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FDM4TP

Bij Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) wordt het materiaal onder de vorm van kunststoffilamenten aangevoerd. Het filament wordt in een bewegende extrusiekop opgesmolten en selectief afgezet op de vorige laag.

Plast-i-Com

One of the biggest challenges of the industry is to produce in a sustainable way. As a consequence, the reduction, re-use, and upgrade of waste is becoming increasingly important. Moreover, the rising prices of raw materials are pushing the industry to economize on raw materials and energy.

InnoQuality

InnoQuality wil interieurtextielbedrijven ondersteunen aan de hand van een Inno-Guide. Deze Inno-Guide heeft als doel de innovatiestroom bij interieur textiel bedrijven te optimaliseren.

Interieurtextielbedrijven in Vlaanderen hebben het moeilijk om te overleven in een heel erg competitieve markt. Deze bedrijven moeten sneller en beter innoveren.

Het ontbreekt hen niet aan ideeën. Het probleem is echter dat ze moeite hebben om te bepalen welke ideeën ze verder uitwerken in een product.

Blends4Innovation

The aim of the project “Blends 4 Innovation” is to broaden the research on intimate polymer blends in textiles and to demonstrate the value of polymer blends in the textile and composite markets. To this end, the use of polymer blends will be diversified to a larger range of polymer combinations and composition ratios.

BIO-EOL

End-of-life possibilities of biopolymer based consumer products

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ResCoTex

Resource-efficient coating technologies for improved durability of high strength textiles with special safety relevance

Textiles are fulfilling relevant functions in different fields of application. High strength textiles in form of ropes, belts, nets, etc. are used in specific applications for securing objects or people. Examples are securing of cargo ladders, people on construction sites, heavy weight lifting belts and nets, and other applications like mountaineering ropes and parachute strings.

PU4HQ

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PU Technologies for High Quality Textile Coatings

Polyurethane (PU) textile coatings are very versatile and used in various applications with high demanding requirements. For some applications, PU is the only appropriate coating material, thanks to the following properties:

  • ability to be used in dry-cleaning
  • low temperature flexibility
  • high mechanical properties (tensile and tear strength)

POWER

The dyeing of polyester textile materials, used commonly in automotive, with disperse dyes presents a number of practical problems to the textile industry. These problems are principally associated with unevenness, lack of reproducibility, and bare effects, essentially coming from the structural non-uniformities of the polyester yarns. During numerous manufacturing and processing steps prior to dyeing, this material is subjected to various thermo-mechanical treatments which may give rise to variations and non uniformities in structure.

BabyCareSleep

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the highest cause of death in the post‐neonatal period (between the 2nd and 6th month of life). In Europe, each year 2400 infants still die of SIDS, an unexpected disease happening to infants who die in their sleep with no evidence of accidental asphysia, inflicted injury or organic disease; being a multifactorial syndrome mainly related to overheating, prolonged apnea, gastroesophageal reflux or inadequate bedding system and posture.

SmartPro

Smart Textiles and wearable intelligence: from intelligent prototypes to industrial and practical products

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Smart textiles and wearable intelligence: Why is the industry still facing challenges?

Major trade fairs are showing an increasing number and variety of smart textile and wearable intelligence prototypes for all kinds of applications that will eventually alter our lives.

SustAffor

Planting trees in a more sustainable and efficient manner

Without adequate maintenance, a large part of newly planted or seeded trees will die. This maintenance is expensive and still makes use of unsustainable techniques such as herbicides, fossil fuels or petroleum-based products, and large volumes of water.

Eco-texnano

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Development of a web based tool to improve the risk assessment and to promote the safe use of nanomaterials in the textile finishing industry

ALL4RESTgo2MARKET

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Validation and commercialisation of improved solutions for rest systems from ALL4REST Project

The integrated solutions developed during the previous ALL4REST project (tactile/thermal comfort improvement, quantitative and qualitative evaluation of comfort or sleep quality) were based on new biofibres, the integration of thermoregulating systems, and on the use of new hotmelt adhesives, heatable textiles and microencapsulated scents for aromatherapy.

POLEOT

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CHALLENGES

Electroluminescent light bulbs (EL) and organic led (OLED) are efficient, thin and eco-friendly light sources. The existing systems are usually based on hard glass sheets. Flexible lamps on thin metal of plastic foils are being investigated. However, they only allow a bent shape or show a poor mechanical strength.

