Conductive Textiles help make Travelling Safe!Randy Mitchell
Conductive Textiles help make Travelling Safe! Planes, trains, and automobiles depend on conductive textiles in many ways. They keep the driver or pilot aware of the engagement of safety restraints by the passengers before beginning the trip. If you drive automobiles, you are well aware that there are sensors present in the steering wheel that determine if the driver is in proper position and paying attention to his surroundings. If the car wanders in its lane, sensors notice this and give the driver a “gentle nudge” back to center. Avoiding imminent collisions by Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) is another safety feature driven by sensors. Sensing unsafe situations, corrective measures automatically commence. Today’s automobiles have many different sensors on board.
Conductive Textiles help make Travelling Safe! In addition to sensors, conductive textiles provide passenger comfort! Heated seats and steering wheels are present in many vehicles, using resistance heating from conductive textiles. In a similar fashion, heated mirrors use resistance heating to defrost icy mirrors, giving the driver better awareness of his surroundings. Conductive textiles are useful as touch or capacitive switches in the vehicle’s many systems, entertainment and climate control to name a few. As you can see, the automobile of today contains many electronic devices. These devices all create electromagnetic fields and emissions.
Conductive Textiles help make Travelling Safe! The most important use of conductive textiles is the role they play in achieving electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). EMC Testing determines if the electromagnetic fields from the electronic devices will interfere with the functionality of these devices in their shared electromagnetic environment. Testing the components determines if modification of the electronic devices to correct emissions or susceptibility is necessary to maintain the standard electromagnetic environment. Amazingly, conductive textiles are also very useful in “shielding solutions” that decrease emissions or susceptibility to emissions if necessary. Conductive textiles truly make travelling safe and comfortable!
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