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R+D PROJECTS

28th October 2019

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Good health is a vital aspect of modern life, but keeping healthy and improving our quality of life requires care. Certain aspects, both for the prevention of diseases and their treatment, must be taken into account.

The TPTex Project aims to improve the Quality of life in two specific sectors:

  • Women suffering from pathologies caused by the accumulation of lymph or fat in the lower leg, such as lymphedema and lipedema.
  • Athletes who require recovery assistance for muscle and body fatigue after long-distance races or strenuous exercise.

The project aims to help improve health through the relationship between the textile sector and physical activity.

Lipedema is a disease that affects between 10 and 16% of the population and was recognised as a disease by the World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2018.

The development of new textile solutions (their structure, materials and properties) is particularly relevant. A market study into pathologies discovered that a bespoke compression garment may cost as much as 300 euros, which many people cannot afford, and must be replaced approximately every 5 months when in daily use. The project aims to collaborate with external services and partners to create ideal garments for sports.

TPTex focuses on preventing injuries and improving health, by researching the use of textile applications for compression garments used during sport and physical activity. The project has two main lines of action:

  • Compressive textile substrates for the improvement of pathologies of the lower limb, caused by the accumulation of fat (lipedema) or lymph (lymphedema).
  • Compressive textile substrates for the improvement of muscle and body function after long-distance running that take the body to its limits.

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LA PERSONALIZACIÓN DE PRODUCTO COMO UNA DE LAS CLAVES DE LA DIFERENCIACIÓN

El proceso de compra, en el que consumidor toma toda una serie de decisiones que conducen a la adquisición de un bien de cualquier tipo. Este proceso es complejo y está condicionado por toda una serie de factores ampliamente estudiados por los expertos en marketing. En este sentido, existe consenso al afirmar que la personalización del producto es una estrategia de marketing fundamental, a través de la cual la empresa es capaz de ofrecer al consumidor aquello que realmente, y de manera inequívoca, está buscando. Y esto es así porque a todo consumidor prefiere adquirir productos que sean únicos, que reflejen su personalidad, que trasmitan su ideales o preferencias. En determinadas circunstancias, incluso, la personalización de un producto se da porque este producto va a ser objeto de un regalo a un tercero o porque, simplemente, el consumidor se divierte haciendo valer esta posibilidad de personalización del artículo. En definitiva, la personalización va ligada a una mayor satisfacción de compra y una fidelización del cliente por una marca/empresa.

ORIGEN Y FUNDAMENTOS

Esto, obviamente, no son unas premisas totalmente rupturistas o innovadoras desde el punto de vista de la gestión empresarial. En concreto, el concepto específico de la mass customization cuenta con una trayectoria y experiencias de más de 30 años. Este término, acuñado por Stan Davis (Future Perfect, 1987), es definido como un sistema que permite acercar a la empresa los intereses de sus clientes y atender de manera más rápida y completa sus necesidades o exigencias. En otras palabras, supone fabricar y prestar servicios para hacer frente a las demandas del mercado, adaptando los productos y servicios a las necesidades del consumidor.

Starbucks comenzó con esta práctica. Coca Cola (después han venido otras marcas) lanzó una campaña para personalizar las latas con los nombres más comunes de los españoles con la que quiso rendir homenaje a los consumidores a través de sus envases.

¿Cómo implementar la personalización de producto en mi organización?

Como en otros órdenes de la estrategia empresarial, cada organización, cada unidad de negocio, o cada línea de producto, precisa de acometer un análisis detallado y específico de su cadena de valor, sus capacidades, limitaciones, etc. En términos generales, se pueda afirmar que, al menos, se requieren estrategias concretas focalizadas en el cliente, con un fuerte componente de I+D+i, teniendo en cuenta las capacidades productivas, el sistema logístico, la sostenibilidad y la viabilidad técnico-económica del proyecto en sí mismo.

La personalización en la Industria 4.0 y sus ventajas competitivas inherentes

Por lo expuesto, la personalización abrió hace 30 años una nueva ventana de oportunidades a la industria, y gracias al conjunto de tecnologías que dan forma a la conocida como Industria 4.0, actualmente se da un entorno favorable y muy accesible para que las pymes para puedan acceder a todas las ventajas que sus planteamientos otorgan. En esencia, asistimos a un momento inmejorable para configurar soluciones a medida muy diversas, sin un aumento significativo de los costos, siendo este componente de la personalización, en la mayoría de los casos, impulsor de ventajas competitivas estratégicas con un importante retorno económico.

 

PLATECMA, la Plataforma Tecnológica de Sectores Manufactureros, organiza la Jornada “PERSONALIZACIÓN DE PRODUCTO: LA CLAVE DE LA DIFERENCIACIÓN” el próximo día 7 de noviembre, en la que se abordará esta temática. En el siguiente enlace encontrarán más información acerca del evento y cómo inscribirse.

El objetivo es analizar la personalización de producto desde el punto de vista de los sectores manufactureros como el cerámico, el juguetero, el textil, el de metal, la madera, etc.