OBJECTIVES

LED-Cure

LED-UV-curingsystems for textiles and composites

In times of rapidly increasing energy prices and growing eco-consciousness, textile finishing looks for modern, eco-friendly, energy and cost effective application and curing systems. To date, the textile industry still uses energy-consuming techniques for water and solvent removal and as well as for curing after (wet) chemical treatments.

Bio-SRPC

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Background:

The interest in biopolymers is growing fast. Especially PLA finds interesting industrial applications, more and more in durable end products like technical textiles and not only in disposables. Previous research has shown that PLA fibres can be made to have very good mechanical properties, including high tenacity and a much higher elongation than neat PLA. The fact that there are multiple PLA grades with a range of melting points opens up the possibility of developing self-reinforced PLA composites, a domain which has previously not been explored.

Additive Manufacturing

Future key-technology to upgrade textiles and plastics processing

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a term defining the production of tangible objects by means of digital tools. This approach, often called 3D-printing, differs in a radical manner from conventional production methods in that it produces the objects by the selective layering of materials instead of by machining or casting methods.

ProCOM

In samenwerking met Centexbel startte het Textiel onderzoeklabo TO2C van de vakgroep Mode-, textiel- en houttechnologie van de Hogeschool Gent op 1 februari 2013 het IWT TETRA-project ProCOM op. Zowel in de normalisatiecommissies, tijdens de productontwikkeling als bij de aankoop van werkkleding wordt te weinig aandacht besteed aan de comforteisen van de eindgebruiker. Ook het wassen/onderhoud heeft een grote invloed op zowel de kwaliteit als het comfort van werk- en beschermende kleding.

H/OPLA-3D

Hydrophobic/Oleophobic functionalisation via PLAsma polymerisation coating of 2D and 3D textile materials

Project goal:

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Within H/OPLA, we will use plasma coating for hydrophobic and oleophobic coating of high added value textiles.
The novel approach will be research and developed for two types of products:

Bio-based antimicrobial coatings and finishes for textiles

The aim of Bio-AmiCoFitex is to develop bio-based antibacterial and antifungal textile finishes and coatings complying with the criteria of the new biocide regulation. Because the rules and procedures to introduce biocidal products on the market will become much stricter, the textile industry has to look for non-hazardous alternative biocides. Biocides are used to prevent the growth of microorganisms.

E-TEX

Textile products with electric functionalities are being marketed as “smart textiles”. The European standardisation organism, CEN, has installed a workgroup TC248/WG31 where experts discuss the standardisation proposals related to ‘smart textiles’. At this very moment, a new work task is examining and developing the standardisation of conductive textiles.

FR : Determination of Fire retardants in Textiles

Standards on fire retardancy and flammability are becoming increasingly severe because of the high number of lethal casualties due to fire. It is therefore of vital importance to add flame retardant products to textiles.

Smart@Fire

Integrated ICT Solutions for Smart Personal Protective Equipment for Fire Fighters and First Responders

Doelstellingen van het project:

Innovatief aanbesteden

Het hoofddoel van Smart@Fire is de verschillende EU producenten en andere stakeholders actief in het domein van ICT-gestuurde persoonlijke beschermingsmiddelen (PBM) samen te brengen om een gemeenschappelijke PCP methodologie op te stellen en door te voeren, waarbij rekening wordt gehouden met de wettelijke beperkingen en culturele verschillen van elk deelnemend land.

Fibriltex

The main goal of the project is to develop filaments and yarns with improved mechanical properties by introducing thermoplastic microfibrillar reinforcements. These structures can be obtained by melt-processing technologies of specialty polymer blends.

ZEETEX

Vlaanderen en de Franse regio's Nord-Pas de Calais en Somme beschikken over een belangrijke maritieme industrie, met activiteiten over de hele wereld. Om de concurrentiepositie in de geglobaliseerde economie te versterken, zoekt deze industie naar mogelijkheden om synergieën te creëren met andere industriële sectoren. Dit is één van de doelstellingen van de Flemish Maritime Cluster FMC (Vlaanderen) en AQUIMER (Frankrijk).

