30. April 2019 | Techtextil

Amann: Intelligent threads

Amann: Intelligente Garne
Use of Silver-tech in a pain relief belt
Source: Amann
The applications of conductive threads are diverse. They can conduct electricity and transmit data and thus provide information about the stress on components, temperature or moisture content. Embroidered on car seats as touch switches or incorporated into the sole of a shoe, these intelligent threads could replace plastic switches and cables that require a lot of raw materials, which not only makes them significantly more environmentally friendly, but also makes them easier to process and more pleasant to handle or wear.

Conductive threads
Conductive threads can also offer benefits in medical technology, for instance as an essential component of pain relief belts, where the use of Silver-tech conductive thread enables electrical impulses to be transmitted to nerve endings, which has a positive effect on the patient’s pain memory. In addition to new fields of application, various processing methods also play an important role. Threads are now no longer only sewn or embroidered – conductive Steel-tech thread, for example, can be integrated directly into the fabric and functions as an RFID antenna, for instance recording the number of wash cycles an item of clothing has been through. Conductive threads can also be used as pressure sensors that are embedded in composite material to record stress data.

Light and space-saving
Smart threads can not only replace bulky parts in a space-saving way, they are also extremely light, making them particularly attractive materials for emerging technologies such as electromobility or lightweight construction. The threads also make a significant contribution to the sustainability of components and products, especially when it comes to avoiding materials that are difficult to recycle, such as plastic and other synthetics. |

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