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 Shifts to Virtual Summit
Abstracts Deadline Extended to June 1
Registration Now Open

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

Due to the effects the COVID-19 crisis is having on the US e-textiles industry, and out of an abundance of caution for our attendees, speakers, University of Minnesota faculty/students and IPC staff, IPC is transitioning IPC E-Textiles 2020, originally scheduled for  September 29-30, 2020 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, to a live Virtual Summit.

Virtual Summit Registration Now Open

The IPC E-Textiles 2020 Virtual Summit, now taking place Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2, will consist of two 90-minute educational workshops each day. Each workshop will consist of four educational presentations followed by interactive panel sessions with the audience.

The Program Committee and IPC staff are also working hard to bring as many of the aspects you have found most  important from our past in-person IPC E-Textiles events—laboratory tours, exhibits and networking—to this virtual format. Stay tuned for announcements about this.

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.

Seeking Abstracts for Each Workshop

The Program Committee has selected the following four workshops topics for the Virtual Summit and invites interested speakers to submit abstracts that may fit these topics by June 1, 2020. All speakers must be comfortable being on their web camera during their presentation and the panel discussion. Submit your abstract using our 2020 Virtual Summit Abstract Form. Be sure to indicate which of the four sessions your abstract fits.

The following are ideas for possible subtopics for each workshop, but the Program Committee welcomes all educational presentation topics for consideration within each workshop.

  • E-Textiles for Medical Needs
    • How the e-textiles industry has responded to the COVID-19 crisis
    • Where do we go from here following COVID-19?
    • Standardization improvements or obstacles as a result of COVID-19
  • The Digital Layer – Software and programming
    • How to incorporate software into embedded devices (introduction to programming)
      • Formats, tools, simplification
    • Applications for these systems
      • What are the top functionalities?
    • Legislation/regulations by region, including privacy
    • How tracking (e.g., for COVID-19) will create new opportunities for the e-textiles industry
  • To Wear or Not to Wear
    • Examples of real-world e-textiles applications and industries for non-wearables
    • Are we focusing too much on wearables?
    • Should the e-textiles industry focus on nonwearable e-textiles
    • Examples of going from “outside the box” to “on the shelf”
  • How Do We Do This? 101
    • Taking an idea from concept to finished product
    • How to approach specific markets with your products and ideas and how to work with these sectors:
      • Academia
      • Military
      • Aerospace
      • Medical
      • Automotive
      • Consumer

Download the call for abstracts form.

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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