Mahaffey helps with H1N1 preparations

October 27, 2009

Mahaffey Tent Rentals has installed a 40-by-66-foot clearspan structure at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., to assist with a flood of patients experiencing flu-like symptoms. The H1N1 triage unit tent will be up for a minimum of six months, but discussions are underway between Le Bonheur and Mahaffey to extend the rental …

The advantages of inflatable structures

October 20, 2009

Flexible and economical, air-supported structures fill multiple market niches. By Holly O’Dell When it comes to inflatable products, many people think of bouncy castles, parade floats or dancing tubes used for advertising. But the world of air-supported structures, or inflatables, extends far beyond the use of entertainment and advertising to industrial, military, architectural and aerospace …

Compressors with net zero energy consumption

October 13, 2009

The ZR Series of water-cooled, oil-free air compressors, manufactured by Atlas Copco, Stockholm, Sweden, are the first to be TÜV certified for zero net energy consumption. In specific conditions, 100 percent of the electrical power used to run a ZR 55-750 can be recovered in the form of heated water. Industries that require large amounts …

Hospital uses tents for patients with flu-like symptoms

October 7, 2009

The Dell Childrens Medical Center, Austin, Texas, set up two large canvas tents in which patients with flu-like symptoms can be treated. The tents, located outside of the emergency room, allow nurses to care for patients who exhibit mild flu-like symptoms. The tents also increase the capacity of the hospital by housing an additional eight …

Fabric on tour with U2

October 1, 2009

Architen Landrell in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, U.K., provided the tensioned fabric cladding system for the U2 360° World Tour stage. The stage was a collaboration between the lead architects Mark Fisher Studio, structural engineers Atelier One, steel company Stage Co and Architen Lardrell. In order to accommodate the rigorous touring schedule, the designers created three separate …

Economy may affect trade issues

President Barak Obama, along with Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, talked tough about tackling U.S. trade issues with China on the campaign trail. However, like his predecessors, President Obama may have to focus on other critical national issues before China trade comes up in his priority list. The Obama administration did, …

U.S. Congress revisiting trade agreements

Members of the U.S. Congress are lining up to support the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act, which has 106 initial sponsors from both political parties. The legislation would make sweeping changes in U.S. trade policy, including renegotiation of free trade agreements (FTAs) to ensure national security, product safety, human rights and environmental …

Textile manufacturers concerned on climate bill

A U.S. House of Representatives bill on climate change and energy passed by a seven-vote margin, and textile lobbyists vow to work on a Senate version that answers manufacturers’ concerns. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) opposed the bill, “because it will significantly increase energy costs for domestic manufacturers and not those of its …

IntelEvent changes name

IntelEvent has changed its name to IntelliEvent. The rental management software company based in Monterey, Calif., continues to offer intelligent event management software under its new name. For more information, visit www.intellievent.com.

DuPont, DOE launch solar research program

Thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules would be used for more mainstream commercial and residential solar energy applications if they were waterproof (moisture degrades PV module performance.) Chemical giant DuPont, Wilmington, Del., will partner with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to solve this problem, testing an ultra-thin protective film during a three-year research project. DuPont …