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Honeywell has developed a new line of Spectra fibre-based materials with improved ballistic stopping capability for body and vehicle armour.
The new line of materials, called Spectra Shield II, has demonstrated up to 20 percent greater ballistic performance than Honeywell’s standard Spectra Shield product line, which already uses one of the strongest man-made fibres in commercial use today. Shield technology is a patented Honeywell process designed to optimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra fibre.
For Spectra Shield II ballistic materials, Honeywell has adapted its patented shield technology to incorporate its new and improved fibre. Spectra S3000 fibre was developed specifically for use in armour applications to help manufacturers and the military counter new ballistic threats.
“Our armour materials have been used to protect military and police personnel for nearly 20 years,” said Joe Gelo, business director for Honeywell’s Advanced Fibers and Composites business. “We continue to invest in improving our materials to meet the future performance requirements of advanced military and law enforcement agencies. Our latest offering demonstrates our commitment to continued innovation in the ballistic protection arena.”
Honeywell has completed upgrades of several production lines to manufacture the fibre used for Spectra Shield II and plans to make additional investments to meet the growing need.
Spectra fibre is made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. The various Spectra Shield products are manufactured by bonding parallel strands of fibre in place with an advanced resin system. In addition to Spectra fibre, Honeywell adapts this technology to other fibres, including aramid.
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