Smart Textiles offer high potential


Smart Textiles offer high potential not only for the textile industry


At 31 August 2016, a joined workshop together with CPS.HUB.NRW took place at Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University with the following topic: Smart Textiles: Smart Textiles: Newcomer to the textile industry – Technologies and new business model.

By using microelectronic and modern production technology, textiles are developing into multifunctional carriers – they measure body functions, increase our efficiency and communicate with us, the consumer, directly via our smartphone. How are intelligent textiles produced and which industrial sector will benefit from the new business model with smart textiles? Beside the already established companies of the textile industry, the target audience of the event are for example companies from the following industrial sectors: IT, communication, medical, mechanical engineering, sports and service.

The event highlights the topic of smart textiles from different perspectives: The fashion label „Pauline van Dongen" offers insight into how textiles and technology merge together and can design the fashion of tomorrow. However, the challenges and solutions which can be provided by intelligent textiles for the process of production are presented by Prof. Dr. Yves-Simon Gloy of the ITA. In addition, there will be more fascinating talks as well as live-demonstrations by the exhibitors Pauline van Dongen Innovations, Physiosense GbR and ITA – Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University.

At present, smart textiles are in high demand by different industrial sectors, such as sports, medical, home and living, security and others. This demand cannot be fully met. There is a lack of scalable production technologies, user-friendly products and services etc.

Different disciplines need to develop concepts for the market and business models, to use the high potential of the market of smart textiles.

The ITA exhibits as a research institute current findings and prospects for smart textiles. This covers the product development as well as the important production technologies for smart textiles. Together with a strong network of product providers, technology companies and service providers, new business models for smart textiles are developed.

CPS.HUB NRW combines the competences and the knowledge of all disciplines contributing to Cyber Physical Systems, of all industrial sectors, which used CPS, as well as of all regions in NRW. Thus a dynamic innovation ecosystem is generated, where knowledge is further developed and all corporative actors do have access to the current FuEul-findings.

Within a strong network of corporative actors of the CPS.HUB NRW new models, procedures and methods will be developed, which will strengthen the innovative power of SMEs and make the development of CPS projectable and estimate the risk. Smart products and services are generated for the market of tomorrow: Industrie 4.0, Smart Grids, autonomous driving.