Care for a chem suit?
Published: 01 July, 2008
In response to the demand for a cleaning system to accompany the drying of chemical protection suits, Top Trock engineered the first all-automatic cleaning, disinfecting and drying system for all kinds of chemical protection and gas tight suits, the SWT, over 10 years ago.
The latest version of the system – the fully automatic version SWT 3.0 – was introduced two years ago and its manufacturer believes that to date it is still unequalled in comfort and efficiency.
The suits are fitted easily onto the body shaped stainless steel racks, while water, detergent and disinfectant – as well as the warm drying air – is distributed through these racks. The suits inflate to their full size during the entire process, ensuring they are efficiently cleaned and dried even in hard-to-access places like fingertips and boots.
All polluted liquids are constantly pumped out of the suits. The automatic process is controlled electronically and requires around four hours for one/two suits.
The main advantages of the system are: fast turnaround times; the fact that suits do not have to be cleaned manually (saving time); the body shaped racks avoid damage to the materials; and the thorough maintenance of the suits means a longer lifespan.
The system is available as a fixed or mobile version and it is possible to fit a splash guard cabin and/or a spray lance for the outside cleaning of the suits.
Fire and rescue services around the world maintain their suits using the SWT system, and the Fire Service College in Moreton in Marsh (UK) is just one of the big names in the world of firefighting who have installed Top Trock systems for cleaning and drying.