Extending Head Protection Technology Beyond The Frontline
From frontline operators under fire to law enforcement officers on the street, comfortable, reliable and rugged personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital to get the mission accomplished.
Think of the Delta Three Oscar™ lab as a bootcamp for technology. We have an idea and then a group of the finest professionals in the world take that idea and run it through a series of grueling tests and trials that break it down and build it back up again until it is stronger, better, more adaptable. The lab is where the best protective concepts are born and developed through application of state-of-the art methods of chemistry and manufacturing all for the benefit of the warriors we protect from debilitating long-term consequences. We protect those who protect us, as the industry authority on impact protection.
Our team and facilities are dedicated to the research, development and testing of materials and products that are geared to withstand the intense forces of real-life impact scenarios. And we don’t stop there - we combine the best minds from independent test labs, non-profits, and academia and apply the most advanced concepts in order to stay at the forefront of kinetic impact energy reduction technology. Through doing this we have established industry benchmarks such as the simultaneous 10- and 14-foot per second impact performance requirement now specified by the U.S. Department of Defense for forward deployed operators outside the wire. Basically, we make it so our warfighters can get hit, and keep on going.
The Delta Three Oscar Lab is a state-of-the-art innovation center taking material and product solutions from initial concepts to full-scale production. Prospective products undergo a grueling battery of tests, trials and extensive scrutiny and evaluation. At each stage in the development process, they are assessed for their ability to provide additional benefits such as performance stability, weight reduction and comfort. On-site capabilities include material formulation, tooling, rapid prototyping, and micro-operations for samples.
Delta Three Oscar uses the D3O® material range, which includes more than 30 different formulations, with each one developed to meet specific needs and a wide range of product applications.
D3O material scientists carefully formulate polymer blends to achieve specific result properties such as temperature stability, performance consistency across multiple impacts and cushioning effects.
D3O® materials are categorized into six groups:
SF, SE, FE and RF materials are available in finished product or sheet form in a variety of thicknesses, giving you complete flexibility to die-cut and integrate these into your products to meet specific needs and help accelerate the product development process. Download our Sheet Guide to access available sheet products and compare materials.
D3O® Impact Additive™(iA) is the pioneering ingredient revolutionizing the performance of thermoplastic rubber (TPR), notably in glove applications. The addition of iA is a simple material upgrade allowing partners to provide military and law enforcement end-users with the world’s #1 impact protection without adding bulk, improving dexterity and comfort over long periods of use.
Our product development capabilities start at concept creation using CAD/CAM software, alongside material formation and refinement. This goes through to FEA and CNC tooling, followed by rapid iterative prototyping to test and perfect products, which are then sent to micro-operations for sampling and finally, testing.
Full-scale in-house testing facilities ensure all new products and materials are extensively evaluated and optimized at each stage during the development process and for quality control purposes ahead of wearer trials and mass production, thereafter.
Delta Three Oscar™ complies with standards including NIJ, STANAG, AATCC, and many ASTM and MIL standards as part of the relevant product descriptions or PD’s such as ACH, ECH and IHPS.
The business management system is accredited to ISO 9001:2015, to ensure sustained customer satisfaction during product realization, delivering services and providing support functions that meet customer needs and expectations.
Delta Three Oscar’s team of U.S.-based Quality engineers and production operations experts ensure that products are manufactured to the highest quality, using our Process Control Plan to check that all physical properties and visual standards of our products are built to specification every time, at every stage of the production process.This is used throughout the entire process - from the inspection of raw material as it arrives, to the outbound inspection of components and even approval of shipping methods of our supply chain vendors.