Teijin Ltd. has announced its development of a cooling vest that includes the use of small electric fans to help protect firefighters from heat stroke. The company reports the cooling vest reduces body temperature and heart rate through sweat absorption, quick drying and moisture permeability. The electric fans pull in outside air for up to eight hours.
The outermost of three fabric layers is made with Teijin’s Teijinconex, a heat-resistant, flame-retardant meta-aramid fiber. The middle and innermost layers are made with high-functional polyester fabrics for sweat absorption, quick drying and moisture permeability.
The company will start selling the vest in the European protective apparel market in spring 2018, working in collaboration with LHD Group Deutschland GmbH, which provides management and assessment of professional and protective clothing.
Teijin plans to incorporate the cooling vest in its new smart protective system as a safety solution for firefighters, police and military personnel to prevent the risk of heat stroke.
Teijin Group’s main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers and composites, health care, films, resin and plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT.