Optimizing protective clothing – the crisis is the hour of data

Anti-virus protective clothing is currently in short supply and a key factor influencing the impact of the COVID19 pandemic. It is also becomingclear these days that the standard sizes are suboptimal. The first companies are now looking for solutions to produce different sizes and thus a better fit. Avalution is supporting them with its unique database and many years of expertise in the field of body measurements. But body measurement data is not only important for the development of protective clothing.

Medical   protective   clothing   has   received   a   lot   of   media attention  since  the  Corona  crisis –doctors,  nursing  services, but also social institutions are looking for supplies and stock up on  physical  protection  against  the  COVID19  virus.  Everyone who  cannot  avoid  close  physical  contact  with  other  people needs this clothing for their own safety, but also to protect their counterpart.  FFP-3  masks  are protective  masks  that  also protect  against  viruses.  Until  now,  they  have  mostly  been available  in  one  size  only,  so  they  are  not  comfortable  for everyone  to  wear –especially  those  who  wear  glasses  often feel restricted.

"Many certainly think that comfort is an aspect that can be dispensed with in view of the current challenges," says Managing Director Michael Stöhr. "But: Especially when people  are  in  a  permanent  state  of  emergency  due  to  long working   hours   and   difficult   decisions,   supposedly   trivial aspects  such  as  an  optimized  fit  can  be  significant".  This  not only applies to the already very sensitive field of vision –arm or leg lengths that are too long or too short or cuffs that are too tight also influence the wearer's body awareness. In addition, the correct fit also ensures greater safety. 

In the medical field, it is very important that no gaps are created which, for example, expose  skin  areas.  With  bulletproof  vests,  as  used  by  the police   and   security   services,   a   few   centimetres   can   be decisive.Avalution  has  a  worldwide  unique  database  of  human  body measurements and shapes.

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(c) 2020 Human Solutions

"In recent days we have received an   increasing   number   of   enquiries   from   companies   that manufacture   protective   and   work   clothing,"   reports   Anke Rissiek,  Director  Products  &  Projects.  "These  now  need reliable body measurements. On the one hand, because they want  to  manufacture  optimized  products  and  need  us  to provide them with the appropriate body measurement data. On the  other  hand,  there  is  no  longer  the  possibility  of  having finished  articles  tried  on  as  usual.  Here,  too,  we  can  support product development with our avatars and size determination for clothing with proven digital solutions.”

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