Wednesday, April 11, 2007

[ Smart Textiles/Testing/ Technical Textiles.]

Extended Lifeshirt capabilities for medical research.Provides naturalistic data for animal welfare.(Vivemetrics has launched this next generation of its Life Shirt technology for preclinical research.) India should produce technical textiles to meet the demand for our astronauts in,R & D. Protective Shoe Cover made of Antibacterial technical textile fabric.
Did you hear of a shirt that reads body parameters and sends information to a remote computer through wireless communication system.Have you watched leading athletes perform better on the tracks due to smart fabrics they wear.
This is the wonder of Nano technology!
The new age technology that optimises performence and provides smart solutions to the future.
Nano - Technology means a three dimensional control of materials processes and devices at the atomic scale level ( 1 x 10 to the power of {-} nine m ). In the case of textile,treatments on the nano scale can impart interesting properties such as water and oil repellency,stain resistence,antibacterial properties,fragrance release,antistatic properties,etc.
Configuring molecules to change in size and properties for enhancement as in the case of Smart fabrics,
When a glass trips on your trousers,it's Nano - tech fabric will simply repel the juice drops.The Nano - tex fabric coated with Nano - tech engineered molecules attach themselves to one another,and then attach to the fabric forming a Nano - shield against juice stains.
Nano - tex located at Emeryville,California is another pioneer in the field has been acknoledged for reescuing Burlinton Industries by turning it's textiles in to high tech wonders.
World's largest textile mills have acquired Nano-Tex licensing technology so far.You may soon get to wear it's production as this revolutionary innovation begins to appear in every day life, though invisible to the naked eye,as yet Working for the military,emergency workers and doctors in this sunrise R & D are. Bethasda,Md based Sensatex,developed what it calls a " Smart Shirt" clothing having tiny microscopic wires interwoven in to the fabric itself vital parameters like heart rate,respiration rate,body temperature,caloric burn,body fat,and UV exposure can be communicated to the doctors from the field itself.
Sensatex technology can be incorporated in to any fabric say, Cotton, Lycra, Wool,Silk, etc or blend of fabrics without affecting the look,feel.or integrity of the fabric it is replacing.
The Smart Shirt system integrates advances in textile engineering wearable computing,and wireless data transfer to permit the collection,transmission,and analysis of personal health and life style data.

This is the wonder of Nano technology.

Courtesy - Sensatex & Nano-Tex.

