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R+D Projects

25th March 2021

In 2020, AITEX focused some of its research lines on advanced manufacturing, customisation and digitalisation, creating extremely interesting industrial results in the following lines:

  • Development of smart textiles for gamification
  • Development of smart textiles that monitor physiological and biological parameters

The Institute has worked on the research and development of the following projects:

GAMIFY – RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF SMART TEXTILES FOR GAMIFICATION

In recent years, mobile technology has transformed our lives and smartphones have evolved, leading to new technologies, including gamification.

In this sense, AITEX is working on the GAMIFY project to research and develop smart textiles for gamification. The results obtained during the project include the integration of sensors into knitted garments and textile pressure sensors.

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The sensorised fabrics monitor the user’s movements and activity which are then fed into a smartphone app that displays personalised information on how well the wearer is moving during training or rehabilitation.

In addition, pressure sensors have been developed into a touch panel with LEDs connected to the app for the rehabilitation of the arms, improving reflexes and arm mobility in athletes and the elderly.

BIENESMART 2- R&D OF SMART TEXTILES TO MONITOR PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETERS FOR ENHANCED WELLBEING

We are increasingly concerned about our health and technology can help mitigate this concern by collecting data to help make better decisions to improve well-being. The BIENESMART 2 project was designed to monitor people’s health by integrating sensors capable of collecting information on physiological and biological parameters in our clothing. Recent leaps in technology have enabled us to use smart textiles and wearable devices for remote and continuous monitoring.

Sensorised clothing simplifies the data collection of a range of variables, by monitoring vital signs and physical activity seamlessly and unobtrusively. All the information collected by the sensors is sent to a smartphone app for the wearer to view.

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These textile garments are designed to improve our health and wellbeing, but they also have other fields of application such as preventing sports injuries, improving performance and monitoring physical work. They can also be used in the workplace to monitor stress, ergonomics and worker wellbeing.

FILE: IMAMCI/2020/1

This project is supported by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

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R+D Projects

25th March 2021

In order to contribute to the circular economy, sustainability and ECO technologies, AITEX has focused research on the following lines:

  • Development of highly ecological materials
  • Evaluation of techniques to democratise recycling

BIOMATTER 2020 – SUSTAINABILITY APPLIED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOLUTIONS FOR THE HOME TEXTILE AND FASHION SECTORS

BIOMATTER 2020 has developed new highly sustainable products for the fashion and home textile industries.

Following the successful conclusion of the project, eco materials were produced that are suitable for the development of textile, household and fashion articles. In addition to being manufactured mainly with renewable and/or biodegradable materials, the fabrics provide all the flexibility, colour fastness and strength for making up on conventional sewing techniques, enhancing the possibilities they offer for designing quality personalised articles.

Research has focused on several technologies, mainly thermo-compression lamination and flexographic printing.

The results of the project have been compiled into a sample book which can be viewed at: https://www.aitex.es/portfolio/biomatter2020/

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FILE: IMAMCI/2020/1

This project is supported by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR THE REVALORISATION OF MULTI-COMPOSITION WASTE FROM THE FOOTWEAR, TOY AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES IN THE VALENCIAN REGION

The footwear, textile and toy industries are joining forces to find a sustainable solution to the huge volumes of multi-composition and multi-format waste they create during production and post-consumer phases. Despite its enormous potential for reuse, not all of this waste is being recycled and ends up in controlled landfill at best.

The project aligns with the circular economy model financed by IVACE, INESCOP, the Footwear Technological Centre, in collaboration with AITEX, the Textile Technological Institute, and AIJU, the Technological Institute of Children’s and Leisure Products launched CIRCULAR INDUSTRY – CV. It is a highly ambitious project that aims to create synergies between sectors by building a technological demonstration pilot plant that classifies and transforms the waste generated by these industries into raw materials, creating a circular economy business model with an intra and intersectoral application that will support a business fabric that is more resilient to future economic crises.

 

During the second phase of the project, the three technology centres will focus on evaluating the approaches that democratise recycling. The task is a complex one, since the starting point is a multitude of components: leather, textiles, plastics, metals, foams, rubbers, etc.

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INESCOP, AITEX and AIJU promote sustainable industry

This project is supported by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE and is co-financed by ERDF funds, within the Operational Programme of the Valencian Community 2014-2020 (EXPEDIENTE: IMIDEC/2019/19).

