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Bullard FaceShield

Enhancing the face protection market with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester

Overview

From inventing the first “hard-boiled” hat for miners to innovating helmets for firefighters, E. D. Bullard Company has been known as a provider of innovative solutions in safety and protective equipment for industrial and emergency response workers.

“The company creed has always been safety and innovation,” says Wells Bullard, Marketing Manager and great-great granddaughter of the founder, Edward D. Bullard.

Enhanced protective features and integrated function are key elements in Bullard headgear designs, such as integrated lighting in fire helmets, brow pads, and vents that improve worker comfort and effectiveness.

So it should come as no surprise that Bullard is the first in the face protection market to use Eastman Tritan™ copolyester in a faceshield.

The Tritan™ faceshield provides one solution that satisfies two requirements in the production line.

“The new faceshield allows someone who requires protection from chemicals and gases to also have high impact protection,” explains Bullard. “Previously, if a worker was performing a grinding operation in zone A and needed to move to zone B which required protection from chemicals, he would have to stop and switch visors.

“This faceshield can be attached with existing headgear, hardhats or a bump cap and used for protection in the laboratory, in grinding applications, refining and other applications.

“Inventory consolidation is another advantage to customers. Our distributors and end-users can consolidate their inventory where they no longer need two types of faceshields.”

Fitting with existing Bullard designs of polycarbonate faceshields, the Tritan™-based Spartech ULTRATUF™ FS sheet allows a seamless transition.

“Tritan™ provides similar manufacturing properties to polycarbonate and the extrusion process is the same,” says Bullard.

The main advantages, she notes: “Tritan™ compares favorably in material properties testing in toughness and chemical resistance. And with improved durability and clarity, the faceshield is more resistant to vision-impairing scratches and clouding.”

Introduced at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo 2010, the new faceshield provides another example of building on the Bullard reputation for providing high-quality, innovative products to ensure end-user safety.

“We’re constantly innovating with new materials and processes,” says Bullard, “including improving our previous models of existing products.”

“As with all of our products,” Bullard adds, “we’re proud that the faceshield is made in the USA – from Eastman Tritan™ to the extruding, manufacturing and marketing in our Kentucky headquarters.”

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