In search of deep space textiles

February 12, 2018

NASA needs textile manufacturing partners to support the success of future missions. Astronaut Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency tries on a pair of spacesuit sleeves inside the Quest airlock in the International Space Station. To either side of Kanai are the U.S. spacesuits that were being readied

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Smart Fabrics Summit set for April 24 in Washington D.C.

February 12, 2018

StretchSense has designed printed circuit boards that can make lightweight, flexible sensors for more versatile use in wearable technology. Photo: StretchSense. The event offers opportunities for collaboration and discussion of industry challenges. The U.S. Dept. of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will co-host the Smart Fabrics Summit

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Mutual benefits

January 22, 2018

From small startups to global corporations, academia and business forge alliances. A conductive ink pattern has been heat-laminated with thermoplastic polyurethane on a knit fabric. These structures are being explored for low-cost integration of electronics on textiles, including methods on integration of hard-type device components, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs),

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The academia and industry partnership

January 8, 2018

Amann Innovation Lab offers a think-tank where designers and brands can become more familiar with the company’s hybrid conductive, color indicator and sensor threads and explore their potential. Photo: Marie O’Mahony Centers for innovation offer new opportunities for collaborative work. Over the past year there has been noticeable growth globally

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The all-encompassing commitment

January 8, 2018

Sustainability is a way of doing business, and certification systems can support the effort. “Sustainable practice in simple terms means looking after workers, using quality materials, minimizing waste and making fair margins.” This statement from the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) does indeed put the topic

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New technology, new standard

December 20, 2017

A solar energy-harvesting textile composed of 1.2mm spherical solar cells named Sphelar® can be connected to conductive yarn or thread to create a solar-collecting e-textile. IPC committee seeks comments on e-textiles industry standard. In July 2017, IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) hosted the first web meeting of the IPC E-textiles

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A global concern

December 20, 2017

A truly “green” supply chain addresses sustainability for every participant and process in the product’s life cycle. Photo: Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Supplier compliance is a complex issue for sustainable textile companies. The issue of compliance can be complicated for textile companies, which have to comply with

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The larger sustainability picture

December 11, 2017

  FlexForm Technologies, Elkhart, Ind., manufactures nonwoven, natural-fiber composite mats and panel products that are completely recyclable. Photo: FlexForm. Trends reflect a global interest in natural fibers and ethical practices. The smart and advanced textile industries, while broadly in agreement on the need to be more sustainable, are in less

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Small and essential

November 20, 2017

Narrow and small-scale textiles thrive in collaborative partnerships. Workers in dangerous construction environments depend on safety equipment that uses high-tech narrow fabrics. The narrow fabrics industry belongs in the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) category, based on the number of employees per organization. The latest United States’ Census Bureau data

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Small scale, big impact

November 8, 2017

ELUTE® Fiber by TissueGen can be loaded with standard pharmaceuticals and is suitable for woven, knit or braided applications in implantable medical textile devices. Photo: TissueGen. Breakthroughs in biomedical textiles will offer high-tech solutions in tomorrow’s medical markets. As the impact of technology gets bigger, some advanced textiles are getting

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