10/14/2011

DuPont

DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program brings innovation to the forefront at A+A.

To ensure the maximum protection of the wearer, the production and sale of genuine Nomex® fibre throughout DuPont’s global network of suppliers and manufacturers must be maintained to the highest standard. To guarantee this, DuPont has developed the DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program; a carefully-selected network of progressive, customer-oriented weavers and garment manufacturers whose fabrics and garments pass the rigorous quality controls of DuPont.

Within the framework of the Nomex® Partner Program, DuPont invited participating manufacturers to take part in the DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Garment Innovation Highlights, offering them a unique opportunity to present their latest innovations on the DuPont stand at A+A.

In preparation for A+A, innovative partner products have been critically examined by DuPont on the basis of four criteria: the innovations had to be notably different from existing solutions, had to address a specific customer need and to provide added performance or functionality, and ultimately had to be creative in terms of design or system integration. After careful consideration of the many submissions received, a handful of products have been selected as DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Garment Innovation Highlights. Some of these select, innovative products will be on display at the DuPont A+A stand, including the XFlex™ from Bristol Uniforms Ltd and the e+ARC® RS garments by Iturri.

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XFlex™ - incorporating Hainsworth® ECO-dry - is Bristol’s latest silhouette in light-weight fire-fighting personal protective equipment (PPE). Ergonomically designed it gives the ultimate in fit and comfort for the maximum number of body types (28 male and female sizes available). XFlex™ has distinctive sports styling and offers a garment combination that is suitable for the various hazardous roles associated with a fire-fighter’s work.

In the outer layer, Hainsworth® Atlas - based on DuPont™ Nomex® and DuPont™ Kevlar® - provides great thermal performances, durability and breathability. Moreover, a design construction known as TI-technology™ harnesses the dynamic nature of Nomex®, offering extra protection when the heat is on. While Nomex® reacts to extreme heat and flame by swelling and consolidating – creating a char barrier that absorbs heat and remains soft and supple until it cools – Kevlar® remains static, causing air pockets to form between the two layers and increasing thermal insulation over time.

In the inner layer the integration of Hainsworth® ECO-dry allows for greater comfort and wearability. ECO-dry is in fact antistatic, anti-microbial and naturally hygroscopic. It regulates the absorption and evaporation of moisture vapor, controlling odor and helping the wearer feel cool in summer and warm in winter.*

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Standard fire-resistant garments offer the user protection against flames, however when exposed to thermal risks associated with electric arc these garments may not fully protect the user. The new e+ARC® RS garments by Iturri offer workers increased thermal protection against electric arc burns. They have in fact been specifically developed for this risk, and ensure excellent thermal protection and tear strength qualities.

Using DuPont™ Nomex® Comfort and DuPont™ Kevlar® fibers, Estambril® Group has created the e+ARC® fabrics, which despite being medium-light weight (220 gr/m2) ensure excellent protection levels. The secret behind outstanding performances is the combination of both Nomex® and Kevlar® fibers – which provide high mechanical strength and thermal insulation – with an innovative fabric construction solution.

e+ARC® garments in fact are made with a non-homogeneous blend, which gives the fabric the capacity to react to a thermal attack. When exposed to heat, the fabric responds with asymmetric shrinkage, generating an extra air chamber capable of further increasing insulation and protection.**

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In addition to the XFlex™ and e+ARC® RS garments, DuPont will be showcasing its wide range of products on stand E31, Hall 5, giving visitors a unique opportunity to see the DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Garment Innovation Highlights up close and learn more about its unique qualities. DuPont will also be holding two 20-minute presentations on the Nomex® Garment Innovations and will be available to answer questions throughout the exhibition.

Presentation Schedule:
→ 19.10.2011 - 10:30 Nomex® Garment Innovations
→ 20.10.2011 -14:30 Nomex® Garment Innovations