SWW visit to the Techtextil+Texprocess fair in Frankfurt 9. – 12.5.2017 and participation to the Techtextil symposium

Representatives from the SWW project partners visited the Techtextil +Texprocess fairs in Frankfurt, Germany 9. – 12.5.2017 and took part in the Techtextil symposium, gathering researchers in the field of smart textile innovations and textile industry.

The main goal of the visit was to explore smart solutions available in the market or innovations from research organisations and apply them for the project purposes. 

During the fair, the partners met interesting companies and researchers working with textiles, smart wearable technologies as well as companies working with 3D scanning and textile machinery.

Amongst the most interesting finds at the fair and at the symposium, the SWW project workers found different kinds of options for fibers that could be used in the future smart work wear. The use of recyclable fibers is an option if the project were to focus on producing more sustainable work wear.

The thermochromic and other thermoresponsive polymers and yarns, also other interesting possibilities of use in work wear. SWW will be in contact with a few institutions currently developing these types of yarns.

Yarn is also becoming hybrid, with the integration of metal, thus providing it with electro-conductive, antibacterial properties or other properties of interest. These types of yarns can transfer data, be heated, block radiation, help connect RFID and other electronic components thought out the garment. The possibilities are endless!  A few organizations promised to send the SWW team in Kokkola some samples of their products, which will enable testing how their product could be used in work wear.

One company had come up with an interesting type of sensor, which was  integrated in a glove and helped detect heat. The sensor is linked to LED lights which start blinking when the heat is too high.  These gloves could be used by firemen for instance. SWW will surely be discussing collaboration possibilities with this company!

3D printing is also interesting option for when it comes to integrating electronics into textiles and garments (: integration of USB ports, etc.).  The SWW project could also make use of the new type of textile based battery and solar system for power generation.  Though the battery was not washable, it had the ability to recharge itself through inductive coupling.

All in all, both the fair and the symposium offered new insights into ongoing research and already available products. The participation was a success and SWW’s researchers may now pursue their work with new tools and ideas.



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