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R+D Projects

25th March 2021

The European Light Industries Innovation and Technology Project (ELIIT) was created with the aim of supporting the introduction of the latest technological advances from research centres, universities and technology companies in SMEs in traditional manufacturing sectors, to increase their competitiveness and support European assets in strategic value chains.

This is the context to the European Union launching ELIIT, coordinated by AITEX. ELIIT is a European cascade funding programme open to SMEs and will select 25 projects through two calls for proposals. The selected projects will receive the following benefits:

  • Financial support of €70,000
  • Participation in European congresses, conferences and trade fairs and the organisation of networking activities.
  • Training programme and personalised monitoring of each project by experts in different areas (market, entrepreneurship, technical advice, circular economy, finance, etc.).
  • Conferences with investors and business Angels

SECOND CALL NOW OPEN

The second call for applications opened on 25 January 2021, and closes at 17:00 on 14 April 2021. Submission of projects must follow the steps below:

  1. Register on the EMS platform, throught the website (ec.europa.eu/eliit). The platform is also a database where more than 450 European SMEs and technology providers have already registered.
  2. The technical proposal is submitted through this platform. To do so, the collaborative proposal template must be filled in with the details of the research centre, university or technology company together with an SME from the industry.

If you do not have a partner to submit your proposal with, you can search the platform or ask the ELIIT team for help by email: info@eliitproject.eu.

  • Pass the selection process, which will be carried out in two phases. In the first phase, eligible proposals will be evaluated according to the evaluation criteria, resulting in a short list of selected projects. In the second phase, the projects will be taken to final evaluation where international professionals on the Expert Committee will evaluate them and announce the finalists.
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ELIIT will select projects that
  • Demonstrate technology transfer from a technology partner (technology centre, university or company owning the technology) to an SME in the TCLF sectors. The technology transfer can be vertical (from a partner with a novel technology to an SME seeking further development/application in the same sector) or horizontal (from a partner with a technology currently applied/demonstrated in one sector – e.g. automotive – to an SME in the textile sector).
  • The technology to be transferred must be in a TRL7, i.e. there must be a validated prototype for industrial scalability.
  • The technology must be novel, even if it is already being used in other applications.
  • ELIIT seeks cooperation, so it is important that the proposal conveys this collaboration between an SME and technology provider.
  • Project duration will be 12 or 18 months.
  • The objective of the project can focus on both process and product improvement.

More information on these projects can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/eliit

ELIIT is funded by the European Union’s COSME programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.

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R+D Projects

16th of December 2020

Homemade mushrooms and mycelium, champignon. Mushrooms growing.
The European project MY-FY: Re-inventing the textile industry with advanced myco-fibres, has begun. The project focuses on creating non-wovens from mycelium fibres that will offer enhanced performance and a reduced environmental impact.

The European textile and fashion industry is facing many challenges that need to be overcome if it is to remain competitive on the world market. These challenges include reducing environmental impact, adapting to new trends demanded by consumers and global market competition with countries where social and environmental standards do not apply, and adapting to just-in-time production and design on demand.

AITEX is participating in the MY-FI project, by providing innovative solutions to the challenges of today’s market, developing a bio-based textile with advanced functionalities, sustainability and performance. The non-woven, created from mycelium fibres is obtained by fungal fermentation from specific waste, and boasts enhanced performance and reduced environmental impact compared to currently available commercial fibres.

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Project funded by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement No DLV -101000719.

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The environmental impact of the textile sector has become one of today’s most worrying issues, as it is the second most polluting industry on the planet. The high consumption of water and chemical products, its carbon footprint, dumping and the emission of microplastics are some of the critical aspects of the production process. Coupled with the enormous quantities of waste and the low recycling rate (only 1% is transformed into new garments) means that the development of sustainable strategies and business models are urgently needed.

In response to the needs and challenges that this change represents for the textile sector, AITEX has created a Technical Unit for Sustainability and Circular Economy that will work transversally along three lines of action: R+D, Laboratories and Training.

