JPS’ years of experience and research in this field have made us knowledgeable about effective weave designs for the threats needed for protective clothing products and industrial protection applications. Since 9/11, we have seen an increased need for blast resistance fabrics for government buildings, state buildings, hospitals and industrial employee protection. Civilian police forces that are exposed to relatively high-mass/low-velocity bullets will use a different fiber and different fabric weave designs than military applications which encounter relatively low-mass/high-velocity bullets and fragments.
Lightweight, durable and comfortable material is vital in this industry to make sure that the users will not hesitate to wear soft body armor for protection. The high strength of fabrics woven from Kevlar®, Spectra® and Twaron® brand fibers provides phenomenal ballistic and blunt trauma protection which has saved thousands of lives. JPS’ ballistic team is committed to finding the correct solution to solve your ballistic fabric needs.
A para-aramid fiber that displays excellent dimensional stability over a wide range of temperatures for prolonged periods. Even at temperatures of 320° F (160° C) Kevlar® shows essentially no embrittlement or strength loss. Kevlar® fiber also has excellent dimensional stability with a slightly negative coefficient of thermal expansion (-1.1 X 10-6/° F or -0.2 X 10-6/° C). Kevlar ® fiber does not melt or support combustion but will start to decompose at about 800° F (427° C).
Kevlar® 29, 129
Tough yarns that are better suited for ballistic protection and are used both in soft body armor applications such as personal protection ballistic vests, and as robust reinforcements for a variety of hard armor applications, racing helmets, ballistic helmets, spall panels, ballistic blankets and electronic housing protection.
Kevlar ® KM2
Made in 400 denier, 600 denier and 850 denier, offering a high performance product variant specially designed for use in military ballistic applications. These yarns are used in both soft and hard military products to defeat multiple threats.
A newer yarn that’s used in the lightest-weight body armor products on the market today. This yarn is mainly used in the civilian police products to provide comfortable, high level protection.
Developed for correctional institutions as the first stab resistant fabric. This new Kevlar® fiber, which is 4 times thinner than typical ballistic yarns, is used for an ultra-dense weave but still maintains a strength value that is five times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis.
One of the newest yarns developed for body armor. This new yarn is available to licensed companies through DuPont.
Spectra® 900 is the original extended-chain ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber was introduced by Honeywell’s Spectra® Performance Materials in 1985. Common to all Spectra® fibers, with a high strength-to-weight ration, Spectra® 900 is pound for pound 8 times stronger than steel. It is light enough to float, has superior abrasion-resistance qualities, and is resistant to chemicals, water and UV. Applications include safety products, such as cut-protective gloves and abrasion resistant materials. Because of the hydrophobic character, it is an excellent product for marine applications.
The second-generation family of Spectra ® 1000 fibers, developed to provide higher strength, higher modulus and improved creep properties as well as fibers with enhanced ballistic performance in armor. As an extended chain, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, Spectra® 1000 fibers have a high strength-to-weight ratio and is, pound for pound, 10 times stronger than steel. It is light enough to float, has superior abrasion resistance and has excellent resistance to chemicals, water and UV. Applications include ballistic armor, cut-protective gloves and safety products.
Twaron® 1000, 2040
High-performance para-aramid fibers supplied by Teijin Aramid®. Since Twaron® entered the marketplace, some 15 years ago, many improvements in properties have been made. Development of finer filaments, uniquely combined with higher tensile properties, resulted in the patented Twaron® Microfilament and have led to the newest types of Twaron® yarns exceptionally well adapted to the specific demands of hard and soft ballistic applications.
Woven to produce a substrate with ballistic resistance properties for hard armor applications. The ballistic resistance is attained through the combination of the following variables: composite construction, resin system, resin content and fiber volume. S-2 ® Fabrics supplied to the markets have been approved in specific composite applications in MRAP programs.
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