SuperEasy Way To Learn Everything About Technical Textile Industry

SuperEasy Way To Learn Everything About Technical Textile Industry

The traditional textile sector of the world is undoubtedly delivering its best for the needs and demand of its consumers. But with the passage of time, the consumers of this industry were expecting more from this industry. So, the creation of technical textile industry came into being for meeting the new and upcoming requirements of customers. As we know that in traditional textile, the manufacturers are more concern about the aesthetic aspects of the product. Whereas, in technical textile the main focus is on the function of the product. And there is a least concern about aesthetic features of the products. So, in simple words, technical textile industry product/item is normally make for non-aesthetic purpose. And only function of the product is more considerable in this textile category.

Technical Textile Industry History:

The inception and motive for the development of technical textile industry was to fill the lacking features of traditional textile products. And the consumer of the traditional textile industry wants to keep the same product’s aesthetic but with some added features. So, the new textile form has been introduced which also have additional attributes of recent needs and demands of consumers. As the most of the technical textile industry products are based on synthetic fibers. So, this category of textile demand has boosted up in year 1799 when first synthetic fiber “acetate” was invented.

With the passage of time it transformed into “Viscose” in year 1894. And later-on in year 1924 it was made more refine and called “Rayon”. But the remarkable thing is that all the above narrated types of fiber are not fully synthetic. Because, all the above three types are mainly made with wood-pulp which is a natural ingredient.

The first 100% synthetic fiber named “Nylon” was invented by US experts team in year 1939. And this progress went on into its peak when most useful synthetic fiber “polyester” was invented in year 1953. As it was milestone in the invented list of synthetic fibers due to its useful characteristics and attributes. The technical textile industry sector was continuously taking benefits from synthetic fibers according to its usage and benefits. But the trend has changed when man-made natural fibers was invented and rapidly captured market share under technical textile industry. Although there are number of man-made fibers are available now in the market. Yet “cotton”, “wool”, “linen” and “jute” are most likely used natural fibers in technical textile industry.

Technical Textile Industry: A Growing Sector

Currently, we can see number of categories in technical textile which are using in different field of life. It applies not only in textile sector but you can also observe application of technical textiles in other sectors too. And the prominent sectors which are getting beneficial from it are civil, engineering and medical industry. And if we overall check the usage and growth rate of this category then it’s quite amazing. The overall growth rate is of this textile sub-category is around 4% per year which is more than the main category.

Types of Technical Textile Industry: An Overview

There are multiple types of technical textile  industry products which we can see into the market. But the main famous categories which are enormously using in different products are as follows:

Meditech:

The application of technical textiles  into medical field with some additional function is knows as  “Meditech”. It serves and produces different type of products in this category. And the main prominent technical textiles examples are like surgical disposable components, Diapers, artificial lungs, artificial cornea/joints/heart valve etc. As there are number of medical instruments and wearables which are making under technical textile category. So, the “Meditech” sector is estimating really healthy growth in coming future. This category was valued approximately US$ 12 billion in year 2016. And as per the expert’s findings, it would reach around US$ 20 billion till year 2026.

Indutech: 

The technical textile production is also serving really healthy in industrial growth. And for industrial products, it is offering extensive products  like conveyer belts, industrial brushes, bolting clothes, Printer’s Ribbon, Circuit Boards, Filters etc.

Mobiltech: 

The technical textile industry is participating vigorously role in mobiltech. As it is producing Helmets, Car Upholstery, Auto safety Airbags, Auto Carpets, Seat Belts etc.

Hometech:

You can see multiple products which are producing under this category. It include Vacuum cleaner filters, Window Blinds, Furniture Fabrics, HVAC filters, Stuffed Toys, Fiberfill, Net clothes etc.

Clothtech:

In clothtech, you can have multiple items in market which falls under this category. It includes  shoe laces, umbrella fabrics, zip fasteners, interlining, Hook tape, Elastic fabrics etc.

Buildtech:

The textile which applies in construction and building calls as buildtech. It include Hoardings, Architectural membrane, Canvas Tarpaulin, Concrete Wraps, Pipe etc. As per the study findings, this category was valued in 2016 around US$ 13 billion. And it is forecasting that it would reach up to US$ 22 billion till year 2027.

