FABRIC-BASED BALLISTIC PROTECTION MATERIALS
TenCate Armortex™ features a comprehensive range of products that include high-performance ballistic fabrics, coated fabrics, prepregs and semipregs, and unidirectional-based fiber materials and panels used in a wide range of personal protection equipment. These include body armor, fragmentation blankets, anti-ballistic shields and the backings for protective armor used in vehicles, ships and aircraft.
TenCate Armortex™ materials are selected on the basis of the relative importance of the key parameters of performance, weight and cost. The fabric or prepreg most suitable for each purpose is selected on the basis of specification, performance requirement, price level or weight limit. The lightweight materials provide end-users with a lighter, more comfortable solution, in which cost-effective materials make it possible to comply with budget-restricted specifications. Depending on application, we can advise on the type of materials to use to give best combination of capabilities and benefits in products that include ballistic vests, backings, 3D moldings and anti-ballistic shields. The materials and designs used are based on the most effective aramid and HPPE yarns currently available, combined with exceptional expertise regarding both applications and the practical use of these kinds of equipment.
TenCate Armortex™ provides materials based on proven technology and superior protection against threats of many different kinds, including small-arms fire, projectiles, fragment blasts, blades, ice picks and hypodermic needles. The fabrics are manufactured to comply with international protection standards that include NIJ, HOSDB, ISO TR, Mil and NATO STANAG, as well as specific customer requirements.
TENCATE ARMORTEX™ TECHNOLOGY
The TenCate Armortex™ product range features a wide spectrum of ballistic fabrics and prepreg specialties, with different performance, price and weight characteristics as required. Our experience in high-end solutions in aerospace and space composites has resulted in exceptional manufacturing efficiency, quality and superior technology, in accordance with the highest possible quality standards and requirements regarding levels of protection. This unique experience makes TenCate Armortex™ materials ideal in terms of the priorities laid down by both purchasing decision-makers and manufacturers of protective equipment, ensuring that they are able to select a material to meet virtually any requirement.
The TenCate Armortex™ product family consists of the following: TenCate Armortex™ fabrics are manufactured using materials such as aramid or polyethylene. They are available in all densities, styles and available yarn types, both as lightweight materials and with heavy backing. These fabrics can be used in body armour for law enforcement organisations, military forces or security services. Other
applications include fragmentation blankets and the protection of sensitive equipment. These fabrics are based on well-proven state-of-the-art weaving technologies designed to increase performance. TenCate Armortex™ prepregs and semipregs are coated, impregnated fabrics with a range of different resin systems and formulations developed in-house.
These can be used for military shields and backings as well as in hybrid armor solutions for vehicles, ships and aircraft. These materials ensure users all the benefits of lightweight, all-in-one protection. One special grade is the rubberized aramid fabric, suitable for protection against handguns, for spall liners in armored vehicles and as backing in add-on armor products. The fabrics are coated with a rubber mixture that provides outstanding ballistic performance. It is also weather-proof and resistant to UV light, salt water and many chemicals.