The JPEO-CBD Awards $250,000 to Winners of Design Challenge

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

From Textile World: The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) has announced twelve winners of the Proof Challenge, a contest asking the public to design the next chembio suit. The winning teams received a combined total of $250,000 and the opportunity to work with JPEO-CBD to bring their ideas to fruition.

See the full list of finalists here.

Jane’s cites GORE® CHEMPAK® for outerwear protection in extreme environments

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Extreme conditions call for extreme measures, and according to a recent article in IHS Jane’s International Defence Review, W. L. Gore’s GORE® CHEMPAK® protective gear is a strategic protective outerwear alternative to the bulky, legacy charcoal-layer suits used in extreme settings where war fighters can be exposed to chemical and biological threats.

img_8489This includes Syria and northern Iraq where chemical and biological warfare has become commonplace. In an article titled “Extreme measures: land forces take cover from environmental challenges,” Jane’s looked at several new technologies designed to both protect war fighters and enhance performance in particularly difficult and perilous settings. (See PDF below).

This includes undersea operations as well as missions in arctic regions, mountainous areas and those where nuclear and chem/bio threats are possible or present.

GORE® CHEMPAK®, the article said, is a protective gear alternative for both conventional and non-conventional units, especially those on missions in hot climates.

GORE® CHEMPAK® fabrics provide protection against toxic chemicals and chemical warfare agents. At the same time GORE® CHEMPAK® allows operators to move freely and stay engaged longer with unencumbered movement and enhanced dexterity. GORE® CHEMPAK® can also be completely wet down, which draws out body heat and aids in cooling down the operator.

As the nature of war grows increasingly complex, planning for warfare in extreme conditions such as those described above is a growing objective for organizations such as the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Extreme conditions present a complex number of issues that compromise operational effectiveness and, as the Jane’s article cites, GORE® CHEMPAK® offers war fighters a competitive advantage as well as increased protection.

You can learn more by reading the article below from IHS Jane’s International Defence Review.

Article from Jane’s International Defence Review 08-Nov-2016

You can also learn more about GORE® CHEMPAK® below.


Navy to Issue Type III Uniforms at Boot Camp

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

The Navy will start rolling out new uniform changes by issuing Type III cammies to sailors in boot camp by the end of 2017, Navy Times reported.

The Navy Exchange also expects to stock the new uniforms at fleet-concentrated locations but has not determined when the new inventory will become available. To cover the costs of the new uniform, soldiers will receive a “plus-up” in their paycheck during the fiscal year 2018 and FY 2019.

Additionally, the Navy anticipates issuing flame-retardant Type III uniforms within the next year or two.

Read the full story here.

Marines Must Wear Woodland Cammies Year-Round

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

The U.S Marine Corps has announced troops will now wear woodland camouflage year-round, Marine Corps Times reported.

Marines will wear desert camouflage only on deployment and will not automatically change uniforms for the spring and summer. The Corps made this decision after determining the practice of switching cammies did not offer an operational advantage, Gen. Robert Neller explained to Marine Corps Times. The service uniform will be worn with a coat (bravos) in the winter and as a short-sleeve shirt (charlies) in the summer.

Commanders will determine when the sleeves of the woodland uniform may be rolled up or down, based on weather conditions.

Read the full story here.

Testing to the Extreme: Gore Unveils New State-of-the-Art Fire and Environment Simulation Labs

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Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

At Gore our scientists are continually inventing new materials that both protect war fighters in the field and make it possible for them to succeed at their missions, even in the harshest conditions. Testing is an essential and critical component of this process and to this end, Gore just unveiled two new advanced, state-of-the-art labs at our Elkton, Maryland headquarters, that simulate extreme conditions.

Our textile innovations provide a full bandwidth of characteristics – from materials that ensure warmth and protection from the extreme cold to ones that provide unmatched levels of fire resistance and retardancy against fire and flame — and the advance testing capabilities at our new labs allow us to accurately measure the capabilities of existing and new technologies.

gorepressevent-deckerenviro-600On November 17, we invited the world to our offices to unveil and demonstrate our new lab facilities. The response from writers around the world has been impressive, and you can read more below.

