LaminaHeat LLC (Greenville, SC, US) introduced PowerFabric, a new addition to its line of thin, flexible heating materials. Made from the same lightweight and homogeneous carbon fiber/glass veil with copper contact strips that is used in its original PowerFilm product, PowerFabric sandwiches this heating technology between woven fabrics, giving the resulting product improved flexibility and broader application potential. Using a standard fiberglass mat on either side enables the new PowerFabric heating technology to not only add heat where it is needed but also to add structural reinforcement. As is done with the company’s PowerFilm, current is applied to the copper strips of the PowerFabric to generate evenly distributed and localized heat across the fiber sheet at required temperatures that can range as high as 300°C. PowerFabric is produced in a proprietary, continuous process and can employ various woven fabrics and finishing options that offer manufacturers the ability to incorporate PowerFabric into their products during fabrication. PowerFabric can be provided in options based on the types of fabrics and fibers needed and/or the electrical properties required, comes in continuous rolls or individual sheets, and can be tailored to fit specific customer applications.
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