Medical Advances Spur Innovation in Textile Manufacturing

As medical procedures continue to advance and innovations are made to improve health care and recovery, manufacturers are pushed to come up with innovations of their own to support these developments. Every year, game-changing technologies are assessed that will have an impact on health care,1  and many of these require other industries to come up with new materials, processes, and ideas to turn them into reality.

The medical field requires specifications above and beyond other industries. Many new materials not only require strength, flexibility and durability, but they also need anti-microbial properties, be non-abrasive, and much more. These specifications can make textile development challenging, but we always like a challenge.

One way textiles have been developed to meet these new innovations is the implantation of sensors within the fabric itself. By creating a fabric with the same feel and properties of natural and synthetic materials, it improves the user experience, and can allow medical professionals to get more natural, unimpeded readings from their subjects. For example, pressure sensors implanted into a fabric can enable braces to fit better, and help doctors monitor the daily effectiveness of the brace, instead of relying on feedback from the wearer. This impartial, objective data can lead to better information that will allow the medical professional to adjust the brace as necessary.2

Another recent innovation that requires the development of new textiles is the idea of implanting biologics into a person as a delivery system for medicine. This innovation requires textiles that are strong yet biodegradable, with absorbable fibers that can be loaded with a variety of medicines. It also requires a textile that allows for the engineering of different sizes, shapes, and porosities, depending on the application.3

At Apex Mills, we welcome the challenge of developing textiles to meet the needs of new medical innovations. In fact, we have recently been part of successful launch in the medical textiles field, helping to develop stronger materials for use in a lift sling. The new textile provides better support and stability, and a smooth finish with anti-microbial properties to reduce the likelihood of abrasions and infection.

We look forward to the next challenge that comes our way, and we know we will rise to meet it. As the medical field moves forward, Apex Mills will move forward as well, helping to develop innovations that will make the world a healthier place.

For more information about our products and capabilities, visit our website at apexmills.com.


1 http://summit.clevelandclinic.org/Top-10-Innovations.aspx

2 http://www.innovationintextiles.com/medical-health-hygiene/sensing-tshirt-to-help-teenage-spinal-scoliosis-patients/

3 http://www.fiercedrugdelivery.com/press-releases/tissuegen-and-biomedical-structures-announce-availability-breakthrough-drug-0