SUSTA-SMART

Several European FP6/FP7 smart textiles projects resulted in a variety of high market potential developments. Representative NMP projects are SAFE@SEA–advanced personal protective clothing; POLYTECT–smart textile materials for reinforcing and monitoring infrastructure and DEPHOTEX–flexible photovoltaic textiles.

De Blauwe Cirkel

Duurzaam hergebruik van water en valorisatie van reststromen

Omdat waterbronnen schaars zijn en omwille van de duurzaamheid gaan hoe langer hoe meer bedrijven over op "hergebruik" van water. Met de huidige behandelingstechnieken wordt maar een gedeelte van het water gerecupereerd.
Bovendien geeft dit aanleiding tot een concentraatstroom waarvoor steeds moeilijker een lozingsvergunning te verkrijgen is. Vooral het gebrek aan een geschikte verwerkingstechniek voor de concentraatstromen verhindert vaak de implementatie van een doorgedreven waterhergebruik.

DURBIO

Durable Biobased Plastics

Toepassing van biogebaseerde kunststoffen in extrusieprocessen voor duurzame eindproducten

Een succesvolle omschakeling van oliegebaseerde polymeren naar biopolymeren vereist dat de (mechanische) eigenschappen van de eindproducten kunnen wedijveren met die van synthetische polymeren en dat de stabiliteit van de producten over een langere periode kan worden gegarandeerd.

PowerWeave

The PowerWeave project will develop a fabric to harvest and store electrical energy within its fibrous matrix, to fulfil a need for an easily deformable, storable and transportable power supply.This will be achieved through the development of PV fibres and energy storage fibres integrated with control electronics into a textile.

FR4TEX

Brandvertragend textiel in 2015: hoe regelgeving, ecologie en economie verzoenen?

Normen voor brandvertraging en ontvlambaarheid worden steeds strenger omwille van het hoge aantal slachtoffers en de schade veroorzaakt door brand. Het toevoegen van vlamvertragers aan textiel is dan ook van essentieel belang. Het gebruik van brandvertragers wordt echter sterk aan banden gelegd om diverse redenen: strengere Europese regelgevingen (REACH, CLP), strengere eisen in het kader van ecolabelling (European Ecolabel, Oeko-Tex® 100…). Het spreekt voor zich dat de sector de alarmklok luidt en met hoogdringendheid vraagt om alternatieve producten en behandelingen te ontwikkelen die aan alle gestelde eisen voldoen.

Textile Dyeing in Ionic Liquids

Lately, the scientific as well as practical (application-oriented) interest in the so-called ionic liquids (IL) has been growing. IL represent an important class of materials, called “Green Solvents”. In general, IL are to be understood as ionic substances, that are already fluid from room temperature up to 120°C and that are often thermo-stable far beyond 200°C. IL excel by their extremely low vapour pressure, which makes them easy to handle in contrast to organic solvents.

S(P)EEDKITS

Rapid deployable kits as seeds for self-recovery

Most humanitarian organisations use stand-by emergency response units (ERU), to meet the immediate needs of people hit by disaster. Each ERU has a specific function, e.g. medical care, sanitation, energy provision, or water supply. S(P)EEDKITS aims at speeding up the emergency response and at providing the seeds for future development.

BARTEX: Barrier Properties

This project aims at the characterisation of barrier textiles in view of their classification, for a better and easier product selection by their users.

OXO-Tex

Development of a controlled degradation of synthetic or biopolymer textiles for special applications

The degradation of textile materials in carbon dioxide is an interesting route to resolve the end-of-life issues of a number of applications. In the case of agro- or geotextiles it is not always feasible to recover or remove the products in a quantative manner. For these applications natural fibres can be used, although their processing into specific structures is not so easy. Another alternative is the use of biopolymers but these materials do not always have the appropriate (bio)degradation profile either.

EnCoMed - Collagens for Medical Applications

Enzymatic functionalisation of collagens for medical applications

The aim of this precompetitive project is to develop new methods for the enzymatic functionalizing of native collagen structures and to use these structures as scaffolds in tissue engineering and drug delivery systems.