Girly t-Shirts styles still booming fashions
B. Capcara.
For more than a decade now, women have been steering clear of baggy unisex T shirts, going in for more figure-flattering looks and asking garment makers to custom-cut styles especially for the female form. As a design/ printer in the shirt merchandising industry, I've noticed wholesalers' new season catalog covers showing more and more 'girl power'. Baby doll tops, cap sleeve tees, spaghetti strap tanks and boy beaters are among the slew of new ladies' junior style offerings challenging the basic boxy tee shirt.
Just as my mom and pop survived the advent of the mini skirt without too much damage to their relationships with their daughters, in the same way, I too am now wading through the new fashion currents (especially as they affect my own daughter!) In our home, as in our cottage industry, our family values and notions of modesty in dress keep open for us a dialog with the fashion culture. Style and taste are generous enough tents pitched in this dialog so while others will doubtless differ, what follows is one of my own concerns.
This might surprise you, but even as a designer who wants to maximize profits making top-notch ladies-wear, there are certain styles I can't promote and won't place in my ladies wear line. It has always seemed to me there is a fine but necessary line to draw between "sexy" and "racy". A little of the former is good for self-esteem, and healthy body image; the latter seems to me only to be reveling in over-exposure. Some styles just show too much skin--though very often sizing up larger can compensate for those who, like me, prefer a look that yields a tad more coverage without losing the appeal of the more contoured fit that's already tailored into the style of the shirt.
Accordingly, I want the spaghetti strap styles that I print on to come up high and I think the print just plain looks better at that level as well. The raglan cap sleeve tee ("baseball" style, yet thoroughly girly) is another one of my favorites. This style has a major body-area color with different, contrasting sleeve/crew neck colors. The sleeve holes are cut at a diagonal to the neck as opposed to straight up to the shoulder (sometimes called a "box-cut" sleeve). It's just very cute and flattering to the female form. Other ladies wear styles I consider to be classy are baby doll tops and needle-out tees (inside-out, with contrasting stitches on the seams). New styles seem to keep emerging which makes this market a really fun place for a designer of ladies wear to be.
When it comes to the graphics, elegant and classic is the goal. Prints should enhance the sense of presence already in the style of the garment and be decorative and designedly. I think the use of gold glitter and metallic shades on dark fabrics is simply the bombast and many designs of late incorporating metallic inks are for the most part, rather appealing and quite innovative. Uncluttered, clean- looking prints ooze with that elusive stylishness. A driving standard of graphic design is for the total visual presentation to be harmoniously honed to a single point, both visually and textually. You know this instinctively when you see it--it just grabs you.
I believe that slogans and text should be minimal and when used, confluent with the overall artistry. Cleverly humorous, zany statements are always a sure winner, as are upbeat, positive messages. However, to my way of thinking, in-your-face political messages, vulgar slogans, and shock-value sayings lacking all subtlety don't make the grade in quality fashion design. Sure, they're often funny, but isn't it past time for the text in tee shirt fashions to rise above the level of a readable fart?
Just as styles for ladies are becoming specialized and classier, so surely will their accompanying graphics--unquestionably, it's already happening. Recently I saw a girl in an off-white beater, no print at all on the front. High on the back, however, was a small but intricately crafted pair of filigree angel wings, in a beige print, very decorative, very feminine and somewhat tattoo- like. The text displaying the logo brand name was likewise small and unobtrusive. Bravo!--and more of the same, please!
About the Author:
B. Capcara is the owner/designer of a ladies wear website featuring direct soft-hand screen prints that range from classic to zany. Drop in for a peek of the artist's own unique collection at the Grailforge Unicorn.
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The textile Industry over the last two decades has been in constant turmoil:production has migrated,with ever growing acceleration,towards Asia,particularly in India where the textile Industry was the Mother of all Industries. Even the manufacturers of textile and textile end products has changed.So the effects have been felt by supplier industries,including raw material suppliers,fiber manufacturers,machinery manufacturers,even research organizations and trade associations.This process shows no sign of ending,presenting traditional textile manufacturers with continuing problems. The one area of the industry which has shown strong growth and offers the opportunity for companies to expand and innovative is technical textiles:high performance materials for a wide variety of industrial and consumer end uses.So the desire to enter these markets must grow in India, In addition the big industries in India need to keep progressing in order to compete with greater involvement in Technical Textiles in India. The word Technical Textiles was coined in the year 1980.( At a major international exhibition,Technical Textiles,was launched in 1985 to reflect the growth of technical textiles and soon developed a simple taxonomy that has been used ever since to describe the scope of this new industry and market sector:
Agrotech -agriculture,horticulture,forestry and aquaculture textiles.
Buildtech - building and construction textiles.
Clothtech - technical components of shoes and clothing e.g.linings.
Geotech - Geo textiles and civil engineering materials.
Hometech - technical components of furniture,household textiles & floor coverings.
Indutech - textiles for industrial applications-filtration,conveying,cleaning etc. Medtech - hygiene and medical products.
Mobitech - automobiles,shipping,railways and aerospace.
Oekotech - environmental protection.
Packtech - packing materials. Protech - personal and property protection.
