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CPI Works is collaborating with Pireta to support the development of next generatio

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is collaborating on a project to support the development of next generation smart clothing. Working with Pireta Limited, CPI is using its industry expertise in the printed electronics sector to aid scale-up of wearable technology in textiles. The technology metallises individual fibres on fabrics in selective patterns, without changing its physical and mechanical properties. This enables wearable electronics to be more discreet, as the electrodes are integrated into the fabric itself and therefore more conformal.

CPI, with its expertise in hybrid and stretchable electronics, is supporting Pireta’s work on a unique process to make durable, flexible interconnecting electrodes that avoid changing fabric feel and performance. Using CPI’s state-of-the-art equipment, the project, known as TexAnn, aims to significantly reduce existing manufacturing timescales, while optimising electrode pattern resolution, to demonstrate the commercial viability of Pireta’s technology. Pireta’s patent pending technology has the potential to enable truly wearable smart electronic systems through the attachment of copper within textile yarns. Employing proven aqueous processes and commercially-available chemistries, Pireta has a track-record of consistently producing highly-conductive, robust and complex circuit demonstrators on a variety of textiles with resistance, a conductor that does not crack, and a textile that maintains flexibility and breathability and performance when washed or stretched.

Chris Hunt, Pireta Founder and Chief Technology Officer, added: “Our partners operate across diverse markets including Healthcare, Food & Agriculture, FMCG, Electronics, Energy, Transportation and Construction. CPI is able to support such a broad-base of industries through our unique innovation processes, together with our diverse and expanding platform of technological expertise.”

Sean Bolton, Project Manager at CPI, said: “Pireta technology will potentially unlock many of the current restrictions in the development of smart textiles and wearables. Enabling this technology will add significant impact to smart textiles and wearable electronics, especially when there is an increased demand in this area from multiple industries.”

CPI offers open access capability for the scale up and commercialisation of new, innovative printed electronic products and applications. On the other hand, Pireta has developed a unique additive process that adds conductivity to fabrics at any stage – from yarn through to completed garment. Pireta’s process ensures best-in-class conductivity with no impact on garment performance, drape or handle. •

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