Gore’s Product Experts Speak to Industry


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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

In 2017, W. L. Gore & Associates’ scientists and product specialists were invited to speak at several industry conferences. This includes The SAFE Symposium, which provides an international exchange of technical information about safety apparel and equipment technologies.

The SAFE Symposium includes technical paper and panel sessions, workshops, lectures and product demonstrations.

This fall at the 2017 SAFE SYMPOSIUM, W. L. Gore’s Wally Nelson was a presenter, discussing flame resistant (FR) garments worn by personnel in a wide variety of industries, including fire service, military and private industry.

“Historically,” said Nelson, “older generation FR materials have provided good protection during exposure to heat and flame, but under-perform in other areas such as comfort and durability. In addition, garments made with traditional FR fabrics are not colorfast and tend to be hot, heavy, bulky, expensive and not durable when exposed to abrasion.”

In response, Gore has developed FR fabrics that don’t force the user to make tradeoffs associated with traditional FR fabrics. Gore’s foundational knowledge of material science, market experience with delivering FR fabrics for fire service and military personnel and state-of-the-art Heat and Flame Protection Sciences Laboratory were employed in the development process. The result was GORE® PYRAD® Flame Retardant fabrics.

GORE® PYRAD® apparel being subjected to PYROMAN testing.

Examples of protective outerwear products made from GORE® PYRAD® cited by Nelson included the GORE-TEX PYRAD® Hard Shell Jacket and the GORE® PYRAD® Lightweight Loft Jacket.

GORE® PYRAD® is a family of revolutionary new fabric products that offer enhanced functionality and protection against incidental heat and flame threats without tradeoffs in comfort, durability, and colorfastness. This technology offers a unique blend of flame resistance, thermal insulation and thermal stability. Garments made with GORE® PYRAD® fabric are also light weight, fast drying, abrasion resistant, and available in various colors and print patterns.

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Meanwhile, stay tuned here for next year’s presenter announcements and recaps!

 

Marine Corps adopting new uniform and boots in 2018


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Source: Marine Times

The Marine Corps expects to begin making a new tropical uniform and boots available in late 2018, per the aim of Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller for the Corps to have lighter gear. The new boots and uniform will not be seabag items, meaning Marines will not be required to have them. Marines who know their units will be deployed to desert or jungle climes can get the uniform and boots at individual issue facilities or purchase them in exchanges. A team in Hawaii with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines has been testing the new tropical uniforms.

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Soldiers to test new jungle boots, hot weather uniforms


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Source: Army Times

Troops with the 25th Infantry Division will wear new jungle boots and an improved hot weather uniform in different settings, including a Pacific Pathways exercise rotation to the Philippines and Thailand in February. Program Executive Office Soldier will collect feedback from the soldiers in March to see if anything needs to be tweaked with the boots or uniform. A limited number of soldiers — around 100 — have worn the Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform, but January will be the first time soldiers have put on the new version of the jungle combat boot.

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Marine Corps announces latest uniform changes


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Source: Marine Times

Marines will now be required to have watch caps, combat utility gloves and inserts as part of the latest Marine Corps Uniform Board recommendations approved by Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. Other changes include trouser-tuck update, insignia permissions, and boot allowances.

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Meet Us in Paris


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This week at Milipol Paris 2017, W. L. Gore & Associates’ Military Fabrics team will showcase our latest innovative technologies engineered to support mission success for law enforcement, CBRN and Special Forces. The leading event in Europe for homeland security, it’s the perfect stage. Milipol takes place on November 21-24, 2017 at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre in Paris, France, and is attended by more than 20,000 visitors and journalists and nearly 1,000 exhibitors. Here, visitors can see and learn about these Gore cutting-edge fabric technologies:

  • GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Boot: A breathable, waterproof daily duty boot that features an abrasion-resistant, three-layer GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Laminate. The laminate withstands 100,000 abrasion movements when dry and 50,000 abrasion movements when wet. That’s four times as many as the current standard.
  • GORE-TEX Product Technology: Ergonomic, lightweight weather protection garments that are simultaneously breathable and insulating while protecting against rain and wind. This technology is physiologically optimized to release heat and moisture, which keeps heat stress at a minimum.
  • GORE® WINDSTOPPER®: This lightweight garment provides cold weather protection in extreme temperatures. GORE® WINDSTOPPER®’s five-layered fabric structure features a water-repellent, windproof, breathable laminate that envelopes a multilayered insulation.
  • GORE® PYRAD® Fabric Technology: Self-extinguishing, fire retardant (FR) garments with no melt / no drip technology. This FR technology reduces the severity of injuries when compared to FR-treated cotton and polyester blends.
  • GORE® ePTFE Technology: This blend of ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene), nylon and cotton fibers offers a combination of air permeability, fast drying time and strength-to-weight ratio and will not melt or drip during flash-fire incidents. The enhanced microclimate air circulation reduces perspiration and overheating, thus making it essential in hot climates.
  • GORE® CHEMPAK®: Protective clothing made with advanced, breathable ePTFE-based chemical and biological protective film. These vapor-permeable garments release perspiration while guarding against hazardous chemical and biological warfare agents. GORE® CHEMPAK®’s thin, lightweight material significantly reduces weight and pack volume without sacrificing durability.

Meet us in Hall 6 at Stand F 161 to see and learn about these innovations, and be sure to watch this amazing advance video!

