ESD fibreX and artificial leather prevent electronic discharges
Upgrading a textile surface by means of smart coatings that perform a wide range of innovative functions – this is what Textildruckerei Heinrich Mayer GmbH, Meßstetten-Unterdigisheim/Germany, characterizes as its core competence. The results are 3D ceramic hard coatings and hybrid textiles with printed actuator and sensor technology, along with personal protective equipment solutions.
The patented Cerapur product family is constantly expanding in accordance with customers’ individual wishes. The company is currently working on particularly tough and abrasion-resistant varieties. These new developments will be on show at the Techtextil in Frankfurt/Germany.
Another exhibit is the ESD Fibre X coating that prevents electronic discharges of the kind that must be avoided in electronics production. The patented conductive ceramic can be used on coordinated textile carriers such as ESD coateX as a seat surface.
For the personal protective equipment sector the corresponding exhibit will be a glove with printed functional surface areas such as the inside of the hand and fingers. The coating is applied in 2 steps. First comes the protective layer to provide the resilience required and then, immediately afterward, the printed coating that incorporates the necessary flexibility and sensitivity. The fingertips are especially tricky because they are the most demanding of stabbing and cutting protection the most exacting in terms of tactility.
The company demonstrates its competence in sensor and actuator technology by means of the inner surface of a car door. A textile carrier material is printed with a 3D heating paste consisting of carbon nanotubes. The result is textile surface heating that is easily activated by touch because the sensor technology is printed on the fabric at the same time, leaving room for further functionalities in that the heating paste is applied to the back of the textile. A window regulator is one possibility. A conductive carbon paste is applied to the front of the textile – and a gentle touch will promptly let in a breath of fresh air.
Protecting, heating, lighting, conducting – for Mayer textiles are a material with enormous potential.
Compared with other modern materials, textiles are inexpensive to manufacture, are light in weight and can be processed flexibly.
In addition, and at no great cost, a wide range of functionalities can be achieved. In 2-3 work steps the properties of a material can be succeeded 30-fold.