In R&D, AITEX has 37 experimental plants to work on the challenges posed by the circular economy at all stages of the textile life cycle, through the development of its own research projects or in collaboration with partners. The line covers everything from eco-design and environmentally friendly production processes, to the prevention of waste and recycling in the final phase of the textile production cycle. The development of new bio-fibres and bio-polymers, chemical and mechanical recycling processes, the revaluation of pre- and post-consumption waste, the use of auxiliary products of natural origin and research into eco-finishing processes are some of the fields in which R&D projects are currently being carried out.
AITEX’s laboratory facilities provide companies with infrastructure and laboratory equipment for the characterisation of products, quality control and certification, in compliance with international sustainability regulations and standards. Voluntary eco-labels or certifications in sustainability and traceability are an important transparency tool that provides consumers with information on the environmental impact of products when making purchasing decisions. AITEX is an accredited entity for the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) and Recycled Claim Standard (RSC) certifications that verify the content of recycled material in products as well as compliance with good environmental practices in processes.
Likewise, the Institute creates social and environmental value by promoting environmental education, innovation, efficiency and the generation of employment and a stronger industrial base. AITEX’s Training Division provides technical training in new sustainable techniques and low environmental impact textile processes through courses in collaboration with other leading institutions such as the UPV.
With the introduction of the Technical Unit, AITEX makes its capabilities and resources available to textile manufacturers to improve their position as environmentally sustainable companies and to generate business opportunities through the change to new circular models.
After an initial analysis of the sector’s needs, one of the actions that will be carried out in the short term is the creation of an Environmental Sustainability Guide for the Textile Sector; in which concepts, applicable regulations, available certifications, success cases and good practices will be clarified.
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The Workshop Contract “Creating ideas, applying trends” was held on the 2nd of December at ATEVAL in Ontinyent.

The workshop was a more personal way for a small group to get hands on experience with the trends discussed in the case study “Tendencias HORECA-RETAIL” in order to learn new approaches to working on the development of new product ideas.
During the workshop, the students worked on two practical cases which they presented as a group at the end of the day in the form of panels displaying current trends.
The case study is just one of the results of the VALHABITAT 2019 project, which is funded by the Consellería de Economía Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana through IVACE and developed at AITEX by the Fashion and Design Research Group. Some of the stages of the case study have been supported by the Habitat Trends Observatory (HTO), created by AITEX, AIDIMME and ITC.
During 2019, research has focused mainly on public spaces, more specifically on HORECA (Hotels, restaurants and cafés) and retail, bearing in mind that these sectors are strategic markets for the ceramics, lighting, furniture and textile industries.
The research project resulted in the creation of a digital case study which will soon be published at: http://tendenciashabitat.com/.
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On the 7th November, the technology platform for manufacturing industries (PLATECMA), organised a workshop on product personalisation at the offices of SUAVINEX. The day’s goal was to analyse product personalisation from the viewpoint of manufacturing industries including ceramics, toys, metalwork, textile and woodworking, etc.

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Various companies and experts on the subject met to talk about the importance of personalisation in today’s industry. The concept has formed part of the strategy of many manufacturers for the past 30 years or more and is now almost a prerequisite for the modern consumer. Personalisation is a key aspect of differentiation as it is influential in the consumer’s purchasing decision.

However, manufacturers need to remain competitive in today’s global environment and so personalisation must go hand in hand with Industry 4.0. Technology is providing manufacturers with the chance to offer personalised processes in line with market demands, without losing sight of the need to be technically and economically viable, as personalisation may be accompanied by increased costs.

The workshop was attended by more than fifty organisations including the State Agency for Research (AEI) and Royo Group, which is currently presiding over the platform.

Suavinex, Acrata cerámica, Unisa, Micuna and Ecus Sleep were on the roundtable, which was moderated by the journalist Miquel Hernandis. During the debate, companies had the opportunity to talk of their experiences with the personalisation of products and services and talked about the difficulties and hurdles they had to overcome.

The FORO TRANSFIERE event was also presented (for more details, visit https://transfiere.fycma.com). This is the only event in Spain that supports technology transfer between the public and private sectors.

Additionally, the CEO of Sisteplant, Ana Santiago, gave an overview of the current and future state of the private sector as regards personalisation and its links with Industry 4.0, highlighting the importance of technology to industry and the need to maintain a focused approach to its implementation.

