08/25/2009

Pa. company makes body armor to withstand abuse

By Jeremy Boren
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

PITTSBURGH — Simply stopping bullets isn't good enough anymore for police body armor.

Vests packed with high-tech fabrics and diamond-hard plates must withstand abuse that includes 10 days of tumbling in a dryer heated to 150 degrees at 80 percent humidity, according to National Institute of Justice standards developed with input from O'Hara-based Mine Safety Appliances.

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