WARWICK MILLS, INC.
|WARWICK MILLS, INC. Patent applications|
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|20140331375||INTEGRATED PROTECTIVE GARMENT ENSEMBLE - A protective garment system fabricated from ballistic textiles having a V50 on 2 grain RCC of at least 300 fps as measured by Mil-Spec 662F provides good ballistic and fragmentary protection, and can be worn in lieu of conventional clothing without discomfort to the wearer. Embodiments overcome prior art ballistic fabric limitations by incorporating novel construction, such as plaiting and/or twill or satin weaving, as well as novel yarn selection, to enable comfortable skin contact, and by applying coatings to improve abrasion resistance, UV resistance, and color acceptance. Embodiments incorporate layers of ballistic fabric in critical areas, either by overlapping protective clothing articles, and/or by incorporating multiple layers of protective fabric into an individual protective garment. Embodiments provide good moisture transport for long term comfort. In certain embodiments, substantially all of the garment's mass is protective, including pockets, lapels, load carriage, and any other “folded” features.||11-13-2014|
|20140305292||MULTI-LAYER SOLID ELEMENT MOSAIC BODY ARMOR FOR ON-AXIS AND OFF-AXIS THREATS - A flexible mosaic armor system that defeats threats at any attack angle includes top and middle solid elements layers separated by uniform gaps that intersect at apexes. The top elements can have a “hem” shape with raised edges. The middle elements can be flat, or can also have a hem shape. In embodiments, the edges of the top and middle layers are aligned and separated by an offset that is three or four times the gap width. Off-axis spike and needle strikes are thereby trapped between the two solid element layers, without added textile reinforcement. Embodiments include an apex layer of solid elements that overlap the first layer apexes, the apex layer being the second layer or a third layer beneath the 2 upper layers. The apex layer can be sandwiched between two textile backer layers that provide a full uninterrupted bonding surface to all of the solid element layers.||10-16-2014|
|20140272361||PROTECTIVE MID-COVER TEXTILES - A new class of protective fabrics having good ballistic and fragmentary protection also provide wearable drape, softness, and moisture transport, as well as good UV and abrasion resistance and color acceptance, making them comfortable to wear as garment fabrics. The protective fabrics are constructed from yarns having at least 20% ballistic fibers with greater than 12 gpd tenacity. A combined cover factor of between 55% and 80% avoids added stiffness due to yarn distortion at the crossing points. In embodiments, a long-float weave such as twill or satin with reduced crossing point density improves the hand of the fabric, and in some embodiments provides a different character on each face so that a predominantly staple fabric face is in contact with skin of a user, thereby providing better wearing comfort than a plain weave.||09-18-2014|
|20140026290||THREE DIMENSIONAL GLOVE WITH PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING LAYER LAMINATED THERETO - A 3D hand-shaped glove includes a performance-enhancing layer laminated to a fabric glove shell. A flat, solid laminate preform can be prepared with printed graphics, fabric layers, oriented films, dense and/or concentrated fillers, and other features. The 3D hand-shaped glove shell is placed on a 3D laminating form, and the preform is laminated thereto while preserving the 3D shape. In embodiments, the laminating form includes opposing flat surfaces, and a platen or roller press is used. In other embodiments, a bladder or vacuum bag press is used to laminate the preform to a curved or otherwise shaped surface of the laminating form. In embodiments, edge peel resistance is enhanced by extending the perimeter of a low modulus upper layer beyond underlying layers and bonding it directly to the glove shell. Recovery of the glove shell after deformation by the laminating form can provide a warping deformation of the laminate preform.||01-30-2014|
|20120295063||Low roughness high surface-energy, anti-microbial fabric - A self-decontaminating fabric is manufactured from fibers such as Tencel having high surface energy and low surface roughness. Novel scouring methods eliminate substantially all contaminants from the fibers, and a novel coating process applies an anti-pathogen coating such as a halogen compound to the fabric so as to provide rapid deactivation of pathogens on contact. Novel charging methods activate or reactivate the coating, typically by exposure to chlorine. The coating is substantially free of gap regions where pathogens can survive. The high surface energy of the fibers allows a high coating concentration and provides close contact between attached pathogens and the coating. The low surface roughness reduces the pickup of pathogens by the fibers. Multi-layer embodiments include an outer layer configured for maximum anti-pathogen coating concentration, and an inner layer configured for a reduced coating concentration that is compatible with skin contact.||11-22-2012|
|20120219609||PATHOGEN PROTECTION GARMENT WITH BOTH RAPID AND PERSISTENT RECHARGABLE SELF-STERILIZATION - A moisture-permeable glove or other garment protects against user contamination and cross-contamination by providing both rapid and persistent sterilization. Exposure to halogen of inherent NH groups and/or attached hydantoin can form a persistent outer halamine sterilization layer. A second inner halamine layer intercepts any pathogens that penetrate the outer surface. The garment can be single layer, or can include a detachable inner liner. Embodiments are compatible with rapid decontamination using an alcohol-based agent. Some embodiments provide a 180 second 3-log kill rate for at least||08-30-2012|