Oekotech:

Now days, environmental sustainability is big and hot issue. So, the textile which applies towards environment protection from toxic and hazardous material or wasted products calls as Oekotech. The word Oekotech also knows as ecological protection environment textile. The key examples of this type of technical textile are domestic water sewerage and waste  recycling plants, corrosion safety etc.

Other than this you can find number of useful products under Geotech, Packtech and Agrotech textile category. And there are also some other categories in which you would find landmark products of technical textile industry.

Key Players and Market Analysis:

If we analyze the key market players for the technical textile industry then we observes massive demand in developed as well as in under-developed regions. You will find it equally popular in North and Latin America, Eastern/Western Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific region. Since most of the Asia Pacific region is under developed so the requirement of new infrastructure is needed. So, the demand of technical textile industry products over this region is normally high. This is why, if we analyze the overall earning of technical textile industry of previous year. Then you would amaze to know that approximately 50% of the technical textile earning is derived from Asia Pacific region. Moreover, the analysts are forecasting that the projected future growth rate of the category would be around 6.8% in coming years.

Key Market Players: Technical Textile Industry

There are number of giant companies of different countries which are aggressively dealing in technical textile sector. The main players are like 3M Co, Dickson-Constant, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co, Low & Boar PLC, International Textile Group (United State), Avintiv, Berry Global Group (United State), Milliken & Co, Kimberly Clarke (United State), DuPont (United State), Mitsui Chemicals (Japan), Ahlstrom Corporation,  Arville Tex Ltd, Huntsman (United State), Koninklijke Ten Cate (Netherlands), Toyobo Co. (Japan), SRF Limited (India), Lanxess (German), Freudenberg & Co. (German), Milliken & Company (United State), Low & Bonar (United Kingdom).

Other than the above described leading companies in technical textile industry. There are also many other firms which are doing amazingly in this product category. And in order to dominate into the market, these companies are following various growth strategies. And it includes mergers, acquisitions, expansions and partnerships under particular product categories. Along with that heavy investment in new product development is also the part of these strategies. The main motive behind all above steps is to make themselves more dominant into that market. Since the market is at upward trend that’s why everyone is striving its best to grab the maximum market share. And for this, extensive research studies and surveys are done so that companies could understand the actual requirements of their clients. So that they could offer such customized products which could not only conform their needs. But it could also distinguish them from the existing competitors.

Conclusion:  

There is no doubt that the demand for technical textile industry is increasing tremendously. But cost effectiveness element is normally missing in this type of textile category. This is why; we can have a massive price difference if we compare it with the conventional textile product. Although the value or benefits which we are getting from the technical textile products are great. But the high prices and lack of proper knowledge sharing about the technical attributes of the product is missing. That’s why, most of the high feature products couldn’t survive or give the expected results.

How Did Antimicrobial Fabrics Become the Best? Find Out

antimicrobial fabrics

The word antimicrobial states it characteristics by itself and which means active against microbes. So, we can say that the products which are antimicrobial, have the ability to fight against microbes. Although the ability of this protection may be vary from product to product. But on the whole, the ultimate purpose of this feature is to protect consumers from germs. Moreover, there are so many daily use items like socks, workwear suits, uniforms, towels and other footwear products. Those have the tendency to grab certain odor during and after use. Since these types of products are normally made by synthetic materials so that odor or microbes presence is obvious. The washing is not an ultimate solution to get rid from odor and germs issues. An antimicrobial treatment is the only way out for not only germs issues but also works for odor related issues.

There are so many products which are right now have the characteristics of antimicrobials. But today, we are going to discuss its contribution in our textiles and apparels industry. The antimicrobial fabrics market is no doubt is growing worldwide. The main reason behind this growth is an increasing rate of new diseases and infections.  So, this is why, the precautionary measurement awareness about health and safety of the general public is increasing. The most of the people prefer to adopt preventive approach instead of suffering from any illness.

Why Antimicrobial Fabrics:

The regular textile fibers don’t have any inherent feature to protect against microbes. On the other hand, it provides the room for growth of microbes due to sweating. Especially in warm or humid weather, the growth rate of microbes gets double. Keeping in view this thing, an antimicrobial fabrics finish is introduced to protect the wearer from germs. There are so many famous brands which are already offering such type of finish garments to their end users. Since the hygiene conscious approach in end users is increasing and now on top priority. This is why, consumers are really conscious about their wearing which is directly touching their body all the day.  As per the customers, the apparels which are direct interaction with your body normally considers as second skin. So, it should prevent or protect us from microbes instead of giving them room to grow.

