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Dupont adds two new Thermo-Man testing facilities
Dupont Protection Solutions will add two new Thermo-Man testing facilities in Brazil and Singapore in 2016, increasing its capacity to test and analyse the performance of protective apparel exposed to sudden fire.
“The new facilities bring the total number of Dupont Thermo-Man proprietary testing labs to five worldwide, which includes those in the US, Switzerland and UAE,” a Dupont press release stated.
According to Dupont, it continues to be a world leader in the science of heat and flame protection, delivering trusted products such as the leading flame-resistant fibre, Dupont Nomex.
“This is coupled with state-of-the art testing that is consistent with global standards, training and product selection tools, to its customers across industries,” it added.
"These investments to expand our global network of thermal testing and innovation centres will further enhance our ability to serve customers," said Rose Lee, DuPont Protection Solutions president.
"We will be poised to support the development of more advanced fabrics, as well as advancing our own fibre technologies, which will increase and broaden the levels of flame-resistant protection,” Lee added.
“These include for those most at risk, including firefighters, industrial workers, emergency response professionals and military personnel," she informed.
As per the company, the Thermo-Man is a life-sized instrumented mannequin covered with 122 heat sensors and is one of the most advanced thermal burn injury evaluation devices in the world.
While the Dupont Nomex is a flame-resistant fibre, with more than 3 million firefighters, as well as workers across various manufacturing industries and armed forces personnel depending on it to help keep them safe.
“Nomex fibre can help enable protective apparel to have the lowest possible weight at the highest level of protection, breathability for reduced heat stress, and the ability to effectively wick away moisture,” it observed.
Dupont further added that in addition to personal protection, Nomex is used in mass transit systems, wind energy, transformers, filtration, hoses and aircraft. (AR)