Technical Textiles

Shieldex Technical Fabrics

Highly conductive fabrics metallised with combinations of nickel, copper and silver to give a tactile, conformable EMI shielding solution. Available in rip-stop woven, non-woven and voile mesh. Twisted yarns and monofilament are metallised to give excellent performance for creating electrically conductive paths within technical textiles.

Products & Applications

Woven Fabrics

These are available in both a basic plain weave (PW) which is strong and durable, and a rip stop weave (RS) that is reinforced to resist tearing.

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Non-Woven Fabrics

Non-woven fabrics are made from long fibers and bonded together. Metals used are Silver (Ag), Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni) and Tin (Sn) in various combinations. Additional available coatings provide solutions for corrosion protection, enhanced EMI shielding effectiveness, and/or environmental concerns.

Medical Fabrics

Medical fabrics are offered in various weights and textures including knits and elastic knits with single (SD) or double direction (DS) stretch as well as some woven forms. These fabrics are usually silver plated with 99% silver (Ag). Medical fabrics are available with an anti-tarnish coating (+B). Silver is a natural antimicrobial treatment that limits the infections from bacteria for human and veterinarian purposes.

Technical Fabrics

Technical fabrics are conductive silver knitted fabrics with elastic that come in a single direction (SD) or double direction (DS) stretch. While these fabrics can be used in the same applications as medical fabrics, technical fabrics are generally used for applications that require a higher conductivity like smart wear. Applications include: sensors (vital signs, stimulation of nerves and muscles, etc.), EMI shielding and reflection.

Mesh Fabrics

Mesh fabrics are knitted mesh which are plated with silver (Ag), additional metals can be added for your custom application. Mesh fabric applications include but are not limited to: RF shielding for windows, medical garments, composite, antimicrobial purposes, resistance heating and automotive or aerospace applications where a light weight mesh is needed.

Twisted Yarns and Monofilament

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Smart Textiles

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I use a sewing machine with conductive threads?

Yes, an industrial/normal sewing machine may be used, if it is possible use needles, plates and foots with Teflon or Titanium coating to minimise the abrasion. However, it is ultimately the customer's responsibility to ensure the product's compatibility with their application.

What is the typical size of conductive fabric you supply?

The rolls are 1.3m wide and they can be cut to your required length.

Can conductive fabrics be laser cut to form a pattern or shape?

Yes. Please contact us with your DXF drawing to review and advise on.

What fabric would you suggest for testing a sensing principle?

We provide a Fabric Evaluation Kit for your testing requirements.