Antimicrobial Fabrics Application:

The Potential of the antimicrobial fabrics and garments is really hot and trending now days. Although the antimicrobial products concept is old in healthcare industry and we can see so many products with this technology.  But with the passage of time, its implications or scope is getting broader day by day. Now, we are using this into our fashion and textile industry, military and other consumer industry as well. This is why, the experts are predicting that antimicrobial fabrics and textile market will be US$ 1,076.1m till year 2026. The estimated growth rate of antimicrobial products is about 7.5% per year. If we review the growth trend from regional market (Europe, North & Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia) point of view.  Then Asian market is on number one from growth point of view. After that European market is standing on number two and North America comes on number three.

The main reason of high growth rate in Asian market is an improvement in lifestyle, increasing income and especially tremendous investment in healthcare sector. And as the expert’s prediction, this list numbers will remain same for upcoming years. Because there are so many economic factors which are directly support this trend. And there is no doubt in this thing that medical industry is a key industry behind this positive growth rate. Other than the medical industry, the fashion or apparel sector is also influenced with this technology. This is why, the most of the fashion apparel brands and especially sportswear brands are using this technology. And now you can see so many products both outer and inner wears which have antimicrobial features.

Antimicrobial Fabrics Market Analysis:

For last few years, due to high potential growth rate, the Asian market is standing number one in antimicrobial textile market. Since the potential of the market is still too high so it is attracting the big giants of this industry to invest aggressively here. If we analyze the competition level of antimicrobial fabric industry then we observe a severe competition between the leading companies. Some of the leading companies include: Sciessent LLC, Sanitized AG, Trevira GmbH, Microban Int’l, Lonza Group, The Dow Chemicals, Biocote Ltd, Herculite Products etc. And in order to dominate into the industry, we observe several mergers and alliances between the big companies. The reason behind these mergers or alliances is just to offer unique and vast product line to the maximum market segments.

And if we closely review the target potential market of these big companies then we further conclude it few countries. These are the countries where companies are putting extensive efforts and finance to get maximum market share. And these countries include China, India, Singapore, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Brazil. This is not the end as the demand growth rate in Europe and Latin America is also very encouraging. So, we can’t ignore these markets too for more future business opportunities and shares.

Sustainability Feature in Antimicrobial Fabrics:

Although the key features of antimicrobial fabrics are really tremendous from all aspects. And there is no doubt this thing too that most of textile companies are extensively using it into their product line. But the traditional treatment of this technology is not as environmental friendly as it should be. So, keeping in view the current scenario, the experts are striving their best to come up with some perfect solution. The solution, which is not only, covers the germs problem but the treatment is also sustainable and eco-friendly.

The Canadian based firm “Flispec” introduced two sustainable alternatives for antimicrobial treatment. The first one is “Rayon”, it takes its main ingredient from oyster shells. And this ingredient offers antimicrobial feature (moisture absorption, soft hand-feel) to the wearer. So, such kind of material are normally suitable for sportswear or footwear (socks). The second alternative is “RecoveryFil”, it uses zinc oxide as main ingredient. This ingredient combines with Tencel which gives the wearer to ultimate protection from UV rays. So, you are taking double benefits from your clothes. On one side it is protecting you from microbes and on the other way, it also keeps you safe from Ultraviolet rays.

Future of Antimicrobial Fabrics:

Although there are so many alternatives that are now exists into the market to make any fabric or product antimicrobial. But we can’t sure about the method sustainability through which it becomes antimicrobial fabrics or garments. That’s why; the researchers and scientists are focusing on natural ways through which the fabric gets sustainable and antimicrobial features. And for this, plants materials are consider as best antimicrobial agents.

So, the research is going on these lines that how they could take maximum benefit from bioactive textile. And how they could utilize its maximum benefits for the protection of wearer from microbes which causes diseases. Moreover, these natural agents are non-toxic as well as don’t spread any allergy issues. Although there are some other natural antiseptic agents are already available yet there is still need to dig out more. That how we could utilize or take more and more benefits from these natural available antibacterial agents in textile industry.

