New technology to help marine safety equipment function better, for longer, in rougher conditions is coming to the fore, and businesses need to know what their options are for creating and upgrading products to feature the latest advances. TPU-coated textiles are incredibly versatile and, especially when using a polymer blend, can have many different valuable properties to help make your marine safety equipment better. Here are three aspects you should be aware of.
International Safety Certifications
Especially in the marine industry as vessels move from one country to another, having safety devices that meet international standards is key. A number of different bodies put out these standards, so it’s important to know where you’re marketing the safety equipment and what waters it will likely travel into. Staying up to date with meeting all international standards is important and purchasing TPU coated fabric that you know has met all necessary standards is the first step. We test every batch of fabric to ensure it meets the required standards and our quality stays high.
Rubber-coated fabrics can only be joined by gluing, a messy process that limits manufacturing possibilities and brings manufacturing employees into regular contact with potentially harmful chemicals. TPU coated textiles can be joined using welding techniques in addition to adhesives. These processes are faster, stronger, provides more options to manufacturers, and are safer for employees.
Increased Fabric Resistance
New polymer blends and alloys improve the resistance capabilities of coated textiles to various weather and chemical conditions. When operating in the marine environment, safety products must maintain their key properties despite extended UV exposure, extreme weather conditions, harsh salt water environments, and more. Advanced polymers and polymer blends used in textile coatings allow manufacturers to choose the properties they need the fabric to have.
Manufacturing businesses producing or upgrading their marine safety products should pay close attention to these advances when deciding on the specifications for the fabric used in the product. With new technology allowing for stronger, longer-lasting, and extra safety features, these coated fabrics will help your business stay on top of the latest technology. To learn more about each of these trends, download our 2018 Technology Update for Marine Safety Textiles or reach out to the Erez sales team to determine how we can help you meet the needs of your project.