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Where would we be without technology and connectivity?

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Intelligent fibers

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Student Spotlight: CNT fibers express their value from a position of strength

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automation in textile fiber space

When we talk about automation and digitalization and we strip back all of the features and functions and buzzwords, we’re essentially talking about technology systems and connectivity. We’re talking about technology that can be programmed, monitored and controlled to perform a process via a connected network of some sort. And while all of this discussion …

Bally Ribbon Mills' smart textile products

I recently received a call from Yoel Fink, Ph.D., the founder of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) and a professor of Materials Science and Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Fink is leading a course called Computing Fabrics – the first class on fabrics taught at MIT in the past century …

A focused-ion beam cross-section of CNT fiber

Lauren Taylor and Oliver Dewey are pursuing doctorate degrees in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University where they study the processing of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into high-performance fiber. Lauren’s research interests also include purification of CNTs for dissolution into chlorosulfonic acid (CSA) and application of CNT fibers for wearable textiles. She became interested in …

Pressure sensing mat sewn with conductive yarns

Jordan Tabor is a Ph.D. candidate within the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science at NC State’s Wilson College of Textiles. Her background is in textile engineering, and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science, as well as a minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Jordan’s general research interests are …

Fiber Innovations Center, Gaston College

In 1941, the North Carolina Textile School was established by an act of legislation, and it officially opened in 1943 with a series of classes including weaving, spinning, knitting and equipment maintenance. The school awarded its first diploma in 1945, and it established the first Associate Degree Program in Textile Manufacturing Technology in 1971. In …