Military & Protective Clothing
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.
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.
& 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
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.
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.
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.