Safety first with new helmet press

Teijin Aramid takes pride in being an innovative company. Aside from providing new solutions, innovation also involves improving and modernizing existing technology. Between 2012 and 2014, Teijin invested a total of €400,000 in setting up a new helmet press in Wuppertal, Germany, which will continue to drive innovation in the market for ballistic protection helmets through Endumax- and Twaron-based products. Read more!

Investment as a strategy 

“We’re constantly in contact with customers, in order to develop solutions that meet their particular requirements,” says Joris. “Unlike other aramid companies, we offer comprehensive customer support – both technical and commercial.
“We’re constantly in contact with customers, in order to develop solutions that meet their particular requirements,” says Joris. “Unlike other aramid companies, we offer comprehensive customer support – both technical and commercial.

“In 2012 and 2013, the chips were down in the market for ballistic protection helmets, with many big projects being canceled and orders being postponed,” explains Joris van der Eem, Technical Account Manager for Ballistic Helmets at Teijin Aramid. “While other companies might have decided to cut back costs at this point, Teijin Aramid thought this was precisely the moment to further invest in our offering. Our previous helmet press had been in place for 25 years, and we decided it was time to renovate our production process in order to stay at the forefront of the ballistic protection market. It was a real statement of intent.”

Improving technical performance

The new helmet press in Wuppertal is not only proof of Teijin Aramid’s ambitions, it also offers added value to customers. “The helmet press provides an unparalleled rigidity in helmet design,” says Joris. “It can apply forces up to 3,000kN on the helmets, which enables us to create a very stable helmet shape. This is crucial because these helmets have to withstand strong forces, such as from bullets and shrapnel. In addition, the new press gives us greater temperature control, with controlled temperatures up to 250°C, and a controlled gradient of 15°C per minute, both for heating and cooling. With such a uniform temperature profile, we’re better able to integrate Twaron and Endumax with thermoplastic resins. In short, we’re narrowing the gap between research and application.” 

Saving lives in the field

This superior technical performance translates into an improved product that is saving lives in war zones across the world. “As battlefields become more complex, a premium is placed on situation awareness and communication, and it is necessary to remove weight from current helmet designs to accommodate more and more helmet-mounted technology,” explains David

David Carlson, Sales Manager for Ballistics at Teijin Aramid. “Armies from around the world are looking for higher levels of protection at lighter weights to maximize the mobility and effectiveness of their soldiers.”
David Carlson, Sales Manager for Ballistics at Teijin Aramid. “Armies from around the world are looking for higher levels of protection at lighter weights to maximize the mobility and effectiveness of their soldiers.”

Carlson, Sales Manager for Ballistics at Teijin Aramid. “Armies from around the world are looking for higher levels of protection at lighter weights to maximize the mobility and effectiveness of their soldiers. The US army, for example, is looking for a weight reduction of over 15% in the shell of the combat helmet without sacrificing performance. Teijin Aramid’s investment in a new helmet press, together with the technical resources to develop new concepts in helmet technology, will help our customers compete in an increasingly complex market.” 

Tackling the future head first

After a two-year investment project, the new press came into full operation in April 2014. Since then, over 100 new helmet designs have been successfully processed. “We’re constantly in contact with customers, in order to develop solutions that meet their particular requirements,” says Joris. “Unlike other aramid companies, we offer comprehensive customer support – both technical and commercial. With 25 years of experience in the ballistic protection helmet market, we understand the issues our customers are facing. And now that the new press in Wuppertal is fully operational, we’re in a great position to seize the opportunities that the market will offer us in the coming years. We’re going to tackle the future head first!”

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