Through the advancement of inks and substrates, both printed sensors and circuity can now be integrated directly into your garment or textile application.
Because of the ability of the ink and substrate to flex and stretch, embedded sensors and circuits will conform to the body’s curvature and not hinder movement. Since these sensors are printed on thin films, very little weight is added to the fabric through incorporation of this exciting new technology. Circuits are printed on thin substrates that can be heat transferred to textiles using traditional equipment in the garment decorating industry.
Technologies that can be integrated into textiles include:
- Printed Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heaters
- Printed conductive BUS system for connecting power sources, sensors, heaters, etc.
- Electrocardiography (ECG / EKG) printed sensors for heart rate monitoring
- Electroencephalography (EEG) printed sensors for monitoring brain activity
- Surface Electromyography (sEMG) printed sensors for monitoring muscle activity
- Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), often called “e-STIM” or “TENS”
- Printed sensors for monitoring respiratory rate.
- Printed, flexible Electroluminescent (EL) lighting.
- Temperature Sensing
The Apparel and Healthcare industries have widely adopted this technology while the Automotive, Aerospace, Military, and Safety markets are already in the feasibility and development phases.
If you have an idea or think your product could benefit from E-textile technology, contact Butler Technologies today. Our Printed Electronics Team will guide you through material selections and the best methods for design, development and implementation of your ideas from proof of concept to mass production.