Pomelad

Development of improved PolyOlefin MELt ADhesion fibres and yarns and their implementation in textile applications

The control of the melting and weakening trajectory and the adhesion of polyolefin fibres is becoming more and more important for many textile applications. Examples can be found in composites, where the polyolefin fibres are compressed to a composite structure. In new type of composites, the matrix and the strengthening fibres are made from the same family of materials. The combinations of many polyolefin materials lead to various possibilities for different types of composites.

Phthalates in textiles

Development of test methods to determine phthalates in textiles

The coating of flexible PVC’s is an important industrial activity in the Belgian production of floor coverings, cables, tarpaulins, (car) seats, dashboards, sun visors, clothing and tapes. PVC owes its economic importance to its durability (very high stability), the relatively low costs and large production runs.

Green Nanomesh

Hernia operations are among the most common surgical procedures performed today with over 20 million cases annually worldwide. Hernia incidents are associated with pain and poor quality-of-life for the patient and lead to enormous healthcare costs, exceeding US $48 billion in the US annually.

SmartNets

With the SmartNets project, Centexbel wants to study SME networking for the development of new products. We work together with the Belgian partners LAMPE TEXTILES and DEVAN CHEMICALS and several other European partners.
SmartNets is a European FP7 project.

Bio-based Flexible Materials

Onderzoek naar de inzetbaarheid van biopolymeren in textiel- en verpakkingstoepassingen

Biopolymeren zijn tijdens de jongste jaren een zeer actueel thema geworden en winnen ook in de Europese textielsector steeds meer aan belang. Daarom heeft Euratex ze opgenomen in de ‘strategische onderzoeksagenda’ voor textiel.

Nature Wins

Research for the development of fully renewable thermoplastic bio-composites

Europe has set forward a new goal: the development of composites based on (nearly) 100% renewable products. This implies that both the fibre reinforcement and the matrix fraction (thermoset or thermoplastic) have to be bio-based.

ALL4REST

Integrated solutions for an improved sleep quality

ALL4REST, is focused on the development of comfort‐improved sleep systems, using non‐obtrusive technologies promoting a deeper and better recovering sleep and preventing nocturnal awakenings. The successful solutions will reduce the number of awakenings and/or the time to fall sleep after an awakening and reduce sleep onset latency (the length of time that it takes to accomplish the transition from full wakefulness to sleep).

Hybritex: Eco-efficiënte hybride coatings

De voortschrijdende globalisering heeft de Europese textielindustrie ertoe aangezet nieuwe technologieën aan te wenden om kostenefficiënt te kunnen blijven binnen de sector. Eén van deze ontwikkelingen is de toepasing van dunne silaanfinishes op textiel, een ontwikkeling uit het voorbije decennia. Onder de uitzonderlijke eigenschappen van deze (gefunctionaliseerde) finishes rekenen we een verhoogde abrasieweerstand en omnifobiciteit (afstoten van zowel water als olie).

Bacteriosafe

The aim of the Bacteriosafe consortium is to construct, test and develop a unique active wound dressing, which incorporates novel colourimetric sensor and active therapeutic processes for detecting and counteracting pathogenic bacteria in wounds.

Place-IT

PLACEit_logo-new_201006_small.pngImagine a lamp that is not fixed to the ceiling, but that can be designed into any shape, or even blend into the surroundings. This would give a tremendous design freedom. Think of curtains that emit light to mimic the natural, daytime situation, children with illuminating jackets to safely bike home from school, or even bandages that shine light on the body to treat skin diseases or for infrared massage.

Carbon nanotubes II

Het doel van het onderzoek is tweeledig: enerzijds kennisopbouw om de uitzonderlijke eigenschappen van CNTs optimaal in te zetten in textieltoepassingen, anderzijds tegemoet komen aan de groeiende behoefte aan gemakkelijk te verwerken textiel met een hoge én duurzame geleiding.

Ovart: assembly of artificial ovary

Assembly of an artificial ovary combining isolated human ovarian follicles, fibrin and a textile pocket

The objective of this project is the development of a 3D biodegradable matrix allowing the graft of autologous ovarian tissue or isolated follicles in patients with impaired fertility following a gonadotoxic treatment. This biofunctional fibrin-based matrix will limit the follicular loss due to post-transplant ischemic stress and will help to induce the formation of an extracellular ovarian-like matrix by promoting cell migration, cell proliferation and vascularization.