The workshop was rounded off by a tour of the facilities at SUAVINEX during which attendees had the opportunity to see the company’s manufacturing process and how it has successfully integrated personalisation as part of the company strategy.

Vist Platecma’s website to view full documentation and a presentation of the workshop, as well as other industry and manufacturing news: (http://www.platecma.com/).

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R+D PROJECTS

20th November 2019

Optimized-EBRODER
The introduction of new Information Technology and Industry 4.0 in the textile and garment industries is growing year by year, yet despite this growth it is still difficult for the consumer to find wearables and smart textiles on the high street. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the use of automated machinery and IT tools in smart textile manufacturing is still limited.
A smart (or domotic) environment is one that is able to learn from its inhabitants and the surroundings and adapt to them. This definition not only supposes the ability to gather data on the surroundings and inhabitants and act accordingly, but that the environment itself is able to infer appropriate strategies based on observation and a knowledge of the inhabitant’s preferences.
Research in domotics focuses on enhancing the user’s quality of life by employing a range of integrated technologies to provide new services or enhance those already available.

 

The E-BRODER II project is researching and developing smart textiles using embroidery technology to create domotic applications and the project’s second year has concentrated on continuing the three ongoing lines of research to achieve better performance.

[+] Information on E-broder II

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R+D PROJECTS

22nd November 2019

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R+D at the service of the textile industry to create and transfer value-added factors.

High added-value solutions for emerging strategic markets. AITEX concentrates its research efforts on the following fields:

  • Functional textile products for health, sport and personal protection
  • Textile solutions for environmental and human protection
  • Textile solutions for construction and habitat; energy efficiency and smart interior design
  • Textile solutions for transport systems; lighter, cleaner, safer
  • Personalised, functional fashion products.

AITEX is working on R+D for the following projects:

OPTI-ACE

The principal goal of OPTI-ACE is to integrate optical sensors into fabrics for use in the manufacture of sports clothing and articles that can harvest and process performance data to evaluate and enhance the player’s performance.

[+] Information on  OPTI-ACE

GREENFILS

The GREENFILS project has developed flat ribbons of PLA and PHB with two goals in mind: firstly, to study the effect of certain variables – the temperature of the cooling bath, godet speed, stretch ratio, post treatments, the presence of a nucleating agent in the polymer and the time after extrusion – on the material’s mechanical properties.  Secondly, a compostability study of the two biomaterials with respect to ISO 20200:2015.

[+] Information on GREENFILS

TECOS

The TeCos project studies the evolution of thermoplastic composite technology by incorporating new production processes. The resulting developments will be implemented through four work packages in which the use of recycled carbon fibre (rCF) plays an important role.

[+] Information on TeCoS


These projects are funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

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R+D PROJECTS

29th October 2019

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R+D at the service of the textile industry, creating and transferring value.

Added-value solutions for growing strategic markets. AITEX is focusing its research on the following areas:

  • Textile-based functional products for Health, Sports and Personal Protection.
  • Textiles to protect and provide solutions for the natural world and society.
  • Textile solutions for construction and habitat; energy efficiency and smart interior design.
  • Textile solutions for transport systems; lighter, cleaner and safer
  • Custom-made functional fashion articles

AITEX is working on the research and development of the following projects:

DENTALTEX II

The main objective of year two of DENTALTEX II is to create a prototype consisting of a micro-porous central core, covered by different nanofibre veils additivated with drugs for periodontal treatment.

[+] for more information onDENTALTEX II

FUNDETEX

The main objective of the FUNDETEX project is to develop detergent and softener formulations that provide functional properties to the skin that are beneficial for the user’s health, through research into additives and liquid and solid functional compounds of interest (mosquito-repellent, moisturising, anti-cellulite, etc.). In addition, studies will determine how effective the transfer of the properties of the detergent or softener to the user is, when in contact with the washed clothes and fabrics.

[+] for more information on FUNDETEX

BIENESMART

The core objective of  BIENESMART is the development of textile solutions that monitor vital signs and physiological and biological parameters for the improvement of people’s well-being.

[+] for more information on BIENESMART

STAR

The objective of the STAR project is the research and development of smart textiles for architecture and construction that allow users to interact with technological, sustainable and creative infrastructures that enhance their quality of life.

[+] for more information on STAR

 

These projects are funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

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