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Flexothane?

Flexothane®

Flexothane® is a technical fabric that offers you excellent protection. The polyurethane coating on a stretchable knitted base makes Flexothane® water and windproof, comfortable, noiseless, 150% stretchable, supple, highly tear resistant and machine washable.

Breathable, extremely comfortable

Flexothane® is a breathable fabric. The knitted fabric absorbs perspiration avoiding that clammy feeling. Your body stays dry and your body temperature is regulated.

Strong, supple, light and noiseless

Flexothane® is resistant to rough handling and foul weather. Moreover, Flexothane® is supple and 150% stretchable, which ensures your freedom of movement remains totally unrestricted.

Garments manufactured from Flexothane® are long lasting.

Machine washable

Flexothane® is highly resistant to several types of oil derivates, fuel, diesel, grease,… and the smooth PU coated surface can be very easily wiped clean. Our different Flexothane® fabrics are machine washable. Flexothane® Kleen is washable at 95°C, without losing its original shape. With Flexothane® you don’t have to worry about getting dirty.

Colours

Flexothane® exists in a myriad of colours. Don’t hesitate to ask for your company colours.

Ecological

In the production of Flexothane® we do not use chloride. Consequently when disposing of Flexothane® after use, harmful substances are not released into the environment.

Technology

Flexothane® consists of a high grade polyurethane coating on a stretchable knitted base and offers an excellent protection against rain and wind.

Flexothane® has been specially engineered to form a durable, impenetrable barrier against water and wind, while retaining a high level of wearer comfort. The polyurethane coating forms an impenetrable barrier and the knitted base assures a high tear resistance and a great flexibility in addition to absorbing body moisture. The seams of all Flexothane® garments are high-frequency welded.

The Flexothane® fabric is the result of the Groups’ vertical integration, where the entire production process is controlled from fabric to finished product. Flexothane® is produced on the transfer coating lines of the Sioen Industries Group. Extended durable protection against hydrolysis is key to this fabric.

The Flexothane® Experience

Put on a Flexothane® coat, and you will feel just how light and flexible Flexothane® really is. It doesn’t restrict your movements in any way, on the contrary, it moves with you. So much for the comfort part. Let’s get the job done. Go out and do some work in the pouring rain. Or take the high-pressure washer for a cleaning tour.

Underneath your reliable Flexothane® layer you’ll be out of reach of chilly winds and you’ll stay perfectly dry. And when the rain stops or you turn off the pressure cleaner, you can bet the outer layer will be dry in the blink of an eye! No need to worry about damaging your garment, the rock solid fabric can take more than you think. Or about making your hands dirty. Flexothane® is resistant to all sorts of oil derivatives and greases (even to some chemicals and blood-borne pathogens!). The smooth surface can easily be wiped clean. And after a whole day of hard labour, you can just take off your jacket, throw it in the washing machine and sit back and relax. Because Flexothane® is perfectly machine washable. Attuned to an intensive day in day out use, a durable Flexothane® garment never lets you down offering the best value for money a hard working (wo)man can get.

Flexothane® Essential is our basic Flexothane® quality. With its ±170 g/m² it is also one of our lightest. Flexothane® Essential is a one-sided PU coating on an undyed polyester knitting.Weight: ±170 g/m²

Flexothane® Classic uses polyamide fibres for its knitted base instead of polyester fibres. Polyamide fibres are exceptionally strong and resistant, making our Flexothane® Classic an extremely durable fabric. It has extended resistance against hydrolysis which results in a longer life time of your garment. Thus offering higher value for money. Flexothane® Classic is a one-sided PU coating on a polyamide knitting.Weight: ±180 g/m²

Flexothane® Kleen is especially designed for the food industry and for protective garments that require high temperature washing up to 95°C, which assures an optimum hygiene. Flexothane® Kleen also offers protection against liquid penetration, such as blood, body fluids and blood borne pathogens. A cytotoxicity test based on ISO 10993-5 has approved the use of Flexothane® Kleen. The tests concluded that the fabric didn’t cause a cytotoxic effect. Flexothane® Kleen is a one-sided PU coating on an undyed polyamide.Weight: ±170 g/m²

Flexothane® Flame is our flame retardant Flexothane® quality. When in contact with flames it will not propagate the production of flames, so the garment doesn’t become a hazard in itself for the user. Flexothane® Flame is a flame retardant treated PU coating on an inherently flame retardant polyester knitting.Weight: ±190 g/m²

Our Flexothane® Anti-static is not only flame retardant it has also permanent anti-static properties. The conductive yarn which avoids the building-up of static charges -that could ignite an explosive atmosphere – is integrated in the knitting. Flexothane® Anti-static is a flame retardant PU coating on an inherently flame retardant polyester knitting including permanent antistatic properties.Weight: ±200 g/m²

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Siopor, what’s it all about?

