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EXPO HIGHTEX 2013: A "Smart Seat-Belt" that Alerts Captain & Crew if You Don't Buckle Up !

Apr 9 2013 12:00AM



MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 04/09/13 -- That could very well be the case if the plane you're flying in has been fitted with a Belt-Tech intelligent seat belt. And chances are it is. 65% of all seat belts used in today's aircraft are made with Belt-Tech webbing. This Granby-based textile company, highly specialized in webbings that are transformed into seat belts for cars, for planes, has just created the intelligent seat belt. That's right, a seat belt that not only straps you in securely but will alert captain and crew, should you decide not to buckle-up.

You can be amongst the first to see this smart belt as it will be unveiled during a special presentation in Montreal at the EXPO HIGHTEX show and symposium being held Wednesday and Thursday, April 10th and 11th at the Place Bonaventure Convention Centre:

The technology that makes the seat belt smart is based on conductive yarns embedded into the webbing during the weaving process and it has been developed right here in Quebec at the CTT Group, who joined forces with BELT Tech for this project. Smart textiles are nothing new for the scientists and engineers at the CTT Group. This R & D center, amongst the most prolific technology transfer centers in the country, is a world leader in what are commonly called technical textiles. But the projects the CTT Group works on are much more than simply technical.

Take smart textiles for example. The Group has been developing textile conductive electrodes so doctors can follow their patients' vital signs from anywhere they are in the world. No, there is no machine strapped to the patient rather his undergarments are wired to transmit data. Now that's smart.

Textiles play a huge role not only in medicine and transport but also in our everyday lives, especially in the lives of workers who are exposed to the elements. Think the arctic weather that comes with the Plan Nord or the conditions in the oil sands in northern Alberta. Uniforms and work-wear today need to perform. Textiles need to have properties that do more than provide warmth or comfort. They need to react to the environment they operate in, as does fabric that becomes insular if exposed to heat while cooling down the person wearing it. The industry calls these PPE's: personal protective equipment: we call it - smart thinking.

These are but some of the fascinating topics experts will be discussing Wednesday and Thursday in Montreal during EXPO HIGHTEX. And the discussions are the backdrop to a huge industry trade show where you can actually feel the fabrics, try on the PPE's and talk to industry leaders and producers of these very smart textiles.

THE EVENTEXPO HIGHTEX 2013April 10 & 11, 2013Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWHAT TAKES PLACEIndustry Trade Show: uniforms & work-wear apparel: from technical threads totextiles, advanced materials & geo-syntheticsA 2-day Seminar with local and international guest speakersAn Awards CeremonyWHY ATTENDTo discover latest cutting edge technologies in technical textiles advancedtextile-based materials and geo-synthetics.

For interviews or a sample of a smart textile
Marianna Simeone
Media Relations coordinator
(514) 815-0636

Aldjia Begriche, B Eng.
Technical-commercial Director
(450) 778-1870


Source: Marketwire

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