Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2008.8.1.1 | Award Amount: 2.79M | Year: 2009
Heat recovery at a high temperature level is essential in industrial thermal processing. The use of ceramic materials yields higher temperatures and subsequently a higher efficiency. The present project aims to develop a new generation of ceramic heat exchangers for high temperature heat recovery with the target of significantly reducing the size and weight as well as also the price of such components by simplifying the manufacturing process and allowing a higher flexibility in the heat exchanger geometry. The use of precursors/template materials taken from the textile industries and a subsequent ceramic conversion is proposed as the main technological path for reaching the above objectives. Although this principal option is not new, there are no development efforts known, to utilize such a technological approach for industrial high temperature heat exchangers. The proposed route will lead to an increase in freedom of the geometric design at low costs for shaping. The development/refinement of the conversion process for such materials into a thermal-shock resistant gas-tight ceramic (e.g. silicon infiltrated silicon carbide) and the multi-objective optimization in terms of size, geometry, material and production costs is the major challenge of the proposed project. A complete ceramic heat exchanger component shaped by textile technologies is targeted. The combination/junction of existing robust ceramic components already applied in industrial furnaces, like silicon infiltrated SiC tubes, with compatible ceramic heat enhancement elements, built through the textile technology based manufacturing process, allows a robust construction in terms of application safety as an intermediate technology development step. At the same time a significant size reduction or increase of the heat recovery level can be achieved due to the higher heat transfer by the fine shaped and geometrically flexible heat enhancement elements.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2010-2 | Award Amount: 4.01M | Year: 2010
The Micro-Dress project aims to extend the limits of feasible garment customisation for mens, and ladies garments, to include for the first time user-configurable wearable functionality, as well as user-selectable degree of material eco-friendliness. The challenges related to both added value aspects will be researched in order to prove these concepts within a pragmatic framework based on two distinct business/supply chain models: i) Extension of existing mass customisation model of an International Brand (Ermenegildo Zegna), ii) Expansion of an innovative mass-customisation model (micro-factories), targeting innovative SMEs. The Objectives are: - Development and deployment of direct-write rapid manufacturing techniques for the production of portable garment integrated microelectronics components. - Derivation of eco-efficiency and eco-logistics related prediction algorithms and web-tools enabling user configurable eco-certification, based on materials and processes information along the supply chain (yarn to garment). - Development of a new biosensor-based screening test which can revolutionise the process of consumer health related garment components screening (fabrics, accessories, etc). - Development of an e-supply chain management platform to model the sourcing of e-devices and the concept of configurable eco-certification along the two supply chains (vertical brand chain, supply network of micro-factories). The platform will be built on the principle of Software as a Service, to maximise its exploitation potential. The results will be demonstrated by two pilots, one focussing on the user configurable eco-certification, the second on the customisable attachment of safety e-devices. The project brings together a multidisciplinary Consortium of 9 partners, of which 5 are SMEs, two are prominent EU Institutes and two are leading Textile and Clothing Groups.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: NMP.2010.4.0-5 | Award Amount: 1.26M | Year: 2011
Health of people, safety of workers, sport performance, new cultures and lifestyles, customised fashion products will be drivers to promote European Consumer Goods on the global market, exploiting the European historical culture and knowledge on manufacturing processes and products as well as the proactive European consumer market, always looking for new frontiers in terms of comfort, satisfaction, well being and leisure of consumers. The above mentioned major target applications are strongly related with major ongoing societal trends such as ageing, mobility & activity, globalisation, sustainability, etc. Thus, there is today a unique opportunity for the future of the European consumer goods industry: the creation of a new generation of healthy, safe, fashion and lifestyle products, and related services, full of new functionalities which offer a concrete response to needs and desires of consumers of all ages, interests and walks of life in Europe and worldwide. Within such a perspective, present proposal addresses the creation of synergies, the identification of common elements, and the development of a programme of commonly-defined activities in terms of socio-economic foresight, research & technology roadmapping & strategy development between the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing, the European Footwear Products & Processes Technology Platform, the European Platform for Sport & Innovation, the European Forestry-based Technology Platform, and the ManuFuture Technology Platform.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP-2007-3.5-2 | Award Amount: 7.69M | Year: 2008
