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Advanced PPE with Kevlar and Nomex

DuPont licensees addressing changing regulatory standards and unmet worker protection needs.

11th March 2024

Innovation in Textiles
 |  USA


DuPont Personal Protection has announced the three winners of its 10th annual Protection Innovation Award recognising the use of Kevlar and/or Nomex materials in gloves or sleeves.

The award highlights design innovation driven by DuPont brand licensees who are utilising proprietary fibre solutions in personal protective equipment (PPE).

The Kut Guard arc flash sleeve developed by Protective Industrial Products (PIP) features both Kevlar and Nomex fibres in a single arc rated protective design. It features a seamless knitted single-ply shell and is the latest addition to the PIP portfolio of hand and arm protection equipment. It provides superior comfort and protection benefits to workers who face mechanical, contact heat and arc flash hazards.

    The Mechanix Wear Leather needlestick law enforcement glove is designed to deliver hazard protection against hypodermic needles, blades and other sharp threats that police officers, SWAT units and corrections officers may encounter while on duty. ArmorCore needlestick resistant technology utilises a proprietary spun yarn blended with Kevlar fibres to create a flexible single-layer woven material achieving a lighter more dexterous needlestick barrier covering the entire palm and rolling over the fingertips. In addition to puncture protection, the glove integrates a 360° cut resistant liner to ensure protection from cuts and lacerations An outer shell of Durahide FR goat skin leather incorporates hot-stamped grip overlays on the fingers and palm for improved durability, grip and comfort.

Youngstown’s Waterproof Extreme winter mitt has been developed for use in the harshest environments and features a unique ‘trigger finger’ design for good dexterity while also keeping the hands warm. It is ideal for workers exposed to extreme conditions in the utilities, oil and gas and construction segments. It is comprised of multiple layers of integrated protection including a flame-resistant fleece liner and a layer of comfortable Nomex 120g insulation. The inner liner, constructed from 100% Kevlar, provides proven cut protection. A waterproof membrane layer, applied over a double-layered leather outer shell, provides a reliable barrier against extreme cold-weather elements.

“The demand for multi-risk hazard protection in a single glove or sleeve design continues to be a trend,” said Christine Christmas, global market leader of DuPont Personal Protection. “Our licensees are investing in expanded research to find new materials that offer cut, heat, flame and electrical arc protection. They can count on our support to help them address changing regulatory standards and unmet worker protection needs.”

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