Smart Medical Textiles

Intelligent solutions for the healthcare of tomorrow

Fully integrated textile production is the ideal prerequisite for manufacturing smart medical textiles. We have been manufacturing bandages and fabrics with different material constructions and properties for many years. In addition, we now develop specific textiles that can be combined with electronic components or supplemented with innovative yarns to create textiles that will transform the medical care of tomorrow. KOB set up its own team of experts at an early stage as well as developing initial client-specific smart solutions and becoming involved with international research projects.  

Smart Medical Textiles will become a useful tool to diagnose and treat chronic diseases. Will you be joining us?

KOB is the right partner to realise your ideas and goals in the smart textile sector. From project development to the finished product, we support you with our expertise and our broad manufacturing competence.

We offer

  • planning and implementation of customer-specific feasibilities & developments
  • more than 120 years of experience in the development and production of medical textiles
  • an international network of key opinion leaders and cooperation partners
  • our own smart medical textiles team with expertise in textiles and electronics

We are

  • project partner in publicly funded research projects
  • part of standardisation committee:
    • IEC/TC 124 Wearable Electronic Devices and Technologies
  • DIN EN ISO 13485 certified


Wound monitoring

Support for compression therapy

Control of body temperature

Fixation of electronic devices


Adhesive pocket solution for fixation of electronics

Client project: Epionics SPINE

Helps doctors and therapists with diagnosing back disorders as well as initiating suitable therapeutic measures

  • Adhesive, skin-friendly textile tube to fix electronic instruments onto the back
  • The integrated electronics continuously monitor and evaluate functional disorders for up to 48 hours
  • Launched by Epionics in 2015

Sensors in compression therapy

Development project

To support nursing staff in the correct application of compression dressings 

  • Integration of client-specific sensors in medical textiles
  • Collection of various therapy-relevant parameters
  • Full integration of the sensors in all conventional compression bandages is possible


Development project

Measures body temperature quickly and reliably

  • Flexible patch with hypoallergenic adhesive
  • Contactless reading of temperature
  • Minimises inaccurate measurements by the user
  • Can be worn for several days
  • No battery needed

Patches for monitoring wound healing

Research project: ULIMPIA – Smart body patches

Permanent monitoring of chronic wounds

Monitoring during compression therapy

Research project: THERAFOLG-KOMP

Developement of textile sensors for monitoring the therapy progress/success when curing Edema

  • Increase in therapeutic effectiveness
  • Acceptance of treatment through digital feedback about therapy success

Monitoring of premature infants

Research project: PreeMo

Early detection of electrolyte disorders

  • Non-invasive, continuous monitoring using small wearable patches
  • Wireless communication with the evaluation unit


Annika Schmitt, M.Sc.

Smart Medical Textiles Specialist

Focus Textile Technologies



Meike Baumgarten, M.Sc.

Smart Medical Textiles Specialist

Focus Textile Technologies



Joana Schiller, M.Sc.

Smart Medical Development Expert

Focus Electronic Engineering


Dr. Ferdinand Tamoué, M.Sc.

Innovation Manager

Focus Compression Therapy