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CONTACT! ....thoughts from the Director

  • Is solid or twisted wire too heavy for your needs; is it too fragile and breaks down after repeated bends?

  • Or maybe you can't reach optimum electrical or mechanical performance with your current wire choice?

  • Are you sacrificing attributes and making expensive tradeoffs?

Now is the time to investigate metal-clad or conductive yarns and fibers and see why they are rapidly becoming the smart choice for engineers and designers in a variety of areas: such as aircraft, space, smart clothing, EMI* shielding, and much, much more.




EMI* braid:
* ElectroMagnetic Interference


Industry Standards Update Previously we raised the issue of standards for conductive fibers.  We also noted that discussions are underway at US Department of Commerce, and IFAI on developing standards.  Now we are joined by IPC (formerly Institute for Printed Circuits) who has developed a Flexible Hybrid Electronics Committee.  We are involved with them also, and this is a call to our members who wish to be involved.  Do contact me; and also I will be sending you update emails.

Our thinking is that we should start with uniform methods and language of measuring conductive fiber, film, and cloth attributes.  This way, when customers specify  their needs, then our industry can provide meaningful  comparative data.  Any thoughts?

This continues to be an ever more exciting time for conductive fibers.  In addition to a constant stream of new discoveries, techniques and base materials, there are a plethora of smart fabrics and products on the market, and all buttressed by an increasing number of trade shows and events--all opportunities for professionals to interact.  LinkedIn, the venerable and premier business contact website, also offers Groups in the areas of wearable electronics and smart fabrics.

How BIG is this market?  In April we attended US Department of Commerce Smart Textile Conference.  Notable results included a report by Jeff Rasmussen | Market Research Manager, IFAI | who estimates the market for smart fabrics in 2016 is estimated to be $US 2.25 Billion.  Contact us for a copy of the report.   And this number only represents the smart fabrics portion of the conductive fiber/film market, not the portion for conductive wires used for aircraft and space shielding!


E-textile or smart textile


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"The trend in (high pefromance wiring) continues to be SWaP--reduced size, weight, and power," says J.C. Ramirez at ADL Embedded Solutions in San Diego.  And SWaP is the keyword, and the basis of our industry--conductive fibers reduce weight, increase strength and flexibility."   BUT, today, for the smart fabircs insustry, we want to add two more key words: Comfort and Functionality.

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