Gore has developed an innovative way of letting people take a digital tour through 20 of its specialist GORE-TEX test laboratories at any time from the comfort of their home or office.
Every year, customers have the opportunity to visit the GORE-TEX labs to see how the quality, product performance and durability is measured and tested. With visits no longer possible in a global pandemic, the team came up with an inventive solution that lets people tour the labs at any time.
Visitors can now take a digital tour through 20 GORE-TEX laboratories and almost 100 test stations for heat and flame, durability, biophysics, environment, as well as gloves and footwear.
Accessible via the GORE-TEX website,1 visitors can walk through the labs and learn about test methods in a 360 view that allows them to click on various areas of the room for a full explanation of how tests and measurements are undertaken.
The virtual experience explains 97 highlighted test methods spanning waterproofness and breathability to flame resistance and comfort science.
Melbourne based Gore Associate, Gordon Burns, said: ‘This is a really innovative way to let our customers see our rigorous testing processes that ensure the lifetime performance of GORE-TEX products. Normally we would bring them to our laboratories in the USA and Germany for a guided tour, but during the pandemic we’re bringing the labs to them in a way that lets them move around the work areas in seconds and stop anywhere they want for an explanation of what’s going on. It’s a fantastic innovation that allows anyone with Internet access to learn about the work that backs up our commitment to quality and lifetime performance of GORE-TEX products.’
Gore revolutionised firefighter protection over 30 years ago with the development of the first waterproof, breathable high-performance protective GORE-TEX moisture barrier in firefighter structural suits.
Gore’s multimillion-dollar investment in research, testing and quality ensures that every product is fit for use throughout its operational lifetime – without fail. Gore only partners with garment suppliers who can guarantee the same total quality approach throughout the manufacturing process. The company combines material science expertise with a deep understanding of its markets to deliver solutions that meet the company ethos: ‘Together Improving Life’.
All Gore technical fire fabrics comfortably exceed International PPE performance standards and are certified to AS4967 and the environmental OEKO-TEX Standard 100, as well as EN469, NFPA 1951, 1999 and 1971. Gore products maintain that level of performance thanks to outstanding resistance to flame, wear and tear while retaining high breathability and waterproofness after exposure to extreme cold and heat. Gore products are renowned for their consistently reliable thermal stability.
For more information see www.goretexprofessional.com