04 New Technologies Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore

04 New Technologies Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore

In past few years, the new technologies have improved almost all areas of our lives. If we talk about textile and apparel sector then it is not only improve the utilities of the products but also improve its general appearance. If we look at the past inventions of new technologies then we can see that the smart products are not having enough eye catchy attributes. And we can’t compare these hi tech wearables with regular high fashion wears. Because during its development, the developer and garment designer both have to compromise on many things. Although, the main hi tech features were normally achieved in past inventions yet the shape and current trend of fashion was normally overlooked. This is why; you could see a long list of wearables which were disliked by the consumers due to its attractiveness or failure to provide optimum functions.

New Technologies distinctive Enhancements:

Despite of earlier failures or less consumer’s response, the urge for better wearable in both attractiveness and functions has increased. And every failure or less expected results of the newly invented wearables gave us guidelines for better future products. The contribution of new technologies in shape of nanotechnology and smart materials has finally introduced some distinctive smart textile products. As we have discussed in our previous articles that how smart wearable technology is playing a vital role in health and military sector. Besides these two sectors, the fashion industry players have also partnered with smart technologies organizations to come up with some smart and striking wearables. The motive behind all these efforts and joint ventures is just to develop an innovative and smart product. The product which is not only comply the functional attributes but also give some extra value added features to its consumer.

The below we are discussing some new technologies enhancements which are no doubt a revolutionary steps in the smart wearable sector. Although, the most of below technology enhancements are on initial stages and the bulk-production of the concept is under-pipeline. But we must say this thing that if the mass production of the below concept goes well. Then it will be a revolution both in new technologies as well as in wearables.

Biotechnology Leather: (Modern Meadow)

Although the artificial leather was considered as replacement of leather in the past yet it didn’t fit well in all leather products. As its appearance and feeling was not as good as the real leather has. So, the company named “Modern Meadow” has worked out on this thing and introduced environment friendly leather which was grown in a lab. With the help of biotechnology, they produce collagen from few real skin cells of animal. And that collagen turns into real leather through further process of two weeks’ time. This whole process is called biofabrication. The said company already exhibited few of its products and received much appreciation from audience.

As per company’s executives, their full line of consumer’s products will be released by next year. And interesting thing is that you can develop any animal leather by following standard procedures. So, the technologists are expecting a lot from this enhancement. If this technology is mass bulk friendly then we can also see those leather products which are already ban.

Spider Silk Fabric:  (Bolt Threads)

A team of scientists, engineers, and apparel experts launched such fabric which categorized under the best eco-friendly creations of new technologies. These engineers and scientists follow the nature for developing man-made silk. They produce a fiber from corn syrup which was fed to yeast fermentation. This fermentation creates protein that was harvested and purified into a powder. This process created fibers which were converted into yarn and this yarn knitted the spider silk tie.

The spider silk proteins are not new for the retailers as it is already using in cosmetic and medical devices. The Bolt Thread sources their raw materials from Midwest farmers. And their manufacturing facility is in North Carolina. They have already made partnership with famous fashion designer “Stella McCartney” for its spider silk product line. And both companies are expecting huge response from the customer who loves to buy vegan fabrics (made of without the need of animals).

Mars Growing Boots:

This wearable technology enhancement is from footwear industry. The Mars boots are the joint efforts of Liz Ciokajlo and Maurizio Montalti. And it is consider as sparkling product in current new technologies. Keeping in view the future scenario where the human being can live in the Mars. While living in Mars, the newly invented planet resources will be limited. So, Mars boots would be blessing which are fueled by feet’s sweat. Yes, it’s true these shoes are made from mycelium (a mushroom like fungus) and grows with human feet’s sweat. In space ship, the astronauts normally filter their urine and sweat to make it drinkable water. So, these shoes are also best for exploring Mars as the earth material like Gore tex is not workable at Mars climate. On the other hand, the wearer of these shoes giving sweat to the mycelium to grow so the shoes never ruined/damaged.

