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   April 25, 2017  Facebook Twitter
Innovative Textile Products Transforming the Textile Industry

Signature DNA FabricTextile engineering is transforming the textile industry from innovative equipment, to smart fibers and fabrics, to surveillance technologies for monitoring intellectual properties. Machine designs have become increasingly more sophisticated and precise. Cutting-edge production machinery and high-tech fibers are enabling innovations in the manufacturing process, including the highly technical biomedical field, and DNA markers are being used to verify fabrics and components because of the growing pressure of fraudulent rip-offs. The FabricLink Network found a cross-section of such products and equipment that were showcased at IFAI Expo 2016.

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