Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. manufactures advanced, high-performance coated fabrics for use in unique applications across a broad range of industries. Utilizing some of the most advanced fibers, specialized weaves, and a variety of blends and coatings, our specialty line of ARMATEX® Coated Fabrics deliver not only superior heat protection, but have exceptional durability and resistance to chemicals, abrasion and weathering.
In partnership with our customers, Mid-Mountain has developed innovative, specialty coated fabrics for use in technical applications such as air cargo covers, air bags, robot protective covers, fabric for the manufacture of chemical suits and firefighting apparel, aircraft jet bridges, and temporary wilderness shelters. In addition to fiberglass and silica substrates, we utilize specialty fabrics including Nomex®, Kevlar®, nylon, carbon, and aramid blends, and coat with a variety of high-temperature, chemical and abrasion resistant coatings.
Robotic Protective Covers
Robots improve the quality of work by taking over dangerous, tedious and dirty jobs that are not possible, or safe, for humans to perform. But today’s complex manufacturing processes put Robotic equipment in danger, therefore it is extremely important to protect the robotic equipment in damaging and abusive environments. In response to this need, we developed ARMATEX® SBN 13-602 ROBOTEX, which is used in the fabrication of Robotic Protective Covers as a means to protect the investment of the robot and reduce maintenance related downtime.
Developed with a very high strength polyamide base fabric and a high performance coating, ARMATEX® SBN 13-602 ROBOTEX has uncompromising flexibility, as well as very high strength and resistance to extreme conditions. Testing has concluded that ROBOTEX lasts longer than conventional robot clothes, and maintains its integrity in severe conditions. In addition to manufacturing the coated fabric, Mid-Mountain has the capability to fabricate the robot clothes as well.
Air Cargo Covers
Mid-Mountain has developed ARMATEX® ISF Coated Fabrics, which combine an intumescent coating on one side with a silicone coating on the other, resulting in a product that is excellent for use in passive fire protection. Originally developed for use as fire and smoke barriers for air cargo, ARMATEX® ISF Coated Fabrics can be used in protective applications outdoors as well due to its high UV resistance, moisture resistance, and mildew resistance.
Lithium Ion Battery Protection
When a Lithium Ion battery is damaged or punctured, a short can occur, causing a spark which can ignite the highly reactive lithium. Mid-Mountain has developed a coated fabric exclusively for use as fire containment bags and covers for protection when lithium batteries are damaged or punctured.
A Trip to Mars
In 2020, NASA is preparing to test a Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (SIAD) that may be capable of landing larger aircraft on Mars. The SIAD-E is inflated by a combination of gas generators and ram air inlets, allowing it to fully deploy in less than 2 seconds in conditions up to Mach 4. Mid-Mountain was asked to overcome the challenge of coating a silicone compound onto a heat sensitive, dimensionally unstable braided fabric. Our engineers developed a unique coating technique that achieved this goal, without applying high heat or web tension, making it a crucial part of the next Mars Lander Project.
Air Cargo Protection
Following federal investigation into fire-related freighter accidents, Mid-Mountain developed fire containment covers that contain deadly smoke and fire in cargo bays, preventing the fire from escalating. We developed a special polymer-coated fabric treated with fire retardants that withstands temperatures up to 3272°F • 1800°C. These products are non-flammable, non-toxic, and weather resistant, and meet the requirements of BMS8-343 Type I / III.
UV, Weather Resistant and Fire Resistant Aircraft Jet Bridges
ARMATEX® SF37 Jetstar was developed specifically for use in flexible closure assemblies for aircraft jet bridges. This coated fabric exhibits superior strength as well as flexibility, and is highly resistant to abrasion, fire and weathering, which makes it an ideal product for any type of flexible closure assembly, including those used in ports. In addition, ARMATEX® SF37 Jetstar meets or exceeds the requirements of NFPA Specifications 417, 255 and 701, and is classified as “Class A” per NFPA 101, Life Safety Code.
Behind all of the specialty coated fabrics we have developed was a customer who had a unique application requirement that could not be addressed with a standard coated fabric. Research and Development is at the core of what we do, and we would be happy to assist you with a solution tailored to your needs.