In the 1990’s, 3M Canada introduced the concept of a Yellow/Silver/Yellow trim on Flame Resistant (FR) coveralls. This flame-resistant trim served a dual purpose, the Yellow offered enhanced daytime visibility and the Retroreflective Silver served for dusk, low light and dark conditions. The Yellow / Silver / Yellow trim that was used at the time was 9587, a trim that was FR and designed for the Fireman bunker gear. Soon this Yellow/Silver/Yellow solution became the norm, but there was a significant challenge with it as it could not withstand Industrial Washing for the Oil & Gas and Utilities market, which heavily soiled garments needed, to be cleaned.
With Davey Textile Solutions extensive background in textiles, we set out to solve the challenge to develop a fabric that would meet the criteria for Visibility and Flame-Resistant standards, but durable enough for Industrial Washers and then use a 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material for the Retroreflectivity. In 2004, the RT80 was born and it was the FIRST innovation of a cloth base trim that met all the requirements of triple trim solutions for flame-resistant garments, and strong enough to withstand Industrial Washing.
There have been several generations of the “RT80” that has led to many different solutions that are all flame-resistant, both industrial wash and home wash options, different widths and various 3M Scotchlite Reflective Materials. are now available. Today the most popular trim is the RT80 220C N3000, which is a narrow width fabric made in our plant and converted with 3M’s 9740 Scotchlite Reflective Material.
The RT80 is the leader in the industry for cloth based triple trims, built with quality and to the highest standards. The RT80 complies to both visibility standards of CSA Z96 -2015 and ANSI 107-2015 and certified to FR standards of CGSB 155.20 and NFPA 2112.