Energy harvesting and storage fibres: completion of Powerweave project

The EC Powerweave project (June 2012-Nov 2015) has developed energy harvesting and storage fibres for weaving into textile, to enable the production of light, flexible textile solar panels. This innovation will allow the provision of off-grid electricity to rural areas in an easily transportable form, without the expense of building infrastructure.

Ohmatex was one of 12 partners engaged in this project which included companies, universities and research institutes in Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, UK, Spain and Denmark.

This complex project developed 2 different fibres, one for energy harvesting; Photovoltaic Fibre (PV) and the other for energy storing; Storage Fibre (SV).  Patents are now being filed to protect the design and manufacturing techniques for each of these fibres.

Ohmatex’s role in the project was to develop the interconnects and connectors necessary to transfer the energy from the fabric to make it functional as a power supply.

The project has now been completed and an exploitation plan is being put in place to enable commercialisation of this technology. In addition to off-grid energy, other possible applications include commercial shading for greenhouses, wearable technology and airships.

One spin-off for Ohmatex has been the development of a textile cable and connector which forms the basis for the launch of the world’s first thinnest textile micro USB cable.

For more information on Powerweave: www.powerweave.eu

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New position for Mechanical Engineer/Industrial Designer

We are looking for an enthusiastic Mechanical Engineer or Industrial Designer experienced in working with 3D SolidWorks. We are currently designing products for international clients which integrate sensors and electronics into clothing for astronauts, athletes and medical patients.

You will work with a team of specialists in smart wearables at Ohmatex, and will quickly learn how to adapt your skills to this exciting new area of technology and product development.

For more information please download our job adverts: In English or in Danish.

Applications should be submitted by 20 October 2015.

New location…….new opportunities

After months of preparation and anticipation we have moved  into spacious new office facilities south of Aarhus.  We have new machinery up and running and are not far off the launch of some exciting and innovative products, the first of their kind for both the electronics and smart textile industry.

We will be having an opening event for investors and friends of Ohmatex in the near future. Visitors are always welcome and we will be delighted to show you our new surroundings and production facilities.

 

 


New contact details:
Skanderborgvej 234
DK-8260, Viby J
Tel: +45 7930 4150

 

 

Exciting new positions for the next generation of smart textiles – Concept Developer and Innovative Electronic Engineer

Ohmatex are currently seeking to appoint two new positions:

1. Concept Developer
We are looking for an Electronic Engineer or Industrial Designer  who can create new concepts and technology developments for international customers, working in protective clothing, sportswear and medical textiles.

For full details please see Job Description.

2. Innovative Electronic Engineer
We are looking for a creative and motivated Electronic Engineer who will help to develop this new area of technology: sensor solutions, embeddding and ecncapsulating electronics in textile and prototype development.

For full details please see Job Description (English) or Job Description (Danish).

For both positions we are looking for individuals who can demonstrate innovation and initiative in their work and who can also work effectively in interdisciplinary teams. As smart textiles is a very niche area we do not expect prior knowlegde of this field.

Applications should be submitted by 28 April 2015.

New ESA contract for Ohmatex: muscle monitoring body suit for astronauts

Ohmatex has been awarded a 350,000 euro  contract with the European space agency (ESA) to develop muscle monitoring exercise suits for astronauts on the International Space Station ISS. For the second time ESA has recognized Ohmatex’s expertise in integrating sensing technology into textiles and in our ability to work collaboratively with experts in sports physiology and biomedical research to produce meaningful measurements of muscle activity.

In near-zero gravity conditions, muscles deteriorate quickly unless they are exercised intensively. This is serious issue for astronauts who spend at least 2 hours working out every day whilst in space. In order to optimize the astronaut’s exercise programme, and ultimately reduce muscle degeneration, ESA is engaging Ohmatex to further develop a technology which measures the effect of the astronauts’ training exercises in space, and monitors the impact of weightlessness on the body.

To achieve this Ohmatex will be working closely with Marco Cardinale, Head of Research for Team GB in the 2012 Olympics, drawing on his extensive experience measuring muscle activation patterns in elite athletes, and with researchers and doctors at the department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. During the two year contract wearable monitoring technology will be developed and integrated into an exercise suit to be worn by astronauts during training. Following successful implementation the aim is that the garment will be used on the International Space Station (ISS) during exercise programmes.

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To gain a deeper insight into muscular activity 3 garment integrated sensor technologies will be combined: EMG sensors will detect muscle activation; NIRS sensors will detect changes in oxygen content in selected muscle groups and Plethysmography sensors will measure limb circumference as an indication of changes in muscle volume. The combined data will then be used to analyse muscle activity and optimise training.

The study will also generate new knowledge about fluid shifts in the legs, making the technology of interest in cases of heart and kidney failure and preeclampsia.

Not only is there exciting development work ahead for Ohmatex, but it also opens up commercial spin-off opportunities in telemedicine and health monitoring, where smart textiles are gaining ground by leaps and bounds.

 

Sensing t-shirt will make spinal braces more wearable

A new T-shirt with textile pressure sensors will increase the comfort and effectiveness of spinal braces worn by teenagers suffering from scoliosis. It is being developed by a leading French-Danish consortium, which includes Ohmatex.

Spinal scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine) occurs in almost 2% of teenagers, mainly girls, and spinal brace treatment is required for 15% of cases. However in approximately 25% of cases the braces fail to achieve the corrective effect, if they are not worn as prescribed, or if they are not fitted correctly due to errors at the design stage.

Braces that are ill-fitted are uncomfortable to wear and there is currently no feedback on how effective the braces are when they are being worn. Both factors can reduce teenagers’ motivation to wear them.

Spinal brace manufacturing process, Proteor.

Spinal brace manufacturing process, Proteor.

Proteor SAS, the market leader in France for spinal brace manufacturing and distribution, is collaborating with SMEs Texisense and Ohmatex ApS to improve the wearability and user experience for brace wearers and provide a revolutionary alternative to the ordinary treatment by spinal braces.

emBrace t-shirts will look and feel like a standard cotton t-shirt but the data provided by the integrated Texisense fabric pressure sensors will enable braces to be fitted more accurately from the outset and allow daily monitoring of the braces’ effectiveness. Increased comfort and daily monitoring has the potential to improve the compliance of teenagers, give valuable insight into the effectiveness of the treatment and increase the chances of spinal curvature correction.

Personalised brace design.

Personalised brace design.

The project was successfully submitted to the the European EuroStars™ programme with the help of the French consultancy firm Dynergie and was ranked 10th out of 215 eligible applications. The EuroStars™ programme is designed to enable innovative SMEs to collaborate with key market players to commercialise new technologies. 70 projects were chosen for funding in 2014.

The combination of Texisense’s unique fabric pressure sensors, Ohmatex’s expertise in textile connection technology and Proteor’s specialist knowledge and sales network, will result in a new ready-for-market innovation not currently provided by any other spinal brace manufacturer. This will be a first for the market and for scoliosis therapy and will create a breakthrough for both clinicians and their teenage patients.