|20120159680||THERMALLY VENTED BODY ARMOR - A modular and field adaptable body armor system includes a plurality of flexible, air-permeable, thermally vented plates arranged in fixed relationships that pro-vide flexible, modular, field-adaptable protection for the torso and extremities without excessive weight or heat bur-den. The TVA plates include protective cards suspended in a parallel, louvered relationship between inner and outer mesh layers, thereby permitting air to flow therebetween while providing a flexible, compressible, modular barrier that protects the torso and extremities against projectiles. In embodiments, the outer mesh layer resists penetration and compresses cards together to intercept a projectile that would otherwise pass therebetween. Protective cards can include thermally pressed and flexed laminated UHMWPE. TVA panels can be removed and exchanged in the field according to the requirements of each mission. In embodiments, the TVA plates are laced together and/or attached to an underlying fabric carrier garment.||06-28-2012|
|20120152098||SOFT PLATE SOFT PANEL BONDED MULTI LAYER ARMOR MATERIALS - A flexible armor system includes a rigid panel of a stiffness calculated to resist penetration by a known ballistic object, made from multiple layers of Ultra High Molecular Weight Poly-Ethylene fibers or other high tenacity fibers, which is then pre-flexed beyond its elastic bending limit to create a distributed pattern of surface buckling, with localized areas of interior delamination, which together function as bending or hinge lines to provide flexibility to the otherwise rigid panel and thereby lower its overall stiffness to less than that calculated for the rigid panel to resist the ballistic object. The areas of delamination have a width of less than one half the diameter of the ballistic object.||06-21-2012|
|20110296979||TITANIUM MOSAIC BODY ARMOR ASSEMBLY - An assembly useful for constructing concealable, flexible, lightweight protective body armor includes a flexible support layer to which is bonded a mosaic of rigid, adjacent tiles having a high bending performance, such as type 5 titanium alloy, which includes 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium by weight. The inner support layer can include woven para-aramid and/or STF-treated Kevlar™. The tiles can have interlocking and/or thickened edges. An additional backing layer can include para-aramid and/or carbon nanofiber embedded UHMWPE UD-laminate. An inner layer can have high moisture transport, anti-microbial properties, and low friction. An outer layer can be shaped with anatomical features to hide the armor. The assembly can be flame resistant. Assemblies with 2 mm thick tiles and total thickness less than 5 mm can provide V50 protection against 9 mm FMJ projectiles at more than 1000 feet/second, and can also protect against knife and spike assaults at 65 Joules force.||12-08-2011|
|20110123757||BREATHABLE CHEMBIO PROTECTION FABRIC WITH CARBON NANOTUBE PHYSICAL PATHOGEN BARRIER - A fabric for use in chemical and biological (CB) protective garments includes at least one felt layer having from 25% to 100% carbon nanotube (CNT) fibers as a breathable physical barrier against toxic chemical droplets and/or pathogens. The felt layers are cleaned and consolidated into a mechanically competent sheet which can form adhesive seams having lapshear greater than the sheet itself. An additional supporting layer can be included. The supporting layer can be a wicking layer which is permeable with a chlorinated or otherwise chemically active solution to establish a reactive chemical barrier, the solution being dispensed on demand from a portable container. Embodiments include a second layer of CNT or of another backing fabric, sandwiching the wicking layer therebetween. Impermeable fluoropolymer seams can divide the fabric into a plurality of CNT/wicking cells. A layer of activated charcoal and/or halamine-forming hydantoin can be included for persistent reactive chemical protection.||05-26-2011|
|20110023697||MOSAIC EXTREMITY PROTECTION SYSTEM WITH TRANSPORTABLE SOLID ELEMENTS - A flexible armor system adaptable to a garment suitable for extremity protection uses a planar array of polygon-shaped solid elements which detach upon projectile impact and combine their mass with the projectile for reduced velocity and increased impact area. The solid elements are bonded between an elastic strike-side spall cover and a high tensile strength flexible backer layer, and are further supported by a substantial fiber pack. In embodiments, the solid elements are ceramic, and are commutated but remain essentially intact after the projectile impact. Edge bars can cover junctures between solid elements, and center buttons can cover intersections between the junctures. Edge bars and center buttons can also be ceramic. The ceramic parts can include titanium backing layers. After formation, ceramic cores can be compressed upon cooling by an outer ceramic layer having a higher coefficient of thermal expansion, the outer layer being formed by glazing or doping.||02-03-2011|
|20110002739||TEMPORARY FLOATING BREAKWATER AND CAUSEWAY WITH SIMULATED BEACH AND KELP - A durable, quickly deployable temporary floating breakwater (FBW) can protect areas in austere locations. A plurality of inflatable modules is encapsulated within a common cover, which holds the modules together and in some embodiments supports a causeway thereupon. A separate floating causeway can be included. Embodiments include a semi-permeable “sloping beach” section which causes waves to break before reaching the FBW. A bed of wave-energy-absorbing synthetic kelp can be attached to the sloping beach. The beach and/or kelp can include low-surface-energy fibers and films, such as olefins and polypropylenes, to remove oil from the water in case of an oil spill or accident. In embodiments, the FBW can be temporarily sunk to avoid extremely high seas, ice, and/or other surface hazards. The FBW is lightweight, can be quickly and compactly stowed, and in some embodiments can be transported and deployed from the deck of an LCU 1610.||01-06-2011|
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