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  • Is solid or twisted wire too heavy for your needs; is it too fragile and breaks down after repeated bends?

  • Or maybe you can't reach optimum electrical or mechanical performance with your current wire choice?

  • Are you sacrificing attributes and making expensive tradeoffs?

Now is the time to investigate metal-clad or conductive yarns and fibers and see why they are rapidly becoming the smart choice for engineers and designers in a variety of areas: such as aircraft, space, smart clothing, EMI* shielding, and much, much more.

 

 

 


EMI* braid:
* ElectroMagnetic Interference

 

AS WE SAID...This continues to be an ever more exciting time for conductive fibers.  In addition to a constant stream of new discoveries, techniques and base materials, there are a plethora of smart fabrics and prodicts on the market, and all buttressed by an increasing number of trade shows and events--all opportunities for professionals to interact.  LinkedIn, the venerable and premier business contact website, also offers Groups in the areas of wearable electronics and smart fabrics.

U.S. Consortium Commits $317 Million for Advanced Textiles Development.  A newly-announced private/public collaboration will invest $317 million towards developing the next generation of textile innovations in the United States.  According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Defense, a consortium of 89 manufacturers, universities, industry and non-profits organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will form the New Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Hub. The consortium – operating as Advanced Functional Fabrics of America – will be leading the research work, under the management of the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Department of Defense will invest $75 million in the program, which will be combined with nearly $250 million in contributions from non-federal entities to fund the next generation fiber-textile chain research. Leading technology firms such as Bose, Intel and many innovative textile companies are involved in the effort.  The new revolutionary fiber institute is the eighth manufacturing innovation hub initiative by President Obama administered through the U.S. Department of Defense. These institutes are aimed at developing high-tech sectors in the U.S. to enable them to be competitive, especially in the manufacturing sector

How BIG is this market?  In April we attended US Department of Commerce Smart Textile Conference.  Notable results incldued a report by Jeff Rasmussen | Market Research Manager, IFAI | who estimates the market for smart fabrics in 2016 is estimated to be US$2.25 Billion.  Contact us for a copy of the report  And this number only represents the smart fabrics portion of the conductive fiber/filmmarket, not the portion for conductive wires used for aircraft and space shielding!

Does the conductive fiber industry need standards?  Earlier we raided the issue to standards for conductive fibers.  Now we are pleased to note that discussions are u8nderway at US Department of Commerce, and IFAI on developing standards.  This is a most exciting development, one which we have engaged in discussions.


E-textile or smart textile

 

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Carbon nanotube ªTopBits.com

 

"The trend in (high pefromance wiring) continues to be SWaP--reduced size, weight, and power," says J.C. Ramirez at ADL Embedded Solutions in San Diego.  And SWaP is the keyword, and the basis of our industry--conductive fibers reduce weight, increase strength and flexibility."   BUT, today, for the smart fabircs insustry, we want to add two more key words: Comfort and Functionality.

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