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Neus Jorda

Functional sustainable rugs

R&D PROJECT

The carpet and rug manufacturing sector has always been highly traditional, but its principal innovations are more focused on designs and textures, rather than the waste generated by the industry. AITEX’s ECO & TECNO CARPET project will incorporate new materials and processes that fulfil the principles of sustainability, biodegradability and recyclability, ever more present in the collective conscience.

The carpet and rug sector is a very traditional sector whose main innovations are more concerned with designs and textures rather than the incorporation of new materials or processes, which are only useful to meeting the requirements of certain sectors such as transportation or building.

In the textile sector, functionalising fabrics is a useful way for companies to remain at the forefront of innovation, since it confers new properties on fabrics using a variety of technologies, to create a product with an added-value factor within its own market sector giving the manufacturer a competitive edge and a mark of distinction.

Given the advantages offered by functionalisation of textiles, greater developments have been seen in more technical and innovative applications such as sanitary or cosmetic textiles, where price is not usually a determining factor and where it is easier to detect market needs in practically any textile application; one of the main beneficiaries being the carpet sector.

On the other hand, society is becoming increasingly aware of the need to protect the environment and principles such as sustainability, biodegradability and recyclability are factors taken into account by consumers when choosing a product.

The concept of sustainability has evolved from the linear through circular economy and into the current idea of “cradle to cradle”, which aims not only to create zero waste, but that the article eventually serves as raw material for new products for other sectors, including carpets and rugs.

The main objective of the Eco & Tecno carpet project is the development of functional carpets and rugs incorporating materials and processes that improve the recyclability of the final product and research into the revaluation of the waste generated in every stage of the process to increase an article’s life cycle and provide an added-value factor.

 

This Project has the support of the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball through IVACE, and is co-financed by tj EU’s ERDF funds, within the ERDF Operational Program of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.  FILE: IMDEEA/2018/117

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Habitat Future Project

R&D PROJECT


AITEX coordinates the HABITAT @ FUTURE Project – Complementary actions of the HABITAT hypersector aimed at developing solutions with a high added-value factor and impact via the collaboration of creative, technological and industrial agents in Valencia, with the financial support of the Valencian Agency for Innovation through the Complementary Actions to Promote and Strengthen Innovation. Habitat Programme

The objective of the project is to foster the creation of strategic alliances among the agents of the Valencian Innovation System of the Habitat hypersector, giving rise to projects with high added value that combine both technical and creative elements which are innovative while being facilitators for new technologies, as well as the dissemination of R + D + i between companies.
The expected result is the development of an interactive virtual platform from where resources such as materials, infrastructures, technologies, services and R & D capacities can be accessed, and collaboration between designers, architects, the private sector and universities, as well as associations and technological institutes is encouraged to create intersectoral alliances.
File No:  INNACC00 / 18/027

This Project has the financial support of the  Agencia Valenciana de la Innovación via the Complementary Actions to drive and strengthen Innovation.

 

Nº Expediente:
INNACC00/18/027

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AITEX becomes a FIFA approved for the certification of artificial turf quality on football pitches

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

The FIFA quality concept has become an internationally recognised standard and guarantee of a product’s excellence and durability. The seal guarantees that a synthetic turf pitch provides an optimal surface for the game.

The demand to certify pitches in Spain is increasing almost daily and there are now 2,483 FIFA-certified pitches globally with 60 in Spain.

The FIFA quality concept for synthetic surfaces “Football Turf” was created with the commitment to standardise the quality and the safety of artificial surfaces for footballers, and to encourage the development of artificial turf technology.

FIFA recognised the potential of artificial turf for the future of soccer because its resistance to weather and heavy use makes it an ideal alternative to natural grass. However, there are huge differences in quality between the various third-generation surface systems that are available on the market, which require exhaustive quality control.

Only artificial play surfaces that have been tested in the laboratory and the field in accordance with FIFA’s strict Quality Program testing criteria can obtain the certification.

FIFA has designated two categories, or seals of quality, for artificial turf depending on the needs of the players and the use to which the surfaces are intended:

FIFA QUALITY is primarily intended for amateur football at a beginner level and for practice, essentially in the public domain and is valid for three years.
FIFA QUALITY PRO is aimed at professional and high performance football and is valid for one year.
Before an artificial turf pitch can be approved, both the product and the final installation must undergo a series of tests. The certificate is granted only to an installed pitch. Only if an artificial turf pitch meets the requirements stipulated in the testing manual will it receive the seal and be classified as synthetic turf suitable for football.

