BERNARDSVILLE, N.J. – Founded as a ribbon-weaving company in 1876 and incorporated in 1921, OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics has been a leading manufacturer of high-performance, mission-critical textiles for use in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and apparel since the 1970s.
Bernardsville, NJ: Founded as a ribbon-weaving company in 1876 (and incorporated in 1921), OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics has been a leading manufacturer of high-performance, mission-critical textiles (for use in Personal Protective Equipment – PPE, and Apparel) since the 1970s. Our primary markets include:
- First Responders (Fire Safety & Rescue, Emergency Health Services, Law Enforcement, etc.)
- Defense (all branches of the military)
- Industrial Safety
"We at OTEX have always felt privileged to design and manufacture products that help protect and save lives, and this has never been more true than in these days, where so many risk their own safety to help others."
Denise Offray – Owner, CEO
Having been recognized as an essential manufacturer of "Life-Sustaining Products" by the Office of Governor Wolf, our Pennsylvania-based mill is busy producing the elastics, trims, and webbings that find their way into products on the front lines of the fight against the COVID19 pandemic.
With its Sentry FR® (Fire Resistant) line of elastics, and many other FR products, OTEX is renowned as a leader in developing and suppling Fire-Safety related Narrow Fabrics. Of late, this has become extremely important for producing the elastics and trims utilized in medical PPE, which are used in "pure oxygen" environments, such as hospitals and ambulances.
Many of these include medical face masks, face shields, full-and-partial-face reusable respirators, and medical aprons and gowns – to name a few.
As one might expect, we have received a great influx of inquiries for narrow fabrics utilized in these types of products and are excited to collaborate with other companies, in order to combat the spread of this virus. We wish to extend an invitation to other producers of related PPE and Protective apparel to contact us with your supply questions and needs.
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June 2018, Bernardsville, New Jersey: OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics® announces the launch of its revolutionary SENTRY LIFELINE™ webbing (patent-pending) as a substitute for steel cables for use in SRL (self-retracting lifeline) fall-protection systems and other applications.
Steel cables have long been the industry standard for what is called "Leading Edge" SRLs. The term leading edge refers to a set of specifications and tests for certifying the durability and sever-resistance a lifeline must endure to ensure the safety of an individual wearing fall-protection equipment. Sentry LifeLine™ is the first non-steel-cable lifeline to have passed the most rigorous ANSI test for SRLs in customer trials. This includes a variety of tests, requiring the lifelines to withstand heavy (300+ lbs.) weights being dropped, drawn, and suspended over sharp metal edges; this, in order to exceed even the most extreme examples of falls that could occur in the workplace. To-date, steel has provided this highest standard of safety – with other materials being utilized when the applications for safety were not as demanding.
Despite the advantages, steel cables also have their drawbacks; weight, limited flexibility, and rust (as well as the related need for lubrication/maintenance). To date, these were necessary sacrifices that many have chosen in exchange for top performance in the safety category. Finally – with OTEX's Sentry LifeLine™– there is an alternative that offers the security of steel, without any of the negative attributes. Lightweight, flexible, and unaffected by moisture, OTEX's patent-pending webbing innovation is the first textile lifeline to offer the durability of steel with greater convenience and comfort.
Sentry LifeLine™ is currently being introduced by one of OTEX's key customers as the feature element in a new SRL Fall Protection system that is already being hailed as a game-changer in the Safety industry. However, it is evident that, as a substitute for steel cable, with unique performance properties and advantages, the applications for Sentry LifeLineTM™ seem only to be limited by the imaginations of product designers and engineers.
More to follow . . .