How it’s done
TenCate Protective Fabrics chooses fiber from all over the world to make sure that we can achieve the optimal blends for our fabrics. By using such well-known fibers as DuPont™ Nomex® or Kevlar® in combinations with other high-performance fibers such as PBI® TenCate is able to produce a wider range of comfortable FR fabrics.
Celanese introduced PBI fiber in 1981 and it has a higher thermal stability than Nomex® or Kevlar®. PBI fiber is softer and more comfortable but not quite as strong as aramid fibers. The combination of such fibers provides outstanding FR protection with the added bonus of comfort and ease of wear.
By aligning with fiber suppliers like PBI and DuPont, TenCate can guarantee first quality fiber in all the FR fabrics it produces. Keeping in constant contact with valuable customers and garment manufacturers like Globe, Honeywell, Bulwark or Workrite and Propper means that trends in the industry are easily apparent. In short, TenCate doesn’t do it alone.
Blending fiber is the first step to fabric and TenCate nurtures all of our products through each step of the manufacturing process. Being a completely vertical manufacturer, TenCate has a finger on the pulse of the entire value chain at every level.
After the fiber is blended it then moves on to carding and then to the drawing and spinning process where yarn is produced. TenCate uses state-of-the-art equipment and technology at all of its manufacturing plants and quality checks are ongoing at several stations throughout the process. TenCate produces both air jet and ring spun yarns.
Once the yarn is finished and approved by quality engineers, it is shipped on to the weaving plant. Using the latest available technology in air jet and rigid rapier looms, TenCate produces various woven fabrics for a vast array of applications. The fabrics are inspected and tested in on-site labs to ensure that only the best quality fabric move on in the process.
The woven fabrics then proceed to the dyeing and finishing plant for the final processes. TenCate operates a large dyeing and finishing plant that is renowned for its award-winning land application system (LAS) that treats all effluents from the plant and reintroduces the water back into the natural eco system. Using equipment for both jet and beam dyeing, TenCate manages the process with careful attention and superior expertise. Once the fabric is dyed it goes on to be finished with a number of proprietary applications that will provide the necessary attributes that the end user requires.
When the finished fabric is inspected and approved it is ready to be shipped to the customer for its final disposition. Intensive and exhaustive quality checks by highly trained, experienced personnel at every step of the manufacturing process, guarantee that TenCate fabrics are the best available. By controlling and monitoring each and every aspect from fiber to finished fabric gives TenCate the ability to maintain the highest quality and to eliminate operational and scheduling conflicts to make sure that our fabrics will get where they need to be when they need to be there.