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Shawmut Custom Solutions

Overview

Shawmut has a long history of partnering with customers to bring unique material solutions to market. Our full spectrum of lamination processes combined with our depth of technical resources and experience in a wide range of industries is unique in the technical textiles industry. Shawmut offers a full range of services and capabilities to support custom development.

Products & Applications

MVT & Performance Barrier Films
Shawmut sources high MVT microporous and monolithic barrier films from around the globe. These films are made from a variety of polymers including urethane, nylon, PTFE, and olefin-based resins. Along with our film sourcing capabilities, Shawmut has the added capability to engineer a film to meet a specific customer requirement through strategic partnerships with key film manufacturers.

Flame and Heat Resistance
Shawmut’s engineering team has decades of experience developing and manufacturing laminated solutions to meet the extreme challenges associated with high temperature and proximity to flame. Custom products ranging from aluminized fiberglass to high performance breathable laminates incorporating inherently fire retardant fibers, such as Nomex, Kevlar and PBI, are examples of the diverse capability we provide.

Chemical & Biological Protection
Our products range from excellent chemical protection afforded by the nonwoven/Saran® film laminate used in the production of Haz Mat suits, to durable surgical gowns capable of achieving conformance to ASTM F1670 and ASTMF1671 for blood and viral barrier resistance.
Shawmut has demonstrated experience achieving chemical and biological agent resistance across a broad range of applications for disposable as well as durable lamination applications requiring wash/dry/autoclavability to as many as 100 cycles.

Durable Garments
We offer lamination technology that allows materials to pass the rigors of numerous industrial launderings, autoclaving, and critical end-use applications. Shawmut has the ability to engineer adhesives and lamination technology to create durable materials to meet the most demanding specification and end-use application that a customer might encounter.

Darlexx® Stretch Barrier Laminates
Darlexx® is an omni-directional spandex warp knit with a layer of a highly breathable elastic monolithic membrane. Windproof, waterproof, and breathable, Darlexx® provides solutions across a broad spectrum of end-product applications, such as warm water diving suits, ski racing suits, clean room hoods, boots, and gloves. Darlexx® comes in a 2-ply or 3-ply construction.

Low Cost Disposables
Our ability to handle extremely light-weight nonwovens and films at high speeds with precise control of adhesive lay down (low add-on weights), makes us a competitive alternative to direct extrusion coating. In applications where barrier properties, soft hand and drape, low noise, and other textile-like attributes are desirable, our lamination technology is unmatched.

Molding & Foaming-in-Place
As the largest laminator of automotive foam-in-place trim components in North America, we are capable of engineering composites that meet the critical needs of your molding and foam-in-place applications. Shawmut specializes in three ply fabric-foam-film composites that use lubricant free urethane films for easy molding and bonding. Utilizing our proprietary film control process and patented pin-hole certification system, we can engineer the appropriate film composite for any application.

Air and Liquid Containment
Should your application involve achieving conformance to military specifications for potable water containment or use as fuel resistant fabrics for the construction of collapsible fuel tank to a reinforced structure, providing a long term barrier to air or helium, Shawmut’s engineering team has a reputation for delivering materials conforming to demanding challenges. Our development group will work cooperatively with you, selecting appropriate fabrics and films to meet the unique physical and chemical challenges of your unique application.

Molded & Die Cut Parts
Shawmut has been Die Cutting Roll goods for over 50 years in our Trim Components division.  We have Multi-roll capability for high volume production, as well as shuttle Die Cutters for competitively priced low volume production.  We also have CNC cutting capability for prototype runs without the need for hard tooling.  This offers the advantage of "testing" part size configuration without having to commit to hard tooling expense before final part size is determined. 

The Trim Components division offers a variety of formable soft substrates for door panel inserts and other interior components.  We offer low volume molding with competitive tooling prices, as well as multi-cavity capabilities for cost competitive high volume soft molded inserts.  In addition we have wood and propylene-based products for high impact structural formed inserts such as "rear load" door panels.

 

Products & Applications

MVT & Performance Barrier Films

Flame and Heat Resistance

Chemical & Biological Protection

Durable Garments

Darlexx® Stretch Barrier Laminates

Low Cost Disposables

Molding & Foaming-in-Place

Air and Liquid Containment

Molded & Die Cut Parts

 

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