Smart fabrics testing and standards under development

March 1st, 2024

A glove made on a Shima Seiki SWGN knitting machine on display at Advanced Textiles Expo 2023 in Orlando, Fla. The SWGN machine created the glove in 19 minutes at a speed of 1 meter (3.3 feet) per second, including a conductive yarn knit in the first two fingertips to allow the user to operate […]

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How are industry codes and standards developed?

September 1st, 2021

New criteria for the use and testing of inflatable amusement devices are among current code change proposals in front of the International Fire Code (IFC) code development committee. Photo: © Clearvista, When tent, awning and fabric structure installers think of codes and standards, they often envision the building and fire departments of local and […]

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E-textile testing and standards are evolving

November 11th, 2020

At the 2020 Virtual Expo session, “Ask the Expert: Textile Electronics Testing and Standards,” Jesse Jur, a professor at the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, discussed how standards and testing continue to evolve due to the evolution of textile-based electronics (e-textiles). Jur said that standards have long been a vital resource for […]

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IPC committee seeks comments on e-textiles industry standard

March 1st, 2018

In July 2017, IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) hosted the first web meeting of the IPC E-Textiles Materials Subcommittee. Formed by volunteers from the e-textiles community, the group had approached IPC with interest in developing industry standards for e-textiles. IPC was chosen because it is a developer of consensus-based international industry standards for electronics. It […]

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AATCC encourages education and discussion on wearable technology and electronic textiles

February 29th, 2016

The Association of Textile, Apparel and Materials Professionals (AATCC) is encouraging the electronic segment of the textile industry by sponsoring and participating in upcoming workshops. It is also partnering with the WEAR Conference, the longest-running conference series dedicated to smart textiles, wearable technology, material innovation and the business of consumer experience. Upcoming workshops, meetings and […]

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SBA revises size standards for wholesale trade and retail trade industries

February 9th, 2016

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) increased small business size standards affecting businesses in 46 industries in North American Classification System (NAICS) sector 42, wholesale trade, and in one industry in sector 44-45, retail trade. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 25 and will be effective Feb. 26. SBA reviewed […]

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ASTM International launches year of the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

February 5th, 2016

ASTM International, a standards development organization, launched the “Year of the SME: Small Business in Action” at its first major meeting of 2016. Throughout the year, ASTM will emphasize how input from small- and medium-sized enterprises is crucial to creating high-quality technical standards. ASTM will highlight advantages SMEs gain by being members, including ASTM’s consensus-driven […]

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