TOKYO – Toray Industries is to augment its Livmoa range of single-use protective clothing with Livmoa 4000 for high pressure and water resistance and an upgraded version of Livmoa CL sterilized clothing for cleanrooms.
The introductions will first be in Japan, becoming available overseas later.
Livmoa 4000 is breathable and complies with the JIS Type 5 and 6 standards for chemical protective clothing. It employs a proprietary SMS (spunbond-meltblown-spunbond) nonwoven fabric, protects wearers from dust and can also withstand a water pressure of 1,000mm H2O, which is hard to achieve with regular SMS fabric. The meltblown layer keeps dust and water out while delivering an air permeability of around 10 cc/cm2/sec. Toray is building a stable product supply system by manufacturing the fabric at its plant in Japan.
Livmoa 4000 can be worn where water resistance is necessary, such as waste disposal sites that are essentially off-limits to Livmoa 2000 and 3000 clothing, which are also breathable. Participants in a testing program rated Livmoa 4000 very highly for its exceptional comfort and soft fabric. The product was upgraded based on feedback from users at public research and academic institutions. Originally launched in 2019 under the supervision of the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe, its usability has been expanded, with an integrated mask cover, an optimized hood opening for a better fit with goggles and slimmer sleeves and legs to improve mobility.