Propel & Governor Raimondo Attend the RITIN Meeting

October 19, 2017

Governor touts Rhode Island textiles industry during Richmond visit at Kenyon Industries

Gov. Gina Raimondo met Wednesday at Kenyon Industries

RICHMOND — Gov. Gina Raimondo took advantage of a meeting with members of the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network to promote textiles as another sector of Rhode Island’s growing skilled manufacturing economy. The meeting took place Wednesday at Kenyon Industries, a fabric dyeing and finishing company that straddles the Richmond-Charlestown line.

A pioneer in the fabric industry from the days of the Industrial Revolution, Rhode Island is now home to approximately 60 companies that produce technologically advanced textiles which are used in diverse applications, including the military.


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Propel LLC Awarded a Phase I SBIR from the Defense Health Agency

October 16, 2017

Propel LLC has been awarded a new Phase I SBIR from the Defense Health Agency

“Compression Garment with Embedded Electronics for Ambulatory Health and Performance Monitoring”


Project Abstract:


The concept of operations for future warfighters includes real-time physiological health and status monitoring during mission operations. A compression e-garment that is capable of collection, storage and secure transmission of health data is a key unmet technology requirement for such monitoring. Propel, working iteratively with the DHA as a customer and the project team, proposes to deliver a detailed plan at the conclusion of Phase I addressing in detail the feasibility of producing such a functional e-wearable compression garment. Objectives for the e-garment will be ultra low power needs, embedded sensors for heart rate, respiration rate, skin temperature and metabolic load, transparency to the user, user acceptance for form, fit and comfort, and well as a e-wearable garment cost consistent with Department of Defense acquisition goals.


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The Next Generation for Submarine Protective Gear

July 12, 2017

Propel was awarded a Phase III contract to use the efforts of our Phase I Stitchless R&D to design,
build, and prototype an improved Damage Control Suit for submarine use. The design brief described one suit to fit anyone from 5ʼ2” to 6ʼ4”. Propel was able to meet this extraordinary design challenge by creating an innovative self-adjusting fit solution system to stretch and withdraw to tailor to any height within the given range.

Propel designed the next generation of protective gear for emergency responders combating steam line leaks onboard submarines. Compared to the (2) piece incumbent ensemble, we managed to reduce weight by 42%, create better mobility and comfort for users, provide easy access to the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), and cut the donning time by 50%.

The Steam Suit made was featured at the 2017 Navy League Sea, Air, and Space Expo in NAVSUPʼs Innovation booth earlier this year. The suits are currently out for field testing on 3 out of the 4 classes of U.S. Navy submarines.

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Specialty Fabrics Review – Under Pressure: Steamy Situations

July 1, 2017

Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research’s TechSolutions Program, the new steam suit was developed by the Naval Sea Systems Command and Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility, along with Propel LLC. It is currently being tested at sea by the crew of the USS Toledo and two other submarines.

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Propel To Sponsor Smart Fabrics Summit

March 10, 2016

To foster greater collaboration between the U.S. apparel, technology, and textile industries and to identify the public policies that could accelerate the design and manufacture of smart fabrics products by U.S. companies, the Department of Commerce in partnership with the Industrial Fabrics Association International will host the Smart Fabrics Summit on Monday, April 11, 2016.

Propel is sponsoring this event, and will have a tabletop display of current efforts under the SBIR program to develop concepts for future US Navy Smart Integrated Uniforms. Please stop by and talk to the Propel team about this innovative work.

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Propel Awarded the Innovate Rhode Island Small Business Fund Matching Grant

December 11, 2015

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation’s Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC) today announced this year’s recipients of the Innovate Rhode Island Small Business Fund (IRISBF) matching grants for federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase 1 grant recipients: Propel LLC, Btech Accoustics LLC, Electro Standards, Prothera Biologics, Response Technologies and T.E.A.M., Inc.


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Clare King to Speak at IDTech Ex

November 1, 2015

Smart Uniforms – A B-To-B Compelling Model For Smart Textiles

Adding electronics into uniforms could increase worker safety and enhance situational awareness and operational capabilities. Clare King will talk about the challenges of designing and manufacturing smart uniforms, her company’s involvement over the last decade in the development of smart uniforms for fire fighters and current work with the US Navy.

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Associated Press Article on Propel and Welding Clothing

October 28, 2014

Jennifer Mcdermott, Associated Press

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Welding isn’t just for aircraft carriers anymore

The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility is a success, it could help bring manufacturing back from overseas.


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Fox News Features Propel’s US Navy Stitchless Seam Engineering Project

October 9, 2014

Clare King appeared on Fox and Friends, October 9, 2014 to talk about Propel’s efforts to build Navy clothing without needle and thread.


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Case Studies

Stitchless Seam Engineering

Topic Title: Seam Engineering: Stitchless Seam Technology US NAVY SBIR PHASE I&II AWARDS TOPIC No.: N122-134 PHASE II Contract No.: N00189-15-C-Z087 This project is a technology pathway to the future of garment making – exploring the potential for new Stitchless methods to replace sewing with needle and thread. For our customer – the US Navy…

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E-Textiles & Smart Integrated Uniform™

Propel is engaged in multiple DOD SBIR funded efforts, and its own efforts to develop e-yarns, e-textiles and smart garments with a goal of connecting the human to the system, such as the sailor to the shipʼs system. Topic Title: Electronically Functional Garment Systems: A Smart Integrated Uniform (SIU™) Demonstration Prototype SBIR Phase II: N143-127…

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WASP™: Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform

Propel is a key member of the multi-company, multi-university team that has worked with Globe Manufacturing LLC, Pittsfield NH, to develop the first workplace wearable to continuously monitor a firefighterʼs physiology and indoor location. WASP™ collects, transmits, and displays integrated user data in real time to a command station or remote monitoring location. Knowing where…

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