Learn more about Milipol here.

ChemBio and Advanced Combat Fabrics at AUSA


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At the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting and Expo in Washington, DC, W. L. Gore & Associates introduced a new uniform fabric to the world designed for both comfort and high durability. Made from a combination of nylon, cotton and ePTFE fibers, this innovation is called Excalibur and it’s the newest addition to Gore’s new line of Advanced Combat Fabrics.

The first fabric in that line was Katana, which we wrote about in last week’s blog entry, AT AUSA 2017, KATANA TAKES CENTER STAGE.

Katana has a 25% ePTFE fiber component and was developed for wear in hot, tropical environments such as those found in the Pacific Rim. It’s highly breathable, designed for low water pickup and exceptionally durable.  Excalibur has similar characteristics but is made from a lower component of ePTFE (18%) and developed for use across a wider variety of climates. Both Katana and Excalibur are no melt-no drip.

You can learn more about Excalibur in the article below from Soldier Systems.

Gore’s Advanced Combat Fabric line was also featured during AUSA 17 in National Defense Magazine, article link below.

And at AUSA we introduced Gore’s new ChemBio protective garment, GORE CHEMPAK with Stretch Technology. Designed for wear and optimal performance in chemically hazardous environments, GORE CHEMPAK with Stretch Technology provides protection against a broad range of chemical threats in liquid, vapor and aerosol form.

Gore filmed a video at AUSA 2017 that describes GORE CHEMPAK with Stretch Technology in detail. Highlights include the fact that it’s designed for both safety and comfort, has a reduced weight and pack volume than its predecessor and is designed to reduce heat stress. You can learn more in our video on the new Gore Military Fabrics YouTube channel.

Overall, AUSA 2017 was a great show for Gore Military Fabrics and the ideal opportunity to showcase the many innovations we continue to develop for the military.

Learn more about Gore Military Fabrics below:

Soldier Systems

GORE CHEMPAK with Stretch Technology on YouTube

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At AUSA 2017, Katana Takes Center Stage


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At last week’s annual AUSA Army show in Washington, DC, W. L. Gore & Associates’ Military Fabrics team showcased several new and innovative technologies. The booth was busy throughout the show, and one product that generated a great amount of attention from visitors and media outlets alike was Katana, Gore’s revolutionary new military uniform fabric.

Katana is one of the first products developed by W. L Gore & Associates that uses ePTFE in fiber form. The typical uniform fiber blend is 50% nylon, 50% cotton. Katana is made from a blend of 37% nylon, 37% cotton and 25% ePTFE. The result is a hydrophobic fabric that doesn’t easily gain water from perspiration or the elements. It dries much faster than the typical NYCO uniform fabric blend and is also air permeable, yet highly durable.

Katana is currently used in the high-tech LEAF uniforms Arc’teryx has developed for use by special forces and was on display at a reception held at the Arc’teryx store in Washington, DC, on the first night of AUSA 2017.

Cheryl Booth, a product manager for Gore Military Fabrics, filmed a video about Katana at our booth at AUSA 2017 that you can view below to learn more. And be sure to read the article from Kit Up! about Katana, link also below.

According to Kit Up! Katana represents “a major shift from the GORE-TEX products that have made W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. a giant in the outerwear industry.” The Kit Up! article adds: “Katana-based garments are designed for hot weather – both hot and dry and hot and tropical.”

By the way, if you are wondering why Gore named this amazing fabric Katana, the answer is simple. Katana was a traditional Japanese sword used by the Samurai of ancient Japan. The name fits, given Katana’s unique ability to support today’s war fighters on tough missions.

You can learn more about Katana below:

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Cheryl Booth Talks Katana on YouTube

See Us at AUSA Oct. 9 to 11


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W. L. Gore & Associates will introduce its latest military fabrics innovations at the AUSA 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Oct. 9-11, in Washington, DC.

At the show we will showcase GORE® CHEMPAK® fabric with stretch technology, which is used in the CPCSU-2. GORE® CHEMPAK® fabric delivers protection against a wide range of chemical and biological hazards in liquid, vapor and aerosol form.

Our new soft, flexible GORE® Advanced Uniform Fabric will also be on display. This fabric innovation offers an ideal combination of improved breathability, faster drying time and superior strength without melting or dripping during flash-fire incidents.

Products developed by the GORE® Military Fabrics team in Europe will be on display.

At AUSA, Gore will also feature its expanded catalog of GORE® Cables and Materials for ground vehicles and aircraft that deliver failure-free performance in any military defense operation. This includes small, lightweight high data rate cables; high-frequency coaxial and microwave/RF assemblies; robust power and signal delivery cables; durable aircraft sealants; and excellent EMI shielding materials.
Attendees at AUSA are invited to visit us at Booth 2733 to learn more. Additional details can be found at gore.com/ausa2017

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Update on new Army gear


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Defense News

New soldier-centric projects are being developed and fielded by Program Executive Officer Soldier from the unit commander, Brig. Gen. Brian P. Cummings, and his staff. Here are a few:

1. The Modular Scalable Vest

2. Integrated Head Protection System

3. The XM17 or Modular Handgun System

4. The Joint Effects Targeting System

5. Nett Warrior

6. The XM25 multi-shot grenade launcher

7. New Jungle Army Combat Uniform and boots

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