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Shawmut Military & Protective Clothing

Overview

Since World War I Shawmut has supplied the U.S. Military with base fabrics and laminated structures. For the past forty years, we have focused solely on lamination as an added value component across a diverse range of industrial applications requiring protective apparel.
Producing everything from waterproof breathable outerwear and chemical/biological protection to flame retardant moisture barriers and footwear, Shawmut continues to pursue development initiatives to advance the current state of the art.

Our direct access to a wide range of internal process capabilities enables our engineering team to select the most appropriate process technology to develop solutions capable of meeting the most stringent requirements associated with applications where individuals’ lives are at risk.

Products

Military Laminates
Developing high performance laminates for the Military has been part of Shawmut’s history for more than fifty years. From high MVTR laminates for use in apparel applications, to footwear uppers and waterproof/breathable booties, to thermo-formable composites for gun holsters and ammunition packs to structural textiles for tenting which provide CB resistance, Shawmut’s engineering team can help you select the components to design the process to produce a laminate for virtually any application.

Chemical & Biological Protection
Our products range from excellent chemical protection afforded by the non-woven/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.

Fire Services Products
One of the most demanding challenges for a laminated material used in an apparel application is the moisture barrier within a fire fighter’s turnout gear. Shawmut produces this highly specified component in compliance with NFPA1971.

The moisture barrier must meet the extreme demands of resistance to extremely high temperature as well as vertical flame, provide an integral barrier to both chemical and viral attack, have sufficient durability to remain pinhole free after use and multiple commercial wash cycles, all while exhibiting a high degree of moisture vapor transmission which is designed to prevent the wearer from developing heat stress. An ongoing continuous improvement approach ensures that the next level of protection and user comfort is always within reach.

Utility Workwear
One of Shawmut’s core competencies is the development and production of laminated hardshell and softshell materials which are capable of providing waterproof breathable functionality. Utility Rainwear has ever increasing demands, encompassing conformance to requirements such as ANSI/ISEA 107 for high visibility workwear, FR and Electrical Arc resistance.

The Shawmut engineering team can work with you to select the proper materials from fabrics to films, along with the proper techniques and mechanisms for combining these materials to achieve conformance to the most difficult requirements. From PVC/Nonwovens to more exotic inherently flame resistant fibers, such as PBI®, Nomex® and Kevlar® structured into woven fabrics or knits combined with selectively permeable membranes, Shawmut can develop a solution to meet your needs.

 

Products

Military Laminates

Chemical & Biological Protection

Fire Services Products

Utility Workwear

 

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