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New durable
water repellent

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okyo-based Toray Industries
Inc. has introduced Kudos™
XT, a new durable water repellent
(DWR) delivering higher levels of
durability for both abrasion and
machine washing. The breakdown
of DWR treatment and subsequent
"wetting out" of a garment's outer
layer has been an issue since the
advent of waterproof/breathable
fabrics. DWR treatments improved
over time, but consumers objected
to the new levels of toxicity, culminating with C8 DWR being banned in many
markets. Kudos XT is available in a perfluorocarbon (PFC)-free version, as
well as C6, a level less toxic than C8. Each version prevents an outer layer
from wetting out, even under heavy rain conditions. The company is targeting
diverse markets including outdoor, snowsports, athleisure, sportswear and
work uniforms. Photo: Toray Industries.

FDA grants approval for
AR Tech's isolation unit

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R Tech, Fontana, Calif., has received
emergency approval for the use
of its Patient Isolation Transportation
Unit (PITU) from the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA). The unit
can be used by health-care providers to
temporarily isolate and transport patients
with a confirmed or suspected COVID19 infection. The PITU protects medical
professionals, patients and visiting family
members against respiratory droplets and
infection by using a negative pressure
enclosure that surrounds the patient.
Patients can be treated by medical staff,
and family members who are properly
attired can visit. Dr. Mark Comunale,
chief medical officer for patient safety,
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center,
Colton, Calif., worked on developing the
unit in 2015 after the Ebola outbreak. AR
Tech joined Comunale's efforts two years
ago. Photo: AR Tech.

Company designs firefighting gear for women

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fter five years of research and development, a women-owned company is
ready to launch a line of female-specific uniforms for wildland firefighters.
Korena Hallam and Summer Hurd, founders of Green Buffalow of Fort Collins,
Colo., say the company's products address problems with conventional uniforms
made for what is largely a male-dominated field: there is no size chart in the
standard for female upper torso garments; lower torso female sizing is almost a
mirror image of the men's lower torso size table; restrictive design requirements
result in ill-fitting garments; and due to poor fit, some individuals experience
chafing and bleeding. The company has partnered with industry experts to
design uniforms that will reduce heat stress and allow optimal movement.
Photo: Green Buffalow.
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