Customized Clothes and Shoes:

Fast fashion trends are overburdening the economy with too many waste clothes. Due to quick changes in fashion trends, the current fashion manufacturers couldn’t cater the needs of every client.  The fashion lovers facing a lot of fit issues after having their favorite wears into their wardrobe. So, the result comes out with the sheer load on our environment in shape of waste clothes.  Keeping in view the said scenario, the British fashion brand named “Unmade” come up with ultimate solution. With help of new technologies, they developed software and fabrication tools that allow its clients to design their own dresses.  Now by-following these new technologies, an individual can make changes in pattern and design their fashion-wear according to his/her choice. And after finalizing everything, the created design file would develop customize dress on 3D knitting machine.

Similarly, in footwear, Adidas collaborated with Carbon and came up with customized sneakers (ADDYY, +3.16%). The client can change the color and pattern of shoes as per his needs and desire. The 3D printing method facilitates its clients to produce small and customize runs. By adopting such new technologies, we can save our environment from thousand tons of wasted wears.

Some Ending Lines:

This is not the end as there are also so many brands which are working tirelessly to offer sustainable products. Some are on prototype phase and others are on mass production planning phase.  But here, one thing is important that a distinctive idea has lost its uniqueness if it’s not mass-production supportive. As many of us already came-across so many announcements in past which sounded unique but failed to produce mass bulk. Or the mass bulk production couldn’t conform all products’ described features. So, the brands which we discussed above and others which are on developing phase need to be very careful while claiming any feature.

Because the awareness and information level of the consumer is on its optimum level. And if we fail to offer the product with all its features which we claimed earlier. Then, the chances are that our product may not satisfy the technology lovers as well as an ordinary consumer.

Why New Innovations in Conductive Textiles is Essential

Why New Innovations in Conductive Textiles is Essential

The global smart textiles products demand is increasing by every passing day. The day to day new innovations in wearables is changing the way of people’s life. If we have a look on the conductive textile market value in year 2016 then it was US$ 1.02 bn. And based on the previous and current growth rate of the market (CAGR 15.6%), it is projected to touch US$ 2.11 bn till year 2021. In year 2015, the woven textile segment was the largest consumer of conductive materials. Whereas, the leading consuming industries include military, defense, healthcare and sports & fitness. On the other hand, the minor industry users include aviation sector, automotive and architecture sectors included.

The main reason of growing demand of conductive textile is an increasing awareness about the advantages of conductive material based products. Now days, the biomarker monitors are commonly used in healthcare and fitness industry. As with the help of which, you can easily check your heart rate or can even count your steps. Due to technology useful attributes, the application of the smart wearables and other electric devices is significantly increased in military and defense industries.

Textiles New Innovations in Military and Defense:

As of now, the military and defense sector is prove to be the largest consuming sector of smart wearables of textile. At one side, nanotechnology and other electric gadgets are used for military uniform. On the other hand, a conductive textile is protecting soldiers from extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, moisture etc.). Moreover, the new innovations of smart textiles can also be observed in their parachutes, tents, ropes and other daily appliances. In short, whatever the situation is there, whether it’s a matter of safety (nuclear, biological and chemical threats) or routine movement (navigation help), the usage of smart wearables is unavoidable. Along-with that now a days, the conductive textile technology is also applying in personal clothing too.

Conductive Textile Regional Growth:

Although, the Europe’s conductive textile industry growth in is really significant. And the overall research and development outcome of conductive textiles in Europe is noteworthy. It categorizes under leading consumer of conductive textiles products with the rise-in market anticipation upto US$340.6 million by year 2022. But North America remains dominant in global conductive textiles market. As its conductive textiles market value was USD 472.9 million in year 2016. And now it is projecting to rise from US$340.3 million to US$445 million for the year 2017-2022. There are also some other countries like UK, China, Germany, Japan and other Asia-pacific regions which are continuously working on the new innovations in conductive textile market.

Things to do:

Despite of hasty new innovations and hopeful future projection, the cost factor is still a big restraint in the overall growth of conductive textiles. As the high cost of conductive and other smart materials could directly affect the price of the final product.  So, in many countries, there are extensive public and Government funded research and development programs are running. And the main motive of these projects is to increase production of smart textile products with competitive cost. Especially Europe funded projects are really supporting the manufacturers to come up with new innovations in smart textile products.

