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the finished
[ PROJECT ]
A giant leap for
technical textiles
T
he International Achievement Awards (IAAs)
began in 1946 as a photo contest for awning and
canopy projects, and 75 years later, the program
PROJECT
MANAGEMENT
AR Tech, a division
of A&R Tarpaulins
Inc., Fontana, Calif.
continues to honor exceptional work in those fields.
But as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the IAAs
in 2021, we can marvel at the wide range of projects
that use specialty fabrics, including
aerospace applications. From spacesuits
to parachutes, high-tech fabrics help
humanity explore the universe.
One example is this 2017 IAA
PROJECT MANAGER
Jessica Foley
FABRIC
MD3 CTR from
Saint-Gobain
Technical Fabrics
Outstanding Achievement Award winning
project from AR Tech of Fontana, Calif.
These blankets are used to line the
inside of the nose cone, referred to as the
PayLoad Fairing (PLF), of a space launch
vehicle. They provide sound absorption
and vibration reduction, static bleed-off
with carbon Teflon™
cover material, and
ensure that particles from the interior of
the blankets do not contaminate the satellite by use of
the stainless steel fabric filtration medium, which also
allows the blankets to expel interior pressure during
the launch. There are about 40 blankets per launch.
During the launch process, the rocket experiences
extremely high temperatures and vibrations, and the
PLF blankets provide protection for the satellite during
this process. AR Tech has crafted thousands of these
custom PLF/acoustic blankets for various launch
vehicles since the 1990s. When the client changed
one of the key elements of the raw materials, AR Tech
faced significant challenges during manufacturing.
The first set was delivered to the customer ahead of
schedule and passed with 100 percent quality.
56 SPECIALTY FABRICS REVIEW / July 2021
YEAR ANNIVERSARY
2021 marks the 75th anniversary
of the International Achievement
Awards (IAA). After having to
cancel the 2020 IAAs because of
the pandemic, Industrial Fabrics
Association International (IFAI) is
thrilled to have the IAAs return.
For 75 years, the IAAs have recognized technical skill
and design excellence in projects across the industry that
incorporate specialty fabrics into their design. Entries are
judged by industry experts and design professionals who
are selected for their expertise in a particular field of study
or product area. All projects entered are automatically
included in the IAA online gallery, which is promoted yearround.
Grow your brand, showcase your talent, and get the
recognition you deserve! Entry deadline is July 30, 2021.
Submit your projects at https://iaa.ifai.com.
https://iaa.ifai.com

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