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The online Fast Fabric Sampling Tool “heiq it! ” for fabric managers will enable a rapid development and verification of textile product innovation ideas (1/26/18)
End of March, the Swiss textile innovator HeiQ is going to go live with “heiq it!”, its one-of-a-kind
Fast Fabric Sampling Tool. It is an online fabric configuration platform that enables fabric managers
at textile brands to assemble premium customized fabrics with innovative HeiQ technologies. Brands
can order dozens of meters of functional fabric samples or directly field trial testing tech-shirts.
Within only two weeks, the configurated fabric samples can be provided and thereby significantly
speed up the innovation development and verification process. At ISPO Munich, interested fabric and
innovation managers can get an exclusive preview into “heiq it!” and test the online sample
configuration prototype at the HeiQ booth C3-402.
The textile brands’ product and fabric innovation development and verification process is usually
cumbersome and lengthy, especially the sourcing of functional fabric samples used for real-life
wearer trials. The Swiss textile innovator HeiQ surveyed dozens of fabric and innovation managers at
textile brands to get an in-depth insight into the daily life processes of innovation and was
confronted with a major unmet need: rapid verification of innovation ideas. Repeatedly respondents
experienced a lead time of up to three months, from the first contact until receiving viable samples
for prototyping and verification. Long sample verification times carry the risk of failure and missing
the annual timeline for new innovations to launch.
In order to provide verified functional fabric samples quicker, HeiQ has developed “heiq it!”, a one-
of-its-kind Fast Fabric Sampling Tool. “heiq it!” is an online fabric configuration platform enabling
fabric managers at textile brands to get functional fabrics within two weeks. Once registered online,
brands will have the possibility to choose a suitable fabric type and structure from HeiQ’s premium
fabric library for their target garment. In a next step, the desired functionality combination is added
from HeiQ’s wide range of textile technologies, like dynamic cooling, advanced UV protection and
durable odor control. In a further step the testing and specifications are selected. And finally, ”heiq
it!” provides the option to either order dozens of meters of treated functional fabric or ready-to-test
assembled half-side or fully treated tech-shirts to perform real-life wearer trials. Once the desired
functional fabric sample has been configured and ordered, HeiQ’s application specialist in
Switzerland starts to produce the sample and coordinates its performance verification testing.
Altogether, “heiq it!” is going to accelerate, simplify and standardize the functional fabric sample
ordering process, leaving more time for the essential wearer trial testing and performance evaluation
of brands’ next textile product innovation. Fabric managers at brands are empowered to fast-track
the creation of novel and enhanced garments while reducing the risk of failures. HeiQ constantly
strives for providing its brand partners with a first-in-class innovation and differentiation service
The backbone of the “heiq it!” Fast Fabric Sampling Tool is on the one hand a strong partnership and
collaboration with some of the world’s leading premium fabric manufacturing mills like Sitip (Italy),
Pontetorto (Italy), Tessitura Taiana Virgilio (Italy), Borgini Jersey (Italy) and E. Schellenberg
Textildruck/Greuter Jersey (Switzerland) equipping the “heiq it!” fabric library, and on the other hand
an advanced online product configuration system and a continuous Swiss pilot finishing line.
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