FAFEX: veredeling van de vezel tijdens extrusie

De doelstelling van het project FAFEX is om in een vroegere processtap de veredeling te laten plaatsvinden - met name tijdens de garenproductie - door een waterige polymeeroplossing op de oppervlakte van het filament aan te brengen tijdens het smeltspinnen.

CleanCloth: Antibacterial Cloth Based on Microfibre

In the CleanCloth project, we propose to develop a superior cleaning cloth with constant and continuous antibacterial effect, ensuring that no bacteria is left in the cloth and making bacterial re-growth impossible, without need for special and time-consuming hygiene procedures. This will be accomplished by a unique technology with antibacterial agent integrated into the microfiber of the cloth. The advances in this technology will allow significant reduction of cross-contamination and bacterial regrowth. Infectious diseases arising in the home setting are a significant concern.

Safe@Sea

The main objective of Safe@Sea is to develop a new generation of advanced personal protective clothing for the fishing industry that will lead to a significant increase in safety without reducing work performance.

Cilab: composite innovation laboratory

CILAB (Composite Innovation LABoratory) is a 4 years project dedicated to innovation in the field of composite materials and structures including research, development and improvement of manufacturing processes (eg. liquid resin infusion, vacuum assisted processes, hybrid composites - continuous fibres and short fibres - with thermoplastic matrices, braided structures, ...), materials (eg. bio-composites), non destructive inspection techniques (eg.

Weerstand van medisch textiel tegen bacteriën

Opdat de markt kan blijven groeien, moet men beschikken over goede (dus reproduceerbare) normen voor medisch textiel, en meer bepaald voor textiel gebruikt in operatiekwartieren dat onderworpen is aan de Europese regelgeving. Textielmaterialen gebruikt in operatiekwartieren worden beschouwd als medische hulpmiddelen en moeten daarom beantwoorden aan bepaalde eisen (EN 13795) in het kader van de CE-markering.

Vezelversterkte thermoplastische kunststoffen

Vezelversterkte kunststoffen (of composieten) worden wereldwijd in steeds meer producten toegepast.

Novel Temperature Regulating Fibres and Garments

NoTeReFiGa aims at developing novel temperature regulating fibres and innovative textile products for thermal management, selected by the SME segment of the European textile industry. The temperature regulating effect will be realised by incorporating large amounts of phase changing materials (PCM) into textile fibres.

WOODY

Currently the world of polymeric composite materials is exclusively based on fossil derived components. This fact represents a strong issue, as the non-renewable global oil resources are being exploited year after year, also as a consequence of the ever growing demand for plastics engineering materials. As a concrete answer to the increasing volumes of building and construction materials processed and transformed by industry in almost all sectors, renewable resources need to be exploited in order to reduce the depletion of oil reservoirs, and the associated ecological issues deriving, provided they can grant quality standards comparable with the currently available materials.

Dimetex: DIspositifs MEdicaux TEXtiles

DIMETEX kadert in een grensoverschrijdend samenwerkingsprogramma rond textiel, Interreg IV en verzamelt spelers uit Wallonië in België en uit de regio’s Nord Pas de Calais en Picardië in Frankrijk.

Medisch textiel is een van de belangrijkste segmenten met sterke troeven die een grote aantrekkingskracht uitoefent op producenten van technisch textiel.

Monsotex: Slaapbewaking via intelligent textiel

3 tot 4% van de bevolking lijdt aan slaapstoornissen, met vaak ernstige gevolgen voor de gezondheid.

Het MONSOTEX project heeft tot doel een systeem op punt te stellen voor slaapbewaking (op afstand), gebaseerd op intelligent textiel met verschillende ingebouwde psychometrische sensoren (elektrocardiogram, ademhaling, temperatuur...).

MEDIATIC: Textiel met geïntegreerde sensoren

Textiel met verschillende geïntegreerde sensoren voor comfortbeoordeling, gezondheidsbewaking op afstand en thuisverpleging

Envimedia

Envimedia/ Platform for health and environment

envimedia.jpgOpen platform integrating lasers, sensors, technological components and systems for the detection, measurement and recognition for air quality monitoring, noise pollution monitoring, healthcare monitoring of the elderly at home, imaging and medical care.