The Textile Technology Institute AITEX wishes to inform about a Call for Expression of Interest for laboratories to participate in the Inter-laboratory initiative with the aim of preparing “Technical guidelines for EU textile laboratories” proposed in the framework of the Call for Tenders – Technical Guidelines for EU Textile Laboratories initiated by the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
In order to reduce the risk of a patient suffering an embolism during treatment for a stroke or heart attack, the STENT-NET project proposes a new approach based on the implantation of a bioabsorbable mesh with slow-release capability to safely deliver the correct dose of a post-operative drug.
The overall goal which the project seeks to achieve is the development of a functional prototype stent with a coating of a biodegradable nanofibre mesh which can release post-operative drugs. The successfully developed prototype must possess the following properties:
- Maintain the mechanical properties of the stent and its re-crossing ability.
- Slow release of pharmaceuticals to prevent restenosis and thrombosis (anti-proliferative drugs from the limus family).
- Maintain blood flow through the side vessels which may be covered by the stent.
- It must be bioabsorbable.
- Prevent the risk of embolisation.
In order to successfully achieve the project’s objectives, the stent will be developed using electrospinning technology which allows the creation of a polymer nanofibre veil by applying a high electrical current to a precursor polymer solution which can easily be additivated with the proposed limus pharmaceuticals. The ultimate goal is to develop a new stent based on those which are already commercially available and which incorporates a coating of biodegradable nanofibres strong enough to withstand the mechanical requirements, release drugs and prevent the risk of embolisation after implantation.
The project is funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and co-funded by the EU ERDF within the ERDF Operational Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020. FILE: IMDEEA/2017/35
The technological advances taking place within the textile industry are closely linked to the digital transformation taking place in general. The DIGITALIZA-T project identifies, assesses and supports a whole range of specific and personalised initiatives designed to ensure that the necessary skills required by the textile industry are developed and adapted to its needs.
The general objective of AITEX’s DIGITALIZA-T project is to identify, assess and support a range of initiatives aimed at Valencian manufacturers with respect to digitalisation and Industry 4.0 in the textile industry.
In order to achieve the final objective, a series of milestones have been established that will define AITEX’s technological capability and help overcome the difficulties mentioned earlier (lack of knowledge of the technologies involved, lack of Industry 4.0 skills and insufficient technological supply, etc.). The project’s specific objectives are: to ensure that the concept of Industry 4.0 and its associated technologies are well understood and that the necessary skills are appropriately developed.
It is vital that manufacturers within the sector are aware of the opportunities presented by digital transformation and of the need to implement the technologies, if they are to enhance their competitive position. It is also fundamental that basic skills and the talent required to implement and use the technologies are developed.
- Promoting collaboration between companies in a range of industrial sectors, technology providers, research centres and others to drive the development of Industry 4.0 solutions and adapt it to the needs of the textile industry.
- Promoting the appropriate actions to introduce Industry 4.0 to the textile industry. The goal is to offset the difficulties faced by textile companies who are undertaking digital transformation.
The project is funded by Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE, and co-funded by the EU’s ERDF within the Programa Operativo FEDER de la Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020. FILE: IMDEEA/2017/12
ANTECUIR, S.L., in collaboration with AITEX, has developed an R+D project, funded by the CDTI to create a range of next-generation products aimed at improving the performance of upholstery fabrics which comply with the most stringent European standards for intentional burning, slashing and vandalism.
Upholstery fabrics used in public spaces, buildings, buses, hotels and trains are exposed to situations which compromise their durability, as well as representing a significant cost for local authorities and private enterprises. They get dirtier and deteriorate more quickly due to intense use and are damaged by vandals.
In order to minimise accumulation of dirt, a few years ago ANTECUIR, S.L. undertook a research project which resulted in the company’s AQUACLEAN technology. However, damage and tears are problems which have yet to be successfully tackled: current solutions are rigid finishes which are only suitable for specific upholstery fabrics and more flexible treatments are only partially effective. The level of protection afforded the fabric is inversely proportional to the flexibility and comfort of the seating it is applied to.
