As the world’s second-largest manufacturer, the United States has historically benefited from a robust manufacturing market, boasting plentiful manufacturing jobs and competitive power in the global economy.
For about as long as humans have worn clothes and needed shelter, fabrics have been in use. Natural fabrics -- including but not limited to silk, cotton, wool, and linen -- are made from natural materials and were the only fabrics available for many years. As technology grew and advanced, people began to search for new options and attempted creating fabrics rather than using the ones that had always existed.
Sy Hyman, company founder and retired CEO of Herculite®, is a long-time member of IFAI and became an Honored Life Member in 2014. He shared with us some insights about the challenges of marketing laminated synthetics with a start-up company when no market existed: about learning from customers, production mistakes, and inventing sales techniques for new materials. These are some tips garnered from 60 years of practical experience.
We’ve all heard of cotton, wool, and silk fabrics and with technological advancements we’ve also know about moisture, mildew and ultraviolet ray resistant materials. But, do you know what conductive fabrics are and how they are used?
Lets take a quick dive into conductive fabrics, what they are, how they work, and ideal uses for them.
Specialty performance fabrics are ubiquitous in our daily life. From boat covers, to awnings, from tents, to banner signs, we often forget how much these specialty fabrics are a part of our daily lives. However one of their original, and best uses, is as antimicrobial textiles for healthcare and indoor environments where control of disease and cleanliness are crucial.
While the initial costs can be lower, and tempting, there are many hidden costs that make purchasing from an off-shore dealer not worth the risk. A fabric product dealer is a company that looks worldwide for "buy low, sell high" opportunities. Here are 5 risks that could lead to increased total cost of ownership buying through a fabrics dealer.
In 2011, my family and I had the opportunity to go to the Grand Canyon on vacation. For those of you that don't know I have a mischievous side. My then 13 year old son and I decided to play a little trick on his mother (luckily she's still my wife). We went on a little hike and attempted to find a safe location to take the picture to your right. At first glance it looks pretty frightening, especially for Mom. If my wife didn't know my propensity for childish humor she would have thought that I put our eldest son in life-threatening danger. Frankly, it could been bad had our son moved four steps to the left.
No matter what you set out to buy today, you are almost always faced with a choice—price versus quality. Whether you’re buying medical bedding, medical equipment or privacy curtains for a hospital, you have a decision to make: Do you forgo a bit of quality and save on the purchase price or do you spend a little bit more upfront and get the better quality product?
With roots reaching back to ancient Egypt, safety data sheets (SDS), formerly known as Safety Data Sheets (or MSDS) have been a required part of commercial record keeping and safety standards at Herculite Products and all US Manfacturers since 1986.
Introduced into Congress as H.R.4040, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 became Public Law 110-314 when President George W. Bush signed it in August 2008. The law followed similar legislation enacted in 2007 in California.