The rigorous procedure, which includes a phase of laboratory tests and a final installation test, guarantees that synthetic turf meets the requirements of performance, safety, durability and quality. The two test phases focus on the following aspects:

• Interaction between the player and the playing surface
• Interaction between the ball and the playing surface
• Product composition
• Resistance to weather
• Strength of the seams
• Durability

 

Article originally published in AITEX review nº60, continue reading

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AITEX gains ENAC approval for anchoring devices for more than one user

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

The CEN / TS 16415: 2013 standard is a technical specification that establishes recommendations on requirements, test equipment, test methods, labelling and the information supplied by the manufacturer for anchoring devices intended to be used by more than one user simultaneously.

CEN / TS 16415: 2013 is not applicable to:

• Anchoring devices intended for a single user, which are covered by EN 795: 2012
• Anchoring devices used in sports or recreational activities
• Equipment designed according to EN 516 or EN 517
• Elements or parts of structures installed for a purpose other than anchoring devices or points
• Structural anchors

The aforementioned technical specification is very similar to “EN 795: 2012 Personal protective equipment against falls. Anchoring devices “. The main difference is that tests are performed with higher loads and under more severe requirements to demonstrate that anchoring devices intended for more than one user or multiple users will be able to withstand the weight, impact force and the shock of the fall prevention assembly in case of an accident.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) passing the test will comply with the test requirements established in the corresponding technical standards, which specify the characteristics and features that individual protection equipment must comply with.
AITEX has all the necessary technical and testing infrastructure to carry out all the tests required for the homologation of a PPE against falls from height, in compliance with European and American regulations in force.
The specially-designed equipment is described below.

• Fall Tower for the realisation of free fall or guided fall tests to reproduce the fall of an operator or climber from a certain height.
• High-capacity dynamometer for performing static tests to determine the behaviour of the system while subjected to a force.

Article originally published in AITEX review nº60, continue reading

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AITEX challenge 2019
HOW CAN WE IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE OF ATHLETES BY INCORPORATING TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY?
AITEX  wants to reward the most innovative ideas covered by the challenge

The objective is for students to propose new products and new functionalities in textile products that help improve the athlete’s experience (clothes and accessories).

What does “The experience of the athlete” mean? It is an amalgam of all the perceptions that the wearer has during sport. In this particular case, it includes the athlete’s sensations as they interact with textile garments or accessories (usability, design, comfort, etc.).

The competition is open to all 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th students of E.S.O. in the Valencian Community. The proposals will be presented in teams of between 2 and 4 participants.
The deadline for submission of entries is 03/20/2019.
Entries will be evaluated within the following criteria: quality of the submitted proposal, resolution of the proposed problem, innovative and technological design and the viability of the submitted proposal.

More information and registration at: https://www.aitex.es/retoaitex2019/

Documentation: (Spanish)

Bases del concurso

Anexo I: solicitud de inscripción

Anexo II: memoria técnica

Ejemplos textiles

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3rd Home Textiles Competition organised by the AITEX-UPV Chair

On November 8th, the presentation took place of the 3rd Edition of the Home Textiles Competition, organised by the AITEX-UPV Chair.

The event was used to present the Habitat Trends Handbook, to introduce students to trending styles in habitat.

Around a hundred students from the UPV and the Superior School of Design in Alcoy attended and were given the opportunity to participate in a WORKSHOP organised by AITEX technicians from the Habitat Trends Observatory working group (OTH) that developed the Habitat Trends Handbook 19/20.

The students organised themselves into groups to create and develop a moodboard inspired by trends, with different elements including fabric samples, illustrations, messages and colours to create a practical demonstration of the habitat trends presented at the event.

Presentación 3ª Edición Concurso Home textiles

More information:

Blog AITEX-UPV: http://catedraaitex.blogs.upv.es/

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Second BIOSEA project meeting

R+D PROJECT

The second BIOSEA project meeting was held at VLCI’s facilities in Amsterdam between the 24th and 25th of October 2018.

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The objective of the project is the development and improvement of profitable and sustainable methods for the industrial scale cultivation of selected species of macro and microalgae for the production and extraction of a minimum of 6 active components with a high added-value factor, to be used in industries such as cosmetics, food and animal feed.

It is expected that BIOSEA will contribute to the reduction of European dependence on the importation of raw materials, while reducing pressure on land resources and opening new niche markets and businesses.
Due to the research-based nature of the project, a strain of algae has been added to the project’s list of working biomasses, so the starting point of the BIOSEA process is summarised as follows:

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The following results have been obtained so far:

  • The optimisation of the cultivation process for the selected micro and macroalgae.
  • The extraction of active compounds: optimisation of the extraction process and the isolation of proteic, lipid and sugars fractions.
  • The evaluation of the practical viability of the proteins in food and cosmetic applications, lipids that provide additional functionalities to cosmetic formulations and sugars in cosmetic applications.
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This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program of the European Union under contract No. 745622.

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The development of Smart Textiles with integrated sensors and actuators for upholstery, interior decoration and contract furnishings

R+D PROJECT

Research in home automation focuses on improving the quality of life of users via the integration of various technologies. E-BRODER will develop smart textiles with high added-value factors using embroidery technology for home automation applications to sensorise environmental parameters, detect user gestures and provide power wirelessly, through textile articles.