Existing solutions have sought to find a balance between comfort and safety by employing a three-layer structure:
- External layer: this is the fabric itself, providing appearance, feel and durability but fades over time.
- Intermediate layer: normally includes a non-woven fabric or foam which works in two ways; on the one hand by providing fireproofing to the three-layer structure and on the other by preventing the user from detecting the presence of the final layer which is the vandal-proof component. This is normally metal and differences in densities lead to protrusions underneath the fabric, which are unsightly and uncomfortable without the use of an intermediate foam layer.
- Internal layer: woven metal mesh which provides the vandal-proof element by preventing the sideways movement of a blade, known as rip-stop.
ECUS SLEEP S.L., with the collaboration of AITEX, has developed a new smart sleep system to improve sleep quality. The system comprises a sensorised mattress cover for infants and adults and a functional pillow, both equipped with a sleep monitoring app.
The objective was to research and develop a sensorised rest system to monitor the sleep patterns of the elderly and infants. Prototype infant and adult mattresses were developed which incorporate a sensorised cover, foam, electronics and app., additionally, a smart pillow was developed with a core, electronics and a control app.
The core goal was divided into milestones:
- From a scientific perspective, the goal focuses on researching sleep behaviour of the very young and the elderly. The project collates and transmits data on the user to the observer.
- Technologically, the objective focused on using sensorisation to monitor each of the parameters of interest such as perspiration, temperature, moisture and pressure,
- From the perspective of health and wellbeing, the goal was to design the system architecture so the unit can notify the user of risks as they arise, optimising the signal received and the data it provides. Data exchange is wireless, eliminating the need for uncomfortable wires and components which may pose a risk to the user.
- Commercially, work has centred on the creation of an innovative product line of sleep textiles for infants and the elderly, with a series of properties designed to improve sleep quality to allow ECUS to capture a niche market.
Creativity is the ability to create something new combining information, perceptions and materials to produce something new and useful. In sectors such as footwear and accessories, decoration and interior design the use of manufacturing materials is fundamental. Traditional methods are being replaced by innovative solutions which enable the manufacturer to respond to the needs of the moment and provide a product which is adapted to the market needs.
• Footwear and leather goods
• Accessories (bags, belts, luggage, etc.)
• Attractive sustainable laminates and coatings
• Luminescent product
The European Project RESET (2016 – 2021), financed by ERDF funds through the INTERREG EUROPE call and in which AITEX participates has completed its first year and is already showing results.
RESET aims to create a change in the implementation of the policies and programmes of Structural Funds (in line with what was established in RIS3-CV and ERDF 2014-2020 in the Valencian Region) as they relate to the strengthening of research, technological development and innovation in associated regions. This will be achieved by:
- Identifying and disseminating best practices in several key areas.
- Creating principal actor groups (stakeholders) in each area.
- Exchanging technical and research staff between participating countries.
- Driving and supporting public-sector capacities (IVACE/ Conselleria), which favour environmental, economic, ethical and social aspects related to textile R+D and production.
The project is financed through ERDF through the Call INTERREG EUROPE “Sharing solutions to improve regional policies”.
More information: http://www.interregeurope.eu/reset/
Industry is at the doors of a new revolution known as Industry 4.0. The virtual and real worlds are combining to transform the traditional industrial processes and improve productivity and turning manufacturing companies into highly-competitive smart work places.
AITEX’s “Industria 4.0 Textil” initiative was created out of the need to reduce the effect of these obstacles to digital transformation. The aim is to create the most favourable environment possible for the adoption of digital technology by Valencian textile companies.
AITEX is a partner in the SmartLife project, a European project funded by the EC through the H2020 Programme within topic ICT-24-2016.
AITEX organizes the kick-off meeting of the H2020 BBI-JU BIOSEA project, in its facilities in Alcoy, 21-22/06/2017, which is aimed at validating and scaling-up a complete production process of active ingredients obtention from algal biomass.
AITEX coordinates the BIOSEA project consortium and participates in the technical work package of evaluation of active principles and new products formulation, through different encapsulation processes, as: Spray Drying, Coacervation, Co-extrusion/gelling, Interfacial polymerization, Liposomes and High pressure supercritical CO2.