When their existing supplier of liquid silicone face mask seals pulled out, Scott Health & Safety had to find a new supplier. After overcoming stiff competition from overseas, elastomer engineering specialist James Walker Keaflex was appointed to manufacture the coloured seal based on the existing product.
"The tight deadline put our process engineering skills to the test," said James Walker Keaflex business development manager Pete Smith. "We needed to convert some existing plastic machines over to liquid silicone technology, and we also installed a new higher capacity press for thermoplastic rubber."
New injection moulding equipment was designed by James Walker Keaflex and manufactured in its in-house toolroom. The whole project involved producing seven new products in all, made from coloured liquid silicone and thermoplastic rubber.
"Keaflex did an excellent job by stepping into the breach and delivering a high quality product to meet our deadlines," said David Price, purchasing manager at Scott Health & Safety.
The full face mask is part of Scott's modular respiratory protection range. The silicone seal provides a comfortable fit for the wearer and minimises the risk of skin irritation.
About James Walker Keaflex
A specialist in precision elastomer engineering, with a long history of innovation in product design and process optimisation, James Walker Keaflex is a member of the James Walker Group. This global manufacturing group, with an annual turnover in excess of GBP 125 million (180 million Euro), operates through two strategic business units: Sealing Products & Services and Rail Systems & Products. It has 50 production, engineering, distribution and customer support sites worldwide and sells in over 100 countries.
About Scott Health & Safety
Scott Health & Safety, a business unit of Tyco International, are innovative specialists in the manufacture and design of respiratory, head and sensory personal protective equipment and other safety devices for fire & rescue services, industrial workers, police, military and civil defence organisations around the world.
With five global manufacturing locations, Scott produces products that protect thousands of individuals each day from hazards including smoke, toxic fumes, combustible gases, falling objects and contaminants. The Scott product line includes compressed air breathing apparatus, air-purifying respirators, thermal imaging instruments, head, face, eye and hearing protection.
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