IPC E-Textiles Initiative

The e-textiles supply chain is working together to develop industry standards, collaborate on education innovations and spurn the advancements of e-textiles—all through IPC.

IPC has created opportunities for members of the growing e-textiles industry to become involved in improving the reliability of products and the strengthen the industry overall.

IPC E-Textiles 2020 | Virtual Summit
Agenda is available!

IPC E-Textiles 2020–Virtual Summit
October 1-2, 2020

Virtual Summit Registration Open

IPC E-Textiles 2020 Virtual Summit is a technical education event you don’t want to miss!
October 1-2, 2020

IPC E-Textiles 2020 – Virtual Summit will bring top-notch e-textiles education to your desktop through three workshops and demonstrations by the University of Minnesota’s Wearables Technology Lab. Each 90-minute workshop will include presentations followed by panel discussions with presenters.

  • Collaborate and connect with industry leaders
  • Learn about the latest innovations, designs, and manufacturing concepts for e-textiles
  • Enjoy a tour of the Wearable Technology Lab |College of Design University of Minnesota


How Do We Do This? E-Textiles Products for Consumer and Medical Applications
This workshop will provide real-world approaches to taking your product from concept to mass productions, pitfalls to expect and how to avoid them. Instructors will use examples from various product sectors, including sports, fashion and medical.

Material Issues and Wash Factors
During this workshop, you will learn about some of the latest advancements in materials for e-textiles applications, from liquid metal vias to functional fibers, as well as wash factors and the environmental impacts of washing e-textiles products

E-Textiles for Defense and Government Applications
A major area of business for the domestic e-textiles community will be military and defense applications. This workshop will provide real-world success stories in the world of military contracts as well as an insider’s guide to doing business with the military.

University of Minnesota Wearables Technology Lab Demonstrations
Students and faculty from the Wearables Technology Lab will bring you up to speed on the latest innovations they are working on with industry partners, materials advancements and the equipment and processes they use for their projects. Following demonstrations, attendees will be able to attend virtual huddle-ups with students and faculty for Q&A and to potentially collaborate on that next big project.

Check out the presentation descriptions and agenda for more details.

Registration for the two-day IPC E-Textiles 2020 Virtual Summit is $120 for IPC members and $150 for nonmembers. Sponsorships also start at $500 and include access to all the workshops.

Register at ipc.org/E-Textiles-NA.

IPC E-Textiles Europe 2020 | Virtual Summit
November 19 - November 20

Registration for IPC E-Textiles Europe is open.

IPC E-Textiles Europe 2020 | Virtual Summit is a technical education summit for innovators, technologists, materials suppliers and brands to learn about the latest innovations, designs and manufacturing concepts for e-textiles technologies being developed in Europe as well as to collaborate on solutions and identify partners.

This summit will consist of four educational workshop sessions over two days. Each workshop will include tours and interviews with students from four university laboratories in Europe.

Registration for the two-day IPC E-Textiles 2020 Virtual Summit is $120 for IPC members and $150 for nonmembers. Sponsorships also start at $500 and include access to all the workshops.

Register at http://www.ipc.org/E-Textiles-EU20.

Recent Releases

IPC-8921, Requirements for Woven and Knitted Electronic Textiles (E-Textiles) Integrated with Conductive Fibers, Conductive Yarns and/or Wires
Released October 2019

IPC-WP-024, IPC White Paper on Reliability and Washability of Smart Textile Structures – Readiness for the Market
Released August 2018

IPC-WP-025, IPC White Paper on A Framework for the Engineering and Design of E-Textiles
Released April 2019

Participate in IPC E-Textiles Standards Activities

Updated January 17, 2020

Email ChrisJorgensen@ipc.org to participate in any of the following standards activities. There is no cost or obligation to participate, and all of the groups meet primarily via web meetings to enable the most participation.

Do you have a proposal for a new standard? If so, email Chris.

D-71 E-Textiles Joining and Interconnection Techniques Subcommittee

IPC-8941, Guideline on Connections for E-Textiles
This industry guideline will provide key considerations and best practices for connecting e-textiles to components. The components can be the commodity to which the e-textile will provide functionality or components which are attached to e-textiles to augment their performance.

This document will help users and manufacturers to work together to make best decisions for selecting connector types, connection materials and connection processes based on the e-textile technology to be used and the component to which the e-textile will be connected.

D-73a E-Textiles Printed Electronics Design Standard Task Group

IPC-8952, Design Standard for Printed Electronics on Coated or Treated Textiles and E-Textiles
This standard establishes specific requirements for the design of printed electronic applications and their forms of component mounting and interconnecting structures on coated or treated textile substrates. Textile substrate, as pertains to this standard, could be a bare textile or an integrated e-textile (e.g., woven or knitted e-textile).

Coated or treated textile substrates, as pertain to this standard, are textile substrates which have or will have a  coating or treatment localized or across the full substrate.
This task group is being led out of Europe, but participation is open to anyone.

D-75a-EU E-Textiles Wearables Standard Task Group in Europe

IPC-8981, Quality and Reliability of E-Textiles Wearables
This standard will establish required testing and reliability expectations for e-textiles wearables products. An e-textiles wearable, as pertains to this standard, will be any wearable product that is a complete system utilizing non-electrical textiles and e-textiles (woven, knitted, printed, etc.) with attached/connected functional components, sensors, devices, etc. A first task of the working group will be to clearly define an e-textiles wearable as well as to define other e-textiles structures that could be part of a system (e.g., wires on textile, laminated, conductive polymers, sensors, actuators, etc.).

Other Topics Being Considered by the Committee

  • E-Textiles testing requirements for high-voltage applications
  • Specification for conductive fibers, yarns and wires for e-textiles applications
  • E-Textiles for home furnishings


Chris Jorgensen
Director, Technology Transfer
Office: +1 847-597-2826
Mobile: +1 773-682-2900
Email/Skype for Business: ChrisJorgensen@ipc.org
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