Sporttech - Sport and leisure. Within each of these headings are literally hundreds of products and applications for textiles,some traditional,some replacing other well established materials and techniques and some have been newly created by the unique properties and capabilities of textile materials and structures.The automotive industry is not only one of the largest single markets of technical textiles but also one of the most diverse. Applications range from tyre cord,hose and drive belt reinforcement to thermal and sound insulation,safety belts and air bags,filters,cable harnesses and textile reinforced composites for body and suspension parts. Even the internal furnishings of a car - headlines seatings,carpets,parcel shelf and trunk liners - all are regarded as technical textiles because of the extremely demanding specifications to which they are made and tested. As just one another example,the medical and hygiene textile markets ranges from high volume disposable products for baby's nappies,feminine hygiene and adult incontinence through to extremely specialized and high value textile products for use in blood filtration,surgical sutures,prostheses and most recently,scaffolds for tissue growth. The economic importance of technical textiles.
The new promise of technical and performance textiles is an emerging generation of products combining the latest developments in advanced flexible materials with advances in computing and communications technology,bio materials, nano technology, ( Nano technology has been described as the through three -dimensional control of materials,processes and devices at the atomic-scale level (1 X 10 to the power of -9m ).In the case of textiles,treatments on the nano scale can impart interesting properties such as water and oil repellent,stain resistance,antibacterial properties,fragrance release,antiseptic properties, etc. )and novel process technologies such as plasma treatment.These will eventually have a direct impact on all sorts of consumer textiles markets including clothing and furnishings.The field of a "wearable electronics" has already captured the imagination of many researchers and large corporations and although most products on the market today are relatively unsophisticated 'implants' of conventional electronics and wiring,the prospect of truly interactive textiles.
Geo-Textiles. What is Geo textile A Geo textile is typically defined as any permeable textile used to increase soil stability,provide erosion control or aid in drainage.More simply put,it is made of fabric and buried in the ground it's probably a geotextile !.
Geo textile have been in use for thousands of years dating back to Egyptian pharaohs.These early Geo textile applications were basically natural fibers or vegetarian mixed directly with soil. Modern Geo textiles are usually made from a synthetic polymer such as polypropylene,polyester polyethylenes and Poly amides.Geo textiles can be woven,knitted or non woven.Varying polymers and manufacturing processes result in a array of Geo textiles suitable for a variety of civil construction applications. Non woven Geo textiles resemble felt and provide planar water flow.They commonly known as filter fabrics ( although woven mono filament filtration fabrics exist) Typical applications for non woven Geo textiles include aggregate drains,asphalt pavement overlays and erosion control. A woven Geo textile is a planar textile structure produced by interlacing two or more sets of strands;slit films,which are flat and mono filaments which are round.Woven Geo textiles are generally preferred for applications where high strength properties are needed and filtration requirements are less critical.These fabrics reduced localized shear failure in weak subsoil conditions and aid construction over soft subsoils.Woven mono filament Geo textiles are preferred for applications where both strength and filtration are a concern such as shore line rip rap applications . Geo textile related materials such as fabrics formed in to mats,webs,nets,grids,or formed plastic sheets are not the same as geo textiles.These would fall under the more general category of geo synthetics.
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Rotatex & Rotaflex a product manufactured by M/s,ABG Geo synthetics: Used in landfill,drainage and Gas dispersion is a cost saving Geo synthetic material.
Rotatex is an asphalt reinforcing system comprising grids of glass fibers coated in PVC and designed to prevent premature road break up due to increasing axle loads experienced today.
Rotaflex: Comprises the same coated grids laminated within a polyester Geo textile which extends pavement life by a factor of 10 and continues to water proof and hold surface together. Another product by the same manufacturer Abtex N range of thick needle punched non woven Geo textile (100 - 2000 gm/m2 ) is used for protection of Geo membrane liners,filtration in coastal revetments and drainage trenches in very fine grained materials.
Further another product Abtex W Geo textiles are low cost wovens used for access roads and landscaping Abtex N which is a chemical resistance Geo textiles are manufactured from polypropylene fibers and as such are resistant to all common chemicals found in soils.This includes acids,alkalies,chlorides,sulphates and leachate. There products cover further,which includes lining of reservoirs,canals and environmental ponds,Basement drainage for underground car parks suitable for existing and new structures. Traditional methods of ground water exclusion are difficult to install reliably in the modern deep basement with piled slabs and secant piled walls.This is a cost effective water proofing system.
Courtesy ABG Geo synthetics Nano Coated Textiles Kills flu Virus. Researchers at the North Carolina State University USA,have developed a Nano coated fabric that kills or inactivates most viruses and bacteria.The key is a photo catalyst (light activated chemical) that can be applied to almost any fabric,the inventors say. When exposed to visible light,there is a chemical reaction and the fabric has been shown to kill 99.90 %of influenza virus and 99.99 % of vaccinia,which causes rashes,fever,headache and body aches.
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Medical Textile Fabrics From Technical Textiles "FOR HOSPITAL USE" With Anti Bacteria Treated Process From Non Wovens Which Can Be Used Once And Sent For Re-Cycling.Immagine the savings of water,soap,power,space and labour savings by this use of "Technical Textiles".Not only in hospitals but in other areas like Hotels,Resorts,Guest Houses and Jails.

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1 comment:

Praveen Kumar said...

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