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Murdock Webbing is now producing their jacquard woven camouflage webbing in PenCott GreenZone pattern, with BadLands soon to follow. The GreenZone webbing is in-stock, and can be purchased from the following sources:
SSD made this visit to DuPont back in August of 2010. The post offers a great look at the advantages of FR materials.
DuPont’s Spruance facility in Richmond, Virginia recently hosted SSD for an in depth look at Fire Resistance and Ballistic Protection.
Back in the 60s a new class of fabrics was developed, called Aramids with DuPont at the forefront of their creation. Two fabrics in this class have become the cornerstones of modern Soldier Survivability; Kevlar and Nomex. They provide Ballistic and Fire protection respectively. Kevlar was initially developed by DuPont for tire belts but not put to its current use until the early 70s. Nomex on the other hand was quickly integrated into flying and space suits not long after its creation.
The most compelling portion of the visit was the ThermoMan lab. Composed of 122 sensors, ThermoMan was designed with the assistance of NC State. In addition to the mannequin, there is also a skin burn injury model that takes data collected at the sensors and displays how a thermal threat would equate to an injury to the human body. One interesting aspect of the ThermoMan over other testing methods such as the commonly used vertical flame test is that the ThermoMan tests not only the material’s performance but also the garment’s overall design and construction. This is a critical factor in protecting a wearer from thermal threats. If a flame can get inside a garment then the wearer might as well not be wearing FR at all. Interestingly, the pocket configuration of the issue flight suit is designed to provide additional protection for the wearer by doubling the layers of Nomex in certain key areas. Testing has revealed that most injuries actually occur after the flame threat is removed and the wearer is subjected to residual heat retained by the garment.
We witnessed two burns consisting of a 3 second burn delivering 6 calories. It is intended to replicate a JP4 fire. In the first burn, an issue CWU-27/P US issue flight suit manufactured from Nomex III.
As you can see, minimal damage was sustained by the ThermoMan due to the material and design of the flight suit. it is important to note that while the ThermoMan does a great job predicting injuries, actual injuries may vary due to a wearers body and the fit of the garment. Experience has shown that 1% injury equates to 1 day in the hospital. In this case, the ThermoMan indicated 7% injuries.
In the second, a similar looking flight suit manufactured from 65/35 PolyCotton was subjected to the same threat. PolyCotton, a mixture of 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton is commonly found in Chinese made garments. There IS a place for this fabric, but as you will see in the video, it isn’t in a flame threat environment. Rather, PolyCotton is a cool fabric and very good for use in warm climates. The choice of materials goes back to our recent article concerning knowing your equipment, the threat, and environmental conditions and making an informed choice about which equipment to choose. As you can see the PolyCotton not only caught on fire but it continued to burn even after a direct flame was removed. In this case, the ThermoMan sustained 75% injuries.
During our visit to the ballistics lab we witnessed a demonstration of testing of an armor vest and were introduced to the various apparatus used during testing. Additionally, we were given the opportunity to try out first hand correctional armor which is designed to stop stab and puncture threats. We were amazed at how much differently ballistic and correctional armor reacted to the icepick type of shiv commonly found in correctional facilities. The bottom line is that correctional armor works.
We were fortunate enough to be able to discuss a variety of current Soldier Systems issues with the DuPont team but probably the most important message we got was that DuPont is constantly looking at new ways to use their flagship products. Adaptability is the key as they not work to improve the performance of their materials but also as they seek new ways to use their products as well as combine them with other fibers.
While in years past many vendors would have pushed monolithic solutions to threats, it makes more sense now to develop hybrid solutions that combine multiple fibers into a more robust material. This way, the best characteristics of different materials can be combined into a common solution.
Overall, the meeting was excellent and we left with a greater appreciation of the level of commitment DuPont has to protecting our troops and public safety professionals.
This sample of Valdyr camouflage was digitally printed on Durastretch 520V by MMI Textiles. You may recognize the pattern from Revision Military’s Kinetic Operations Suit built for USSOCOM’s TALOS program.
