BRNO, Czech Republic, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A fabric that provides protection from a wide range of ballistic, chem-bio and radiological threats has been highlighted at a NATO conference.
Florida's Radiation Shield Technologies said its patented Demron product "eliminates the guesswork (of which armor to use) by enabling users to deploy one technology to combat all types of threats, including traditional ballistics and bombs," as well as improvised explosive devices, radiological dispersive devices, radiological emission devices and the "ever-increasing nuclear and radiological threats."
"Radiation Shield Technologies developed Demron because we recognized a need for lightweight, durable, flexible personal-protection gear that provides total multi-hazard protection and enables users to work comfortably with the peace of mind of knowing they're well-protected," said Dr. Ronald F. DeMeo, RST's president and chief executive officer.
DeMeo discussed Demron during a presentation NATO's "CBRN Aspects in Defense Against Terrorism," conference in the Czech Republic.
DeMeo said RST has received ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certifications for its design and manufacturing of Demron, its core technology and the National Institute of Justice 0108.01 Certification for its Demron High Energy Nuclear/Ballistic IED RDD Shield.
Demron has 13 U.S. and international patents and was recently granted an Indian patent.
The fabric, which consists of an advanced radiopaque, nano-polymeric compound fused between layers of fabric. Demron has been proven to block gamma rays, X-rays and nuclear emissions by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, part of the National Nuclear Security Administration within the U.S. Department of Energy, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he said.