IPC E-Textiles 2019 to Address the Real World of E-textiles Applications for Multiple End Markets
Drexel University Center for Functional Fabrics in Philadelphia to host event, September 10-11

August 5, 2019 — IPC E-Textiles 2019, a two-day technical education workshop for innovators, technologists and OEMs/brands to learn about the latest developments, designs and manufacturing concepts in the converging industries of textiles and electronics, will feature 14 technical presentations, tours of the Drexel Center for Functional Fabrics, a special interactive session and an IPC D-70 E-Textiles Committee Standards meeting. IPC E-Textiles will take place at the Drexel University Center for Functional Fabrics in Philadelphia, Pa., September 10-11.

Highlights of the agenda include:

  • Advanced inkjet printed e-textiles for health monitoring in military applications
  • E-textiles systems for military personal area networks
  • Addressing challenges for e-textiles in automotive conditions
  • Wearable e-textiles for telemedicine and energy storage
  • Smart garment production
  • Latest advancements in e-textile fabrics, fibers, yarns and printed materials, and much more

IPC E-Textiles 2019 will provide a platform for education and collaboration among a diverse group of professionals interested in producing e-textiles as well as to attract a myriad market segments, including fashion design, health monitoring, medical, automotive and military/aerospace. Unique to any other e-textiles conference you will attend in the US this year, this event will also kick off with an IPC D-70 E-Textiles Committee meeting, where industry can collaborate on and influence e-textiles standards being developed by the committee.

“Interdisciplinary collaborations are necessary to launch e-textile products” said Stephanie Rodgers, Apex Mills and IPC E-Textiles 2019 program committee chair. “I’m looking forward to seeing the innovators, designers, material suppliers, integrators, electrical, mechanical and textile engineers along with members of academia in the same room, working together to discuss solutions to the issues we face in this industry. All disciplines will be engaged in the development and testing of electronic integrated textiles. Additionally, the tour of the PA-Fabric Discovery Center will tempt the maker in all of us.”

Of particular interest to attendees will be the tours of the Drexel University Center for Functional Fabrics (CFF), which gained national and international recognition for its groundbreaking functional fabrics research. Its methodology is defined by an integrated “design thinking and doing” approach that combines human-centered design with fabrication, from prototyping and making of a product to full system integration. 

The CFF houses the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center (PA FDC), which serves as a regional hub that facilitates advanced textile manufacturing in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic Region (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland). 

For more information on or to register for IPC E-Textiles 2019, visit www.ipc.org/E-Textiles-2019. For more information on the D-70 E-Textiles Committee, contact Chris Jorgensen, IPC director of technology transfer, at ChrisJorgensen@ipc.org.

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