There are now several wearable electronic systems available that enable functions to be developed, but the integration of these types of sensors in textiles, with applications for both the user’s own clothing and to other elements in their surroundings, is at a much lower level of development. The miniaturisation of electronic components and wireless communication allows the design of small, easy-to-hide sensors in textile articles, but as regards their integration into the fabrics themselves, only proof-of-concept work has been carried out. It is not about filling our homes with new devices, but rather that those we already use are smarter and easier to use; to use this intelligence and communication capability to perform daily tasks easier and adapt them more closely to our needs. Home automation must be friendly, easy to use, install and maintain, ubiquitous but discreet and respect our privacy 

The main objective of the E-BRODER project is to carry out research aimed at developing smart textiles with a high added-value factor using embroidery technology for home automation applications intended for use in the following textile sub-sectors: home textiles, upholstery, decoration and contract furnishing.

The e-BRODER project addresses the research and development of smart textiles using embroidery technology for home automation applications, including:

– Decoration fabrics such as curtains with the ability to sensorise environmental parameters in homes and offices.
– Upholstery fabrics that act as a sensor capable of detecting different hand gestures to interact with the home-automation system.
– Upholstery and decorative fabrics that incorporate embroidered induction elements to power the domotic textile articles or to charge a mobile phone.

The resulting prototypes of the project will be provided with a high added-value factor, using a highly-automated process that allows companies working in the sectors of home textiles, decoration, and upholstery and contract furnishings to increase their product portfolio, and therefore become more competitive.

This project has the support of the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and is co-financed by ERDF funds from the EU, within the ERDF Operational Program of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014 -2020. FILE: IMDEEA / 2018/108

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A FIA-approved organisation for the homologation of drivers’ clothing

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

It is very likely that anyone interested in the world of safety, and in particular safety clothing, often wonders what kind of clothing is worn by Formula 1 drivers: its attributes must include fireproof, antistatic and breathable performance.

It is widely known that the FIA “International Motor

Racing Federation” closely controls everything that surrounds the world of racing, in every country, at every track and within each club. With a classic style of government more akin to a nation state, The FIA, founded in 1904 and based in Paris, began with the main objective of providing governance and safety within the world of motorsports. It brings together 245 national motorsport and sports organisations from 143 countries on all five continents and its member clubs represent millio

ns of motorists and their families.

Within the complex governing framework of the FIA is the Homologation section, which is in charge of approving vehicles, helmets, fuel, etc. as well as all clothing and gloves. This is where AITEX comes into the frame, providing the full depth of its knowledge and experience in the treatment of textiles and the certification and homologation of clothing and gloves for any type of risk: particularly heat and flame, which are those that a Formula 1 racing driver may suffer to a greater degree.

To be part of the FIA, AITEX requested acceptance as a collaborating laboratory to perform technical tests according to FIA regulations for clothing and gloves, since product homologation is always issued by FIA. To this end, after a long process of documentation, regulatory studies and passing all of the FIA’s audits and controls at our facilities, we were awarded an FIA homologation number after the final audit, held on November 17, 2015, the date on which entry into the FIA was recorded.

Technical List No. 21 (available at www.fia.com) lists all the organisations accredited by FIA for the homologation of driver’s and mechanic’s clothing including gloves, according to the rules of FIA 8856-2000 Protective Clothing for automobile drivers, 8867-2016 Protective Clothing for mechanics and 8868-2018 Biometric Devices. The list is short, at only 11 organisations, AITEX being one.

Article published in AITEX Review nº60, continue Reading

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Presentation of the trends handbook 2019-2020 at “Fashion child”

AEI de la Infancia, in collaboration with ASEPRI and the technology institutes AIJU and AITEX have organised an event to take place on the 17th October in Alicante, at which the Trends Handbook 2019-2020, published by the childcare and children’s fashion sectors will be presented.

The Asociación de Empresas Innovadoras de la infancia (AEI de la Infancia) will present its first Children’s Fashion Trends Handbook, which is the result of the PROSPEINFANCIA 4.0 project: – Prospecting trends in children’s products and incorporating them into the manufacturing process using digital technology, which has been supported by the Ministry for Economy, Industry and Competitiveness with the participation of AITEX, ASEPRI, Tutto Piccolo and Paz Rodriguez.

The handbook provides management and product advisers with key data on market trends and innovations that will help them make informed decisions with regards to designing children’s fashion products.

Anyone using the handbook will gain insights into the why’s and wherefores of upcoming trends from a strategic perspective, enabling them to steer their own design projects more efficiently and innovatively.

Research and the analysis of innovations in product design, the sociocultural environment and the behaviour of the market were all crucial for profiling 5 key topics that will affect design trends in the coming seasons.

 

 

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