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GRAFE Polymer Technik GmbH is one of the most innovative partners to the plastics processing industry. The Thuringian based company is presenting a permanently antistatic compound for the manufacture of safety helmets at the FAKUMA. The primary goal in developing this material was to meet the requirements of DIN EN 397, since protecting people’s health and safety is of highest priority.


Safety at construction sites is of top priority, particularly in hazardous areas. Safety helmets are one of the most important pieces of protective equipment in the construction and related industries. DIN EN 397 states that safety helmets must be worn without exception at work and during all activities where falling, suspended, thrown, or blown objects may present danger. The purpose of safety helmets is to limit, or better still, avoid danger. To this end, helmets must be resistant against thermal, chemical and climatic influences and should withstand both elastic and plastic deformation. In tests, helmets are exposed to very low (minimum -10 °C) and very high temperatures (maximum 50°C), and are subjected to a ball drop and penetration test. In this test, the helmets are examined for penetration resistance and safety upon impact with pointed or rounded objects. In the past, permanently conductive materials were only produced in standard black. Safety helmets in other colors were not electrically conductive and had therefore no antistatic properties. With the permanently antistatic PP compound from the GRAFE Group, electrically conductive helmets can be manufactured in a range of colors. The PP compound is available in the following vibrant colors from GRAFE’s Colorstat® series: blue, yellow, white, red and brown. The PP compound was especially developed for lightweight designs. Additional design elements can be added using 2K injection molding. These may include, for example, plastic elements that light up in the dark without requiring additional light sources. It is important to remember that safety helmets can save lives.


Visit the GRAFE-Stand at the FAKUMA: Hall B5, Stand 5306.


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