Siopor

“Good things come to those who sweat”, a turn of phrase that may seem a bit of a cliché, but that contains a grain of truth. Nevertheless for people in a nicely heated fitness studio with the prospect of a refreshing shower it may be fashionable to have sweat dripping down your body, but if you’re working for hours in wind and driving rain it’s much less pleasant to be drowning in sweat. That’s why Sioen developed Siopor®, a technical fabric that protects you from all weather conditions — wind, cold & rain — without sealing heat and moisture in.

breathable protection layer that expulses excessive heat and perspiration keeping your hard working body cool and comfortable. The Siopor® range comprises a careful selection of different outer fabrics with a specially adapted coating. Discover all of our Siopor® qualities in the paragraph of the same name.

How does SIOPOR work

Technology

Siopor® consists of a water repellent polyester outer layer with a hydrophilic polyurethane coating on the inside. The breathability of the fabric is assured by the specific structure of the coating. The microporous basecoat has millions of microscopic “canals”. These pores are a thousand times smaller than waterdrops, but considerably larger than moisture vapour molecules allowing them to evaporate.

An additional hydrophilic PU coating transports the moisture vapour molecules to the outside of the garment in a molecular chemical way under the influence of an energy difference (temperature, moisture) between the inside and the outside of the garment. The fabric “breathes”, perspiration can escape.

The outer polyester fabric receives a durable water and dirt/oil repellent finish, so it doesn’t get soaked and stays clean longer. The seams of all Siopor® garments are taped with the most advanced technology.

This technology guarantees the following characteristics:

  • Wind- and waterproof
  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Supple
  • Lightweight
  • Strong
  • Machine washable

The SIOPOR® Experience

Throw on your Siopor® garment and get an early start at work. On a cold and fickle morning you’ll be glad to wrap up warm in the comfy material. And although it offers you warmth and protection, the Siopor® jacket is remarkably light and supple, following your every move. When the rains starts pouring down, you know you needn’t worry. Your Siopor® protection layer will keep you perfectly dry. The durable water repellent finish makes sure the fabric doesn’t absorb the raindrops, so you don’t have to carry the extra weight of the water.

Albeit the cold outside, the work effort heats up your body and perspiration is produced. But before it can start prickling on your skin, your breathing Siopor® layer moves the perspiration away to the outside of the garment where it can evaporate. You can work all day long without having that clammy feeling creeping up on you.

SIOPOR® Regular is our basic SIOPOR® quality. It sports all the general characteristics of our SIOPOR® range on top of being very light. SIOPOR® Regular is a plain weave polyester with a breathable (100%) PU coating.Weight: ±155 g/m²
SIOPOR® Ultra is our all-purpose SIOPOR® quality. It offers an increased tensile and tear strength on top of a better abrasion resistance. SIOPOR® Ultra is a 100% polyester fabric with breathable 100% PU coating.Weight: ±195 g/m²
SIOPOR® Comfort was specifically developed for our Dynamic range. The ripstop reinforcement technique makes the fabric very resistant to tearing and ripping as well as giving it a specific, recognizable look. SIOPOR™ Comfort is a polyamide fabric with “Taslan Dobby” weave and with a breathable (100%) PU coating.Weight: ±170 g/m²
Siopor® Strong was specifically developed for performing work in very harsh environments. Thanks to a heavy canvas construction the fabric is very resistant to tearing and ripping as well as offering it a very good resistance against abrasion. Because of these features this fabric is applicable for heavy duty applications. Nevertheless the fabric remains supple and is comfortable to wear. Thanks to the use of a membrane the breathability is also very high. Siopor® Strong is a 100% polyester canvas fabric with a breathable (100%) PU laminate.Weight: ±295 g/m²
SIOPOR® Extra is our top range SIOPOR® quality specifically used in our SEPP range. Thanks to the use of a membrane, it performs very well in terms of breathability. The fabric is also very supple and has a cotton feel, which makes it into an exceptionally agreeable outer fabric. SIOPOR® Extra is a 100% polyester spun fabric with breathable (100%) PU laminate.Weight: ±205 g/m²
SIOPOR® FR AST is our flame-retardant SIOPOR® quality. When in contact with flames; it will not propagate the production of flames, thus not causing any further harm to the wearer because of the garment itself. It also has permanent anti-static properties. The conductive yarn which avoids the building-up of static charges (that could ignite an explosive atmosphere) is integrated in the outer fabric and is visible as a grid. SIOPOR® FR AST is a plain weave 100% FR polyester fabric with breathable 100% FR PU coating with permanent anti-static grid.Weight: ±250 g/m²
SIOPOR™ Excell is our newest flagship protective material. The three-layered fabric offers an excellent protection against heat, flames and welding sparks. It is our only SIOPOR® quality that meets the requirements of the new EN ISO 11612 and EN 11611 standards even without the addition of an extra lining. For a fabric that guarantees such a high level of protection, SIOPOR® Excell is remarkably lightweight which improves wearing comfort considerably. SIOPOR® Excell is a dobby ripstop polyester fabric with anti-static grid + breathable FR PU coating + inherent FR knitting.Weight: ±270 g/m²
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No safety boots? Better mind you toes there horse!!!!!!!!!!

