Propel LLC, MMI Textiles earn IFF innovation awards
Posted November 11, 2020
ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) announced the winners of the 2020 IFF Innovation Award.
The IFF Innovation Award encourages companies around the globe to weave tomorrow's ideas into the fabrics of today. The first-place winner was awarded to Propel LLC for their project “Propel LLC Smart Integrated Shirt.”
Propel’s U.S. Navy-funded “smart” shirt includes three patent-pending innovations to monitor physiology of the wearer in a garment that looks and feels no different than any other first layer garment. This shirt is made with Propel’s proprietary electrically enabled yarn that looks, feels and behaves like a traditional yarn but has the conductive elements needed for transmitting data and power.
The shirt has solder-free textile connectors that are soft and flexible for wearer comfort and user-transparency. All components within this shirt are U.S. sourced. This project led to three patent-pending technologies.
The second-place Honorable Mention award was given to MMI Textiles for their project “EcoThriv ™ Environmentally Preferred Performance Fabrics”. EcoThriv™ is a made in the U.S. line of environmentally preferred performance fabrics. It was developed using some of the most responsible and innovative fibers and finishes on the market. These fabrics are better for the environment and perform at a high level.
Both of the winning projects are recognized in the IFAI Hub at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020. To learn more about each of the winning projects, you can view a video that describes each project in depth. View the video here.