Research and development partnerships work one-on-one

Published On: November 6, 2020

The process of working with a research and development center was discussed in Dr. Thomas Stegmaier’s presentation, “Testing and Standards Integral to Timely Product Development.”

Dr. Stegmaier is with DITF [Deutsche Institute Fur Textil Und Faserforschung Denkendorf], a large, textile research center located in Germany. It partners individually with industry participants to develop new technologies and products. 

To illustrate, Stegmaier chose four specific projects that DITF had undertaken to solve very different problems. The first project set out to construct a more effective sensorical yarn by wrapping capacitive yarn around a traditional yarn. The product was tested successfully in a project to address humidity control and mold in buildings.  

The goal to create a safer collaboration between human workers and robots prompted the design of a sensory mat. It can prevent accidents with human workers by slowing and even stopping the robot mechanism. These are now available on the market. 

The study of polar bear hair guided a project to learn how to prevent heat loss in buildings by mimicking the way polar bears absorb and retain heat from light. Another project was successful in recreating superhydrophic surfaces for awning textiles, and a Sri Lankan company created a new fabric for swimsuits and active wear, which is now in the patent process. 

The advanced textiles education sessions continue through November 12, and registration for ATA Virtual Expo 2020 is also open through Nov. 12. All Expo sessions will be posted on the Virtual Expo platform for viewing during Expo and for 30 days after Expo has concluded.