This proposal concerns flexible materials in the form of high added value smart fabrics/textiles which are able to sense stimuli and react or adapt to them in a predetermined way. The challenge for the European textile industries is to add advanced functions to textiles and the recent progress of new technologies such as electronic inks provide an opportunity for a breakthrough by incorporating MEMS on flexible textiles/fabrics. The project will exploit microfabrication to produce, using custom printing processes, active functions cost efficiently. We propose to develop fundamental micro fabrication production technologies for MEMS on fabrics/textiles using flagship demonstrator applications. This will result in a cheap, easy to design, flexible, rapid, way to manufacture multifunction smart textiles/garments for a large set of multi-sectorial applications. The processes will be based on thick film printing and sacrificial etching for the MEMS structures. Subsequent inkjet printing will be used to deposit thinner structures on the thick film printed layers incorporating for example active nanoparticles to add further functionality. These printing processes have many benefits including low-cost, repeatability, flexibility, suitability for high throughput production, relatively inexpensive equipment, short development time and the capability of depositing a wide range of materials. All the novel printed inks will be electrically activated sensors and actuators and we will use standard electronic devices for power supply/storage, signal processing and communications offering low price and mass production. The project will undertake a number of initial demonstrators of the underlying basic technology. These will be based on: light emission, cooling/heating, anti-static effect, energy harvesting, micro-encapsulation and actuation. MICROFLEX is a perfect example of the transformation of a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: NMP-2007-3.3-1 | Award Amount: 4.20M | Year: 2008
Eco-Tex-Design has for overall objective to develop a platform supporting a Knowledge Based Collaborative 3D Virtual Design dedicated to the Clothing & Leather/Footwear SMEs. The adding value of this project will consist of the integration of decision making supports derived from a knowledge based environment related to performance as well as to environmental, health and toxicological regulations, standards and labels. The Eco-Tex-Design project will therefore focus on two main objectives addressing the design process and at a lesser extend, a third one focusing on production framework and future mass customisation. These objectives will consist of: 1. A Collaborative 3D Virtual Design Platform providing users with information and tools as well as an integration framework including all the main components to be developed within the project. 2. A new knowledge environment based on a five data sets and on the customer demand and/or specifications. It will be interacting with legacy 2D CAD and new 3D CAD systems and linked to the collaborative platform. It will include: An EHS Decision Making Toolbox and a Performance Evaluation Module 3. A Production Organisation Framework based on the concept of extended factory enabling a fast reaction to the new trends. Itwill include: a partnership network and a Data sheets generator based on historic of data sheets. For achieving these objectives, Eco-Tex-Design will address the whole design process.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME-AG | Phase: SME-2 | Award Amount: 2.50M | Year: 2008
The PASSAGE project aims to develop a Capability Management Platform providing Textile and clothing industrial associations with a set of validated products and services enabling their affiliated SMEs to efficiently manage the existing know-how and skills together with new competences taking the technological evolution into consideration. The objective of the platform is to make knowledge-based web-services available to the SMEs, taking a holistic view on the whole supply chain, to diagnose, forecast and manage know-how and competence needs. Such a platform will offer a method, tools and related guidelines dedicated to the diagnostic of future critical know-how shortages and the definition of preventive actions to face them based on an anticipative human resource management methodology including: - An integrated methodology and related product-service for anticipating new/future know-how required to master technological evolutions. - A method and related guidelines dedicated to the diagnostic of the critical know-how detained by SMEs in a given Region/Job/Work position/Competence and enabling the anticipation of possible competence shortages (illness, retirement).
