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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.

IPC has several opportunities for the e-textiles industry to learn and engage through IPC today.

Free On-Demand Education – IPC E-Textiles Exchange

IPC E-Textiles Exchange is a free and open online educational community for the e-textiles industry. Each month, IPC posts new video presentations and Q&A discussions with subject matter experts from around the world. The site also includes a discussion board for you to interact with others in the IPC E-Textiles Exchange community.

IPC E-Textiles Exchange is hosted by IPC EDGE, our online education and certification portal. See below for instructions on registering for IPC E-Textiles Exchange.

Want to get the latest updates on IPC E-Textiles Exchange? Sign up for IPC E-Textiles Exchange Update, a monthly communication from IPC to announce the latest video presentations posted to IPC E-Textiles Exchange!


“The Exchange is a community created for the e-textiles industry by the e-textiles industry.” IPC President and CEO John Mitchell introduces IPC E-Textiles Exchange in his YouTube video series, providing details on how IPC supports the textiles and electronics industries. IPC E-Textiles Exchange is open to everyone, so please spread the word to your colleagues.

How to register for IPC E-Textiles Exchange

  1. Go to IPC E-Textiles Exchange 
    You will need to log into your IPC account (same as IPC Works). If you do not have an IPC account, please select the “register” button at the top of the page, fill out the form, confirm your email address, then go back to IPC E-Textiles Exchange.
  2. Click the “Add to Cart” button for E-Textiles Exchange.
  3. Select “Shopping Cart” on the top of your screen. IPC E-Textiles Exchange is free, but you need to complete the checkout process.
  4. Once you have completed your order, an Order Received message will appear on the screen. The same message will be emailed to you. From this message you access your enrollment page.
  5. Select the “Enroll” button next to the voucher you would like to utilize (IPC E-Textiles Exchange).  
  6. Enter your First Name, Last Name, and Email address to enroll yourself.
  7. You will receive an enrollment email with information on creating your account profile and accessing the IPC E-Textiles Exchange under My Courses.

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. Email ChrisJorgensen@ipc.org to participate in any of the following standards activities.

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

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-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.

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.

IPC-8971, Requirements for Electrical Testing of Printed Electronics E-Textiles

This document establishes requirements for electrical testing printed electronics e-textiles, including selecting the test analyzer, test parameters, test data, and fixturing required to perform electrical test(s).

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-TM-650, Test Method 2.5.4.2, Conductor Temperature Rise Due to Current Changes in Conductors for Printed Conductor Materials on Textiles

This method is to determine the effect of the temperature rise in printed conductor materials, due to resistive heating from the electrical current flow. The effects depend on material thermal coefficient of resistance (TCR), conductor cross-sectional area, the conductor deposition  processes on substrate materials such as  e-textiles, flexible dielectrics and printed boards.

Recent Bookstore Releases from the D-70 Committee

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

Contact

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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