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Metalized Textiles-What are their Uses?

Metalized Textiles-What are their Uses?  Metalized textiles were first used in various Shielding Applications.  I can remember when an automobile FM radio mainly played static!  Metalized textiles played a major role in protecting the radio from RFI from the other electronic components in the vehicle.  The antenna brought in shielded clean signals to the RF shielded radio which were sent out to the speakers, allowing the music to be heard as it was meant to be heard.  The RF shielding...
Conductive Textiles Lighted Safety Clothing

Conductive Textiles-What are their uses?

Conductive Textiles-What are their uses?  Conductive Textiles are often used in "technical applications".   VTT markets conductive textiles, meaning an electrical current can pass through them.  That current can be a "message", "data", or part of a circuit.  Metals are great electrical conductors.  The most conductive metal is Silver, followed by Copper and Gold.  Gold is rarely used in conductive textiles due to its cost.  VTT's conductive textiles are primarily plated or coated with Silver, Copper, Nickel, and Tin.  Other specialty...

VTT is Growing-Join Us!

VTT is Growing-Join Us!  V technical Textiles, Inc. is a world leader in the highly technical Smart Textile Industry, located in upstate/western New York.  V Technical Textiles, Inc. is continuing to grow and if you are looking for a new opportunity, come and learn how you can join our team. VTT is Growing-Join Us!  Our hard-working team prides itself on problem solving and new development for our valued customers.  If you would like to be a part of a team that...
Hair Shirts, Smart not Sorry

Hair Shirts, Smart not Sorry!

Hair Shirts, Smart not Sorry!  I grew up in a religious household and remember hearing the term "He's wearing a Hair Shirt".   I thought that was a strange term and my father enlightened me on the topic.  A person wearing a hair shirt wore it as a form of "self-punishment" to atone for something they were sorry about.  The implication being that a "hair shirt" is coarse and uncomfortable, punishing the wearers by making them uncomfortable about their actions.  When...
Idea to Reality

Ideas to Reality-Product Design and Development!

Ideas to Reality-Product Design and Development!  Products don't just appear; they evolve from great ideas!  The path from idea to final product has many steps.  The first step is the idea, the cornerstone of the product.   A person conceives a better way to accomplish a task.  The challenge is to make the idea become a reality.  In many cases, the inventor is only a "dreamer".  He has no idea of how to make his "dream" a reality.  Help often comes...
Sensors Football Safety

Sensors are Everywhere! What can they do for You?

Sensors are Everywhere!  What can they do for You?  I have used this platform to talk about them in the past.  I've talked about their use in automobiles, medicine, and personal safety.  This time, I'm going to speak about their use in sports!  It's getting near the time for the Super Bowl.  Football is a sport that sensors can help improve several ways.  We've all heard and seen the concern about concussions in football.  Concussions have ended many football careers...
Conductive Textiles Resistance Heating

Resistance Heating Warms us!

Resistance Heating Warms us!  Winter is here, and resistance heating keeps us warm outside!  People stay warm by wearing smart clothes that react to cold.  Hunters, ice fisherman, snowmobilers and skiers can stay warm!  Socks, gloves, coats, and vests can respond to ease the cold!  The secret to keeping warm in lies in conductive textiles.  Electric current is passed through the conductive material.  The conductive textile converts electrical energy to heat energy!  Our car seats, mirrors, steering wheels, and rear...
Metalized Textile uses-VTT Supports Research!

Embroidered Circuits Require Embroidery Thread!

Embroidered Circuits Require Embroidery Thread!  In the early days of smart textiles and smart clothing, wires ruled!  Actual wires ran from power source to switch and on to the functional element!   Wires developed stress fractures as the textile flexed.  These stress fractures resulted in circuit failures.  TPU "wire" was developed to correct stress fractures.  The "wire" was conductive yarn surrounded by Thermoplastic PolyUrethane (TPU).  This allowed flexibility of yarn and the insulation/protection of the TPU.  This solution worked well as...
Embroidered Sensors

Sensors are very Important. What do they do?

Sensors are very Important.  What do they do?  Sensors are by definition devices that measure a physical property and records, indicates, or otherwise responds to it. Sensors monitor our health- They monitor our vital signs and alert us to problems.  They can be used in hospitals or remotely.  They detect the electrical systems of the human body.  Brain activity, vital signs, and respiration. Sensors/Electrodes are used in Therapy- TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) helps in nerve therapy.  EMS (Electrical Muscle...
Autonomous/Driver-Assisted Vehicles

Developing a New Product? VTT can Help!

Developing a New Product?  VTT can Help!  If your product requires metalized textiles, we're here for you! V Technical Textiles, Inc. has access to the largest inventory of metalized textiles.  These include conductive fabrics, yarns and threads, and notions.  Product design is one of the cornerstones of our growth!  Our engineering and product development team can help from start to finish! Developing a New Product?  VTT can Help!  We have a special relationship with the producer of metalized textiles.  We can give...