Polymer Fibers and Fabrics that support technology integration and custom applications are:
Electrically conductive -- Textiles or fabrics include fibers with high electrical conductivity or low electrical resistivity. Often, conductive filler is added to increase conductivity. Products are used in electronic, anti-staticor electrostatic discharge (ESD) applications.
Electrical insulation/dielectric -- Dielectricfibers, fabrics, and textiles are electrically insulating. Dielectric materials are used to form a barrier or isolator between electrical or electronic components. Flame retardant fabrics -- Flame retardant products reduce the spread of flames or resist ignition when exposed to high temperature, or insulate the substrate and delay damage. A UL 94 rating indicates that the material is flame retardant in accordance with Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.(UL) Flame Class 94V-0 or other equivalent ISO standards.
Hydrophilic/absorbent -- The surfaces of hydrophilic materials absorb water. They are often used when high absorbency (many times the basis weight of the material) is important.
Sound proofing/insulation -- Sound proofing or acoustic insulation materials are used to form a barrier or isolator between components and sources of noise or vibration.This category includes foam material products used for diffusing sound without causing a large degree of attenuation.
Thermal insulation/fireproofing -- Thermal insulation materials provide a barrier between a component and a heat source.