i-bodi Technology specialises in the development of test platforms for the testing of respirators and protective clothing. We are an innovative company experienced in project research, development and manufacturing. We create bespoke products from customer defined specifications and are experienced in developing computer-controlled test platforms for use in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) environments.
The Porton Man was designed for the testing of chemical and biological (CB) protective suits and equipment. The Porton Man is a computer-controlled mannequin that when attached to its drive frame, can be made to walk, march, run, sit, kneel, climb stairs and lift its arms as if to sight a weapon just like an infantry soldier. It is manufactured to exact anthropometric data and has over a hundred sensors to record data, enabling scientists to carry out real-time analysis.
Fully-Automated Anthropometrically Correct Sweating Mannequin
This Sweating Mannequin System was designed for the testing of chemical and biological (CB) protective suits and equipment. It has the same range of movements as the Porton Man but in addition the torso can also twist as the arms move back and forth during the running and walking actions and it has a heated surface that enables it to sweat.
The heated areas comprise of 11 zones that can be individually controlled to temperatures between 25°C and 36°C. The sweat points that can be configured to produce up to 1ml per minute (±10%), giving the mannequin a total sweat rate of up to 3.7 litres an hour.
Chemically Resistant Automated Mannequin and Head-form
This system consists of a mannequin and separate upper body head-form for the testing of chemical and biological protective suits and head gear. It is a lightweight, articulated mannequin with the same range of movements as the Porton Man however the only means of support are at its hands, face and feet.
There is also an interchangeable upper body head-form, for use in smaller test chambers and temporary environmental analysis tents. Both the upper body head-form and mannequin have a soft, chemically resistant elastomer skin at garment locus points to provide a realistic seal. This material was specifically developed by i-bodi for this application.
Static Respirator Head-form
All our Respirator Testing Head-forms comply to ISO standards and are suitable for testing RPD’s Respiratory Protective Devices. The i-bodi Technology head-forms come in a range of sizes including Small, Medium, Large, Short/Wide and Long/Narrow. Each head-form has a stainless- steel ISO 16900-5 trachea which, is designed to be attached to a digital breathing machine, (such as the i-bodi DBM) to simulate live participant breathing.
The front of the face has a 30 Shore Hardness elastomer face skin, (different Shore Hardness can be provided), to provide a less resistant locus point for a respirator. The head-form has two sampling ports in the trachea and a further sample port in the right eye. The under-skull is made from a cast aluminium filled resin, providing some thermal mass, and the whole system is mounted on a robust stainless-steel base.
A heated and sweating system can be added to our head-forms for the evaluation of the fogging and ice propagation in respirators. This head-form is split into three individually heated zones and accommodates twenty-two independently dosed sweat zones mapped across the face and scalp. Visual feedback is from a camera in each eye and the data provided by the control program gives a comprehensive report of when fogging occurred and under what conditions it formed.
Fully Animatronic Respirator Testing Head-form
This Fully Animatronic Respirator Testing Head-Form simulates the realistic movements (including the human lip, jaw, and neck movements) and breathing routines of combat field operatives. It has been developed to provide fully controllable and repeatable trials to enable for the analyses the functionality of respirators. Any combination of movements and breathing patterns can be used, giving the user complete control of any test configuration It is suitable for use in chemically abrasive chambers.
Bespoke Test Platforms for Respirators and Protective Clothing
i-bodi Technology is leading the market in providing the best standard and bespoke test platforms for respirators and protective clothing. Our range of animatronic and static head forms are fully compliant with the ISO 16900 range and have either a silicone or polyurethane elastomer skin to provide a more realistic locus point for the respirators.
Our protective clothing test platforms include motorcycle cuffs, ear-muffs and high temperature heat torsos and our mannequin systems provide solutions for testing protective clothing in chemically abrasive environments. All our systems can be adapted to suit individual needs and we are proud to have worked alongside many companies, universities and government organisations including, BSI, CDC, DGA, Dräger, DRDC, Dstl, DSTO, Intertek, NIOSH, SATRA etc to help develop individualised test platform solutions.
Other Test Platforms
The High-Temperature Head and Torso Mannequin is designed for use in the testing of clothing and headgear in a high-temperature challenging environment. The head and torso are of medium size and the head-form contains an ISO 16900-5 trachea. The head surface is made of heat resistant silicone rubber and is fixed over a machined aluminium core which provides the thermal mass. The neck and torso are made from a fire retarded GRP.
Our Convective Cold Hands (EN511-2006) product is designed to measure how well a glove can withstand both convective and contact cold. It is made from carbon composite and is heated to provide a uniform surface temperature to simulate that of a human hand. There are two measuring zones, the hand and the forearm. Both areas are heated to the same temperature and the temperature loss of each one is recorded to enable you to measure the effectiveness of the gloves.