Safety and protective fabrics manufacturer SSM Industries Inc., Spring City, Tenn., has expanded
the offerings in its Pro-CFR® Cotton line of flame-resistant (FR) cotton fabrics with the
introduction of Pro-CFR 12 Cal and Pro-CFR + TransDRY® fabrics.
The company reports Pro-CFR 12 Cal, at a weight of 6.25 ounces per square yard, is the
lightest-weight FR cotton fabric to register an arc thermal protection value (ATPV) of 12 calories
per square centimeter (cal/cm
2). The knit fabric is targeted to apparel for the utility industry, which has been
seeking a 12 cal/cm
2 ATPV solution in a single garment, whereas such protection typically has only been
available through garment layering. Cleveland-based National Safety Apparel (NSA) is using SSM’s
new fabric in its FR Classic Cotton™ Knit line, a new collection of shirts offered in a range of
styles as well as colors.
Pro-CFR + TransDry, available in knit and woven constructions, features Cary, N.C.-based
Cotton Incorporated’s TransDry moisture management technology that is engineered into the fabric,
as well as a proprietary antimicrobial/anti-odor technology. Targeted to industrial, military,
fire-service and racing markets, the fabric is currently going into shirts manufactured by Summit
Work Apparel, Sugar Land, Texas.
Pro-CFR 12 Cal and Pro-CFR + TransDry fabrics, like the rest of SSM’s fabrics, are produced
completely in-house – from fabric formation through dyeing and finishing – at the company’s plant
in Spring City.
October 23, 2012