Designing functional PPE

July 1st, 2020

For PPE that is both effective and comfortable—and more likely to be worn regularly and properly—consider a systems engineering approach to design. by Sigrid Tornquist Perhaps never before has the acronym “PPE” been so much a part of the common vernacular. In the days of COVID-19, few are unfamiliar with the term. However, PPE—personal protective […]

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Advanced protective garment systems benefit from a developmental approach

October 2nd, 2019

Marc Mathews, research associate with the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) at North Carolina State University, discussed protective garment systems at IFAI Expo. Photo: IFAI Marc Mathews recalls his time as a Marine stationed in Iraq, where he wondered about the design and origins of the personal protective equipment (PPE) he wore. “Who made […]

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