Apex Mills

INDUSTRIES — Safety

We make the brightest fabrics for when high-risk employees absolutely need to be seen. We protect vulnerable highway and heavy construction workers with bright reflective vests and personal protection fabrics.

SAFETY CASE STUDIES |
  • Style: D51A

    Industry type: Safety

    Fabric types:
    MESH/NETTING

    Design Goal:
    PERFORMANCE

    Content:
    100% Polyester

    Weight: 3.28 +/- 5%

    Recreational/Sporting

    PROBLEM SHARED

    A leading supplier of life jackets was experiencing two problems with the fabric it was using as a liner. The mesh was too coarse and abrasive against skin, and the thickness of the fabric made it difficult for the sewing operators to work with, ultimately reducing production efficiency. An additional consideration was that the fabric required Underwriters Laboratory approval.

     

    PROBLEM SOLVED

    After extensive consultations with the customer, the existing fabric was knitted on a coarse gauge machine with large openings, thick stitches, and heavy yarns — the combination of which made for a very rough fabric. Using a finer gauge knitting machine and lighter weight yarns, we produced a smoother mesh with a smaller opening that still allowed for ample water drainage. The fabric was dyed and finished to meet UL standards and was a less expensive alternative to the original mesh.

     

    RESULTS REALIZED

    The customer evaluated, approved and adopted the fabric, which continues to remain less expensive than the cost of the original fabric.

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  • Style: NH43

    Industry type: Safety

    Fabric types:
    MESH/NETTING

    Design Goal:
    PERFORMANCE

    Content:
    Polyester

    Weight: 2.75

    Safety/ Transportation

    PROBLEM SHARED

    One of the largest manufacturers of reflective tapes used by police, firefighters and other safety personnel, needed a substrate fabric incorporating a costly flame retardant treatment to meet its flammability standards.

    PROBLEM SOLVED

    The specification was reviewed focusing on the flame retardant characteristics of the component yarns, finishes and reflective substances being applied by the customer. With the customer's cooperation, untreated versions of the substrate were tested.

    When the inherent flammability characteristics of the polyester substrate fabric were combined with those of the customer's reflective substances, the fabric passed all required tests. The costly flame retardant treatment was found unnecessary.


    RESULTS REALIZED

    The resulting simplification of the legacy specification allowed the customer a significant cost reduction for its substrate fabric.

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