Smart Textiles of the Future



Entertainment, communications and electronics continue to exert an ever-growing influence on our lives, our achievements and our sense of well-being. This perpetuating trend increases the importance of incorporating electronic products and components into our clothing.


The goal is to make our lives more pleasant, safer, and more productive through the integration of electronics in the clothing and medical sectors. Modern examples include heating and cooling components, sensory properties, and lighting elements, as well as GPS functions.

To achieve this objective, we need to develop woven and knitted fabrics in which, besides the usual fibers, conductive textile materials, components and sensors can be incorporated or on which these elements can be applied. These elastic or non-elastic textile constructions must add real value for the wearer through reliable and worthwhile functionality. They must also provide the in-use properties expected of conventional garments and be producible on an industrial scale.


Exciting cooperation projects

To create these high-tech textiles of the future, cooperation between widely diverse specialist fields is essential.Schoeller Textil AG and Eschler Textil GmbH work closely together with partners from the garment and medical sectors as well as with electronic companies and research institutes.

There is immense scope for application. The broad variety of conceivable and achievable end-use sectors ranges from entertainment, sport and interior design to medicine. Schoeller is in the process of developing a heatable E-soft-shell material that can be cut to size as required.

This innovative laminate is structured like a conventional soft-shell with corkshellTM technology, and can be produced for sale by the meter. The heatable backing is manufactured by Eschler. Specially incorporated conductive yarns enable uniform heat distribution and specific heating surfaces are functional at the usual voltages. The material can also be dyed and washed. Another example of current cooperation is HYDRO_BOT. Schoeller is working together with Osmotex on an electro-osmotic membrane for use in outer- wear. Using highly conductive yarns, Eschler has in addition developed a textile surface that can monitor lung function in real time by acting as a sensor in electrical impedance tomography. This allows doctors and other medical professionals to see for the first time what is happening in the thorax of patients on artificial respirators and to adjust treatment as required.


Functional, Colour-Coordinated And Super Comfortable

Schoeller textiles for the motorcycle category combine a high degree of functionality with trendy looks and maximum comfort. Thanks to a coordinated colour concept, the various fabrics can be ideally combined with one another. Various Schoeller technologies furnish the hightech fabrics with additional benefits.Schoeller’s innovative and extremely sturdy motorcycle segment textiles are specifically designed to serve motor bike manufacturers, brands focused on motorcycle wear and urban commuting, as well as professional motorcyclists such as motorcycle police.

The schoeller®-dynatec and schoeller®-keprotec® protective fabrics are characterized by an extremely high degree of abrasion resistance. In addition to the DIN EN 17092 test for pro- tective garments for motorcycle drivers, they are also subjected to a special impact abrasion test in the fall simulator.

Coordinated colour concept The state-of-the-art motor bike collection makes a convincing impact not only in terms of functionality but also in regards to colors. The elastic or non-elastic hightech fabrics can all be perfectly combined with one another in shades of grey, black or red.

In conjunction with the innovative Schoeller technologies such as c_change® climate membrane (for optimum and breathable protection from wind and weather), coldblack® (for reliable protection from heat and UV rays) or ceraspaceTM (for extreme abrasion and heat protection in the case of a fall),Schoeller offers the ideal solution for the most varied range of uses. New washable schoeller®-reflex articles in a variety of colours also ensure extensive protection in poor visibility.

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