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Techtextil 2015 to Focus on Temperature-Regulating Clothing

Messe Frankfurt’s Techtextil fair, set to take place from May 4-7, 2015, in Frankfurt, Germany, will offer a line up of suppliers of personal protection equipment, professional clothing and workwear focused on multifunctional clothing.

Suppliers scheduled to attend include Sympatex, Outlast, Transtextil and Schoeller will exhibit their latest developments of multifunctional protection systems at Techtextil.

The functional material suppliers are aiming to offer a genuine and almost life-saving surplus value in one system with the help of new material components. Additionally, personal protection equipment is set to offer a high degree of subtlety and comfort under working conditions with a hint of fashion.

There are three temperature balancing technologies that focus on the development and production of functional clothing. The first one is the membrane, superior to other materials in regard to water resistance, wind resistance and breathability. They allow a small amount of moisture molecules from the body to penetrate the micropores, keeping sweat off the body, preventing rain from seeping into the clothing, and permitting breathability.

The second temperature balance is the coating, which is a conventional alternative to the membranes in regard to the watertightness and breathability. Usually, the reverse side of the item is coated thus allowing the fabric to provide an exchange of humidity and a concurrent water tightness, creating a similar effect as is the case with the membrane laminates. The textiles are less expensive than other membrane variants and offer more flexibility in the choice of the shell and character.

The third technology is incorporation and finishing; the phase change materials (PCM) and nanotechnology offered by Outlast as one of the most established suppliers in the form of surface printing, coatings or any other fiber matrix. The substances are embedded in micro spherules change from solid to liquid under temperature influence. A temperature balance is created that avoids peaks towards excessive heat and cold so that comfort does not get lost, by which an excessive production of sweat is prevented.

The modular or layer-wise structure of the temperature-regulating systems make it is possible to have clothing with weather protection, protection clothing, flame resistance, welder’s protection and protection against fault arcing or electrostatic discharge.