Our “Spin” on Radiation Protection

There’s a lot of information out there about protective clothing and the various benefits of both launderable and disposable options. So, we’d like to set the record straight on some of the biggest claims being made by our competitors.

Holes in launderables vs. disposables
Launderables have holes in the weave as large at 125 microns. (Average power plant contamination ranges from 1 to 50 microns in diameter.) But OREX Ultra has been tested against particulates down to 0.5 micron. OREX Ultra is actually a “barrier”; launderables are not.

Proprietary technology
The leading launderable fabric, which contains a carbon grid, was developed for anti-static applications in the electronics industry not for radioactive particulate barrier protection. OREX Ultra is rapidly becoming recognized as the preferred protective clothing for the nuclear industry.

Real PCE reduction claims
Competitors cite the successes of customers in various outages, yet some of the same plants have since transitioned to OREX to set record low PCE levels. Additionally, results don’t often differentiate large scope outages from normal refueling outages so some values are inflated.

Share of the power plant market
OREX has a dominant share of the commercial nuclear industry protective apparel market. Competitors often bolster sales numbers with peripheral products like lifting straps and harnesses, or include DOE sales.

Overall cost savings
Laundry leasing programs claim to be 50% cheaper than OREX, but you could be billed replacement costs not in the initial “per dressout” pricing, including lost, damaged or “above limit” garments, transportation, disposal, etc. There’s just no practical method to verify the exact number of articles you are being billed with a laundry leasing program.

To help you sort through these and other common claims about protective clothing, including a comparative cost analysis, download “The Spin Cycle.”

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