Primarily these are used in high risk environments where the product produced or handled is such that cutting, puncturing or slashing to the body, arms and hands is a real danger. Typically these include industries such as glass production, glass hadling, sheetmetalwork, engineering, fabrication, glazing and steel stockholding. Other industries using similar products include emergency services, military, arborists and tree surgeons. Flexion sister company Arbortec Forestwear specializes in cut resistant clothing for the practice of arboriculture.
Cut resistance is a precise measurement conforming to globally recognised standards. With Flexion garments you can rely on standards being achieved that comfortably exceed standards embodied in EN388:2016. An example of the ISO13997 cut resistance test which is carried out on the fabric used in production of garments is shown in the video below, from the institute Ricotest, an Italian testing house. ISO13997 is embodied in the standard EN388:2016.
Dyneema is the base product and is the worlds strongest fibre. We call it Dymatex, and when used in garments, these carry the brand Dymaflex®
Using the thread technology and applying it to the glass and steel industry, Flexion Global have developed a range of Cut Resistant Clothing. The range consists of cut proof trousers, cut proof polo shirts, cut proof sweatshirts, and aprons. All these garments provide cut resistance to a minimum of Cut Level 5. In addition the clothing is very lightweight. For example the trousers are just 750gm, and the polo shirt 280gm.
In 2013, Flexion Global launched the new Dymatex thread. Dymatex is one of the thinnest fibres in the world to offer such high levels of strength.When woven into a garment, the cut levels reached are up to 7 times higher than the minimum requirement for Cut Level 5 EN388:2016 while still being extremely lightweight. In Dymaflex® clothing this provides outstanding levels of dexterity and comfort.Not only is Dymatex® cut resistant, but is also washable without losing strength, softness, flexibility and breathability. When used in the manufacture of a garment the end product carries the Dymaflex® logo and branding.
The Aratex garments are produced using an Aramid based thread which is a man-made polymer produced by spinning a solid fibre from a liquid chemical blend. The filaments combine high strength and low density, giving a very high specific strength. Aratex5 is renowned for its abrasion resistance but also offers heat /flame resistance and cut resistance. Ideal for garments for tough manufacturing environments. Soft and comfortable on the inside but very tough and resistant on the outside.
The features and benefits of the Flexion product ranges are:
|Maximum Cut Protection||Dymatex 15 Times Stronger Than Steel By Weight||Lighter And More Breathable Than Kevlar|
|Soft Smooth Fabric||Washable Without Deterioration||Extremely Tough and Hardwearing|
Cut resistance is commonly regarded as the primary benefit of Kevlar. Whilst this is an excellent material, proven over many years, when compared with the Dyneema product, renamed in our products as Dymatex, Kevlar is inferior in key areas:
The common measurement for material strength is the strength-to-weight-ratio. Tests show the material used in Dymaflex® garments has a strength-to-weight ratio up to 15 times that of steel whereas Kevlar is considered just 7 times stronger than steel. This is because the Dyneema material used in Dymaflex garments is much lighter in density than Kevlar - 970kg/m3 compared to 1440kg/m3. It is the worlds strongest fibre.
In 48 hours of UV exposure, Dymatex loses 5% of its material strength whereas Kevlar loses 25%.
Insulation and Conductivity
Kevlar insulates heat and Dymatex disperses heat. This makes the Kevlar material better in cold weather, and the Dymatex more comfortable in warm weather.
Dymatex does not absorb water, but Kevlar absorbs 3.5% of its own weight. In regular washing Kevlar loses 16% of its fibre strength after two washes, whereas our products do not loses strength, even after multiple washes.
Kevlar experiences material fatigue from abrasion at around 100,000 cycles, while Dyneema experiences material fatigue at almost 1,000,000 cycles.
Kevlar can cause irritation to mucus membranes of the nose and throat after acute exposure to fibrous dust. Dyneema, meets the humano-ecological requirements for direct skin contact - See Oeko-Tex std 100 and Du Pont’s Kevlar MSDS CKSQM.
Our Clothing Range
C100 Polo Shirt Aratex 5 C255 Polo Shirt Dymaflex Hi-Vis C600 Polo Shirt Dymaflex Black C600 Polo Shirt Dymaflex Hi Vis
C601 Sweat Shirt Dymaflex with Replacement Abdomen Protection
C501 Combat Trousers C620 Cutters Apron