But in capsule – here’s the story:

Our new Environmental Chamber recreates the real-world environmental conditions found on the earth’s surface, from the most common to the most extreme. This includes accurately simulating the frigid conditions on Mt. Everest to the blazing sun and heat in Death Valley. The new Rain Tower simulates rainfall rates that range from drizzle to a heavy downpour.

According to Paul Canatella, technical leader for Gore’s Fabrics Division, “By creating real-world conditions in a lab environment we can scientifically measure and analyze the impact of a product on human perception.” In other words, this lab allows us to thoroughly test and evaluate how a product will function in the field, taking the guess-work out of the performance equation.

gorepressevent-hflabcal-600Our new Heat and Flame Protection lab allows Gore to precisely measure and analyze the ability of its products to provide three key elements of burn protection: flame resistance, thermal insulation and thermal stability.

Key components of this lab include the new Cone Calorimeter, which enables Gore engineers to measure heat release characteristics of the fabrics used in finished garments. The fire lab also evaluates time-to-burn in low heat flux scenarios where a firefighter could experience sweat burns and has a Pyrolysis Combustion Flow calorimeter (PCFC)/Micro Combustion Calorimeter (MCC) that allows Gore to rapidly characterize heat release and fire-preventing char generation in the raw materials used to make our products.

Both labs provide a world-class setting for Gore to extensively test the effects of apparel, activity and environment on the human body, plus measure human performance, protection levels, breathability and comfort for the end user.

You can learn much more about the new labs here.

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Army Researchers Develop Flame-Resistant Wool Blend

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Army researchers have been developing a wool-blend that’s flame-resistant, breathable, and moisture-wicking, Army Times reported.

The patent-approved fabric, intended to improve combat uniforms, doesn’t require topical flame-guard. The secret is a unique synthesis of wool and Nomex, Carole Winterhalter, a textile technologist at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, explained to the news source.

Unlike synthetic fibers, wool doesn’t melt or drip when exposed to fire. The material may have fallen out of fashion in recent years, but researchers say they’re working with extra-fine, non-itchy fleece from Rambouillet sheep. These flexible fibers also improve moisture management and have been treated for shrink-resistance.

Last August, soldiers tested a hundred flame-resistant uniforms during a training in Germany. Even in the summer heat, participants responded favorably to their new clothes.

The enhanced uniforms underwent standard burn-testing at the Thermal Test Facility in Natick, Massachusetts. Winterhalter expects further improvements after feedback has been collected and analyzed. At that point, researchers will pursue a broader field evaluation.

Winterhalter says the wool also meets guidelines of the Berry Amendment, which discourages the Defense Department from sourcing textiles produced outside the United States.

Read the full story here.


New Law Gives Preference To U.S.-Made Footwear

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act requires the Defense Department to issue American-made footwear, such as combat boots, to new soldiers, Kip Up reported.

The new bill, championed by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rep. Angus King (I-Maine), and Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine), goes before the Senate and the House of Representatives next week. Lawmakers claim it subjects footwear to the Barry Amendment, which gives preference to American-made products in military spending.

Read the full story here.

Army to Improve Protective Apparel with Innovative Wool-Blend

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Army researchers seek to enhance flame-resistant, protective apparel by creating a U.S.-manufactured, wool-blend uniform, Kit Up reports.

The wool-blend, which includes 42 percent Nomex and trace amounts of Kevlar and P140 antistatic fiber, is part of an effort to source new uniforms entirely from U.S. vendors. This will be first uniform fabric to incorporate wool, a sustainable fiber, a textile technologist at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) told the news source.

The Army tested new uniforms on 100 soldiers at the Exercise Combined Resolve VII, held in Germany during late summer. Each participant received three prototypes — one with topical insecticide, one with insecticide integrated into the fabric, and a third without treatment. The uniforms were individually field-tested by soldiers for seven days, but were not compared with existing apparel.

Participants have responded positively to the new outfits, even in the heat, researchers said. Further feedback will help determine if the development effort should continue.

