects Carolina CoverTech to core values

June 1st, 2024

Photo: Whitney Boykin High Cotton Photography Founded as Bailie’s Furniture Company in 1858, Carolina CoverTech of North Augusta, S.C., is thriving in its third—and most transformative—era, due to the leadership of CEO Rian True. His early efforts in reshaping the company’s approach to manufacturing laid the foundation for a strategic vision that endures today, bolstered […]

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AI’s potential in saving manufacturers time and money

June 1st, 2024

Smartex, an automation company in Porto, Portugal, produces AI-enabled products for textile factories, such as the Smartex CORE pictured here. Smartex CORE is designed for circular knitting machines and uses cameras and sensors to scan the fabric for irregularities and faults. It also uses light analysis to catch defects not visible to the human eye. […]

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Traube Awning returns to family ownership after 10 years

June 1st, 2024

Traube Awning, an awnings and shade provider based in Hartford, Ill., announced its return to family ownership after a 10-year hiatus with Steve Traube, a third-generation descendant of the founding family acquiring the company. "I'm thrilled to bring Traube Awning back to the family," says Traube, owner of Traube Tents & Structures and now Traube […]

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Anthony Pappalardo joins Herculite as regional sales manager for shade products

June 1st, 2024

Herculite® Products Inc., a manufacturer of high performance and custom fabrics with brands such as Coastline Plus and Patio 500, announced that Anthony Pappalardo has been hired as regional sales manager covering the Midwest and Southeast. In this role he will develop and grow relationships with end product manufacturers and related sales personnel for all […]

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It’s material that it matters

May 1st, 2024

A prime example of the “adaptive reuse” approach, the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater, Bridgeport, Conn., demonstrates strategies that reduce embodied carbon by repurposing an unused baseball stadium into a major-draw event facility. Photo: Carl B. Vernlund Photography Recent years have seen a number of announcements of heroic efforts to literally reach for the moon because terra […]

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Floating sculpture brings color to Columbus skyline

May 1st, 2024

A rendering of Current created by Janet Echelman and her design team. Image: Studio Echelman A 229-foot-long floating fiber sculpture by sculptor Janet Echelman is now a permanent installation in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Crafted from fibers braided with nylon and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, Currenthangs between buildings at the intersection of Gay and High streets. It […]

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Project Showcase: National Structures Events & Services

May 1st, 2024

National Structures Events & Services installed this A-frame structure on an elevated platform to provide spectators unobstructed sight lines of the Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas, Nev. All photos courtesy of National Structures Events & Services. There may be nothing better than being a part of an event that showcases a company’s expertise and […]

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Advanced Textiles Expo 2024 registration now open

May 1st, 2024

Registration is now open for Advanced Textiles Expo 2024. This year’s show takes place Sept. 24–26, 2024, with education from happening Sept. 23–Sept-26, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. This event brings together more than 4,500 decisions makers in the advanced textiles, specialty fabrics and shade and weather protection industries for three-plus days […]

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