IPC E-Textiles Initiative 

The e-textiles industry is working together through IPC to develop industry standards, collaborate on education innovations and spurn the advancements of e-textiles-all through IPC. This page lists all of the resources available through IPC, so stay tuned to this page for new developments and offerings for the greater e-textiles industry.

If you have any questions about these resources or ideas for additional resources IPC can provide, contact Chris Jorgensen

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High Throughput In-Line Testing of E-Textile Goods
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IPC E-Textiles A-Teams

IPC E-Textiles A-Teams
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Get Involved in IPC E-Textiles Standards Activities

The IPC D-70 E-Textiles Committee has many standards activities underway. 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 Jorgensen.

IPC/JPCA-8911, Requirements for Conductive Yarns for E-Textiles Applications

This standard identifies categories and establishes the classification system and qualification/quality conformance requirements and suggested test methods for conductive yarns used in e-textiles. Conductive yarns covered under this standard include conductive fibers and conductive wire used in combination with fiber and yarn systems.

The purpose of this standard is to provide and define key characteristics for procuring conductive yarns used in e-textiles. It also highlights fiber and yarn manufacturing techniques used in conductive yarn production and electronic performance criteria.

IPC-8921A, Requirements for Woven, Knitted and Braided Electronic Textiles (E-Textiles) Integrated with Conductive Yarns and/or Wires

This standard establishes the classification system as well as qualification and quality conformance requirements affecting electrical/electronic performance of woven, knitted and braided electronic textiles (e-textiles) integrated with conductive yarns and/or wires. 
This standard does not cover non-electronically integrated textiles or nonconductive fibers or yarns.

IPC-8922, Qualification and Performance Specification for Printed Electronics on Coated or Treated Textiles and E-Textiles

This standard establishes and defines the qualification and performance requirements for printed electronics and their forms of component mounting and interconnecting structures on coated or treated textile substrates. Textile substrates, as pertain 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.

As part of this project, the task group may identify the need to develop new IPC Test Methods to support the standard. The group may also call for the development of a new standard similar to IPC-QL-653 for e-textiles testing and a potential addendum to IPC-1782 to account for traceability of materials and components used for e-textiles. As any activities arise with those potential new standards developments, the chair and staff liaison will coordinate with any related IPC working groups. This group will also work closely with the D-60 Printed Electronics Committee as it pursues the creation of test coupons for printed electronics.

IPC-8953, Design Standard for Embroidered E-Textiles

This standard establishes specific requirements for the design of embroidered e-textiles. Embroidered e-textiles, as pertains to this standard, cover embroidery of conductive materials (yarns, fibers, threads, wires) onto bare textiles or integrated e-textiles (e.g., woven, knitted, printed electronics e-textiles) to create solely embroidered functionality, interconnect with functional components of integrated e-textiles and/or to form an interconnection/attachment of a device (e.g., printed boards) to a textile or e-textile.

 

This standard will establish requirements for materials, mechanical and physical properties, electrical properties, thermal properties and component/device attachment/assembly pertinent to designing an embroidered e-textile.

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.).

IPC-8961, Guideline on E-Textiles Wearables

This guideline will describe the necessary parts of e-textiles wearables and their materials, design and manufacturing processes. The guideline will provide insight into two different production disciplines typically included in e-textiles wearables: electronics and textiles/clothing. The guideline will describe a multilayered field based on the different structures of e-textiles systems and how they are designed and manufactured. This will include explanations of various components within the full e-textiles wearables system.

This guideline is intended to be a standalone resource for those interested in e-textiles wearables, as well as to be a counterpart to IPC-8981, Quality and Reliability of E-Textiles Wearables. As a counterpart to IPC-8981, this guideline will provide more information about IPC-8981 characteristics (e.g., flexible endurance, washability, chemical resistance, perspiration resistances) and test methods used to determine reliability of the system to these characteristics.