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: NMP-2007-3.1-2 | Award Amount: 4.74M | Year: 2008
SERVIVE net proposes the enlargement of the assortment of customizable clothing items currently on offer, the enhancement of all co-design aspects (functionality and fun) and the development and testing of a new production model based on decentralized networked SME cells.The Servive net will not only seamlessly link critical Mass-Customisation (MC) enabling services, but more important it will adapt these services to the specific needs and preferences of well-defined target customer groups. It will also enable all necessary interactions of customers with value-chain actors in transparent ways, thus enabling and encouraging the active participation of end consumers in the configuration of the customised items. The selected product configuration will in turn influence the production scenario (see the extended Micro-Factory concept below). Central to this scenario is the concept of Virtual Customer Advisor (VCA), which, depending on the profile of the customer will recommend the optimum product configuration, based either on style preferences (Style Advisor), functional requirements (e.g. for protective clothing/ sportswear) or body morphology and physical disability or problem figure related issues. On the upstream part of the chain, the Servive net will introduce the innovative organisational concept of the Networked Micro-Factory, directly linked to the concept of User-centred Production Configuration. The MF concept promotes the idea of decentralized production close to retailers and consumers (proximity advantage). MFs can range from networked small size but high-tech MC production sites, to sites equipped with automatic knitting machines, or even semi-automatic 3D assembly centres (single-ply cutter \ sewing robots). Knowledge-based web services will relate to style expertise, human body expertise and data, material and specific manufacturing knowledge.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2007.3.6 | Award Amount: 848.38K | Year: 2008
Wearable electronics embedded in or transformed into textile systems are a new generation of products that contribute to economy as well as to society. SYSTEX wants to bring partners involved in European projects in this area together in order to group the results of numerous efforts that are currently going on. It wants to expand the platform to national level and to merge textiles and organic electronics. Inter-project agreements must enable a higher level of exchange of knowledge and materials between linked projects. Information on technical and non technical aspects of RTD and commercialization of intelligent textile systems will be collected and made available through a web based tool. Training materials will be collected as well as demonstrators that can be used for specialists as well as for a wider public. The project wants to become a single point of contact for all matters related to intelligent textile systems, linking existing initiatives and completing their activities.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.3.6 | Award Amount: 4.48M | Year: 2011
Driven by advances in R&D and in inorganic light-emitting diodes (LEDs), the Lighting industry is expected to change substantially in the next five years. At the same time, a shift in the value chain from components (LEDs) towards intelligent lighting systems is expected. This technology trend is mirrored by similar market trends substantiated by end-users expectations for miniaturization of electronic devices and integration of intelligence in light emitting devices. Consumers will wish to have a more pervasive presence of intelligence (e.g. to communicate, to display information, and to process data). In order to lead in R&D as well as in manufacturing and market applications, the European Lighting industry has to fully harness the potential of the inorganic LEDs-based illumination by investing in new technologies that will allow for new types of lighting solutions via cost-competitive highly reliable manufacturing processes. These future energy efficient lighting solutions will not only drive and be driven by requirements of low total ownership costs (e.g. in B2B sales), but will also take into account new consumers needs such as a more pervasive intelligence, novel design possibilities and novel user interfaces.i-Tex targets the Research, Development & Production feasibility of large area intelligent lighting systems based on smart coated textiles.Although numerous research projects have investigated smart textiles with LED integration, none of them has targeted the development of technology and system architecture for reliable large area illumination systems. The main reasons for this are 1) the high costs and complexity in manufacturing of such smart textiles, 2) demanding reliability requirements of general illumination requirements , and 3) the optical output needed for lighting applications.The i-Tex project proposes to overcome the above limitations by research and development of:\tnovel large area system architectures for electronic interconnections and thermal management of inorganic LEDs in coated textiles\tcost-competitive roll-to-roll (RTR) manufacturing processes for the heterogeneous integration of lights, sensors in coated textiles.\tnovel material classes (e.g. tunable pigments) for new appearances and high optical output.\tconcurrent reliability study and robustness approach over the entire value chain of the targeted products.By identifying a number of indoor and outdoor applications for intelligent functional, and decorative lighting, we will be able to define sets of clear product specifications. Based on these requirements we will simultaneously develop unique large area interconnections for LEDs and other electronics, identify the most appropriate coating technique and coating materials for RTR manufacturing, investigate smart textile optics, resulting in a smart system with high reliability and high optical output.
Schwarz A.,Ghent University |
Van Langenhove L.,Ghent University |
Guermonprez P.,Institute Francais Du Textile Et Of Lhabillement |
Deguillemont D.,Institute Francais Du Textile Et Of Lhabillement
Textile Progress | Year: 2010
Though industrial exploitation of smart textile systems is still in its infancy, the technological implementation is increasing. This is the result of substantial research and development investments directed towards this emerging field. In order to stimulate the progress in smart textiles, emerging developments need to be identified and selectively strengthened. Hence, this issue reports on a three-dimensional roadmap on smart textiles. It aims at contributing to set future actions in research, education and technology development. Research activities and technological developments are mapped, barriers and drivers of technological, strategic and societal and economical origins are identified. Finally, recommendations are phrased on how to overcome barriers and to progress in the field of smart textiles. © 2010 The Textile Institute.