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Smart Textiles Production

Overview of Materials, Sensor and Production Technologies for Industrial Smart Textiles

April 2019
204 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03897-497-0 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-03897-498-7 (PDF)
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The research field of smart textiles is currently wit­nessing a rapidly growing number of applications integrating intelligent functions in textile substrates. With an increasing number of new developed product prototypes, the number of materials used and that of specially designed production technologies are also growing.


This book is intended to provide an overview of mate­rials, production technologies, and product concepts to different groups concerned with smart textiles. It will help designers to understand the possibilities of smart textile production, so that they are enabled to design this type of product. It will also help textile and electronics manufacturers to understand which production technologies are suitable to meet certain product requirements.


After an introduction to smart textiles and their mar­ket relevance, different material types for functional textiles are described along with their properties, application areas, and product examples. Special attention is given to materials for the realisation of electrical conductivity in textiles, as these are crucial for the following overview on sensor and produc­tion technologies. Next, textile-based sensors are introduced. While numerous textile-based sensors, ranging from sensing fibres to coatings and three-di­mensional structures, have been developed, their specific properties and usage are not clear. Bosowski et al. have suggested a structure for a classified cata­logue as a knowledge basis to support the smart textile product development process. This chapter develops the classification further and implements it in a cata­logue to be used by practitioners from research and industry when developing and designing textiles with sensing capabilities. The full catalogue is reported in the appendix. The third part of the book starts by de­scribing the state of the art of research on production technologies for the integration of conductive mate­rials into textile substrates, which include weaving, knitting, embroidering, and printing, without mentioning specific products. Different variants of each technol­ogy are presented. Additionally, associated technolo­gies to integrate electrical components in textile sub­strates are outlined. This part closes by reporting the current state of research on automated production systems for electronics integration into textiles. In the last part of the book, product and design concepts for smart textiles are evaluated within the example of touchpads.

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© 2019 by the authors; CC BY-NC-ND license
smart textiles; textile substrates; materials; production technologies; smart textiles industry
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This monograph has been reviewed by two (or more) external single-blind reviewers. The opinions expressed in the book do not reflect the view of the publisher.

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