Conductive Hook and Loop

Like regular Velcro® but conductive; makes a unique soft switch

Conductive Hook and Loop
Price Part Number Description
$22.59 12" × 1" hook and loop strips (does not include battery, leads or light bulb)

Product Details

This is a hook and loop mechanism (commonly also known as conductive Velcro®) that conducts electricity. You can see in the picture (on the photo of the sample), the electricity is running through the two pieces stuck together and lighting the bulb. It is manufactured using woven nylon material impregnated with silver.

This fastener is perfect to integrate into smart fabrics and other soft-goods products (clothes, stuffed animals, back packs) where you want to incorporate a soft switch. For example, your backpack could set off an alarm if someone opened the flap to get at the contents inside; or your winter jacket could turn on its built in heater when you closed the flap in front.

In addition to soft switches, this material is also perfect for anti-static applications. In clean room and electronic assembly plants, production workers must always wear a leash around their arm or leg with a wire connecting them to “ground.” With this conductive fastener they could more easily connect and disconnect.

The US military is one of the largest users of this material. They use it in tents and other equipment to shield their electronics from stray radio frequencies.

Technical Data

Expected cycle life

5000 openings/closings

Shear strength

11.5 psi (new) / 10.0 psi (after 5000 cycles)

Peel strength

1.0 piw (new) / 0.7 piw (after 5000 cycles)

Mated thickness

1/8 in

Resistivity

Les than 2 Ohms per square inch

Effects of Temperature

Resistance to temperature: 280°F (138° C)

Reaction to liquids

Maximum shrinkage in boiling water: less than 2%, Maximum humidity absorption: 6.25%

Methods of attachment

Sewing, Gluing, Stapling

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