How Google Jacquard Supports The Smart Levi’s Denim Jacket

How Google Jacquard Support The Smart Levi’s Denim Jacket

The global smart sensors market is expected to grow at CAGR of 11.25 percent for year 2017 – 2021. As per the recent report which covers both present scenario and the industrial growth outlook of the smart sensor market. The main and major driving force of this growth is wearable technology. As we discussed in our earlier article that how wearable technology supports health and fashion industry. Along-with that, its contribution in military and other industrial sectors (mines, wind turbines, and oil-rigs) is also really helpful. Smart sensors are normally incorporated with wearables which directly connected with the cell phones or satellite transmission.  Recently Google and Levi’s collaboration launched a new smart levi’s denim jacket for cyclists and bikers.

Levi’s Denim Jacket with Jacquard by Google:

The Google unveiled its first smart jacket based on Jacquard technology last month. It’s a joint efforts of Google’s Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) team and the famous clothing brand Levi Strauss. This smart top is developed with the Jacquard technology. And after having a successful launch, the technology people could get an idea that Jacquard platform can be used for such connected devices too. The Levi’s denim jacket is now available online as well as some selected US stores of different cities (Chicago, New York, San Francisco & Santa Monica).

Levi’s Denim Jacket Construction:

As per Paul Dillinger, vice president of global product innovation for Levi Strauss & Co, it’s isn’t just about technology for technology’s sake. As this garment guide the cyclist about ride navigation, along-with that it ease the cyclist to perform other simple tasks without taking off his/her eyes from the road. The rider’s phone is connected with cuff snap tag wirelessly. The said snap tag also notifies the cyclist/biker about calls and massages with light or haptic feedback.

The Levi’s denim jacket’s left cuff is made with conductive yarn which enables user for touch interactivity.  So, the user can do the simple tasks like answering or disconnecting calls, change music and accessing navigation information (by voice) with no hassle.  The digital connectivity is provided by the jacquard snap tag which is attached on the sleeve cuff.  When a cyclist/biker swap on the sleeve, the tag sends the wireless signals to the phone for performing the requested action.

Levi’s Denim Jacket Functionality:

While conceiving the urban cyclist/biker into mind, the Levi’s denim jacket has stretchable shoulder fabric. It has opening in the back for ventilation as well as dropped hem in the back. During finalizing the overall shape of levi’s denim jacket, the function and ease of wearer was on top of consideration.  As per Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh, the both companies plan to integrate more functions into the jacket. And this would involve cuttin g the need to pull your phone out all the time. As he further revealed that they encountered a lot of challenges while developing such innovative product. And even at one point, the jacket’s sleeve caught fire which was later on fixed and rectified.

This is not the end, as Levi’s is continuously striving to attract its clientele with some of its own innovation in the online world. And for that sake, the company has recently launched a chatbot on its site that serves as a virtual stylist.

 

Photos: Levi’s Denim Jacket with Jacquard™ by Google

How Clothes Can Protect You from Ultraviolet Radiation

How Clothes Can Protect You from Ultraviolet Radiation

The cases of skin cancer are increasing in all over the world. Especially in UK, the figure of new patients is increasing significantly in every coming year. Over 80% of all types of skin cancer are caused by over exposure to UVR (Ultraviolet Radiation) of Sun. So, the experts are already trying to find the best solution or prevention to get out from this situation. And as of now, they found that clothes are the best and easy way to prevent ultraviolet radiation affect to human body.  This is why the customer’s demand toward UV protecting clothes has significantly increased.

The textile experts are doing a lot towards the functionality and over all look of the UV protecting clothes. Initially, the cloth’s appearance (darker) and especially the comfort level was not as good as it should be. But with the passage of time, the look and comfort level has significantly improved. The clothes which are UV protecting are normally called UPF labeled clothing. And now you can find a variety of garments in casual, athletic and sportswear category in the market. Due to increasing customer’s awareness, the demand and variety/functions (a part from UVF) of such clothes is significantly increasing.

Ultraviolet Radiation Protection:

In 1996, Australia has highlighted and standardized the concept of UPF (ultra-protection factor). It means how UPF based clothes can give a shield against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The ultraviolet radiation protection level varies in different fabrics. It’s level normally based on fabric construction, weight and color. For example, if a top labeled with UPF of 50, it means it allows only 1/50th of the Sun’s UV rays to your body. So, we can say it’s giving excellent protection from Sun’s UV rays. On the other hand, a white thin top allows 1/5th of the Sun’s UV rays to the body. Which means your body is badly effecting by the Sun’s UV radiations. Moreover, if the same white top is wet due to sweating then it will absorb even more UV radiation.