The Durastretch 520V is actually a lighterwight fabric than you’d think. It’s a Berry compliant, 5.3 oz, 90% Nylon/10% Spandex ripstop, stretch fabric. I’m hoping to see someone make something out of it soon (hint, hint Trey and Tom!).
MMI Textiles offers a variety of fabric printing capabilities including the digital print option seen above. Be sure to visit them at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, August 5th-8th in Salt Lake City, Utah – Booth # 355-304.
We received this note yesterday from MMI Textiles. We’ve known Thomas for several years and he’s a great guy. Congrats to all!
Thomas Caldwell has recently joined the team at MMI Textiles, Inc. as Technical Sales Director. He brings with him extensive experience from Trelleborg Coated Systems in their Engineered Fabrics business unit. During his career, Thomas has held positions such as Director of Sales and Marketing, National Sales Manager, and Military Business Manager. Prior to his professional business career, Thomas served six years in the Marine Corps and attended Texas Tech University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration.
We are very excited to add Thomas to our team as we continue to explore and support new markets within technical products.
1947, LLC has announced that in conjunction with their partner Texcel Industries they are proud to offer webbing in all MultiCam color options, including Alpine.
Now is the time to get those winter projects together. Since 500 Denier Westridge Cordura Nylon is also available in MultiCam Alpine, full pattern matching is a snap.
For more in for visit, 1947llc.com.
Renaissance Steel Research is a relative newcomer in Steel Targetry. Based in North Carolina, RSR is a Veteran-owned CNC machining, welding, and fabrication facility. They are a contract manufacturer who specializes in CNC machine, metal fabrication, engineering, design, and production, although they also produce a full line of steel targets.
Their Ready Ship Target, for example, features an A/B/partial C Zone IPSC strike face made of AR500 3/8 rifle-rated steel. Included with this system is a collapsible steel stand with a 2×4 bracket for steel targets and 1×2 brackets for paper and steel targets, as well as all necessary assembly hardware, sans the lumber.
You can check out their full product line, and more, at www.rsrsteeltargets.com
Spartan Village is now offering custom waterproof IR patch identifiers. While Spartan Village does currently offer Cordura IR patches that are water resistant, these new patches are even more durable in extremely wet conditions, having been torture tested in both fresh and saltwater, with test units submerged for over 24 hours without fail. These patches will be of particular benefit to anyone who conducts maritime and extreme wet weather operations.
Patches will be available in standard Multicam with more Multicam pattern color ways to come. Contact Spartan Village directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for custom inquiries.
LANSING, Mich., – June 29, 2015 – Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTCQB: KBLB) (“Company”), the leading developer of advanced spider silk based fibers, announced the creation of Dragon Silk, its strongest and most flexible recombinant spider silk technology.
Dragon Silk represents a leap in the Company’s recombinant spider silk technology, combining both the elasticity and strength elements of native spider silk. A small number of Dragon Silk samples have demonstrated tensile strength as high as 1.79 gigapascals, exceeding widely reported spider silk strength (by as much as 37%, depending on source literature). Several samples of Dragon Silk also demonstrated elasticity above 38%, exceeding native dragline spider silk. This new material has shown it can be more flexible than Monster Silk® and stronger than Big Red, the Company’s leading recombinant spider silk products. The Company is now working to standardize the performance level across the entire Dragon Silk genetic line.
“Dragon Silk is our strongest and most flexible recombinant spider silk material to date,” said Company Founder and CEO Kim Thompson. “We have never believed that native spider silk is the limit of strength and flexibility performance. A few superstar individuals, within the genetically engineered colony we call Dragon Silk, have demonstrated that extremely high level of performance in the laboratory. We are now working to obtain that standard throughout the Dragon Silk line. Even as we undertake that work, our research team is working in parallel to create even more powerful transgenics. Dragon Silk represents yet another material science breakthrough and shifts the standard of performance expectation for spider silk technologies.”