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Summer Time is a Dangerous Season for Heat Stress

Evaporative Cooling Products Keep the Body Core Temperature Stable

Recently my family and I visited Florida for a Disney vacation and when we landed at the Orlando airport, the summer temperature was 95°F with high humidity. Construction  at the Disney properties were in full swing and I was in awe how the ground and construction crews worked feverishly in the full sun throughout the hottest times of the days.
 
It was apparent they were equipped to handle the extreme elements and implemented preventative measures to counter heat stress. For instance, many wore lightweight loose fitting clothes that covered the majority of the skin and they took frequent water breaks around the Gatorade cooler in the shade. I also noticed most of the operators wore cooling products to counteract heat stress such as hard hat cooling pads, cooling bandanas, cooling beanies and ANSI Class II safety cooling vests.
 
What I was really more concerned about were the star attractions of Magic Kingdom-the Disney mascots and props. How Goofy, Mickey, Donald, Minnie, Pluto and crew were able to excitedly meet with so many tourists out in the extreme heat really concerned me. I was actually worried one of them might pass out in front of the kids but then it dawned on me where I was. There was no way Disney would allow their cast members to be put in a position where their health could be jeopardized nor would they allow a magical moment be put at jeopardy.  With this, we are....

Proudly Announcing Techniche Evaporative Cooling Products!

I concluded that high-end, industrial cooling products must be incorporated, and guess what, I was right. How did I find that out? Well, MDS is now a authorized wholesale distributor of Techniche Evaporative Cooling Products-the same cooling products used at Disneyland Parks and Resorts, Harley Davidson Motor Cycle, The Home Depot, Kawasaki, Staples, BMW, MSA, Adidas, Trek,  and KTM Racing. TechNiche cooling apparel was also used during the 2010 Vancouver and 2012 London Olympics!  
 
Heat stress is a major occupational hazard for workers in hot and humid outdoor and indoor working conditions and employers and employees alike can take steps to minimize the potential danger. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, exposure to extreme heat conditions can result in occupational illnesses and injuries such as heat stress, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, heat cramps and heat rash.
In addition to the risks associated with working outside or in other hot environments, workers at greater risk of heat stress also include the following:
  • Cleanroom Operators
  • HazMat Personal
  • Athletes
  • Automotive Racers
  • Theatrical - Mascots/Professional Costume Performers/Props
  • Fish and Game
  • Farmers/Ranchers
  • Highway Operators
  • Utility Workers
  • Landscapers
  • Mold/Mildew Abatement
  • Military
  • Firemen
  • Work Dogs/Horses
  • Surgeons
There are a number of precautions workers can practice before and during work projects or recreational activities such as drinking plenty of water, seeking shade and tackling strenuous jobs early in the morning but gearing up with TechNiche Evaporative Cooling Products to keep the body core temperature stable a no brainer.  Techniche has a variety of cooling technologies and offer many different products to offer you the best heat stress protection for the task. From cooling vests to hydration packs, Techniche has it all. They even offer a line of cooling products to protect animals susceptible to heat stroke such as dogs and horses!
 
To best match the product to the task, below is a brief description of the different technologies available.

Patented HyperKewl™ Cooling Technology

HyperKewl™ Evaporative Cooling material is a unique polymer fabric that absorbs and slowly releases water through evaporation. Look at this process as "super-charging" the body's natural cooling process, thereby protecting the wearer against heat stress. While other technologies are effective for pre and post cooling while you compete, HyperKewl™ works to cool you during the competition or strenuous activity.
Simply soak HyperKewl™ products in water for 1-2 minutes, gently squeeze out excess water and enjoy the cooling effect for 5-10 hours. Simple, fast and easy to use, it can provide temperatures that are 10-15 degrees (F) cooler than ambient temperature when accompanied with sufficient airflow!