Dicha Jornada se celebrará en las instalaciones de la empresa SUAVINEX S.A. (Polígono Industrial las Atalayas Calle del Marco, parcela R88, 03114 Alicante), que formará parte de la mesa redonda y al cierre de la jornada se realizará una visita guiada a las instalaciones de la empresa.

 

ARTÍCULO PULICADO EN EL ÚLTIMA EDICIÓN DE LA REVISTA DE AITEX: más información

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R & D PROJECTS

AITEX participates in the 4rd meeting of the European project VESTLIFE (Ultralight modular bullet proof integral solution for dismounted soldier protection) in De Lier (Holanda). where the first results of the research line for ballistic protection have been presented. The European Defense Agency (EDA) Project Officer, representatives of the Spanish, Portuguese and Finnish Armies as well as the different centers and companies from Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Finland partners of this project coordinated by AITEX have participated in the meeting.

The goal of VESTLIFE is to develop a new lightweight, modular ballistic protection system with integral NBCR detection capability. The clothing will provide a wider range of cover while maintaining comfort as well as lighter ballistic panels, ensuring optimum balance between protection and comfort by adapting the protective surface to mission-specific requirements.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Preparatory Action on Defence Research under grant agreement No PADR FPSS-01-2017- GA 800876”. This publication reflects only the author’s view and the EDA and the EC are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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R+D PROJECTS

12th September 2019

FLEXITEX

To meet demands for new high-performance functionalised materials, AITEX is focusing its attention on the following fields of research:
§  High-performance technical fibres and yarns

§  New 3D textile structures

§  Multifunctional textile surfaces and their processing technologies (technical finishes)

§  Smart, functionalised structures; «e-textiles» and «smart wearable systems».

In this respect, AITEX is carrying out R+D of the following projects:

INNFORMULATION

The core objective of the  INNFORMULATION project is to research new ingredients and formulations to respond to the requirements of the cosmetics industry for safe, natural products that are innovative and efficiency-enhanced.
There are two broad objectives:
*  To study new preservative systems using natural products
*  To develop biomemetic systems for the efficient delivery of active compounds.

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ADVANCED CONTROLLED-RELEASE

The LIBERACIÓN AVANZADA project is studying how to protect vitamins and probiotics to enhance their stability and efficacy in a cosmetic formulation.

The expected results will include the creation of solutions to improve the efficacy of vitamins and probiotics using advanced controlled-release technologies.

[+] More information about LIBERACIÓN AVANZADA

FLEXITEX II

The FLEXITEX II project focuses on the research and development of sensorised fabrics by printing flexible circuits onto flexible fabric backings.

The project will study printing multi-layer applications using dyes made from conducting, dielectric and resistive materials to create a range of sensors.

[+] Información del Proyecto FLEXITEX II

LIGHTCOMP 2019

The LIGHTCOMP project is studying how to develop low-weight, functional composites for the transport industry. The project will specifically focus on the development of high added-value solutions for the car industry.

[+] More information about LIGHTCOMP 2019

 

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

 

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R+D PROJECTS

13th September 2019

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Consumers now demand more responsible use of resources and clothing that is more environmentally friendly. The trend is pushing manufacturers to use sustainable finishes and develop fabrics and garments that are free from chemicals and made from renewable materials, in an effort to save energy and reduce waste.  

The ECO ACABADOS project is researching a range of ECO technologies to develop new clothing and interior decoration fabrics to demonstrate and evaluate the advantages offered by sustainable finishes.

The expected results include completing research into the range of possibilities offered by eco technologies in the pre and post-dyeing stages using natural dyes. This will also involve the development of prototypes made from different textiles, dyed with natural dyes, some of which will be pre-treated with different sustainable technologies and others treated afterwards.A comparative study will be undertaken of the different sustainable finishing technologies available that offer real and tangible benefits, both in terms of sustainability and cost effectiveness.

The successful completion of the ECO ACABADOS project will see the development of new applications of interest to the interior design and clothing industries.

This project is funded by la 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 framework of the ERDF Programme of the Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.

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R+D PROJECTS

10th September 2019

Carpet.
The need to create more sustainable and environmentally friendly textiles for the home and fashion has encouraged AITEX to focus its research on R+D projects in these two markets.
The Institute is working on the research and development of the following projects:

BULKY

The general objective of the  BULKY project is to enhance and optimise the physical properties (brightness, softness and resilience) of recycled polypropylene, polyamide and polyester multifilaments from renewable bio-based sources (PLA, PBT, PA1010, etc.) for use in Bulk Continuous Filament (BCF) technology in carpet manufacturing.
The successful outcome of this project will enable AITEX to create environmentally friendly filaments with improved mechanical properties of brightness, resilience and softness to replace commercially available PP, PA and acrylic fibres used in BCF.
In addition, the project will develop a range of consumer prototypes, such as components for carpets, outdoor fabrics, automotive fabrics, filtration, etc.


This project is funded by la Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE, and co-funded through the EU’s ERDF within the ERDF programme of Comunitat Valenciana 2014-2020.

