Teijin Aramid has introduced two new SK1 approved Twaron-based solutions that are said to weigh less and offer more comfort than current bullet-proof vests.
The new lightweight Twaron CT511 – made from one of the thinnest aramid yarns in the world – and a new lightweight hybrid solution that reduces back face deformation were presented at the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference (GPEC) in Leipzig, Germany, from September 11-13, 2012.
In the case of bullet-resistant vests, it is paramount that they ensure the best protection by absorbing the impact of bullets and other types of firearms. However, the weight and the fit of the vest should not hinder the performance of its wearer, according to Teijin.
The first, very low weight, 100% Twaron solution is 4.18kg/sq m and consists of Twaron 420 dtex yarn, which is one of the thinnest aramid fibres available on the market. The Twaron CT511 fabric is also made from this yarn. As a result, it is an extremely light, thin and flexible bullet-resistant vest.
The second introduction is a hybrid solution, which is also lightweight and very flexible; it weighs just 4.68kg/sq m and is made from Twaron CT612 (550 dtex yarn) and the new Twaron LFT SB1 plus. This hybrid solution contains an integrated anti-trauma system that reduces back face deformation (BFD) by 30%. Furthermore it is very flexible, making the vest extremely comfortable to wear.
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