There are roughly 80,000 wool growers in the U.S., which makes wool an ideal material. The service has also reintroduced Super Wash, a shrink-resistant treatment process.

The NSRDEC is currently planning a larger, 30-day field study to collect more data on the new uniform.

Read the full story here.

IFAI Expo Showcases Opportunities and Challenges for Textile Testing

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

As the textile industry veers rapidly toward technological and industrial innovation, the nature of fabric testing has grown more complex, a fact evidenced in a recent article by Advanced Textile Source covering the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo held in October in Charlotte, N.C.

This year’s IFAI conference, sponsored by North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Textiles, included an Advanced Textiles Conference Testing Track. Now that manufacturers routinely claim exceptional properties for their products, such as anti-flammability, odor control, and thermoregulation, textiles are facing increased scrutiny from consumers and the government. Extensive testing is still cheaper than a product recall, as one NCSU College of Textiles faculty member pointed out.

The pressure has been a boon for the testing industry. A recent report by MarketsandMarkets estimates testing-related cost will reach $7.22 million by 2020.  Meanwhile, the projected compound average growth rate of global textile testing from 2015 to 2020 could reach 4.6 percent, the article pointed out.

Testing practices are still catching up to innovation and production. For example, a presentation by Dr. Emiel DenHartog of NCSU’s Textile Protection and Comfort (TPAC) Center, warned of the need to investigate real-world functionality in thermal testing, a critical process in developing military and industrial safety apparel.

Electronic textiles present an even greater challenge, as Dr. Jesse Jur, a professor at NCSU, demonstrated using a garment with sensor-enabled ink. After two standard washings, the sensors began to fail, even after adding thermoplastic polyurethane to strengthen the ink. Research on smart fabrics must emphasize washability and the impact of electronics on the body, he concluded.

Several companies exhibited new tools for certifying textiles and tracking their integrity as they moves through the supply chain. Applied DNA Sciences showed off their new fiber tagging technology, designed to help manufacturers prevent the addition of counterfeit fibers in their product. Texbase Inc, a software company, presented a system for managing testing data aimed at simplifying the certification process.

Ultimately, testing advances highlighted in the Testing Track of the IFAI Expo, point to a robust future for the textile industry.

Read the full story here.

Enhanced Cold Weather Comfort

Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX Jacket and Cold WX Pant
Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

There are missions where cold weather conditions can go to great extremes. In response, Arc’teryx has added a new cold weather jacket and pants to its LEAF line of cold weather outerwear that features GORE® WINDSTOPPER® technology.

Coldproof down to -40F, the new Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX Jacket and Cold WX Pant SV Multicam feature an advanced version of Gore’s iconic WINDSTOPPER® laminate called MN30p WINDSTOPPER® 2L. The earlier version of the Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX jacket and pant worked in conditions down to -04F.

Developed for Special Operations personnel, the GORE® WINDSTOPPER® laminate outer shell of the Arc’teryx LEAF Cold Weather jacket and pants is windproof, water-resistant and coldproof, yet highly breathable.

The materials behind the new LEAF Cold Weather ensemble include this new advanced version of GORE® WINDSTOPPER® in combination with two layers of Climashield insulation.

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® fabrics are constructed by laminating Gore’s special ePTFE membrane to a wide range of functional fabrics and have been designed to enhance performance in the field, despite bitter cold. During heavy exertion, human bodies can release over 4½ cups of perspiration in an hour. Only the most breathable fabrics can prevent overheating, which in the coldest conditions, will lead eventually to a war fighter becoming chilled.

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® is 2X more breathable than comparable windproof products, but offers the same level of breathability as comparable non-windproof products. The 1.4 billion micropores in every square inch of the WINDSTOPPER® membrane let water vapor escape virtually unhindered, even when a war fighter is working at maximum intensity.

The end result is soft, lightweight weather protection in one versatile and durable garment. GORE® WINDSTOPPER® fabric also offers water-and snow-resistant capability with faster drying time.

To learn more about the new Arc’teryx LEAF Cold WX Jacket and Cold WX Pant SV Multicam with advanced WINDSTOPPER® you can go to:


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