Researchers from RMIT's School of Fashion and Textiles are collaborating with Bekaert Textiles Australia to improve sleep quality by creating innovative and responsive mattress fabrics.
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You know that in Australia, the direct cost
of sleep disorder was costed at the value
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of $850 million. Bekaert has been always involved
with sleeping because we supply the bedding
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industry with fabrics. The fabrics going around
the mattresses are supplied by Bekaert. Bekaert
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is worldwide a key supplier. We try, basically,
to assist people to sleep better, safer and
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So in this particular project, from RMIT's
point of view, we'll be helping and assisting
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Bekaert to improve their existing product,
as well as to add some value by giving them
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sort of -- doing some different coatings,
finishes, also looking from moisture management,
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comfort and thermo-regulations: those sort
of properties of a fabric we'll be working
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on with Bekaert.
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It's a very well known fact for the industry
that RMIT is getting very active within the
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industry. Definitely we have seen the change
from basic knitting, basic weaving to very
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advanced product testing, product analysing.
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We will test their products at Brunswick.
We have testing facilities such as the skin
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model which simulates the sweating effect
and testing the thermo-conductivity and the
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vapour conductivity. We have other instruments
as well - they are the latest technology we
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have, and we are doing research and we also
can help with industry.
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They can take our knowledge even a step further.
Because they have quite a few -- and it's
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a research body -- and it's all what those
people normally have to do as researching
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-- because we are here to basically run businesses,
you know, and we hope now that we can take
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that a couple of steps further.
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