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CPI to collaborate with Pireta on smart clothing project

Working with Pireta Ltd, CPI is using its industry expertise in the printed electronics sector to aid scale-up of wearable technology in textiles

CPI - State-of-the-art equipment and industry expertise alongside Pireta Limited to support the scale-up of wearable technology in textiles

15 Oct 2018 | Editor

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has announced it is collaborating on a project to support the development of next-generation smart clothing.

Working with Pireta Ltd, CPI is using its industry expertise in the printed electronics sector to aid scale-up of wearable technology in textiles.

The technology coats 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 integrated into the fabric.

CPI, with its expertise in hybrid and stretchable electronics, is supporting Pireta’s work on developing a unique process to make durable, flexible, interconnecting electrodes that avoid changing fabric feel and performance.

Pireta said its' patent pending technology has the potential to enable truly wearable smart electronic systems through the attachment of copper within textile yarns.

Employing proven aqueous processes and commercially available chemistries, Pireta has a track record of consistently producing highly conductive, robust and complex circuit demonstrators on a variety of textiles.

This gives the textiles a low sheet resistance, a conductor that does not crack, and flexibility, breathability and performance that is maintained when washed or stretched.

Using CPI's state-of-the-art equipment, the project, known as TexAnn, aims to significantly reduce existing manufacturing timescales while optimising electrode pattern resolution.

Wearable technology is an intrinsic part of the Internet of Things, allowing devices to send and receive data via an internet connection. Its long-term development is supported by the UK Government through Innovate UK-funded projects.

"We are delighted to be involved in assisting Pireta to develop its technology, which will potentially unlock many of the current restrictions in the development of smart textiles and wearables."

"Our technical team will provide and coalesce our extensive knowledge across multiple technologies to accelerate the route to commercialisation for Pireta.

"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."

Sean Bolton, Project Manager at CPI

"We value the help CPI is bringing to the TexAnn project, and the step up in our ability to scale-up manufacturing."

"We need to bring our game-changing technology to market, and this collaboration with CPI is key to that delivery."

Chris Hunt, Pireta Founder and Chief Technology Officer

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About Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

The Centre for Process Innovation is a UK-based technology innovation centre and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. We use applied knowledge in science and engineering combined with state of the art development facilities to enable our clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.

Our open innovation model enables clients to develop products and prove processes with minimal risk. We provide assets and expertise so our customers can demonstrate the process before investing substantial amounts of money in capital equipment and training. New products and processes can be shown to be feasible; on paper, in the lab and in the plant before being manufactured at an industrial scale.

By utilising our proven assets and expertise companies can take their products and processes to market faster. There is no down time in production as all of the process development is completed offsite and our technology transfer and engineering teams can help companies to transfer the product or process into full scale production at speed.

Source: Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

About Pireta

Pireta has developed a unique free-form process to add durable, conductive, metallic patterns to textiles without changing the fabric feel or performance.

Pireta’s technology allows electronic systems to be assembled and interconnected on a wide range of fabrics, enabling a new generation of truly wearable smart garments and e-textiles.

Source: Pireta

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