IDE Online Magazine Mayo 2017 - Page 118

Eight smart products chosen for the Techtextil Innovation Award 2017

The Techtextil Innovation Awards were presented may 9th at the opening ceremony of Techtextil . An international jury honoured eight products, including a bicycle lock made of high-tech textiles, an intelligent knee brace and a seamless load-securing net.

The winners of the Techtextil Innovation Award

The Techtextil Innovation Award 2017 is given in four categories. In the ‘new application’ category, the winners are the Centexbel non-profit organisation (Belgium) and Peterseim Strickwaren from Mühlhausen. The intelligent knee brace from Centexbel supports patients during the rehabilitation phase after knee operations. A textile sensor identifies the angle of the knee in real-time and informs the patient of this accordingly. It also offers personalised exercises via an app. With SEAL, Peterseim Strickwaren presents a basalt knitted fabric that protects maritime systems, such as buoys, from environmental influences and cuts maintenance costs by up to 40 percent.

In the ‘new technology’ category, the Upper Franconian company of

V. Fraas Solutions in Textile convinced the jury with its SITnet, a load-securing net distinguished by joining points for the belts, which are warp-knitted instead of sewn. Thus, the net is completely flat, even and capable of bearing higher loads than conventional products.

Vetex NV (Belgium), a company specialising in coating and laminating technology, also ranked among the winners in this category. Its OC2PUS technology permits a polyurethane coating to be applied to flexible substrates, i.e., to functionalise textiles, without the use of solvents, such as the controversial dimethyl formamide (DMF). To this end, specially developed polyurethane resins, which harden chemically during the coating process, are used.

In the ‘new product’ category, the Leipzig-based start-up Texlock was chosen for its innovative, textile-based bicycle lock, which is light, flexible and does not scratch the bicycle’s paintwork thanks to its soft surface. Penn Textile Solutions specialises in the production of elastic textiles and was also selected for an Innovation Award in this category for Ombra-DLS, a shading net for use in facade construction and window installation. By expanding the net to a greater or lesser extent, the light admitted to a room or building can be