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The FIRE PROOF fire barrier fabrics

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Fire Barrier Fabrics

A fire barrier fabric is installed to form a shield between the open flame source and the flammable foam and fabric components on the inside of upholstered furniture, including imagetransportation seating, mattresses, and pillows. This internal fire barrier fabric is called an “inter-liner”. The SANDEL inter-liner stops the fire from burning through to the foam without adding to the smoke or toxicity of the fire because it is an intrinsically non-flammable woven textile. Stable and uniform SANDEL offers consistent protection and work harmoniously with most woven upholstery fabrics in cutting and upholstering.  The seating in the photo features SANDEL inter-liner on the London Undergorund.  This application enables the seat to attain a Class 0 rating in accordance with British Standard #6853.




Fire Proof Fabrics

Materials that by nature will not burn. Asbestos, long banned for being carcinogenic, is the best-known flame proof material. SANDEL fabric, made from an inorganic material with its origin from sand and containing no asbestos, is non-combustible at any temperature. Nextel ceramic is the only material with flame proofing properties similar to SANDEL fabric. However, high cost and lack of fabric attributes limit Nextel to special applications, such as the “skin” tiles on the Space Shuttle.




Fire Resistant Fabrics

Those fabrics that resist flame are referred to as “flame resistant”. Modacrylic, a fire resistant acrylic, melts and decomposes at relatively low temperatures (below 300° F). PBI (polybezimidazole) is an organic fiber that does not burn or melt. It disintegrates at 840° F, rendering it ineffective for fire protection. Nomex, used primarily for protective clothing and fire-fighter suits, is a high cost, fire resistant material. However, it degrades at temperatures below 700° F.




Fire Retardant Fabrics

Natural or synthetic fabrics are often treated with chemicals to nominally improve their abilities to withstand fire. These fabrics include acrylics, nylon, polyesters, polypropylene and cotton. Treated fabrics only retard or delay the spread of flames as long as treatment chemicals are retained on the fabric. Repeated washings erode this protection. Most fire retardant chemicals impart allergic reactions and environmental consequences.


Sandel International, Inc.

SANDEL International, Inc is the exclusive manufacturer of SANDEL fabric -- a series of proprietary non-flammable fabrics that stop fire from spreading.

SANDEL fabric is recognized internationally as the most cost-effective and versatile of high-performance fire barrier textiles. SANDEL fabric will not ignite or burn. SANDEL fabric also will not melt, drip, rot or emit toxic smoke. SANDEL fabric has many additional qualities that give designers and engineers tremendous flexibility. SANDEL fabric is available as waterproof and breathable. Products utilizing SANDEL fabric can be made lighter, thinner, more durable, more resistant to chemicals, and totally resistant to mildew, fungi, and bacteria.

SANDEL fabric's intrinsic non-flammable properties benefit a diverse group of industries that must face the risk of fire. Industries and institutions like Aviation, Construction, Corrections, Commercial Furniture, Healthcare and Hospitals, Insulation, Lodging, Marine, Military, Transportation, Universities and Welding all need and use SANDEL fabric to improve the fire properties of their products and furnishings.


Sandel International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Beckmann Converting, Inc.

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