Why Safety Boots?

It is always a good idea to mind your toes, it doesn’t hurt to mind you fingers as well and to avoid possible optical injuries always watch your eyes. I tried explaining the concepts of health and safety to a two year old recently, ”watch your eyes pet” brought about a hilarious series of eye movements which reminded me a little of a chameleon. Seriously though, safety in the work environment should always be paramount as there is nothing funny about a thumb split up the sides like a burst tomato, or a 6″ nail sticking up through the top of a boot.

There are several different specifications for safety boots, the level of protection and exact specification of the boot is clearly labelled, the label is generally on the inside of the tongue( of the boot, not your own tongue).

To be classified as a safety boot the footwear must adhere to certain specifications. these specifications are set

EN 345-1:1992 – Safety footwear for professional use – Specification Superseded by EN ISO 20345:2004

Basic requirements – Safety footwear must have a 200J toecap.

Other properties: (may not all apply to some designs of footwear)

  • P – penetration resistance
  • C – conductive
  • A – antistatic
  • HI – insulating against heat
  • CI – insulating against cold
  • E – energy absorbing seat region
  • WRU – uppers resistant to water penetration / absorption
  • HRO – outsole resistant to hot contact Classification I – (made from leather and other materials, but not all-rubber or allpolymeric types)
  • SB – basic requirements for safety footwear met
  • S1 – basic requirements plus closed and energy absorbing seat region, and antistatic
  • S2 – as S1 plus water penetration and absorption
  • S3 – as S2 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole Classification II – (all-rubber or all-polymeric types)
  •  S4 – basic requirements plus energy absorbing seat region, antistatic
  • S5 – as S4 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole EN 345-2:1996 – Safety footwear for professional use –
  • Additional specifications Superseded by EN ISO 20345, EN 17249 and EN 1509
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What is waterproof?

what is waterproof

What is waterproof ?

So you might ask, what is waterproof ? Waterproof seems like a simple terminology that is relatively self explanatory, in a fashion similar to the word “DEAD”, there are no varying degrees of dead, one dead parrot is no more  dead than the next dead parrot, they are both deceased. Waterproof, however is an umbrella(see what I did there?) term,  which can range from barely water resistant to 100% waterproof. When talking about waterproof clothing the term “waterproof” can be used to describe fabrics which will resist penetration from water, there are varying degrees of resistance, this is usually denoted by the “hydrostatic head”. This is a scientific process for gauging how much water a fabric can hold out in a 24 hour period. The test is basically a piece of the fabric in question, which has been bracketed onto the bottom of a cylindrical head which is marked with volume indicators, a millimetre  will represent a millilitre. So if the fabric can resist say 3000mm then it is said to have a 3000mm hydrostatic head, 3000 would be at the lower end of the scale with 10,000 being considered more water resistant. So, if we believe what the trading standards set as being acceptable levels of water resistance then we can conclude that if it holds out a bit of water for a while then it may be described as waterproof, but that there are varying degrees of “waterproofness”. I try to avoid describing articles as waterproof, even though they may be labelled this, I would give them a description based on their level of water penetration resistance, going from moderately water resistant to being able to hold out all day. There are other standards for indicating levels of water resistant and are generally clearly marked on the labels of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) which will generally be used in the working environment are denoted with a numbering system which scales from 1-3, 1 being not so water resistant and 3 being very highly water resistant. These numbers are relevant when health and safety is involved, the higher the number the longer an individual can wear their protective equipment in heavier rain or exposure to water. This scale also incorporates a second number scale 1-3 which denotes how much water vapour can be transferred through the fabric, 1 would indicate that little or no vapour will pass whilst 3 will indicate that the water vapour can pass through more easily, thus the garment could be described as “breathable”. Breathable is another one of these terms which has a set of scales or measurements to indicate the levels of breathability. Breathable fabrics are described as Moisture Vapour Permeable(MVP) and their levels of vapour permeability are measured by strict scientific tests and adhere to specifications set out by bodies governing such issues.

Requirements of the individual will differ, factors such as activity level, degree of precipitation and length of exposure must be considered when choosing the correct product to fulfill your requirements. In my experience there is no perfect membrane which will provide all the answers, but a decent compromise can be achieved, here in the North of Ireland and climates which are generally mild but moist/damp, breathable is not the most important factor to consider, if there is a real threat of extreme cold exposure then this is when breathable will become a big factor as sweat must be able to escape from the clothing otherwise the cold can get into insulating layers which could lead to hypothermia and possibly death. In extremes of cold waterproof is a requirement but is not as essential as breathability, in milder wetter weather breathable is desired but will ultimately not make the difference between life and death, in a downpour it is better to keep the rain out than worry about a bit of sweat on your back. With   outdoor attire it is best have all the layers in the right order and made from the correct fabrics in order to achieve the most comfortable experience, but if a lot of rain and a bit of cold bother you, then stay indoors.