Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has been granted patent for Fabric Feel Tester, an innovative product developed by the premier academic institute, which is likely to benefit the Indian textile industry.
The new device, developed with technical expertise of Apurba Das, Associate Professor, Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi, facilitates quality evaluation of the fabric on the industrial level at a much lower price.
Earlier, in order to evaluate the quality of their fabric, the textile industry used the Kawabata Evaluation System (KES), which apart from being very expensive, is a highly technical device which acted as a hurdle for extensive use by the industry.
Speaking at the IIT Open House Programme, where the new Fabric Feel Tester was demonstrated, Mr. Das informed that the new device would only cost Rs. 150,000, compared to the price of Rs. 15 million for the KES system.
He revealed that the task of manufacturing the machine has been assigned to an Ahmedabad-based firm, which has already received orders for 15-20 devices.
The new technology will enable Indian textile firms to do business with companies all over the globe by just emailing the details of their fabric quality to the concerned client and get a swift feedback.
Mr. Das informed that once the Industrial Research and Development and Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer wings of IIT submits a technological innovation as a patent, it starts receiving grants and funds from various industrial enterprises or government institutes.
Till date, IITs across India have submitted 260 innovations for registration as patents, and 60 of them have already been awarded the status.
Fibre2fashion News Desk - India