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

As a small business a source of inspiration for projects is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  In 2012 the Navy put out a topic, Seam Engineering: Stitchless Seam Technology, that resonated with us. We saw in this project a technology innovation footpath to the future in what to date has always been the…

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Smart Integrated Uniform™

Naval uniforms do not exist to keep pace with the evolving multifunctional human-system interface technologies envisioned for future ship command, control and operation. A need exists to advance the state of wearable technologies capable of seamlessly integrating with evolving ships systems. In response to this knowledge gap, Propel LLC was competitively selected and awarded in…

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