UK-based Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has collaborated with Pireta Limited to support the development of wearable technology in textiles. They will be working together on a process to make durable, flexible interconnecting electrodes that do not change the fabric feel as well as performance.
Along with Pireta Limited, CPI will use its industry expertise in the printed electronics sector so as to coat individual fibres with metal on fabrics in selective patterns without changing its physical and mechanical properties. This enables wearable electronics to be more discreet as the electrodes are incorporated into the fabric.
Using CPI’s cutting edge technology, the project known as TexAnn aims to significantly bring down existing manufacturing timescales and at the same time optimising electrode pattern resolution to demonstrate the commercial viability of Pireta’s technology.
Pireta has a track-record of consistently producing highly-conductive, robust and complex circuit demonstrators on a variety of textiles with resistance down to a few mΩ/sq, a conductor that does not crack, and a textile that maintains flexibility and breathability and performance when washed or stretched. Moreover, its’ renowned patent pending technology has the potential to enable truly wearable smart electronic systems through the attachment of copper within textile yarns.
Sean Bolton, Project Manager, CPI said , “We are delighted to be assisting Pireta in developing their technology, which will potentially unlock many of the current restrictions in the development of smart textiles and wearables. Enabling this technology will add significant impact to smart textiles and wearable electronics, especially when there is an increased demand in this area from multiple industries.”
Chris Hunt, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Pireta commented, “We value the help CPI is bringing to the TexAnn project, and the step up in our ability to scale up manufacturing”. He added that there is a need to bring this game-changing technology to market, and this collaboration with CPI is key to that delivery.”