CoolPax™ Evaporative Cooling Technology

Enjoy controlled or targeted cooling with Phase Change Cooling technology called CoolPax™.  CoolPax products use cooling inserts that are made of a non-toxic carbon-based liquid material that's activated by exposing them to any condition below their Phase Change Temperature. This means that CoolPax can be activated in freezers, fridges, ice water, ice coolers or any other situation where the temperature is below 58°F/14°C and will maintain this temperature for 2-3 hours. This unique feature means that with the use of ice in a cooler, users can re-activate inserts by simply placing them in a cooler full of ice.
Place CoolPax™ inserts in freezer or ice water for 35/40 minutes and insert into garment pockets. Phase change materials freeze faster, stay frozen longer, are light in weight and have a 10 year shelf like. The CoolPax™ inserts are non-flammable, non-combustable and non-toxic and are sealed inside polyurethane to ensure they never leak. 
The CoolPax™ line of products can be deployed in a variety of occupational, recreational and competitive settings and are used worldwide, from recovery efforts in Haiti to medical support efforts in West Africa when combating the Ebola outbreak.  

DryKewl™ Evaporative Cooling Technology

Using  patented HyperKewl™ fabric in combination with specially prepared nylon that keeps water inside but allows air to flow through. This combination allows HyperKewl inserts to be incorporated inside the vests between the nylon. Individuals are cooled through evaporation but remain completely dry.
Users can expect the evaporative cooling to provide temperatures that are 15-20F degrees cooler than the ambient temperature depending on airflow. DryKewl products are easily charged and re-charged. No soaking of the vest, or pouring water through a small hole. Simply remove the insert, soak and put it back in the vest, and enjoy.

KewlTowel™ Evaporative Cooling Technology

KewlTowel™ is made using highly absorbent PVA (poly vinyl alcohol) material with a special dimple design for more effective water absorption and evaporation. KewlTowel utilizes PVA technology to absorb water and provide cooling in a towel format and can be used to wipe away sweat and clean dirt from the skin. Whether you work outside, ride a bike, exercise in the high heat or exposed to warm conditions, KewlTowel will keep you cool and refreshed. The KewlTowel™ can be activated over and over by simply submerging it in water.

KewlFlow™ Evaporative Cooling Technology

KewlFlow™ products use a combination of ice water and pumps to push cold water through special tubes built into vests. This allows for a continuous flow of cool water around the upper body, keeping the user cool and comfortable in any condition. This technology basically removes heat energy to effectively cool the body. System can be easily refilled for continuous cooling and can operate with variable power sources (battery, 12C, 110AC).  Used in everything from movie sets, to operating rooms, to motorcyclists on the open road.

Hybrid Evaporative Cooling Technology

This modular system is great for underneath protective gear or in situations with limited airflow. Hybrid products give you longer and more flexible cooling options and the ultimate in cooling relief.  Hybrid products combine the two most popular cooling technologies for longer lasting cooling: HyperKewl™ (5/10 hours)  and CoolPax™ (2/3 hours). Simply activate the HyperKewl™ portion of the vest by soaking it in water for 2-3 mins and freeze the Phase Change inserts (7065V) in ice water or the freezer for 45mins and then place them in the mesh pockets inside the vest. The combination of these two cooling technologies together means longer and more flexible cooling options.
These Hybrid products are used by some of the world's top athletes for pre-cooling, cooling during activity and post-cooling for faster recovery. TechNiche hybrid cooling vests and apparel are used by: KTM Red Bull Factory Team, Honda World MX Team, Herock Motocross Team, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team, Wim Vanderheyden, McLaren Formula 1 Team, Ferrari Formula 1 Team, Alex Taglini, Team Saxo Bank (Alberto Contador), Dutch National Football Team, US Olympic Cycling Team, the TREK Cycling Team and Military all over the world.

TechNiche International strives to bring you the most current and up to date technologies in Cooling Apparel while providing performance, safety and above all else comfort. Techniche offers custom sizes, colors and private labeling in your company info or team names. Contact MDS for volume discounts, questions or to place an order today!  +800.274.4637   | info@MDSassociates.com  | MDSassociates.com
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