IPC Releases White Paper on Washability of E-Textiles

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IPC’s D-70 E-Textiles Committee white paper IPC WP-024 focuses on reliability and washability of smart textile structures. The paper provides insights from team of researchers on e-textiles washability testing parameters and initial tests results. The D-70 committee headed by Stephanie Rodgers of Apex Mills plans for IPC-WP-024 to be first in series of papers from the industry. The paper focuses on the problems inherent in creating effective e-textiles and encompassing efforts to make e-textile structures more robust.


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IPC E-Textiles Committee Releases White Paper on Washability of E-Textiles

Complimentary copies will be given to IPC-E-Textiles 2018 attendees

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, August 16, 2018 — IPC’s D-70 E-Textiles Committee has released IPC WP-024, IPC White Paper on Reliability and Washability of Smart Textile Structures – Readiness for the Market. This white paper provides insights from a team of researchers on e-textiles washability testing parameters and initial results from those tests. The D-70 committee plans for IPC-WP-024 to be the first in a series of papers from industry.

Current research in smart textiles and e-textiles indicates that they are not yet ready for the market at a large scale due to problems that exist with reliability and the difficulty with laundering e-textile structures. Specific to reliability, e-textile structures should be in good functioning condition over a period of several years, if used in accordance with product guidelines. However, the additional issues of integration, connector elements, and overall supply chain integration are critical for success. IPC-WP-024 emphasizes all the problems inherent in creating effective e-textiles, encompassing efforts that industry and research laboratories must undertake to make e-textile structures more robust.

The D-70 committee invites readers to also provide white papers with their own findings and perspectives on e-textiles washability reliability. To propose a white paper topic, email etextiles@ipc.org.

Chair of the IPC D-70 Committee, Stephanie Rodgers of Apex Mills says, “Home laundering and commercial cleaning is an everyday reality for millions of textile wearable products. Explosive growth in e-textiles is just starting to break through performance market segments making standardization urgently necessary. This e-textile laundering research identifies with the procedure and requirements gap of these merging manufacturing technologies. The IPC E-Textiles Committee is corralling industry manufacturers to participate in the discussion of new e-textiles standards creation.”

IPC-WP-024 will be provided free of charge to all IPC E-Textiles 2018 attendees. The D-70 committee plans to discuss how standards should address washability reliability during the standards committee forum, which will take place September 12, 2018, the day before E-Textiles 2018. To register for IPC E-Textiles 2018, visit www.ipc.org/E-Textiles-2018.

For more information or to purchase WP-024, IPC White Paper on Reliability and Washability of Smart Textile Structures – Readiness for the Market, visit http://shop.ipc.org/IPC-WP-024-English-D.

About IPC

IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 4,300-member company sites which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

Contact:

Sandy Gentry, IPC Communications Manager

+1 847-597-2871 or SandyGentry@ipc.org

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