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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

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Technical Textiles Gaining Ground in 2018

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According to a report from Textile World, 2018 State of the U.S. Technical Textiles Industry, the outlook for technical textiles is healthy as the U.S. enters the ninth year of economic recovery following the recession. Manufacturers are using this opportunity to develop innovative solutions to the problems facing healthcare and other industries by introducing new technical textiles.

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USP Class VI Silicone is Independently Certified for Biocompatibility

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Medical devices need materials that are safe for direct or indirect patient contact. SSP-2390 is an FDA USP Class VI silicone that meets the most stringent requirements for biocompatibility and has received a certificate of compliance from a leading laboratory.       

    

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Vision for the Future: Smart Contact Lenses

 

 

Researchers are working to develop and fabricate soft, smart contact lenses by combining recent advances in wearable electronics with wireless communications. Their vision is to create a smart contact lens which is capable of monitoring the physiological information of the eye and tear fluid, to provide real-time, non-invasive medical diagnostics.

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Electrospun Nanofibers Take Technical Textiles to a New Level

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"Smart" devices, appliances, glasses, watches, clothing and numerous other items have flooded the market in recent years. The global market for the smart clothing sector alone is expected to reach $2 billion by the end of this year. One of the reasons for the technological strides is the advances in technical textiles. Smart fabrics must be able to conduct electricity, as well as be flexible, breathable and comfortable for the wearer. Those specs have proven difficult until recently. A group of international researchers tested the use of polymer nanofiber composite nonwovens that were produced through the process of electrospinning. Their research yielded a bendable and breathable fabric with metal-like electrical conductivity. While electrospinning has been used to manufacture nonwovens for many years, its application to smart clothing is revolutionizing this new technology.

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EMI Silicones for Sealing and Shielding in Medical Devices and Equipment

 

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Medical gaskets that are made of particle-filled silicones provide electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding and environmental sealing. Silicone, an inert elastomer, offers thermal stability over a wide temperature range and resists water, ozone, and sunlight. When filled with metal or metal-coated particles, silicone compounds can also conduct electricity and resist EMI.

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