Amann: Insight into the future of yarn

Insight into the future of yarn


With its smart yarns, the Amann Group, Bönnigheim/Germany, provides textile solutions for areas of application that go well beyond sewing and embroidery threads.

At the Texprocess 2019, the thread specialist will present its innovative responses to the challenges of the future. They ensure a secure hold, replace plastic components or take on safety-relevant tasks: threads are an essential part of ultra-modern technological products for a wide variety of industries and do far more than just perform their traditional functions in seams.
The application areas of conductive threads are wide-ranging. They can transfer electricity and data and thus provide information about the stress on components, temperature or humidity. Embroidered on car seats as touch switches or incorporated into the sole of a shoe, these intelligent threads could replace raw material-intensive plastic switches and cables. This not only makes them significantly more environmentally friendly; they are also easy to process and more pleasant to grasp or wear.
Conductive threads can also offer advantages in medical technology: as an essential component of pain relief belts, the use of the conductive thread Silver-tech enables electrical impulses to be transmitted to the nerve endings, which has a positive effect on the patient's pain memory. Besides new fields of application, various processing methods also play an important role. Threads are now no longer only sewn or embroidered – the conductive Steel-tech thread, for example, can be integrated directly into the fabric and takes on the role of an RFID antenna, recording the number of wash cycles of an item of clothing, for example. Conductive threads can also be suitable as pressure sensors that are used in composite material recording stress data.
Not only can intelligent threads replace bulky parts in a space-saving manner, they are also particularly lightweight. Above all, this makes them attractive materials for future technologies such as electro-mobility or lightweight construction. In particular, by also avoiding materials that are difficult to recycle such as plastic and other synthetics, the threads make a significant contribution to the sustainability of components and products.
The company conceives and develops innovative concepts relating to smart yarns in close cooperation with the customer in its own Innovation Lab.

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