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DuPont launches Tyvek® Classic Xpert, a new level of protection in the Type 5/6 category

22 May 2012

Whether working in a vehicle body shop with harmful sprays, moving hazardous materials or preserving evidence at a scene of crime, workers need an expert garment to keep them protected from a variety of contaminants and particulates.

After 18 years of successfully protecting people and processes with Tyvek® Classic, DuPont has developed the second generation coverall, Tyvek® Classic Xpert, to provide superior level of protection and comfort in the Type 5/6 category.

The new design and construction holds out 99.2% of dust(1) and three times more liquid(2) than its predecessor. It is lightweight and durable, and it incorporates innovative design features that ensure an exceptional level of wearer and process protection. And yet it has been launched at the same price as Tyvek® Classic, so that workers can be protected with enhanced coveralls that remain economically viable for businesses.

Improved liquid protection
Tyvek® Classic Xpert offers the wearer superior liquid protection due to its new patent pending seam technology. DuPont has redefined protection in every detail and, as a result, Tyvek® Classic Xpert passes the new stringent Type 6 test method (EN ISO 17491-4 Method A:2008). Tyvek® Classic Xpert also demonstrates greater protection when tested according to the more stringent whole suit Type 4 spray test (EN ISO 17491-4 method B). It displays in fact significantly less liquid leakage than conventional stitched seams, increasing the peace of mind of the wearer. Moreover, the new Tyvek® Classic Xpert fabric is certified as offering protection against infective agents (EN 14126), as well as against chemical permeation by some water-based low chemicals.

Extra particulate protection
DuPontT Tyvek® is a non-woven material that is made up of ultra-fine continuous fibres of high density polyethylene and offers exceptional strength and flexibility. Moreover, Tyvek® Classic Xpert provides six times more particulate protection than Tyvek® Classic, and ten times more particulate protection than Microporous films(1). It sets a new standard in particulate protection, with only 0.8% whole suit inward leakage compared to 5% with Tyvek® Classic and to 8% with a typical Microporous film. The new coverall also reaches Class 2 for nuclear particulate protection(3).

Innovative design, exceptional comfort and superior resistance Tyvek® Classic Xpert features a complete redesign, providing increased protection to the wearer. This includes a newly designed hood that perfectly fits the contours of the face and neck, reducing exposure risk, and a longer sleeve design that ensures a perfect fit, even when arms are extended above the head. These design improvements mean that uncomfortable thumb loops are not needed, and allow for greater comfort and flexibility. As often noticed by users in wear trials, the new design of the garments is extremely ergonomic, leaving greater freedom of movement.

Tyvek® Classic Xpert features a glued-in (rather than stitched) elastic waist to reduce the number of seams, giving it greater strength and less opportunity for inward leakages. The suit is tough, robust and abrasion resistant, with antistatic treatment on both sides, and is silicon-free and exceptionally low linting. While developing it DuPont has listened to customers' needs and, as a result, Tyvek® Classic Xpert features a bigger zipper puller to make it easier for the wearer to fasten and unfasten when wearing gloves. The locking zipper
also ensures that the coverall will not accidentally unzip when working.

Finally, being both air and moisture vapour permeable, Tyvek® Xpert maximizes breathability and wearer comfort whilst offering superb protection.

Clever packaging
Tyvek® Classic Xpert packaging not only safely stores your protective coverall but also offers expert advice on the donning and doffing procedures in simple pictograms. Its clearer sizing information and labels, both on the packaging and on the inside of the garment, ensure selection of the correct garment. In addition, the new packaging is more compact - reducing the amount of waste - and features a resealable sticky seal to help keep the coverall damage free and in good condition. Its design also facilitates the presentation of the product, as the packaging can now be hung on display stands.

DuPont has redefined protection in every detail with Tyvek® Classic Xpert and can offer the latest innovation in protective coveralls in the Type 5/6 category in the market today. Its superior levels of liquid and particulate protection ensure that workers can be safe in the knowledge that they are wearing one of the best coverall in its category. Going beyond the CE-requirements and product Stewardship reviews, DuPont continuously applies high quality, health, safety, environmental and ethics standards.

For more information, visit www.dpp-europe.com/TyvekClassicXpert.


(1) Based on the Total Inward Leakage for one activity (TILE) data according to EN ISO 13982-2 on suits taped at mask, ankles, cuffs and flap.

(2) Based on low-level spray test data according to EN ISO 17491-4 Method A.

(3) Based on the inward leakage during exercise of all activities (1/TILA) according to EN 1073-2.

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