It’s really difficult to assess UVF protection through hand feel or naked eye that how much a cloth can protect you from UV radiations. Although you can see that how much light is passing through the cloth yet you can’t judge the UV radiation passing quantity. So for this, UPF system was introduce which determine the criteria of assessment. And the same system is working all over the world including the US (The ASTM International). The UV labeled clothing means that fabric has been tested in a standardized laboratory. And consumer can gain the narrated benefits of UV protection.

Ultraviolet Radiation Protection Cheap Alternatives:

Since the skin cancer patient’s numbers are increasing significantly so everyone should wear UPF labeled clothing. As these clothes are a bit expensive than daily routine wearing and not available on every store. So, is it necessary to get the same in any case? The answer is “NO”. As per studies in Australia, the clothes which are composite with Lycra/Elastane have more than UPFs of 50. The denim and corduroy clothing are one of those clothes which have higher protection from ultraviolet radiation. Moreover, the fabrics which are more dense in making (tight weave or knit), can protect you better from UV radiations. But it’s not necessary that every dense fabric can give you better protection. As composition of the fabric is also matter a lot.

Normally, the clothes are made in different fibers like cotton, polyester, wool and nylon etc. Some fibers have more ability to stop/reduce the ultraviolet radiation. For example, the fibers like Lycra, Polyester, Nylon and Acrylic are more protective towards UV protection. So, the clothes which have said fibers can protect you better from rays. On the other hand, a dense cotton cloth normally absorbs much UV radiation. Whereas, the shiny thin rayon fabrics normally reflects more UV and absorb less.  So, you have a range of options and characteristics of the fabric’s fibers. Now you have the choice here to select any option protect yourself from unseen rays.

How Wearable Technology Supports Fashion & Health Sector

How Wearable Technology Supports Fashion & Health Sector

The growing usage of wearable technology is transforming the pattern of people’s life.  And now its application in fashion industry is revolutionizing the whole industry’s trends and objectives. As per Allied Market Research, in year 2015, the wearable market was valued US$ 19.6 billion. And till year 2022, it is expected to grow around US$57.5 billion (with a compound growth 16.2% annually).  Whereas, the growth rate of smart wearable textile is 40% annually and with a prediction of US$2.5 billion by year 2021.

The usage of sensors, heating elements or even battery charging devices in wearables is a normal example in smart textile. The military, hospitals and sports wears are the best potential segments for such kind of smart wearable. And by adding such gadgets, you can check the heart rate, breathing, skin temperature, perspiration level etc.

Wearable Technology Health Gains:

As discussed earlier, the usage of the wearable gadgets contributing a lot in the health sector. By applying these wearables you can get better results of patient treatment with physical injury and functional disabilities. And not only this, you can also avoid injury for patients at risk. Moreover, with the help of muscle and motion sensors, you can get useful data of the patient’s biomechanics. And this will be helpful for the health experts to advice better prescription.

As far as the affects of these gadgets on human health is concern, this thing already under consideration of the tech experts. So, the frequencies levels are in between 450MHZ and 2700 MHZ. Whereas, the power levels are 0.1 Watts and 2 Watts (which are safe for human health and body).

World’s Efforts Towards Wearable Technology:

Since the R&D work is going in recent phase so the quality parameters are considered on top priority basis. So, the quality of smart wearable textile is especially develop on high performance features and standards.  As per the Vice-President of Intertek Testing Services, ” all wearable technology had to be carefully tested to ensure it met strict manufacturing requirements”. Anyhow, the research and development teams are striving their best to launch such technologies which are best both for human and the world’s environment. And for this, a lot of projects are already in queue from the different nations of the world (See our other article named Wearable Technology and E-Textile)

Why Smart Materials in Textile are Crucial For Environment

How Smart Materials in Textile are Crucial For Environment

The climate temperature of the world is going to increase every year. As per the experts, over past fifty years, the average global temperature is going upward at its fastest rate. And still experts are predicting that the trend is continuously accelerating. So, keeping in view, the recent climate situation, every sector of the life is striving their best to develop something productive to help the human being and environment. The contribution of smart textile and materials toward technology that offer the wearer increase functionality is slow but gradual. And the usage of smart materials based products is really high especially in military and defense and health care sector . Now, the smart textile is also striving to contribute something in clothing which offers cool-clothing to overcome the heat feeling.

