Health and Safety Equipment

A variety of polyurethane and silicone coatings that are specially formulated for high performance coated fabrics

Health & safety

Uncompromised product performance for essential services

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Coatings have an integral role in the performance and aesthetics of fabrics used to make a wide range of items used by emergency services, the military and within the leisure sector.

 

Coatings can control the permeability, durability and strength needed to ensure the finished products work correctly every time. This provides users peace of mind, allowing them to focus on their primary role whether this be rescuing people or protecting themselves whilst working in hazardous environments.

 

What we do

Itac manufactures and supplies a variety of polyurethane and silicone coatings that are specially formulated for high performance coated fabrics used in the manufacture of items as diverse as:

 

• Rescue equipment

• First aid equipment

• Life jackets

 

Itac work closely with fabric coaters who in turn are working closely with their customers to develop new products or enhance existing ones. We develop a deep understanding of the end use, the way the product is made, and the fabric coating process itself, before proposing an appropriate formulation to meet performance requirements.

 

Itac draw on many years’ experience in the sector and combine this with expertise in formulating new materials, whilst taking advantage of the latest chemicals available.

The ITAC Effect

Together, we’ll make it happen!

Itac provides real value to the production of new products and the improvement of existing ones. Whether it be maintaining brand image through applying a UV protective coating on an outdoor sign; or applying a light deactivated adhesive for ease and comfort in the removal of medical dressings, Itac can make it happen!

Permeability

Promoting the right levels of fabric airtightness and waterproofing to meet specific requirements

 

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Permeability

  • Waterproofing – Waterproofing is the process by which an object is made to resist the ingress of water and is a common requirement in construction coatings and fabric coatings. 
  • Air Tightness – Air Tightness is the ability of a fabric (or fabric coating) to allow the passage of air (or other gas). 
  • Anti-Corrosion – Anti corrosion refers to the protection of metal surfaces from corrosion in certain environments.

 

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Heat & Fire

Maximising fire protection, enhancing safety, safeguarding life, and preserving property

 

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Heat & Fire

  • Flame Retardancy & Flame Resistance – Flame resistance is the ability of an object to resist ignition when exposed to a naked flame whereas flame retardancy is the rate at which fire is extinguished once the ignition source has been removed. 
  • Thermal Insulation – Thermal Insulation is the changing of the heat transfer rate through (or between) objects. 

 

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Specialist effects

Tailoring adhesive and coating solutions to exact needs, requirements, and expectations.

 

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Specialist effects

  • Electrical Conductivity – Generally polymer based adhesives and coatings tend to be electrically resistive.
  • Anti-Microbial – Anti-microbial coatings are generally resistant to the growth of microbial species.
  • Food Contact – Certain end use applications for adhesives and coatings are in industry applications in contact with food or other products where purity and cleanliness is critical.

 

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How we do it

Itac recognises that a special application needs a bespoke formulation. Each customer will have subtle differences in the performance level they are striving for, and each coating process will give slighting different results.  This often requires unique formulations to be developed.

We listen to customers’ needs before proposing a formulation, and then work closely with the customer through lab tests and small-scale production trials, to modify and refine the formulation, and to optimise product performance.

Our technical team liaise with chemical suppliers to ensure that we are using the latest and best materials.  This in turn allows us to bring new ideas and innovations to our customers, enhancing their products in partnership.

Products and applications

PU Coatings
Silicone Coatings

Applications:

  • Outdoor clothing and fabrics.

Benefits:

  • UV resistance in coatings provide long term durability outdoors;
  • Resistance to salt provides durability for use in marine environments;
  • Pigmentation to make products highly visible and/or suitable for end use.

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Applications:

  • First aid and rescue equipment
  • Life jackets
  • Balloon fabric

Benefits:

  • Provides the low permeability required to safeguard lives in products such as life jackets;
  • High performance can be achieved at low coating weights so simple and cost effective to achieve the desired outcome;
  • Enables the flexibility of the base fabric to be maintained so lower costs associated with replacements and repairs.

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Find out how we can help you with your Health & Safety product development

We would be delighted to learn more about your product and project ideas.  Complete this simple form or call us on 01204 573736.  

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