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BIOMATTER 2019

The core goal of the BIOMATTER 2019 project is the development of new highly sustainable products for the fashion and home textile industries.

As a result of the research carried out in this project, upholstery prototypes using sustainable imitation leather materials such as purses and belts and prototypes of clothing, non-woven fabrics and laminated solutions with a pleasing, functional finish will be developed.

 

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

[+] For more information on the BIOMATTER 2019

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Innovative technical textiles, developed from natural fibre for use in the home.

The core goal of the NABITEX project is to promote the cultivation, transformation and subsequent application of natural fibres from the SUDOE region (South of France, Spain and Portugal). In this respect, the focus has been on the investigation of the process of obtaining plant fibre from species such as hemp, esparto and common cane. Technical applications with a high added-value factor are being studied in the habitat and construction sectors for materials derived from these plant fibres.

Currently, the project is at a very early stage and consists of the development of an exhaustive study into the possibilities of growing hemp and esparto, and extracting the fibre.

 

Any technical and legal requirements have also been identified which may affect developments using these types of fibre.

Work has also begun on improving the fire resistance of textiles and composites derived from hemp and esparto fibre.

More information:  http://nabitex.eu/

Project financiated with (FEDER)

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Anticipating the industry’s needs for technical skills and promoting cooperation between industry and professional training is considered one of the critical spheres of activity to be undertaken in the coming years. With regard to the fashion sector, this cooperation will ensure that the industry remains competitive, and is driven by growth and employment.

The CosTUmE project, in which AITEX participates, aims to create an attractive new qualification in the profile of garment technician with EU recognition (PT, ES, RO), taking into account the background, and in line with the European Skills Agenda. The aim is to strengthen vocational training qualifications (VTQ), by providing the necessary skills for the textile and clothing industry, including technical and home textiles, sustainability, the introduction of new materials and industry 4.0. It also aims to facilitate the mobility and employability of the target group in Europe.

The project’s objectives focus on:

  • Employers in the textile and clothing industry
  • Vocational training centres
  • Social associations and textile and clothing associations
  • National vocational training regulators
  • Sector agents
  • VT Professionals

To achieve this objective, the CosTUmE project will develop:
1. A route map of qualifications and good practices in work-based learning for the textile and clothing sector.
2. Definition of the profile and qualification of the clothing and fashion technician
3. ECVET matrix that defines educational levels in the European Qualifications Framework
4. Tutorial guide for mobility in Europe
5. Teacher training for the profile and qualification in clothing technician

The project aims to address the imbalance in existing skills between the supply of skilled employees and the demand of the textile and clothing sector, while increasing the interest among young people to enrol in technical courses and at the same time to motivate employees to update their knowledge and skills base. The overall objective is to promote internal support mechanisms for workers who wish to update their qualifications, while promoting European mobility and applying this new academic profile for validation and recognition in Romania, Spain and Portugal.

The CosTUmE project is led by CITEVE and involves other institutions, technological centres and European textile organisations such as MODATEX, ATP, INOVA +, AITEX, ASECOM, INCDTP and ASTRICONE.

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The VESTLIFE project is a research project at a European level funded by the Preparatory Action in Defence Research of the European Union (GA No 800876), managed by the European Defence Agency within the framework of the call “Force protection and advanced soldier systems beyond current programs ” from 2017. The project started on May 01, 2018 and lasts 36 months.

The project is led by AITEX (Spain) and includes the participation of six partners from five different countries: TECNALIA (Spain); BRAPA CONSULTING (The Netherlands); CITEVE (Portugal); PETROCERAMICS (Italy) and FY-COMPOSITES (Finland).

The project’s technical aspects reside in the development of lighter, modular ballistic protection components. This includes the possibility of increasing the protected area without compromising comfort, by tailoring the protection requirement to the different areas of the body, adapting it to a mission’s level of risk and depending on the importance of where the projectile impacts the soldier’s body.

In addition, embedded NBC sensors will detect possible risks in this regard, in addition to developing a predictive mathematical model of the possible risks expected in the different scenarios that the Armed Forces may find themselves operating in.

After more than a year, the scenarios have been defined and requirements established, both in terms of ballistics, complying with international testing standards, and comfort, by collecting first-hand information from soldiers. Ballistic protection is provided through the development of composite auxetic materials and three-dimensional textiles that complement the more traditional materials.

More information: http://vestlife-project.eu/

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R+D PROJECTS

17 de junio de 2019

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The circular economy is a system that reduces, reuses and recycles material to reduce both the entry of raw materials and the production of virgin waste, closing the “loops” and the flow of economic and ecological resources. The search for waste revaluation strategies from different Valencian industrial sectors is vital for the establishment of a circular economy model.

The CIRCLE project focuses on the research of waste revaluation strategies of different Valencian industrial sectors to establish a circular economy model. This way of working is becoming more widespread globally. The first year of the project has seen the development of a knowledge map related to the generation of non-hazardous waste derived from industrial activity in the Valencian Community and its potential for use in the different sectors in the region.

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-funded by the EU’s ERDF funds, within the ERDF Operational Program of the Valencian Community 2014-2020.

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