Outlast presents complete PCM spectrum
“I would like to incorporate the function of heat management through phase change materials (PCM) in my products, but how does this work”? To provide more transparency and a better overview, Outlast, market leader for temperature regulating PCMs, will present the complete PCM spectrum at Techtextil: from compounds to fibers/yarns and coated products for various end uses.
According to its own description, Outlast is the only supplier in the textile industry who is able to offer various PCM possibilities. In the past years, there have been many developments on the fiber side: After releasing the PCM viscose fiber, the first PCM polyester fiber followed. This presented a new opportunity for “filling materials”, which are mostly used for bedding, but can also be utilized for apparel.
Outlast is best known for its presence in the bedding industry (PCMs for mattresses, duvets, mattress protectors/toppers, pillows…), but is also very active in the apparel (outdoor, sportswear, underwear, protective wear…), footwear (shoes, socks, insoles…) and accessory industry (gloves, helmets…). But Outlast has also devoted a lot of time researching new markets where the technology can be utilized – the newest development being in the electronics industry.
PCMs can be structured in the following categories:
- Outlast® technology in fibers: This application is suited for products being worn next to skin (for example: underwear, socks, t-shirts, orthopedic products…)
- Outlast® technology in filling materials: There are different Outlast® filling materials (based on viscose or polyester fibers), which can be used for bedding or apparel (for example jackets).
- Outlast® technology as coating: A high loading can be reached. Nonwovens or knits serve as raw materials which are coated. The applications are wide: Looking at bedding mattresses and mattress protectors, pillows and duvets take profit of the dynamic climate regulation. Coated products are used for apparel/footwear and PPE from head to toe. This application is also interesting for medical products.
- Outlast® technology as MIC: An advanced formulation of Outlast® PCM is finely printed onto flat fabric. This process is ideal for brands seeking a larger volume program using their own fabrics.Outlast® MIC is intended for products worn next to skin and is perfect for the active, casual and sportswear markets.
- Outlast® technology as compound: Here Outlast focuses on individual solutions for projects. If a customer already has special process technology available (for example a spraying equipment) the matching Outlast® compound can be used. The customer then produces his end product (for example: mattresses which are sprayed with the compound). With little investment the heat managing performance can be easily achieved.
Outlast ® technology was originally developed for NASA to protect astronauts from temperature
fluctuations in space. Outlast® technology utilizes phase change materials (PCM) that absorb, store and release heat for optimal thermal comfort. Outlast® technology is comparable to ice in a drink; as it changes from solid to liquid, it absorbs heat and cools the drink, keeping that drink at the desired temperature for a longer period of time. Outlast® phase change materials work in the same way. The PCMs have the capacity to absorb, store and release excess heat. This gives any product containing Outlast® technology the ability to continually regulate the skin’s microclimate. As the skin gets hot, the heat is absorbed, and as it cools, that heat is released.
Outlast® technology is not wicking technology, which manages moisture by reacting to your sweat and pulling it away from the skin. Outlast® technology will proactively manage heat while controlling the production of moisture before it begins.