DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards Showcased Customer Ideas
Since 1965, when DuPont introduced the first Kevlar® fiber, DuPont customers, inventors, and entrepreneurs have been finding ways for Kevlar® to help protect, strengthen, and enhance the world around us.
DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards Overview
Celebrating excellence in innovation, protection, and collaboration, the DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards recognized and showcased the best of Kevlar® and the ingenuity of DuPont customers through products and services that incorporate new ideas, methods, technologies, or applications for Kevlar®.
DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Award Winners
DuPont Protection Technologies is pleased to announce the winners of the DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards, which showcase ideas, methods, technologies, applications, products and services using DuPont™ Kevlar® in a new way. This year’s U.S. awards were bestowed in three categories: innovation, protection and collaboration to QinetiQ North America, TYR Tactical, and UNEQUAL Technologies, respectively.
Innovation award criteria focused on the use of DuPont™ Kevlar® with new materials and/or new processing technologies, creativity in the use of DuPont™ Kevlar® in new applications and general uniqueness or impressiveness of the product. The protection award was based on the best demonstration of an innovation that enhances protection of people, processes or the environment using DuPont™ Kevlar®. The collaboration award was given to the entry that best demonstrated ways in which the company worked with DuPont or other organizations to develop a product using Kevlar® that provides commercial significance and benefit to others.
QinetiQ North America’s rocket propelled grenade (RPG) protection solution, Q-NetTM, is the winner in the innovation category. Q-NetTM provides superior RPG defeat capabilities, is adaptable to a variety of platforms, and is low-cost and ultra-lightweight. QinetiQ worked in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop the Q-NetTM system, which is based on nets rather than traditional armor. The system leverages DuPont™ Kevlar® in the netting in combination with metal points at net junctions to create the configuration. DuPont™ Kevlar® was chosen for the netting for its strength, weight and low stretch characteristics. The resulting system offers an innovative solution to vehicle light-weighting and performance challenges, as reducing weight decreases the overall wear and tear of vehicle operating systems and fuel consumption.
TYR Tactical is honored with the protection award for its PVTM Nylon, a hybrid laminate that is significantly stronger and lighter-weight than standard nylon. TYR Tactical’s PVTM Nylon demonstrates how scientific innovation can yield incredible hybrid materials that address market challenges. By incorporating DuPont™ Kevlar® to provide increased strength and ballistic resistance at a lighter-weight, TYR Tactical decreased the amount of nylon needed in a protection system, in turn reducing the weight of protection systems overall and increasing the life cycle of each product. This provides the market with a much needed solution for longer-wearing, more resistant and lighter-weight armor.
For more information, you can view a press release about the DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards.
Q-NetTM is a trademark of QinetiQ North America.
PVTM Nylon is a trademark of TYR Tactical.
These results are not intended to imply recommendation or endorsement by the judges or their organizations.