Cooling Smart Materials Theme:

As described earlier, the research and development department of textile industry is continuously finding for the betterment of this industry. Moreover, they are not only seeking for better options but they are also focusing on cost effectiveness of the solution. The research and development department of Stanford University is right now focusing on climate issue. And they are extensively working on such plastic smart materials which cools the wearer. The motive of such cost effective solution is to save the energy. And as per the R&D people they are formulating such clothing smart materials which has the feature to keep the wearer cool in the hot climate. As per the Yi Cui (associate professor Stanford), If you can cool the person rather than the building where they work or live that will save energy.”

Plastic materials Clothing:

As per the R&D team, the plastic smart materials enable the wearer body to discharge the heat in various way. And this discharge will cause to reduce the temperature up to 04 degree Fahrenheit. So, the wearer will experience the coolant feeling as compare to cotton clothing. The integration of nanotechnology, chemistry and photonics which provides polythene properties of the clingy plastic which is normally use as kitchen wraps. Moreover, this solid (but see through) materials also allow thermal radiation, water and air to pass through. Since it has the features of polyethylene food wrap, so the infrared radiation also goes through from it easily. The whole process of this development is really challenging and difficult. But the research team is tackling each and every step very effectively and diligently.

At start of this research work, the researchers revealed an alternative of polyethylene that is normally used in batteries. The said smart materials (specific nanostructure) has the same characteristics like dense to light and transparent to infrared radiation which allow heat escape from body. Moreover, the treatment with bengin chemicals has modified the polyethylene with added features to let water vapor molecules that evaporate through the nano pores in the plastic. The initial experiment output was the development of single-sheet material that complied with the three standard criteria for cooling fabric. The research team is continuously working on this theme and trying to make it more versatile. And the versatility in materials will be like adding more colors options, texture and other cloth characteristics in the material.

Sustainability in Wearable Technology and E-Textile

Sustainability in Wearable Technology

The technology is becoming more efficient, accurate as well as even personalized now. The hardware devices are smaller, less noticeable and the data collection is more easy and smooth. The wearable technology companies own the user’s physiological data which is normally collected via mobile applications and devices, with an intention to perform any kind of operations on it. And this operation can be like analyze it, interpret it or even they can sell it without user consent. For instance, the personal fitness activities data is normally use to monitor worker’s health for job worthiness.

There are several technology giants and startups which are extensively working to make the next wearable gadget or application for body data tracking. This design will focus to connect multiple sensors and applications on the body for a more integrated view of the data. This is called a body area network of wearable devices which is connected with internet.

Sustainability in Wearable Technology:

In continuity of the above approach, a very huge wearable technology project is going to launch by Europe now. This project is investing EUR 2.4 million on the teams of creative people and development of latest technologists. And they will offer new ideas to the next generation for sustainability in wearable technology and e-textile. There are seven organizations across the Europe along with “Queen Mary University of London” and “University for the Creative Arts” are the part of this project name “Wear Sustain”. And for this, they have already launched the first of its two competition call-outs last month.

The said program is looking for the applications of the teams of engineers, design, art, technology and business experts. Because they can contribute an innovative and practical sustainable solutions for the wearable technology and e-textile. The fund of EUR 2.40 million will spend on the 48 teams of the experts (EUR 50,000/team) through innovation vouchers. And with the input from advisers and experts across the Europe, they will develop prototypes and take ideas from market. These prototypes will comprise of sustainability in wearable technology and e-textile. And all they will exhibit in a final showcase event late in 2018.

Wearable technology Gains:

The main motive of “Wear Sustain” is to develop such creative and technology oriented practices which support sustainable and ethical innovation methodologies for wearable technology and e-textile. And at the end of this project, they will publish online tutorial along with sustainable strategy guidelines. This information will definitely help the entrepreneurs and other industry’s stakeholder to aware the sustainability in wearable technology. Furthermore, it will also encourage them to use the recommended best practices for the future of society.