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Technological Developments in the Clothing Industry

published in Issue 144, April 2010


Recent technological developments in clothing production equipment have centred around
machinery for knitting, linking, pleating, decorating and embroidering. In particular, new
computerised flat knitting machines have enabled knitwear to be created in one piece
without the need for linking or sewing. In linking, an intelligent machine has been
developed which features an easy-to-use screen and an intelligent camera. In pleating, a
Japanese machine has been invented which takes the physical strain out of the pleating
process. In decorating, Barudan has produced a machine which makes it possible to crossseam embroidery on the legs of finished jeans for the first time. TPM Germany has
launched a machine which can perform many printing and finishing operations, while
several companies have developed special systems for lasering patterns on to jeans. In
embroidery, Barudan has introduced one of the first triple combination machines, Brother
has developed a machine which allows appliqu to be attached at the same time as
mainstream embroidery, and Koma- Tech has invented a machine to produce threedimensional fuwari embroidery.
In the area of electronic textiles, Fraunhofer IZM and TU Berlin have developed an
interactive dress which is able to translate movements of the body into visual patterns of
light by using electronic stretchable circuit boards. Kings Metal Fiber Technologies and
AiQ Smart Clothing have jointly produced garments which utilise specially developed
electronics for lighting, sound, heating, solar panel recharging and body monitoring. And
G24 Innovations has introduced dye-sensitised thin-film solar cells, which provide enough
power for smart textiles to be used effectively in garments.
In the field of anti-counterfeiting technology, a number of companies have introduced
textile DNA. Schoeller Technologies has developed DNAtexa unique code which can
be applied to chemicals, fibres, fabrics and finished products and identified by using a
scannerand Amann has launched Blue Sky Technology, a treatment which enables
sewing thread to be identified using a laser pen.
In other areas, Shapely Shadow has launched a new form of mannequincalled RealForms
which can be moulded by an item of clothing, thus enabling observers to see the effect
which tight clothing has on the skin. Smartfiber has developed SeaCell active plus, a health
enhancing cellulose fibre. Inocatec has developed Inocatex, a patch of material designed to
be incorporated into the gusset of womens panties to alleviate premenstrual pain and
eliminate odour, and HT Concept has developed Reflect Line Gold, a waterproof breathable
temperature-regulating polyurethane membrane which also provides stability.

Technological Developments in the Clothing Industry


published in Issue 144, April 2010
Recent technological developments in clothing production equipment have centred around
machinery for knitting, linking, pleating, decorating and embroidering. In particular, new
computerised flat knitting machines have enabled knitwear to be created in one piece
without the need for linking or sewing. In linking, an intelligent machine has been
developed which features an easy-to-use screen and an intelligent camera. In pleating, a
Japanese machine has been invented which takes the physical strain out of the pleating
process. In decorating, Barudan has produced a machine which makes it possible to crossseam embroidery on the legs of finished jeans for the first time. TPM Germany has
launched a machine which can perform many printing and finishing operations, while
several companies have developed special systems for lasering patterns on to jeans. In
embroidery, Barudan has introduced one of the first triple combination machines, Brother
has developed a machine which allows appliqu to be attached at the same time as
mainstream embroidery, and Koma- Tech has invented a machine to produce threedimensional fuwari embroidery.
In the area of electronic textiles, Fraunhofer IZM and TU Berlin have developed an
interactive dress which is able to translate movements of the body into visual patterns of
light by using electronic stretchable circuit boards. Kings Metal Fiber Technologies and
AiQ Smart Clothing have jointly produced garments which utilise specially developed
electronics for lighting, sound, heating, solar panel recharging and body monitoring. And
G24 Innovations has introduced dye-sensitised thin-film solar cells, which provide enough
power for smart textiles to be used effectively in garments.
In the field of anti-counterfeiting technology, a number of companies have introduced
textile DNA. Schoeller Technologies has developed DNAtexa unique code which can
be applied to chemicals, fibres, fabrics and finished products and identified by using a
scannerand Amann has launched Blue Sky Technology, a treatment which enables
sewing thread to be identified using a laser pen.
In other areas, Shapely Shadow has launched a new form of mannequincalled RealForms
which can be moulded by an item of clothing, thus enabling observers to see the effect
which tight clothing has on the skin. Smartfiber has developed SeaCell active plus, a health
enhancing cellulose fibre. Inocatec has developed Inocatex, a patch of material designed to
be incorporated into the gusset of womens panties to alleviate premenstrual pain and
eliminate odour, and HT Concept has developed Reflect Line Gold, a waterproof breathable
temperature-regulating polyurethane membrane which also provides stability.
Table of Contents
Technological Developments in the Clothing Industry

Summary

Clothing Production Machinery

Electronic Textiles for Futuristic Clothing Designs

Anti-Counterfeiting DNA

Realistic Mannequin from Shapely Shadow

Health-Enhancing Algae for Sportswear, Workwear, Underwear and Hosiery

Underwear Which Provides Relief from Menstrual Pain

New Temperature Regulating Membrane Which Also Provides Stability

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